Weekend Covid curfew has been lifted from eight districts of Jammu, Samba, Kathua, Reasi, Udhampur, Shopian, Ganderbal Bandipora . Shops in these eight districts will open from 7 am to 7 pm.
Also, the government permitted all outdoor shops and trades to open on all days from 7 am till 7 pm. “The market associations will have to fully cooperate with the local administration in ensuring strict compliance to the COVID appropriate behavior,” the order said, “50% of the shops in the indoor shopping complexes / Malls can open subject to a roster to be issued by concerned Deputy Commissioners.”
All government and private offices can function without any restrictions subject to strict adherence to COVID appropriate behavior, the order said.
In respect of the other districts, the State Executive Committee ordered that weekend curfew from Friday 8 pm till Monday 7 am and daily night curfew from 8 pm till 7 am shall continue to remain in force. “Concerned District Magistrates shall issue Orders under CrPC to this effect.”
All outdoor shops and bazaars are permitted to open on five days in a week except on Saturdays and Sundays.
“25 % of the shops in indoor shopping complexes / Malls can open subject to a roster to be issued by concerned Deputy Commissioners.”
The Deputy Commissioners have been also authorized to allow opening of paid and unpaid parks for the use of public, only after local assessment of the conditions and after according due consideration, subject to COVID appropriate measures.
“The District Magistrates shall strictly ensure that there is full compliance to COVID appropriate behavior and defaulters are firmly dealt with under relevant sections of the Disaster Management Act and the Indian Penal Code,” it said, adding, “The District Magistrates shall constitute joint teams of Police and Executive Magistrates for enforcement of Covid Appropriate Behaviour.”
Earlier weekend curfew was announced in view of rising number of COVID cases in Jammu and Kashmir. (GNS)