Covid-19: 64 hours of weekly confinement from Friday 2 p.m. to continue: government


Amid a rise in covid-19 cases, the government decided on Sunday to continue the 64-hour lockdown from 2 p.m. Friday in Jammu and Kashmir.

In an order issued by the State Executive Committee headed by the Chief Secretary, Dr. Arin Kumar Mehta, the government reiterated most of the measures it announced after the start of the 3rd wave of covid-19.

“The night curfew will remain in effect in all districts from 9 p.m. to 6 a.m. with a complete restriction of non-essential movement,” the order reads, adding, “There will also be a complete restriction of non-essential movement throughout J&K from every Friday 2:00 p.m. to Monday 6:00 a.m.

All offices have been asked to regulate the attendance of their employees to ensure that appropriate social distancing standards are maintained.

“Pregnant employees will be exempt from physical attendance. They will be allowed to work from home.

Employees with disabilities, according to the order, will also have the option of working from home.

“A maximum number of people allowed to attend any indoor/outdoor gathering should be strictly limited to 25.”

Banquet halls in all J&K districts have been authorized to allow gatherings of up to 25 vaccinated people (with verifiable RT-PCR or RAT less than 72 hours old) or 25% of authorized capacity (whichever is greater). lower), preferably in open spaces.

“Movie theaters, theaters, multiplexes, restaurants, clubs, gymnasiums and/ pools are permitted to operate at 25% of permitted capacity with necessary precautions such as CAB and adherence to SOPs.

With respect to educational institutions, all colleges, schools, polytechnics, ITIs, civil service/engineering/NEET training centers, etc. were encouraged to adopt an online teaching medium. “There will be no in-person teaching.”

Educational institutions, he said, will only be allowed to direct the attendance of vaccinated staff for administrative purposes. “The head of the establishment must ensure that the guidelines for social distancing and Covid Appropriate Behavior (CAB) are strictly followed.”

Enforcement of the CAB is key to determining the need for additional restrictions, the SEC said.

“The District Magistrates (Chairman, DDMA) of the respective J&K Districts shall adopt a zero tolerance policy for breaches of Covid Appropriate Behavior (CAB) and shall ensure appropriate action against violators under the relevant sections of the Disaster Management Act, Epidemics Act and Indian Penal Code.

DMs have been instructed to form inspection teams of District Officers to verify whether the instructions contained herein for the application of Covid Appropriate Behavior (CAB) are being implemented by those concerned with responsibility which is due to them. “Furthermore, MDs are to form joint teams of police and executive magistrates to escalate the enforcement of appropriate Covid behavior and ensure that no offenders are released,” the order continues, adding, “The Joint teams must submit a daily report on the activities carried out by them and their assessment of the level of compliance.

The Minister of Home Affairs of Jammu and Kashmir Government will closely monitor the enforcement of proper Covid behavior and submit a report to the Chairman of the State Executive Committee (Chief Secretary) on a daily basis, he said. declared.

“The Jammu and Kashmir Department of Health and Medical Education will closely monitor all relevant statistics and data regarding Covid-19 for timely interventions, if any.”

All government departments/offices to minimize in-person meetings/interactions etc.

“All administrative secretaries/heads of departments)/institution^) must ensure optimal use of the virtual mode for the conduct of official meetings, etc.” (GNS)

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