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Chandigarh allows shops to open for 6 hours daily; mulls sero-survey

Chandigarh, May 24 (MNN) As the number of coronavirus cases showed a substantial decrease in Chandigarh, the UT administration decided to give relaxations to allow shops to open for six hours daily.

The administration will soon conduct a sero-survey in the city to know the corona infection level among the city residents.

All shops will be allowed to open from 9 am to 3 pm daily, subject to total sanitisation of the premises.

All customers entering shops and all those attending to them will wear masks.

The market associations concerned will ensure the availability of masks both on shop floors and entry points to the markets.

They will also ensure that there was no congestion or crowding inside shops or open areas in the market places.

All shopping malls, cinema halls, theatres, museums, gym, libraries, spa, salons, Sukhna Lake and Rock Garden will however remain closed.

Restaurants will not be allowed to offer dining services. However, home delivery and takeaways will be allowed.

The night curfew in the Union Territory will continue from 6 pm to 5 am.

The weekend curfew from 6 pm on Fridays to 5 am on Mondays will continue till further notice. During the weekend curfew, only essential shops will be allowed to open.

Sampark centres will remain open. However, Covid protocol will be strictly followed.

As far as possible, private sector employees should work from home. No action will be taken against private offices remaining open, wherever necessary.

The sports centres will remain open for national players and those preparing for Olympics and national games

All these decisions were taken at a high-level meeting chaired by Punjab Governor and UT Administrator VP Singh Badnore on Monday.

The meeting decided that the demand of trade and industry for rent exemption in government-owned/allotted shops will be examined separately along with similar demand for relaxation in electricity, water charges, and property tax etc.

The Administrator expressed serious concern about the number of corona fatalities and directed the Social Welfare Department Secretary to take care of children orphaned due to coronavirus in government welfare homes. All cost will be borne by UT administration.

The restrictions will be reviewed and reimposed, if corona situation does not improve in the city.

Detailed orders will be issued by the Adviser to the UT Administrator under the Disaster Management Act.

During the meeting, PGIMER Director Dr Jagat Ram said that they have conducted 10,489 tests and positivity rate for Chandigarh was 10.7 per cent.

The PGI has 282 corona patients at present, of which 51 are from Chandigarh, 135 from Punjab, 49 from Haryana, 22 from Himachal Pradesh and 25 from other states.

In all, 43 patients are suffering from mucormycosis or black fungus, of which 30 are also suffering from corona.

The institution was testing 1,200 samples daily, which has now been increased to 1,500.

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