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Haryana extends corona curbs till July 26; night curfew from 11 PM to 5 AM daily

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Chandigarh, July 18 (MNN) The Haryana government on Sunday extended by a week till July 26 morning the coronavirus restrictions enforced in the state, apart from ordering night curfew from 11 pm to 5 am on all days of the week.

Relaxations provided in modification of the earlier orders include reopening of restaurants and bars (including in hotels and malls) from 10 am to 11 pm with 50 per cent seating capacity amid social distancing norms, regular sanitisation and COVID-19 appropriate behaviour.

Home delivery by hotels, restaurants and fast-food joints is permitted up to 11 pm.

Club houses, restaurants, bars at golf courses are allowed to open with 50 per cent seating capacity from 10 am to 11 pm subject to social distancing and other COVID-19 appropriate safety norms.

Members and visitors shall be allowed to play in golf courses by the management in a staggered manner so as to avoid overcrowding.

Gyms are allowed to open from 6 am to 9 pm with 50 per cent capacity after adopting requisite social distancing and health norms.

Gatherings in weddings, funerals, burials are allowed with up to 100 attendees subject to strict observance of COVID-19 appropriate behaviour. However, weddings can take place at places other than homes and courts also.

In open spaces, gatherings of up to 200 persons are allowed subject to norms.

Spas can open from 6 am to 8 pm with 50 per cent capacity after adopting requisite social distancing norms, regular sanitisation and Covid-appropriate behaviour.

Swimming pools can reopen only for athletes or swimmers competing or practicing for a competitive event after adopting requisite healthcare norms.

Cinema halls (in malls and standalone) can reopen with maximum 50 per cent seating capacity with adherence to requisite norms and guidelines as per the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, and regular sanitisation of premises.

Universities and colleges can open their premises for students for holding doubt and practical classes in laboratories, practical examinations and offline examinations with strict adherence to social and health norms.

Hostels (in colleges and universities) are allowed to reopen only for students appearing in examinations. Department of Higher Education, Haryana, will release guidelines for implementation of these orders immediately.

The Vice Chancellor of the National Law University at Delhi has also been allowed to hold the Common Law Admission Test (CLAT) 2021 on July 23 in the state.

Training centres in Haryana established under the aegis of Haryana Skill Development Mission are also allowed to reopen (by staggering attendance by trainees).

Coaching institutions, libraries and training institutes (whether government or private) are also allowed to reopen with strict adherence to norms and guidelines.

The Haryana State Disaster Management Authority had decided to extend the curbs along with preventive and precautionary healthcare guidelines to be followed after considering the fact that positivity rate and new COVID-19 cases had declined, its State Executive Committee Chair Vijai Vardhan, who is also the Chief Secretary, said in the order dated July 18, 2021.

In an order dated May 2, 2021, the State Executive Committee of the Authority had initially declared a lockdown from 5 am on May 3 to May 10 and extended it from time to time on a weekly basis till 5 am on July 19, 2021 in Haryana in exercise of powers conferred under Section 22(2)(h) of the Disaster Management Act, 2005 amid the second wave of coronavirus.

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