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Haryana extends pandemic curbs by fortnight till November 28

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Chandigarh, Nov 13 (MNN) The restrictions and curbs imposed in the wake of second wave of coronavirus pandemic in Haryana have now been extended by a fortnight till November 28.

The curbs were to end at 5 am on November 14.

Haryana State Disaster Management Authority’s State Executive Committee said that the ‘Mahamari Alert-Surakshit Haryana’ restrictions and curbs were extended along with guidelines to be implemented during this period as preventive and precautionary measures even though COVID-19 positivity rate and new cases had declined in the northern state.

The orders were issued by Chief Secretary Vijai Vardhan in his capacity as Chairperson of the State Executive Committee in exercise of powers conferred under Section 22(2)(h) of the Disaster Management Act, 2005.

Restaurants, bars (including in hotels and malls), gyms, spas and club houses (restaurants/ bars of golf courses) are now allowed to reopen with full capacity subject to adherence to requisite social distancing and other COVID-19 appropriate safety norms.

Cinema halls (in malls and standalone) are also allowed to reopen with full capacity subject to above-mentioned norms.

Fully residential universities in the state are directed to plan reopening of their campuses for physical classes as per their respective semester schedules after adopting SOPs for COVID-appropriate behaviour.

University administrations may endeavour to get all students, faculty members and staff (including outsourced ones) fully vaccinated, the order read.

As ordered earlier, gatherings of up to 50 per cent of hall capacity are allowed in indoor spaces, with a ceiling of 200 persons. In open spaces, gatherings will be allowed to a maximum of 500 persons, subject to strict observance of health norms and social distancing.

Colleges and polytechnics are allowed to reopen for students with adherence to requisite norms.

Coaching institutions, libraries and training institutes (whether government or private) are allowed to reopen with strict adherence to requisite norms and regular sanitisation of premises.

Industrial Training institutes are allowed to reopen for students with 100 per cent attendance with strict adherence to requisite norms and regular sanitisation.  All shops and malls are allowed to reopen with adherence to requisite social distancing norms, regular sanitisation and COVID-19 appropriate behavioural norms.

Swimming pools are also allowed to reopen after adopting requisite norms. All swimmers, trainees, eligible visitors and staff should preferably get vaccinated with both doses of COVID-19 vaccine.

Sports complexes and stadia are permitted to reopen for sports activities, including outdoor activities except contact sports. Sports authorities should ensure adherence to requisite health and behaviour norms.

Religious places are allowed to reopen with maximum 50 devotees at a time and subject to norms and regular sanitisation.

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