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Covid-19 restrictions extended in Haryana till December 31; earlier relaxations to continue

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Chandigarh, Nov 27 (MNN) The curbs and restrictions placed in Haryana in the wake of second wave of coronavirus pandemic have been extended till December 31, 2021,  along with more relaxations.

The State Executive Committee of the Haryana State Disaster Management Authority’s lockdown subject to certain curbs and relaxations was to end on November 28 in the state.

“Now, after duly considering the fact although COVID-19 positivity rate and the number of new positive cases have declined, so as to continue the preventive and the precautionary measures to contain the COVID-19 pandemic, in exercise of the powers conferred under Section 22(2)(h) of the Disaster Management Act, 2005, the undersigned in my capacity as Chairperson of the State Executive Committee hereby extends the Mahamari Alert–Surakshit Haryana from 5 am on November 28 to 5 am on December 31, along with guidelines to be implemented and issued vide earlier orders,” an order by state Chief Secretary Vijai Vardhan said.

Relaxations have been provided in modification of the earlier orders.

The order also advised ‘No Mask-No Service’ will be strictly observed in the state. People with face cover/mask will only be allowed to board public and private transport and enter any government and private establishment for availing any services or goods.

The Deputy Commissioners concerned are authorised to implement the given relaxations strictly.

The DC have been authorised to allow gatherings in open spaces exceeding 500 persons subject to strict observance of COVID-19 appropriate behavioural norms and social distancing.

Relaxations as per earlier orders shall continue.

Restaurants, bars (including in hotels and malls), gyms, spas and club houses, restaurants, bars of golf courses are allowed to open to their full capacity with adherence to requisite norms.

Cinema halls (in malls and standalone) are allowed to open to their full capacity with adherence to requisite norms and guidelines in SOPs released by Health Ministry and regular sanitisation of premises.

Fully residential universities are directed to plan reopening 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 the outsourced ones) fully vaccinated.

In Indoor spaces, gatherings of up to 50 per cent of the hall capacity are allowed with a ceiling of maximum 200 persons whereas. In open spaces, gatherings will be allowed up to 500 persons.

For gatherings in open spaces exceeding 500 persons, prior approval of Deputy Commissioners concerned shall be required subject to strict observance of COVID-19 appropriate behavioural norms and social distancing.

Colleges and polytechnics are allowed to reopen for students with strict adherence to requisite norms, regular sanitisation of premises, and other guidelines. Conduct of entrance and recruitment examinations by different universities, institutes, departments and recruitment agencies are allowed subject to strict implementation of revised SOP issued by Health Ministry on September 10, 2020 and other state and central guidelines from time to time.

Training centers established under Haryana Skill Development Mission are allowed to reopen (by staggering attendance by trainees for maintaining social distancing).

Coaching institutions, libraries and training institutes (whether government or private) are allowed to open with strict adherence to requisite social distancing norms, appropriate behaviour and guidelines.

Industrial Training institutes (ITIs) are allowed to open for students with 100 per cent attendance with strict adherence to requisite norms.

All shops and malls are allowed to open with adherence to requisite social distancing norms, regular sanitisation and COVID-19 appropriate behavioural norms.

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

Sports complexes and stadia are permitted to open for sports activities, including for outdoor activities, except contact sports.

Religious places are allowed to open with 50 persons at a time and subject to norms, regular sanitisation and norms.

Corporate Offices are permitted to open with full attendance subject to strict observance of social distancing, COVID-19 appropriate norms and periodic sanitisation.

The orders said that adherence to guidelines to allow festivities during the coming festive seasion in a safe and COVID appropriate manner, especially in religious places, may be strictly enforced by the district administrations.

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