The Jammu and Kashmir administration announces easing of restrictions in eight districts showing significant improvement in the Covid-19 situation.
The decision to grant relaxations in Shopian, Kulgam, Ganderbal and Bandipora in Kashmir division and Poonch, Reasi, Ramban and Doda in Jammu division was taken at a meeting. The meeting was held focusing on total weekly new cases, positivity rate, bed occupancy, case fatality rate and vaccination coverage of the targeted population. According to official order passed, government and private offices can function in the eight districts without any restrictions subject to strict adherence to Covid-appropriate behaviour. Barber shops, salons and parlors are permitted to open on all days of a week, except on Saturday and Sundays. Similarly, standalone shops, outdoor bazaars and shopping complexes are also permitted to open on all days except the weekends. Private transport was also allowed to ply with 50 per cent seating capacity. Additionally, the order were issued by the chief secretary, who is also chairperson of the state executive committee, said “Some districts need intense efforts to reach desired levels. As such, there is a need to continue with existing Covid containment measures in these districts.”
Furthermore, the order directed the district magistrates to strictly ensure Covid-appropriate behaviour and defaulters should firmly dealt with under relevant sections of the Disaster Management Act and the Indian Penal Code. The Jammu and Kashmir administration started the unlock process in the Union Territory on May 31, limiting the month-long Corona curfew to night hours and weekends only. However, the educational institutions, including private coaching centres, all cinemas, multiplexes, clubs, gyms, spas, message centres and paid parks have been directed to remain closed till further orders.