The Haryana government on Saturday extended the COVID-19 lockdown by another week. The lockdown will remain in place till August 9 while the relaxations introduced earlier will remain in place.
Chief Secretary Vijai Vardhan issued orders "The Mahamari Alert-Surakshit Haryana (coronavirus lockdown) is extended for another week, that is from August 2 (5 am onwards) to August 9 (till 5 am) in the state of Haryana." The new orders read anganwadi centres and creches run by women and child development department will remain closed till August 15. The vice-chancellors of universities have to plan reopening of universities from the next academic session and share the programme of the same with the departments concerned of the state government. The university administration should initiate action to fully vaccinate all the hostel students, day scholars, faculty and staff including the outsourced ones.
Last week, the state government eased restrictions on restaurants and bars, allowed to open from 10 am to 11 pm with 50% capacity. Home delivery from hotels, restaurants and fast food joints are permitted till 11 pm. Gyms, Cxub houses/restaurants/bars of the Golf courses can also operate. A maximum of 100 people are permitted at gatherings for weddings and funerals. Spas are allowed to operate from 6 am to 8 pm with 50 per cent capacity. While religious places are allowed to reopen with 50 persons at one time. Corporate Offices have been permitted to open with full attendance subject to strict observance of social distancing. Meanwhile on Saturday, 29 fresh coronavirus cases pushed the total caseload to 7,69,913 in Haryana.