Himachal Pradesh: Ban on social, religious gatherings, 5-day week in govt offices | Details The Himachal Pradesh government on Sunday announced more curbs in view of rising cases of coronavirus disease, including a ban on all social and religious gatherings in the state till January 24.
January 9, 2022
UPDATED: January 9, 2022 18:07 IST
The Himachal Pradesh government on Sunday announced five-day weeks for all government offices in the state, besides banning social and religious gatherings from January 10 to 24 to curb the spread of Covid.
It limited staff attendance at government offices to 50 per cent of total strength from Monday to Friday during the period.
The government also prohibited the gathering of more than 100 people for indoor sports and 300 people for outdoor academic, sport, cultural and political events.
However, the restrictions will not be applicable to offices dealing with emergency services.
The state till January 8 has recorded 2,31,587 Covid cases, including 3,864 deaths. Earlier, the state government had imposed a night curfew till further orders and shut educational institutions till January 26.
''All offices of government departments/ PSUs/ local bodies/ autonomous bodies, including the HP Secretariat, will remain closed on Saturdays and Sundays and these offices will operate with 50 per cent attendance on working days,'' the order issued by state Chief Secretary Ram Subhag Singh said.
''These restrictions will not be on offices dealing with emergency or essential services such as health, police, fire, banks, electricity, water and sanitation, public transport, telecom, excise, budget and related incident services/activities etc," it added.
Academic, sport, entertainment, cultural and political gatherings are permitted up to 50 per cent of the capacity of venue, subject to a maximum of 100 people in indoor areas and 300 people in open spaces, it added. However, the High Court of Himachal Pradesh will issue separate orders with respect to judicial offices, it added.
The order said, ''All social and religious gatherings shall be completely banned in the state.''
There shall also be a total ban on langars (community kitchens) across the state, it added.
Prior intimation of gatherings shall have to be given to the authorities, who may impose additional conditions. District magistrates may fix timings of shops or markets after taking the Covid situation into account.
The Maharashtra government on Sunday reversed its earlier decision to keep gyms, beauty salons and spas shut amid an ongoing Covid scare and instructed in its revised guidelines to allow these establishments to function at a 50% capacity.
The government in its statement said that beauty salons shall be grouped with hair-cutting salons and hence shall be permitted to function at a 50% capacity. It however stressed that under this revised guideline, only activities that do not require the removal of face masks shall be allowed. Only people fully vaccinated will be allowed to visit the salon and all the staff of the shall also be fully vaccinated, the order read.
A similar guideline was laid down by the government regarding the usage of gyms in the state. It said that all gyms will be allowed to work at 50% capacity provided everyone wears a mask while doing any activity. It also required the staff and the people availing the services of the gym to be fully vaccinated.
The Maharashtra government had on Saturday imposed fresh restrictions in the state where it had announced the closing of schools and colleges and banned the movement of people in groups of five or more, except for essential services.
The other restrictions imposed by the state government included a curfew prohibiting any movement from 11 pm to 5 am, except for essential purposes. Operation of shopping malls, market complexes at 50% capacity, limiting the number of guests at weddings to 50 and at funerals to 20 were some of the other restrictions imposed.
Schools, colleges will remain closed till February 15, except for activities required for 10th and 12th standard students. Public transport will remain open for fully vaccinated people while restaurants and eateries have been allowed to function at 50 percent capacity. However, the present number of visitors will be displayed on the notice board. They too can remain open only till 10 pm.
On Friday, Mumbai Municipal Commissioner Iqbal Chahal said that there is no immediate need for imposing lockdown or additional restrictions in Mumbai as the bed occupancy rate, oxygen requirement, and a number of Covid-19 deaths are low.
Chahal said that during the first and second waves the decision to impose lockdown was taken on the basis of case positivity rate, but this criterion cannot be applied for the third wave which started on December 21, 2021.
Mumbai reported 20,318 new Covid-19 cases and five deaths on Saturday. The active cases as of Saturday evening are 1,06,037. The total number of asymptomatic patients was 82 percent and the bed occupancy stood at 21.4 percent on Saturday.
Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Sunday said that there is no plan to impose lockdown as of now and there will be no lockdown if people wear masks.
He said that on Sunday the city is likely to report 22,000 COVID-19 cases in 24 hours. He appealed to the public to wear masks and not panic. “Rising COVID-19 cases is a matter of concern but there is no need to panic," he said.
“Very few people are getting hospitalised. Wearing mask is very important. There will be no lockdown if you continue to wear mask. There is no plan to impose lockdown as of now," Kejriwal said in a virtual press conference.
The CM said that he along with Lieutenant Governor Anil Baijal and the Centre are keeping a close eye on the Covid situation. Our attempt is to impose minimum restrictions so livelihoods are not affected, Kejriwal said.
Earlier, Kejriwal had said that he has recovered from Covid and is back to serve the public. The CM had tested positive on January 4 and had isolated himself at home. He had mild symptoms.
I am back in your service after recovering from Corona, Kejriwal said in a tweet in Hindi on Sunday morning. Kejriwal had tested positive a day after holding a rally in Dehradun on January 3.
Last year in April, Kejriwal’s wife Sunita had tested positive for COVID-19. Though Kejriwal had then developed symptoms, he had tested negative.
Seven more fatalities were recorded in Delhi on Saturday due to COVID-19 as the city clocked 20,181 infections in a single day, while the positivity rate rose to 19.60 per cent, with Health Minister Satyendar Jain saying the fatalities have been reported among those with comorbidities and the elderly.
The national capital has been seeing an uptick of daily cases in the last few days, mainly triggered by the Omicron variant of the infection. According to data shared by the health department, 1,586 people are admitted in hospitals, accounting for 11.24 per cent of 14,106 dedicated Covid beds.
Earlier in the day, Jain, however had, asserted that the hospitalisation rate is lower than what it was during the second wave of the pandemic when the case numbers were similar.
While asserting that the government is well prepared to handle a high number of cases, he announced that it has been decided to increase 5,650 normal beds, 2,075 ICUs in 14 hospitals along with 2,800 beds in eight Covid care centres.
The health bulletin shared by the government said out of over 1,500 admitted patients in hospitals, 106 are suspected coronavirus patients and 279 patients are in Intensive Care Unit (ICU).
Nearly 375 patients are on oxygen support, including 27 on ventilator. As many as 1,308 patients are from Delhi, it said.
The number of people who have recuperated from the disease surged to 3,45,00,172, while the case fatality rate was recorded at 1.36 per cent. The cumulative vaccine doses administered in the country so far under the nationwide COVID-19 vaccination drive have crossed 151.94 crore. India's COVID-19 infection tally had crossed the 20-lakh mark on August 7, 2020; 30 lakh on August 23; 40 lakh on September 5; and 50 lakh on September 16. It went past 60 lakh on September 28; 70 lakh on October 11; 80 lakh on October 29; 90 lakh on November 20; and surpassed the one-crore mark on December 19. India crossed the grim milestone of two crore infections on May 4 last year and three crore on June 23. The 146 new fatalities reported on Monday included 44 from Kerala, 18 from West Bengal and 17 from Delhi.
A total of 4,83,936 deaths have been reported so far in the country, including 1,41,639 from Maharashtra, 49,591 from Kerala, 38,370 from Karnataka, 36,855 from Tamil Nadu, 25,160 from Delhi, 22,928 from Uttar Pradesh and 19,901 from West Bengal. The health ministry stressed that more than 70 per cent of the deaths occurred due to comorbidities. "Our figures are being reconciled with the Indian Council of Medical Research," the ministry said on its website, adding that state-wise distribution of figures is subject to further verification and reconciliation.
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-Weekend curfew from 11:00 pm on Saturday to 5:00 am. Exemption from weekend curfew for essential activities.
-Night curfew will continue from 11:00 pm to 5:00 am every day.
-Educational activities up to 12th in all municipal corporation and municipal areas closed till 30 January. Online learning will continue.
-In the Municipal Corporation, Municipality area, only 50 people are allowed in the marriage ceremony. 100 people will be able to participate in all types of events and demonstrations. But only 50 people are allowed in the municipal corporations and municipal areas. Only 20 people will be able to attend the funeral.
-Religious places will be open from 5:00 am to 8:00 pm.
-Restaurants and clubs will be able to open till 10:00 pm with 50 percent capacity.
-Cinema halls, theatres, multiplexes with a capacity of more than 50 will open till 8:00 pm.
-Permission to open commercial establishments till 8:00 pm.
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