After detailed deliberations with all the stakeholders, Girish Dayalan, IAS, District Magistrate, in exercise of powers conferred under Section 144 of Cr. PC has ordered with effect in continuation and partial modification of pervious orders that Shops in the district can remain open between 5.00 AM – 5.00 PM subject to the condition that :
• No shopping malls or single/ multi-brand retail standalone shops shall open – except shops selling essential items in these malls/ complexes.
• All shops in Rural Areas i.e. Villages.
• All shops in Urban Areas but on a staggered rotational basis (odd/ even) so that 50% shops are open on any day.
EVEN shops on Even Dates i.e. May 10, 12 and so on,ODD Shops on Odd Dates i.e. May 11, 13 and so on. MC Mohali/ EOs of MCs shall be responsible for marking Shops as ODD/ EVEN (or 1 and 2) for all shops through the concerned Market Associations – under the overall supervision of ADM/ SDM.
Besides, COVID Monitors shall be appointed by Market Associations and their names shall be prominently displayed. They shall be personally responsible for ensuring adherence to COVID Guidelines of GoI and GoP.
Restaurants/ Eateries can open – only for home delivery till 9 PM – but no dine-in or take-away. Both management and customer shall be held liable for violations, if any.
Services provided by self-employed persons such as electricians, plumbers, IT repairs, etc. shall also be allowed.
In respect of private and government offices the orders state that Private Offices are allowed to open without any separate permission. But in order to avoid crowding and congestion only 33% staff shall be called at any given time. Work from home should be encouraged by heads of all offices. The concerned staff/ employees can travel 'to and from' work only on production of their ID Cards. Misuse will invite strict penal action.
COVID Monitors shall be appointed by them and their names shall be prominently displayed. They shall be personally responsible for ensuring adherence to COVID Guidelines of GoI and GoP. Moreover, all Private Offices should ensure that their staff/ employees are tested regularly – preferably every 2 weeks. Any person showing symptoms should be asked to isolate and tested immediately.
The Government Offices shall avoid public dealing except in emergent cases and that too preferably through digital means. Heads of Departments/ Offices should ensure that their entire staff gets vaccinated.
The orders detail Prohibited activities as:
i. Schools, colleges and other educational institutions and coaching institutes. Online distance learning shall continue to be permitted and shall be encouraged.
ii. All cinema halls, shopping malls, gymnasiums, swimming pools, entertainment parks, theatres, restaurants (dine-in), bars, auditoriums, assembly halls and similar places.
iii. All social, political, sports, entertainment, academic, cultural, religious functions and other similar gatherings – except as given under Para IV of this order.
iv. Religious congregations are strictly prohibited. All religious places shall close by 6 PM for the public.
Regarding Movement of persons orders state that:
i. Night curfew shall be in place between 6 PM to 5 AM – The movement of individuals for all the non-essential activities shall remain strictly prohibited.
ii. Day Hours between 5 AM to 6 PM – Movement shall be allowed without passes for permitted activities and essential activities like going to office and work place. Non-essential travel shall be avoided.
iii. Weekend curfew shall be in place between 6 PM on Friday to 5 AM on Monday – The movement of individuals for all the non-essential activities shall remain strictly prohibited.
iv. Protecting the Vulnerable – Persons above 65 years of age, persons with co-morbidity, pregnant women and children below the age of 10 years shall stay at home except for essential requirements and for health purposes.
v. Entry into the State – through any district border shall be only on production of a negative RT-PCR of the last 72 hours or a Vaccination Certificate of at least 1 dose (older than two weeks).
For Movement of Vehicles it is stated that
i. All types of goods/ cargo carriers/ ATM Cash Vans / LPG / Oil Containers/ Tankers / etc. shall be allowed 24x7 including empty trucks.
ii. All movement of medical professionals, nurses, paramedical staff, sanitation staff, ambulances and others on essential/ emergency duty/ COVID19 duty including police, magistrates, fire, electricity etc. shall be allowed 24x7.
iii. 4 wheelers, 2 wheelers, taxis and cab aggregators, bicycles, rickshaws and auto-rickshaws shall be allowed between 5AM - 6PM subject to:
i. 4/3 wheelers – with a maximum capacity of 2 persons + driver
ii. 2 wheelers – without a pillion rider
iii. Car-pooling/ sharing by the Taxi/ Cab aggregator shall not be permitted.
iv. Taxis post 6 PM (during curfew hours) may be used by passengers only for emergency purposes and bona-fide transit.
iv. All vehicles/ persons in bona-fide transit (inter-state/ inter-district) travelling via Air/Bus/Train etc. shall be allowed to pass but only after due verification of point of origin and destination.
v. Home/ Door-to-Door delivery of milk, vegetables, medicines, and food items only including hawkers, rehris, milkmen etc. shall be allowed from 5AM to 9 PM.
For Gatherings the restrictions are
i. There shall be a complete ban on social / religious / cultural / political/ sports related gatherings except for weddings/ cremations/ funerals which shall be regulated as below
1. A maximum gathering of 10 is allowed.
2. Curfew timings shall be applicable.
ii. Cremations/ Funerals:
1. A maximum gathering of 10 is allowed.
2. Curfew timings shall not be applicable.
iii. Persons who have attended any large gatherings anywhere shall mandatorily home quarantine themselves for 5 days and get themselves tested after this period.
Those Exempted from staggered rotation and weekend curfew are:
• Essential Shops i.e. Food, Groceries, Milk, Medicines etc.
• Restaurants/ Eateries (for home-delivery)
• Liquor vends
• Workshops/ Service Centres for automobiles etc.
• Small shops inside gated residential societies which service local needs
VI. E-Commerce shall be permitted for all goods.
VII. Industries and industrial establishments: All categories of industries are allowed to operate in both Rural and Urban areas.
VIII. Construction activities: All construction is allowed in both the Rural and Urban areas.
IX. Agricultural, horticultural, animal husbandry, veterinary services are allowed without any restriction.
I. Other Exemptions– The following categories of persons/ movement for stated specific purpose is permitted without any Curfew Pass:
i. Persons dealing with (with Official ID):
• law and order/ emergency including executive magistrates
• police personnel, military/ paramilitary personnel in uniform
• health and pharmaceuticals
• electricity, telecom
water supply, sanitation and other municipal services including garbage collection, cleaning etc. (these shall include those private agencies put on duty with Valid Duty Order)
Government employees put on essential duty/ COVID19 duties (with Valid Duty Order by Head of Department). It is clarified that these include employees of Government of Punjab/ UT of Chandigarh/ Haryana, on duty in or outside the district.
Vaccination and Testing Camps for COVID and 'to and fro' movement to the nearest such camp.
Heath Services personnel such as Doctors, Nurses, Pharmacists, and all other Staff shall also be allowed to attend duties on production of ID Cards from their respective institutions – Government (eg. PHC, CHC, PGI, GMCH, etc.) and Private.
Media persons with accreditation and recognition (pink and yellow passes) issued by the Government (Punjab/ Haryana/ UT/ GoI).
Persons engaged in Home Delivery/ E-Commerce till 9 PM.
Aviation and related services (airlines, airports. maintenance, cargo, ground services, catering, fueling, security, etc.)
• generation/ transmission and distribution
• operation of power plants including renewable energy stations, solar power, hydro power, biomass/ biogas etc.
Operation of Banks
Operation of Brick Kilns
Restricted Movement Curfew Pass shall be issued on behalf of the DM by the ADM/ SDM or another officer authorized – hard copy or e-pass.
Regarding SoP/ National Directives/ Advisories it is said that
i. Social distancing and Wearing of Masks: Social distancing i.e. minimum 6 feet distance (do gaz ki duri) for all the activities shall always be maintained. Wearing of masks by all persons in public places, including work places etc. shall be mandatory and must be strictly observed and enforced.
ii. All concerned to follow the advisories as may be issued from time to time by the State Health Department.
These orders shall not apply to Containment Areas – already declared earlier, and any others declared from time to time – where a strict perimeter control shall be enforced and movement of persons shall be prohibited, except for essential services.
Any violations shall invite criminal proceedings under the relevant provisions of the Disaster Management Act, 2005 and the Indian Penal Code, 1860.