As Covid cases Surge, Punjab imposes Fresh Curbs

Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh has announced fresh slew of restrictions in the wake of rising covid cases in the state. The order to come into effect from 8 pm tomorrow (April 20, 2021) and remain in place till April 30, 2021.

• Extension of night curfew timings (8 pm to 5 am)

• Closure of all bars, cinema halls, gyms, spas, coaching centres, sports complexes.

• Restaurants and hotels to be open only for takeaway and home delivery from Monday to Saturday.

• Rates for RT-PCR and Rapid Antigen Testing (RAT) by private labs have been reduced to Rs 450 and Rs 300 respectively (with additional charges for home collection of the samples). 

• Gatherings of more than 20 persons, including for weddings/cremations, have also been banned across the state, with prior approval of the district administration needed for all gatherings of more than 10 persons, except for cremation.

• Closure of all malls, shops and markets on Sunday, coupled with the ones imposed earlier, will remain in effect till April 30. 

• All weekly markets have also been ordered to be shut down.

• All people flying into Punjab should have a negative RT-PCR not more than 72 hours old, else they would have to undergo RAT testing at the airport.

• Mandatory 5 days home quarantine amd testing (as per protocol) for people who have attended large gatherings anywhere (religious/ political/social). 

Source: The Tribune

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