Shopping malls, markets closed at 5pm, extended winter break for schools as Hry brings more Covid curbs | News from Gurgaon
A government decree said on Saturday that all theaters and multiplexes, amusement parks and exhibition venues would be closed as of January 2, while malls and markets would be allowed to operate until 5 p.m. Bars and restaurants may remain open for the time being but only at 50% of their capacity. The restrictions will currently apply for 10 days, until 5 a.m. on January 12. Government and private offices were asked to operate with a 50% stake, except for emergency and essential services.
Schools, colleges, polytechnics, training centers, anganwadis and nurseries in all districts have been ordered to close (for physical classes). Most schools and colleges are now closed for the winter break and this order essentially means that the vacation will be extended, at least until January 12. Statewide, the number of people attending funerals has been capped at 50. For weddings, up to 100 people are allowed to gather.
Besides Gurgaon, the districts where these restrictions will apply are Faridabad, Ambala, Panchkula and Sonipat, which together account for 1,684 of the 1,907 active cases in the state. All sports complexes, stadiums and swimming pools will also be closed, except for participants in national and international events who require training facilities. However, no spectators are allowed.
In its previous decree of December 24, the government only allowed fully vaccinated people in most public places and public transport from January 1. The nighttime curfew from 11 p.m. to 5 a.m., in effect since the previous ordinance, will continue.
The government has asked district administrations to strictly implement the “no mask, no service” policy.
“After almost two years, my company recently started recalling all employees. But now it looks like the restrictions will come back for a while. It will affect productivity, but there is nothing that can be done about it, ”said Kartik Kaushik, a 65-year-old resident who works in the finance department of a private company.
“People have become careless of the Covid protocols. Thus, certain restrictions are inevitably imposed as the situation evolves. However, it is also the government’s responsibility to ensure the effective implementation of restrictions on the ground so that there is full compliance, ”said Nihal Mandhotra, a resident of Ardee town.