Punjab introduces fresh curbs: Educational institutes to remain shut till March 31

New Delhi: In a bid to curb the covid surge that the country has been witnessing for over a month, Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh om Friday ordered fresh restrictions that are to be imposed across the state. As per the massive set of new rules, all the educational institutions across the state have been ordered to remain shut till March 31.  Cinema halls, which recently resumed operations with full capacity, have also faced restrictions. The restrictions will come into effect from Saturday. 

All educational institutions, other than medical and nursing colleges, will remain closed till March 31. On the other hand, cinema halls are not allowed to operate with more than 50 per cent of their capacity. More than 100 people are not allowed to be inside a mall at a time, the new restrictions suggested. 

In addition, the chief minister has also appealed people to keep social activity in their houses to bare minimum till the spread is brought under control. Not more than 10 visitors should be entertained in homes, he added.

A complete ban has been ordered in 11 districts that have witnessed the spike in the cases. For wedding, funerals and cremations, the number of people gathering have been restricted to 20. These districts will also follow night curfew from 9 pm to 5 am. 

Besides essential services, all the industrial operations have been asked to follow the restrictions, the chief minister said. 

In the 11 worst affected districts of Ludhiana, Jalandhar, Patiala, Mohali, Amritsar, Hoshiarpur, Kapurthala, SBS Nagar, Fatehgarh Sahib, Ropar and Moga, the Chief Minister ordered restrictions on in-person public dealings in the government offices, with citizens to be encouraged to visit offices only for essential services.

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Punjab along with Maharashtra and Kerala have been credited for the recent spike in number of daily cases.  

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