Govt issues fresh lockdown guidelines
STATE TIMES NEWSJAMMU: The government on Friday issued fresh guidelines on lockdown measures that will come into effect from Saturday till further order. It announced that religious places would continue to remain closed in the Union Territory as it allowed certain activities, including reopening of malls, barber shops, hotels and restaurants with new guidelines from Saturday. According to the new guidelines, all religious places across the Union Territory, which were closed nearly a week ahead of the nationwide lockdown, would continue to remain closed till further orders. However, malls, barber shops, salons and parlours have been asked to open in the entire Jammu and Kashmir, while restaurants will function for home delivery, take-away and dining-in with upto 50 per cent capacity, the order said. “Canteens/Eateries at Bus stands, Railway stations and Airports, with passes in Red districts, all restaurants, including in hotels, can operate for home delivery, take away and dining-in with up to 50 % capacity, subject to the SOP of Ministry of Health & Family Welfare, Govt of India of June 4, 2020,” the order stated and added hotels and hospitality services, can operate at 100 % capacity with particular focus on full protection gear and equipment should be provided to Hotel staff and only room service of food should be done instead of in dine-in restaurants, frequent sanitization of common areas and spaces to be done. All shopping malls can open subject to the SOP of Ministry of Health & Family Welfare, Govt of India except in Red districts where they will operate with 50% of shops open on alternate days to be regulated by the Deputy Commissioners concerned. There will be particular focus on shops in Malls can open from 9:00 AM till 7:00 PM and Food Courts and dining facilities in malls can operate for home delivery, take away and dining in with up to 50 per cent capacity. Children’s gaming zones, gaming arcades and cinemas inside Malls shall remain closed, it added.
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