SRINAGAR — Easing the lockdown that was imposed earlier this month in the wake of steep increase in fresh COVID-19 positive cases, the Jammu and Kashmir government on Sunday notified that now the curfew will be in place from 8:00 p.m. on Friday till 7:00 a.m. on Monday each week.
Also, the night curfew shall remain imposed in all the 20 districts of J&K from 8:00 p.m. to 7:00 a.m.
In an order by Chief Secretary and Chairperson, State Executive Committee, BVR B.V.R Subrahmanyam, the government said, “There shall be a complete ‘Corona’ Curfew with no movement of people except for permissible activities only at the time of curfew except essential & emergency services/movement/work and essential supplies shall remain exempted subject to production of wedding cards/ID cards etc. and Wholesalers, Fruit & Sabzi mandies may also remain open as necessary in a regulated manner to ensure provision of essential supplies.”
All shopping complexes, bazaars, saloons, barber shops, cinema halls, restaurants and bars, sport complexes, gyms, spas, swimming pools, parks, zoos etc shall remain closed during the curfew, the order says.
Restaurants in hotels can remain functional for in-house guests, to be served only in the rooms.
There will be no hindrance to the movement of goods and essential supplies, nomads migrating with herds, products like agricultural/horticultural goods, on the national & state highways.
There shall be no restriction on interstate and intrastate movement of essential goods.
All industrial and scientific establishments , both public and private, are allowed to operate for production purposes or other Internet services, IT, telecom, IT enabled services sector, including e-commerce are permitted.
There shall be no restriction on the movement of government officials for attending office/duties. All development/construction works shall be allowed to continue without any hindrance. The District Magistrate may issue passes wherever necessary.
The vaccination drive shall not be halted, it said. Localized mobile teams shall be constituted to provide vaccination in colonies, residential areas and containment zones. The district magistrates will Issue orders to this effect under Sec 144 CrPC.