Chandigarh, December 30 ( P2P) :
Punjab Government today decided to lift the night curfew from 1 January 2021 and advised the public to follow Covid appropriate behaviour.
Disclosing this here today, a spokesperson of the Punjab Government said that while restrictions regarding night curfew from 10 pm to 5 am in all cities/ towns and closing down hotels, restaurants, marriage palaces etc by 9.30 pm in the state shall remain continue upto 31st December 2020. However, he added that both these restrictions shall no longer be applicable from 1st January, 2021 onwards due to recent downtrend in Covid-19 cases.
Furthermore, he informed that the ceiling of 100 persons and 250 persons in all the indoor and outdoor social gatherings in the state would applicable upto 31st December 2020. Now, it has been decided that these restrictions are further relaxed to 200 persons and 500 persons in all the indoor and outdoor social gatherings from 1st January, 2021 onwards respectively.
He revealed that the district authorities would ensure strict implementation of all the extant directives of MHA/State Government including keeping social distance of minimum 6 feet distance, regulating crowds in markets and public transport. He said that penalties would be imposed for violation of Covid-19 appropriate behaviour like wearing of face masks and spitting in public places, etc.
In this regard, the Union Home Secretary has impressed upon the States to meticulously follow the guidelines of MHA for surveillance, containment and caution. Therefore, the district authorities are advised to ensure strict compliance of all the covenants of MHA directives issued on 28th December, 2020.