The Jammu and Kashmir government on Tuesday extended the night curfew, which was in place in eight districts to contain the spread of Covid-19, to all Municipal and urban local body limits of all districts of the UT.
According to the news agency the office of LG Jammu and Kashmir on its official Twitter handle said that the Corona Curfew at night shall be extended to all Municipal / urban local body limits of all 20 districts of #JammuAndKashmir. “It was already in force in eight districts earlier, from 10 pm to 6 am.”
“Public transport (matadors/mini-buses/buses etc.,) in J&K shall be permitted to ply only at 50% of its authorized seating capacity. The District Superintendents of Police shall ensure compliance to this effect,” it said in another Tweet.
It further said that only 50% shops in Market complexes/Bazaars/ Malls within the Municipal limits/urban local body limits shall be open on an alternate basis through a rotation system.
“District magistrates of all districts shall devise a mechanism to implement this, preferably in consultation with local market associations,” the LG office Tweeted.
Meanwhile, these steps were taken by the administration after the Union territory’s daily Covid-19 tally crossed 1500 in the last 2 days.
The Jammu and Kashmir (J&K) administration has imposed a fresh set of curbs to restrict the spread of Covid-19 in the Union territory. The office of Lieutenant-Governor (LG) Manoj Sinha has issued the new guidelines for public transportation, and public places like shopping complexes, bazars, malls, and extended a previously imposed night curfew.
Curbs on public transport
Public transportation services, including matador, minibusses, buses plying in Jammu & Kashmir shall be permitted to operate at 50% of its authorized seating capacity. The district superintendents of police have been tasked with ensuring compliance to this effect.
Curbs on public places
Only 50% shops in market complexes, bazaars, and malls within the municipal limits or urban local body limits shall be open on an alternate basis, operating in a rotation system.
J&K L-G Manoj Sinha directed the district magistrates to devise a mechanism to implement this in consultation with local market associations, if possible. “District magistrates of all districts shall devise a mechanism to implement this, preferably in consultation with local market associations,” he tweeted on Tuesday.
Night curfew, which was in force in eight districts from 10 pm to 6 am, will be extended to all municipal/urban local body limits of all the 20 districts of J&K.
Sinha had held a high-level meeting on Sunday to review the Covid-19 situation, following which decision was taken to suspend in-person classes at schools, colleges, and universities till May 15. Sinha also asked officials to test all incoming travelers and restrict public gatherings.
All these steps were taken by the administration after the Union territory’s daily Covid-19 tally crossed 1500 in the last 2 days. J&K recorded a total of 1,516 new cases of Covid-19 on April 19, and 6 deaths, with Jammu district recording the highest number of cases at 768, followed by Kashmir at 748.