Covid spike: Curbs back on gatherings in Punjab

Covid spike: Curbs back on gatherings in Punjab

Amid growing concern over the rising Covid cases in the state, Punjab Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh on Tuesday ordered restrictions on indoor gatherings to 100 and outdoor to 200 persons from March 1 along with strict enforcement of mask/social distancing, etc, and testing to be ramped to 30,000 a day. Chairing a high-level virtual meeting to review the situation, the Chief Minister also authorised the DCs to impose night curfew in hotspots in their districts. He directed the police force to ensure strict enforcement of wearing of masks, along with notification of Covid monitors by all restaurants and marriage palaces, with the Department of Excise and Taxation being the nodal agency for it. The Chief Minister said a decision on reducing occupancy in cinema halls would be taken after March 1. Private offices and restaurants would be encouraged to display last tests done for all employees, he added. While directing increased testing, Captain Amarinder ordered mandatory testing of 15 contacts per positive with monitoring to be done by Covid patient tracking officers and review to be undertaken by the …
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