Ranchi: Jharkhand on Wednesday extended the lockdown-like restrictions related to COVID-19 till June 17 with some relaxations. With the new relaxations, shops have allowed to remain open for two hours more, till 4 pm. According to a notification issued by the State government, inter-state and intra-state bus transport would be prohibited till June 17 morning, except for the buses specifically used by the district administration. For inter-state and inter-district movement in private vehicles, e-passes will be mandatory, but for movement within the district, no e-passes will be required. But, like earlier, educational institutions will remain closed and religious places will not be open for devotees.
This is the fifth extension of the restrictions in Jharkhand, which were first imposed for a week on April 22. The decision to extend the curbs, which were to end on June 10, was made at a meeting of the state disaster management authority chaired by Chief Minister Hemant Soren. “The Health Safety Week now stands extended till June 17. Some relaxations have been given, including the opening of shops in all 24 districts from 6 am to 4 pm.” the order read.
Soren had said in a tweet that as Jamshedpur had more caseload, shops selling shoes, clothes, cosmetics and jewellery would remain shut during the period. However, all shops in the state, barring drug stores, hospitals and petrol pumps, will remain closed from Saturday 4 pm to Monday 6 pm. All government and private offices will open till 4 pm with a third of the staff attending.
As per the order, home delivery of food from restaurants and take aways has been allowed. It added that shopping malls, cinema halls, department stores, stadiums, gymnasiums, swimming pools and parks would remain closed. The order said Anganwadis will remain shut, but children will get food items at home. No gatherings of more than five persons will be allowed. The maximum number of attendees for marriage is 11, and a maximum of 20 persons can attend a funeral.
All examinations scheduled to be conducted by the state has been postponed. Except in some cases, seven-day home quarantine is mandatory for those coming from other states to Jharkhand. The statement also said that wearing masks in public and maintaining social distance is mandatory, and added, in case of violation of the order, an FIR will be registered under the relevant section of the Disaster Management Act.
Jharkhand recorded 603 new COVID-19 cases and 13 deaths on Wednesday. The active caseload in the state is 5,099. The state has so far recorded 3,42,179 cases and 5,073 deaths. The mortality rate in the state stands at 1.48 per cent, and the recovery rate is 97.02 per cent.
(With inputs from PTI)
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