Tribune News Service
Shimla, January 9
With the Covid-19 situation becoming very grim, all state government offices will have a five-day working with 50 per cent attendance and all gatherings will not be allowed to have attendance of more than 100 people indoors and 300 outdoors.
The new restrictions come in place because of the fact that the state recorded 728 cases in a single day yesterday even though the casualty figures remain low.
The new restrictions will come into force with immediate effect as per the orders issued by the Disaster Management Cell of the revenue department.
The government had late last night ordered closure of all educational institutions, including residential schools till January 26 in view of a surge in Covid cases.
All nursing and medical colleges have been allowed to remain open but amidst strict Covid protocol.
All government offices will remain closed on Saturdays and Sundays and will operate with 50 per cent attendance. These restrictions will not apply to departments dealing with emergency services like health, police, banks, water, electricity, fire, public transport and telecom.
A complete ban has also been imposed on holding of langars and community feasts at places of worship across the state.
The respective district administrations have been directed to fix the timings for opening and closing of shops and markets or staggering their schedule so that social distancing norms are met.
The police and local administration have been directed to ensure strict adherence to social distancing norms and to Covid protocol.