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Night curfew and weekend lockdown imposed in Kangra

The usually busy and bustling Main Square of McLeod Ganj is seen quite empty due to the restrictions to curb the spread of coronavirus infections,  without the tourists who come mainly from neighbouring states,  on 19 April 2021.

The usually busy and bustling Main Square of McLeod Ganj is seen quite empty due to the restrictions to curb the spread of coronavirus infections, without the tourists who come mainly from neighbouring states, on 19 April 2021. Lobsang Wangyal

By Lobsang Wangyal

MCLEOD GANJ, India, 21 April 2021

Keeping in view the rising cases of coronavirus infections in Kangra district in the last few days, the district administration has imposed restrictions to curb the spread of the virus.

Deputy Commissioner Rakesh Prajapati announced a curfew from 8pm to 6am, and lockdown during the weekends (Saturdays and Sundays) indefinitely, except for exempted categories of frontline workers.

He said that the infection rate in the district has increased from 3 percent to 13 percent in April, adding an alarming 526 fresh cases in a single day on Monday, and over 300 on Tuesday. The district recorded 51 deaths in April, pushing the death toll to 277 since the pandemic began.

There will be no restriction on movement of people for both locals and tourists within or those coming from other states. However, pilgrims returning from Kumbh Mela and Varindavan Dham, or from Covid-19 high-load states like Maharastra, Uttar Pradesh, Delhi, Karnataka, Gujarat, Rajasthan, and Punjab, have been directed to remain in home isolation for seven days. Thereafter they will have to take a RT-PCR test for presence of the Coronavirus. Tourists will also have to follow the same guidelines.

Hotels and guest house owners must have their staff members get RT-PCR test before 23rd of this month.

All government offices will function with 50% of the staff. All direct public dealings in government offices will be suspended except for bank and central-government-related works. The online services will remain functional.

Similarly, all educational institutions including coaching centres will remain closed till 1 May. However, any examinations scheduled during this period will be held at the respective institution.

There will be a total ban on entry of the public at religious places. Only daily rituals at these places can be performed. Congregation for purposes such as social, entertainment, sports, academic, cultural, and political will all be prohibited indefinitely. Up to 50 people will be allowed only in cases of marriage and funerals.

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