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Corona Curfew imposed in Himachal Pradesh for ten days

Empty street due to the curfew to fight the surge in coronavirus infections in McLeod Ganj, India, on 24 April 2021.

Empty street due to the curfew to fight the surge in coronavirus infections in McLeod Ganj, India, on 24 April 2021. File photo/Lobsang Wangyal

By Lobsang Wangyal

MCLEOD GANJ, India, 6 May 2021

In view of the sudden spike in the cases of coronavirus infections in Himachal Pradesh, the state government announced ‘Corona Curfew’ for 10 days to contain the spread of the virus.

Starting 6am on 7 May, the curfew will go on till 6am 17 May in Kangra District, as announced in a circular issued by the District Magistrate Rakesh Prajapati.

The curfew hours of 10pm to 5am that were announced on 27th April will continue.

All government and private offices will remain closed. Educational institutions will remain closed till the end of the month.

Non-essential businesses and entertainment facilities will all remain closed during the curfew.

Gathering of more than five people will be unlawful. However, with permission from the authorities up to 20 people will be allowed to gather for weddings or funerals.

Travelling for medical purposes such as getting vaccination or getting tests for Covid or for medical care will be allowed.

Anyone travelling to the District by air, road, or railway will have to register for e-pass at the website of the state government before leaving.

Construction activities will be allowed during the curfew.

Any violator of the order will be punishable under sections 188, 269, and 270 of the Indian Penal Code.

Reports say Himachal Pradesh on Thursday recorded 1,465 Covid-19 cases and 28 fatalities. The total tally recorded is 1,16,252, with 1,707 deaths from the disease, and the active cases in the state now stand at 25,475.

Tourism has been badly hit by the pandemic within the district. Most shops, restaurants, vendors, and businesses are closed, and the streets of McLeod Ganj, otherwise busy with tourists from neighbouring states, are wearing a deserted look.

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