Restaurants allowed in-dining at 50% capacity
Jammu: Jammu and Kashmir Government on Sunday announced that there will be no weekend lockdown in 16 districts even as it extended the closure of educational institutions till the end of this month.
The daily night curfew, however, will continue from 2000 hours to 0700 hours in these districts. The relaxations will come into effect from Monday.
As per a government order, the 16 districts are— Jammu, Kathua, Samba, Poonch, Rajouri, Kishtwar, Ramban, Udhampur, Anantnag, Bandipora, Baramulla, Budgam, Ganderbal, Pulwama, Kulgam and Shopian.
“Restaurants and Bars can open for in-dining from 0700 hours till 2200 hours at 50 percent of its total capacity, only for the customers who are vaccinated or carrying a negative RT-PCR or RAT report of 48 hours prior,” reads the order by Chief Secretary, Arun Kumar Mehta, who is also the Chairperson, State Executive Committee.
All outdoor shops have been permitted to open on all days, only from 0700 hours till 1900 hours.
The market associations will have to fully co-operate with the local administration in ensuring strict compliance to the COVID appropriate behaviour, the order said further.
“All shops in the indoor shopping complexes, Malls can open, only from 0700 hours till 1900 hours, only for the consumers who are vaccinated or for customers with negative RT-PCR or RAT report of 48 hours prior,” the order read.
It further said that the shop owners, managers, staff will have to ensure compliance to it and the District Magistrates shall strictly enforce this measure,” the order, a copy.
Also, indoor sports complexes and Gyms have been permitted to open at 50 per cent of their total capacity for persons vaccinated or those with a valid negative report for Covid.
“The Swimming Pools will, however, continue to remain closed,” read the order.
The government has also ordered that all Universities, colleges and technical and skill development institutions in J&K shall remain closed for imparting on-campus and in-person education to the students till July 31.
However, in-person education has been allowed for the courses, programs that require the physical presence of students on account of laboratory, research, thesis work and internship etc.
“Teaching in all these institutions will be in online mode,” the order said, adding, “All schools and coaching centres in J&K shall continue to remain closed for imparting on-campus and in-person education to students of all classes till July 31. (UNI)