Srinagar: Authorities here on Friday ordered imposing of corona curfew in ten wards in Srinagar amid rise in the number of covid-19 cases.
As per an order issued by District Magistrate Srinagar Mohammad Aijaz (IAS), there shall be strict corona curfew in the areas of Zadibal (SMC Ward No’s: 55-Hawal, 56-Alamgari Bazar, & 63-Kathi Darwaz) and Lal Bazar (SMC Ward No’s: 59-Lalbazar, 60-Botshah Mohalla, 61-Umer Colony) for a period of 10 days.
“There has been a steep rise in Covid positive cases in District Srinagar in the last 24 days which needs interventional and effective measures,” reads the order.
“It has observed that around 70% of the daily positive cases during these days have been detected from few particular areas,” the order reads.
The order noted that identified hotspots were declared Micro Containment Zones and certain measures under section 144 CrPC were in place for containment of spread of Coronavirus, largely aimed at prohibition on public gathering and movement of public transport, did not led to significant decline in the number of cases and more stringent measures were needed to ensure that the infection does not spread exponentially.
“Strict containment measures are also required in order to ensure safety of the General Public and to prevent transmission of Covid-19 to other parts of District Srinagar.”
The Magistrate said that the situation has been reviewed and after obtaining feedback from the stakeholder agencies, “it has been felt expedient to put in place reasonable restrictions to minimize the chances of public gatherings and eliminate the epidemic spread chain in every form.”
The activities that have been allowed include all essential services including all incidental services and activities needed for smooth functioning of these activities shall be allowed to continue, both in the public and private sector. “Standalone grocery/ vegetable/ meat/ milk shops may also remain open and functional to ensure provisioning of essential supplies from 7:00Am to 11:00AM only.”
There will be no hindrance to the smooth movement of goods and essential supplies as well as no restriction on the movement of Government Officials for attending office/duties, on production of I-Cards/ Official Orders, the order reads.
“All development/ construction works shall be allowed to continue without any hindrance,” it said.
The vaccination drive, it said, shall not be halted. “Localized mobile teams shall be constituted to provide vaccination in colonies, residential areas and containment zones.”
Among the non-permissible or restricted activities, the order reads that there shall be a 24 hour complete ‘Corona’ curfew with no movement of people except for permissible activities only. “All Educational institutions shall remain closed.”
All Shopping Complexes, Bazaars, Saloons, Barber Shops, Cinema Halls, Restaurants,
Sport Complexes, Gyms, Spas, Swimming Pools, Parks, Zoos, etc, shall remain closed, it said.
“No social gatherings/functions whether indoors or outdoors shall be allowed. The permitted ceiling for marriage shall be restricted to 20 persons only,” the order reads, adding, “The gathering at funerals shall be limited to 10 persons only.”
There will be no ingress and egress of the public permitted in these areas except in case of Medical exigencies, the order added.