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Haryana extends lockdown till June 28: Corporate offices can operate with full strength, no restrictions on number of visitors in malls

The number of new Covid-19 cases in the state has seen a consistent decline in the past few weeks.

By: Express News Service | Chandigarh |
Updated: June 21, 2021 5:35:51 am
Metro railway track wears a deserted look during the ongoing Covid-induced lockdown, in Gurugram, Sunday, June 6, 2021. (PTI Photo)

Haryana has decided to extend the ongoing Covid lockdown in the state for another one week (till June 28) from Monday, while allowing more relaxations. The number of new Covid-19 cases in the state has seen a consistent decline in the past few weeks.

As per the new lockdown guidelines, several relaxations have been offered in shop-opening and closure timings, operation of malls, restaurants, and bars. Swimming pools and spas will, however, continue to remain shut, with the number of guests permitted in weddings and funerals being increased. The ban on wedding processions will continue to be in place, the fresh set of instructions issued on Sunday said.

The new relaxations introduced on Sunday, include corporate offices now being permitted to open with full attendance subject to strict observance of social distancing, and all other Covid-19 appropriate behaviour, and regular sanitisation.

Gatherings in weddings, funerals/ cremations have been allowed for up to 50 persons subject to strict observance of Covid-19 appropriate behaviour and social distancing norms. Weddings can take place at places other than home and courts, too, but the ban on wedding processions will continue. In open spaces, gatherings will be allowed with a ceiling of 50 people.

The new set of rules also stated that clubhouses/ restaurants/ bars of golf courses will be allowed to open with 50 per cent seating capacity from 10am to 10pm. Members/ visitors shall be allowed to ply in golf courses by management in a staggered manner so as to avoid overcrowding. Sports complexes and stadia have been permitted to open for outdoor sports activities, except contact sports (spectators will not be allowed). Sports authorities have also been instructed to ensure adherence of requisite social distancing norms, regular sanitisation of the premises and all Covid appropriate behavioural norms.

From next week on, all shops have been allowed to stay open from 9am to 8pm, while malls have been permitted to remain open from 10am to 8pm and will have no restrictions on the number of visitors. Restaurant and Bars (including in hotels and malls) can stay open from 10am to 10pm, with 50 per cent of the seating capacity and while observing all Covid-appropriate norms. Home delivery from hotels, restaurants, and fast food joints has been permitted upto 10 pm.

All religious places too have been allowed to open while allowing 50 people to enter at a time.

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