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Omicron effect: Haryana limits most public spaces to fully vaccinated

The minister made this announcement while replying to a Calling Attention Motion on the state’s preparedness to tackle the Omicron variant of Covid-19.

By: Express News Service | Chandigarh |
Updated: December 23, 2021 8:13:34 am
Vij then said that 30 per cent of patients admitted at the hospitals in the state were from outside Haryana during the second wave of the pandemic. (File)

FROM JANUARY 1, all those above 18 years who are not fully vaccinated will not be permitted inside public places including restaurants, malls, banks, markets and government offices in Haryana, State Health and Home Minister Anil Vij announced in the Assembly on Wednesday.

“Entry at places like sabzi mandi, bars, restaurants, hotels, grain markets, departmental stores, liquor and wine shops, malls, shopping complexes, cinema halls, haats, local markets and other places of public gathering should be allowed only to fully vaccinated (both the doses of Covid-19 vaccines) people,” said a detailed order sent to all deputy commissioners.

“Only fully vaccinated persons will be allowed to travel from bus stand, railway stations. Other places of gathering like religious places, petrol and CNG stations, LPG gas cylinder collection centres, sugar mills, milk booths, ration shops also to allow only fully vaccinated people.

Both private and government sector banks to allow only fully vaccinated persons. Instructions to the banks may be given accordingly,” it said.

The order specified that vaccination should be made “mandatory for eligible students (more than 18 years old) of colleges/ polytechnics”. “Parks, yogashalas, gym and fitness centres to allow only those who have received second dose of Covid-19 vaccines. Truck and autorickshaw unions to allow only second dose passengers. Managers/ in-charges/ owners of these places to be instructed by deputy commissioners to ensure entry of only those who have received second dose… No individual, including government servants, to be allowed to visit government offices without being fully vaccinated,” it said.

According to official data, the state’s vaccination coverage is 93 per cent for first dose, and 60 per cent for second dose.

Meanwhile, the Punjab government has told its employees they won’t get their salaries if they don’t furnish their Covid vaccine certificate. It has asked the employees to register their full or provisional vaccination certificate number with the state government’s human resources portal iHRMS.
If they fail to do so, they will not be able to get their salaries, the government said in an order

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