Covid-19: Authorities issue new guidelines for JK

Barring Bandipora, all Kashmir districts marked as Red Zone

Srinagar: The Jammu and Kashmir government on Friday issued issued guidelines for “Unlock 2.0″ placing all the districts in red zone except north Kashmir’s Bandipora.

The guidelines also restricted the movement of individuals for non-essential activities in J&K between 10 pm to 5 am, with effect from July 4, till further orders.

According to the new guidelines issued by the administration, all the shopping malls can open subject to Standard Operating Procedures of the Ministry of Health, except in containment zones or hotspots.

However, in the red zone area 50% of shops can remain open on alternate days to be regulated by Dy Commissioners concerned, read the guidelines, adding shops in malls can open from 9 am to 7 pm.

The order issued by the government said ”District Magistrates shall issue specific prohibitory orders in this regard under section 144 CrPC.”

As per the guidelines, government has also restricted all inter-province movement, except after obtaining permission from the authorities. Vehicles permitted by the government can also move accordingly. Besides this, all restaurants, including in hotels, can operate for home delivery, take away and dining-in with up to 50 percent capacity.

The order said that administration has also decided to conduct compulsory COVID-19 RT-PCR test. If the person tests Positive he or she will be sent for 14-day administrative quarantine till the result is negative.

In Kashmir province expect Bandipora district and Ramban district of Jammu province is under the red zone whereas Samba, Ganderbal, Poonch, among others, are under the orange zone. Only Doda and Kishtwar districts are under the green zone.

On Saturday morning, with the death of an elderly man from Baramulla, J&K recorded 125 deaths so far.


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