Haryana extends COVID curbs till 28 Jan but announces some relaxations; check details here

The restrictions which were applicable till 5 am on 19 January have now been extended till 5 am on 28 January. A night curfew from 11 pm to 5 am is already in force in the state

Press Trust of India January 18, 2022 22:32:28 IST
Haryana extends COVID curbs till 28 Jan but announces some relaxations; check details here

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Chandigarh: The Haryana government on Tuesday extended COVID-19 restrictions in the state till 28 January, but allowed gyms and spas to operate with 50 percent capacity while liquor vends can now open till 10 pm.

Initially, various restrictions imposed by the 5 January order in "Group A" districts, which had witnessed a big spike in cases, were imposed in all districts, the Haryana State Disaster Management Authority (HSDMA) had said in an earlier order issued on 13 January.

Now, the guidelines released through orders on 5, 10 and 13 January will continue as before with modification of allowing gyms and spas to now operate with 50 percent capacity utilisation while liquor vends will be allowed to open till 10 pm as against 6 pm earlier, as per the HSDMA order.

Earlier on 10 January, the Haryana government had banned large gatherings of people such as rallies and protests and extended existing restrictions including the closure of cinema halls and sports complexes to eight more districts.

The order issued by the HSDMA on 13 January had said the restrictions will be applicable till 5 am on 19 January, which have now been extended to 28 January (5 am).

Earlier, these restrictions were imposed in 11 districts, including Karnal, Panipat, Rohtak, Jhajjar, Gurugram, Faridabad, Ambala, Panchkula and Sonipat. Later, these restrictions were extended to all 22 districts in the state.
Cinema halls, theatres and multiplexes shall remain closed, the earlier order issued on 5 January had stated.

"Hence, restrictions imposed in Group A districts (other 11 districts) vide order dated 5 January, shall also be imposed in these (eight districts)," said the earlier order.

As per earlier guidelines, the malls and markets are allowed to open till 6 pm. However, shops selling essential items like milk and medicine will be allowed to open at all times to enable them to serve the public at large.

All sports complexes, swimming pools, gyms and stadiums shall remain closed except when being used for training of sportspersons for participation in national and international events, the earlier order had said.

All entertainment parks and B2B exhibitions are prohibited, it had said. The government and private offices, except for emergency/essential services, have been advised to function with 50 percent staff attendance.

Haryana has witnessed a huge spike in COVID-19 cases over the past three weeks. To check the spread of the viral infection, the state government has banned people eligible for vaccination but not fully vaccinated from entering shopping malls, cinema halls, restaurants and grain markets, among other crowded places, starting 1 January.

A night curfew from 11 pm to 5 am is already in force in the state.

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