Jammu and Kashmir imposes weekend restrictions amid surge in Covid cases

Amid a pointy surge in Covid cases, the Jammu and Kashmir administration on Saturday (January 15) imposed “complete restriction on non-essential movement” throughout weekends within the Union Territory. 

As Covid cases rose by 2,456 a day earlier, the Jammu and Kashmir administration imposed an evening curfew from 9 pm to six am in all districts alongside with the entire restriction on non-essential motion.

The order was issued by the State Executive Committee headed by Chief Secretary Dr Arun Kumar Mehta.

The determination was taken following an in depth review of the present Covid-19 state of affairs in Jammu and Kashmir by the Chief Secretary with the ACS (Finance), ACS (Health and Medical Education), Principal Secretary (Home), Principal Secretary (PWD- R&B), ADG/IGs, Divisional Commissioners, Deputy Commissioners, Superintendents of Police and other officers of Jammu and Kashmir on January 14.

“It was observed that there is a need for additional measures besides continuing with the existing COVID containment measures in all Districts in view of the uneven trend observed in daily Covid cases as well as rising positivity rate,” the committee mentioned.

The SEC underlined that the enforcement of Covid-appropriate behaviour was crucial in figuring out the necessity for added restrictions.

“All the Government Department(s)/Office(s) shall minimise conducting in-person meetings/interactions etc. All Administrative Secretaries/ Head of the Departments)/ Institution(s) shall ensure optimal use of virtual mode for conducting official meetings etc,” reads an order by SEC.

To scale back the speed of transmission inside J&Ok, the SEC mentioned that all efforts shall be made by authorities by way of lively involvement of PRIs, Community Leaders, Market Associations and Federations.

“IEC campaign for containing surge in Covid cases/3rd Wave shall be undertaken immediately by all District Magistrates (Chairperson, District Disaster Management Authorities) in their respective jurisdictions highlighting the necessity of Covid Appropriate Behaviour (CAB).”

The SEC reiterated that a most variety of people permitted to attend any indoor or out of doors gathering shall be strictly restricted to 25.

“Banquet halls in all the districts of J&K are permitted to allow gathering up to 25 vaccinated persons (with verifiable RT-PCR or RAT not older than 72 hours) or 25% of the authorised capacity (whichever is less), preferably in open spaces.”

The order learn that cinema halls, theatres, multiplexes, eating places, golf equipment, gymnasiums and swimming swimming pools are permitted to operate at 25% of the authorised capability with due precautions comparable to CAB and adherence to the SOPs.

As regards the schooling establishments, all Colleges, Schools, Polytechnics, ITIs, Coaching Centres for Civil Services/Engineering/NEET and many others. have been requested to undertake on-line medium of educating. “There shall be no in-person teaching.”

Also, evening Curfew shall proceed to stay in pressure in all Districts from 9 pm to six am with full restriction on non-essential motion.

“There shall also be complete restriction on non-essential movement during weekends in entire J&K,” the order reads, including, “All Deputy Commissioners shall intensify testing and ensure full utilisation of available RT-PCR and RAT capacities. There shall be no drop in testing levels.”

The Deputy Commissioners have been additionally requested to concentrate on the positivity charges of the Medical-Blocks beneath their jurisdictions. “Intensified measures related to Covid management and restriction of activities shall be undertaken in these Blocks.”

Inner-state motion of passenger vehicles of State Road Transport Corporation and personal buses shall be permitted for absolutely vaccinated people with verifiable RT-PCR report not older than 72 hours or on-spot RAT check.

Vaccinated people will be allowed entry to parks after due verification.

“Entry into Parks shall be permitted to vaccinated persons only with due verification. Surprise checks shall be conducted by inspection teams to assess the implementation and initiate corrective measures.”

Jammu and Kashmir recorded the very best single-day rise of Covid cases this 12 months on Friday when 2,456 recent infections pushed the tally to three,52,623, while 5 fatalities took the dying linked to the viral illness to 4,557.

The SEC directed all deputy commissioners to accentuate testing and represent groups to implement Covid acceptable behaviour.

The Home Secretary will monitor the enforcement of Covid acceptable behaviour intently and submit a report back to the chairperson of the SEC every day foundation, the order mentioned. District magistrates can order the organising of as many micro containment zones as wanted.

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