Punjab

PUNJAB GOVT ISSUES GUIDLEINES FOR REOPENNING OF WORSHIP PLACES, HOTELS, RESTUARANTS & SHOPPING MALLS

June 06, 2020 09:36 PM

Chandigarh (Face2News)

Punjab Government today issued guidelines regarding phased for the reopening of worship places, hotels, restaurants & other hospitality services and shopping malls in the Lockdown.5-Unlock 1 for the period of 01.06.2020 to 30.06.2020.

Disclosing this here today, official spokesperson of the Punjab Government said that the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA), Government of India, has issued guidelines on 30.05.2020 for opening of places of worship, hotels, restaurants and other hospitality services and shopping malls from 08.06.2020 as per the SOPs of the Ministry of Health & Family Welfare (MoHFW), Government of India.

Places of worship and religious places, hotels, restaurants and other hospitality services and shopping malls are allowed to open from 08.06.2020. The management of these institutions would abide by the relevant SOPs. In addition, the managements would also abide by the guidelines of the Punjab Government such as every person entering the mall shall have COVA app on their phone. But in case of a family one person having COVA app shall be permitted to enter the mall. Loitering in the mall will not be allowed.

He further informed that places of worship and religious places, hotels, restaurants and other hospitality services and shopping malls are allowed to open from 08.06.2020. The management of these institutions would abide by the relevant SOPs. In addition, the managements would also abide by the guidelines of the Punjab Government such as every person entering the mall shall have COVA app on their phone. But in case of a family one person having COVA app shall be permitted to enter the mall. Loitering in the mall will not be allowed.

He said that entry into the mall shall he based on a token system to adhere to the maximum capacity. Ideally, a maximum time limit for person/a group of persons entering the mall should also be enforced. The maximum capacity of the persons allotted in each shop in the mall shall be fixed on the basis of maintenance of 6 feet distance (2 gaz ki duri) i.e. an area of approx 10x10 for each person entering the shop. Further, an additional 25% shall be allowed for common areas to determine the total capacity of the mall.

He revealed that the management shall be responsible for ensuring the maximum capacity of the mall and of each shop displayed and no more than 50 percent of the maximum capacity shall at any point of time enter the mall/ be present in any single shop. Besides, each shop shall have markers to indicate social distancing for those waiting to enter. Lifts shall not be used except in case of disabled persons or in medical emergency. Escalators may only be used with distancing. In addition, trial of clothing, accessories shall not be permitted.

He stated that the health team of the districts shall regularly check the employees working in the shops of the mall. Restaurants/Food Courts shall not operate in any of the malls except for takeaway/ home-delivery. The managements of these places shall make adequate arrangements to ensure hand hygiene, social distancing and wearing of masks. Restaurants shall only be allotted to open for take away and home delivery as of now. There would be no ‘dine-in’ facility till further orders. Home delivery may be allowed till 8 pm. The situation shall he reviewed on 15.06.2020.

He added that the managements of these places shall make adequate arrangements to ensure hand hygiene, social distancing and wearing of masks. Hotel restaurants shall remain closed and food shall be served only in the rooms for hotel guests. The situation shall be reviewed on 15.06.2020. Night curfew shall strictly be enforced and movement of individuals shall only be permissible from 5 am to 9 pm. However, the guest would be allowed to enter and leave the hotel premises between 9 pm to 5 am based on their schedule of travel by flight/train. The air/train ticket would serve as a curfew pass for one-time movement of these guests to and from the Hotel during the curfew hours (9 pm to 5 am). The managements of these places shall make adequate arrangements to ensure hand hygiene, social distancing and wearing of masks.

He said that places of Worship/Religious Places shall remain open only, between 5 am to 8 pm. The maximum number of persons at the time of worship shall not exceed 20 with due distancing, and therefore the worship time should staggered in smaller groups. The managements of these places shall make adequate arrangements to ensure hand hygiene, social distancing and wearing of mask, There shall be no distribution of prasad, food and serving of food/langar. Any violation of these guidelines and lockdown measures shall be punishable under sections 51 to 60 of the Disaster management Act, 2005 besides legal action under section 188 of Indian Penal Code (IPC).

It is reiterated that the State Government guidelines and SOPs of MoHFW, GOI shall not be diluted in any way and these shall be strictly followed by the institutions. The district authorities may, however, impose additional restrictions, as deemed necessary, based on their assessment of the local situation.

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