Covid-19 pandemic: DM Srinagar orders extension of restrictions

KT NEWS SERVICE. Dated: 6/2/2020 12:51:34 AM

SRINAGAR, June 1: District magistrate Srinagar Dr Shahid Iqbal Choudhary has ordered extension of restrictions while allowing a degree of easing of lockdown imposed in view of Covid-19 pandemic in the district.
The restrictions have been extended up to June 8. Issued under Section 144 of CrPC the order states that the extension in restrictions has been ordered in view of the situation that still exists due to the pandemic in the district adding that the decision has been taken in light of suggestions from experts from medical care and healthcare.
The order extending the restrictions while permitting a level of easing of the lockdown is in line with the new lockdown order and guidelines issued thereunder that the J&K State Executive Committee (SEC) issued on May 31.
It permits operation of activities and establishments associated with various essential services across the district while laying down a method for it and a standard operating procedure to ensure safe running.
The activities and establishments allowed to operate with limited capacities and in limited numbers from June 1 include those dealing in handlooms and handicrafts, animal husbandry and fisheries, forestry and sericulture, agriculture and horticulture, e-commerce and courier, finance and insurance, banking and industry, IT and ITES companies, private hospitals, nursing homes and diagnostic laboratories, repair workshops and self-employed mechanics, milk and dairy shops, groceries and bakeries, fruit and vegetable shops, mutton and poultry shops, self-help groups, selection processes, and marriages.
These services have different stipulations from one another and adherence to the latter is an important condition of running an operation in each case. In each market for instance only 30 percent of groceries, bakeries and fruit and vegetable shops and only two shops of mutton and poultry dealers will be allowed to operate. The full details of stipulations are given in the order — which has been publicised and circulated through the media. The order is available online on the website of the Srinagar district administration.
Each one of these operations and all those involved or associated with it will be obligated to ensure adherence to social distancing and other notified guidelines aimed at preventing spread of the Covid-19 disease. The order states that those found violating these guidelines will be fined 1000 rupees per violation and also booked for it under the law.
Developmental works having been put on hold have also been authorised for resumption with the DM having permitted and asked the concerned departments to restart execution on them forthwith across the district.
Meanwhile the District Disaster Management Authority or DDMA under powers under the disaster management act 2005 has ordered that persons violating the April 29 order directing for mandatory wearing of face masks at all public and work places and places of shopping in Srinagar will be fined Rs 500.
Both the orders directing for imposing fines for non-compliance with social distancing among other notified guidelines and violating the order for wearing face masks will remain applicable till June 30.
Officials said it is notable that the Srinagar administration has been holding regular periodic reviews of the overall situation due to Covid-19 in the district. Following sustained and successful containment efforts over the last two-three months the administration last week held multiple consultations with experts seeking their suggestions as to whether and how lockdown should be eased. Meetings in this regard were also held with trade bodies to give and take advice.



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