Chandigarh: Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh on Monday announced some relaxations in lockdown in urban areas.
These include opening of non-essential shops on Saturdays and relaxation in their timing from Monday to Saturday till 9 pm. Night curfew will be in place in all cities/towns now from 9.30 pm to 5 am, as per the revised decision.
Hotels and restaurants will be allowed to remain open on all days, including Sundays, till 9 pm, after which home delivery of food will be allowed, as per the revised guidelines.
It has also been decided to align opening of non-essential shops in Mohali with the rest of the tri-city namely Chandigarh and Panchkula.
The decisions were announced by the Chief Minister during his second round of virtual meeting with Punjab Congress MLAs to discuss the COVID-19 situation.
He told the meeting that Dr KK Talwar, who heads the state government’s expert group on COVID-19, had advised easing of these relaxations with due precautions.
Chief Minister directed the Electricity Department to not charge bills on the average of the previous year but to send actual bills. The direction was given in response to complaints of shopkeepers getting inflated bills even though their shops had remained closed for a long duration.
He also announced cash compensation of Rs. 1500 for construction workers who test positive or whose immediate family has tested positive and they have to be quarantined.