The Punjab government on Tuesday ordered curbs on both indoor and outdoor gatherings from March 1 and authorised deputy commissioners to impose night-curfew in COVID-19 hotspots in their districts if needed.
Chairing a virtual review meeting of the Covid-19 situation in Punjab, Chief Minister Amarinder Singh issued orders to limit indoor gatherings to 100 people and outdoor events to 200 attendees from March 1.
The Punjab Chief Minister also directed that face masks and social distancing norms be strictly enforced. Authorities have been told to adopt micro-containment strategies as well, while police has been directed to ensure that people wear masks. The chief minister said a decision on reducing occupancy in cinema halls will be taken after March 1. Private offices and restaurants will be encouraged to display last Covid-19 tests done for all employees.
Punjab is among five states that have been asked by the Centre to refocus on strict surveillance, containment and RT-PCR testing to check the growing number of cases. The other four states are Maharashtra, Kerala, Chhattisgarh and Madhya Pradesh.