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Updated 11 May 2021
As active corona cases continue to rise in the union territory of Chandigarh, coupled with oxygen shortage, the government has now implemented lockdown-like restrictions to curb the deadly virus.
Starting from May 8 to May 17, partial lockdown has been across the UT. Here’s everything you need to know about this lockdown: what’s open, what’s not, and who’s exempted.
The Chandigarh administration had already imposed a weekend “corona curfew” from 5 am on 8 May till 5 am on 10 May. On May 10, the curfew has been extended for another week, till May 17. The earlier announced night curfew from 6 PM to 5 AM will continue.
What is allowed?
Shops selling essential items like milk, bread, vegetables, fruits, dairy products, eggs, meat, groceries, mobile repair will be allowed to remain open.
Restaurants including hotels, cafes, coffee shops will be allowed to function only for home deliveries. No seating arrangements will be permitted inside the eating premises. Home delivery can be done upto 9 PM, and takeaways will be allowed till 5 PM.
All government offices and banks can function with 50% capacity. However, this excludes departments/organizations who are attended to COVID-19 related works. As far as possible, all private offices will ensure that their staff shall work from home. Manufacturing units/industry shall be allowed to remain open.
Street vendors dealing with essential items and mobile street vendors will be allowed upto 5 PM.
The total number of people attending occasions like marriages will be restricted to 20 and 10 persons will be allowed for funerals.
What is closed to visitors/attendees?
Cinema halls, gyms, spas, bars, swimming pools, coaching centers will remain closed. Sports complexes have also been ordered to shut down. Special permission can be given by Secretary (Sports) to athletes preparing for the Olympics and other competitions.
Social, cultural, sports and political gatherings have been strictly banned. Recruitment exams will be postponed except for UPSC and other examinations permitted by the Chandigarh administration.
All hospitals, nursing homes and health-related facilities like testing laboratories, etc., will be allowed to function normally.
Crowded places, the Sukhna Lake, Museums, Libraries, Rock Garden etc., will remain closed. The parks, however, will remain open from 6 AM fil 9 AM.
School, colleges, coaching centers will remain closed. However, teaching staff will be required to come as per detailed instructions issued by the Education Department.
Will transport facilities be available?
Public transport will run at 50%.
While the movement of vehicles has been allowed during the day time, residents are requested to stay at home and avoid unnecessary travel.
Can you travel to/from Chandigarh during the lockdown?
While there are no inter-state movement restrictions, those entering Chandigarh without negative COVID reports or vaccine certificates will be subject to random testing.