Amid lockdown, a motorcyclist rides past a barricade in Pulwama town
Amid lockdown, a motorcyclist rides past a barricade in Pulwama town (Photo Credit: Reshi Irshad)

SRINAGAR — The government on Sunday announced that there will be no weekend lockdown in 16 districts even as it extended the closure of educational institutions till the end of this month.

The daily night curfew, however, will continue from 8 PM to 7 AM in these districts. The relaxations will come into effect from Monday.

As per a government order, the 16 districts are Jammu, Kathua, Samba, Poonch, Rajouri, Kishtwar, Ramban, Udhampur, Anantnag, Bandipora, Baramulla, Budgam, Ganderbal, Pulwama, Kulgam and Shopian.

“Restaurants and Bars can open for in-dining from 7 AM till 10 PM at 50 per cent of its total capacity, only for the customers who are vaccinated or are carrying a negative RT-PCR or RAT report of 48 hours prior,” reads the order by Chief Secretary (Chairperson, State Executive Committee), Arun Kumar Mehta.

All outdoor shops have been permitted to open on all days, only from 7 AM till 7 PM. The market associations will have to fully cooperate with the local administration in ensuring strict compliance to the COVID appropriate behaviour, the order said further.

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“All shops in the indoor shopping complexes / Malls can open, only from 7 AM till 7 PM, only for the consumers who are vaccinated or for customers with negative RT-PCR or RAT report of 48 hours prior. The shop owners/managers/staff will have to ensure compliance with it. The District Magistrates shall strictly enforce this measure,” the order said.

Also, indoor sports complexes and Gyms have been permitted to open at 50 per cent of their total capacity for persons vaccinated or those with valid negative reports for Covid. “The Swimming Pools will, however, continue to remain closed.”

As regards four other districts including Srinagar, a weekend curfew from Friday 8 PM till Monday 7 AM and daily night curfew from 8 PM till 7 AM shall continue to remain in force,” the order said.

While all outdoor shops and bazaars are permitted to open five days a week (except on Saturdays and Sundays), 50% of the shops in indoor shopping complexes / Malls can open subject to a roster to be issued by concerned Deputy Commissioners, the order said.

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Significantly also, restaurants and bars can open for in-dining from 7 AM till 10 PM at 50 per cent of their total capacity for the customers who are vaccinated or are carrying a negative RT-PCR or RAT report of 48 hours prior.

Besides this, the government has ordered that all Universities, colleges and technical and skill development institutions in J&K shall remain closed for imparting on-campus and in-person education to the students till July 31.

However, in-person education has been allowed for the courses/programs that require the physical presence of students on account of laboratory, research, thesis work and internship etc.

“Teaching in all these institutions will be in online mode,” the order said, adding, “All schools and coaching centres in J&K shall continue to remain closed for imparting on-campus and in-person education to students of all classes till July 31.”

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