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Chandigarh lockdown: Non-essential shops to remain closed on weekends

The Chandigarh administration has decided to close all shops in the city except essential services on Saturday and Sunday,

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Chandigarh lockdown: Non-essential shops to remain closed on weekends
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After Haryana, the Chandigarh administration has also decided to close all shops in the city except essential services on Saturday and Sunday, till further order, the administration of the Union Territory has said.

"The undersigned in my capacity as Chairperson of State Executive Committee of State Disaster Management Authority, UT, Chandigarh hereby direct that all shops and establishment (except Essential Shops and Services) will remain closed on Saturdays and Sundays, until further orders," said an order issued by Manoj Parida, Chairperson, State Executive Committee of State Disaster Management Authority (SDMA), Chandigarh, on Friday.

Earlier in the day, an order issued by Haryana Health Minister Anil Vij said, "All offices and shops except essential will remain closed in Haryana on every Saturday and Sunday due to COVID-19."

Meanwhile, tightened lockdown restrictions came into effect in Punjab on Friday with daily night curfew from 7 pm to 5 am and weekend lockdown in all the 167 cities and towns of the state. 

This comes a day after Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh on Thursday ordered a series of emergency measures to check the spread of novel coronavirus in the state. 

"Enough is enough," said Captain Amarinder Singh on Thursday, adding that "we need to be tough without affecting the state`s economic activity." Pointing to the 920 COVID deaths reported in the state so far, he said "each death pains me, and the projections for the coming weeks are grim."

Singh on Friday ordered imposition of Section 144 to prohibit gatherings of more than five persons, for other than marriage and "bhog" ceremonies, warning of strict action against the organisers of such gatherings.

Won't hesitate to take harsher measures after August 31, if needed to check COVID19 spread, Amarinder Singh warned, according to a statement by his media advisor.

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