GURUGRAM: In view of the rising cases of Covid-19 in the state, health minister Anil Vij on Thursday announced an extension of curfew hours, saying all shops in Haryana except essential ones selling medicines will close by 6pm from Friday. The state has also banned all non-essential gatherings.
“All shops will remain closed from 6pm onward in Haryana from tomorrow (Friday), all non-essential gatherings are banned, anybody holding any function within the prescribed limit will have to seek permission from concerned SDM (sub-divisional magistrate),” Vij, who also holds the home portfolio, said in a tweet.
However, Haryana chief minister Manohar Lal Khattar later clarified that standalone stores located in less crowded areas would be exempted from the revised timings. “But deputy commissioner of each district will take a final decision on this.”
Haryana had recently capped the number of attendees at indoor events to 50 and in open spaces to 200 and imposed night curfew from 10pm to 5am.
Speaking to TOI, Vij said that the decision to close shops by 6pm was taken to keep people indoors. “The night curfew is already in place but people still go out in the evenings as the markets are open. The closure of shops in the evening will discourage people from venturing out.”
He said the state government has also banned non-essential gatherings and the organiser of any function, within prescribed limit, will have to seek permission from the sub-divisional magistrate of their area.
However, when asked, deputy commissioner of Gurugram, Yash Garg, said he was yet to receive order from the state government in this regard. “We will arrange for strict implementation of the order as soon as the state government issues it on Friday.”
On April 12, the government imposed a night curfew in the state from 9pm to 5am, but later the night timing was relaxed by an hour.