Dharamshala: Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur on Friday announced that the statewide curfew would be relaxed for three hours daily to allow public convenience in purchasing essential items during the course of the lockdown. Previously the State Government had relaxed the curfew for 6 hours before limiting it back to 3 hours due to excessive crowd and violation.
The Chief Minister in his public address via the Live Times TV urged that the relaxation is strictly for the purpose to facilitate greater convenience in purchasing daily needs items and not for commuting from one place to other places un-necessarily.
“I appeal to all of you: step out of your homes only when absolutely necessary; if you do leave your homes to buy the essentials, steer clear of each other and keep a safe distance,” said the Chief Minister.
As authorised by the Chief Minister for all Deputy Commissioners to fix the relaxation time as per their suitability and requirements of the respective district, Kangra Deputy Commissioner Rakesh Kumar Prajapati via social media announced that the 3 hours relaxation in the district would remain from 8 am to 11 am daily.
As of Thursday, 26 March, the CM announced that no new cases of Coronavirus have been reported in the state.
The latest testings of 34 suspected persons for COVID-19 were found to be negative, he said, adding that as many as 2257 people have been kept under surveillance out of which 636 have completed 28 days of surveillance period.
He also announced the extension of the closure of all the offices of the state government up to 31 March 2020 except those notified by the state government as essential services.
Helpline numbers: 104 and 1077 have also been activated to address all queries related to Coronavirus.