Chandigarh imposes weekend lockdown

Chandigarh imposes weekend lockdown

With the sudden spike in Covid-19 cases, the Chandigarh administration announced a weekend lockdown that will start every Friday night. The decision was taken at a high-level meeting chaired by UT Administrator VP Singh Badnore.

The lockdown will be from 10 pm on Friday to 5 am on Monday. However, essential services will be allowed and restaurants can do home delivery. Advisor Manoj Parida said that the Covid vaccination program would continue despite the lockdown.

Night curfew has already been imposed in the city from 10 pm to 5 am. There is also a restriction on gatherings with 200 people for outdoor events and 100 for indoor in Chandigarh.

In another development, an adviser to the Chandigarh Administrator Manoj Parida has said that those eligible for coronavirus vaccine but not taking it should be named and shamed. Parida asked resident welfare associations to help the administration persuade eligible residents in this regard.

“Defaulters should be named and shamed,” said Parida in an official statement issued by the UT Department of Public Relations. He further said, “In other states, people are waiting in long queues to get it while our facilities are underutilized.”

Parida further said any group, association, or society can approach with a list of 100 eligible persons for the vaccine. “We will arrange a special camp near their place,” he said. Also for old disabled persons, our ambulance will pick them for vaccination, if they register with us, said Parida. So far, 1.29 lakh people, including health care workers, have got themselves vaccinated in the city.

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