J&K : Covid Restrictions Relaxed Over Gatherings for Independence Day Celebrations

  • | Monday | 9th August, 2021

Keen observation over covid cases on 15 August. 

Over the National celebration, the Jammu and Kashmir State Executive Committee (SEC) on Sunday announced temporary relaxations. The relaxations are on the number of people gathering indoor and outdoor. 

 According to an order signed by the state chief secretary and SEC chairman Arun Kumar Mehta, a maximum of 25 people will be permitted to attend gatherings now. "However, this sealing will be temporarily relaxed on August 15 on account of Independence Day celebrations, subject to Covid-appropriate behavior," the order stated.

The SEC has decided to continue with various pandemic containment measures like night curfew and closure of educational institutions across the Union territory till further orders. The night curfew will be enforced in the UT every day from 8 pm to 7 am. “There is a need to continue with the existing Covid containment measures in all the districts in view of the uneven trend in the daily cases,” the order read.

The SEC further asked deputy commissioners to focus on Covid positivity rates, testing for coronavirus, tracking and treating of infected individuals in the medical blocks under their jurisdictions, with a renewed focus on panchayat-level mapping of cases and effective micro-containment zones in case an unusual spike in cases is noticed. “The three `T` protocols of testing, tracking and treating, besides vaccination, need to be strengthened in these blocks. The proportion of RT-PCR tests in the total mix should be scaled up, on a best effort basis, to 70 percent or more, excluding travelers,” the order said.

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