On Tuesday, Chandigarh begins opening as shops, malls, restaurants, bars and gyms to function from June 9. While shops and shopping malls can remain open from 10 am to 6 pm, eating outlets inside the malls can operate till 8 pm.
The war room meeting was done where the decision was taking in the presence of officials and medical representatives.
Though, the night curfew will continue to be in force from 10 pm to 5 am. There will be a proper curfew on Sunday, it was decided and announced by the UT . Only the essential shops will be allowed to open and movement of vehicles will be restricted.
“Malls must ensure that there is no crowding within the shops or in open areas. Screening of visitors to check temperature and proper sanitisation should be arranged at the entrance of the malls”, said the UT administration.
With only 50% capacity Gyms, wellness centres, clubs and spas have been allowed to open. The officials said owners must ensure that the members using the facility are vaccinated and strict Covid protocol must be followed.
“The shop owners will ensure that Covid protocol is duly followed. All persons must wear masks and shopping areas must be regularly sanitised. Shopkeepers can be penalised for any violation of Covid protocol,” said in the statement and also after so many crucial discussions it was decided that all shops will remain open from 10 am to 6 pm.
All restaurants and bars have been allowed to function with 50 per cent capacity from 10 am to 9 pm. “The relaxations will be reviewed and can be withdrawn too, if Covid protocol is not strictly followed. Nobody can rule out a third wave”, said UT Adviser Manoj Parida.