Weekend lockdown in Haryana's 9 districts, including Faridabad and Gurugram
Faridabad : The Haryana government has announced weekend lockdown in nine districts, including Gurugram and Faridabad, to control the spread of coronavirus cases in the state. The lockdown will start from 10 pm on Friday till 5 am on Monday.
The districts where lockdown has been implemented are Panchkula, Gurugram, Faridabad, Sonipat, Rohtak, Karnal, Hisar, Sirsa, and Fatehabad.
The weekend lockdown order was issued by Vijay Vardhan, chief secretary and chairperson of the Haryana State Executive Committee, under the Disaster Management Act, 2005.
"Whereas, the Covid-19 pandemic is again posing threat to public health, the Haryana government has considered it necessary to take effective measures to prevent its spread in the state," excerpts from the order read.
According to the order, the general public has been barred from traveling on foot or vehicles on roads during the time period.
From the past three weeks, the situation in the districts has worsened with shortage of oxygen and ICU beds.
As per Vardhan’s order, only those tasked with law and order, municipal services, health, electricity, fire, government machinery tasked with Covid-19 related duties, executive magistrates, police personnel, military, Central Armed Police Force (CAPF), accredited journalist are allowed movement provided they show their identify cards.
For general public, movement for appearing in examination, those on examination duties on production of admit or identity cards, those engaged in manufacture of essential goods are also exempted.
Vardhan’s order further stated that there will no curb on movement of inter-state and intra-state essential and non-essential goods.
“Hospitals, veterinary hospitals and all related medical establishments, including their manufacturing and distribution units, both in public and private sector, such as dispensaries, chemist, pharmacies (including Jan Aushadhi Kendra) and medical equipment shops, laboratories, pharmaceutical research labs, clinics, nursing homes, ambulance will continue to remain functional. The transportation of all medical personnel, nurses, paramedical, other hospital support services will be permitted,” it says.