The Chandigarh Administration has decided to allow shops to reopen for a few hours on weekdays.
Keeping in view the substantial reduction in the number of covid cases, the loss of livelihood for daily wagers and substantial set back to traders, shopkeepers and other commercial organizations, the following decisions were taken in the War Room :-
All shops will be allowed to remain open from 09:00 AM to 03:00 PM. However, all shops premises will be totally sanitized.
All customers entering the shops and all persons attending them mandatorily wear masks.
The concerned Market Associations must ensure availability of masks both in shop floors and entry points to markets.
They will also ensure that there is no congestion or crowding inside the shops premises or in the open areas of the market places.
All shopping malls, cinema halls, theatres, museums, gym, libraries, spa, salons, Sukhna Lake & Rock Garden will continue to remain closed.
Restaurants will not be allowed any in-room dining. However, home delivery and take-aways will be allowed.
Night curfew from 06:00 PM to 05:00 AM will continue.
The weekend curfew from 06:00 PM (on Friday, the 28th of May, 2021) to 05:00 AM (on Monday, the 31st of May, 2021) will continue. During the weekend curfew, only essential shops will be allowed to remain open.
Sampark Centres will remain open. However, covid protocol will be strictly followed.
As far as possible, the private sector employees should work from home. No action will be taken against private offices remaining open, wherever necessary.
The Sport Centres will remain open for national players and those preparing for Olympic and national games
The Administrator decided that the demand of trade and industry for exemption of rent in government-owned/allotted shops will separately be examined alongwith similar demand for relaxation in electricity, water charges, property tax etc.
The Administrator expressed serious concern about the number of fatalities caused by Corona. He directed Secretary Social Welfare that in case of any orphans, who are suffering due to death of their guardians, they should be accommodated and taken care in government welfare homes. All cost will be borne by UT Administration.
The Administrator also stated that restrictions will be reviewed and re-imposed, if corona situation does not improve in the city.