COVID-19: Travel for non-essential activities prohibited in Chandigarh between 10 p.m. and 5 a.m.

Considering the rise in COVID-19 cases across the country, the Chandigarh District Disaster Management Authority said on Friday that there would be a ban on the movement of individuals for all non-essential activities between 22 hours and 5 am in the territory of the Union. The order was issued by Chandigarh administration to contain the spread of COVID-19.

“Vinay Pratap Singh, IAS, District Magistrate, Union Territory Chandigarh, in exercise of the powers vested in me under Section 144 of the CrPC, orders that there be a ban on the movement of individuals for all non-essential activities between 10:00 p.m. to 5:00 a.m. in Chandigarh No one should leave their home or move on foot or in a vehicle or travel or stand or wander on any road or public places during the above hours” , the order said. The order further stated that the movement of people engaged in essential activities, including emergency services, medical health, transportation of essential goods, the operation of multiple teams in the industries, offices, etc. (both public and private), the movement of people and goods on national roads and national highways, the unloading of goods, the travel of people to their destinations after having r landed buses, trains and planes will be exempt from the ordinance.

Those responsible for law and order, municipal services, functions including the executive, magistrates, police personnel, uniformed military/CAPF personnel, electrical, firefighters, media Accredited telecommunications services and government devices responsible for COVID-19 related tasks (all upon presentation of ID card) will also be exempt from ordering. There will be no restrictions on interstate and intrastate movements of essential and non-essential goods, as per the copy of the order.

All vehicles/persons in bona fide transit (interstate/intrastate) will be permitted to pass, but only after proper verification of origin and destination. Hospitals, pharmacies and ATMs will be allowed to remain open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. The order took effect immediately and will remain in effect until further notice. (ANI)

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Michelle J. Kelley