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All Shops to Remain Closed on Weekends in Amritsar Except Milk Supply and Medical Stores

For representation: PTI

For representation: PTI

The move came a day after the state government announced stricter lockdown on weekends and public holidays.

The district administration of Amritsar, which is the worst affected by coronavirus in Punjab, on Friday announced that all shops except medical stores will remain closed on weekends.

Also, people will have to get an e-pass for movement on weekends.

"All shops will remain closed on Saturday and Sunday but hospital, medical stores and milk supply will be permitted," Amritsar Police Commissioner Sukhchain Singh Gill said.

The move came a day after the state government announced stricter lockdown on weekends and public holidays.

According to new guidelines issued by the state government, only shops dealing with essential commodities and services will be allowed to operate on all days of the week.

Other shops, either standalone or in shopping malls, shall remain closed on Sundays, while on Saturdays they can open till 5 pm, it said.

In addition to the Sunday closure, district magistrates may also choose, in consultation with the respective market associations, to order closure of the non-essential shops on any other day of the week in high-risk areas.

Amritsar has reported the maximum number of 592 coronavirus cases and 16 deaths in the state.

first published:June 12, 2020, 21:30 IST