Amid a surge in Covid-19 cases, the Rajasthan government on Sunday announced the extension of lockdown by 15 days till 5 am on June 8 and issued a fresh set of guidelines. The decision was taken in a meeting chaired by Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot after reviewing the current situation of coronavirus in the state. A day before the council of ministers and experts had suggested extending the lockdown as the healthcare system is still overburdened to tackle the crisis.
According to an official order, the state government may allow some relaxations in commercial activities from June 1 in districts where the Covid-19 situation will improve significantly.
The Covid-19 death toll in Rajasthan jumped to 7,703 on Sunday with 113 more fatalities, while 6,521 new coronavirus cases pushed the infection count to 9,16,042, officials said. Jaipur and Udaipur recorded 27 and 11 deaths respectively while other districts reported deaths below 10. Of the new cases, a maximum of 1,483 were reported from Jaipur, officials said. A total of 7,96,121 Covid-19 patients have recovered so far and the number of active cases currently is 1,12,218, they added.
Here is a list of a new set of guidelines issued by the Rajasthan government to curb Covid-19 spread:
- Weddings and related ceremonies will not be allowed in the state till June 30. Wedding allowed only at home or court in presence of only 11 persons. The same should be informed on the Covidinfo.rajasthan.gov.in website.
- Fine for not wearing a face mask at public places or workplace has been increased from Rs 500 to Rs 1,000.
- Fruit or vegetable carts/markets, bicycles, rickshaws, auto-rickshaws and mobile vans will be allowed to operate.
- All shops, except dairy and milk shops, will remain closed from May 28 at 12 pm till June 1 at 5 pm and then on June 4 at 12 pm to June 8 till 5 pm.
- All religious places will remain closed for devotees throughout the state.
- For Covid-19 vaccination, people will be allowed to visit their nearby centres.
- All schools, colleges, libraries, coaching centres except medical and nursing colleges will remain closed.
- Those entering the state will have to show a negative RTPCR report of the Covid-19 test taken within 72 hours. If not given, the person will be quarantined for 15 days.
- To prevent migration of workers, work in all units related to industry and construction will be allowed.
- Shops of seeds, agricultural equipment, animal feed and grocery stores will be allowed to open from Tuesday to Friday from 6:00 am to 11:00 pm.