All programmes of Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur scheduled till January 15 have been cancelled in the wake of the spread of COVID-19 cases in the state.
A spokesman of the State Government said, “Due to increase in the number of COVID-19 cases the scheduled programmes of Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur, which include tour programmes to Sulah constituency on January 10, Hamirpur and Naduan on January 11 and 12, stand cancelled.”
Meanwhile the state government has also resorted to five days working in a week in all state government, PSUs, local bodies, autonomous bodies’ offices and HP Secretariat Shimla with fifty percent staff from January 10 to 24.
The offices dealing with health, police, fire, banks, electricity, water- sanitation, public transport, telecom, excise, budget and related incident services would not be covered under the order of restrictions and head of these departments may issue separate orders.
The High Court of Himachal Pradesh would also issue separate orders regarding the working of judicial offices in the state.
All social and religious gatherings have been banned in the state and gatherings in academic, sports, entertainment, cultural and political functions would be allowed with fifty percent capacity subject to maximum 100 persons in indoor venues and maximum 300 persons in outdoor functions for which prior permission would have to be taken from respective SDMs and local administration.
The local administration would also regulate opening and closing timing for shops and other establishments and Langars, Dhams, community feasts and such other functions would not be allowed at religious places.
District and local administration have been asked to ensure implementation of all these directions, monitoring of vaccinations, besides treatment of COVID affected people and ensuring COVID appropriate behaviour.