RANCHI: Amid a new increase in COVID-19 cases, the Jharkhand government decided on Monday to re-impose pandemic-related restrictions, closing all educational institutions and tourist attractions until January 15 and reducing staff attendance in offices at 50%. The statement came immediately after a meeting of senior authorities, convened by Chief Minister Hemant Soren, was held here.
According to a government statement, “Given the rapid spike of COVID-19 cases, the chief minister has issued an alert to all districts…
Government and commercial businesses will be able to operate with a workforce of 50%. For the time being, biometric attendance is prohibited.”
Over the next 12 days, all schools, colleges, and coaching institutes will be closed.
“Administrative work at these educational establishments with a 50% workforce can, however, continue,” the statement said.
All state tourism attractions, including zoos, have been closed.
According to the government statement, “cinema halls, restaurants, bars, and retail malls are now authorised to operate at half their capacity.”
Shops have been advised to close their shutters at 8 p.m., with the exception of pharmaceutical stores, restaurants, and bars, which have been granted permission to remain open as usual.
Outdoor events with a maximum attendance of 100 individuals have been permitted.
Indoor events with less than 100 persons or 50% occupancy of the facility, whichever is lower, have also been granted approval.
Swimming pools, gyms, and stadiums will all be closed as well.
Officials added that all limitations will be in effect until January 15, after which the matter will be reassessed.
“Soren has asked officials to boost health infrastructure and ensure beds, including those fitted with oxygen, are easily available,” according to the statement.