New Delhi | Jagran News Desk: Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh has announced the replacement of curfew with lockdown till May 31 in the state and indicated limited public transport resumption. 

The Chief Minister said in its suggestions to the Union Home Minister, as sought by the Prime Minister, the state had recommended that the nationwide lockdown, in a relaxed form, should also be extended to May 31.

The maximum possible relaxations will be in the non-containment zones from May 18, he said.

The containment zones would be sealed to enable resumption of shops and small business in non-containment areas, he announced.

The details of all relaxations would be announced by Monday once the new guidelines of lockdown 4 is released by the centre.

The Chief Minister added that educational institutes would continue to remain shut in the interest of the safety and security of the children.

He appealed the people to be cautious and continue to support the government as the state moves into a relaxed lockdown in place of strict curfew in the past 55 days.

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He also urged the opposition not to indulge in petty politics over COVID-19 and co-operate with the state government during this phase.

The Chief Minister also favoured a simple containment/ non-containment zone categorisation instead of green/orange/red zone classification.

Amarinder Singh also made it clear that his government would continue to facilitate and pay for migrants who want to leave Punjab and reach their home states. He further said that the state government in its recommendations to the centre has pitched for the resumption of air, inter-state bus services with reduced capacity as well as the start of buses, taxis, cabs, rickshaws, among others.

The Chief Minister further disclosed that lockdown may be imposed between 7 pm and 5 am.

 

(with IANS inputs)

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