New Delhi | Jagran News Desk: The Haryana government on late Saturday announced that the religious places and shopping malls will not reopen for the public use in Gurugram and Faridabad owing to the high number of coronavirus cases in both the districts of the state.

The announcement from Haryana Home Minister Anil Vij came a day before places of worship and shopping are all set to open in the country after the Centre on May 30 said that 'Unlock-1' will be initiated in the country from June 8 under which the nationwide COVID-19 lockdown will be relaxed to a great extent, including opening of shopping malls, restaurants and religious places.

However, the minister also said that malls and religious places in other parts of Haryana will reopen on June 8, in line with the SOPs issued by the health ministry.

"In Gurgaon and Faridabad, shopping malls and religious places will remain closed to the public for the time being. However, in other parts, these will open and people will have to follow the guidelines," Vij told PTI.

The decision to bar the reopening of malls and religious in Faridabad and Gurugram came as the two districts account for more than 55 per cent cases in the state. Of the over 3,800 coronavirus cases in Haryana, Gurgaon alone accounts for over 1,600 and Faridabad close to 600. Among the 24 COVID-19 deaths reported so far, Gurgaon reported for four while Faridabad had 10 fatalities.

The Union Health Ministry on Thursday released SOPs for reopening offices, hotels, shopping malls, restaurants and religious places as part of efforts to restart long-stalled business activities to contain the economic cost of the pandemic.

"On the opening of restaurants and hotels, buffet system has been prohibited for the time being. Restaurants functioning is permissible at 50 per cent capacity," Vij said.

About religious activities, he said it has been permitted outside containment zones and no gatherings will be allowed. The guidelines issued by the Centre for various activities allowed from June 8, will be followed. Directions regarding social distancing, wearing of masks and others will have to be adhered to, the minister said.




(With PTI Inputs)

Posted By: Talib Khan