Chandigarh | Jagran News Desk: The Punjab government on Saturday issued fresh guidelines for the phase-wise upliftment of the coronavirus-induced lockdown, allowing places of worship, hotels, restaurants and shopping malls to open from June 8.

In the guidelines issued on Saturday, the state government said that places of worship in the state will remain open from 5 am and 8 pm, adding that only 20 people will be allowed to visit the place at once.

For restaurants, the state government said that there will no dine-in facility till further orders, adding that home delivery will be allowed till 8 pm. It also said that hotel restaurants will remain closed and food will be served in the rooms of the guests.

The state government also allowed malls to open in the state from June 8, saying that people will have to download the COVA app on their phones. "Entry into the mall shall be based on a token system to ensure that the strength of the visitors in the mall and each shop located within does not exceed 50 per cent of the visitor capacity," the state government said.

The order further said that people will have to follow social distancing norms at the mall, adding that mall operators will have to ensure the time duration for each group of visitors.

The night curfew will continue in the state and people will be allowed to move only from 5 am to 9 pm, based on their schedule of travel by flight/train. "The air/train ticket would serve as a curfew pass for one-time movement of these guests to and from the hotel during the curfew hours," the guidelines read. 

So far, Punjab has reported more than 2,400 coronavirus cases and near 50 deaths while over 2,000 people have been cured and discharged from hospitals, according to latest information available at the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare.

Posted By: Aalok Sensharma