Himachal Pradesh: Ban on social, religious gatherings, 5-day week in govt offices

YB WEB DESK. Dated: 1/10/2022 1:17:49 PM

Shumla, Jan 9 The Himachal Pradesh government on Sunday announced five-day weeks for all government offices in the state, besides banning social and religious gatherings from January 10 to 24 to curb the spread of Covid. It limited staff attendance at government offices to 50 per cent of total strength from Monday to Friday during the period. The government also prohibited the gathering of more than 100 people for indoor sports and 300 people for outdoor academic, sport, cultural and political events. However, the restrictions will not be applicable to offices dealing with emergency services. The state till January 8 has recorded 2,31,587 Covid cases, including 3,864 deaths. Earlier, the state government had imposed a night curfew till further orders and shut educational institutions till January 26. ''All offices of government departments/ PSUs/ local bodies/ autonomous bodies, including the HP Secretariat, will remain closed on Saturdays and Sundays and these offices will operate with 50 per cent attendance on working days,'' the order issued by state Chief Secretary Ram Subhag Singh said. ''These restrictions will not be on offices dealing with emergency or essential services such as health, police, fire, banks, electricity, water and sanitation, public transport, telecom, excise, budget and related incident services/activities etc," it added.


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