The coronavirus-induced lockdown will remain in force till June 30 in Uttar Pradesh with some relaxations outside the containment zones, said Awanish Awasthi, state’s Additional Chief Secretary, Home, on Sunday.
Addressing a press conference, Awasthi said that religious places, hotels, restaurants and shopping malls will reopen from June 8.
According to him, all government offices will operate with 100 percent workforce. “Staggered timings will be followed — 9 am to 5 pm, 10 am to 6 pm and 11 am to 7 pm,” he said.
Awasthi further said that all markets will remain open from 9 am to 9 pm. “Supermarkets are allowed to open with conditions of social distancing and other precautionary measures. Weekly markets will be allowed in rural areas,” he said.
“Salons and beauty parlors are allowed to remain open with conditions of social distancing and other precautionary measures. Staff working in salons/beauty parlors should wear face shields and gloves while working,” he added.
Awasthi said the state buses will be allowed to operate on the condition that only passengers as per the seating capacity of the buses travel. Passengers cannot travel while standing in the bus.
“Prohibition on the entry of people from containment zones or hotspot areas in Delhi to Gautam Buddh Nagar and Ghaziabad will remain,” he said.
Amit Mohan Prasad, Principal Secretary, Health, said that in the last 24 hours, 262 new COVID-19 positive cases have been reported in Uttar Pradesh.
“There are 2,901 active cases in the State and 4,709 people have been cured/discharged. The death toll stands at 213,” he said.