Punjab Covid Review: All you need to know about the recent curbs

The pandemic Corona virus is proving to be a tough challenge for leaders at all levels all over the world. Punjab’s Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh has reviewed the situation of his state and enacted these specific points. Which of these affect your health, life, job, and business?


Affecting the lifestyle of people in Punjab:

·        Extension in nigh curfew, the new timings are 8 pm to 5 am

·        All bars, cinema halls, gyms, spas, coaching centers (including IELTS), sports complexes are closed

·        Dine-in in restaurants and hotels are closed with only takeaway and home delivery allowed from Monday to Saturday            

·        Further, on Sunday restaurants, malls, shops, weekly markets completely closed and this order is effective till April 30


Regarding gathering of people, the new measures are:

·        Ban on gathering of more than 20 people, including for wedding or funeral

·        However, district administration approval beforehand may be arranged for gathering of more than 10 people, except for funeral

·        Further, people who have attended large gatherings anywhere ( religious/ political/social) to be mandatorily home quarantined for 5 days and tested as per protocol.


As far as the Tri-City of Chandigarh, Panchkula, and Mohali is concerned:

·        Mohali, along with the rest of the tri-city, will remain under complete lockdown on Wednesday, on the occasion of Ram Navami, to avoid gatherings amid the surging Covid cases in the region.


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Regarding travel:

·        Number of people in buses/taxis and autos be restricted to 50% of the capacity.

·        Incoming passengers should have a negative RT-PCR not more than 72 hours old, else they would have to undergo RAT testing at the airport


Examinations too see some changes, as follows:

·        Recruitment exams for Patwaris postponed

·        Medical Education department to hold online examination for 1st, 2nd & 3rd year MBBS / BDS /BAMS and 1st year Nursing students.


And finally, new rules regarding testing, health, and wellness:

·        Reduction in rates for testing in private labs - RT-PCR at Rs 450 and Rapid Antigen Testing (RAT) at Rs 300 from private labs (with additional charges for home collection of the samples)

·        Rapid Antigen Testing (RAT) testing booths to be set up at bus stands and railway stations and all passengers checked

·        Private hospitals already directed to reserve 75% beds for Covid patients

·        No elective surgeries should be conducted in any government or private hospitals till May 15

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