Shimla, Sep 14
Taking note of on going Covid pandemic situation and high positivity rate in the state Himachal Pradesh Government decided to further extend the Covid restrictions till further notice a notification issued by the Chairman-State Executive Committee (SEC) said.
The notification issued here today said that decision has been taken inwake of present situation of COVID-19 active cases and positivity rate in the State.
All schools shall continue to remain close, except residential schools further up to Sep 21, 2021 however teaching and non-teaching staff shall continue to attend the school, notification mentioned. For residential schools SOPs developed by the Department of Education would be followed to contain the spread of COVID-19.
The order said that any person violating these measures and not following COVID appropriate behavior will be liable to be proceeded against as per the provision of Section 51-60 of the Disaster Management Act, 2005, besides legal action under Sec. 188 of the IPC, and other legal provisions as applicable.
State Government already decided to open under graduate classes of degree colleges with effect from Sep 1.
Due to increasing Political activities and massive movement of commuters and tourists on weekends to hills stations loom large the threat of 3rd wave of Covid pandemic in the state.
Number of tourists and Government functionaries themshelves are not following such restrictions properly as every third or fourth person in gathering is visible without mask or not wearing it properly. Number of persons gathering in a place also found glaring violation of social distancing or congestion of space.