Gurugram: The Haryana government on Sunday issued a fresh order to extend the coronavirus lockdown for another week with certain relaxations that will continue as permitted vide earlier orders. An order issued under the Disaster Management Act, 2005, stated that the Mahamari Alert-Surakshit Haryana has now been extended from July 5 (5 am onwards) to July 12 (till 5 am) in the state.Also Read - Odisha Relaxes Lockdown Guidelines From Aug 1, Allows Shops to Open Till 8 PM | Details Here

In its order, the Haryana government mentioned that the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India (ICAI) will be allowed to hold the upcoming “Chartered Accountant Examinations” scheduled from July 5 to July 20. While conducting the ICAI must strictly follow its guidelines for examination centers, examination functionaries, and candidates along with the revised SOPs issued by the Union Health Ministry regarding the preventive measures to be followed to contain the spread of COVID-19. Also Read - Manila To Revert To Strictest Lockdown From August 6 Amid Resurgence Of Covid Cases

The government has also decided to allow the Common Entrance Exam (CEE) that is to be held at Hisar by the Army Recruiting Office, Military station under strict observance of social distancing norms, sanitization, and COVID appropriate behavioral norms. Also Read - International Flights: Air India Announces Weekly Flights From Delhi to Kathmandu | Check Schedule Here

“Now, after duly considering the fact that although the Covid positivity rate and the number of new Covid positive cases have declined, so as to continue the preventive and precautionary measures to contain the Covid pandemic the ‘Mahamari Alert-Surakshit Haryana’ is extended for another week.., the order said.

The government has also issued fresh relaxations while extending the lockdown like restrictions. Here’s a list of what’s allowed and what’s not:

  1. All shops are allowed to open from 9 am to 8 pm.
  2. Malls are allowed to open from 10 am to 8 am.
  3. Restaurants and bars (including in hotels and in malls) are allowed to remain open from 10 am to 10 pm with 50 per cent seating capacity and adopting requisite social distancing norms, regular sanitisation and COVID-19 appropriate behavioural norms.
  4. Home delivery of foods from hotels, restaurants and fast-food joints will be permitted upto 10 pm.
  5. Religious places are allowed to open with 50 persons at one time with the condition that they follow necessary social distancing norms, regular sanitisation and COVID-19 appropriate behavioural norms.
  6. Corporate offices are permitted to open with full attendance subject to strict observance of social distancing norms, regular sanitisation and COVID-19 appropriate behavioural norms.
  7. Gatherings in weddings, funerals, cremations are allowed upto 50 persons with strict observance of social distancing norms, regular sanitisation and COVID-19 appropriate behavioural norms.
  8. Weddings can take place at places other than home and courts. No movement of Baarat (Wedding procession) will be allowed.
  9. In open spaces, gatherinsg will be allowed with 50 persons.
  10. Club houses/ restaurants/bars of the Golf courses are allowed to open with 50 per cent seating capacity from 10 am to 10 pm. Members/visitors will be allowed to play in Golf Courses by the management in staggered manners so as to avoid overcrowding.
  11. Gyms are allowed to open from 6 am to 8 pm with 50 per cent capacity with adequate safety measures.
  12. All production units, establishments, industries are permitted to function with strict COVID-19 appropriate behaviour.
  13. Sports complexes, stadiums are permitted to open for sports activities inclduing for outdoor sports activites except contact sports (spectators will not be allowed).
  14. Swimming pools and Spas shall remain closed.
  15. University campuses are allowed to open for research scholars, laboratory practicals, remedial and doubt classes by adopting requisite social distancing norms, regular sanitisation and Covid-appropriate behaviour.

The number of daily COVID-19, which had crossed the 15,000-mark in May, has now come down to nearly 50 while the Covid fatalities have also registered a sharp fall in the state. The Haryana government had imposed the lockdown in the state on May 3 in view of the prevailing Covid situation. It has now been extended for the ninth time.