Chandigarh: The Punjab government has imposed an extended night curfew or ‘daily lockdown’ across the state until further notice. A complete shutdown will be in place in Punjab starting evening till morning, from 6 pm to 5 am daily (Monday to Friday), not for other hours of the day. A weekend lockdown has also been imposed from Friday 6 pm to Monday 5 am, when the state will observe a complete shutdown except for essential services for over two days.Also Read - Centre Asks Serum Institute, Bharat Biotech to Lower Price of COVID Vaccines Amid Criticism From States

Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh made the announcement on Twitter saying,
“Due to continuous & rapid rise of #Covid19 cases in Punjab, Cabinet today has decided to impose daily lockdown from 6 PM to 5 AM and weekend lockdown from Friday 6 PM to Monday 5 AM.” Also Read - Time To Wear Mask At Home; Treat Everyone With Symptoms As COVID Patients & Isolate: Govt

“Urge you all to stay at home & step out only if absolutely necessary. Seek your full cooperation,” the Punjab CM tweeted. Also Read - Punjab CM Amarinder Singh Orders To Shut Iron And Steel Industries to Divert Oxygen for Medical Use

Shops to close by 5 pm

Besides extending the night curfew by two hours, the Punjab government has ordered the closure of shops by 5 pm.

“All shops will remain open till 5 pm,” said Punjab Congress chief Sunil Jakhar addressing reporters after a cabinet meeting in Chandigarh on Monday.

Night curfew extended by 2 hours

He said the night curfew will now be imposed from 6 pm in the state. Presently, the curfew restrictions remain in place from 8 pm to 5 am daily.