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Unlock: All you need to know; what’s open and what’s not in J&K

Cop taking unmasked people for COVID-Testing in Jammu

JAMMU: The Government today initiated the process of Unlock in the Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir by allowing shops to open on alternate days, permitting public transport to operate with 50 percent authorized seating capacity and restaurants to function on all days except Saturdays and Sundays for home delivery but kept educational institutions including technical and skill development and all Universities shut till June 15. However, there will be Corona curfew on every weekend from 8 pm Friday to 7 am Monday while night curfew will also stay in all 20 districts from 8 pm to 7 am.

The guidelines to this effect were issued by the UT Government today. The concerned District Magistrates will issue roster fixing alternate days for shops to open.
Excelsior had exclusively reported a day before that the Government will initiate the process of Unlock soon by opening shops on alternate days so that business activities resume but there is less crowd on the roads and markets.


All Universities, colleges and technical/skill development institutions in J&K will stay closed for imparting on-campus/in-person education to the students till June 15. Schools and coaching centres will also stay closed till June 15. The teaching staff will conduct online classes only from their houses. The Universities have been permitted to seek in person attendance of minimal staff only for research/lab/thesis work etc

The Government has permitted opening of barber shops/salons/parlors for three days in a week. Standalone shops of all types will open on alternate days or a rotation system on weekdays. Outdoor bazaars and outdoor shopping complexes will also open on alternate days. However, in case of indoor shopping malls, only 25 percent of shops will be allowed to open.
Roster of all shops will be issued by the concerned District Magistrates, the guidelines stated.
“Restaurants will open on all days except weekend curfew days but only for home delivery of orders and room service of residents. No entry of customers will be permitted in the restaurants even for take-away of orders. Bars will stay closed till further orders,” the guidelines said. As per them, canteens and eateries at Bus Stands, Railway Stations and Airports have been permitted to open on all days.
Liquor shops will open three days a back as per the roster to be issued by the Deputy Commissioners.
The Government has also permitted sportspersons to resume their training and activities in outdoor sports stadia/grounds but ordered that indoor sports complexes and Swimming Pools will stay closed.
“All cinemas, multiplexes, Clubs, Gyms, Spas, Massage Centres and paid parks will continue to remain closed,” the Government order read.
The Government has permitted public transport including matadors/mini-buses/buses etc in the entire Union Territory to operate with 50 percent of the authorized seating capacity. While auto-rickshaws/three wheelers have been permitted to ply without any restrictions, taxis and Cab aggregators will operate at 50 percent capacity.
The Government has decided to continue with ceiling on number of people permitted to attend gathering at 20 in case of funerals and 25 for all other kind of social/religious gatherings, whether indoor or outdoor venues.
The hotels and hospitality services have been allowed to operate at full capacity subject to the restrictions imposed by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare.
Religious places and places of worship will remain open for public subject to the Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) already issued by the Government.
There will, however, be daily night curfew from 8 pm to 7 am. There will also be weekend curfew in the entire UT from 8 pm each Friday to 7 am each Monday during which there will be only essential and emergency services movement. Weddings will be allowed during weekend curfew through production of Weddings/Identity cards.
“There will be no restrictions on the movement of Government officials for attending office or other duties. All development/construction will also continue without any hindrance,” the Government order said, adding the District Magistrates will issue passes wherever necessary.
The travelers will continue to undergo a COVID-19 Antigen Test through any of the prescribed methods as per the protocol of the Government of Jammu on their arrival through road, rail or air.
The Government has directed all District Magistrates to keep focus on the positivity rate of closed clustered spaces like public/private offices, schools, colleges, Malls, Bazaars etc and consider implementing control measures in case weekly positivity rate goes beyond 10 percent in these spaces or if the hospital occupancy crosses 50 percent.
However, in five districts of Kashmir which have been classified as Red Zone because of high positive rate, public transport will remain off the roads, Malls will stay shut and auto rickshaws will follow odd-even system.
The Red Zone districts include Pulwama, Anantnag, Baramulla, Kupwara and Budgam.
Meanwhile, District Magistrate Jammu Anshul Garg tonight issued roster for opening of shops on alternate days in Jammu district. While some categories of shops will open on three days i.e. Monday, Wednesday and Friday, others will open on two days only i.e. Tuesday and Thursday. The shops will open up to 5 pm only.
However, many shops and activities have been permitted on regular basis in the entire district.
Garg said the roster for indoor Shopping Malls will be notified separately after consultation with the Management of the Malls.

Shops roster for Jammu Distt
Monday, Wednesday & Friday (Up to 5 PM)
* Megamarts, Groceries, Departmental Stores, Confectionery Shops.
* Electrical & Electronic Appliances Shops, IT & Computer Shops
* Automobile Showrooms and Workshops, Service Stations, Cycle Shops, Spare part shops & Toy shops .
* Barber Shops, Saloons and Parlours; Liquor Shops.
* Hardware, Cement, Building Material and Sanitary Goods
Stores, Glass Houses.
Tuesday & Thursday (Up to 5 PM)
* Cloth and Readymade Garments Shops, Home Furnishing item Shops, Shoes & Chappal Stores
* Cosmetic Shops, Tailor shops and Boutiques
* Jewellery Shops & showrooms, Furniture Showrooms & Stores
* Gift Shops, Shops dealing with Pooja items, Utensils and Crockery Stores
* Book and Stationary Shops, Typing & Printing shops, Photostat Shops.

Activities permissible in
entire Jammu District
* Chemists and Druggists, Diagnostic Centers, Medical, Optical and Clinical Establishments
* LPG Outlets and Petrol Pumps
* Vegetable & Fruit Markets, including street vendors
* Shops dealing with Milk & Milk Products, Meat & Chicken shops
* Agricultural activities including establishments dealing with agricultural inputs, implements and tools
* Cattle feed and fodder shops
* Print & Electronic Media
* FCI and FCS&CA depots
* Operation and maintenance of telecom towers and other telecom infrastructure
* e-commerce & Home Delivery of essential goods and services
* Restaurants in Hotels for in-house guests, to be served only in rooms
* Kitchens in Restaurants and Food Outlets (only for Home Delivery)
* Dhabas/Eateries and Canteens at Bus Stand, Railway Station,
Airport and along the National Highways
* All Industrial and Scientific establishments (both Public & Private)
* I development, construction works and mining activities
* Interstate and intra state movement of essential goods

Unlock Highlights
* Schools, Colleges, Coaching Centres and Universities to remain closed till June 15.
* Weekend curfew to continue in all 20 districts.
* Five districts in Kashmir in Red category because of high positivity rate. In the five red districts – public transport completely prohibited, Malls to remain shut and auto rickshaws to follow Odd-Even system.
* Outdoor Bazaars and shopping areas to open on alternate day basis.
* Indoor malls to open at 25 percent strength.
* Barber shops, Salons , parlours, Liquor shops to open for three days.
* Gyms, Spas, Swimming pools, Cinemas, Massage centres, Bars to remain closed.
* Restaurants can open on all days only for home delivery. No take away allowed.
* Outdoor sports stadia can open. Indoor stadia and Swimming pools to remain closed.




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