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Night curfew back in Punjab, doubles fine for flouting Covid guidelines from today

Night curfew back in Punjab, doubles fine for flouting Covid guidelines from today

CHANDIGARH: Though the number of Covid-19 cases decreased in Punjab in November as compared to October, night curfew has been re-imposed in the state and fine for not wearing masks or following social distancing has been doubled from Tuesday amid fears of a second wave of the coronavirus infection.

The curbs, which shall be reviewed on December 15, also restrict the opening timings of all hotels, restaurants and marriage palaces till 9.30pm, while the decision on closing liquor vends will be taken at the deputy commissioner level.

“Night curfew will remain in force from 10pm to 5am from December 1,” chief minister Capt Amarinder Singh had announced after chairing a Covid review meeting last week, warning people against letting their guard down amid the grim Covid situation in Delhi-NCR, Himachal Pradesh and Haryana and fears of a second wave in Punjab.

An official spokesperson said that the fine for not following Covid-appropriate behaviour shall be hiked from the present ₹500 to ₹1,000.

Given the inflow of patients from Delhi for treatment in Punjab, it has also been decided to review and optimise the beds availability in the state’s private hospitals.

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