The Haryana government is now awaiting the lockdown to have Covid cases pending for a week while lifting clock bans in shops and malls.
Prime Minister Manohar Lal Khattar said that even if the pandemic situation improves, it has chosen to extend the “Mahamari Alert-Surakshit Haryana” lockdown till 5am on June 7 while providing some relief.
Earlier, stores were allowed to open on a regular basis from 7 a.m. to noon. Now, they can stay open from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Shopping malls are also allowed to open but the number of people allowed to enter will depend on the size of the mall. “For example, in a 1,000 square meter mall, 40 people are allowed at a time, and if it has an area of 2,000 square feet, the number of people allowed in a given hour is 80,” according to the Prime Minister.
Schools, colleges and industrial training institutions will continue to be closed until June 15 as previously announced, he added.
NDTV spoke with some store owners in the announcement to extend the lockdown.
Mubeen Ahmed, who runs a clothing store in Gurgaon’s Sadar Bazar. the decision was welcomed. “The government is doing it for the interest and for the safety of the people,” he said.
Gurgaon now reports 110 covid cases, the lowest daily case count since March 18. It reports nine deaths in the last 24 hours and the positive rate is at 1.8 per cent.
Gurgaon Chief Medical Officer Virender Yadav said, “Haryana has extended the lockdown by a week. This can be considered as a small lift of the lockdown with breaks. Covid’s situation has improved in Gurgaon,” he said.