Punjab to resume limited public transport service


Amid a decline in the daily count of new cases over the past four days, Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh on Saturday announced replacement of the strict curfew with a lockdown till May 31 in the state, while indicating resumption of limited public transport and maximum possible relaxations in non-containment zones from May 18.

The containment zones would be strictly sealed while shops and small businesses in non-containment areas could start operations, he announced, adding that details of all relaxations would be announced by Monday, taking into account the new guidelines by the Centre for Lockdown 4.0. He, however, made it clear that educational institutes would remain shut.

In a live Facebook interaction, the CM said the daily number of new cases in the state had come down during the past four days after the recent upsurge due to arrival of pilgrims from Nanded, students from Kota, etc. He thanked the people for their cooperation, which had enabled the state to control the Covid cases, whose doubling rate was now 44 days, as against of several other states, such as Maharashtra’s 11 days.

The CM said schools could start online classes without any non-tuition fee charges and without fee hike.

Offices, both private and government, may be allowed to open for the entire week during normal office hours, with staggering in office timings to avoid overcrowding, if required, as per the state government’s suggestions.The CM said the government wanted no restrictions on movement of


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