Puducherry: The Puducherry government announced on Monday (June 14) that the COVID-induced lockdown would be extended until June 21 with additional relaxations.
According to an order issued by Secretary Revenue and Rehabilitation Ashok Kumar, the night curfew will be enforced from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. until June 21, according to news agency ANI.
Restaurants and bars within hotels, lodges, and guest houses, as well as other standalone eateries, have been allowed to operate at 50% capacity from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. by strictly adhering to COVID appropriate behaviour during the lockdown.
Puducherry govt eases curbs while it extends lockdown to June 21
“Restaurants and bar facilities within hotels, lodges & guest houses & other standalone eateries shall be permitted to operate with 50% capacity up to 5 pm,” guidelines say#COVID19 pic.twitter.com/oP14EUugus
— ANI (@ANI) June 14, 2021
Distilleries/breweries have been allowed to operate under strict adherence to the government-issued Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) pertaining to COVID-19 safety protocols.
Tea shops and juice shops have also been allowed to operate from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. by strictly adhering to COVID appropriate behaviour in/around their premises.
Marriage-related gatherings will be permitted, but only with a maximum of 25 guests, and funeral or last rites will be permitted with a maximum of 20 participants.
Furthermore, industrial establishments, manufacturing centres, and construction activities are permitted under certain conditions.
From 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., only retail liquor, including Arrack vends, is permitted to operate.
According to the officials, all private offices must operate from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. using COVID-appropriate behaviour and must ensure that all eligible employees are fully vaccinated.
According to the Union Health Ministry, there are 5,331 active cases of COVID-19 in Puducherry.