RANCHI: In the wake of a new surge in COVID-19 cases, the Jharkhand government decided to re-impose pandemic-related restrictions on Monday, suspending all educational institutions and tourist sites until January 15 and cutting worker attendance in offices by half. The announcement was made shortly after Chief Minister Hemant Soren summoned a meeting of senior officials here.
“Given the sudden surge of COVID-19 cases, the chief minister has issued a warning to all districts,” according to a government statement.
Government and commercial organisations will be able to operate with a 50% workforce. Biometric attendance is disallowed for the time being.”
All schools, colleges, and coaching institutes will be closed for the following 12 days.
“Administrative work at these educational organisations with a 50% workforce, on the other hand, can continue,” the statement read.
All state tourism sites have been shuttered, including zoos.
“Cinema halls, restaurants, bars, and retail malls are now authorised to operate at half their capacity,” according to the government statement.
With the exception of pharmaceutical stores, restaurants, and bars, which have been granted permission to remain open as usual, shops have been asked to close their shutters at 8 p.m.
Outdoor activities with a maximum attendance of 100 people are now allowed.
Indoor events having a capacity of less than 100 people or 50% of the facility’s capacity, whichever is lower, have also been approved.
In addition, swimming pools, gyms, and stadiums will be closed.
Officials also stated that these restrictions will be in place until January 15, after which the situation will be reviewed.
According to the statement, “Soren has asked officials to improve health infrastructure and ensure that beds, including those equipped with oxygen, are readily available.”