Since the COVID-19 situation is worsening day by day, DDMA took it necessary to verify the prevailing situation and impose necessary restrictions in Leh. Hence, the inspection called for an immediate need to control the hustle-bustle of the city and impose much-needed limitations.
DDMA orders shut down of Leh
On Thursday, IAS and DDMA Chairman Shrikant Balasaheb Suse ordered that all the government/Private schools, hostels, coaching, and training institutes shall remain closed for offline interaction. Apart from this, all bars, restaurants, Dine-in services would work with a 25 percent seating capacity. The hotel owners should ascertain all the necessary precautions at the place with the mask being a top-most priority.
He further ordered that the gyms, sports clubs, snooker, fitness centers, and other indoor activities be also suspended for a while. A night curfew from 9.00 PM to 5 AM will be imposed with a big ‘no’ to even essential services at this duration of time.
Expanding his order, he declared that the public transport will be operated with 50 percent capacity with following proper COVID-19 rules, and like earlier. The allowance limit for any indoor or outdoor gathering shouldn’t exceed either 20 or 50 percent. If anyone is caught red-handed violating COVID-19 norms in any permitted activity (crowding and congestion), steps of staggering and rotation will be taken.
COVID appropriate behavior (CAB) at all public places and government/private office should be under strict vigilance. Also, all-district and subordinate offices will reduce conducting in-person meets and will shift to the online mode for such work.
Ordering the Merchant Association, Suse said that proper CAB should be followed in the marketplaces without any sign of public gathering. ‘No mask entry’ should be a priority in their shops otherwise they will be subjected to legal action. He further said that Leh should “intensify testing and submit a daily report regarding utilization of available RT-PCR capacities to the undersigned”.
Need of Surveillance and Awareness
Taking note of other relevant precautions, he ordered that the house-to-house vigilance will be done. The home-quarantine formula should be strictly followed.
Shrikant further stated that Leh should put more emphasis on awareness regarding COVID appropriate behavior among the public through all possible virtual means. Whereas, the Municipal committee should make announcements utilizing Vehicle speakers.
Legal Action for Violating COVID-19 norms
In the end, the note read that any violation of ordered norms would be liable to legal action under Section 188 of IPC, Disaster Management Act,2005 and Epidemic disease Act, and the orders shall remain in force until 23 January 2022.
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UT of Ladakh: Leh district- All govt/pvt/residential schools, hostels, coaching centres, gyms & other indoor activities shall remain closed. Bars, restaurants shall operate with 25% seating capacity. Public transport to ply with half of the seating capacity-no entry without masks pic.twitter.com/szcN9IZj7H
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