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Jammu district will be under lockdown on weekends, starting from July 24, to prevent any further spike in COVID cases, it was announced on Sunday.

The order issued by District Magistrate Sushma Chauhan states that “there shall be a complete restriction on movement of individuals, vehicles and all activities within the entire jurisdiction of district Jammu, except the movement for emergency medical requirements, from 6 p.m. on all Fridays till 6 a.m. on all Mondays, beginning from the Friday falling on 24/7/2020.”

As per the order no pass etc. shall be required for the movement for emergency medical requirements.

The order reads that “based on wider consultation with the Chief Medical Officer, senior epidemiologists and other health professionals, it has been felt that stricter social distancing norms during the weekdays and strict lockdown during weekends need to be followed to prevent any further spike in the COVID cases.”

The order also contains certain directions stating that only local chemists, and fruits, vegetables and dairy shops can remain accessible for community needs.

The passengers coming out from and going to the airport/railway station shall be permitted to move on the production of tickets. The staff deployed at airport/railway station (public officials and airline staff) shall be allowed to move on the production of valid ID proof.

The government employees of essential services’ departments (including Medical Services) or such other departments as required by the government shall be permitted to move on the production of ID proofs. No kind of curfew pass etc. shall be issued and there shall be no restriction on the movement of goods carriers/oil/LPG tankers.

“Any violation of this order shall invite punitive action under section 188 of Indian Penal Code and relevant provisions of the Disaster Management Act, 2005,” the order states further.

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