Srinagar, May 23: The District Disaster Management Authority or DDMA Srinagar has directed for complete lockdown in Srinagar till May 31. The direction follows a comprehensive review of the ground situation and in light of guidelines as laid down for COVID-19 containment zones.
District Magistrate and Chairman DDMA Srinagar Dr Shahid Iqbal Choudhary issuing orders in this regard said the decision to impose complete lockdown has been taken in view of serious violations seen in various areas during the last one week.
He said the prevailing situation due to COVID-19 and the need to prevent waste of effort made so far for containment of the disease has also necessitated the need to enforce strict lockdown for more time.
The decision was taken in a marathon meeting of the DDMA discussing the overall situation surrounding COVID-19 and various aspects thereof in the district. The meeting held a comprehensive review of the situation on ground, status of red zones, active cases, surveillance, influx of travellers from other states and abroad, security measures and other aspects.
It was informed that private offices will be allowed to operate with less than 33 percent staff strength. This does not apply to areas notified as red zones where no such operations will be allowed.
It was further informed that drug stores and distributors can operate as per the existing guidelines whereas banks have been asked to ensure strict implementation of instructions for social distancing norms or face action.
Service providers like mechanics, electricians, plumbers and others will be allowed to move as individuals and in strict compliance with norms guiding protective equipment.