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Read Detailed Plan for Opening of Shops in Shimla District

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Shimla-The Deputy Commissioner of Shimla, Amit Kashyap, on Sunday, issued a fresh notification regarding the opening of shops in the entire territorial area of district Shimla from May 4th onwards.

As per the notification, all shops in the district except barber shops, hair saloons, spas, bars and ahatas have been allowed to open for five hours between 9:30 AM to 2:30 PM.

Since many markets are very congested, it is imperative to regulate their opening so as to ensure social distancing. Therefore, the opening of the following markets is to be regulated as under and all other shop, markets which are not in the list below, are allowed to open every day from Monday to Saturday.

Sub-Division Shimla (Urban):

  1.  Mall Road: All shops on Mall Road will open every day between Monday to Saturday.
  2. Lower Bazar Market: Shops located in Lower Bazar Market are classified as per their location i.e (i) Mountain Side (ii) Valley Side %. The Shops located on the mountain side will open on Monday, Wednesday and Friday and all shops located on valley side will remain open on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday. Shops falling on stairs leading from the Mall Road to Lower Bazar will be considered on the mountain side.
  3. Sanjauli: Sanjauli market will be divided into two parts- Dhingu Mandir side and valley side. Shops on Dhingu Mandir side will open on Monday, Wednesday and Friday and the shops on the valley side of Gurudwara will open on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday.
  4. Lakkar Bazar: Shops towards the mountain side will remain open on Monday, Wednesday and Friday and Shops on valley side will open on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday. Shops located on left side of the road from Lakkar Bazar to Auckland School via Hotel White are also to open on Monday, Wednesday & Friday and shops on fight side to open on Tuesday, Thursday & Saturday.
  5. Chhotta Shimla: While moving from Chhotta Shimla towards Kasumpti, all shops located on the left side of the road except Babu Ram Market will remain open on Monday, Wednesday and Friday and shops on the right side will open on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday.
  6. Khalini: Shops located on the left side of the road while going from Khalini Chowk by-pass, will remain open on Monday, Wednesday and Friday and shops on the right side will remain open on Tuesday, Thursday, and  Saturday.

Sub-Division Shimla (Rural)

The shops in Kasumpti Bazaar located on the left side while going from Laxmi Narayan Mandir towards Chhotta Shimla will open on Monday, Wednesday and Friday and shops on the right side will remain open on Tuesday. Thursday & Saturday.

Theog

In MC area Theog in Shalli Bazaar, taking entry point from Shimla towards Rampur NH-05 as a reference point, all shops on the left side will remain open on Monday, Wednesday and Friday and all shops on the right side are allowed to remain open on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday.

Sub-Division Rampur

In all vertical streets while entering from NH- 05 towards Satluj river, all shops on the right side will open on every Monday, Wednesday and Friday and shops on left side shall open on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday. In all parallel streets, starting point shall be from Indira Market/Choudhary Adda towards Combined Office building / Municipal Council Office to ascertain right and left side.

Sub-Division Chopal

In Nerwa Bazaar, the shops on river side will remain open on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday and the shops on the other side would remain open on Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday.

Sub.Division Rohru

In MC Area Rohru, taking entry point from Theog Hatkoti Road as a reference point, all shops on the left side will remain open on Monday, Wednesday and Friday and all shops on the right side will open on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday.

Directions to be followed by the shop keepers and to be ensured by police 

  1. Use of mask/ face cover is mandatory for all
  2. Social distancing shall be maintained strictly. Circles will be marked in front of the shops for the buyers/ customers to stand to ensure the same.
  3. Proper measures for sanitization of shops as per prescribed norms will be ensured by the shop keepers. Hand sanitizers shall be available in all shops for the customers/ buyers.
  4. The dhabas and halwai/ sweet shops/ restaurants are allowed to open to operate only for takeaway food/ items subject to compliance of all social distancing and other safety norms. No eating/ sitting/ service on the premises will be permitted.
  5. All shops in the district shall remain closed on Sunday.
  6. Persons above 65 years of age, persons with co-morbidities, pregnant women, and children below the age of 10 years, shall stay at home, except for meeting essential requirements and for health purpose, as per the National Directives.
  7. The persons put under Home Quarantine, if found violating any condition of Home Quarantine or found in the market/ shops, will be put in Institutional Quarantine and also prosecuted as per law. Violation of this order shall attract provisions of Sections 188, 269, 270 and 271 of IPC and all other relevant provisions of law and the violators shall be prosecuted accordingly.

Note: The notification was published as it was received from the district administration except for the title

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MHA Guidelines: Schools, Cinema Halls and Other Facilities Allowed to Open from Oct 15

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Shimla-Amid community spread in India, the Central government has decided to allow more activities including opening of schools, cinema halls, theatres, swimming pools, entertainment parks, and business exhibitions on a conditional basis. The Ministry of Home Affairs, GoI, on September 30 issued a notification regarding the same. These facilities/services would be allowed only outside containment zones and in accordance with the SOPs, the notification said.

Lockdowns would remain in force in notified containment zones till October 31.

Allowing opening in a graded manner after October 15, the Centre government has left the decision to re-open the schools and coaching institutions on the state governments. However, attending schools physically would not be compulsory and would require a written consent of the parents. The students who want to attend the classes online can opt to not attend schools physically. The Centre has directed not to enforce attendance on the students. Further, the schools would have to follow the SOPs, which would be prepared by the state governments.

The higher institutes would be opened only for PhD and post-graduate students in the science and technology stream who requires laboratory/experimental works.

Cinemas, theatres, and multiplexes have been allowed to open from October 15 with upto 50 percent of their seating capacity. SOPs regarding the same would issued soon.

Business to Business Exhibitions have also been allowed from October 15. Swimming pools which are being used for training of sportspersons will be also be allowed to open.

Social, academic, sports, entertainment, cultural, religious, political functions and other congregations have already been permitted with a ceiling of 100 persons. In closed spaces, a maximum of 50 percent of the hall capacity will be allowed with a ceiling of 200 persons. Wearing face masks, maintaining social distancing, and provision for thermal scanning and use of hand wash or sanitizers have been made mandatory.

Himachal Pradesh government is expected to release SOPs regarding the opening of these facilities soon. The opening of these activities in Himachal Pradesh would be a challenge as the state has just begun with community spread and heading towards peak level. By September 30 (till 9:00 PM), the total number of confirmed COVID-19 cases had reached 14976, of which 3400 were active. A total of 181 COVID-19 deaths have been reported in Himachal Pradesh. A high portion of these casualties has been reported during the last two months. Yesterday, the state health department could only trace 229 new positive cases. Three more persons died yesterday.

It’s pertinent to consider that the fatality rate is rising but the number of traced COVID-19 cases has been falling in the daily COVID-19 Bulletin issued by the state health department. At the same time, the state government seems to be under-prepared to combat rising number of cases. The shortage of quarantine facilities is one of the these challenges. Himachal Watcher had yesterday covered a similar issued reported from Kaithu market in Shimla city. (Watch the video below)

View the Complete MHA Notification Issued on September 30, 2020

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Alarming Rise in COVID-19 Deaths in Himachal as 18 Die in Two Days, 46 in a Week

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Himachal Pradesh COVID-19 daily update for september 27

Shimla-The traced number of patients of COVID-19 in Himachal Pradesh is falling in the official update issued by the state Health Department, but the fatality rate is rising at an alarming rate. During the last two days, the state has reported 18 COVID-19 deaths and 46 in the last week. On September 27, the state reported 11 fatalities.  The deceased aged between 48 – 93 years. As per the official statistics, a total of 195 cases were traced yesterday, which took the tally of confirmed cases in the state to 14191. The COVID-19 death tally for the state has now risen to 170.

Solan district has reported the highest 2918 cases, while Kangra district has reported the highest 42 deaths. 

Amid community spread, the state government was yet to issue any projections regarding the actual number of cases and deaths in the state. (Scroll down for latest district-wise statistics)

Details of COVID-19 Fatalities 

COVID-19 deaths in Himachal pradesh september 28

State government appeared to have woken up to issue a statement over the alarming rise in the fatality rate. It is now that the government has realized that the situation asks for a strong strategy.

Also Read: COVID-19 Claims 116 Lives in 25 Days, Still No Concrete Strategy to Combat Community Spread

It’s pertinent to mention that Prime Minister Narender Modi would be paying a visit to the state on October 3, 2020, to commission the Rohtang Tunnel. The state government is tirelessly working to facilitate VVIP guests.

“A common strategy must be prepared to provide proper treatment to the COVID-19 patients, especially with co-morbid illness,”

said an official statement issued yesterday.

“Proper strategy for Information Education and Communication (IEC) must be framed to motivate the patients with ILI symptoms to immediately rush to the hospital without delay, so that they may be provided with immediate treatment. This would help in timely treatment of the patients,”

the government said.

The doctors have been asked to ensure proper treatment to the patients, especially the patients with the co-morbid illness.

“Proper protocol must be adopted for home isolation for the asymptotic patients at home. It has been felt that such patients at home do not get proper treatment and care. Such patients must be treated as per the standard operating procedure,”

the government said.  

After questions were raised over the arrangements at the COVID-19 hospitals following the suicide of a positive patient at the DDU hospital Shimla, the government asked the officials to ensure proper hygiene and cleanliness at these hospitals.

The government asked the officials to provide hot water, Kada and nutritious food and develop a mechanism for communication of the COVID-19 patients and their family members.

Senior doctors have been asked to daily visit the patients. Directions have been given to Medical Superintendents of all the Medical Colleges and major Zonal Hospitals in the State to ensure at least two rounds in a day to monitor all the facilities such as ward cleanliness, treatment to the patients, quality of food, and condition of toilets in their hospitals.

Further, the government said that the isolation wards in Chamba, Hamirpur and Nahan Medical Colleges would start functioning from tomorrow.  It would also reduce the referral cases to IGMC Shimla, Dr RPMC, Tanda and LBSMC, Ner Chowk, the government said. The government also informed that 15 to 20 bedded isolation facilities would be provided in each of these medical colleges to facilitate the patients.

HP Health Department COVID-19 Bulletin- September 25, 2020 (9 PM)

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Himachal: COVID-19 Claims 116 Lives in 25 Days, Still No Concrete Strategy to Combat Community Spread

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himachal pradesh covid-19 community spread

Shimla: Himachal Pradesh didn’t get any respite from rising number of fatalities on September 25 too. Seven more patients succumbed to the infection. These deaths were reported from Shimla (2), Solan (2), Chamba (1), Siramur (1), and Hamirpur (1). The patients included six males and one female aged between 35-66 years.  According to the Health Department, two of the deceased were patients of diabetes mellitus.  (View details of the deceased below). So far, 152 people have lost their lives due to COVID-19 infection.

COVID-19 deaths in himachal pradesh

Further, according to the official report, a total of 293 cases were traced yesterday. The official tally had reached 13679 till 9:00 PM yesterday. (Scroll down for district-wise statistics).

Despite the onset of community spread, the state hasn’t come out with any projection of the actual number of cases and deaths. There is no word on a strategy for combating community spread and minimize the casualties. Of the total 152 deaths traced by the government, 116 casualties were reported in the last 25 days of the September month. On average, the state is reporting four COVID-19 casualties per day during the current month.

Meanwhile, Dr Lokender Sharma, who was removed from the position of the Medical Superintendent, DDU, Shimla, following a suicide of a COVID-19 patient, has come out with statements which refer to the callous attitude of the state Health Department and its higher officials. He said that there was no negligence on his part and that he was ready for any inquiry. He said the higher officials are washing their hands of responsibilities by putting the entire blame on hospital administration and doctors. He again referred to the shortage of staff and his repeated reminders to the department regarding the same. However, it’s pertinent to mention that the actual cause of the suicide was yet to be ascertained.

Govt Not Prepared for Peak Period of COVID-19 Spread: Sanjay Chauhan

The incident has led to protests from oppositions who allege ill-preparedness of the government in combating COVID-19. Sanjay Chauhan, former Mayor of Shimla and a leader of Communist Party of India (M), said that the incident highlights miserable state of and mismanagement at the COVID-19 hospitals. He said there is an acute shortage of health staff including doctors, nurses, and paramedical staff at the DDU hospital. More than 30 percent of posts are vacant at the hospital, he added.

The government has been claiming it an achievement to receive 500 ventilators, but there is no staff to operate them, he said. He said that the leaders of the ruling government are also criticizing the miserable state of the COVID-19 hospitals and asking to fix it.

“Instead of formulating any concrete plan to attend to this issue, the government is emphasizing on ‘Havans’ which is unscientific. It clearly displays the backward and unscientific approach of the ruling party,”

Chauhan said.

He said that the government should prepare a strategy to combat the spread on a war footing and constitute a task force under able leadership. The Chief Minister should call for an all-party meeting to gain their support  to ensure appropriate preparedness to combat the peak period, he said.

Chief Minister Focused on PM Visit ahead of Rohtang Tunnel

The Chief Minister, however, did preside over a “Media Plan” meeting yesterday pertaining to the proposed visit of Prime Minister Narendra Modi to the State on October 3, 2020 to inaugurate Atal Tunnel Rohtang.

Chief Minister directed the officers to ensure elaborate arrangements for installation of LED screens at different locations for the live telecast of the event. He directed the authorities to make special arrangements for the VVIP visits. He said that appropriate hoardings must be installed at different sites including district headquarters. A proper media centre with the internet and other facilities must be established to facilitate the media persons, he directed the officials. 

HP Health Department COVID-19 Bulletin- September 25, 2020 (9 PM)

Himachal Pradesh COVID-19 deaths on september 25, 2020

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