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Read Detailed Plan for Opening of Shops in Shimla District

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shops to remain open in shimla from may 4th

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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After Booking About 200 Women in Spiti, CM Now Urges Rural Women to be Vigilant About Quarantine Violations

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Tribal woman in kinnaur arrested

Shimla-On the one hand, Himachal Pradesh Government is allegedly harassing nearly 200 tribal women of Spiti for being vigilant and denying entry to the large convey of Cabinet Minister Ram Lal Markanda early in June for not following the rules regarding quarantine, but on the other hand Chief Minister Jairam Thakur is urging the womenfolk to keep a strict vigil on the people coming home from other States, who have been kept in-home quarantine.

Also Read: Haughty Minister Allegedly Heckling Tribal Women Who Dared to Deny Him Entry in District Over Quarantine Violation

He urged them to help to monitor such people so that they don’t jump home quarantine. He said that this would help in checking the spread of this virus at the community level. He was reportedly interacting with rural women who are beneficiaries of Pradhan Mantri Ujjawala Yojna on Monday.

The Chief Minister also made a big claim that Himachal Pradesh has become the first state in the country where cent percent households have LPG gas connections.

Thakur made a claim that there is no more collecting fuel wood and cooking food on traditional chullah in the State. Now, rural women do not have to go out for collecting fuel wood, Additional Chief Secretary Manoj Kumar added to the CM’s claim.

The CM claimed that Under the Pradhan Mantri Ujjawala Yojna, gas connections were provided free of cost to 1.36 lakh families of the State. 

Under State Government’s Himachal Grihini Suvidha Yojna, 2,76,243 families were provided free gas connections in the State.                               

 

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HIMCARE: Last Date for Registration/Renewal Extended

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Himachal Pradesh Himcare Registration and Renewal

Shimla: The last date for renewal of HIMCARE card has been extended till 15th July 2020, the Additional Chief Secretary Health R.D. Dhiman had informed recently. Under this scheme, free health treatment is provided upto rupees five lakh. 

 He said that new eligible families can also register upto 15th July 2020. Besides this, those families can also renew their cards on completion of a time period of 365 days. The beneficiaries can visit the website for registration and renewal or can visit the nearest Lok Mitra centre.

It is mandatory to upload the required documents for registration and renewal of card and the list of required documents was available on the website.

ACS said that those families whose card has expired on 30th June 2020, didn’t renew their card till 15th July 2020, then they would have to wait till January and would not be able to avail the benefit of free health treatment.

Tourism Activities in Himachal to Increase, Stay Alert: ACS Dhiman

Further, on Monday, Dhiman said the economic and tourism activities would be increasing in the State, therefore, it was important to stay alert of this virus for self-safety and safety of the society.

This statement regarding safety from coronavirus is contrary to the decisions of the state government to open tourism activity amid a spurt in COVID-19 cases.

The State Government is facing a backlash from every sphere of society for opening borders for all, especially tourists, without the need of e-pass or permission from the authorities. This decision is more likely to fuel the COVID-19 outbreak in the State.

At the same time, Dhiman is asking the people not to get afraid of coronavirus and to follow the guidelines issued by the Government, maintain self-hygiene, keeping a physical distance of one meter or three feet from another person, to avoid crowding at one place, cover the mouth with a mask or face cover and do not touch the nose, eyes and mouth.

He also asked the people to avoid such wards in the hospital where patients of coronavirus were being treated. In case a person was suffering from fever, cough, cold or having difficulty in breathing, the person should immediately contact helpline number 104 or avail services of e-sanjeevani OPD.

He also asked the people to avoid such wards in the hospital where patients of coronavirus were being treated. In case a person was suffering from fever, cough, cold or having difficulty in breathing, the person should immediately contact helpline number 104 or avail services of e-sanjeevani OPD.

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Himachal: Tourists from Neighboring States Line Up at Borders, Residents Allege Discrimination in Quarantine Rules  

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Shimla: With the decision of Jairam Thakur-led State Government to allow tourist activity and to allow people from other states to enter Himachal Pradesh without obtaining e-pass or permission from district authorities, a beeline of vehicles was seen at the Parwanoo inter-state barrier on Sunday. This led to a traffic jam as over 1700 vehicles including both residents and tourists lined up at the barrier.

A large number of them were sent back from the barrier as they lacked required COVID-19 negative report or had not registered on the e-pass portal.

However, several tourists were allowed to enter the state after verifying their documents and COVID-19 reports, the authorities said.

According to a media report, some tourists reached Kasauli and Barog – popular spots for weekend tourism. They reportedly returned after spending a few hours. Contrary to this, the mandatory condition for tourist entry says that visitors would have to make a booking of a minimum of five days.

Similarly, visitors and returnees had reached other boarders like in Swarghat and Mehatpur. 

Also Read: All SOPs for Hotels, Restaurants, Home-Stays and Others Involved in Tourism Industry

Another issue that the authorities would face is verifying that all tourists who had entered the State returned. Tourist would have to furnish a COVID-19 negative report not older than 72 hours, register on the online portal, and make an advance booking of a minimum of five days. The SOPs have not defined as to how to verify that every single tourists have existed the state after the expiry of the mentioned duration.

Further, residents of the State are questioning the government over discrimination in quarantine rules. While tourist can enter the state and roam around for a few days without being quarantined, the residents would have to follow institutional and home-quarantine strictly even if they have a COVID-19 negative report.

Also Read: Tourist Activity Allowed, Read New Rules for Entering State, Quarantine, Plying of Public Transport

It’s pertinent to mention that the Government is already facing a backlash over its decision to open the State borders for tourists at a time when the State is witnessing a surge in COVID-19 cases. The hoteliers were also not in favour of opening the State for tourists. The residents are feeling insecure following this decision as they fear it would lead to a bigger coronavirus outbreak. With appearance of 17 new cases yesterday, the the COVID-19 tally for the State had reached 1064. 

Considering the beeline of tourist vehicles merely after 48 hours of the announcement to allow tourism activity, it is clear that tourists are likely to flood the state in the coming days. Monsoon would be the only deterrent currently. What’s concerning is that hospitality industry did not get any time to train staff or arrange all facilities mentioned in the SOPs issued by the State Government. 

The public and hoteliers are of the opinion that this decision was taken in a haste without any consideration for consequences. On the other hand the State Government claims that it had asked the Centre to allow it manage the influx of visitors/returnees in accordance with the current situation. This request, Government said, was declined by the Centre. The Government believes that opening Himachal for tourists would bring relief to those employed in the hospitality industry. 

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