Entire Ganderbal in central Kashmir declared red zone, restrictions imposed

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Srinagar: As the Union Territory (UT) government has declared Ganderbal district in central Kashmir as “Red Zone”, the district administration on Saturday issued an order for imposition of restrictions under the Epidemic Disease Act, 1897, the Disaster Management Act, 2005 and under section 144 CrPc.
An official spokesman said Saturday evening that district administration has notified schedule for shops, establishments functioning.
He said as the government of Jammu and Kashmir has classified district Ganderbal as red zone, the District Magistrate (DM) Ganderbal, Shafqat Iqbal Saturday issued an order for imposition of restrictions.
The order has been issued to prevent the spread of the Covid-19 pandemic and break the transmission chain of the virus.
For operating shops and establishments of the district, the schedule and timing has been notified in an order.
As per the order, chemist, medical, milk products, vegetable, fruit nanwaie (traditional bakers), baby food, mutton, poultry, hotels, restaurants for home delivery. takeaway only, pesticides and fertilizers will operate throughout the day for all days.
Groceries, kiryana, bookshops, stationary, Handicrafts and handlooms will operate from 0900 hrs to 1900 hrs on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays.
Similarly, Hardware, Furniture, Furnishing, Building Materials, Readymade Garments, Footwear, Electronics, Cosmetics, Jewelers, repair-workshops, service stations, beauty parlors, saloons, boutiques and others will operate from 0900 hrs to 1900 hrs on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays.
Order further reads that shops mentioned will be permitted to operate on the schedule/timings having proper arrangements for physical distancing and wearing face masks will be mandatory. Besides shopkeepers are strongly advised to download Aarogya-setu mobile app on their mobile phones and follow the SOP in letter and spirit.
Police authorities, executive magistrates and incident commanders are directed to enforce the restrictions in their respective areas of jurisdiction strictly and any violation of an order by any person will invite punitive action under the relevant law.