Amaravati, July 12:
The State government on Monday relaxed COVID-19 curfew restrictions uniformly across all the 13 districts fixing the timings from 6 am to 10 pm, where all commercial establishments will be shut down by 9 PM and curfew restrictions will begin from 10 PM.
During the COVID review meeting chaired by Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy, it was decided to relax the curfew timings as the daily positivity rate had come down to less than five percent. The government has however made it mandatory for every individual to wear face masks, and a fine of Rs 100 would be imposed for not wearing masks in public places.
If any shops and establishments violate the guidelines, they will be asked to close down for 2-3 days as punishment.
The Chief Minister also instructed the authorities to set up a whatsApp number for sending photos of those not wearing masks. The Chief Minister directed the officials to enforce Section 144 across the State to contain the spread of Covid- 19, by restricting the mass gatherings. Further, the government said physical distance of five feet between individuals should be maintained in all public places and establishments and besides wearing masks, hand sanitization is mandatory for all staff and the general public. The additional guidelines will be ißsued by the Medical and Health Department.
With regard to testing, he instructed the authorities to conduct tests in a focussed manner, that is only to those who had fever and other symptoms and if tested positive, they should receive proper medical services. Similarly, with regard to oxygen supply, the Chief Minister directed the officials to complete the establishment of oxygen generation plants.
The officials gave details of the work in progress at 134 oxygen generation plants at 97 locations and said the plan was to complete them by the end of August.
Deputy Chief Minister Alla Kali Krishna Srinivas (Nani), Minister Botsa Satyanarayana, Chief Secretary Adityanath Das, DGP Gautam Sawang, Covid Command and Control Chairman Dr KS Jawahar Reddy, Health Principal Secretary Anil Kumar Singhal, Health Secretary M Ravi Chandra, Health Commissioner Katamaneni Bhaskar, 104 call center incharge A Babu, Aarogyasri CEO Dr A Mallikarjuna, APMSIDC VC and MD Vijayarama Raju and other officials were present.
(From a CMO release)