'Need detailed assessment, consultation before issuing new guidelines'
The Jammu Kashmir government Tuesday extended Unlock 1.0 till July 3 before making a detailed assessment and holding consultations with the stakeholders to implement the Government of India’s new guidelines issued late Monday night.
The J&K government extended guidelines cum restrictions issued vide Order No 59 and 61-JK- (DMRRR) of 2020 dated 7 June 2020 until 3 July 2020 saying the GoI’s fresh guidelines onsome relaxations require a detailed assessment and consultations on the spread of COVID-19 in Jammu Kashmir.
The order issued here by the State Executive Committee said the guidelines or instructions issued on June 7 with regard to lockdown would continue until July 3.
The Home Ministry, which issued the guidelines for Unlock 2.0, has extended lockdown measures till July 31.
Under the Unlock 2.0 guidelines, training institutes run by the central and state governments would be allowed to function from the middle of the next month while schools and colleges will remain closed until July 31.
Apart from curbs in the containment zones, there would be no restriction on “inter-state and intra-state movement of persons and goods”.
According to Jammu Kashmir government, implementing the GoI’s new guidelines under Unlock 2.0 requires a detailed assessment and consultation on the spread of COVID-19 in the erstwhile State.
“Whereas these guidelines require the state and UT governments to assess the current spread of the COVID-19 pandemic, and based on this assessment prohibit certain activities outside the containment zones or impose such restrictions as deemed necessary, which will require a detailed assessment and consultation on the spread of COVID-19 in Jammu and Kashmir," the order reads. “Now, therefore, in exercise of powers conferred under section 24 of the Disaster Management Act, 2005, the State Executive Committee hereby orders that the guidelines, instructions issued... dated 7 June 2020 shall continue to remain valid till 3 July 2020.”
According to Unlock 1.0 guidelines, all religious places across J&K, which were closed nearly a week ahead of the India-wide lockdown, would continue to remain closed till further orders.
However, malls, barbershops, saloons and parlours have been asked to open in entire Jammu Kashmir (subject to an SOP to be issued on Monday), while restaurants will function only for home delivery and take-away and hotels would be allowed to operate with 50 percent capacity, the order said.
Regarding the public and private transport, the order said minibuses can operate at 50 percent capacity and buses at 67 percent capacity in orange and green zones (only on notified routes), while only Jammu Kashmir Road Transport Corporation (JKRTC) buses can operate in the red zone.
It said no inter-state and inter-province movement would be allowed except for those having valid passes issued by the competent authorities.