SRINAGAR: In view of the prevailing situation due to outbreak of Covid-19, District Magistrate Srinagar Shahid Iqbal Choudhary on Friday ordered the extension of restrictions in the district till May 3. An official spokesperson said the DM has ordered that there shall be complete restrictions on public movement and operation of the business and other establishments in the district all through this extended period.
The order said that in view of the situation in the district with various areas notified as Covid- 19 containment or red zones, which add up to large part of the district, it is imperative that the ongoing restrictions remain enforced until required. It stated that the order is in line with the revised lockdown guidelines in the MHA order issued on April 15 which excludes areas notified as COVID-19 containment zones from exemptions that it allows after April 20. It said that the order is also as per instructions of the J&K Executive Committee (SEC) which has issued a detailed SOP to follow in the COVID-19 red zones.
The order stated that as in the past the essential services will be allowed to move with movement passes being issued to them based as per requirement. It instructs heads of departments to ensure no misuse use of passes issued to their staff for the purpose of delivering services. It said that while healthcare officers and frontline workers associated with Covid-19 containment efforts in the district have been provided passes their movement as and when required will be allowed on production of valid IDs along with duty slips issued to them by their concerned HODs.
The order stated that all movement passes issued from the office of the District Magistrate from March 20 will continue to remain valid till May 3. “Violations of instructions as given in this order will attract strict proceedings and action under Section 188 of IPC and Section 51 of NDMA,” it added.