Punjab Bans Public Gatherings; Restricting Not More Than 5 Or Maximum 30 For Weddings

by Sanjana Shenoy
Punjab Bans Public Gatherings; Restricting Not More Than 5 Or Maximum 30 For Weddings

The Punjab Government on July 13 put a ban on all public gatherings. It restricted social gatherings to five attendees. The government also now allows only 30 people to attend weddings and other functions, instead of the current 50. People violating these rules will face FIRs against them as a measure to curb public gatherings amid the coronavirus pandemic. A detailed notification was also issued by the government. According to this joint teams of police and civil administration shall strictly enforce these restrictions on social gatherings (restricted to 5 people under Section 144 imposed in all districts). This also applies to weddings and social functions. Earlier Punjab also made e-registration compulsory for everyone entering the state. 

Punjab Government Bans All Public Gatherings

Further tightening Unlock norms, the Punjab government put a ban on all public gatherings on July 13. The state government-imposed restrictions on social gatherings only permitting a maximum of five attendees. For marriages and other functions, only 30 people are allowed instead of the current 50. These revised guidelines comes few days after 16 PCS officers got infected by coronavirus after 40 of them went for a luncheon meeting. At least two IAS officers also tested positive for coronavirus after coming in contact with the PCS officers. Punjab also imposed 50% capacity restrictions on its restaurants. 

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FIRs Will Be Registered Against Violators

The government also asked the police to register FIRs against people violating the curbs on public gatherings.  The management of hotels, wedding halls and commercial space will be held responsible for violation of these guidelines. And they might also face suspension of their licenses. The government notification adds that they will have to certify that adequate arrangements for ventilation of indoor spaces were made.

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The new guidelines also direct strict enforcement of the health department advisory on ventilation and air conditioning. Wearing of masks has also been made compulsory in offices, workspaces and closed places. As per the state department, the coronavirus tally in Punjab has risen to 7821 and the death toll stands at 199 as on July 12. During this lockdown, a Punjab Gurudwara provided meals to stranded Madrasa students.