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Covid-19 Jamshedpur: Checks intensified to enforce weekend lockdown

Jamshedpur, July 16: After a short lull, the police have begun stringent checks and punitive steps against Covid-19 protocol violators with the two-day additional enhanced restrictions which commenced on Saturday evening. The police enhanced inspections at all entry points to the city. Enhanced restrictions have been imposed on Saturday and will continue on Sunday. On these days, take away parcels are allowed from hotels. Home delivery of food is permitted. Only essential shops are allowed to operate.

However, it seems the people of the city are not at all serious about the Covid pandemic second wave situation that is prevailing in the district, state and country. In spite of the weekend lockdown that was announced by the district administration on Saturday and Sunday, crowds of people were seen at Sakchi market violating Covid protocols.

People were seen jostling with one another with absolutely no social distance at the milk booth of Sakchi in the city. Similar scenes were also seen at Bistupur.

Police are keeping strict vigil throughout the city to curtail the movement of vehicles that roam unnecessarily. At Sakchi, police were seen dealing with drivers of vehicles who were roaming without any valid reason. Most of them were given pep talk and asked to go back to their homes.

Police were also seen convincing a woman to stop selling flowers on push cart as it is not an essential item. On the whole it seems police have a tough challenge on their hands to deal with the citizens in spite of repeated requests and warnings.

 The city police will take stern action against those who resort to unnecessary travel. Those who are included in the government sanctioned essential services have to travel to and from the place only at certain times and they have to carry their official identity card and the certificate of the office head in their hand. Train and air passengers will be allowed to travel on presentation of tickets and other travel documents. Those who are going to be vaccinated will also be allowed to travel. The ‘affidavit’ can be used only for urgent matters like medical and emergency needs.

Only medical stores and essential food outlets can be opened. Large stores such as supermarkets are not allowed to operate. Hotels and restaurants will not be allowed to operate ‘take away’ on these two days and home delivery only is permitted. Tea shops and wayside eateries should not operate. The number of people who can attend weddings will be strictly controlled.

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