• Himachal Pradesh: relaxes Covid-19 restrictions on gatherings

    Himachal Pradesh: relaxes Covid-19 restrictions on gatherings

    The Himachal Pradesh government has allowed organizing recruitment rallies for the Indian Army and also relaxed Covid restrictions on gatherings.

    A notification to this effect was issued by the state executive committee (SEC) headed by chief secretary Anil Khachi in Shimla on Saturday.

    It said that the army recruitment office (ARO) for the state had requested to allow recruitment rallies to provide job opportunities in the armed forces for youngsters of Himachal Pradesh and permission to hold the common entrance exam (CEE).

    “After considering the prevalent status of Covid-19 and the fact that the number of positive patients, daily mortality and positivity rate has declined considerably, and the situation has improved, the SEC provides relaxation on the maximum number of persons allowed to congregate in such recruitment rallies/drives by the army, paramilitary forces, police and forest, subject to observance of Covid-19 appropriate behavior and safety protocols during these rallies in the public interest,” the notification said.

    The limit for the number of people in social, academic, sports, entertainment, cultural, religious, and other congregations has also been relaxed.

    In an indoor facility, a maximum gathering of 50% of the capacity will be allowed, with a ceiling of a maximum of 150 people.

    In open spaces, gatherings will be allowed with a top limit of a maximum of 250 persons. Wearing face masks, maintaining social distancing, provision of thermal scanning and use of hand wash or sanitizer will be mandatory at all such venues