Lockdown extended in J&K till June 8: Govt

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SRINAGAR: The Jammu and Kashmir administration on Sunday extended the coronavirus lockdown until June 8 and said the Centre’s new guidelines on some relaxations require a fresh assessment of the spread of COVID-19 in the Union Territory.

According to Government Order No. 57 – JK (DMRRR) of 2020,  “Whereas, the National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) vide its Order No. 1-29/2020-PP dated 17.05.2020 had extended lockdown measures up to 315′ May 2020.”

“Whereas in pursuance thereof, the NDMA had directed the National Executive Committee (NEC) to issue necessary guidelines for regulating the implementation of the extended lockdown,” said the order.

“Whereas, the Union Home Secretary in his capacity as Chairperson, NEC, had issued detailed guidelines for implementation of the extended lockdown till 315t May 2020,” reads the order.

“Whereas, the Union Home Secretary in his capacity as Chairperson, NEC, vide Order No. 40-3/2020-0M-I(A) dated 30.5.2020, has issued fresh guidelines for implementation of the extended lockdown in Containment Zones (Red Zones) till 30th June 2020 and reopening certain activities in a phased manner in areas outside Containment Zones (Red Zones),” it reads

The order said, “Whereas these guidelines require 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 consultations on the spread of COVID-19 in Jammu & Kashmir;”

“Now, therefore, in the exercise of the powers conferred under Section 24 of the Disaster Management Act, 2005, the undersigned in his capacity as Chairman of the State Executive Committee, hereby orders that the guidelines/ instructions issued vide Order No. 54, 55 and 56 JK-(DMRRR) of 2020 dated 19.05.2020 and 24.05.2020 shall continue to remain valid till 08.06.2020,” the order states.

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