Mumbai: Punjab Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh has directed the Director-General of Police (DGP) to strictly enforce the closure of liquor shops in cities and towns by 6:30 pm as per the existing guidelines.
The Government of Punjab tweeted saying, “Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh directed DGP to strictly enforce the closure of liquor vends in cities and towns by 6.30 p.m., as per existing guidelines, to check escalating cases of COVID in the state.”
Chief Minister @capt_amarinder Singh directed DGP to strictly enforce closure of liquor vends in cities and towns by 6.30 p.m., as per existing guidelines, to check escalating cases of #COVID in the statehttps://t.co/tJbYgyLzWL
— Government of Punjab (@PunjabGovtIndia) August 28, 2020
According to an official release of the state government, the liquor shops will now be open till 10 pm in rural areas, as the guidelines will remain in force till August 31, after which the decision will be reviewed and new guidelines will be issued accordingly.
After closing liquor shops in the cities at 6.30 pm, the Chief Minister’s order was to remain open to other shops. He was reviewing the COVID status through a video conference with top state officials and health/medical experts.
Now in view of the outbreak of epidemic in the rural areas of the state, the Chief Minister said that he will write to the village sarpanches to ensure security concerns.
There was some problem due to the response of the ventilators received from the Government of India, the Chief Minister ordered a thorough investigation by experienced engineers and doctors.
According to the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, a total of 15,608 active COVID-19 cases have been reported in Punjab.