SHIMLA: With Covid infections continuing to rise at an alarming rate, the Himachal Pradesh government is likely to impose stricter restrictions from January 14. The curbs may include checks on outsiders, including tourists.
The decision, among other stricter curbs to control the spike in Covid cases, is likely to be taken during a Cabinet meeting on January 14.
Citing losses that hoteliers in the state had incurred over the past two years due to Covid lockdown, Himachal Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur had initially spared the hotels from the curbs. He, however, had advised the hoteliers to strictly follow Covid guidelines, including social distancing and other standard operating procedures.
In view of sudden spike in Covid cases, the Himachal Pradesh government had on Wednesday last imposed night curfew in the state. It had also put restrictions on the number of people attending gatherings, both indoors and outdoors.
The decision to impose night curfew from 10 pm to 5 am too was taken by the Cabinet at its meeting chaired by the Chief Minister. Besides the night curfew, the Cabinet also decided to restrict attendance at public gatherings at 50 per cent, be it indoors or outdoors. While the cap for indoor activities was a maximum 100 people, the limit was kept 300 for outdoors.