Hindustan Times (Jalandhar) - - HTSPOTLIGH­T - HT Cor­re­spon­dent let­ter­schd@hin­dus­tan­times.com

CHANDIGARH: With a large set of new re­lax­ations be­ing ef­fected from Tues­day, Pun­jab chief min­is­ter Capt Amarinder Singh has di­rected the state po­lice to en­sure strict com­pli­ance of Covid-19 safety pro­to­cols, in­clud­ing so­cial dis­tanc­ing and wear­ing of masks.

The next 25-30 days would be ex­tremely cru­cial for con­tain­ing the spread of coronaviru­s dis­ease in view of the sud­den open­ing up of the econ­omy, as well as of­fice/ com­mer­cial ac­tiv­ity, af­ter a 55-day cur­few, the CM warned.

“We can­not let all the ben­e­fits of all the work done by you in the past 55 days and sac­ri­fices made by the peo­ple of Pun­jab go to waste due to any com­pla­cency on our part now,” he as­serted.

It may be re­called that the CM had last week an­nounced lift­ing of the cur­few with ef­fect from May 18, but with the con­tin­u­a­tion of lock­down in the state till May 30. Act­ing on the CM’s di­rec­tives, DGP Dinkar Gupta has asked all CPs and SSPs across the state to reg­is­ter FIRs and im­pound ve­hi­cles or is­sue chal­lans in case of any vi­o­la­tion of the lock­down re­stric­tions. “We should send a strong mes­sage to en­force the var­i­ous re­stric­tions strin­gently,” the DGP told his of­fi­cers, cit­ing the chief min­is­ter’s in­struc­tions.

All SSPs and CPs have been asked to en­sure com­pul­sory wear­ing of masks by ev­ery­one step­ping out of their homes, said the DGP. They have been di­rected to en­force strict so­cial dis­tanc­ing not just in shops, of­fices, banks and liquor out­lets, but also in ve­hi­cles and buses.

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