Chandigarh: The Himachal Pradesh cabinet on Saturday announced to extend the statewide Corona curfew till the morning of May 26. However, in new guidelines, the government has made some changes and allowed more services to resume operations across the state. Himachal Pradesh is under a lockdown from May 7 to May 17.
The decision was taken in a cabinet meeting led by chief minister Jai Ram Thakur on Saturday.
As per the new guidelines, it has been decided that shops dealing with construction materials would be allowed to open on every Tuesday and Friday for three hours. State Parliamentary Minister Suresh Bhardwaj said the three-hour daily relaxation in the curfew would be provided for opening essential commodity shops.
The cabinet has also decided to allow hiring of hearse vans by the medical colleges, zonal and regional hospitals and hospitals with a bed capacity of 200 and above, besides all municipal corporations.
As reports of deceased's bodies not being able to cremate properly have been surfacing on social media, the government has decided that the state forest department would provide free wood for the cremation.
The order further directed that marriages should be held only in houses with a gathering not exceeding 20 people. There will be no marriage processions.
Himachal Pradesh's coronavirus tally rose by to 1,53,717 with 3,055 new cases, a health official said.