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COVID-19 curb: Haryana orders closure of all shops by 6 pm, bans non-essential gatherings

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Chandigarh, Apr 22: Having witnessed a rapid surge in COVID-19 cases in recent days, the Haryana government on Thursday announced several restrictions to control the spread, including closure of shops by 6 pm and a ban on all non-essential gatherings.

Anil Vij

The restrictions will come into effect from Friday, state Home and Health Minister Anil Vij said.

"All shops will remain closed from 6 pm onward in Haryana from tomorrow, all non-essential gatherings are banned, anybody holding any function within prescribed limit will have to seek permission from concerned SDM (Sub Divisional Magistrate)," Vij said in a tweet.

The state government had recently capped the number of attendees in indoor events to 50 and that for open spaces to 200.

On April 21, Haryana recorded 9,623 new COVID-19 infections and 45 deaths, the state''s highest single-day spike in both cases and fatalities so far.

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