NEW DELHI :
Gurgaon on Wednesday directed malls, cinema halls, nightclubs, spas, gym, swimming pools etc to suspend operations with immediate effect till March 31 as local authorities step up measures to prevent the spread of highly contagious Coronavirus.
In an order released by the district administration of Gurgaon on March 18, authorities have sought closure of such premises with immediate effect even as they seek to restrict the occurrence of large social and cultural gatherings.
As of Wednesday, India had reported over 150 Coronavirus cases. Several states have stepped up efforts to curb movement of people, advised offices to direct employees to work from home, and advised people to restrict travel as the country tries to suppress the Coronavirus outbreak
"Keeping in view the emergent scenario it is necessary to issue an order for the safety of general public and to avoid any outbreak of any epidemic," the order, released on Wednesday evening, said.
The order has directed the operations of gymnasiums, swimming pools, spas, nightclubs, bars, and lounges cinema halls, theaters, multiplexes to be suspended till March 31st. Moreover, the operations of all weekly bazaars, shopping malls with the exception of pharmacies, medical establishments, grocery stores, and super markets are to be suspended with immediate effect, it added.
It further sought to restrict the number of people at social, cultural, political, religious, academic, sports, seminar, conferences and family mass gatherings, including marriages, to a maximum of 50. All restaurants having in-dining facility restricted to 50 seats or more are to suspend operations, the order said.
It also said that public dealings at government offices should be minimized "while not impacting time bound and essential services." It further directed saloons, beauty parlors, and grooming centers to decontaminate and sanitize their premises frequently. Private cab operators have also been asked to decontaminate and sanitize their cabs frequently and ensure availability of hand sanitizers in their vehicles.
The order follows Gurgaon's recent advisory released on March 17th that advised all MNCs, IT firms, industries, business process outsourcing units, corporate offices in the district of Gurgaon to allow their employees to work from home with immediate effect.
"Any person contravening this order shall be punishable under section 188 of the Indian penal code," Wednesday's order said.