Telangana bans rallies, public meetings amid rising Covid-19 cases

Amid rising Covid-19 cases and the emergence of the Omicron variant, the Telangana government on Saturday imposed a ban on rallies, public meetings and mass gatherings of all types, including religious, political and cultural events in the state.

The decision was taken at a high-level meeting held by Telangana Chief Secretary Somesh Kumar.

During the meeting, it was noted that the number of cases of Omicron and Covid 19 is on the rise in other states of India and other countries. Therefore, it was felt that it is important to exercise the utmost precaution and adequate preventive measures have to be taken to prevent its further spread, it was noted.

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According to the government order, the management of public transport, shops, malls, establishments, offices etc have been instructed to ensure mandatory earring of masks, maintaining physical distance, frequent sanitisation of premises, provision for hand hygiene and screening at entry points with IR thermometer/thermal scanners.

The management of schools and educational institutions have been asked to ensure that all staff and students wear masks and follow Covid-appropriate behaviour.

The order further says that a fine of Rs 1,000 will be levied for not wearing a mask in public places.

All people have been asked to adhere to Covid-appropriate behaviour.

Senior citizens and persons with comorbidities are specifically advised to exercise precautions against Covid-19.

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