The government in Uttarakhand has announced to extend COVID curfew by another week till June 29. Once the curfew is lifted the markets will be allowed to reopen for five days a week from 8 AM to 5 PM. The lockdown will remain in place during the weekend.

Uttarakhand cabinet minister Subodh Uniyal said, “A decision has been taken to impose a covid-19 curfew from June 22 to June 29 with certain relaxations (in the state)”.

On the other hand, Uttarakhand Chief Minister Tirath Singh Rawat said that the Char Dham Yatra will resume for the residents of three districts, Rudraprayag, Chamoli and Uttarkash from July 1.

The CM further said that the safety of the pilgrims is of utmost importance and that the yatra would be held in a phased manner. The first phase will only see the residents of these three districts visiting the shrines.

In the second phase, the shrines will open for all the states. But a negative RT-PCR report would be mandatory for devotees.

“Initially, people of Chamoli, Rudraprayag and Uttarkashi will only be allowed. Chamoli residents can undertake the yatra for Badrinath. Similarly, Rudraprayag residents are allowed to go to kedarnath and Uttarkashi residents to Gangotri and Yamunotri. RT- PCR-negative reports would be mandatory,” said the Chief Minister.

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