COVID-19 in Uttar Pradesh: Malls and hotels to open from June 21, markets 
to remain open till 9 pm
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Lucknow: With continuous decline in number of covid cases for the last 25 days, Yogi Government has decided to give more relaxations in Uttar Pradesh. From June 21, the markets in entire state will open from 7 am in the morning until 9 pm with the chief minister announcing extension of partial curfew timing. The state government has also decided to open shopping malls, hotels and restaurants with half of the capacity. However, the lockdown on the weekend will continue until further orders. The street food vendors in the state have been allowed to operate.

In UP only 339 covid cases were found in the last 24 hours while 1116 have been discharged after recovery. The Additional Chief Secretary (ACS), Health, Amit Mohan Prasad informed that at present there are only 8111 active covid cases in the state and 74 have died in the last 24 hours. He claimed that recover rate in UP has become 98.2 per cent while positivity rate is 0.2 per cent only. A total of 2.587 lakh covid samples were tested in UP in the last 24 hours and until date around five crore tests have been conducted. 2.29 Crore people have been vaccinated in the state so far and special camps have been set up for this.

While presiding a meeting of senior officials to review the situation of covid in the state, the chief minister Yogi Adityanath said that the situation is improving day by day. Keeping this in mind the markets will be allowed to open till 9 in the night from June 21. He said that weekend lockdown on Saturday and Sunday will remain in force. The shopping malls and restaurants will operate with 50 percent of capacity provided they follow covid protocol. It is applicable with the street food vendors also. The wholesale vegetable and fruit markets will operate until nine in the night. If such markets are in the densely populated areas, the local administration will shift it to open place.

The traders organization in UP while welcoming this decision, said that more than 16 lakh retailors will be benefitted with this. The hotel and restaurant owners too have welcomed the move and said that 1500 of their units were closed since May 3. Till today, the state government has only allowed online delivery to the hotels.

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