March 25, 2021 UPDATED: March 25, 2021 15:16 IST
In view of rising coronavirus cases in the state, the Madhya Pradesh government on Wednesday imposed Sunday lockdown in four districts namely Betul, Chhindwara, Ratlam and Khargone, an official said.
Earlier, the state government had imposed Sunday lockdown in Indore, Bhopal and Jabalpur.
Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan announced this while briefing his ministerial colleagues on the Covid-19 situation after the cabinet meeting, said the official.
The lockdown will begin at 10 PM on Saturday and end at 6 AM on Monday.
In the cities where over 20 virus cases are being reported daily, and in the districts where the average new cases per week are more than 20, only 50 persons can attend a marriage ceremony and only 20 people can take part in the last rites, the state government said.
According to the fresh guidelines, besides swimming pools, gyms and cinema halls too will remain closed in such districts.
Only take-away service will be allowed at restaurants in such districts. Public halls will be allowed to function with 50 per cent capacity.
So far 26,90,646 persons have received coronavirus vaccine shot in Madhya Pradesh.
Efforts are being made to administer vaccine jabs to three lakh persons per day and in the next three months all targeted groups will be vaccinated, said the official.