[Coronavirus Lockdown] J&K HC orders closure of public parks to prevent people loitering, issues additional directions
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[Coronavirus Lockdown] J&K HC orders closure of public parks to prevent people loitering, issues additional directions

"It appears that misunderstanding the requirement of the lockdown, large number of people are resorting to their usual strolls, loitering and morning walks in local parks etc", the Court observed.

Aishwarya Iyer

Taking note of reports that people continue to loiter around despite the national lockdown in place to curb the spread of the Novel Coronavirus, the Jammu and Kashmir High Court recently directed that access to public parks and such spaces be cut off during the lockdown.

This was one of the directions passed by a Bench of Chief Justice Gita Mittal and Justice Sindhu Sharma in a pending PIL taken up to monitor measures being taken to combat COVID-19. The matter was heard on Monday by way of video conferencing, with both judges sitting at the respective residences at Jammu.

The Court observed that, "It appears that misunderstanding the requirement of the lockdown, large number of people are resorting to their usual strolls, loitering and morning walks in local parks etc."

The Bench has, therefore, asked the law enforcing authorities and all municipal corporations and development authorities to prevent access to public parks, etc which are normally used for such purposes by the citizens. Further, it was emphasised that,

"The law enforcing agencies shall strictly ensure the lockdown and prevent any kind of activity which could adversely impact social distancing in any manner."
Jammu & Kashmir High Court

In the course of hearing, the Court also reiterated that the authorities out to take "strict action against the persons who are violating any instruction/any order issued by the Central Government and the UT Government as well as any provision of law especially where their conduct would result in the spread of the COVID-19 infection and endanger lives."

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