Chandigarh: Punjab chief minister Amarinder Singh on May 16 said the coronavirus lockdown in the state will continue till May 31, though his government will lift curfew restrictions.

“From May 18, there will be no curfew in the state. But the lockdown will continue till May 31," said the chief minister.

He further indicated the resumption of limited public transport services from May 18. He said the state government will announce more relaxations from May 18 but sought support of people in containing the COVID-19 spread in the state.

“I will allow the opening of maximum shops and small businesses from May 18," the CM said.

The CM, however, said educational institutions will remain closed.

Other suggestions of the state government, listed by the chief minister, include allowing shops to open in all market and market complexes in a staggered manner, resumption of industry and construction activities in urban areas without any restriction, as well as permitting e-commerce for all commodities.

11 new coronavirus cases were reported as on May 17 in Punjab, according to data released by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare. This brings the total reported cases of coronavirus in Punjab to 1,946. Among the total people infected as on date, 1,257 have recovered and 32 have passed away.