Assam revises night curfew timings, proposes ban on agitation

This order will come into effect from Wednesday and will remain in force till the next order. (File)


The Assam government on Tuesday commissioned COVID-19 cases from 8 am to 8 pm with restrictions placed on the movement of people in public places.

Chief Secretary Jishnu Barua, who is also the chairman of the Assam State Disaster Authority, issued the order after reviewing the current COVID-19 status in the state.

He directed that total restrictions may be imposed from 6 pm to 5 am with District Magistrate and Commissioner of Police, Guwahati to issue orders under CRPC (Section 144) to the same effect.

This order will come into effect from Wednesday and will remain in force till the next order.

The night curfew was imposed on 1 April on 27 April and on 30 April, it was further extended to 7 May.

All shops and commercial establishments will be closed at 2 pm on all days and no meeting / gathering will be allowed at any open or closed places.

Both private and government offices will close at 2 pm on all days and will not be applicable to organizations providing essential and emergency services, law enforcement services and election work.

No meeting / gathering shall be permitted at any open or closed places, and for marriage, only the religious portion shall be permitted with the attendance of a maximum of 20 persons, who shall not be allowed before or after the wedding.

At all religious places, the congregation of not more than five persons will be allowed at any time.

Guests can dine in restaurants, dhabas and other eateries till 2 pm. Takeaways including home delivery of food are allowed till 6 pm after which only home delivery of food will be allowed.

Restaurants operating within a hotel or resort may allow outside guests as early as 2pm, although in-house guests may be allowed to dine until the normal time of operation.

Distribution of essential commodities through e-commerce COVID may continue with adherence to appropriate behavior.

Cold storage and warehousing may continue after 2 pm.

However, sales counters, showrooms etc. associated with these warehouses or cold storage will not operate after 2 pm.

District magistrates shall declare well-defined parts of a region or a city or district or parts defined therein if the test positivity of COVID-19 in such areas reaches 10 percent or more in the past week or bed occupancy. Oxygen or ICU beds either crossed 60 per cent.

In the event of declaration of containment areas, the district administration has been directed to implement strict restrictions as per the directives issued by the Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare on April 25, 2021.

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