March 29, 2023

Night curfew returns in these states as Covid threat rears its head again | Delhi News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: Amid the rapid rise in cases of Covid-19 and its new-found variant Omicron in several states and Union Territories (UTs) in the past few weeks, the state governments and the UT administrations have brought back preventive measures to tame the resurgence of the pandemic. Here’s a list of states and UTs where the late-night restrictions have been imposed:
The Delhi Disaster Management Authority (DDMA) ordered closure of schools, colleges, cinemas and gyms with immediate effect. It has put various restrictions on the functioning of shops and public transport from December 28 as a yellow alert was sounded under the Graded Response Action Plan (GRAP).
The ‘yellow’ alert restrictions stipulate that shops and establishments of non-essential goods and services, and malls will open based on odd-even formula from 10am to 8pm.
The timings of the night curfew imposed from Monday night has also been extended by an hour and it will now begin at 10pm. The night curfew from 10pm to 5am will remain in force till further orders.
The Karnataka government too has decided to impose a night curfew for 10 days from December 28, between 10pm and 5am. The government has also banned all New Year parties and gatherings at public places.


Movement of passengers by bus, trains and air will only be allowed on displaying valid travel documents or tickets. (TOI File Photo: Chetan Shivakumar)
According to a government order, during the night curfew, the movement of individuals shall remain strictly prohibited, except for essential activities, patients and their attendants, industries and companies requiring night operations, vehicles carrying goods, bus, trains, metro, air travel, home delivery and e-commerce operations, among others.
Employees of companies working during the night shifts can move around with a valid ID card. Movement of passengers by bus, trains and air will be allowed on displaying valid travel documents or tickets.
Uttar Pradesh
Uttar Pradesh chief minister Yogi Adityanath on Friday issued orders to initiate strict measures, including a statewide night curfew from December 25. The night curfew will be applicable from 11pm to 5am.
The chief minister has also instructed officials to cap the number of people attending events like marriages to 200. These events have to adhere to Covid-19 guidelines and the organisers will have to inform the local authorities.
Madhya Pradesh
The Madhya Pradesh government too imposed a night curfew in the state from 11pm to 5am from December 23 till further orders. The step was taken after the state reported 30 new cases of Covid-19, a daily figure not seen in the past several weeks.
Assam will also see late-night restrictions on movement of people from 11.30pm to 6am from December 26 till further orders. However, they will not be applicable on New Year eve. According to a government order, apart from the night curfew, all work places, businesses and commercial establishments will remain open till 10.30pm. Further, any person not wearing a mask or found spitting in public places shall be fined Rs 1,000.
In view of the emergence of the Omicron variant of coronavirus, the Haryana government decided to impose a night curfew (11pm to 5am) and gathering restrictions from December 25 to check the spread of the infection.
The government has also restricted the maximum number of people at indoor and outdoor events to 200 and 300, respectively. The restrictions will remain in place till January 5.
Night curfew (10pm-5am) has been imposed in the state from December 30 to January 2, the Chief Minister’s Office (CMO) has said. The CMO said that no celebrations will be allowed after 10pm on December 31 in the state.
Night curfew was imposed across Uttarakhand on Monday in view of the threat posed by the highly transmissible Omicron variant of coronavirus. The night curfew which came into effect on Monday night will remain in force from 11pm to 5am till further orders. However, essential services like health, movement of vehicles carrying health personnel, ambulances, postal services have been exempted from the ambit of the curfew. Production, transportation and distribution of petrol, diesel, kerosene and LPG will also be exempt from the curb.
The coronavirus-induced lockdown was extended in the Union Territory of Puducherry on December 16 till January 2. The state executive committee (SEC) of the disaster management committee had announced the extension of the lockdown on December 15. The night time curfew would be in force from 11pm to 5am every day. However, the night time curfew was relaxed on December 24 and 25 for Christmas celebrations. As per a government release, the night curfew would be relaxed on December 30, 31 and on January 1 till 2am in view of New Year celebrations.
Dadra and Nagar Haveli, Daman and Diu
Night curfew was imposed in the Union Territory of Dadra and Nagar Haveli and Daman and Diu from December 2 to contain the spread of coronavirus amid concerns over the new Omicron variant. The night curfew will be enforced between 11pm and 6am till December 31. Moreover, the previous guidelines and standard operating procedures (SOPs) issued by the Centre and the UT administration will remain in effect till December 31 or till further orders.

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