Uttarakhand government has issued fresh set of guidelines in the light of rise in novel coronavirus cases. In order to contain the spread of coronavirus, the govt’s revsised SOP allows not more 200 people to attent any social, political and religious events. However, the government has not included the ongoing Kumbh Mela at Haridwar in the ambit of order. Besides, the government has also increased night curfew hours in all the districts.
Chief Secretary Om Prakash issued the fresh SOP and said that the new guidelines would not apply to Kumbh Mela. In the city, standard operating procedures will continue to remain in force that were issued by the central government.
The new night curfew timings are from 9 pm to 5 am. But to the state government has relaxed the timing of night curfew because of Ramazan and Navratras. Now, the timings for nights curfew are 10.30 pm to 5 am.
Rules for transport
As per the revised SOP, all modes of public transport such as buses and auto rikshaws will run at half capacity. Besides, public places like bars, restaurants, cinema hall and gyms will also run at half capacity. coaching institutes, swimming pools and spas in all districts will remain closed.
Social, religious and political functions will remain prohibited in containment and micro-containment zones. In these areas, cinema halls, gyms, restaurants and bars cannot operate at all.
Curfew in Uttarakhand capital Dehradun
As far as the weekly curfew is concerned, Dehradun Municipal Corporation area will witness total closure on April 18. Additionally, curfew will remain in force on all Saturdays and Sundays in April. Whereas in other districts, curfew will be imposed on every Sunday.
The new SOP also orders pregnant women, children below 10 years of age, and elderly citizens to go out in public only if extremely essential or medical emergency.
The government has also ordered proper adherence to the COVID-19 protocol such as wearing of masks, maintaining social distancing. Any violation will be puishable under the Epidemic Diseases Act, 1897, other relevant acts and sections of the Indian Penal Code.
On Saturday, Uttarakhand recorded its highest ever cases with 2,757 people testing positive for the novel coronavirus. Dehradun recorded 1,179 cases while Haridwar accounted to 617. The state also recorded thirty seven deaths due to coronavirus in last 24 hours.