COVID CURFEW: 8 Assam districts get four-hour relaxation; Kamrup Metro gets one-hour leeway
The Assam government on Tuesday issued new standard operating procedures (SOPs) in view of the prevailing COVID-19 situation.
The revised SOPs will remain in effect till 5am of June 22.
According to the new SOPs, curfew has been relaxed by four hours in eight districts where COVID-19 positive cases have come down drastically over the past week.
The districts are Chirang, Udalguri, West Karbi Anglong, Bongaigaon, Majuli, Dima Hasao, South Salmara and Charaideo, where curfew will begin from 5 pm of Wednesday to 5am of Thursday.
Shops and commercial establishments in these eight districts will remain open till 4pm from Wednesday.
In Kamrup Metropolitan district, which has seen a substantial slide in the COVID positivity rate over the past week, curfew has been relaxed by an hour from Wednesday.
Curfew will begin from 2pm in Guwahati while shops/commercial establishments shall be allowed to stay open till 1pm.
However, in the remaining districts, the previous curfew timing (from 1pm to 5am) shall remain effective, while five districts where cases have been surging over the past few weeks, will be monitored closely.
“Five districts, Nagaon, Sonitpur, Dibrugarh, Tinsukia and Cachar, will be closely monitored till June 21 and if the situation does not improve, there could be stricter curbs. If the situation demands, even a total lockdown could not be ruled out in these five districts,” state health minister Keshab Mahanta informed mediapersons at Haflong on Tuesday.
Inter-district travel will remain suspended till 5am of June 22 while all religious places across Assam will stay shut during the period as well.
Educational institutions shall remain closed while fully vaccinated government employees will be allowed to attend office.
(Edited by Christopher Gatphoh)
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