With most of the country back to business as usual, it’s hard to tell that the world is in the midst of a pandemic. However, local administrations still battling COVID-19 infections have imposed a number of restrictions in parts of India where cases are on the rise.
Here are the latest COVID-19 rules from Delhi, Ahmedabad, Punjab, Maharashtra and more places across India
New MHA guidelines to tackle COVID
The central government has issued a new set of guidelines for surveillance, containment and mindfulness against the coronavirus. These new rules will be in effect from 1 December till 31 December. According to these guidelines, local governments can impose restrictions such as night curfews to prevent the spread of the disease, but they cannot impose any lockdown outside containment zones without consulting the central government first. Local authorities have also been asked to enforce strict perimeter control to ensure that there is no movement of people in or out of containment zones, except for medical emergencies and supply of essential goods and services. Read more here
Night curfew in Punjab
To keep a second wave of COVID-19 at bay, especially in view of the grim situation in neighbouring Delhi-NCR, the Punjab government ordered a series of fresh restrictions in the state, including reimposition of night curfew (10pm to 5am) in all towns and cities from 1 to 15 December when the new rules will be reviewed. Hotels, restaurants and places organising weddings can remain open only till 9.30pm, and those with a face mask will now be fined Rs1,000, up from Rs500 earlier.
New COVID-19 rules in Delhi-NCR
To get the rapidly worsening coronavirus situation in Delhi-NCR under control, a number of new measures have been adopted.
- Anti-maskers will now be fined Rs2,000 if caught (up from Rs500 earlier). This applies even if you are driving alone in your car.
- Delhi has capped the number of guests at weddings to 50, while Noida and Ghaziabad have restricted the number to 100.
- Noida, Gurugram and Faridabad have started conducting random rapid antigen tests on motorists heading to these districts from Delhi. Motorists will be stopped at random for these tests.
New RT-PCR rules in Maharashtra for cockpit, cabin crew
The Maharashtra government has exempted on-duty cockpit and cabin crew members of all airlines from RT-PCR tests across airports in the state. This was on request from Air India after Maharashtra imposed a new rule in the state making it mandatory for all persons travelling to the state from Delhi, Rajasthan, Gujarat and Goa to carry an RT-PCR negative report. The exemption, however, will depend on whether airlines adhere to all the necessary COVID-19 protocols.
Prohibitory orders in Lucknow, Jaipur
The Uttar Pradesh government has imposed Section 144 in Lucknow, which prohibits the assembly of four or more persons at a particular place. These prohibitory orders will be in force in Lucknow till 1 December. Also, no new event will be allowed in Lucknow without permission from district authorities. All of Jaipur is also under Section 144 till December 20.
Weekend lockdown in Dehradun
Weekend lockdowns to contain the spread of COVID-19 are back in the district of Dehradun. These curbs, such as closure of stores besides those involved in essential services, were in place in Rishikesh, Mussoorie and other tehsils of Dehradun district before the festive season. On these days, all non-essential stores will be closed and the city will be sanitised.
Curbs in Himachal Pradesh
The state has imposed a night curfew in Shimla, Mandi, Kullu and Kangra districts from 8pm to 6am. The decision was made soon after an entire village tested positive for COVID in Lahaul-Spiti. Moreover, the districts of Lahaul and Spiti have decided to remain closed to tourists till April 2021.
COVID-19 curfew in Gujarat
A night curfew from 9pm to 6am is in place in Ahmedabad, Rajkot, Surat and Vadodara. The reopening of all educational institutes in the state has also been deferred. While they were earlier supposed to reopen on 23 November, there’s no word on the date yet.
Night curfew in Madhya Pradesh
A night curfew from 10pm to 6am has been in place in Indore, Bhopal, Gwalior, Vidisha and Ratlam from 21 November, but those engaged in essential services and factory work are exempted from this rule.