Police officials check commuters on road during the night curfew imposed on New Years Eve last year. Photo:
Hindustan Times / Contributor
The Delhi government has imposed a night curfew in the capital to curb the rise of COVID-19 cases. A new order by the Department of Disaster Management Agency states that residents need to stay strictly inside between 10pm and 5am until 30 April, 2021 or until further orders. But those who need to move around for essential work, or to get the vaccine—now that centres are open 24×7—will need an e-pass. Here’s everything you need to know about the night curfew, whether you can be exempted from it and where you can get an e-pass-
Who is exempted from Delhi’s night curfew?
- Delhi’s night curfew will be in place from 10pm to 5am, till 30 April
- Essential workers like government officials and medical personnel can step out at night but need to have a valid ID card to confirm their position
- Pregnant women and patients stepping out to seek medical care
- People going to or returning from airports, railway stations and inter-state bus terminals are exempted from the rules as long as they can show a valid ticket
Who needs an e-pass to step out during Delhi’s night curfew?
- People moving out for work related to their commercial or private establishments, like shops selling essentials, banks and ATMs, petrol pumps, power generation services, private security services, manufacturing units for essential commodities or cold storage and warehousing services
- Journalists working in print or electronic media stepping out for work purposes
- People going to get the covid-19 vaccination
Where can you get an e-pass?
If you find yourself in the above category, you can obtain an e-pass by applying on the Delhi government’s official website. You will need to fill out basic details and upload an ID proof. Simply applying does not guarantee a permit–it has to be approved by the authorities. You will need to produce a soft or hard copy of your e-pass if you plan to step out during the night curfew.