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Assam to ease lockdown from Monday; curfew to remain in force from 6 pm to 6 am


Assam from Monday onwards will ease lockdown norms. The Assam health minister Himanta Biswa Sarma said that there will be curfew from 6pm to 6am.

Sarma said, “The movement of individuals is strictly prohibited between 6 PM and 6 AM throughout the state across all zones, except for emergency services namely medical services, police, fire services and emergency response for restoring telecom and electricity. Private Medical Clinics and OPDs shall be allowed to open including veterinary OPDs. Prevailing norms will remain in the orange zone.”

The state government has allowed, “All standalone shops shall be allowed to operate till 5 PM. In areas where there are adjacent shops it shall be ensured that there are at least two closed shops in between two open shops except for pharmacies, grocery stores and book shops. Deputy Commissioners shall in consultation with market associations, identify the shops and allow them to operate only after this is finalised. Market complexes and shopping malls shall remain closed. Auto Rickshaws, cycle rickshaws and taxis shall operate with one driver and two passengers maintaining social distancing”.

Private four wheelers are allowed with driver and two others. For two wheelers, pillion riding is allowed either with one female or one child up to the age of 12 years. All constructions in urban areas shall be allowed with a maximum of 50% work force. City buses, intra-district and inter-district buses shall operate with 50% capacity. Only 50% of total number of buses shall be allowed to operate and only under the authority of ASTC. All vehicles which are allowed to ply are not permitted to stop in the Red and Orange Zones but can only pass through.

The health minister said that Government and Private Offices shall operate with 50% of employees. “ All tea shops, restaurants, ice-cream parlours, cooked food outlets are allowed to operate on take away or home delivery basis only. Barber shops, saloons and parlours shall continue to remain closed, however, home visits of barber would be allowed after following hygiene and sanitisation norms. No livestock carrying trucks shall be allowed to enter the State. However, if there is any truck already loaded with livestock and headed for any State outside Assam those may be allowed to move to their destination without stopping in the State of Assam. E-Commerce for all commodities is allowed. Maintaining social distancing and arrangement for thermal scanning, hand sanitization shall be the responsibility of the Head of the Organization both public and private.”

He added, “Female employees, both private and public, with children below 5 years of age are not to attend office till 17th May, 2020 when this will be reviewed. Haats and bazars including weekly markets shall remain closed throughout the state. Movement of persons beyond the age of 65 years and below the age of 10 years shall be restricted in public spaces except for medical purposes.”

Sarma said, “Assam has opened its borders with six North-eastern states on Sunday and 900 people from Meghalaya, 1000 Arunachal Pradesh, 312 from Tripura, 50 from Mizoram, 15 from Nagaland and 60 from Manipur came to Assam.”

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