The Gujarat government on Tuesday decided to impose night curfew in nine more cities of the state in a bid to stem the spread of coronavirus. With this, the night curfew is now being enforced in 29 cities of Gujarat.
The state government also announced new restrictions in these 29 cities, including closure of restaurants, swimming pools, cinema halls, shopping complexes and water parks, till May 5. It also announced curbs on APMCs, public transport, religious gatherings, funerals and marriage functions across the state.
The night curfew from 8 pm to 6 am was already in place since April 7 in 20 cities, including Ahmedabad, Surat, Rajkot and Vadodara. “Now, the state government has decided to enforce the night curfew in nine more cities – Himmatnagar, Navsari, Veraval, Valsad, Porbandar, Botad, Viramgam, Chhotaudepur and Palanpur – from April 28,” an official release said.
Chief Minister Vijay Rupani took the decision during a high-level meeting on Tuesday after taking into consideration Union Home Ministry’s latest guidelines to control the spread of the coronavirus, it said. Informing further about the new curbs, the release said while essential services and factories will continue to function in these cities, the government has ordered closure of restaurants, swimming pools, cinema halls, shopping complexes and water parks in these 29 cities till May 5.
Gujarat night curfew: What is allowed, what is not
.Malls, shopping complexes, cinema halls, auditoriums, gyms, swimming pools, water parks, public gardens, salon, spas & other amusement activities will be closed in all 29 cities.
.All Agricultural Produce & Livestock Market Committees (APMCs) will be closed.
.Only APMCs associated with vegetables & fruits can be continued, said Gujarat CMO.
.Public access to religious places across the state will be closed.
.Only administrators & priests will be able to perform puja.
.Public bus transport will continue in the entire state with 50% capacity.
.A maximum of 50 people will be allowed at weddings.
.A maximum of 20 people will be allowed at funerals.
Gujarat’s COVID-19 tally crossed the 5 lakh-mark on Monday to reach 5,10,373 with the addition of 14,340 new cases, the highest rise in a single day so far. With a record 158 fatalities in a day, the COVID-19 toll in Gujarat rose to 6,486, as per the state health department.
Starting May 1, the Gujarat government will provide free of cost COVID-19 vaccines to those between 18 and 45 years of age, and an order of 1.5 crore doses has been placed for that purpose, an official said on Sunday.
The state government will buy one crore doses of Covishield vaccine from Pune’s Serum Institute of India and 50 lakh doses of Covaxin from Bharat Biotech in Hyderabad, an official release said.
Meanwhile, with 3,23,144 people testing positive for coronavirus infection in a day, India’s total tally of COVID-19 cases has climbed to 1,76,36,307, while the national recovery rate has further dropped to 82.54 per cent, according to the Union Health Ministry data updated on Tuesday.