CURFEW ON CHRISTMAS AND NEW YEAR’S EVE- Due to a rapid spread of new COVID-19 strain detected in the U.K and South Africa, some of the Indian state governments have taken precautions more seriously and imposed a night curfew on states.
So, let’s take a look at the states that have taken extra precautions to ensure the spread of Covid-19 so far.
CURFEW ON CHRISTMAS AND NEW YEAR’S EVE
The state has imposed a night curfew that will be in effect from December 22 to January 5 amid growing concern about the detection of a new variant of the coronavirus in Britain.
The curfew will be in effect from 11 pm to 6 am. Since this includes the new year, it is safe to say that revelers looking to ring in the new year at the stroke of midnight are out of luck.
Now, Mumbaikars will not be forbidden from going out after the curfew timing. However, this has to be for a valid reason and they cannot be out in a group of more than five people.
Rajasthan’s night curfew rules are even more stringent. According to an order issued by the Home Department, there will be a curfew in place from December 31 night to January 1 morning.
The curfew will be in effect for all cities in Rajasthan with a population of over one lakh. The restrictions will remain in place from 8 pm on December 31 to 6 am on January 1.
No New Year party will be organized on the occasion. According to the order, markets will be closed at 7 pm.
There will be a night curfew in Shimla, Mandi, Kangra, and Kullu districts from 10 pm to 6 am. Imposed towards the end of November, state ministers have said that the curbs will remain in place till January 5.
A similar extension was also announced by Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh on December 11. The state will now face a night curfew till January 1.
There are also restrictions on people gathering for events. A total of 100 people can get together for indoor festivities. And up to 250 people for outdoor events during the non-curfew hours.
There will be a night curfew in Manipur till December 31 – from 6 pm to 4 am. It is not clear whether this will be extended in light of recent developments. No more than 20 people can now gather for ceremonial events.
Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa recently tweeted, a night curfew will be imposed in Karnataka from today, until January 1.
While the instructions had been that movement of individuals shall remain strictly prohibited between 11 pm to 5 am, except for essential activities, some vehicles will ply.
Buses of Bangalore Metropolitan Transport Corporation and Karnataka State Road Transport Corporation, autorickshaws, and cabs will operate during night curfew.
There is also no restriction in the movement of all types of goods through trucks, goods vehicles, or any goods carriers, including empty vehicles.’
Because of the COVID-19 pandemic Dehradun, Mussorie, and Nainital have been banned on Christmas and New Year’s Eve. A night curfew has been imposed in Nainital on 31st December.
Meanwhile, the High Court of Uttarakhand has also got a response from the government in this matter. The High Court has inquired about the arrangements made to stop the meetings.
WHY CURFEW ON CHRISTMAS AND NEW YEAR’S EVE?
Due to the danger of corona infection, guidelines are being issued by the state governments from time to time.
Under this, the Uttarakhand government has banned the meetings to be held on Christmas and New Year’s Eve.
Not only this, but night curfew has also been imposing because of the number of tourists in Nainital. Some people are also demanding the removal of the curfew.