As the cases are rising exponentially in the country the lockdown mode is coming back in front. After Chennai now another major city has gone into lockdown and that too a stricter one. The city is Assam’s Guwahati. The Assam government has decided to impose a total lockdown in Guwahati for 14 days. The lockdown would come into effect from midnight of June 28. In certain areas, it has already begun from 23rd June.
The decision has been taken after the spike in the number of cases in the city. The government of Assam has also decided to impose night curfew across the State and twice-a-week (weekend) lockdown in all urban and semi-urban places. “The COVID-19 cases in Guwahati have been increasing exponentially. Since June 15, we have recorded 676 cases of community transmission. We have thus decided to impose total lockdown in the city from June 28 midnight till July 12“, said state health minister Himanta Biswa Sarma. There is a wide-scale spread of the virus in the entire district of Kamrup Metropolitan.
The rural areas of the city are exempted from the lockdown and would follow the 7 PM to 7 AM night curfew. Here are the things that are prohibited during the lockdown in the area:
- The movement of individuals in public places
- Opening of offices whether private or government
- Running of business and commercial establishments including shops and trade
- Operation of all public transport as well as private vehicles
- Hospitality services and educational institutions
- Opening of all places of worship, including religious congregations
- Conduct of all kinds of functions including social, political, sports, entertainment, academic and cultural
A limit of 20 people on funerals would be there. Police and administration, banks (with skeletal staff), hospitals, hotels (for quarantine purposes), print and electronic media, milk and baby food supply, water services (at specific areas and timings) are some of the permitted activities. Pharmacies would also be opened. Agriculture and tea garden activities will continue. Meanwhile, the state of Jharkhand has extended lockdown till 31st July as well. However, the rules of Unlock 1 would be applicable there/