Guwahati: With several areas in Guwahati once again returning to a state of lockdown to arrest the spread of the coronavirus contagion, Chief Secretary Kumar Sanjay Krishna has issued a set of directives for the affected areas. The Guwahati lockdown will come into effect from 9 pm today, until the lifting of the orders.
Here are the activities that shall be prohibited in the wards where the lockdown will once again come into effect:
The movement of individuals shall remain "strictly prohibited" in the specified areas.
All Government offices, offices of the autonomous/subordinate offices, and private offices shall remain closed during the lockdown period.
At the same time, all the business and commercial establishments, shops, and trade activities hall remain closed.
All the industrial establishments shall remain closed.
Public transport shall be suspended, and the movement of private vehicles in these areas is also banned.
All hospitality services will also be banned.
Religious places of worship will also be closed down and religious congregations will also not be allowed.
Social, political, sports, entertainment, academic, cultural, and religious functions are being barred.
In the case of funerals, not more than 20 people will be allowed.
Spitting, long considered risky amid the outbreak, is being banned completely and will be punishable with a fine.
Additionally, the consumption and sale of liquor, pan, gutkha, tobacco, etc in public places has also been barred.
Meanwhile, amid the return of stranded citizens, the number of Covid-19 cases has been rising at an unprecedented rate in Assam. To date, 5,853 cases of the virus have been reported in Assam, out of which 2,276 cases are currently active. Guwahati, the biggest urban center in the state and the economic lifeline of the Northeast Indian region, had reported over 400 cases till yesterday, the health ministry had said.