Booking of SOP Violators in Assam: Assam Police DGP Bhaskarjyoti Mahanta on May 12 said that if anyone is found violating the COVID-19 SOP/guidelines, strict actions including 'attempt to murder' case will be registered against such violators.
Addressing a press meet the Assam DGP asked the people of Assam to strictly follow all the rules of the new SOP. Further, the DGP said, "Reports are coming of people closing shops from the front and working from inside, such shopkeepers will be in deep trouble and booked under DDMA act."
If somebody is found organizing a private function, party, violating the SOP those will be like a betrayal against the society and they will be booked under 'Attempt to murder' like charges.
"Private function, party, get together if carried out and is known by Police, those people will face 'Attempt to murder' case like charges," the DGP added.
"No crowding will be tolerated outside any building, shopping complex, markets. Police may lathi charge in such cases even during relaxation period(05:00 AM -01:00 PM)," Mahanta further added.
Meanwhile, the positivity rate of C0VID-19 cases in the urban and adjacent areas has shown a significant surge in the COV/D -19 cases during the last few days and requires stricter COVID containment measures.
Further, the State Disaster Management Authority, Assam issues the following directives which will be applicable in respect of urban areas and adjacent areas within a 5 km radius from the periphery of municipal corporation / municipal boards:
1. All shops and commercial establishments shall shut down at 1 PM on all days.
2. Weekly Haats I bazaars shall not be allowed for 15 days.
3. Restaurants, Dhabas, and other eateries can entertain dine-in guest only up to 1 PM after which only home delivery of food will be allowed,
4. Restaurants operating within a Hotel or Resort can allow outside guests up to 1 PM only after which only in-house guests of the Hotel/Resort may be given room service
5 Delivery of essential goods through e-Commerce may continue with observance of COVID appropriate behavior.
6. Cold storage and warehouses may continue after 1 PM. However, sale counters, showrooms, etc. attached to these warehouses or cold storages shall not operate after 1 PM.
7. Pharmacies, Hospitals, Animal Care Centres, and Veterinary clinics may operate without restrictions being providers of essential and emergency services,
8. All Educational Institutions including Schools/Colleges/Universities must provide quality virtual options. No physical classes shall be allured for 15 days.
9. All offices both Government and Non-Government shall shut down for 15 days.
10. Government semi-government officers in the rank of Deputy Secretary and above and senior executives in the Non-Government sector along with their key support staff will be allowed to attend office up to 1 PM only for emergency and essential works. However, 9 and 10 above will not be applicable for organizations rendering Essential/Emergency Services, Law Enforcement Services, and Election work.
11. In case the test positivity of COVID-19 in any area reaches 5% or more in the last one week, District Magistrate will notify such areas as containment zone and ensure necessary containment measures for COVID-19 as envisaged in MoHFW, Gol advisory dated 25th April 2021 annexed with MHA order dated 29th April 2021 (Annexure-A).
12. Marriages and religious functions will be only private affairs and be allowed with the presence of a maximum of 10 (ten) persons. No reception parties will be allowed post or pre marriage.
13. Funeral / last rites-related gatherings shall not be more than 10 persons.
14. All Religious places shall remain closed for 15 days. However, the religious head of a religious place or his representative may perform minimal religious rituals/prayers
15.All public transport will be allowed to operate only up to 30% of seating capacity.
16. Auto Rickshaws, cycle rickshaws, and taxis, shall operate with one driver and two passengers.
17. Pillion riding will be totally prohibited in two-wheelers, except with women and children.
18. All vehicles other than government vehicles will be allowed to ply in accordance with an odd-even formula to be decided by the jurisdictional District Disaster Management Authority between 5 AM to 2 PM. However, this restriction shall not apply to personal vehicles used for medical emergencies.
19. There shall be a total ban on movement of individuals from 2 PM to 5 AM daily, except for exemptions specified in Order No. ASDMA.28/2021163 dated 4th May 2021.