STAFF REPORTER GUWAHATI:
Night Curfew in Assam State: To contain the rapid rise in COVID-19 cases, the Government of Assam has imposed night curfew from 8 pm to 5 am till May 1 across the State. This order shall come into force with immediate effect. However, business establishments will have to down their shutters at 6 pm as directed in the earlier SOP (Standard Operating Procedure).
The new order on night curfew issued by the ASDMA (Assam State Disaster Management Authority) further states:
* Uninterrupted delivery of public services shall be ensured by the departments/agencies concerned.
* Exemption has been provided with respect to pregnant women and patients for getting medical or health services.
* Exemption has been provided also to officials of Central and State governments, autonomous or subordinate offices and public corporations involved in emergency services; judicial officers or officials of Courts of Assam; all private medical personnel — such as doctors, nursing staff, paramedical staff etc., and other hospital services (such as hospitals, diagnostic centres, clinics, pharmacies, pharmaceutical companies and other medical & health services).
* Electronic and print media personnel will be allowed on production of valid identity cards.
* Persons coming from or going to airports/railway stations/ISBTs will be allowed to travel on production of valid tickets.
* There shall be no restriction on inter-State and intra-State movement or transportation of essential and non-essential goods. No separate permission/ e-pass will be required for such movements.
* Movement of persons related to commercial and private establishments providing the following essential services/commodities shall be allowed: Shops dealing with food, groceries, fruits & vegetables, dairy & milk booths, meat & fish, animal fodder, pharmaceuticals, medicines and medical equipments; banks, insurance offices and ATMs; telecommunications, Internet services, broadcasting and cable services, IT and IT-enabled services; delivery of all essential goods including food, pharmaceuticals, medical equipments through e-commerce; Petrol pumps, LPG, CNG, petroleum and gas retail and storage outlets; power generation, transmission and distribution units and services; cold storage and warehousing services; private security services; manufacturing units of essential commodities; production units or services, which require a continuous process; and also persons who are going for COVID-19 vaccination
Penal Provisions: Any person violating these measures will be liable to be proceeded against as per provisions of Section 51 to 60 of the 'Disaster Management Act-2005', besides legal action under Section 188 of IPC and other legal provisions as applicable.
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