The Gujarat government on Tuesday announced a night curfew in 20 cities, between 8 pm and 6 am, until April 30.

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Coronavirus Coronavirus Wednesday, April 07, 2021 - 12:41

The Gujarat government on Tuesday announced a curfew from 8 pm to 6 am in 20 cities, from April 7 to April 30, 2021. The curfew has been announced in light of rising COVID-19 cases in the state. The cities where the curfew is imposed include Ahmedabad, Surat, Vadodara, Rajkot, Jamnagar, Bhavnagar, Junagadh, Gandhinagar, Anand, Nadiad, Mehasana, Morbi, Dahod, Patan, Godhra, Bhuj, Gandhidham, Bharuch, Surendranagar and Amreli.

The state government has reduced the number of people allowed to attend wedding ceremonies to 100 from 200. “Besides, no political or social gathering will be allowed in the state till April 30. In any other type of gathering, only 50 persons will be allowed,” Gujarat CM Vijay Rupani said, adding that government offices in the state will be shut on Saturdays and Sundays for the whole of April.

The CM also said that poll-bound places ahead of the Morva Hadaf Assembly bye-elections and the Gandhinagar Municipal Corporation polls would be exempt from the restrictions. Increased COVID-19 testing and vigilance against the virus will also be put in place, he said.

Night curfew in Delhi

Delhi on Tuesday announced a night curfew, which will be in effect from 10 pm to 5 am until April 30. However, certain citizens can travel at night by applying for an e-pass.

Restrictions in Karnataka

Karnataka announced on April 3 that places like gyms and swimming pools will be shut, and seating capacity in theatres is reduced to 50%. Physical classes for students of classes 6 to 9 have also been suspended.

Night curfew, restrictions in Maharashtra

On April 3, the state of Maharashtra imposed restrictions to curb the spread of the coronavirus. These include a night curfew between 8 pm and 7 am, and weekend lockdowns starting from 8 pm on Friday until 7 am on Monday. It has also barred gathering of more than five people in public places during the day. While government offices are allowed to function with only 50% staff, private offices have been asked to shift to the work-from-home model.

Night curfew in Rajasthan

Rajasthan had also announced a night lockdown between 8 pm and 6 am. Restaurants and hotels are permitted to carry out home delivery of food during the curfew. The state government also closed schools for students of classes 1 to 9, and classes for all except final-year college students. Negative RT-PCR tests which are not older than 72 hours are mandatory for all travellers coming to the state. It has also capped the number of people allowed at social gatherings at 100.

Restrictions in Punjab

Punjab had also announced a strict night curfew between 9 pm and 5 am in 11 districts until April 10. All social gatherings, excluding weddings and cremations, are banned in these districts, and the maximum attendance at these events has been capped at 200. 

Night curfew in Odisha

The Odisha government has announced a night curfew from 10 pm to 5 am in 10 districts.

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