LOCKDOWN RESTRICTIONS IN INDIA’S MAJOR CITIES
The danger of the Omicron variant is looming big in India, with reported cases rising each day. It is advised that individuals follow COVID guidelines, wear double masks, and get vaccinated. Most of India’s major cities have imposed restrictions in order to curb the spread of the virus. Here are the current guidelines imposed by the major cities:
- In light of the escalating COVID-19 cases in the national capital, the Delhi Disaster Management Authority (DDMA) met to consider restrictions. If the COVID-19 positive rate in the national capital continues above 5%, a “red alert” may be issued under the Graded Response Action Plan (GRAP). If a red alert is issued in Delhi, non-essential services would be shut down, and public transportation and public gatherings will be restricted. Since December 29, Delhi has been under a yellow alert. According to this alert, a night curfew is in effect from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. The national capital will be under a weekend curfew from 10 p.m. on Friday to 5 a.m. on Monday. Emergency services, individuals participating in such activities, pregnant women and patients seeking medical attention, those undergoing a Covid test, immunisation, and students taking examinations have all been exempted. Standing passengers are no longer permitted on the Delhi Metro, however 100% sitting occupancy is permitted. The limitations will be in place in addition to the regular nighttime curfew of 10 p.m. to 5 a.m.
- 2. Haryana
- Malls, theatres, multiplexes, and entertainment parks have been ordered to close by the Haryana government. Spectators are not permitted in sports complexes or swimming pools, although athletes practising for contests can use these facilities. Offices have been urged to operate at 50% capacity, with the remainder working from home. Bars and restaurants have also been given permission to operate at half capacity. The restrictions will be applied in the ‘Group-A’ districts, which include Gurugram, Faridabad, and Ambala. Sonipat, Panchkula, Panipat, Kurukshetra, Yamunanagar, Rohtak, and Jhajhar. The state has also taken steps to limit the mobility of unvaccinated people in public areas.
- 3. Uttar Pradesh
- While no weekend curfew has been issued so far in the state, nighttime restrictions have been extended by two hours. It will now be in effect from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m., rather than the previous 11 p.m. to 5 a.m. Due to an increase in caseload, all schools in the state have been shut until January 15. Districts with over 1,000 open cases will not allow more than 100 persons to attend events such as weddings. Public spaces and commercial businesses such as gyms, spas, movie halls, banquet halls, and restaurants, on the other hand, will be permitted to operate at 50% capacity. The only district with more than 1,000 active cases is Gautam Buddh Nagar, which covers Noida and Greater Noida.
- 4. Karnataka
- In Karnataka, the state where the country’s first two Omicron cases were discovered, a weekend and night curfew have been imposed. Between 10 p.m. on Friday and 5 a.m. on Monday, any non-essential movement will be prohibited. The night curfew, which was supposed to end on January 7, has been prolonged for two weeks longer. All schools except for classes 10 and 12 have been closed in Bengaluru, the capital city. Weddings are permitted, however the number of people allowed to attend is limited to 100 in confined places and 200 in open locations. In pubs, bars, restaurants, movie halls, and shopping malls, everyone must have a 50% seat capacity and be fully vaccinated. Passengers from Maharashtra, Kerala, and Goa must show a negative RT PCR certificate upon entering the state.
- 5. Tamil Nadu
- On Sundays, the state will go into full lockdown, with only essential services being permitted. Between the hours of 7 a.m. and 10 p.m., parcel services in restaurants and food delivery companies are permitted. Other forms of e-commerce would be prohibited. On other days of the week, b etween the hours of 10 p.m. and 5 a.m., the state has a night curfew. During the curfew hours, restaurants and business enterprises will be unable to function. Bus services (both within and between states) as well as other essential services will continue to operate. In restaurants, hotels, and stores, as well as gyms, theatres, and metro trains, only half of the seating capacity is permitted. Schools for classes 1 to 9 have been closed. Amusement parks have been closed completely, and beaches are only open to those who walk in the morning.
- 6. West Bengal
- Flights from Mumbai and Delhi will be available only two times a week, on Monday and Friday. Flights from the United Kingdom have been temporarily halted. Local and metro trains will run at half capacity, but long-distance trains will operate normally. Shopping malls and markets will remain open until 10 p.m. and operate at half capacity. In addition to this, government and commercial offices have been told to operate with half of their staff present and to promote as much work from home as feasible. Tourist attractions, swimming pools, spas, and gyms will all be closed. Cinema halls and theatres, on the other hand, can operate with a 50% seating arrangement.
- 7. Punjab
- A night curfew has been imposed between the hours of 10 p.m. and 5 a.m., during which all non-essential movement inside the bounds of all cities and towns would be limited. Schools, colleges, universities, and coaching centres, among other educational institutions, have been forced to close. Online classes will continue to be provided. Medical and nursing colleges have been exempted. At pubs, movie halls, multiplexes, shops, restaurants, spas, museums, and zoos, mandatory vaccination and 50% seating capacity must be maintained. Except for sportsmen practising for national and international tournaments, sports complexes, swimming pools, and stadiums have been closed to the general public.
- 8. Maharashtra
- The Maharashtra government has announced that enclosed places, such as movie halls, theatres, marriage halls, and conference halls, are permitted to run at 50% full, whilst open areas are permitted to function at 25% capacity. COVID-appropriate conduct, such as social distancing and wearing masks, has also been urged by the state administration.
- 9. Goa
- The Goa administration has decided to implement a night curfew in the state between 11 p.m. and 6 a.m. Due to an increase in coronavirus infections in the state, the state administration has also decided to close schools and universities until January 26. Students in grades 11 and 12 should travel to their schools to get vaccinated. The kids will not be required to attend classes until January 26 after they have been vaccinated.