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Night curfew in Karnataka for 10 days from December 28;  Assam issues new guidelines

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Night curfew in Karnataka for 10 days from December 28; Assam issues new guidelines

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The government of Karnataka has decided to impose a “night curfew” for 10 days from December 28, between 10 p.m. and 5 a.m., Health Minister K Sudhakar said on Sunday. The government has also announced some restrictions on New Years parties and gatherings, amid new concerns over COVID-19 with the emergence of new clusters and the growing threat of the new Omicron variant of the coronavirus.

“From December 28, for about ten days to start, we would like to watch by calling a nighttime curfew, invoking Section 144, from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. the next morning,” Sudhakar said. Speaking to reporters after a high-level meeting of high-level ministers, officials and the COVID technical advisory committee, chaired by Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai, he said there was a restriction on functions and positions. gatherings for the New Year.

“There will be no receptions, parties in the outdoor premises, especially for those celebrating with DJs and large gatherings, they have been completely banned in Karnataka,” he said. The minister also said that in places like restaurants, hotels, pubs and eateries can have 50 percent of the capacity of the premises.

Assam lifts nighttime curfew on December 31

Meanwhile, the Assam government has released new COVID-19 guidelines for the New Year’s celebration, lifting the nighttime curfew on December 31. against anyone who wouldn’t.

The revised guidelines will remain in effect statewide from December 26 at 6 a.m. until further notice, state health minister Keshab Mahanta said. He said that according to the new SOP, the nighttime curfew will be in effect from 11:30 p.m. to 6:00 a.m. However, it will not be applicable on the night of December 31st.

Mahanta further said that for omicron-specific regulations, district magistrates, police superintendents and all other relevant authorities will be responsible for ensuring appropriate COVID behavior in all public places. All workplaces, businesses and commercial establishments will remain open until 10:30 p.m.

For meetings or gatherings in open spaces, the district disaster management authority will specify the number depending on the COVID situation in that district, while in closed spaces it would be allowed to gather up to 50% of the seating capacity. The emblematic religious places can accommodate 60 people fully vaccinated per hour, the number of faithful or visitors being limited to 40 per hour for other religious places.

Movie theaters will continue to operate with a 50 percent seating capacity. The minister further said that the district magistrates and police commissioners will ensure that the population strictly adhere to the guidelines and that they will also deploy a sufficient number of teams to watch.

(Edited by : Aditi Gautam)

First publication: STI

Night curfew in Karnataka for 10 days from December 28; Assam issues new guidelines

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