Guwahati: Assam government has announced relaxation of curfew and other COVID-19 SOP regulations to be followed in the state.

The Assam State Disaster Management Authority issued directives for containment of COVID-19 in both rural and urban areas across the state on October 1.

The order was issued after the overall case load and COVID-19 positivity rate in the state were observed to have been declining steadily.

The decision came with precautionary measures ahead of major festivals in the state such as Durga Puja, Kali Puja and Diwali which will be celebrated in the coming months and could lead to large congregation of persons in enclosed spaces.

“It is necessary to formulate norms of public gathering during the forthcoming major festivals in the State in order to ensure that people are able to celebrate these festivals with joy and gusto, while at the same time adhering to extant COVID- 19 protocols,” read the order.

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Containment Zones

If cases reach more than 10 in 7 days, the District Magistrate will notify such areas as containment zones. Emergency services will continue in such zones, round the clock and establishments providing essential services like grocery, milk, etc will remain open till 10 pm.

Revised timings

Curfew Time: The curfew timings have been pushed by 1 hour in the evening and the duration of curfew in the state will be for a period of 7 hours between 10 pm and 5 am.

Workplaces (private and government), business/ commercial establishments, shops providing grocery, fruits and vegetables, may remain open till 9 pm.

Hotels and resorts will be allowed remain open till 9 pm.

Restaurants, dhabas, eateries and their take away counter are allowed to remain open till 9 pm with 50 percent of seating capacity in dine-in facilities.

Sale counters, showrooms, cold storages and warehouses may remain open till 9 pm.

Other restrictions and relaxations

All government servants who have taken 1 dose of COVID-19 vaccine are allowed to attend offices.

Employees engaged in emergency services, organisations rendering essential services, are exempt from curfew timings.

Pregnant women, women employees with children under 3 years of age, working under any government/ PSU/ Financial Institution Private Organizations, irrespective of their grade shall be eligible to work from home.

All persons with disabilities shall also be eligible to work from home.

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Transport rules

Transportation of goods will be carried on unhindered and all Public transport authorities are directed to enforce COVID protocol inside vehicles, carriers and containers.

Auto Rickshaws, cycle rickshaws and taxis shall operate for passengers with 100 percent seating capacity.

Pillion riding on motorcycles may be allowed with at least single vaccinated person with both riders wearing masks compulsorily.

Inter and Intra-district transport with 100 percent seating capacity is subject to observance of COVID appropriate behaviour for passengers with at least a single dose of COVID-19 vaccine.

Standing passengers will not be allowed and heavy fines will be imposed on drivers if passengers are found standing. License of the driver/ registration of vehicle may also be cancelled in such cases.

Wearing of face masks in mandatory for all persons seated in a vehicle and even if a single person is seated in a private vehicle.

Restrictions on gatherings

Gatherings upto 50 single vaccinated persons in open spaces for public and private functions will be allowed with regulation. However, with prior permission, a maximum of 200 fully vaccinated persons may be allowed in such functions, including Bibah Bhawans for marriages, etc.

“Cinema halls are allowed to open with 50% seat capacity for the audience who have taken two doses of Covid19 vaccine. The Covid protocol must be followed,” health minister Mahanta said in the press conference from Majuli, on October 1.

“In the case of mobile theatres, the chief minister is holding discussions with all parties involved in mobile theatres. The chief minister will take a decision on this matter soon,” Mahanta said.

In permanent auditoriums, plays may be staged with 50% of the audience following Covid protocol. Artistes, artisans and spectators must have taken both doses of Covid19 vaccine, according to the new guidelines.

Religious gatherings will be allowed with upto 60 fully vaccinated persons per hour at iconic places and 40 fully vaccinated places per hour in other religious places.

Not more than 50 persons will be allowed at funeral and last rites.

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