The Assam government announced new SOPs in light of the rise in COVID-19 cases in the state.

Speaking a press conference on Friday, Himanta Biswa Sarma said as a precautionary measure, schools up to class 8 in Kamrup Metropolitan would be closed starting January 8. In other districts, this will apply till Class 5.

Curfew times will now apply from 10 pm to 6 am from January 8. Most importantly, no non-vaccinated (2 doses) persons will be allowed anywhere except hospitals.

Assam saw a swift rise in the number of COVID-19 cases in the last few days, with total cases crossing 500 as of Wednesday. Of these, over half are from the Kamrup metro region. The state also saw two cases of Omicron.

It may be mentioned that after Christmas, the state government had announced a return of night curfew from 9.30 pm to 6 am, with an exception made only for December 31.

The new SOP in Assam is as follows:

In case the test positivity of COVID-19 in any area reaches more than 10 cases in the last seven days, the jurisdictional District Magistrate will notify such areas as total containment zone in consultation with MD, NHM and ensure necessary containment measures for COVID-19.

However, in such zones, emergency services will continue round the clock and essential services including shops dealing with groceries, fruits and vegetables, dairy and milk booths, animal fodder, etc. will remain open up to usual time of closure.

  • Delivery of all essential goods including food, pharmaceuticals, medical equipment through e-commerce in such areas will continue round the clock.
  • All Government servants (including contractual and fixed pay) should be fully vaccinated and shall attend office. Employees who are not fully vaccinated will not be allowed to attend office and they will have to avail leave, if available or extra ordinary leave for which they will not be paid salary.
  • However, all other employees except those in whose case vaccination is contra indicated as per guidelines issued by the Health Department of Government of Assam and/or such claim is certified by a registered medical practitioner, will have to get themselves vaccinated and attend office.Employees engaged in emergency / essential services shall attend their duty without any restrictions at any place.
  • The organizations (Government / Private) rendering Essential/Emergency Services, Law Enforcement Services and Election work will continue working without any restrictions in all districts.Goods transport shall continue unhindered.
  • All Public transport authorities shall enforce COVID-19 appropriate behaviour and seating inside the vehicles, carriers, containers etc.
  • Auto Rickshaws, cycle rickshaws and taxis shall operate for passengers with 100% seating capacity and observance of COVID-19 appropriate behavior for passengers who are fully vaccinated.
  • Pillion riding on motorcycles may be allowed who are fully vaccinated and compulsory wearing of mask.
  • Intra-district transport, with 100% seating capacity subject to observance of COVID-19 appropriate behaviour, shall be allowed for passengers who are fully vaccinated.
  • No standing passenger shall be allowed. Heavy fine will be imposed on such passengers and driving license of the driver/ registration of the vehicle will also be cancelled in the event of carrying standing passengers.
  • All inter-district passenger transport and movement shall be allowed with 100% passengers who are fully vaccinated subjecy to observance of COVID-19 appropriate behaviour.
  • No standing passenger shall be allowed. Heavy fine will be imposed on such passengers and driving license of the driver/ registration of the vehicle will also be cancelled in the event of carrying standing passengers.
  • Wearing of face mask is mandatory even for a single person driving a vehicle. In case of persons traveling in any private car, up to 100% of its seating capacity, wearing of face mask is mandatory for all the persons.


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