Guwahati: As the fourth phase of the lockdown comes to an end on May 31, Assam government has expressed its desire for continuation with the night curfew.
Announcing this, Assam health minister Himanta Biswa Sarma said that the state government is satisfied with everything else, except the night curfew during the lockdown.
He also said that Assam government wants to bring back normalcy from June 1. “However, we want the night curfew to continue. Night curfew is a must for us. We can also start the curfew from 9 pm. But we need it,” he said.
The senior minister also said that except the night curfew, the state government will go with the decisions made by the Central government regarding the lockdown beyond May 31.
“The social distance message has gone down well among the people. Masks are being used and people are slowly fitting into the new way of life. We want to return to normal life in a phased manner. We might open half of the shops in a mall and resume the classes of X and XII initially etc. Once people are completely comfortable with the new way of life, we can return back to normalcy,” he added.
Meanwhile, in an order, the state government has exempted asymptomatic women who travel to Assam by train or air alone from institutional quarantine. However, she will have to be in home quarantine for 14 days after collection of swab samples and hand stamping. Also, asymptomatic senior citizens who return by air also need not undergo institutional quarantine. However, both the exemptions will not be applicable if the train or flight in which they travelled is found to have high incidence of infection.