Agartala: Amid a surge in COVID-19 cases, the Tripura government has announced a curfew during night hours in the Agartala Municipal Corporation (AMC) area to contain the spread of the coronavirus.

The corona night curfew across the AMC area will begin from April 22 (Thursday). The timing of the curfew will be 10 pm to 5 am.

An order was issued on Tuesday by the chief secretary Manoj Kumar, after a meeting of the state cabinet chaired by chief minister Biplab Kumar Deb. According to the order, Section 144 of the CrPC will remain imposed in AMC area and exams related to recruitment will be postponed.

Check out the other guidelines:

Corona night curfew will be imposed between 10 pm and 5 am in Agartala Municipal Corporation (AMC) area with effect from April 22. Medical and other emergency needs and persons to maintain essential services like health, police, security, power supply, drinking water supply, etc. may be exempted.

Postponement of examinations:

In view of a serious COVID situation, job-related physical examinations and tests will stand postponed. This will include written examination by Joint Recruitment Board of Manpower and Employment Department and physical test of IR battalion.

Restrictions on gatherings:

  • In closed spaces, a maximum of 50% of the seating/hall capacity should be allowed for any social, cultural, entertainment or political gathering with a ceiling of 100 persons. In open spaces, higher numbers may be allowed based on the size of the ground space with a ceiling of 200 persons.
  • Wearing of face masks, maintaining social distancing and provision of hand wash or sanitizer will be mandatory. The organisers will deploy sufficient number of volunteers/ staff to regulate the crowd and enforcement of norms of social distancing and wearing of masks. Prior permission for all such gatherings may be obtained from district/police administration.
  • Maximum 100 persons may be allowed in marriage/ birthday and other social functions both in public or private places.
  • Maximum 20 persons should be allowed in funeral last rites related gathering
  • Movie halls/ Multiplexes will function at 50% capacity.
  • Persons above the age of 65 years are advised to remain indoors unless required to go for essential services. Others may be advised to curtail unnecessary movement and avoid crowded places.
  • Compulsory wearing of masks including homemade washable cloth mask/ face cover by any cloth in public/workplace or while travelling / driving.
  • Social distancing to be ensured in public and private transport.
  • Shops to operate only after ensuring appropriate social distancing measures and avoiding overcrowding through volunteers to regulate shoppers.
  • The shops having frontage less than 1 metre shall allow only one person at a time, having frontage 1 (one) or more but less than 2 (two) metres, two persons shall be allowed at a time and so on. Rest may stand behind with a distance of 1 metre in the queue.
  • Shopkeeper and shoppers shall compulsorily wear masks / face covers.

Penalty for the violations:

  • Fine of Rs 200 in the first violation and Rs 400 for subsequent violation in regard to not wearing a mask / face cover.
  • Fine of Rs 1,000 for not ensuring social distancing in public and private transport, for not ensuring social distancing among the consumers in front of the shops by shopkeepers and for violating home quarantine norms.
  • Any person, institution, organisation violating the regulations shall be deemed to have committed offence punishable under Section 188 of the IPC (45 of 1860).

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