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Agartala: Tripura government has announced extension of COVID-19 restrictions till August 31. However, the new order has provided some relief to the people by allowing the opening of gymnasiums and shopping malls, among others, in the state.

According to the new order, from August 1, night curfew will be in force from 7 pm to 5 am daily. There won’t be any weekend (day and night) curfews from now on.

The decision to ease the corona curfew was made as most of the people in Tripura have already been vaccinated against COVID-19 through the mass vaccination drives. A good number of people have also taken the second dose of the vaccine.

According to the new order, up to 100 people will now be allowed to attend meetings from August 1 to August 31. However, 30 per cent of the total capacity will be allowed in closed-door meetings or gatherings. A distance of 2 yards has to be maintained at the seating area and video recording must be made as proof of compliance.

The order also allows cinema halls, multiplexes, gyms, swimming pools, sports complexes, playgrounds, amusement parks and bars to open with a capacity of 30 per cent. In addition, shops, shopping complexes, beauty parlors and salons can be kept open from 6 am to 6 pm.

Likewise, restaurants and dhabas will also be allowed to open till the same time. All government and non-government organisations will be able to have 100 per cent staff present in the offices. However, in order to avoid traffic jams, the organisations will schedule employees to come to the office for a certain period of time. All of them must abide by the COVID-19 rules.

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Meanwhile, up to 50 people will be allowed to attend weddings. Besides, a maximum of 20 people have been allowed to attend funerals. All religious institutions are being opened to the public. However, the corona rules must be strictly observed with mandatory wearing of masks at all times, as per the new order.

The other COVID-19 restrictions will remain in force as per the previous order. However, district magistrates can issue separate orders in certain places, if necessary, said the new order.

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