Omicron Scare: Night Curfew Imposed At These 6 States, Gatherings Banned
Even though the nation is celebrating Christmas and gearing up for New Year festivities Omicron, the latest variant of coronavirus is scaring governments all over the country. And to avoid any unwanted scenarios authorities have started to put in some curbs. So far, Maharashtra and Delhi have reported the highest number of infections.
The restrictions in states came after Union Health Secretary Rajesh Bhushan warned that Omicron is spreading fast through communities and the doubling rate of the variant is 1.5 days.
Even though all adults in the national capital have been vaccinated with at least the first dose of Covid jab, the Delhi government has decided to play it on a safer side. It has banned all cultural events and gatherings for Christmas and New Year celebrations.
The Delhi government has allowed restaurants, bars, and auditoriums to function at 50 percent capacity. At the same time, they have put a ceiling of 200 people in gatherings related to marriage.
Till now, Maharashtra has reported the highest number of Omicron cases. And hence to curb it the government has announced a curfew from 9pm to 6am. It has banned gatherings of more than 5 persons at public places during night time. The state government has also announced restrictions on all public functions in the state.
It should be noted that the state had imposed Section 144 in Mumbai till midnight of December 31.
The MP state government has imposed a night curfew in the state from 11 pm to 5 am as a precautionary measure. The curfew came into force from Thursday night.
From December 25Gujarat government has extended the night curfew from 11 pm to 5 am in Ahmedabad, Vadodara, Surat, Rajkot, Bhavnagar, Jamnagar, Gandhinagar, and Junagadh. Earlier the night curfew was from 1 am to 5 am.
Haryana has also announced a night curfew in the state from January 1, 2022. The night curfew will be imposed from 11 pm to 5 am. In the state, only 200 people will be allowed to gather at a place. The state has also announced that unvaccinated people will not be permitted inside crowded places like malls, cinema halls, and restaurants in Haryana from January 1, 2022.
Even though the Karnataka government has imposed restrictions on the celebration of New Year, there won’t be any Christmas celebrations and prayer meetings at Churches. The state government has also the district authorities and health officials to enhance surveillance and designate contact tracers and quarantine observers to curb the spread.
In view of a rise in Covid cases in several states, Uttar Pradesh government issued orders to initiate strict measures, including a state-wide night curfew from December 25. The night curfew will be applicable from 11 pm to 5 am. The state has also capped the number of people attending events like marriages to 200.
At the same time The UP government has invoked Section 144 of the CrPC in Noida and Lucknow till December 31 in view of Omicron concerns and the upcoming Christmas and New Year’s festivities.
Will these curbs work or not? Only time will tell…