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Lockdown 3.0 from today

By Staff Reporter

GUWAHATI, May 3 - The State government will impose curfew from 6 pm to 6 am during the third phase of lockdown from tomorrow which will be marked by relaxations stricter than those given by the Ministry of Home Affairs.

Even though standalone shops will open during daytime and industries and offices � both government and private � can operate with fifty per cent staff, all workers and employees will have wear masks and adhere to social distancing norms.

People above 65 years of age and kids below 12 years will have to strictly stay indoors unless there is a medical emergency.

Taxis, e-rickshaws and cycle rickshaws will be able to ply but with only two passengers, according to a State government notification.

The government has exempted women employees � both in government sector and private � to stay at home if they have a below-five-year-old child.

All sports, cultural, political and religious events will remain banned during the third phase of lockdown.

The exemptions will, however, not apply to the four orange zone districts � Bongaigaon, Goalpara, Morigaon and Dhubri � where only grocery shops, pharmacies and vegetable vendors will be allowed.

Elsewhere, during the curfew hours, there will be no exemption except for medical personnel, media, fire services and government vehicles.

Hospitality services, cinema halls, malls, gyms, sports complexes, swimming pools, entertainment parks, theatres, bars and auditoriums, assembly halls and similar places will remain closed.

Meanwhile, Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal appealed the people of the State to make the third phase of lockdown successful like the first two phases.

He said that though the State Government would implement relaxation for certain sectors from May 4 following the guideline issued by the Central Government to restart economic activities, people must not be complacent as the threat of COVID-19 is yet to over.

Guidelines in State

� The movement of individuals is strictly prohibited between 6 PM and 6 AM throughout the State across all zones, except for emergency services namely medical services, police, fire services and emergency response for restoring telecom and electricity.

� Private medical clinics and OPDs shall be allowed to open including veterinary OPDs.

� All standalone shops shall be allowed to operate till 5 PM. In areas where there are adjacent shops it shall be ensured that there are at least two closed shops in between two open shops except for pharmacies, grocery stores and book shops. Deputy Commissioners shall in consultation with market associations, identify the shops and allow them to operate only after this is finalised. Market complexes and shopping malls shall remain closed.

� Auto rickshaws, e-rickshaws, cycle rickshaws and taxis shall operate with one driver and two passengers maintaining social distancing.

� Private four wheelers are allowed with driver and two others.

� For two wheelers, pillion riding is allowed either with one female or one child up to the age of 12 years.

� All constructions in urban areas shall be allowed with a maximum of 50 per cent work force.

� City buses, intra-district and inter-district buses shall operate with 50 per cent capacity. Only 50 per cent of total number of buses shall be allowed to operate and only under the authority of ASTC. All vehicles which are allowed to ply are not permitted to stop in the Red and Orange Zones but can only pass through.

� Government and private offices shall operate with 50 per cent of employees.

� All tea shops, restaurants, ice-cream parlours, cooked food outlets are allowed to operate on take away or home delivery basis only.

� Barber shops, saloons and parlours shall continue to remain closed. However, home visits of barber would be allowed after following hygiene and sanitisation norms.

� No livestock carrying trucks shall be allowed to enter the State. However, if there is any truck already loaded with livestock and headed for any State outside Assam those may be allowed to move to their destination without stopping in the State of Assam.

� E-Commerce for all commodities is allowed.

� Maintaining social distancing and arrangement for thermal scanning, hand sanitization shall be the responsibility of the head of the organization both public and private.

� Female employees, both private and public, with children below 5 years of age are not to attend office till May 17 when this will be reviewed.

� Haats and bazaars including weekly markets shall remain closed throughout the state.

� Movement of persons beyond the age of 65 years and below the age of 12 years shall be restricted in public spaces except for medical purposes.

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