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In line with unlock-4 guidelines of the Centre, the Assam government on September 4 announced of lifting weekend lockdown and night curfew, which were in force in the state as precautionary measures against spread of COVID-19.

Chief secretary Kumar Sanjay Krishna informed of the relaxations through Twitter, while also issuing detailed guidelines which will be in forced till September 30.

“Weekend lockdown and night curfew have been lifted, however, please adhere to all the COVID-19 protocols to keep yourself and others around you safe,” he wrote on Twitter.

As per the latest directives, all schools, colleges, educational and coaching institutions will remained closed till September 30, though online and distance learning activities have been allowed.

Students from class 9 to 12 have been allowed to visit schools on voluntary basis for guidance from teachers, while 50 percent teaching and non-teaching staff has also been allowed to attend the institutes at a time.

Skill and entrepreneurship training has been permitted with strict compliance to safety protocols.

Research and unavoidable laboratory / experimental works have been permitted in higher education institutes in line with SoP to be issued by the department of higher education.

Public transport will be allowed with strict compliance to COVID-19 protocols from September 7.

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While the previous order of allowing 50 people for marriage ceremonies and 20 for last rites will remain effective for September 20, it shall increase to 100 from September 21.

For social / academic / sports / political / religious / cultural / entertainment functions, 100 people will be allowed from September 21, subject to wearing of face masks and physical distancing.

However, cinema halls, entertainment parks, swimming pools, theatres and similar places will remain closed, and lockdown shall remain in force in containment zones.

The order has urged people above 65 years of age, with co-morbidities, pregnant women and children below 10 years to remain at home.

Non-wearing of face mask or spitting in public will draw fine of Rs 1,000, while flouting any other guidelines will invite action under Disaster Management Act and under section 188 of the IPC.

The overall COVID-19 tally has crossed 1.18 lakh in the state, while the death toll is at 330.

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