In view of the current COVID-19 situation in the state, the Assam government on July 19 issued fresh Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) and imposed total curfew in five districts in the state along with other restrictions.

The government order stated that “the number of active cases and positivity rate is still high in some districts like Golaghat, Jorhat, Lakhimpur, Sonitpur and Biswanath.” It said that round-the-clock curfew will continue in these districts.

The state government has also issued directives for upcoming Eid celebrations in the state and said that persons celebrating the festival have to confine the festivities to their homes. Eid prayers at mosques will be allowed with only maximum five persons, including the religious head.

“There will be total containment in five districts showing high positivity rate in recent days and in the districts showing moderate positivity rate – Goalpara and Morigaon districts – the curfew will be from 1 pm to 5 am,” said the order.

The curfew will be from 5 pm to 5 am in Dhubri, Kamrup (Metro), South Salmara, Majuli, Bongaigaon, Chirang, Udalguri, West Karbi Anglong, Dima Hasao, Charaideo, Hailakandi, Dibrugarh, Sivasagar, Kokrajhar, Barpeta, Nalbari, Baksa, Bajali, Kamrup, Darrang, Nagaon, Hojai, Tinsukia, Dhemaji, Cachar, Karimganj and Karbi Anglong where the positivity rate is showing improvement.

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“All work places, business/commercial establishments, shops, dealing with groceries, fruits and vegetables, diary, and milk booths, animal fodder, restaurants, dhabas and other eateries, sale counters, showrooms etc. of cold storages and warehouses will be closed till further order in districts showing high positivity rate and up to 4 pm in districts showing improvement in positivity rate. There will be total ban on movement of all public and private transport in the total containment districts. However, movement of goods will continue. In other districts, all public transport authorities will enforce COVID-19 appropriate behaviour and seating inside the vehicles, carriers, containers etc,” said the government order.

All inter-district passenger transport services and movement of people to and from other districts will remain suspended.

The state government has directed the authorities of all educational institutions including schools, colleges, universities to continue to provide quality virtual options, no physical classes are allowed.

The government has banned all meetings, gatherings at any open or closed spaces.

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Hemanta Kumar Nath is a Guwahati-based journalist. He had worked with India Blooms News Service (IBNS), Meghalaya Times, Global News Network among others.

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