New COVID-19 guidelines in Assam to be implemented from May 13

With the rise of COVID-19 cases in Assam, the state government has announced several new guidelines on May 12. The additional restrictions in respect of the urban areas and peri-urban areas within a 5-km from the periphery of municipal corporations, municipal boards and revenue towns.

These will be effective from 5 am of May 13 until further orders.

The pointwise details of the guidelines:

  1. All shops and commercial establishments shall shut down at 1 pm on all days.
  2. Weekly markets shall not be allowed for 15 days.
  3. All educational institutions including schools/colleges/universities must provide quality virtual options. No physical classes shall be allowed for 15 days.
  4. All offices both government and non-government shall shut down for 15 days.
  5. Government / semi-government officers in the rank of deputy secretary and above and senior executives in non-government sector along with their key support staff will be allowed to attend office up to 1 pm only for emergency and essential works. However, 4 and 5 above will not be applicable for organisations rendering essential/emergency services, law enforcement services and election work.
  6. In case the test positivity of COVID-19 in any area that reaches 5 percent or more in the last one week, the district magistrate will notify such areas as containment zone and ensure necessary containment measures for COVID-19.
  7. Marriages and religious functions will be only private affairs and be allowed with the presence of a maximum of 10 (ten) persons. No reception parties will be allowed post or pre-marriage.
  8. Funeral / last rites related gatherings shall not be more than 10 persons.
  9. All religious places shall remain closed for 15 days. However, the religious head of a religious place or his representative may perform minimal religious rituals/ prayers during this period of closure.
  10. All public transport will be allowed to operate only upto 30 percent of seating capacity.
  11. Auto rickshaws, cycle rickshaws and taxis shall operate with one driver and two passengers.
  12. Pillion riding will be totally prohibited in two-wheelers, except with women and children.
  13. All vehicles other than government vehicles will be allowed to ply in accordance with an odd-even formula to be decided by the jurisdictional district disaster management authority between 5 am to 2 pm.
  14. There shall be a total ban on movement of individuals from 2 pm to 5 am daily, except for exemptions specified in Order No. ASDMA.28/2021/63 dated May 4, 2021.
  15. In respect of areas not covered by this order, the regulations given vide order No. ASDMA.28/2021/63 dated May 4, 2021 shall remain in force.
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