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People who are not fully vaccinated against COVID-19 will not be allowed to enter public places in Assam from January 16.

Assam chief minister Himanta Biswa Sarma on January 15 said that those who are not fully vaccinated will not be allowed to enter public places like district courts, hotels, markets etc. However, they are “free to visit hospitals”.

“Those not fully vaccinated will not be allowed to enter public places like district courts, hotels, markets etc. from tomorrow,” the chief minister had said on January 15 while briefing media persons on the prevailing COVID-19 situation.

Sarma further asserted that there is no situation of lockdown in Assam yet, however, wearing a mask is a must.

Meanwhile, the Assam government also revised the timings of night curfew from 10 pm to 6 am with effect from January 8 until further orders. Earlier, the night curfew timing in Assam was from 11.30 pm to 6 pm.

As per the Standard operating procedures (SOP) for COVID-19 issued by the state government earlier this month, workplace and business establishments are allowed to remain open till 9 pm.

Shops dealing with groceries, fruits and vegetables, dairy and milk booths, animal fodder will remain open till 9 pm. The dine-in restaurants, dhabas and other eateries will be allowed to operate with up to 50 per cent of seating capacity till 9 pm, while the takeaway of food items from restaurants, dhabas and other eateries will be allowed till 10 pm. The opening of sale counters, showrooms, cold storages and warehouses is up to 9 pm.

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Auto Rickshaws, cycle rickshaws and taxis shall operate for passengers with 100 per cent seating capacity and observance of COVID-19 appropriate behaviour for passengers. Pillion riding on motorcycles should be fully vaccinated and will be allowed only with the proper use of a mask.

In closed venues, the gathering is allowed upto 50 per cent of the seating capacity of the hall, auditorium etc limited to a maximum of 200, while in marriages and religious functions, 200 single vaccinated persons will be allowed and 100 persons will be allowed in funerals.

In cinema halls and theatres, 50 per cent of the seating capacity of fully vaccinated viewers and observance of COVID-19 appropriate behaviour will be allowed.

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