Telangana govt imposes night curfew till 30 April to curb spread of COVID-19

The curfew will be in place between 9 pm and 5 am. All offices, firms, shops, establishments and restaurants will close at 8 pm

Press Trust of India April 20, 2021 13:40:01 IST
Telangana govt imposes night curfew till 30 April to curb spread of COVID-19

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Hyderabad: The Telangana government on Tuesday announced a night curfew in the state between 9 pm and 5 am till 30 April, following a surge in coronavirus cases. The restrictions will come into effect from 20 April.

"The various measures to control COVID-19 in the state have been reviewed. It is decided to introduce night curfew in the state for the period from 9 pm to 5 am till 30 April, 2021 as a further measure to prevent the spread of COVID-19 ," Chief Secretary Somesh Kumar said in an order.

The state has 42,853 active cases and counting. Chief Minister K Chandrashekhar Rao also tested positive for the virus on Monday.

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During the curfew period all offices, firms, shops, establishments, restaurants, etc shall close at 8 pm except hospitals, diagnostic labs, pharmacies and those dealing with supply of essential services such as media, e-commerce deliveries and petrol pumps among others.

Movement of all people shall be prohibited from 9 pm onwards barring government officials, medical personnel and those coming from or going to airports, railway stations, bus stands on production of valid ticket, among others.

The order said there shall be no restriction on inter- state and intra-state movement or transportation of essential and non-essential goods and no separate permission or pass will be required for such movement.

Public transport services including autos and taxis shall be allowed to function within the stipulated time for the transportation of exempted categories of people during the period of night curfew, it added.

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