As Covid cases go up, AP brings Night Curfew

Tue Jan 18 2022 12:18:03 GMT+0530 (IST)

Andhra Pradesh is seeing unwanted situations with the Covid outbreak one more time as the single-day cases are seeing bigger heights. Thousands of cases are being reported. To deal with the situation and bring down the Covid infections, the Andhra Pradesh government led by Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy took a timely decision.

The government had earlier decided to impose a night curfew in the state as a precautionary measure. The night curfew will come into effect on the 18th of this month and will last till the 31st. The curfew imposed by the government will also come with a few restrictions and dos and don'ts.

All the gatherings, be it religious or others, not more than 200 members will be allowed for outdoor events and when it comes to indoor events the cap was restricted to just 100. In addition to this, the attendees of the events should have to follow the Covid protocols.

Wearing a facemask is made compulsory for everyone. If anyone fails to wear a facemask, a fine of Rs 1,000 will be slapped against the violators of the guidelines. While using public transport, passengers were also asked to wear facemask which is mandatory.

50 percent occupancy is also applicable in the state under the night curfew restrictions. Due to this, theatres and other establishments will run with 50 percent and on top of this, the Covid protocols will also be followed. The religious places should also follow the guidelines issued by the government.

The night curfew hours were fixed between 11 PM to 5 AM. During this period, everything will come to a standstill in the state. However, the Andhra Pradesh government gave an exemption to a few areas which will not be brought under the purview of the night curfew restrictions.

Hospitals, pharmacy shops, newspapers, media, telecommunications, IT services, electricity services, petrol stations need not follow the restrictions. Besides them, doctors, hospital staff and airports staff, and employees of state-run and Central institutions will be exempted. However, they should have to carry ID cards.

Andhra Pradesh reported a high positivity rate in more than 200 days with around 18 percent. On Monday, as many as 4,108 new Covid-19 cases were reported and the total infections rose to 21,10,388. The active cases in the state went past the 30k mark and mounted to 30,182.