Enforce night curfew, says Centre

May 22, 2020 12:00 am | Updated 04:19 am IST - New Delhi

Home Ministry flags violations by the States in implementation of guidelines

Strict instructions:All non-essential activities are suspended after 7 p.m., according to the guidelines.Nagara Gopal

Strict instructions:All non-essential activities are suspended after 7 p.m., according to the guidelines.Nagara Gopal

The Union Home Ministry has asked the States to strictly implement night curfew for non-essential activities in all jurisdictions till the lockdown is in force.

In a letter to the States, Union Home Secretary Ajay Bhalla said it had been noticed through “media reports and others sources” that there were violations at various places in the implementation of the Ministry’s guidelines for the lockdown extended till May 31.

“The need to ensure night curfew or prohibition of all non-essential activities, between 7 p.m and 7 a.m. is an important element of the MHA guidelines. The night curfew has been mandated with a view to ensuring that people observe social distancing and to contain the risk of spread of infection. Accordingly, local authorities should be asked to issue orders in the entirety of their jurisdiction, under proper provisions of law for imposition of curfew. Strict compliance of these orders should be ensured by the authorities,” the letter said.

‘Proper delineation’

The Ministry asked the States for “proper delineation of containment zones and effective implementation of the containment measures within these zones” to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

The guidelines issued on May 17 had given considerable flexibility to the States in deciding the zones and allowed buses, autorickshaws and taxis to ply in all the zones except in containment areas.

Shops were allowed to open, except in malls.

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