Tribune Web Desk
Chandigarh, April 12
The Haryana government on Monday imposed night curfew in the state with immediate effect amid a surge in coronavirus cases.
“There shall be prohibition on movement of individuals for all non-essential activities between 9 pm to 5 am in the state of Haryana. No person shall leave their homes or shall move on foot or by vehicle or travel or stand or roam around on any road or public places during the above said hours,” the order read.
“Night curfew between 9 pm and 5 am will be imposed from tonight and will remain in force till further orders,” Haryana Home and Health Minister Anil Vij told PTI.
He said the decision has been taken in the wake of an increase in the number of COVID-19 cases in the state recently.
On Sunday, Haryana had reported 16 COVID-19 fatalities taking the death toll to 3,268. The total coronavirus case count rose to 3,16,881 with a record spike of 3,440 cases on Sunday, according to a health department bulletin.
The order issued by the Haryana State Disaster Management Authority said the Centre and the Haryana government have issued various guidelines from time to time to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
However, there has been a recent surge in number of cases and therefore, it is imperative to put in place strict measures of isolation and social distancing to contain the spread, it said.
It was mentioned in the order that there has been a lot of non-essential movement of people and vehicles during the night.
“There shall be prohibition on movement of individuals for all non-essential activities between 9 pm to 5 am in Haryana. No person shall leave their homes or shall move on foot or by vehicle or travel or stand or roam around on any road or public places during the restricted hours,” according to the order.
However, services and movement of persons related to law and order, emergencies and municipal duties have been exempted from the curfew, it said.
Executive magistrates, police personnel, military, paramilitary personnel in uniform, health, electricity and fire personnel, media persons with accreditation, and the government machinery tasked with COVID-19 related duties will face no restrictions, the order said.
Also, those specially issued a restricted movement curfew pass by officers authorised on this behalf are exempted, it said, adding that there will be no curbs on inter-state and intra-state movement of essential and non-essential goods.
All vehicle and persons in bonafide transit (inter-state or intra-state) shall be allowed to pass, but only after verification of point of origin and destination, the order said.
Hospitals, chemist shops and ATMs will remain open round-the-clock.
Pregnant women and patients going to get medical services and passengers going to or returning from airport or railway stations will be exempted.
Those violating the orders will face action under the provisions of the Disaster Management Act, 2005. With PTI inputs
A copy of the order:
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