Assam Government allows inter-district movement on weekdays from August 16, relaxes lockdown guidelines

The Assam Government has announced further relaxation in the lockdown implemented in the state to curb the spread of coronavirus infection. In its latest guidelines issued on Thursday, August 13, the government has allowed inter-district movement on weekdays. It has also curtailed the night curfew hours.

As per the new guidelines, Sarbananda Sonowal’s government has also allowed inter-district movement of passenger vehicles in the state from August 16. However, the government has said that the vehicles will have to operate at 50% capacity only.

The government has also announced the withdrawal of restrictions on the opening of shops on both sides of the road. Earlier, during the lockdown period, the shopkeepers could open shops on one side of the road only on an alternate day basis. The Assam government has also said that all the commercial activities will happen from 5:00 AM till 9:00 PM.

The government has also made it mandatory to wear a face mask while one is out of the home. If caught without a mask, a person can be fined Rs 1,000 for his first offense.

However, the government has also specified that no relaxation is allowed in the containment zones. The residents of these containment zones have to follow the strict guidelines. And the authorities will have to ensure that these guidelines are implemented in and around the containment zones.

The government has also continued the ban on the operation of cinema halls, swimming pools, entertainment parks, theatres, auditoriums, assembly halls, and similar places of public gathering.

The new order will be applicable to 9.30 PM on August 31. This is the fourth in the series of relaxations since July 18. Currently, the night curfew remains in place from 6 pm to 6 am.

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