Curfew begins from 12 pm in Assam


GUWAHATI: To contain the COVID-19 pandemic, curfew has been enforced in urban areas of Assam from 12 pm to 5 am from Sunday.

According to the new set of guidelines issued by the government on Saturday, shops and business establishments across the state have been closed at 11 a.m.

The order advancing the curfew for two hours is applicable in case of rural areas and adjacent areas within 5 km radius from the periphery of municipal corporations, boards and revenue towns.

Meanwhile, rushes of the customers to buy the essential items were seen in Guwahati and many parts of Assam before the shops are closed.

In many places, people defied social distancing norms ignoring the ongoing COVID-19 crisis in the state.

On the other hand, some of the traders at Ganeshguri in Guwahati voiced in favour of total lockdown instead of partial restrictions.

“I opened the shop at 7 a.m. The sale is not satisfactory. It is better to impose total lockdown,” said a shopkeeper.