Lockdown 3.0 begins in Assam


GUWAHATI: The third phase of lockdown to contain the spread of COVID-19 has come into force from today in Assam. The third phase of lockdown in Assam has been marked by the relaxations stricter than those given by the Ministry of Home Affairs.

Curfew has been imposed from 6 PM to 6 AM in the state. During the curfew, no shops except pharmacies will be allowed to remain open. Travel of buses is also banned during the curfew.

Standalone shops will open during daytime and industries and offices – both government and private – can operate with fifty per cent staff, all workers and employees will have wear masks and adhere to social distancing norms.

City buses in Guwahati will run from today till 5 PM. But only 50 percent passengers will be allowed to travel with online ticket from ‘Chalo’ application. People travelling to other districts can avail the tickets from ‘RedBus’.

The government has exempted women employees – both in government sector and private – to stay at home if they have a below-five-year-old child.

Taxis, e-rickshaws and cycle rickshaws will be able to ply but with only two passengers, according to a State government notification.

Speaking to the media persons at a press conference here in Guwahati Assam health and finance minister Dr. Himanta Biswa Sarma said that auto rikshaws, cycle rikshaws and taxi services such as Ola, Uber etc are allowed to operate or ply with one driver and two passengers within the city.

Dr. Sarma also added that private cars are also allowed to ply with driver and two passengers as per the directives by MHA.

And for two-wheelers, pillion riding is allowed but only with one female or one child up to the age of 12 years said the Minister.

Dr. Sarma also stated that e-commerce for all commodities such as Flipkart, Amazon, Myntra etc will also be allowed to operate in green zones from Monday.

All sports, cultural, political and religious events will remain banned during the third phase of lockdown.

People above 65 years of age and kids below 12 years will have to strictly stay indoors unless there is a medical emergency.

The exemptions will, however, not apply to the four orange zone districts – Bongaigaon, Goalpara, Morigaon and Dhubri – where only grocery shops, pharmacies and vegetable vendors will be allowed.