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The new UP Covid-19 guidelines authorize districts to set the night curfew

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The Uttar Pradesh government issued a new set of guidelines on Monday, authorizing the district administration to impose local restrictions, including night curfews, based on the assessment and requirement of the situation in an attempt to contain the spread of coronavirus disease (Covid-19), according to a circular issued by Chief Secretary Rajendra Kumar Tiwari.

However, the general secretary has clarified that no closure outside the containment zones can be imposed without prior permission from the central government.

The guidelines regarding social and other gatherings, including wedding parties, outside the containment zones will remain the same as those issued by the state government on November 23.

The new instructions, which are largely a reiteration of the Union’s Interior Ministry’s Nov. 25 guidelines, will go into effect on Dec. 1 and remain in effect until new orders are submitted.

In issuing the circular, the chief secretary asked commissioners, district magistrates, and other officials to strictly enforce the new surveillance, containment, and precautionary guidelines against Covid-19 infection.

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The chief secretary said that although the number of positive cases had decreased in most places, the rate of positivity had increased in some cities and this, he added, required extreme caution and alertness, as the virus can spread further due to the festive gatherings and the cold weather.

Citing the new guidelines, the chief secretary said that depending on his assessment of the situation and the requirement, the DM could crack down on nighttime curfews and also enforce Section 144 of the Criminal Procedure Code (CrPC) even outside of a containment zone to contain the spread of the virus.

He also asked them to ensure the demarcation of containment zones at the micro level in accordance with the Center’s call for “dynamic containment zones.”

“We must ensure that the movement of people in or out of these areas is not allowed, except for medical emergencies and to maintain the supply of essential goods and services,” the secretary general ordered the officials.

“The surveillance teams created for this purpose will necessarily do intensive monitoring of each house below the containment zones and ensure the rapid isolation of Covid-19 patients,” he said.

Tiwari said the protocol related to social distancing, hand washing and wearing masks should be strictly enforced as before. He asked officials to sanction people who were found without a mask on their faces in public places.

The new guidelines advise vulnerable people, including people over 65 and those with comorbidities, pregnant women, and children under the age of 10, not to leave their home unless essential for a medical emergency.

DMs and other agents involved have been asked to ensure social distancing in workplaces considering staggered hours.

“In cities, where the weekly case positivity rate is higher than 10%, interested officials will consider implementing staggered office hours and other appropriate measures, with a view to reducing the number of employees who attend the office at the same time. time, ensuring social distancing, “said the secretary general.

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