Night curfew in Delhi from tonight amidst rise of COVID-19 cases

Here’s a briefing on what is allowed and what is not

The surging corona cases in National Capital had led Delhi government to impose a night curfew which would be effective from tonight. The order for night curfew will continue till April 30. The curfew will be in place from 10 pm to 5 am.

This comes at a time when Delhi reported about 3,500 infections daily for the past two days with a positive rate of above 5 percent. However, the government had exempted few services on the purview of night curfew.

Here are few things which have no restriction of movement, they are: -traffic movement, inter-state and intra-state movement/transportation of essential/non-essential goods also no separate permission/e-pass will be required for such movement. It is also extended to people who want to get Covid-19 vaccination but will have to get an e-pass, No restriction is also extended to shopkeepers selling essential goods like groceries, fruits, vegetables, milk, and medicine which will be allowed to move after getting an e-pass. Apart from that print and electronic media will also be allowed to move only through e-pass. Passengers going to airports, railway stations, lSBTs will be exempted if a valid ticket is produced.

Others who were exempted from night curfews are:- Officials of Government of India, its autonomous/subordinate offices & Public" Corporations and officers/officials of GNCT of Delhi autonomous bodies/corporations involved in emergency services such as Health and Family Welfare and all related medical establishments, Police, Prisons, Home Guards, Civil Defence, Fire and emergency Services, District Administration. Pay & Account Office. Electricity, Water and Sanitation, Public Transport (Air/Railways/Buses), Disaster Management and related services, NIC, NCC and Municipal services, and all other essential services on production of valid ID card, Officers/officials related to the functioning of offices of Diplomats of various countries as well as persons holding any constitutional post on the production of valid ID card.

No restriction is also extended to all private medical personnel such as Doctors, nursing staff. Paramedical etc. other hospital services such as hospitals, diagnostic centres, clinics, pharmacies. Pharmaceutical companies and other medical & health services on the production of valid ID card. Pregnant women and patients going for treatment exempted.

Other public services like Banks, Insurance offices and ATMs, Print & Electronic Media, Telecommunications, Internet services, broadcasting and cable services, IT and IT enabled services, Delivery of all essential goods including foods, pharmaceutical, medical equipment through e-commerce are exempted.

The state government has also said that anyone found violating restrictions will be booked under the provisions of section 51 to 60 of the Disaster Management Act, 2005, Section 188 of IPC and other applicable laws.

As per Section 51 of DM Act, 2005, whoever, without reasonable cause obstructs any officer in the discharge of their duties under the Act "shall on conviction be punishable with imprisonment for a term which may extend to two years."


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