Rajasthan: 'Lockdown-like' strict restrictions from today. What's allowed, what's not

Rajasthan: 'Lockdown-like' strict restrictions from today. What's allowed, what's not

People who are going for the COVID-19 test or vaccination and pregnant women will be allowed to travel.

Alarmed over rocketing cases of coronavirus, the Rajasthan government has announced fresh restrictions, including the closure of offices and markets, for 15 days from Monday to contain the spread of the disease.

Called the “Jan Anushahan Pakhwada” (public discipline fortnight), the fresh lockdown-like restrictions will remain in force in the state for 15 days from 5 am today till 5 am on May 3.

Only shops and offices providing essential services will open during the 15-day period, a release issued by Home Secretary Abhay Kumar said.

There will be no restrictions on the movement of government officials, police, Home Guards, fire services officials, public transport staff, civic officials, electricians, sanitation workers, healthcare workers and medics travelling with identity cards, the official order said.

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Grocery shops allowed till 5 pm

Grocery shops and stalls selling fruits, vegetables, dairy products and milk will be allowed to remain open till 5 pm and home delivery facility will be ensured as much as possible, the order read.

However, the sale of fruits and vegetables on handcarts, cycle-rickshaws, auto-rickshaws and mobile vans will be allowed till 7 pm. Vendors will be allowed to distribute newspapers from 4 am to 8 am.

The government has made a negative RT-PCR test report mandatory for those visiting the state. The report should be issued 72 hours prior to the travel.

Those coming from and going to bus stands, airports, railway stations and metro station will be allowed to travel on production of valid tickets, it said.

People who are going for the COVID-19 test or vaccination and pregnant women will be allowed to travel.

Earlier, the Rajasthan government had imposed a night curfew in the state from April 16 to check the spread of coronavirus. It also ordered the closure of all educational and coaching institutes till April 30.

The government also put a cap on the number of guests in private functions, marriages and other social gatherings and restricted it to 50. Not more than 20 persons will be allowed for the funeral, the earlier order had said.

The government had also ordered the closure of cinema halls, multiplexes and amusement parks.

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