The Uttar Pradesh government has imposed a weekend lockdown in the state to tackle soaring Covid-19 cases. Besides, the government has also ordered that night curfew will continue in all the 75 districts from 8 PM to 7 AM daily.
Awanish K Awasthi, Additional Chief Secretary, Home Department, told ANI that all essential services will be exempted during the lockdown period and night restrictions.
“Weekend lockdown to be imposed in UP on Saturdays and Sundays. Lockdown will come into effect on Friday at 8 pm and continue till Monday at 7 am. Only essential services will be allowed. Night curfew will remain imposed in all districts,” Awasthi said.
इस वैश्विक महामारी के विरुद्ध संयम एवं धैर्य हमारा सबसे बड़ा हथियार है।
रात्रि 08 बजे से प्रातः 07 बजे तक प्रदेशव्यापी ‘कोरोना कर्फ्यू’ प्रभावी है। इसे सफल बनाने में प्रत्येक प्रदेशवासी अपनी सहभागिता सुनिश्चित करे।
बहुत आवश्यकता हो, तभी घर से बाहर निकलें।
— Yogi Adityanath (@myogiadityanath) April 20, 2021
Supreme Court stays yesterday’s Allahabad High Court order
The move by the UP Government comes hours after the Supreme Court on Tuesday stayed an Allahabad High Court order asking the state government to impose strict restrictions till April 26 in five cities amid the surge in Covid-19 cases.
The high court had directed the Uttar Pradesh government to impose strict restrictions including the closing of malls, shopping complexes and restaurants till April 26 in five cities — Allahabad, Lucknow, Varanasi, Kanpur, Nagar and Gorakhpur — but stopped short of calling it a “complete lockdown”.