The overall pandemic situation at the national level appeared to be relatively stable, except for the localised spread of virus in several states, the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) stated that the total number of active cases and high case positivity in several districts is a concern.
Observing the third wave and the delta variant even after the vaccination, the Ministry also stated that containment measures should be taken in the areas with high possible risks. The central government, on 28th August, extended the current Covid-19 standards again for a month, until September 30.
Kerala’s Chief Minister, Pinarayi Vijayan, has restored the Sunday curfew until next orders also decided to bring back the curfew during the night; from 10pm to 6am from 30th August but exempts for Medical emergencies and bystanders for patients in hospitals, vehicles carrying goods, deaths o immediate relatives, to boards any train, flight, ship, long distance public transport, all journeys of exigent nature shall be undertaken only after obtaining permission from the nearest police station. ITIs are allowed to conduct practical classes for those students who are appearing for All India Trade Examinations.
The Tamil Nadu government extended the overall lockdown in the state till 6am on September 6 but also announced relaxation; All shops can stay open till 10pm, Theatres have been permitted to open with 50 percent capacity from August 23th, owners have been asked to ensure that all workers are 100% vaccinated, beaches, zoos and botanical gardens have been allowed to reopen, but the shopkeepers and small traders around the beach area have been asked to get vaccinated, public buses to Andhra and Karnataka allowed, IT offices can function with 100 percent workforce, swimming pools are still closed for general public, but those being used for purpose of training for competition can open, all trainers and trainees above 18 years have been asked to get vaccinated.
The Maharashtra government decided to allow malls, restaurants, bars, hotels, gymnasiums, salons, beauty parlours, and all shops to remain open till 10 pm, 50 percent condition is retained for restaurants dine-in, and parcel delivery is allowed for 24 hours, all shops and malls shall remain open till 10 pm, though cinemas and multiplexes, and places of worship will remain closed till further orders, for weddings and such social events, a maximum of 200 guests shall be permitted at outdoor and indoor locations. Mumbai suburban trains are allowed for all fully-vaccinated commuters.
The Karnataka government, Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai stated that Night curfew in Karnataka will be imposed from 10 pm to 5 am, Schools to reopen offline classes on alternate days for classes 9 to 12 from August 23rd. Also have mandated negative RT-PCR test report or a certificate of two dose vaccine for all entering from Kerala or Maharashtra.
Assam government has announced relaxations from August 18 until further orders; night curfew from 7 pm to 5 am will be enforced, Inter-district movement of private vehicles is allowed but entry and exit from Kamrup Metropolitan district, (Guwahati) will remain suspended. Opening of workplace and business and commercial establishments, functioning of Government and Private Offices/ Establishments, opening of shops and commercial establishments, shops dealing with groceries, bus and vegetables, dairy and milk booths, animal fodder, dine-in restaurants, dhabas and other eateries (Upto 50% of seating capacity), takeaway of food items from restaurants, dhabas and other eateries, opening of sale counters, showroom etc. of cold storages and warehouses, all is allowed upto 6pm. Public meetings in open spaces will be allowed with a maximum of 200 people with 50 percent capacity, and attendees to be fully vaccinated, marriages, last rites, etc, the number of people permitted is 25, iconic religious places have also been allowed to open for devotees with permission given for 20 visitors per hour, while for other religious places, the number of devotees has been fixed at 10.
(With Agency Inputs)