Delhi Night Curfew: What's Allowed, What's Not
Amid rising COVID-19 cases in India, several cities across Madhya Pradesh and Gujarat are seeing night curfews being imposed in an attempt to curb the spread.

Delhi Night Curfew: What's Allowed, What's Not

As Covid-19 cases surged in the national capital, the Delhi government imposed a night curfew with immediate effect between 10 p.m. and 5 a.m. till April 30.

As an emergency measure, except essential services and activities, nothing else will not be allowed to operate during the period, according to an order by Delhi Disaster Management Authority.

This means all restaurants, pubs, bars, nightclubs, and party venues, are to shut by 10 p.m. All shopping zones, market complexes in Delhi, too, will have to shut down by 10 p.m.

On Tuesday, Delhi reported 3,548 coronavirus cases and 15 deaths. It's the fourth straight day of more than 3,000 infections, with a high positivity rate of around 5%. The national capital has joined states like Maharashtra and Rajasthan that have also announced night curfews to restrict movement of people as the nation grapples with the second wave of the pandemic.

Here's what is allowed in Delhi during the night curfew:

  • Private doctors, nurses, and paramedical staff exempt from the night curfew if ID card is produced. Pregnant women and patients going for treatment exempted.

  • Passengers going to airports, railway stations and bus stations exempted if a valid ticket is produced.

  • People can get vaccinated but will have to provide an e-pass.

  • No restriction on inter-state and intra-state movement/transportation of essential/non-essential goods. No separate permission/e-pass required for such movements.

  • Retailers who need to travel after hours for ration, grocery stocks, vegetables, milk and medicines allowed with e-passes.

  • Movement of print and electronic media also exempted with e-pass.

  • Buses, metro, autos, taxis and other modes of public transport allowed to ferry only those people who are exempt from night curfew.

  • Essential services including emergency medical and healthcare-related facilities, such as hospitals, nursing homes, diagnostic centres, medicinal clinics, pharmacies and other associated services exempted.

  • Others like private security services, manufacturing/production units, which requires continuous process allowed.

  • Pharmaceutical companies and medical insurance offices, banks, ATMs to also remain open.

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