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Night curfew eased by an hour in 36 Gujarat cities
Gandhinagar, May 26, 2021
The Gujarat government has decided to relax the night curfew by one hour in 36 major cities of the state, looking at the decreasing number of new cases of COVID-19 infection. Now it will be effective from 9 p.m. instead of 8 p.m. as at present.
"Looking at the decrease in the coronavirus cases, we are relaxing the curfew by one hour. Now, wherever the night-time curfew is effective, it will begin from nine in the evening instead of eight," Chief Minister Rupani told reporters.
The curfew was imposed from April end, looking at the rising number of infections in the second wave of Covid-19. Gujarat, like many other states, had seen a huge spike in the number of cases and deaths.
The government had imposed a night-time curfew from 8 in the evening to 6 in the morning in 36 major cities. Essential services like medical, para-medical services and so on were allowed to be continued. Commercial activities like food, vegetables, milk were also allowed.
The government also banned political or social gatherings and reduced the number of guests who could attend a marriage ceremony to fifty from a hundred, following a Gujarat High Court order. Other gatherings have also been limited to a maximum of fifty.
The night curfew is effective in Ahmedabad, Surat, Vadodara, Rajkot, Jamangar, Bhavnagar, Junagadh, Gandhinagar, Anand, Nadiad, Mehasana, Morbi, Dahod, Patan, Godhra, Bhuj, Gandhidham, Bharuch, Surendranagar, Amreli, Himmatnagar, Palanpur, Navsari, Valsad, Porbandar, Botad, Viramgam, Chotta Udepur, Somnath (Veraval), Deesa, Ankleshwar, Vapi, Modasa, Radhanpur, Kadi and Visnagar.
There had been a ban on shopping malls, complexes, auditoriums, cinema halls, flea markets, swimming pools, gymnasiums, saloons, spa, beauty parlours, amusement parks, gardens, among others since more than a month in the 36 major cities till last week.
On May 20, Rupani announced that the curbs will be partially lifted and business in these cities was allowed from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.