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New Guidelines from May 13: Assam

To combat the COVID-19 outbreak in the state, Assam’s newly created Himanta Biswa Sarma government declared new restrictions and containment steps on Wednesday, effective May 13. According to the Assam government, the prevalence of Coronavirus positivity has increased significantly in urban and neighboring regions.

COVID constraints in Assam include the following:

All shops and commercial enterprises are required to close at 1 p.m. on all days.

For 15 days, weekly ‘haats’, or bazaars, are prohibited.

Restaurants, dhabas, and other eateries are permitted to entertain dine-in guests only before 1 p.m., after which point only home delivery of food is permitted. Restaurants located inside a hotel or resort may serve outside visitors before 1 p.m., after which point only in-house hotel/resort guests may receive room service.

The delivery of critical products through e-Commerce will continue as long as COVID-compliant behavior is observed.

After 1 p.m., cold storage and warehouse operations may resume. However, selling counters, showrooms, and other establishments associated with these factories or cold storages may be prohibited from opening until 1 p.m.

Pharmacies, shelters, animal treatment facilities, and veterinary practices are permitted to act freely as suppliers of critical and emergency services.

All educational establishments, including elementary schools, secondary schools, colleges, and universities, must have high-quality interactive alternatives. For a period of 15 days, no physical lessons shall be permitted.

All government and non-government entities have been directed to stay closed for a period of 15 days.

If the COVID-19 test positivity rate in any region exceeds 5% in the preceding week, the District Magistrate may designate such areas as containment zones and implement mandatory containment steps for COVID-19.

Marriages and religious functions would be strictly private relations with a limited attendance of ten people. No receptions may be permitted after or prior to the union.

Funeral / last rites-related gatherings do not exceed ten people.

Both religious establishments shall remain closed for a period of 15 days. However, the religious leader of a religious establishment or his associate is permitted to conduct limited religious rituals/prayers.

AIl public transit would be permitted to run at a maximum capacity of 30%.

Auto-rickshaws, cycle-rickshaws, and taxis have been requested to run with a single driver and two passengers.

Pillion riding on two-wheelers would be completely banned, save for women and girls.

Between 5 AM and 2 PM, all automobiles other than government vehicles would be permitted to operate on an odd-even basis determined by the jurisdictional District Disaster Management Authority. The ban, though, does not apply to private cars used for medical emergencies.

Individuals shall be prohibited from 2 p.m. to 5 a.m. every day.

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Written by Ankur J Kakoti

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