Guwahati: The state government has decided to relax the curfew hours for at least one hour in the entire state except ‘vulnerbale’ districts where Covid19 cases were found to be surging.
On Saturday, state chief minister Himanta Biswa Sarma said that except the seven vulnerable districts, curfew will be imposed from 4 pm from Wednesday onwards.
A fresh standard operating protocol (SOP) to arrest the spread of Covid19 virus was likely to issue within Tuesday next week.
Sarma said, “The Covid19 outbreak in the districts of Goalpara, Golaghat, Jorhat, Sonitpur, Biswanath, Lakhimpur and Morigaon continue to be worrying. Except these districts, all other districts will be allowed to remain open till 3 pm from next Wednesday. Curfew in these districts will start from 4 pm, which will be a relaxation for one hour.”
Two other districts, Sivasagar and Dibrugarh, were also kept under close watch.
However, curfew from 5 pm in the city may continue till further orders.
Earlier on Tuesday, the state government announced a complete lockdown in the seven districts of the state until further orders in view of the surge in Covid-19 cases.
He also said that ground reports from the vulnerable districts have highlighted that ‘Sulai ghatis’ (illegal country liquor sale and consumption locations) were the prime reason behind the rapid surge of Covid cases.
“In liquor shops, people buy and leave but in Sulai ghatis, many assemble and drink which fueling the spread of the virus. On Friday, the state government has ordered to destroy all such sites,” the CM added.