Guwahati: A more relax ‘Unlock’ phase might be in store for Guwahati after Independence Day depending on the Covid 19 situation in the city as well as the state. Sources said that the state government might consider reopening of all shops on all days after August 15.
Sources said that Dispur may decide to resume the city’s business in totality. However, the night curfew may continue to remain.
“Though nothing is confirmed yet but depending on the situation and the spread of the pandemic, more relaxation in the city is expected. The night curfew may be rescheduled from 9 pm to 6 am and the weekend lockdown may be withdrawn,” sources claimed.
Currently, there is a curfew in the city from 6 pm to 6 am on weekdays and for the whole day on Saturdays and Sundays.
There is a probability too that the state government may go for a weeklong lockdown monthly to check the spread of the virus in future.
“A lockdown for seven days in a month may be imposed to arrest the pandemic. But there is no official confirmation on these possibilities and discussions are on,” sources added.
Guwahati has been seen a constant growth of Covid 19 cases with average 400-500 cases daily. Earlier, Centre had warned the state government to take necessary steps to check the spread of Covid 19 in the state as well as the city.
Out of the fresh 2679 Covid cases detected in the last 24 hours, Guwahati has 442 cases. So far, the state has recorded a total of 55496 cases with 132 deaths.
Earlier, state’s health minister Himanta Biswa Sarma also hinted that the state government has been discussing on reopening of the business completely and the educational institutes.
The state government has allowed opening the city based bars from Friday as the latest relaxation. Meanwhile though the restaurants were allowed to function till 5 pm from Mondays to Fridays, restaurant owners demanded the state government to withdraw the weekend lockdown in the city to boost their business which was badly hit since March.
However, no official confirmation was received from the state government on the possible relaxations yet.