In the wake of an exponential rise in Covid-19 cases, the Arvind Kejriwal-led Delhi government has imposed a night curfew in the capital city with effect from April 6. The curfew has been imposed from 10 pm to 5 am. However, there will be no restrictions on passengers going to/from airports or railway stations. “People coming or going to Airports, Railway stations, ISBTs for bus services are allowed to travel on the production of valid tickets. There will be no restrictions on inter-state and intra-state movement/transportation of essential/non-essential goods. No separate permission/e-pass will be required for such movements,” said the government notification issued on Tuesday. The restrictions come after a day the city detected over 3,500 new corona cases.
Delhi Night Curfew: What’s Allowed, What’s Not
- No restrictions on traffic movement during night curfew
- Govt officials, people involved in emergency services such as health and family welfare all related medical establishments, police prison, home guards, civil defence, fire and emergency services district administrations, pay and account office, electricity, water and sanitation, public transport, etc, are exempted from night curfew
- All private medical persons, such as doctors, nursing staff, paramedical staff along other hospital services will be exempted on the valid ID card.
- People who want to get Covid-19 vaccination will be exempted but will have to get an e-pass.
- Pregnant women and patients, who need medical attention will also be exempted.
- Journalists will be allowed to move only if they have e-pass
- Essential services will be exempted from 10 pm to 5 am night curfew in Delhi.
- Movement of persons related to commercial and private establishments providing the following essential services shall be allowed:
a) Shops, dealing with foods, groceries, fruits & vegetables, dairy & milk booths, meat & fish, animal fodder. pharmaceuticals, medicines and medical equipment.
b) Banks, Insurance offices and ATMs.
c) Print & Electronic Media.
d) Telecommunications, Internet services, broadcasting and cable services, IT and IT” enabled services.
e) Delivery of all essential goods including foods, pharmaceutical, medical equipment through e-commerce.
Here’s what the DDMA notification say…
“Situation in Covid-19 in NCT of Delhi has been reviewed and it has been observed that there has been a sudden increase in Covid-19 cases in recent past along with high positivity rate and therefore, it was felt that night curfew needs to be imposed in the territory of NCT of Delhi from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m., except or essential services/ activities as an emergency measure for wellbeing and safety of people,” an order issued by the Delhi Disaster Management Authority (DDMA) read.
It further said, “Officials of the Government of India, its autonomous/subordinates officers and public corporations and officials of GNCT of Delhi/autonomous bodies/ corporations involved in emergency services such as health and family welfare all related medical establishments, police prison, home guards, civil defence, fire and emergency services district administrations, pay and account office, electricity, water and sanitation, public transport, etc., are exempted from night curfew.”