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Night curfew only to prevent congregations of people: Home Ministry

Our Bureau New Delhi | Updated on June 12, 2020

Essential activities and movement of goods permitted

The Covid-19 Unlock-1 night curfews are only to stop the congregation of persons and to ensure social distancing, a Home Ministry order said.

According to the Home Ministry order, movement of individuals remains prohibited between 9 PM to 5 AM throughout the country, except for essential activities.

“It has come to notice that some States/Union Territories are also restricting the movement of persons and vehicles plying on highways between 9 pm and 5 am, which is hindering their smooth passage. I would like to clarify that the purpose of restricting the movement of individuals, except for essential activities, between 9 PM and 5 AM, is primarily intended to prevent congregation of persons and to ensure social distancing,” a letter from Home Secretary, A K Bhalla said.

“The restriction does not apply to instances of loading/unloading of goods (as part of supply chains and logistics); buses carrying persons and trucks and goods carriers plying of State and National Highways; or persons travelling to their destinations after disembarking from buses, trains and flights,” Bhalla said.

Published on June 12, 2020

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