SOP

The Assam Government on Saturday has announced a fresh set of COVID SOP implementing a night curfew from 11:30 PM to 6:00 AM starting from Sunday while making the wearing of masks mandatory again amidst the ongoing omicron scare.

In the SOP announced by the government, the night curfew will be from 11.30 PM to 6 AM across the State.

However, the curfew will not be applicable on December 31, 2021, or New Year’s night.

All the workplaces, business/commercial establishments, dine-in Restaurants, hotels, dhabas, and other eateries, takeaway of food items from restaurants/dhabas and other eateries, the opening of sale counters, showrooms, etc. of cold storages and warehouses, shops dealing with groceries, fruits and vegetables, dairy and milk booths, will open up to 10.30 PM.

Regarding open spaces for meetings and gatherings, the jurisdictional DDMAs will fix the limit of gatherings depending on the COVID situation in their respective districts.

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Regarding closed venues, the gathering is allowed up to 50% of the seating capacity of the hall, auditorium, etc.

Religious places are allowed to operate with 60 fully vaccinated persons per hour for iconic places and 40 fully vaccinated persons per hour for other religious places.

Cinema halls continue to operate with a 50 percent of seating capacity of fully vaccinated viewers and observance of COVID-19 appropriate behavior.

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For Omicron-specific regulation, all District Magistrates, Superintendent of Police, and all other authorities concerned shall be responsible for ensuring COVID Appropriate Behaviour in all public places for containment of COVID-19 virus.

All District Magistrates, Superintendent of Police will ensure that the people who visit the above-mentioned places, strictly follow COVID Appropriate Behaviour.

The SOP read, “They will deploy a sufficient number of teams for keeping utmost vigil at public places and for enforcing COVID Appropriate Behaviour to avoid any possibility of a surge in COVID-19 cases.”

Any persons violating these measures will be liable to be proceeded against as per provisions of the Disaster Management Act, 2005.

The government in the SOP also stated that any person not wearing a mask or spitting in public places shall be fined to the “tune” of Rs 1000.

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