UPDATED: April 6, 2021 16:49 IST
In view of the fourth wave of Covid-19 cases, the Delhi government on Tuesday imposed seven hours of night curfew with immediate effect but exempted people of certain professions from it.
The decision was taken after the Delhi Disaster Management Authority (DDMA) reviewed the Covid-19 situation in the city. The DDMA order for curfew from 10 pm to 5 am will continue till April 30.
According to the order issued by the chief secretary and chairperson of the executive body of DDMA, a sudden increase in Covid-19 cases in the recent past along with a high positivity rate has been observed in the national capital.
The case positivity rate in Delhi has also risen to 5.54 per cent amid a massive surge in cases in the last few weeks.
Here is your list of questions answered about what is permitted and rules regarding the E-Pass during the Delhi night curfew:
WHAT IS EXEMPTED
The following categories of individuals are exempted from the Delhi night curfew restrictions:
- Central and Delhi government officials involved in emergency services such as health and family welfare and all related medical establishments, police, prisons, home guards, civil defence, fire and emergency services will also be exempted. Officials of district administration, pay and accounts office, electricity, water and sanitation, public transport, disaster management and related services, NIC, NCC and municipal services, and all other essential services will also be exempted from the night curfew on the production of valid identity card.
- Private medical personnel such as doctors, nursing staff, paramedical, and other hospital services, diagnostic centres, clinics, pharmacies, pharmaceutical companies and other medical and health services will be exempted, upon the production of a valid ID card.
- Pregnant women and patients for getting medical/health services are exempted.
- Any person coming from/going to Airports/Railway stations/ISBTs allowed to travel on the production of a valid ticket.
- Officers/officials related to the functioning of offices of diplomats of various countries as well as persons holding any constitutional post on the production of valid I-Card.
- There will be no restriction on inter-state and intra-state transportation of essential and non-essential goods. No separate permission or e-pass will be required for such movements
WHO NEEDS E-PASS?
People travelling during curfew hours for COVID-19 vaccination and operating other essential services will require s soft or hard copy of an e-pass which can be obtained from this link.
The following persons will require an E-Pass for the Delhi night curfew:
- Shops dealing with foods, groceries, fruits & vegetables, dairy & milk booths, meat and fish, animal fodder, pharmaceuticals, medicines and medical equipment.
- Banks, Insurance offices and ATMs.
- Print & Electronic Media.
- Telecommunications, Internet services, broadcasting and cable services, IT and IT-enabled services.
- Delivery of all essential goods including foods, pharmaceuticals, medical equipment through e-commerce.
- Petrol pumps, LPG, CNG, petroleum and gas retail and storage outlets.
- Power generation, transmission and distribution units and services.
- Cold storage and warehousing services.
- Private security services.
- Manufacturing units of essential commodities.
- Production units or services, which require a continuous process.
- Persons who are going for Covid-19 vaccination
WHAT ABOUT PUBLIC TRANSPORT?
Public transport such as Delhi Metro, DTC and cluster buses, autos and taxis will be allowed to ply within the stipulated time for transportation of only exempted categories of people during night curfew.
WHAT HAPPENS IF YOU FLOUT NIGHT CURFEW RULES?
All district magistrates and deputy commissioners of police, as well as authorities concerned, will ensure strict compliance with the DDMA order.
Enforcement authorities are required to note that these restrictions fundamentally relate to the movement of people, and not to that of essential goods and services, the order stated, adding violation of curfew restrictions will be dealt with under the relevant section of the Disaster Management Act, 2005, and Section 188 of the IPC and other applicable laws.
As per Section 51 of DM Act, 2005, whoever, without reasonable cause obstructs any officer in the discharge of their duties under the Act “shall on conviction be punishable with imprisonment for a term which may extend to two years.”