UPDATED: April 20, 2021 14:36 IST
The Telangana government has imposed a night curfew in the state starting Tuesday a day after the high court expressed strong displeasure against the state’s response to the Covid-19 crisis.
The night curfew in Telangana will continue till April 30. This comes at a time when the state is witnessing a sharp increase in Covid-19 cases in the second wave. Telangana on Tuesday reported 5,926 fresh Covid-19 cases and 18 deaths in the past 24 hours.
The Telangana High Court headed by Chief Justice Hima Kohli had on Monday expressed displeasure over the state government’s response to the Covid-19 crisis.
Disappointed, the court asked the government to take a call on imposing night curfew or weekend lockdown in the state and also warned that if the government failed to act in 48 hours, the court will pass orders.
Within hours, the Telangana government has issued the night curfew orders. The night curfew in Telangana will come into force at 9 pm and end at 5 am. Starting on Tuesday, the night curfew will come off on April 30.
During the night curfew in Telangana, all offices, firms, shops, establishments, restaurants will have to shut down by 8 pm except for hospitals, diagnostic labs, pharmacies and those dealing with the supply of essential services.
Who are exempted from night curfew in Telangana?
During the night curfew period, all offices, restaurants and shops etc will have to shut down. Only those involved in essential services will continue to function. Essential services would include
a) Print and electronic media.
b) Telecommunications, internet services, broadcasting and cable services, IT and IT-enabled services.
c) Delivery of all goods through e-commerce.
d) Petrol pumps, LPG, CNG, petroleum and gas outlets.
e) Power generation, transmission and distribution.
f) Water supply and sanitation.
g) Cold storage and warehousing services.
h) Private security services.
i) Production units or services which require a continuous process.
All others will be prohibited from venturing out beyond 9 pm. Those who are still allowed to function during the night curfew hours would also include:
a) Government officers, including those of urban local bodies and Panchayati Raj institutions, on emergency duty on production of valid identity card.
b) All private medical personnel such as doctors, nursing staff, paramedics and providers of other hospital services etc on the production of valid identity card.
c) Pregnant women and patients for the purpose of receiving medical care.
d) Persons coming from/going to airports, railway stations, bus stands on the production of a valid ticket.