LUCKNOW: In view of the galloping coronavirus cases in the city, it tallied its highest-ever 1,333 in the past 24 hours, the district administration has decided to impose a night curfew between 9 pm and 6 am from Thursday.
Meanwhile, the local administration of Kanpur and Varanasi, too, have declared a night curfew in the respective cities. In Lucknow, the night curfew will remain effective till 6am on April 16 only in the urban-commissionerate area of the city.
There will be no curbs in rural areas like Bakshi Ka Talab, Itaunja, Maal, Malihabad, and Nigohan.
Lucknow DM Abhishek Prakash also announced a complete shutdown of all schools, colleges and coaching institutes till April 15 following the rise in Covid-19 cases. But the government recognized educational institutions holding their examinations and practicals would be allowed under strict compliance of Covid-19 protocol. Medical, nursing and paramedic institutions will remain operational.
The DM said that movement of only essential services would be allowed during the curfew period. “Supply of fruits, vegetables, milk, LPG, fuel and medicine will continue in the same period,” he said. Prakash also said that there will be exemption for government, semi-government personnel and private sector personnel engaged in essential services during the discharge of their duties in the night shift.
“People coming to the railway station, bus station, and airport will be allowed to move only after showing their tickets,” he added. There would also be no restrictions on the movement of goods, he added.
Following the district administration steps, the Lucknow Development Authority also issued advisory for the public parks maintained by it.
The parks will be open for between 7 am to 10 am and 4pm to 8 pm, essentially for walkers, the LDA order said.
“However, people above 65 years, pregnant women, children below 10 and those with co-morbidity are not permitted in the park until the next order. Those allowed to walk will have to maintain social distance,” said Pawan Kumar Gangwar, secretary, LDA.