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UP govt extends weekend curfew till Thursday 7am

LUCKNOW: At a time when official data shows a dip in fresh and active cases in UP, particularly urban areas, the state government on Monday decided to extend the three-day weekend curfew by two more days.
The curfew which kicks off at 8pm on Friday will now end at 7am on Thursday, instead of 7am Tuesday.
Though the government remains opposed to a prolonged curfew, having appealed against an Allahabad High Court directive to implement a seven-day curfew in five districts, officials said the present decision was taken to further break the infection chain. The government will review the situation over the next few days and decide on extending the closure or continuing with just a weekend curfew , sources said. “The government will closely monitor the situation to see if the five-day closure further reduces Covid cases. It was discussed that when cases were dipping, a limited curfew might help bring down the positivity rate faster,” said an official.
Initially, the government imposed a graded night curfew in the state, depending on number of active cases in each district. Subsequently, a Sunday closure was announced, which was converted to a weekend curfew. Last week, the government decided to extend this to Monday as well.
During this period, the government will allow industrial activity, weddings, examinations and essential services. Chemists and groceries will also remain open in this period. Continuous process industries and those involved in manufacture of sanitisers, medical equipment and masks will be allowed to function. Movement of workers will also be facilitated.
The government also permitted marriages, subject to restrictions. A ceremony in the open can be attended by a maximum of 100 persons while a maximum of 50 persons will be allowed in closed enclosures on the condition that all Covid-19 protocols are followed. For funeral services, the government has allowed a maximum of 20 persons.

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