UP further relaxes Covid-19 restrictions; malls and restaurants allowed to open
The Uttar Pradesh government will further relax the 'corona curfew', which has been in effect in the state to check the spread of coronavirus disease (Covid-19). According to latest relaxation decided by the government, the night curfew timing has been revised to 9pm to 7am from 7pm to 7am.
The decision was taken at a high-level Covid-19 review meeting held by chief minister Yogi Adityanath.
Restaurants and malls have also been allowed to open with 50 per cent of their capacity by following Covid-19 protocols prescribed by the government.
The state government has also allowed parks and street food kiosks to open, asking them to install a Covid-19 helpdesk. Detailed guidelines will be released soon, the state government said.
Last week, the state government announced relaxations in 'corona curfew' in all 75 districts of the state. The health department said that all the districts have less than 75 active cases of Covid-19 - one of the key measures announced by the UP government to relax the curfew.
The 'corona curfew' was clamped on April 30 after a surge in cases of Covid-19. The state government allowed relaxations from June 1.
On Monday, UP recorded 339 fresh cases of Covid-19 and 74 deaths, according to a health bulletin. This pushed the total number of tally to 17,02,937 and fatality count to 21,858, respectively.
As many as 1,116 Covid-19 patients were discharged from the hospitals in 24 hours, taking the total number of recoveries to 16,72,968, Monday's bulletin said.
A government spokesman said a special vaccination campaign for administering Covid vaccines to street vendors, rickshaw, e-rickshaw, tempo and auto drivers has been started in the state from Monday.
These sections come in contact with a large number of people and therefore the government has decided to start a special vaccination campaign for them, the spokesman said.