Given the drop in COVID cases in Gujarat, the home department in the state has announced further relaxation in curfew timings for hotels and restaurants. As per the new notifications, hotels and restaurants can provide home delivery service up to 9 pm.
The new rules will be applicable till June 4.
The curfew exception is however given to the following categories
- Patients, pregnant women can travel during curfew timings with an attendant
- Passengers on the way or from the railway, airport, and ST bus stand provided they are carrying valid tickets with them
- Those out during curfew timings due to an emergency. But such a person needs to have an identification card on him or her, a doctor’s prescription among others
- Those who have been given an exemption to be out during curfew timings will need to wear a mask and maintain social distancing.
Earlier on May 26, the curfew timings in 36 towns and cities were reduced by the Gujarat government. The new timing was applicable from May 28 onwards. The new curfew timing was 9 pm to 6 am.
The Gujarat government had on May 17 announced that the night curfew in place in 36 towns and cities of Gujarat including the 8 municipal corporations will continue up to May 20.
The curfew was to come to an end on May 18 and the state was to announce a decision on whether to ease the restrictions or lift the curfew altogether.
The Gujarat Chamber of Commerce and Industry (GCCI) had in May written to chief minister Vijay Rupani stating that timings for home delivery of food for hotels and restaurants be extended up to 11 pm.
The Gujarat government while continuing with the night curfew in 36 cities had allowed businesses to open till 3 pm. It had also allowed hotels and restaurants to provide home delivery until 8 pm. The GCCI wanted this time to be extended to 11 pm. GCCI president Natubhia Patel in the letter said that Gujarat has close to 50,000 hotels and restaurants that directly or indirectly employ close to 12 lakh people.
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