The Rajasthan government after reviewing the COVID-19 situation in the state has lifted the night curfew that was in place in 13 cities and towns.
Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot has decided to lift the night curfew that would help shops, hotels and restaurants to operate at night. The restaurant and hotel owners and the various trade organisations have been demanding the night curfew to be lifted.
Gehlot tweeted that night curfew will be lifted, but only on the conditions that all health protocols will be strictly observed by the restaurant and hotel owners and also shopkeepers.
The traders have welcomed the decision of the state government and said that this will help in catering to the needs of the people and the shopkeepers also who have been facing a hard time for the past eight months will be greatly relieved.
Drop in COVID-19 cases
CM Gehlot said that the decision to lift the night curfew was taken after a drop in COVID-19 cases, but if the cases surge, the state government will then have to review the decision.
Under the night curfew, the shops were closed at 7 pm and the people had to return home by 8 pm. The curfew was imposed from 8 pm to 6 am.
The shopkeepers in all the 13 cities and towns on Monday kept their shops open and a large number of people thronged for shopping in various shops and malls. The restaurant also witnessed a surge in customers. However, the liquor shops closed down at 8 pm.
The night curfew was imposed in Jaipur, Jodhpur, Bikaner, Kota, Bhilwara, Tonk, Ajmer, Sikar, Sriganganagar, Pali, Nagaur and Udaipur. The night curfew was imposed by the state government following an increase in COVID-19 cases after Diwali.
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