COVID Safety: More states issue curfew & lockdown orders, vaccine signup for 18+ from today

In the last two days, 8 states and two union territories have issued fresh lockdown, curfew and restriction orders that hope to contain the spread of COVID-19. The list includes Gujarat, Assam, Uttarakhand, Jammu and Kashmir, Karnataka, Punjab, Kerala, Goa, Puducherry and Nagaland. 

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We’d also like to remind our users that vaccine registrations open today for everyone in the 18-44 age group on The signup process (which is mandatory for vaccination) has been explained near the end of this article. 

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New COVID-19 Restrictions in States/UTs

Please Note: Travel to railway stations and airports is allowed during all local lockdowns and curfews if you are carrying a valid ticket and ID proof. Essential services are exempt from the restrictions below. 

Gujarat will now have an indefinite night curfew in place in 29 cities from 8 pm to 6 am every day. Curfew will apply in Ahmedabad, Vadodara, Surat, Rajkot, Bhavnagar, Gandhidham, Jamnagar, Junagadh, Gandhinagar, Anand, Nadiad, Bhuj, Patan, Morbi, Godhra, Dahod, Bharuch, Surendranagar, Amreli, Mehsana, Himmatnagar, Palanpur, Navsari, Valsad, Porbandar, Botad, Viramgam, Chhota Udepur and Veraval – Somnath. 

announced a night curfew yesterday from 8 pm to 5 am, up till May 1. 

Uttarakhand has imposed a ‘corona curfew’ in Haridwar, Roorke, Laksar and Bhagwanpur from today (April 28) till 5 am on May 3. The state had earlier announced curfew in the Dehradun, Rishikesh, Garhi Cantt and Clement Town municipal areas of Dehradun district from 7 pm of April 26 till 5 am on May 3, and in the Haldwani Municipal Corporation, Lalkuan Nagar Panchayat and Ramnagar areas of Nainital district from April 27 to May 3.

Jammu and Kashmir has imposed Section 144 within the municipal limits of Srinagar, which bans the assembly of five or more people in one place. This comes on top of an existing night curfew in the state, in effect from 10 pm to 6 am every day. 

Karnataka declared a statewide lockdown yesterday (April 27) from 9pm, which will continue till 6 am on May 12.

has an indefinite night curfew in place from 6 pm to 5 am every day, and a weekend lockdown will be in effect from Friday (6 pm) to Monday (5 am). 

Kerala has issued tighter guidelines from April 26. This includes the shutting of cinema halls, malls, gyms, clubs, sports complexes, swimming pools, entertainment parks and bars. Shops and restaurants will close by 7.30 pm but takeaway/delivery will be allowed till 9 pm. All meetings must be online, and all social, religious, political and cultural gatherings have been banned.

Goa has announced a complete lockdown from 7 pm on April 29 to the morning of May 3. Public transport, hotels, casinos and pubs will be shut, while state borders will remain open for essential services. 

Puducherry has banned gatherings and congregations of any form in the state till May 3. 

Nagaland has issued new ‘consolidated guidelines’ that will apply in the state from April 30 to May 14. The state government has not called it a lockdown, but has confirmed that restrictions will be placed on public places, private establishments, gatherings and inter-state borders. The exact rules are expected to come out tomorrow. 

COWIN Registration for Adults

The online vaccine registration process has three main steps: signing up with your contact details, choosing a vaccination centre, and finally booking your slot. 

Here’s how you can register for your first dose:

> Go to and click on ‘Register/Sign In yourself’

> Enter a valid mobile number. Click on ‘Get OTP’

> Enter the OTP received within 180 seconds. Click on ‘Verify’

> Once your OTP is validated, the ‘Register for Vaccination’ page will appear

> Enter all the required details on this page. Once you’re done, click on ‘Register’. You will receive a confirmation message if registration was successful

> The ‘Account Details’ page will now appear. You can add 3 individuals apart from yourself with one mobile number here

> For each new person, click on ‘Add More’, enter their details, and click on ‘Add’. Like earlier, you will get a confirmation for each successful registration

> To delete any members, you will have to login to your account again. Go to the dashboard, and click on the trash can icon beside the person’s name. A confirmation message will appear for successful deletion

> To schedule your appointment, go to the ‘Account Details’ page. Click on ‘Schedule’ below the member’s name. You will be led to the ‘Book Appointment for Vaccination’ page

> Search for your nearest vaccination centre by district or pin code. On hitting ‘Search’, a list of relevant centres will be displayed

> Click on the centre’s name to see their available slots (date and capacity). Click on ‘Book’ for your desired centre

> An ‘Appointment Confirmation’ page will appear. Verify your booking details one last time, and click on ‘confirm’ to book your vaccination slot

> Once your booking is confirmed, an ‘Appointment Successful’ message will be displayed. Keep a screenshot and a printout of this confirmation page. This will be your appointment slip

We advise you to check the official user manual on the CoWIN site if you have any doubts. The process to register for your second dose or reschedule any appointments is also mentioned in it.