Rail passengers must note two recent changes made to train travel guidelines in India. The first is that Maharashtra has marked two more states as places of ‘sensitive origin’ and requires negative test reports for arrivals from these locations. Secondly, Punjab has asked all incoming travellers from other states to carry a COVID-negative report.
Along with this, 10 other states have issued new lockdown curbs and night curfew timings to control the spread of the virus. Train and air travel will remain unaffected, as passengers can go to railway stations and airports at any time by carrying a valid ticket/boarding pass.
IRCTC trains are scheduled to run normally. You can book them here:
Here are the new state guidelines for COVID-19 as of today, May 3:
Punjab has declared that anyone arriving by air, road or rail from another state must carry a negative COVID report not older than 72 hours, or a vaccination certificate (at least one dose) that is over two weeks old. The rules, shared yesterday, will apply till May 15.
There will also be a daily night curfew from 6 pm to 5 am and a weekend curfew from Friday 6 pm to Monday 5 am. New rules have also been announced about non-essential shops, travel by private vehicles, and gatherings, which you can see here:
Partial Lockdown in Punjab till May 15.
Only shops selling ESSENTIAL items to remain open.
Negative Covid report not older than 72 hours needed to enter state. pic.twitter.com/hPVhKaJIex
— 1000thingsinludhiana (@1000thingsinldh) May 2, 2021
Maharashtra has added West Bengal and Uttar Pradesh to its list of places of ‘sensitive origin’. The list originally had Delhi, Rajasthan, Kerala, Gujarat, Uttarakhand and Goa. Anyone arriving by train from these states will need to display a negative RT-PCR test report conducted within 48 hours of travel. The state’s lockdown has also been extended till 7 am on May 15.
Rajasthan will extend its Jan Anushasan Pakhwada (‘Public Discipline Fortnight’) lockdown restrictions from 5 am of May 3 to 5 am of May 17. The state’s weekend curfew will be in two slabs: the first from 12 noon on May 7 (Friday) to 5 am of May 10 (Monday); the second from 12 noon on May 14 (Friday) to 5 am on May 17. A daily curfew will also be in place in the state from Monday to Friday from 12 noon to 5 am. Read the safety rules here:
Latest guidelines in State of Rajasthan as Rajasthan extended curfew named Jan Anushashan Pakhwada till 17th May 2021
Only 31 guest will be allowed in wedding.#2May_विश्व_सेवा_दिवस #jananushasanpakhwada #cmorajasthan #Rajasthanlockdown #covidupdates #covid19 #AshokGehlot pic.twitter.com/PYbY1eh6zQ
— OneMindStand (@onemindstand) May 3, 2021
Haryana will observe a statewide lockdown from May 3 (5 am) to May 10 (5 am). See the lockdown guidelines here.
Goa has imposed strict lockdown-like restrictions in the North Goa district from 6 am on May 3 to 7 am on May 10. See the list of rules here:
COVID19 restrictions imposed in Goa from 6 am on May 3 till 7 am on May 10; essential services allowed
Casinos, bars, sports complexes, river cruises, gyms, schools, colleges and weekly markets to remain closed pic.twitter.com/lSwOc4LMqa
— ANI (@ANI) May 2, 2021
Madhya Pradesh’s ‘corona curfew’ has been extended in Bhopal till May 10. Since the state has different COVID rules in different districts, we advise you to call the relevant district helplines or police control rooms for exact details before any trip.
Odisha will begin a statewide lockdown from May 5 to May 19 (till 5 am). There will also be a ‘complete shutdown on weekends’ from Fridays (6 pm) to Mondays (5 am). See the list of permitted and prohibited activities here:
#Odisha govt order on complete lockdown from May 5th pic.twitter.com/y4TM6TplFI
— Sujit Bisoyi (@SujitBisoyiTOI) May 2, 2021
Uttarakhand is extending its ‘corona curfew’ till 5 am on May 6. Curfew rules will continue to apply in these municipalities: Rishikesh, Dehradun, Chavni Parishad, Garhi Cantt, Clement Town, Doiwala, Vikasnagar, Mussoorie, and Herbertpur. The curfew was originally scheduled from April 26 (7 pm) to May 3 (5 am). See permitted activities here.
West Bengal announced safety restrictions that came into effect from April 30. This included a ban on all social/cultural/academic/entertainment-related gatherings, with markets functioning from 7 am to 10 am and 3 pm to 5 pm. More details here:
West Bengal: State government imposes COVID19 restrictions.
Shopping complexes, malls, beauty parlours, cinema halls, restaurants & bars, gyms and sports complexes to remain closed, bazaars/haats to remain open only during 7-10am & 3-5pm, till further orders. pic.twitter.com/F36Z8UdTbq
— Prasar Bharati News Services पी.बी.एन.एस. (@PBNS_India) April 30, 2021
Telangana has extended its night curfew up to 5 am on May 8. The curfew was earlier in place from April 20 to May 1.
Jammu and Kashmir has extended its ‘corona curfew’ till 7 am on May 6 in the districts of Srinagar, Baramulla, Budgam and Jammu.
Delhi has extended its lockdown by another week (till May 10) due to the high rate of infections in the capital. Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal tweeted the news on Saturday.
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