As India witnessed a record surge in COVID cases in April, various states and union territories imposed curfews, lockdowns and strict curbs to ensure the safety of citizens.
With the beginning of May, several of these states have extended their COVID guidelines and even introduced added measures to further prevent the spread of the virus.
Please note: Despite the changing guidelines, air and rail travel remains unaffected and passengers can continue to travel to/from airports and railway stations with a valid boarding pass or train ticket. However, it is advisable that you check the latest state-wise guidelines before travelling.
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Maharashtra declares two new states as places of ‘sensitive origin’
Maharashtra has announced that Uttar Pradesh and West Bengal will now be considered as places of ‘sensitive origin’, and that all guidelines applicable to places of ‘sensitive origin’ will also be imposed on travellers coming from these two states.
The state had earlier declared Delhi, Goa, Kerala, Rajasthan and Gujarat as places of ‘sensitive origin’, directing travellers from these states to carry a COVID negative report (with the test being conducted 72 hours prior to landing in Maharashtra) among other rules.
New COVID Curbs in West Bengal, Goa
The West Bengal government has decided to close all shopping complexes, malls, restaurants and bars, cinema halls, gyms, spas, beauty parlours and swimming pools and to only permit home deliveries and online services until further orders.
Along with this, all bazaars/haats will remain open between 7am – 10 am and 3 pm – 5 pm. However, this does not include essential services such as medical shops and grocery stores. All social/cultural/entertainment/academic gatherings have also been prohibited.
Goa has also issued new COVID restrictions that will come into effect from today and remain in force till 7 am on May 10.
All casinos, bars, sports complexes, river cruises, gyms, schools, colleges and weekly markets in the state will remain closed under the new order. Shops in the state will remain closed between 7 pm and 7 am, except those providing essential goods and services.
Lockdown in Haryana, Odisha
The Haryana government has announced a lockdown in the state, starting from today, May 3 till May 10. Among other guidelines, the order details that essential services will remain functional, and that public transport buses will be allowed to function with 50 percent capacity.
Starting May 5, Odisha will be observing a lockdown in the state, till May 19. Along with this, there will be a complete shutdown in the state on weekends, between 6 pm on Fridays and 5 am on Mondays. Check the complete order here:
— Sujit Bisoyi (@SujitBisoyiTOI) May 2, 2021
Extension of curbs in Rajasthan, Delhi, Jammu & Kashmir, Telangana, Uttarakhand and Madhya Pradesh
Rajasthan has extended the ‘Jan Anushasan Pakhwada’ in the state till 5 am on May 17. Along with this, there will be a weekend curfew in the state from 12 pm on May 7 till 5 am on May 10, and from 12 pm on May 14 till 5 am on May 17:
Latest guidelines in State of Rajasthan as Rajasthan extended curfew named Jan Anushashan Pakhwada till 17th May 2021
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— OneMindStand (@onemindstand) May 3, 2021
Delhi has extended the lockdown in place since April 19 for a second time. The lockdown, which was supposed to end today, has been extended in the national capital for one more week, that is, till May 10.
Telangana has extended the night curfew in the state till 5 am on May 8, while Uttarakhand has announced the continuation of curfew restrictions in the state till 5 am on May 6.
Along with this, while Jammu & Kashmir has extended the ‘Corona Curfew’ in four districts, namely Srinagar, namely Baramulla, Budgam and Jammu till 7 am on May 6, Madhya Pradesh has extended the ‘Corona Curfew’ in Bhopal till May 10 as per media reports.
Partial lockdown in Punjab
Punjab has imposed a partial lockdown in the state till May 15. Under the new order, all travellers arriving by air, rail or road must carry a COVID negative report (not older than 72 hours) or a vaccination certificate (not more than two weeks old) of at least one dose.
All shops selling non-essential items have been asked to remain closed. A night curfew between 6 pm and 5 am and a weekend curfew from 6 pm on Fridays till 5 am on Mondays will also be observed in the state:
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