Uttar Pradesh on Sunday announced that Covid induced curfew in all the districts will be lifted except for Meerut, Saharanpur, and Gorakhpur, ACS Information Navneet Sehgal told the news agency ANI.
The decision came after the number of active cases of Covid-19 goes below the 600 marks in all the districts except for the three districts. However, the lockdown will continue in these districts as they continue to report a high number of Covid infections daily.
Last week, the Uttar Pradesh government had decided to ease restrictions in 55 districts where active cases have dropped below 600. It had imposed stricter curfew regulations in another 20 districts including state capital Lucknow, Noida, and Greater Noida that fall under the Gautam Buddha Nagar district, as well as in Ghaziabad as they continue to report a high number of Covid infections daily.
The educational institutions like schools, colleges, coaching centers as well as markets in these districts will continue to remain closed.
However, restaurants, cafes, and eateries will also remain shut for dining. Home delivery is permitted to function. Notably, night curfew will continue across the state for the time being. During the night curfew, the lockdown restrictions will be placed from 8 PM to 5 AM.
The authorities also revealed that even though the restrictions are being eased in the other districts of the state, which reported less than 600 Covid-19 cases, night and weekend curfews will continue to be in effect. The night curfew will commence from 8 pm and will remain in place till 5 am.
The Uttar Pradesh authorities had said entry to Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) protected monuments will remain shut till June 15.
However, the number of active Covid-19 cases in Uttar Pradesh has gone below 20,000 for the first time since its second wave started in April.
Meanwhile, the recovery rate in Uttar Pradesh has also improved to 97.6 percent as 16.56 lakh patients have recovered from the infection. Currently, the state has less than 20,000 active Covid-19 cases for the first time since its peak in April-end. It is at 19,438, of which, 11,178 are in home isolation, the health department said.