UP relaxes Covid-19 curbs for open spaces

Looking at the improving corona virus situation in state, Uttar Pradesh Government has relaxed Covid-19 curbs for open spaces. The government has allowed more people at wedding ceremonies and other such events held in open spaces. 

“For open places, people will be allowed to gather as per the area (of the programme venue), and a Covid help desk has to be set up at the entrance point of the event,” a letter by Additional Chief Secretary (Home) Awanish Awasthi read. 

File pic of a wedding during corona times.

Determining number of attendees in open spaces

The number of people who can attend these events in open spaces will depend on the area size. Uttar Pradesh Home Department said in its order, “The Uttar Pradesh government has given permission for wedding ceremonies and other events in open spaces, according to the area. Along with this, compliance with Covid-19 protocol and setting up of Covid-19 help desk at the entrance will be mandatory.” 

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On September 19, the Uttar Pradesh government had increased the number of attendees to 100 people, which was earlier capped at 50. Additional Chief Secretary (Home) Awanish Awasthi, in a letter to police and administration officials, had said  that in closed and open spaces, a maximum of 100 persons have been allowed to gather at a place, while following Covid-19 protocol. 

At closed places, 100 people will be allowed to attend the function while following the Covid-19 protocol. Earlier, the UP government had revised night curfew timings from 11 pm to 6 am every day. 

Government focus on infectious cases

As the state government relaxes corona curbs for open spaces, simultaneously it is also focusing on the fact that number of infectious cases do not rise.    

Uttar Pradesh has logged 18 new Covid-19 cases, taking the caseload to 7,09,794. With one death from the coronavirus infection, the death toll mounted to 22,891. Out of the 18 fresh cases, four were reported from Lucknow, followed by three from Gautam Buddh Nagar and two from Sitapur. The active Covid-19 cases in the state stand at 177. 

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In another development, Greater Noida police nabbed two persons including an employee of Primary Health Centre (PHC) who were vaccinating people for Rs 250 each person. One ANM worker who was also involved in the act is still absconding. The vials are suspected to be stolen from a PHC in Ghaziabad and were being further injected to the people in Greater Noida. However, Ghaziabad PHC states that their record of vials is intact. Therefore, it has ordered an internal probe as already two of its employees were found to be indulging in this forged illegal vaccination program. Police said they suspected the involvement of more health workers from Ghaziabad’s PHC. The matter came to the fore on Sunday when a CHC (Community Health Centre) at Greater Noida got information about the illegal vaccination drive in their jurisdiction.


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