Lockdown in UP latest: Yogi Adityanath govt orders strict curbs for weekend lockdown to curb COVID-19 spread

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Updated: Jul 14, 2020 9:34 PM

Lockdown in UP latest update: The weekend lockdown would be enforced from this Saturday and Sunday. The weekend lockdown will be enforced in both urban and rural areas across the state.

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Uttar Pradesh Lockdown News: The Uttar Pradesh government on Tuesday issued a detailed order issuing directions for the weekend lockdown to be observed in the state to check the spread of COVID-19 and other communicable diseases. PTI reported the state government’s directive as saying that all urban and rural haats, markets, galla mandis and business establishments would remain closed in the state during the weekend, and on other weekdays, they will function from 9 am to 9 pm. Chief Secretary R K Tiwari, in a letter to all divisional commissioners, district magistrates, other administrative and police officers, said the lockdown would come into force at 10 pm on Friday till 5 am on Monday, reported PTI.

Earlier, the Uttar Pradesh government revealed its plans for weekends lockdown in the state to check the spread of the Coronavirus. The lockdown will remain in place “for the month of July at least” in Noida, Ghaziabad, and other parts of the state, Additional Chief Secretary (Home and Information) Awanish Awasthi said. This comes even as Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath held a meeting with the officers of ‘COVID-19 management team-11’ in the state capital Lucknow. CM Adityanath has said that people living in Varanasi, Kanpur, Kushinagar, and Deoria must remain extra cautious about the highly contagious COVID19.

Meanwhile, Uttar Pradesh has reported 1,664 new COVID19 cases, 869 discharged and 21 coronavirus related deaths reported in the last 24 hours. The total number of coronavirus cases in the state stood at 38,130, including 24,203 discharged, 12,972 active cases, and 955 deaths, the State Health Department has said.

Uttar Pradesh Noida Lockdown: What’s open and what is closed

The weekend lockdown would be enforced from this Saturday and Sunday. The weekend lockdown will be enforced in both urban and rural areas across the state.

According to the guidelines issued by the Uttar Pradesh government, markets and shops will remain closed during the weekends. These shops will undergo the sanitization process in the markets.

CM Adityanath has said that social distancing norms must be followed during construction activities. All industrial units in the state would be sanitized on Saturdays and Sundays during the weekend lockdown.

However, the banks will remain open and economic activities will not suffer, Awasthi said.

Uttar Pradesh Principal Health Secretary Amit Mohan Prasad had said that the state government has raised the penalty amount for not wearing face masks in public from Rs 100 to Rs 500. Meanwhile, the Gautam Buddh Nagar administration has warned that a fine of Rs 500 will be slapped each time for non-compliance if people are found without face cover or masks outdoors in Noida and Greater Noida.

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