Updated 21 June 2021
Amidst rising cases and an acute shortage of vaccines across the state, the raging pandemic has brought Uttar Pradesh to a standstill, forcing the government to implement stricter restrictions to curb the deadly virus.
The government had implemented lockdown in the state till June 7. Here’s everything you need to know about the unlock: what’s open, what’s not, and who’s exempted.
Uttar Pradesh lockdown
The Uttar Pradesh government had extended curfew-like lockdown in the entire state from 31 May till 7 AM on 7 June, except in Meerut, Saharanpur and Gorakhpur, owing to their high active cases’ count.
The 7 PM – 7 AM night curfew stayed in place. However, from 21 June, the curfew hours have been reduced by two hours from 9 PM – 7 AM.
Saturday and Sunday will be weekly holidays.
What is allowed?
According to the new guidelines:
- Shops will be allowed to open with strict safety protocols from 7 am to 9 pm. Night curfew will continue in the whole of Uttar Pradesh and weekend closure will be enforced.
- Banks, insurance companies to remain open.
- Not more than 50 people will be allowed at religious places.
- All government and private companies and offices can resume functioning at 100% capacity. However, private companies have been encouraged to promote work from home and to have COVID help desks.
According to the new directives, a maximum of 50 people are allowed to take part in weddings and other social gatherings in both open and closed spaces.
Shops, malls and restaurants can stay open till 9 PM on weekdays with 50% capacity.
What is closed to visitors/attendees?
Shops and establishments in containment zones will remain closed.
Cinema halls, stadiums, gyms, and swimming pools, schools, colleges, educational and coaching institutions will remain closed.
Will transport facilities be available?
All public transport, including rail, metro, buses, cabs can run at 50% capacity.
Auto-rickshaws will allow a maximum of two people to travel, while a maximum of four people will be allowed to sit in four-wheelers.
Can you travel to/from Uttar Pradesh during the lockdown?
Yes, for emergencies, essential services or medical reasons.
There’s no ban on operations of interstate travel and for transportation of essential commodities. Passengers arriving from Kerala and Maharashtra through the air will require an RT-PCR negative report from ICMR accredited labs done within the last 72 hours. RT-PCR timeline starts from the swab collection time.
What is the Uttar Pradesh e-Pass and who needs it?
For free movement during the lockdown for intra-district and inter-district travel, you will need to apply for the e-pass. The e-pass will be valid for one day for travel within the district and two days for inter-district movement.
Here is how to apply for an e-pass:
- Visit the official website – https://rahat.up.nic.in
- After submitting the form, the application will be reviewed by the administration, and those approved will get an SMS with the link to the online pass.