The government of Andhra Pradesh has introduced strict restrictions, including a nighttime curfew and the closure of establishments for violating the Covid protocol. This comes after a spike in cases statewide.

A nighttime curfew will be enforced statewide. (Photo: PTI file)

The government of Andhra Pradesh has announced strict restrictions in the state amid rising Covid infections. The government has imposed a nighttime curfew from 11 p.m. to 5 a.m. Markets and commercial establishments will be closed if a Covid violation is reported.

Under the new guidelines, if a serious violation occurs while following the Covid protocol in a market / commercial establishment, that market / establishment will be closed for one or two days depending on the severity of the violation.

All gatherings and congregations, including weddings, religious gatherings, and social events, will be permitted a maximum of 200 participants in outdoor locations and a maximum of 100 in indoor locations.

All movie theaters must operate at 50 percent of their capacity.

In public transport, staff and passengers are required to wear a mask. A sanction was also imposed on people without a mask in public places. A person without a mask in a business or store faces a fine of Rs. 10,000 to Rs. 25,000 depending on the seriousness of the offense.

Market associations will also be activated to raise awareness of appropriate Covid behavior on market premises and the penalties imposed for non-compliance.

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