Due to a massive surge in Covid-19 cases, the two district authorities issued the order to impose night curfew in Noida and Ghaziabad. The restrictions will continue till April 17 and will be in force from 10 pm to 5 am.
Things That are Exempted in The Night Curfew
The movement of essential goods or commodities will be allowed. Medical staff, the Central and state government officials will also be exempted from the curfew. Pregnant women and those in need of medical help will remain free from the restrictions. If the travelers going to the airport, railway stations, and bus stands show valid travel tickets, then they will be allowed movement during the curfew. The orders also stated that print and electronic media workers will be exempted from the restrictions.
Is the Night Curfew Baseless?
In India, the concept of night curfew is not new. In last year March 2020, night curfews were imposed. And now, these night curfews are back again. The Government is using the wrong tool to fight the pandemic. Gautam Menon, professor at Ashoka University said, “Curfews, especially night curfews, are not expected to help curb cases. The only purpose I can think they serve is to give a break to police and those in allied jobs, who are in charge of enforcing Covid-19 appropriate behavior in the day”.
TPT Policy Advocacy & Recommendations
- The night curfews come as a blow to the restaurants who were just getting back on their feet. A 10 pm night curfew means winding up the dinner service by 9 pm so that it becomes easy for the people to reach their destinations on time. And so, the curfew will complicate things for restaurants.
- Night Curfews are meaningless when the country is witnessing a massive surge of Covid-19 cases. When the Government knows that things like masking mandates, not allowing large social and political gatherings in enclosed spaces are effective tools to combat the deadly virus then they must use that tools rather than impose night curfews.