Lucknow: The Uttar Pradesh government has lifted the curfew on Sunday due to the declining number of daily coronavirus (COVID-19) cases in the state. Two cases of corona virus were reported in the state on Thursday, bringing the total number of active cases to 707. Besides, two people have died in the last two hours.
Earlier this week, the state government lifted the curfew on Saturday. Shops and commercial establishments were instructed to remain closed only on Sundays from 14 August. The government issued an order in July to keep shops and businesses open from 10am to 10pm on weekdays and to continue the weekend shutdown to control the epidemic.
The first relaxation came into effect over the weekend after Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath told officials to consider a partial relaxation earlier this year to curb the spread of the virus. Metro services have also resumed between Noida and Greater Noida (known as the Aqua Line).
Business associations in the state are demanding relaxation of curfew on weekends from July as the closure of shops on Saturdays and Sundays means residents of cities like Noida were shopping from Delhi.
Sushil Kumar Jain, president of the Sector-18 Markets Association of Delhi-NCR and convener of the Confederation of All India Traders (CAIT), said, If not, the revenue also goes to Delhi instead of Uttar Pradesh. “
As the epidemic has improved, the UP government has relaxed a number of restrictions, including the resumption of physical classes for high school students. The state has directed students in classes 9 to 12 to open the school from August 16, while classes 6 to 8 will open on August 23 and classes 1 to 5 from September 1. However, it is not compulsory for students to go to school.