Unlock in Gujarat: As part of the ‘unlock 3’ amid the ongoing COVID Pandemic, the Gujarat government on Thursday announced that it will lift the night curfew and allow shops to operate till 8 pm and permit restaurants to stay open till 10 pm from  August 1. Notably, this is in line with the Centre’s guidelines for Unlock 3, which will come in effect Aufust 1 onwards. “Night curfew will be completely lifted in the state from August 1,” a release issued by Chief Minister Vijay Rupani-led Gujarat government said. Apart from this, all shops will be allowed to remain open till 8 pm, while restaurants can operate till 10 pm, it added.Also Read - Is COVID-19 Curve Flattening in Delhi? Positivity Rate Drops to 22.47%, 5.52% Less Than Yesterday | Key Points

Gyms and yoga centres will also be allowed to open from August 5, the release said. However, schools, coaching classes, and cinema halls will not be allowed to open in the month of August. “The state will follow the guidelines of the Centre regarding things that are not allowed to be open (like schools etc), the release stated. Also Read - Recovered From Omicron? 5 Long Covid-19 Symptoms You Should Watch Out For

Religious functions will not be allowed for upcoming festivals in August and if the COVID-19 situation continues like this, festivals like Navratri will not be observed, the chief minister said. Also Read - No Lockdown in Karnataka, Decision on Weekend/Night Curfew On Friday: Minister Amid Rising Cases | Read Details

Further, starting August 1, citizens stepping out without masks will be fined Rs 500 as opposed to the previous penalty of Rs 200, he had said.

Rupani had on Wednesday said the state government’s aim was to ensure that the deadly infection does not spread even as economic activities continue in the state.

Gujarat has so far reported over 59,000 cases of coronavirus infection, while the toll stood at 2,396 in the state.