Uttarakhand Becomes 1st Poll-Bound State To Ban Political Rallies, Protests Over Covid Spread. Details Here

Uttarakhand’s new set of Covid-19 restrictions were announced after the state reported 814 cases on Friday, it highest single daily count in 7 months. The positivity rate has reached 5.5%.

Updated: January 8, 2022 8:04 AM IST

By India.com News Desk | Edited by Analiza Pathak

Uttarakhand bans poll rallies, shuts schools till Jan 16. Full guidelines here
Representative image: People await PM Modi's arrival during a rally in Uttar Pradesh's Ferozepur on January 5. (AFP)

Dehradun: Uttarakhand became the first poll-bound state to ban political rallies and protests amid the growing number of COVID-19 cases in the state. The restrictions were ordered on a day the state reported 814 fresh cases, the highest daily cases in seven months. It was on June 21 last year the state reported 892 cases. As per a government order, the restrictions on political rallies as well as demonstrations will continue at least till January 16.

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Earlier, the Congress party decided to postpone its big rallies in Uttarakhand, Goa, Uttar Pradesh, Manipur and Goa owing to the Omicron scare. Until now, the Election Commission of India has refused to bar political rallies citing that its role begins after the imposition of the Model Code of Conduct.

Uttarakhand imposes fresh COVID curbs

According to the guidelines, all shopping malls, gyms, cinema halls, spas, saloons, entertainment parks, theatres, sports institutions, stadiums, playgrounds, auditoriums, and eateries will remain open with 50% capacity, while swimming pools and water parks will remain closed till January 16.

All entertainment, educational and cultural events have also been prohibited. At weddings and funerals, only 50% guests will be allowed, while all schools and aanganwadi centres will remain closed.

Night curfew will remain in force from 10pm to 6am, the guidelines stated, adding that those visiting the state without a Covid vaccination certificate will not be allowed without a negative test. The state Friday logged 814 fresh cases, the highest in seven months.

Visitors to the state who have not received both doses will have to produce a negative Covid report to enter the state.

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Published Date: January 8, 2022 8:01 AM IST

Updated Date: January 8, 2022 8:04 AM IST