New Delhi: The Assam government has said that vaccination against the coronavirus disease (Covid-19) is not mandatory for the state’s population, but those who are unwilling to be vaccinated should stay at home.
Addressing a press conference in Guwahati, Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma said that people who are not vaccinated against COVID-19 will not be allowed to enter offices, restaurants and attend meetings.
“Those who are not willing to be vaccinated can stay at home. In Assam, if needed, the COVID-19 vaccination certificate will have to be shown. We cannot allow anti-people work to happen.
Last week, the Assam chief minister said that people who have not been fully vaccinated will not be allowed to enter public places from January 16.
So far, officials have given more than 40 million doses of the vaccine to eligible beneficiaries in Assam, of which 203,392 doses were given on Monday.
767,253 children between the ages of 15-18 years have been vaccinated and more than 56,000 precautionary doses have been given to beneficiaries, including health care and frontline workers, people with comorbidities (suffering from multiple diseases) and over 60 years Ages included.
Assam has so far registered 653,717 COVID-19 cases, 6,217 related deaths, 622,205 cured and 23,948 active cases.
The state government has revised the timing of night curfew running from 10 pm to 6 am. Earlier, the night curfew in Assam was from 11.30 am to 6 pm.
Workplaces, commercial establishments, public and private offices have been asked to close early in accordance with restrictions to contain the spread of COVID-19.
Food in service is allowed in restaurants, eateries and dhabas till 9 pm with 50% seating capacity. The takeaway service from these establishments remains open till 10 pm.
Shops selling groceries, fruits and vegetables, animal feed and dairy and milk booths in Assam can also remain open till 9 pm.
first published:Jan. 18, 2022, 12:13 p.m.