The Rajasthan government has imposed a statewide lockdown from May 10 to May 24 in order to curb the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic. The lockdown will come into force from 5 am on May 10 till 5 am on May 24.
The decision to impose a lockdown in the state was taken at a virtual meeting of the state cabinet. It was decided that due to the prevailing pandemic situation, a lockdown was required to break the chain of transmission.
The restrictions imposed during the lockdown are:
- There will be a strict lockdown in Rajasthan from 5 am on May 10 to 5 am on May 24.
- There will be a ban on organising any wedding till May 31. No permission will be granted for any wedding-related event in this period.
- Permission will be given for court marriages and to organize weddings at home with the condition that more than 11 people will not be allowed to participate in it. The family where the wedding is being organized will have to submit details at Covidinfo.rajasthan.gov.in
- No permission will be given to employ DJ, sound system, catering service etc. for these weddings.
- Owners of marriage halls, catering and tent service providers will have to either return the advance amount paid by customers for weddings in this period or mutually agree to organize the wedding at a later date.
- In rural areas, since several labourers have tested positive for Covid-19, all MGNREGA-related works will remain suspended till further orders.
- All religious places will remain closed during the lockdown.
- All private and public vehicles except those engaged in medical services will remain off-road during the lockdown.
- Inter and intra-state movement of goods and commodities will be permitted.
- All intra-state travels between districts, cities and villages will be barred during the lockdown except for medical and other emergency services.
- Any person visiting the state from any other state will have to produce a negative RT-PCR report that is not older than 72 hours.
- Anyone who does not provide a negative RT-PCR report will be quarantined for 15 days.
- To prevent migrant workers from returning to their native states, all industrial and construction activities will be permitted during the lockdown.
- Shops dealing in construction-related products and services will be allowed to operate.
Earlier in the day, Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot said in the prevailing situation, a nationwide lockdown is the only option left to check the spread of Covid-19.
He said if properly planned, a nationwide lockdown can help in breaking the chain of transmission of the viral infection.