Andhra Pradesh state government had decided to further relax the curfew by 4 hours in 11 districts from July 8. The new curfew timings would be from 10pm to 6am against 6am to 6pm being implemented now. However, the shops and establishments, including theatres, restaurants and others would have to close by 9pm.
During a review on Covid-19, Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy decided to allow cinemas, restaurants, gyms and function halls to operate from July 8 strictly adhering to Covid protocols, including alternate seating in cinemas and restaurants with 50 per cent seating capacity by mandating masks and sanitisers. However, all shops and commercial establishments should close by 9 pm.
In East and West Godavari districts, the night curfew will be enforced from 7 pm to 6 am and the restrictions would be in place till the positivity rate drops below 5%. In regard to oxygen supply, the Chief Minister directed the officials to complete the establishment of oxygen generation plants in the next two months with full production capacity. The authorities informed that 15,000 oxygen concentrators are available in the State and explained the work in progress at 134 Oxygen generation plants at 97 locations.
The rule of face mask and sanitizer wold also be made compulsory at all these public places, though they are allowed to be open till 7pm in East and West Godavari districts or till 9pm in the rest of the 11 districts. The chief minister had a prolonged discussion with the senior officials of the state including ministers on the prevailing Covid-19 pandemic and the steps being taken by the government to contain the spread of virus.
The CMO also said that chief minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy has directed the officers to prioritize vaccination of teachers and complete vaccination of government employees by departments. The CM directed the officers to give priority to teachers in vaccination and complete the vaccination of government employees by departments as per the priorities.