The restrictions will be in place from 11 pm to 5 am till an indefinite period as the state saw daily Covid-19 cases almost double overnight to 49 on Friday.
Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath on Friday said that the number of persons at social events and marriages should also be restricted to a maximum of 200 for closed spaces and 50% of the capacity for open spaces.
A government spokesperson said: “A rise in the number of Covid-19 cases is being seen across several states and therefore a need was felt to take some stringent steps. In markets, a policy of ‘no service if no mask’ will be implemented. Vendors and traders would be told not to sell to someone who is not wearing a mask. Masks are also mandatory on roads and in markets. The police have been asked to regularly monitor the situation and public address systems will be used to sensitize people.”
The CM has also said that every single person coming into UP will have to be tested, especially in light of the more infectious variant Omicron. Monitoring committees are being reactivated in both urban and rural areas in light of the third wave so that they can help in monitoring spread of infection. Industrial units have been asked to set up Covid helpdesks and day care centers.
When asked whether Friday’s order will have any bearing on political rallies also, a government official said that there were “no specific orders for political rallies so far” though people will be “encouraged” to wear masks.
In the past 24 hours, the state carried out 1,91,428 tests and found 49 fresh cases. In the same period, 12 people recovered from the disease. There are currently 266 active Covid-19 cases in UP and not a single active case in 37 districts. While cases of the new Omicron variant of Covid-19 have been reported from several states, UP has reported just two cases so far, both of which have recovered and returned to their home state of Maharashtra, said an official.