Tripura Announces 9-Day Curfew In Agartala Municipal Areas

A nine-day “corona curfew has been announced by the Tripura government from May 17 within the jurisdiction of the Agartala Municipal Corporation (AMC) area.

State law minister Ratan Lal Nath said that the curfew has been announced because of the COVID-19 surge.

“The decision was taken in a high-level meeting chaired by Deputy Chief Minister Jishnu Dev Varma on Saturday,” Nath further said.

“All the healthcare experts and ministers who had attended the meeting on Saturday unanimously resolved that strict COVID-19 protocol should be enforced to contain the surge,” he said, adding, “The West Tripura district is the worst-hit district in the state.”

“We appeal to all people of the state to maintain strict COVID protocol and also request everyone to go for tests and take vaccines,” Nath added.

“We need to follow three steps to save ourselves awareness, testing, and vaccination,” he further said.

“We did not have any alternative other than imposing corona curfew,” he added.

The West Tripura district administration in a notification said cinema halls, shopping malls, gymnasiums, sports complexes, stadiums, swimming pools, entertainment parks, theatres, bars, auditoriums, assembly halls, and other public places would be closed for the time being.

Religious places will remain closed for the public but those engaged with rituals in the religious shrines will be allowed to continue with their duties, it said.

All social, political, sports, religious, entertainment, academic, and other gatherings are prohibited during this period.

Essential and emergency services shall continue to function while the non-essential offices will function with a skeleton staff as per roster.