Severity: Critical Alert

Vehicles and Roads: Authorities maintaining restrictions in Assam State, India, as of July 12 due to COVID-19. Curfew in effect. Disruptions likely.

  • Alert Begins: 12 Jul 2020 07:03 AM UTC
  • Alert Expires: 20 Jul 2020 11:59 PM UTC
  • Incident: COVID-19 restrictions
  • Location(s): Assam (map)
  • Date: Indefinite
  • Impact: Business and transport disruptions

The Assam government has expanded restrictions to more areas of the state as of July 12 due to rising coronavirus disease (COVID-19) activity. Officials have extended a lockdown in Kamrup Metropolitan District, which contains Guwahati, through at least 1900 July 19. Movement restrictions will remain in place, preventing people from leaving their homes, except to purchase food, hygiene, or other essential goods. A ban on private vehicle use and the suspension of public transport is ongoing. Essential services, hospitals, utilities, and quarantine hotels will continue to function. Most companies in the capital will remain closed, though tea and dairy warehouses and banks may continue to operate with reduced schedules and staff levels. Officials have encouraged all people who can work from home in these sectors to do so. Businesses selling essential items are only allowed to operate 0900-1600 Monday-Friday and must ensure social distancing measures.

Similar restrictions are likely in other areas of Assam already under lockdown orders. Officials are maintaining strict lockdown orders in Dima Hasao District through July 20; only 30 percent of grocery stores can operate in the district 1100-1600 Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. Total lockdowns affect Golaghat District through 1900 July 17 and Jorhat and West Karbi Anglong districts through July 15. At least 12 district governments, including Barpeta, Biswanath, Kokrajhar, Nagaon, Nalbari, Sonitpur, South Salmara, and Tinsukia, are maintaining travel bans to Kamrup Metropolitan District; local officials could further extend those transport restrictions until the lockdown ends. District governments could also require some residents returning from Kamrup Metropolitan to self-quarantine for 14 days.

Elsewhere in Assam, the government continues to mandate a 1900-0700 curfew statewide. Authorities also restrict movement in towns and cities across Assam Saturday and Sunday each week; commercial and transport restrictions are likely on weekend days. Police will likely set up checkpoints in districts to limit movement to high-risk areas. Other nationwide measures, such as the mandatory use of face coverings in public places, are in effect.

Confirm travel arrangements. Follow all official instructions. Abide by national and local health and safety measures. Reconfirm all business appointments, deliveries, and travel arrangements. Liaise with trusted contacts for further updates and guidance. Maintain contact with your diplomatic representation. Ensure contingency plans account for further disruptive measures or extensions of current restrictions. Reconsider and reconfirm nonemergency health appointments. Ensure access to essential items. Avoid all large gatherings; heed security and traffic advisories.

Emphasize basic health precautions, especially frequent handwashing with soap and water, or an alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water are unavailable. Practice good coughing/sneezing etiquette (i.e., covering coughs and sneezes with a disposable tissue, maintaining distance from others, and washing hands). There is no evidence that the influenza vaccine, antibiotics, or antiviral medications will prevent this disease, highlighting the importance of diligent basic health precautions.

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