Is there night curfew in Pimpri Chinchwad? PCMC says yes, Police say NO

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Pimpri, 3rd August 2020: Ever since the Pimpri Chinchwad Municipal Corporation (PCMC) issued revised lockdown order on July 31, people are confused if there is night curfew in PCMC areas from August 1 to 31. Though PCMC order stated night curfew from 9 pm to 5 am, the order issued by Pimpri Chinchwad Police Commissioner Sandip Bishnoi does not mention night curfew.

Since the last two and half months, there is night curfew in PCMC areas as part of the preventive measures against Coronavirus Disease (COVID19). 

When contacted, officials from Pimpri Chinchwad police said that there is no night curfew in PCMC areas. “The orders of the central government and state government does not include night curfew. Therefore, we have not issued any night curfew order. PCMC will issue an amended order”, said a senior police officer.

PCMC Commissioner Shravan Hardikar did not answer queries from Punekar News on the issue of night curfew. However, police have clarified that they are not enforcing night curfew in PCMC areas.

The Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) has dropped the night curfew from its revised lockdown order. Pune police have also said that there is no night curfew in Pune now.

As per the revised lockdown orders of PMC and PCMC, people can go to playgrounds, open spaces for exercise near their homes during the day. However, the gathering of more than five persons at any public or private place is prohibited. Malls and shopping complexes will open from August 5 excluding the food court and theatres there. All persons above 65 years of age, children below 10 years and pregnant women are not allowed to step out of home except in cases of any medical emergencies. Inter-district and inter-state travel cannot be done without prior permission.

Use of the vehicle is allowed for work (wearing mask is compulsory) in the following manner:

  1. Taxi/Cab aggregator : Driver + 3
  2. Rickshaw: Driver + 2
  3. Four-wheeler: Driver + 3
  4. Two-wheeler: One Rider + One pillion (with helmet and mask)

In PCMC areas, hotels, lodges and guesthouses have been allowed to operate with 33 percent occupancy of the accommodation facilities. However, the hotels can operate with 100 percent occupancy if they have received permission for COVID-19 patients isolation/quarantine. The canteens there can cater to guests residing in the hotels, guesthouses and lodges.