New Delhi | Jagran News Desk: The Uttarakhand government on Sunday announced 'COVID curfew' in the state from 6 am on May 11 to 6 am on May 18, during which only essential services will be allowed. 

"Uttarakhand government has decided to impose 'COVID Curfew' between 6 am on May 11 and 6 am on May 18 across the state to contain the spread of the disease. Essential services will be allowed during this period," said State Cabinet Minister Subodh Uniyal.

Uniyal announced that interstate travellers will now have to mandatorily produce a negative RT-PCR test report which is not older than 72 hours. Also, people of the state coming from outside will have to undergo a mandatory 7-day isolation. 

"Interstate travellers will now have to produce negative RT-PCR result not older than 72 hours & will have to register themselves on the Dehradun administration's portal. People of Uttarakhand coming from outside will have to undergo 7-day isolation," he said.

During the 'COVID curfew' in Uttarakhand, only essential services will be allowed while all non-essential establishments, including shopping malls, markets, gyms, hair salons, spas, restaurants and bars will remain closed. 

Schools, colleges and other educational institutions, along with religious places of worship, will also remain closed during this week-long 'COVID curfew' in the state. 

The state government had already imposed 'corona curfew' in Dehradun, Haridwar, Udham Singh Nagar and Nainital districts till May 10 to control the surge. However, despite the restrictions, cases have continued to rise in the state.

The state government has already announced summer vacations in all government, non-government, private and day boarding schools till June 30. The government, however, said during this period, if a private school wants to conduct online classes, it can do so as per its convenience.

On Sunday, the state reported 5,890 new COVID-19 cases and 180 deaths within a span on 24 hours. The number of cases saw a considerable dip as compared to Saturday's tally when the state logged over 9,600 cases. 

Posted By: Abhinav Gupta