The Assam government on Wednesday released a new set of COVID-19 standard operating procedures (SoPs) with fresh relaxations effective from today.

As per the new guidelines, night curfew hours has been further relaxed by an hour, with the new curfew timing starting from 9 pm to 5 am.

Shops and other commercial establishments will remain open till 8 pm. Dine-in restaurants, dhabas, and other eateries will be allowed to function with 50 per cent seating capacity.

Further, inter-district movement has been resumed for public transport. However, it is mandatory for passengers to get at least one dose of vaccine.

Auto-rickshaws and taxis shall operate for passengers with 100 per cent seating capacity and observance of COVID-19 appropriate behaviour for passengers and compulsory wearing of masks.

Additionally, pillion riding has been allowed with at least one single vaccinated person compulsorily wearing of mask.

According to the Standard operating procedure (SoP), all state government offices, workplaces, private offices, and establishments will function normally but not beyond 8 pm.

In case, positivity rate in any area reaches more than 10 cases in seven days, jurisdictional District Magistrate will notify such areas as total containment zones and ensure necessary containment measures.

“The physical classes for the postgraduate, graduate, higher secondary final year shall be allowed for students having at host single-dose vaccine. However, students of class 12 who are below 18 years of age and if not vaccinated, should not be allowed to attend the physical classes,” the guidelines read.

It further said that the schools are allowed to open for the first three days only for the vaccination of students, teachers and staff. The physical classes will start from September 6, 2021.

Meeting or gathering at any open or closed spaces is allowed up to 50 single-dose vaccinated persons with prior intimation to local police. However, will all prior permission of jurisdictional DC for maximum gathering up to 200 persons (at least single vaccinated) may he allowed both for public and private functions which will also be applicable for closed spaces subject to a ceiling of 50 per cent of the hall capacity.

The government order further said that the funeral or last rites are allowed with not more than 50 per cent.

Religious places are allowed to open with up to 40 single vaccinated people per hour while the cinema or theatre hall will remain closed till further notice.

Assam on Tuesday reported five new deaths due to COVID-19, while 570 more people tested positive pushing the caseload to 5,89,426.