COVID-19: Chances of reimposing day-long lockdown in Hyderabad unlikely

The Telangana government on Wednesday issued orders that the night curfew in the state will be from 10.00 pm to 5.00 am from July 1.

Published: 01st July 2020 10:18 AM  |   Last Updated: 02nd July 2020 07:37 AM   |  A+A-

COVID 19 testing

Public waiting for COVID-19 test at a government hospital. (Photo | Vinay Madapu, EPS)

By Express News Service

HYDERABAD:  The chances of a day-long lockdown being reimposed in Hyderabad appear remote. The Telangana government, on Wednesday, issued orders stating that the night curfew in the State will start at 10 pm and end at 5 am, starting July 1. Shops and other establishments can remain open till 9.30 pm. 

Issued by Chief Secretary Somesh Kumar, the orders are in accordance with the recent relaxations issued by the Ministry of Home Affairs. As earlier restrictions to combat COVID-19 cases lapsed on June 30, the Telangana government issued fresh orders extending the lockdown up to July 31.  This means that there would be no reimposition of a day-long lockdown again. 

Given the rising COVID-19 cases, the government had mulled among other options, a day-long curfew in GHMC area, allowing a relaxation of one-two hours to buy essentials. But that seems unlikely now. It remains to be seen whether the State Cabinet meets to discuss the COVID-19 situation. Movement of people (other than for accessing emergency medical care) shall remain strictly prohibited from 10 pm to 5 am. 

However, movement of people for operation of industrial units in multiple shifts or on national and state highways, loading and unloading of cargo and travel of persons to their destinations after disembarking from buses, trains and flights will be permitted during this period. 

Shops to shut at 9.30 pm

No shops/ establishments, except hospitals and pharmacies, will remain open after 9.30 pm. The other restrictions such as closure of cinema halls, prohibition on mass meetings, religious congregations and sports events will continue till July 31 across the State.

Stay up to date on all the latest Hyderabad news with The New Indian Express App. Download now


Disclaimer : We respect your thoughts and views! But we need to be judicious while moderating your comments. All the comments will be moderated by the editorial. Abstain from posting comments that are obscene, defamatory or inflammatory, and do not indulge in personal attacks. Try to avoid outside hyperlinks inside the comment. Help us delete comments that do not follow these guidelines.

The views expressed in comments published on are those of the comment writers alone. They do not represent the views or opinions of or its staff, nor do they represent the views or opinions of The New Indian Express Group, or any entity of, or affiliated with, The New Indian Express Group. reserves the right to take any or all comments down at any time.

flipboard facebook twitter whatsapp