NEW DELHI: The Centre on Friday asked the states and Union territories not to restrict the movement of persons and
between 9pm and 5am during '
The ministry of home affairs
) said the
by some states is hindering the smooth passage of persons and vehicles.
In a letter to the state and UT governments, the MHA clarified that curfew should be in place only to prevent congregations and to ensure social distancing.
"The restriction does not apply to loading/unloading of goods (as part of supply chains and logistics); buses carrying persons and trucks plying on state/national highways; or persons travelling to their destinations after disembarking from buses, trains and flights,” the MHA said.
It added that the states and UTs are advised not to prevent such movement of persons or vehicles on the highways and necessary instructions should be given to the concerned authorities.
On May 30, the MHA, during the 'Unlock 1' announcement, had eased night curfew and said that it will now remain in force from 9pm to 5am during which movement of individuals and all non-essential activities will not be allowed.