‘Janata Curfew’: Buses to Be Off Roads on Sunday, Says Gujarat CM

State transport buses as well as city buses will be off the roads in the state on Sunday.

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File image of Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani.

Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani on Friday, 20 March, said no government buses will ply on Sunday in view of the 'Janata curfew' announced by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

The move, announced by the PM during a national address on Thursday, seeks to keep people indoors between 7 am and 9 pm on Sunday in a bid to curtail the spread of the novel coronavirus.

State transport buses, those being operated under the BRTS mechanism, as well as city buses will be off the roads in the state on Sunday, the CM said.

"There is Janata curfew on Sunday in Gujarat. Services of ST, BRTS and city buses will remain shut during Sunday. We all need to observe Janata curfew on that day to contain the spread of the virus," he said.

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"People who have recently returned from abroad need to undergo home quarantine voluntarily. Children and elderly people should not go out. People should avoid going out unless it is absolutely necessary. We must keep one metre distance with others while we are out," he said in a video message.

"We all need to strictly follow PM Modi's appeal of Janata curfew on Sunday by remaining in our homes between 7:00 am and 9:00 pm. This is in the interest of the people. I am confident that we will be able to stop the spread of virus with our collective efforts," said Rupani.

The state government has already ordered the closure of schools, colleges, tuition classes, gyms, water parks, multiplexes, party plots and other public places, like temples and Statue of Unity, to combat the outbreak.

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