Home Secretary clarifies on the movement of persons and vehicles as issued vide the Ministry of Home Affairs Guidelines for Phased Reopening of the Country, dated 30-05-2020.

In accordance to the said guidelines, movement of individuals shall remain strictly prohibited between 9 PM to 5 AM throughout the country, except for essential activities.

It has been noted that, some States/UTs are restricting movement of persons and vehicles plying on highways between 9 PM to 5 AM, which is hindering their passage.


The purpose of restricting movement of individuals, except for essential activities, between 9 PM 5 AM, is primarily intended to prevent congregation of persons and to ensure social distancing. The restriction does not apply to instances of loading/unloading of goods (as part of supply chains and logistics); buses carrying persons and trucks and goods carriers plying on State and National Highways; or persons travelling to their destinations after disembarking from buses, trains and flights.

Accordingly States/UTs are advised not to prevent such movement as mentioned above. Necessary instruction in this regard may be issued.

Ministry of Home Affairs

[Dt. 12-06-2020]

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