A state of confusion prevailed over a release of a GO no.45 dated April 1, 2021 which categorically specified that the Telangana State government has decided to close down all shops and establishments including play zones between 6 pm and 8 am with immediate effect from today owning to the spread of covid19 in the state.
According to a GO 45 issued here today, Chief Secretary Somesh Kumar said that the decision has been necessitated owing to the spread of Covid19 in the state which the World Health Organisation has declared as a pandemic. The order further said that in order to prevent its spread, the government has decided to invoke the Epidemic Diseases Act 1897 and the other provisions of the Disaster Management Act 2005 with immediate effect up to April 30, 2021.
However, another note in the name of Chief Secretary Somesh Kumar has also come into criculation through Whatsapp late in the night denying any such GO issued terming it as a fake the content of which is as follows:
- It has come to the notice of government that an unsigned document claiming to be a GO issued on 1st April 2021 providing for closure of shops and commercial establishments etc. is circulating on social media.
- It is hereby clarified that the abovesaid document is fake. No such order has been issued by Government of Telangana.
- It is also clarified that there is no consideration for any lockdown .