Lockdown is not a solution, people should observe self-restrictions: Gujarat HC
As new Covid cases continue to reach new heights in Gujarat and the government refrains from issuing a lockdown, the Gujarat High Court said on Tuesday that the will of the people is whether or not to break the chain of infections.
Even as different state governments of Maharashtra, Delhi and Karnataka have opted for a lockdown, the government of Gujarat has repeatedly ruled out the idea of a statewide lockdown.
Hearing a suo-motu (PIL) public interest dispute over the handling of Covid-19 in Gujarat, the divisional bench of Chief Justice Vikram Nath and Judge Bharvav Karia noted on Tuesday that the lockdown is not a solution.
“By imposing a lockdown, how many people lose their one-day meal? It’s not Germany, New Zealand (or) London. This is India … People should think about confining themselves to houses and not going out without a job. Why can’t we have self-restriction on ourselves? Why do you need to depend on the government? The bench raised questions about the audience’s occasional behavior in the midst of the latest wave.
The bench noted that people should observe the self-imposed lockdown for a week to break the chain of spread. “The government is not responsible for the spread. We are responsible, ”the bench said, adding that it is the will of the people whether or not to break the chain.
Notably, several professional associations, including the Gujarat Chamber of Commerce and Industry (GCCI), began to observe voluntary closures on weekends. Likewise, district civic bodies have also called on people to adopt voluntary restrictions with reduced opening hours. For example, in Vadodara, traders of sanitary ware and welders voluntarily close the workshop after 3 p.m. every day until May 5. In small towns like Prantij in northern Gujarat and Anand in central Gujarat, opening hours have been reduced until 5 p.m. Meanwhile, in the town of Himmatnagar, the civic body has called for a local lockdown until May 2, allowing only essential movements between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m.
On the debate over economics versus healthcare during the pandemic, small towns and businesses in Gujarat appear to have struck a balance that provides enough opportunities for businesses to operate, while reducing exposure to each other. to prevent spread.
The High Court noted: “People have started to realize this (need for voluntary foreclosure). (And) We see some self-restrictions followed by traders. There is a certain awareness. Now, if the government takes further action, it will bring positive results, ”the High Court said.