Lucknow: Given the alarming surge in COVID-19 cases, the Uttar Pradesh government will enforce a lockdown across all cities and rural areas on Sunday.
Top officials have been directed to ensure thorough sanitisation of public spaces during the state-wide lockdown on Sunday.
Only essential services will be exempted from the lockdown. All offices, except for businesses dealing in essential services, will also remain closed.
The government has also decided to collect a fine of Rs 1,000 from anyone found not wearing a face mask. A second violation by the same person will attract a penalty of Rs 10,000.
Uttar Pradesh now has over 1.11 lakh active cases of COVID-19.