The state government of Uttar Pradesh imposed a state-wide lockdown to maintain a tab on the increasing number of COVID-19 infections. The lockdown was scheduled for 10th July to 13th July 2020. The region of Noida and Greater Noida faced a lot of penal action taken by the administration.
The Gautam Buddh Nagar police informed that more than 1900 vehicles were penalized in the region on Sunday, 12th July 2020 for violating the imposed rules due to the COVID-19 pandemic. 64 people were even arrested along with 22 vehicles being impounded for violating curbs. Section 144 of the Criminal Procedure Code, 1973 has been imposed in Gautam Buddh Nagar. The provision bars assembly of more than 4 people. The district’s urban areas come within the ‘red zone’ which means these areas have a high risk of infection. The police released a statement which said-
"Altogether 24 FIRs were registered, and 64 people arrested for violating the curbs. A total of 4,512 vehicles were checked across 200 barrier points in the district and challans issued to 1,904 of them, while 22 were impounded," A total of Rs. 1,70,250/- was collected in the form of fines. The border of Noida and Delhi continues to be sealed. Only essential workers and people possessing passes issued by the district administration are allowed to cross. Due to the lockdown, security checks were increased to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and other diseases. The state is in a complete lockdown due to which shops, officers, commercial buildings like shopping malls across all areas are closed till 5:00 pm on 13th July 2020. The administration also warned that a fine of Rs. 500 will be imposed on a person found without a face cover/mask.