Dimapur, May 2: As Dimapur and Kohima sees alarming spike in COVID-19 cases, the Government of Nagaland on Monday declared the two main cities in the State as “Containment Zones” for 7 days with effect from 7 pm of May 5 till May 12.
In Dimapur, all areas under Dimapur Municipal Council, areas under Chumukedima Town Council and colonies & villages along Dimapur-Chumukedima four-lane road will come under containment zone, while in Kohima, all areas under Kohima Municipal Council and areas under New Capital Complex will come under the containment zones.
An order issued by Chief Secretary, J Alam, IAS said all activities in the containment zones, including movement of people, will be restricted.
However, some activities have been permitted, which includes movement of goods vehicles including vehicles carrying oxygen/ oxygen cylinders and other medical equipment; all healthcare facilities including animal healthcare, hospitals, clinics, nursing homes and movement of healthcare workers; and all pharmacies, including those selling veterinary medicines.
All persons going for COVID-19 vaccination, COVID testing and medical emergencies will also be allowed.
The order exempted all officers and staff working in District Administration, Police, Security forces, Fire & Emergency services, Home Department, Medical, Postal services, NIC, NSDMA, Home Guards & Civil Defence, SDRF, Power, PHED, Food & Civil supplies, Finance, Treasury and Accounts, Banks/ ATMs, IT & C, IPR, AIR and Doordarshan.
During the period, construction activities, agri and allied activities will be allowed. For funeral services, number of people attending the funeral has been limited to 20 persons. All vegetable, fish/meat vendors, milk booths will remain open from 6 am to 2 pm. All local grocery stores including animal feed shops for public purchase will remain open from 6 am to 2 pm.
Petrol pumps shall remain open as usual, while ensuring there is no crowding. All establishments and personnel relating to electronic and print media, telecom/ internet service providers are also permitted.
Dimapur Airport shall remain open and movement of staff and passengers will be permitted.
Hotels for lodging shall be allowed to remain open with minimum staff.
Restaurants will remain closed for in-house dining, but the restaurants may cater through take-away or home delivery. Food delivery service providers and groceries delivery service providers will be open.
Small, stand-alone shops in colonies would be subject to regulation by the respective ward/colony authority.
Movement of all private passenger vehicles would be allowed on ‘Odd-Even’ system, with an occupancy of 50 %. Public transport vehicles (both public and private) like buses, taxis, autos two- wheeler taxis etc. would be allowed to ply with occupancy of 50%, with a maximum limit of 25% of such vehicles in the district, for which the District Task Force of the respective district shall lay down modalities.
The Chief Secretary stated that the Administrative Heads of Departments/ Heads of Departments/ Heads of Offices would form a core group of officers/ staff in their respective departments to attend to urgent and essential matters including court cases who shall attend office. All other Government employees should be available on call.
The respective District Task Forces would continue with the ‘Night Curfew’ and other restrictions in their respective jurisdictions, over and above the restrictions contained in the order.
Stating that strict enforcement of the restrictions should be ensured by the respective District Task Forces, the Chief Secretary said strict checking should be done by the District Task Forces at the district entry points to prevent non-essential movement of persons.
All places of mass gathering will be closed including religious places, except for solemnization of weddings with prior permission of the Deputy Commissioner, across the state.
Any person/ group of persons acting in violation of this order shall be deemed to have committed an offence punishable under Section 188 of the Indian Penal Code, the Order stated. (Page News Service)