Kohima, August 7: The Kohima District Task Force (DTF) on Friday decided to lift the total lockdown but continue with general lockdown enforced by the Nagaland Government till August 31.
Consequent to the increasing number of COVID-19 cases among the general public, the Kohima DTF had imposed total lockdown from July 25 to 31 and extended it till August 7 to break the chain of infection and to contain the spread among the general populace.
Since the first detection of COVID-19 patient from among the quarantined Chennai returnees on May 25 till the eve of total lockdown on July 24, Kohima had a total of 299 confirmed cases.
The 14 days total lockdown saw a jump of 264 positive cases taking the total to 564 with one patient migrating to other State.
The decision to revoke the complete lockdown was taken in Friday’s meeting of the Kohima DTF, which was attended by officials of District administration, Kohima Municipal Council and Association of Kohima Municipal Ward Panachayats, beside local MLA and Advisor for Urban Development Department, Dr Neikiesalie Nicky Kire, official sources said.
DC Kohima Gregory Thejawelie in an order said that the terms and conditions issued on June 18 for market opening days and timings will continue to remain in force.
He said that for movement of vehicles, the odd-even system as specified on July 15 will continue to remain in force till August 31.
The July 18 order states that on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, only vehicles with registration numbers ending with odd numbers (Eg. 1, 3, 5, 7, 9) will be allowed to ply. On Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays, only vehicles with registration numbers ending with even numbers (Eg. 2, 4, 6, 8, 0) will be allowed to ply.
The prohibition and restriction of movement of vehicles will, however, not apply to the following categories: Press and two-wheelers (without pillion rider), vehicles with special permit for various exigencies, trucks carrying emergency medical equipment, essential commodities, LPG cylinders and oil tankers, inter-state trucks carrying essential commodities bound for the state of Manipur, all vehicles restricted to ply by virtue of Government notifications shall remain enforced (eg. Inter-district zonal taxi, city bus, etc), local taxis will be allowed to ply within Kohima Municipality as per the colour-coding
The Kohima DC order issued on June 18, 2020 relaxed marketing days and permitted commercial establishments to remain open on all weekdays (Mon-Sat) from 7 am to 4 pm with immediate effect.
However, commercial establishments falling under the categories mentioned below shall continue to remain closed till further orders: All shops selling second-hand items; all barber shops and salons; all tea stalls and hotels; restaurants and fast food stalls may remain open only for takeaway deliveries. Serving of customers inside the restaurant is strictly prohibited and shall be liable for punishment; shops selling fish, chickens and fowls, pork, beef, mutton etc. shall not be allowed to open in the main markets. All such shops are advised to operate inside the colonies; shops located at the markets mentioned below: BOC – T. Khel Market & Mao Market; Town – Max Bazaar (New NST area), Blue Market (New NST area), Razou Point Market; High School – Peraciezie Market. However shops at the road levels may be allowed to run their business subject to maintenance of all safety protocols and strict supervision by KMC & KCCI. (Page News Service)