To take call on functioning of schools in next few days: Kikon
Dimapur/Kohima, April 16: Nagaland on Friday announced fresh sets of guidelines for strict implementation with immediate effect in view of the rapid surge in COVID-19 cases in the country and to curb the spread of the virus in the State.
As per the new order issued by State Chief Secretary, J Alam, IAS, social/ academic/ entertainment/ cultural/ political/ religious functions and gatherings is permitted outside the Containment zones, but shall be limited to 50% of the seating capacity, or 200 persons, whichever is lower, and with wearing of face masks, maintaining social distancing, provision of thermal screening and use of hand wash or sanitizer, being mandatory.
In open space the upper limit on the gathering shall be 50% of the seating capacity wherever there are seating galleries, and in other cases, the limit on the gatherings will be decided by the size of the ground/ venue, and the requirement of strict adherence to social distancing, with wearing of face masks, provision of thermal screening and hand wash or sanitizer, being also mandatory.
The order said in any public gathering, festivities of any kind shall be kept at the bare minimum, and in case the number of persons in the gatherings in open spaces is more than 200, prior permission of the concerned DTF shall be taken which may depending upon local conditions impose additional restrictions.
In religious places/ places of religious worship also, the upper limit on gatherings/congregations shall be 50% of the seating capacity or 200 persons, whichever is lower, and subject to strict adherence to all the provisions of the Government order dated 10/06/2020 for preventing the spread of COVID-19, particularly the provisions requiring adherence to COVID-19 behaviours like wearing of face masks, maintaining social distancing and regular hand sanitization, etc.
The order said any intra-district sports events shall require prior permission from the respective DTF, which shall ensure strict adherence by all concerned of all the provisions of the SOP for holding of sporting events for preventing the spread of COVID-19 issued on 5/03/2021, and further depending upon the local condition, may also impose additional restrictions. In case of bigger or inter-district sports events, the requisite permission and necessary directions shall be given by the Home Department.
Theatres/multiplexes/ cinema halls are permitted to open outside the containment zones, with up to 50% of the seating capacity subject to strict adherence to the provisions of SOP issued on 19/03/2021.
Meanwhile, interacting with media persons, co-spokesperson of the High Powered Committee on COVID-19 and Advisor Mmhonlumo Kikon said the HPC will take a call on functioning of schools and transports in a few days time.
“With the impending second wave of COVID-19 situation, the Government will be enforcing stricter rules to curb the spread of the virus,” he said.
On the possible lockdown, Kikon said it will depend on the situation and spike in the number of cases.
He asserted that the State is already in preparation to face the second wave of COVID-19. Page News Service)