Shops timing extended till 2 p.m. from June 12
KOHIMA, JUNE 9: With two days left for the extended total lockdown in Nagaland to end, the State Government on Wednesday decided to further extend the ongoing State-wide lockdown by another week but with more relaxations.
This will be the third extension of the total lockdown in the State as the Government had imposed a 7-day lockdown from May 14 to contain the spread of the virus. The first extension till May 31 was made on May 19 while the second extension was made on May 28 by the HPC.
A meeting of High Powered Committee (HPC) on COVID-19 Nagaland, under the chairmanship of Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio, held today decided to continue the lockdown till June 18 with more relaxations, said HPC spokesperson and Minister Neiba Kronu.
“Views of the District Task Force (DTF) were taken through video conferencing and it was consensus to continue lockdown with more relaxations”, he said.
The HPC has again decided that Railways would not stop at Dimapur, the only Railway station of the State.
HPC co-spokesperson and Advisor, Mmhonlumo Kikon said the respective DTFs would issue necessary orders for relaxation as per the situations in the districts.
Lockdown relaxation order
Nagaland Chief Secretary J Alam today notified further relaxations of various activities throughout the State for the extended period of lockdown from June 12 to 18.
In a notification, the CS said the practice of ‘No Mask – No Movement’ and ‘No Mask – No Entry’ shall be strictly enforced by the respective District Task Forces and law enforcing agencies.
The permitted shops and business establishments shall be allowed to open between 6 a.m. to 2 p.m. However, DTFs may decide the timing as per the local conditions.
Shops selling stationeries, mobile phones and computer accessories, garages for automobile repairing and shops selling vehicle spare parts shall be allowed to open on alternate days as determined by the respective DTFs.
Regular religious services and gatherings shall continue to be suspended. However, prayer meetings and fellowships may be allowed in religious places with not more than 20 persons with strict adherence to COVID-19 appropriate behavior.
Administrative offices of schools/colleges with a core group of officers/staff shall be permitted to attend to urgent and essential matters.
Private business offices with a core group of officers/staff may be permitted to attend to urgent and essential matters with the permission of the respective District Task Forces.
New construction works may be permitted after examination by the respective DTFs and fresh labourers shall be allowed as per provisions under the Revised SOP for returnees and travelers issued.
Common Service Centres (CSCs) across the State shall be permitted to open as per the requirements of the respective District Task Forces for IT support during COVID- 19 vaccination.
The Chief Secretary also said that Light Motor vehicles (LMVs) including Taxi, auto rickshaws, etc., have been allowed to ply on Odd-Even basis, however taxi and auto rickshaws drivers need to get negative COVID-19 test report for resumption of services.
Alam said the DTFs may however consider imposing restrictions depending on the prevailing situations to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
Bus service, 2-wheeler taxi service and pillion riding shall remain suspended, the Chief Secretary notified.
(Page News Service)