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Nagaland lockdown: What’s allowed and what’s suspended

File photo of Dimapur town during lockdown.

Dimapur, May 11: Nagaland Government has announced total lockdown of the State starting from 6 pm of May 14 to May 21.

In an order issued on Tuesday, it informed that all activities and movement of person(s)/individual would be suspended during the lockdown period.

Exceptions have been made for movement of vehicles carrying essential commodities/food items and medical supplies including oxygen/oxygen cylinders and other medical equipment.

The respective District Task Forces have been directed to evolve a mechanism to facilitate opening of vegetable, fish/meat vendors, milk booths, bakeries, local grocery stores, hardware, electrical and electronics shops including those that sell animal feed shops for public purchase from 6 a.m. to 12 noon in consultation with the respective colony/ward authorities ensuring COVID-19 appropriate behaviour.

Public have been advised to shop their essential needs from within their colony only.

All healthcare facilities, pharmacies, hospitals, clinics, nursing homes would be allowed to open while movement of healthcare workers including those for animal healthcare, COVID-19 vaccination, COVID testing and medical emergencies have been permitted.

All officers and staff working in the Governor’s Secretariat, Chief Minister’s Office, Chief Secretary’s Office, Guwahati High Court Kohima Bench and District Courts, 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, Taxes, Treasury and Accounts, Banks/ ATMs, IT & C, IPR, AIR and Doordarshan, Social Welfare Department including functioning of Sakhi One Stop Centre, Women Help Line, Child Protection Services, Anganwadi Services, LPG services including their delivery, distribution and transportation, private water tanker/carriers, Prison and related services, courier services, municipal services like cleaning and sanitation, Food Corporation of India (FCI), Directorate of State Lotteries, Power Grid Corporation of India Limited and Administrative Training Institute (ATI) would be allowed.

Agriculture and allied activities, and ongoing construction works, would be allowed subject to the contractor/owner ensuring adherence to COVID-19 appropriate behaviours. The respective District Task Forces have also been asked to ensure that labourers already at site are engaged and no new labourers are brought from outside. Transportation to and from the camp to the work site should be arranged by the contractor/owner.  

Petrol pumps have been allowed to remain open, while ensuring there is no crowding.

All establishments and personnel relating to electronic and print media, telecom/internet service providers would remain open.

Dimapur Airport would remain open and movement of staff and passengers (with proof of ticket) would be permitted subject to adherence of COVID-19 appropriate behaviours.

Permission has been granted to hotels for lodging with minimum staff. However, restaurants would remain closed for in-house dining. They may cater through home delivery services. Food delivery, groceries delivery and other e-Commerce Service providers are allowed.

Funeral services have been limited to not more than 20 persons.

All places of mass gathering would remain closed and all social/political/sports/entertainment/academic/cultural/religious functions and other large congregations barred, except for solemnisation of weddings with prior permission of the District Task Force limited to a maximum of 20 persons.

Movement of all private and public transport vehicles has been suspended except for medical emergencies with an occupancy of 50% and COVID-appropriate behaviour. All other cases would require special permission from the District Task Force.

However, government vehicles whose movement are required for the departments as mentioned above would be allowed subject to production of valid ID cards on demand.

The movement of inter-state transit passengers would be allowed as per provisions of the Revised Standard Procedure (SOP) for returnees and travellers entering Nagaland issued vide order NO.NSDMA-ER-COVID-19/368/2021/5274 dated 29.04.2021.

The Administrative Heads of Departments/Heads of Departments/Heads of offices and the core group of officers/staff in their respective departments will attend to urgent and essential matters including court cases. All other government employees have been directed to be available on call.

Respective District Task Forces have been asked to ensure enforcement of these restrictions and strict checking should be done at the district entry points to prevent non-essential movement of people.

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 and relevant provisions of the Disaster Management Act 2005, it warned.

(Page News Service)