Educational institutions to remain closed till Sept 30
Dimapur/Kohima, August 31: The High-Powered Committee (HPC) on COVID-19 Nagaland under the chairmanship of Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio today decided to lift restrictions on inter and intra state movement with effect from September 1.
The decision was taken in today’s meeting of the HPC at the Chief Minister’s Chamber in the Secretariat which was attended Minister for HFW, S Pangnyu Phom and Chief Secretary, said Minister for Planning & Coordination, Land Revenue and Parliamentary Affairs, Neiba Kronu, who is also the Government spokesperson on COVID-19.
On July 30, Nagaland Government extended the lockdown measures in the State till August 31 and also notified single Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) to contain the spread of the virus after considering the increasing trend of COVID-19 positive cases in the State, he said.
The Minister said the decision was taken considering the Unlock 4 guidelines of the Ministry of Home Affairs and also with a view to give more emphasis on the overall improvement of the economic activities in the State.
“We cannot continue imposing the lockdown as it has affected the overall economy of the State… the government also continues providing facilities amidst the poor economic condition,” he said adding that Nagaland will give special focus on the agricultural activities for overall improvement of the economy.
He also said that the District Task Force which had been earlier empowered to take their own decision on the lockdown measures, however this time they would not be allowed to restrict the movement of vehicles.
Meanwhile as per Unlock-4 guidelines issued by the Central Government, all schools, colleges, educational and coaching institutes for students and for regular class activity will remain closed in Nagaland till September 30.
In an order issued on Monday, Chief Secretary Temjen Toy said the Unlock 4 guidelines will come into effect from September 1 and will continue till September 30. But the lockdown in containment zones in the State will remain in place till September 30.
The order said online and distance learning shall continue to be permitted and shall be encouraged.
Social/ academic/ sports/ entertainment/ cultural/ religious/ political functions and other congregations will be allowed from September 21, and such functions and congregations will be permitted with a ceiling of 100 persons, and with mandatory wearing of face masks, social distancing, provision for thermal scanning and hand wash or sanitizer.
Further, marriage related gatherings with number of guests not exceeding 50 and funeral/last rites related gatherings with number of persons not exceeding 20 will continue to be allowed up to September 20, after which the ceiling of 100 persons will apply.
Cinema halls, swimming pools, entertainment parks, theatre, auditorium and similar places will remain closed. However, open-air theatres will be allowed to open from September 21.
All the public places in the State like parks, museums, libraries, re-creation centres, etc and use of public toilets will continue to remain closed.
Unlock 4 will come into effect from September 1 and will continue till September 30. The lockdown in containment zones in the State will remain in place till September 30, the order said.
Entry & exit points/routes
Any inbound traveler/returnee will be permitted to enter the State, subject to the normal Inner Line Permit (ILP) restrictions, wherever applicable, and the health safety protocols; through Dimapur by train, air or by road through the New Field Check Gate and the Dillai Gate; and by road through Khuzama, Kohima district, Tsutapela and Watiyongpang, Mokokchung district, Naginimora and Tizit, Mon district and Bhandari, Wokha district. Entry into the State through any other route, or by any other mode of travel will not be allowed, except under special circumstances with the approval of the Home Department.
But the International Border of the State with Myanmar shall continue to remain sealed as before.
Intra & inter-district movement
The order said there shall be no restriction on the intra and inter district movement of people across the State. The intra and inter district movement of private and passenger vehicles of every category is permitted across the State with certain conditions for ensuring social distancing.
Movement of buses, including city buses is allowed subject to condition that the passengers should sit on alternate seats and there should always be a vacant seat between two adjacent passengers sitting. Further no standing passengers will be allowed to travel.
Shops and outlets of all categories and Departmental Stores will be allowed to open as per normal hours.
The order said shops and hawker stalls of all categories located in marketing complexes and crowded areas like Hongkong Market, New Market in Dimapur Town, BOC Market in Kohima etc are allowed to open and operate with the condition that a certain percentage of the shops of the market, but limited to 50% of the total, as decided by the respective Deputy Commissioner after making detailed assessment of the location and layout; may open alternately in turns, on any particular day, with other necessary measures in place in the markets to ensure that crowding is avoided, and all the social distancing norms and health safety protocols are strictly followed.
Restaurants, hotels/lodges and gymnasiums are allowed to open and operate subject to conditions. Barber shops, salons and beauty parlours are also permitted to open and function subject to adherence to conditions/provisions.
All construction activities, including roads, irrigation projects, buildings and all kinds of industrial projects will continue to be permitted with social distancing measures.
Religious places/places of worship in the State will continue to be open to public subject to adherence to conditions/ provisions of the 10th June 2020 order.
Stating that the Deputy Commissioners shall not issue any order diluting the above guidelines, the order said outside the containment zones, no order shall be issued imposing any additional or stricter lockdown measures at District/Sub Division/ Circle or any other level; except with the previous approval of the Government. (Page News Service)