KOHIMA, APRIL 27: In view of the surge in Covid-19 positive cases in Nagaland, the State Cabinet on Tuesday decided to impose lockdown like restriction throughout the State from April 30 to May 14, said Advisor, IT, Science & Technology & NRE, Mmhonlumo Kikon today.
Addressing media persons, Kikon while replying to be specific whether the lockdown is partial or total, clarified that “It is a lockdown with consolidated guideline.”
“State Government has issued new consolidated guidelines enforcing stricter rules due to surge of Covid in Nagaland. It is not a Lockdown! This is a clarification,” Kikon tweeted after a section of the media reported that Nagaland will imposed lockdown from April 30.
Reacting to the tweet, the Nagaland Pradesh Congress Committee (NPCC) tweeted, “Confused PDA govt, unable to even spell out priorities clearly and lateron issue clarification that tacitly blame on media for misreporting.”
Meanwhile Kikon told the media that the PDA Government has also decided to provide free vaccines to everyone who are 18 years and above, he informed.
He further said that the order for the fresh consolidated guidelines will be issued on April 29, and it will be effective from April 30 to May 14.
Kikon also informed that schools, colleges, educational/ coaching/ vocational institutions, hostels etc. shall remain closed all over the State. However, online education shall be permitted and will be encouraged, he added.
Also all cinema halls, swimming pools, gymnasiums, entertainment parks, auditoriums, theatres, sport complexes, stadiums and similar places will remain closed throughout the lockdown, he added.
Restrictions on public gathering
Social/ political/ sports/ entertainment/ academic/ cultural/ religious functions and other large congregations will be permitted outside the containment zones, but the gathering shall not be more than 30% of the capacity of the hall/ venue/ ground or 100 persons, whichever is lower.
Religious places/ places of worship will be permitted to open outside the containment zones, the restriction of 30% capacity applies to these places as well.
In connection to this, the Cabinet has decided to impose a fine of Rs.200 for not wearing a mask in public places.
The implementation and the enforcement of the consolidated guidelines will be the sole duty of the District Task Force. On the issue of entry and exit points or routes on intra-state borders have been decided that any inbound traveller to Nagaland will be permitted to enter the state through Dimapur, air or by road.
Entry and exit points/routes
Any inbound traveler/returnee will be permitted to enter the State through Dimapur by train, air or road through the New Field Check Gate and the Dillai Gate; and by road through Khuzama, Kohima, Tsutapela and Watiyongpang, Mokokchung in Mokokchung District, Naginamora and Tizit in Mon district, Bhandari, Wokha District, Lanye in Phek. 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.
Further, inbound travelers will be required to fill up the ‘Self Declaration Form’ available on http://covid19.nagaland.gov.in. Necessary guidelines will be made available at the entry points for those requiring help.
Further, in the case of residents of NE States other than Nagaland, who are arriving in Nagaland and are either directly travelling onwards to any other NE states or transit passengers of inter-state routes shall fill in self-declaration available on http://covid19.nagaland.gov.in as a transit passenger and shall proceed to their destination directly from the point of entry without holding in Nagaland and further they should strictly adhere to the testing guidelines of the destination states.
The movement of goods vehicles entering or transiting through the State shall be allowed through the above mentioned points of entry, after proper medical screening of the drivers and attendance of those vehicles. All other routes/roads shall remain closed. Further, the international border of the State with Mynanmar shall continue to remain closed as before.
Movements within the State
While the Nagaland State Government is yet to issue the order of the consolidated guidelines, State Government spokesperson, Mmhonlumo Kikon highlighted that movement of people within the State will be permitted, which will be subject to adherence to Covid-19 behaviour at all times while moving from one place to another.
Also, the intra and inter district movement of private and passenger vehicles of every category is permitted across the State subject to the occupancy in every kind of vehicle being limited to 50% of the total occupancy. Further, no standing passengers will be allowed to travel and there should be strict adherence to all the provisions aimed at preventing the spread of Covid-19.
The DTF, if it considers necessary for discouraging the movement of the people, may consider for imposition of restrictions on non-essential movement of public and not allow movement during certain hours of the day on certain days.
Marketing & other activities
Shopping malls will be permitted to open outside the containment zones with strict adherence to the provisions of the SOP for preventing the spread of Covid-19.
Shops and hawkers 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 of only a certain percentage of the shops limited to 30% as decided by the respective DTF after making assessment of the location and layout; may open 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.
The proprietors of the shops and establishments which are allowed to open will make arrangements for keeping hand sanitizers or provide facilities for hand washing with soap and water for the public as well as for their own staff/workers. The proprietors of the shops and establishments should also get the door handles, surfaces and other objects which are frequently touched by people cleaned and disinfected. Social distancing measures will also be adhered to at all the shops and outlets.
(Page News Service)