Kohima: Following the Nagaland government’s decision to impose a total lockdown in the state from 6 PM on May 14 till May 21, the state chief secretary issued an official order on Tuesday evening to break the chain of COVID-19 amid a surge in the number of COVID-19 positive cases in the state.

What’s allowed during Nagaland lockdown?

1. Movement of vehicles carrying essential commodities, food items and medical supplies, including oxygen, oxygen cylinders and other medical equipment.

2. All healthcare facilities, pharmacies, hospitals, clinics, nursing homes, movement of healthcare workers, including those for animal healthcare, COVID-19 vaccination, COVID-19 testing and medical emergencies.

3. 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 Defense, 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 Serviccs, 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 (FCD, Directorate of State Lotteries, Power Grid Corporation of India Limited and Administrative Training Institute (ATI).

4. Agriculture and allied activities and ongoing construction works will be allowed subject to the contractor and/or owner ensuring adherence to COVID-19 appropriate behaviors. The concerned district task force shall ensure that laborers already at site are engaged and no new laborers are brought from outside. Further, transportation to and from the camp to the work site shall be arranged by the concerned contractor or owner. 

5. Petrol pumps shall remain open, while ensuring there is no crowding. 

6. All establishments and personnel relating to electronic and print media, telecom and internet service providers

7. The district task force shall 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 for public purchase from 6 AM to 12:00 noon, in consultation with the respective colony and ward authorities ensuring COVID-19 appropriate behavior.  Public may be advised to shop their essential needs from within their colony only. 

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

9. Hotels for lodging shall be allowed to remain open with minimum staff. Further, restaurants shall remain closed for in-house dining. They may, however, cater through home-delivery services. Food delivery, groceries delivery and other e-Commerce service providers are allowed. 

10. Funeral services limited to not more than 20 persons. 

11. All places of mass gathering shall be closed and all social, political, sports, entertainment, academic, cultural, religious functions and other large congregations barred, except for solemnization of weddings with prior permission of the district task force limited to a maximum of 20 persons

12.  Movement of all private and public transport vehicles shall be suspended except for medical emergencies with occupancy of 50% and COVID appropriate behavior.  All other cases shall require special permission from the District Task Force.  However, government vehicles whose movements are required for the departments as mentioned in Serial number (ii) above shall be allowed subject to production of valid ID cards on demand. 

13.  The movement of inter-state transit passengers shall continue to be allowed as per provisions of the Revised Standard Procedure (SOP) for returnees and travelers entering Nagaland.

14.  The Administrative Heads of Departments and/or 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 should be available on call. 

15.  Strict enforcement of these restrictions shall be ensured by the respective District Task Forces and strict checking shall be done at the district entry points to prevent non-essential movement of people

Penalty for violating total lockdown order?

The order notified that all activities and movement of person or individual shall be suspended during the Nagaland lockdown period except the permitted activities. Any person or 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.

Also read: Nagaland announces full lockdown starting Friday. Details here

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