Shillong: Amid a rise in the number of COVID-19 cases, the Meghalaya government on Friday decided to extend the ongoing total lockdown in East Khasi Hills till 5 am of June 7.

However, there will be some relaxations in place, announced deputy CM Prestone Tynsong at a review meeting here on Friday.

Earlier, the total lockdown in East Khasi Hills district, of which state capital Shillong is a part, was supposed to end at 5 am on May 31.

As part of the new directions, the deputy commissioner will ensure that essential commodities are in place for the different localities of the district as per their requirements.

Home delivery will be permitted subject to permission and regulation to be issued by the DC of East Khasi Hills district, said Tynsong.

Inter-district movement of persons from and into the district shall be restricted. Also, all Central government offices, other than those already notified by the government, shall remain closed, said Tynsong.

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Here are the other restrictions/relaxations during the extended lockdown:

  • All state government offices other than those notified by the personnel department shall remain closed
  • SBI’s main branch, Laitumkhrah branch and Secretariat branch shall function with limited staff only to finish government buisnesses or transactions
  • All other banks are permitted to open on May 31 and June 1 with limited staff for urgent transactions and close by 4 pm
  • All post offices are allowed to open on June 2, 3 and 4 with limited staff
  • Ecommerce activities and courier services will be permitted subject to regulation by the DC
  • Hardware stores are permitted to open on need basis with prior permission of the DC
  • Construction work for government and private parties that doesn’t involve movement of labourers are permitted subject to prior permission and regulation by DC
  • Funeral gathering to be restricted to 10 persons with prior permission from the DC
  • The following are the sectors exempted from the extended lockdown:
  • Health services including emergency and vaccination, pharmacy, medicines
  • Movement of essential commodities
  • Persons working on essential duty, health workers, police, security, armed forces, civil defence, fire, electricity, water supply, municipal, IPR, telecommunication, print and electronic media, farming activities in rural areas, including betel nut or leaves and those selling or harvesting broomstick
  • MGNREGA activities

Meanwhile, Tynsong also announced that the government has decided to extend the ‘containment measures’ in place across the state until further order.

The restrictions were supposed to end on May 31.

Here are some of the ‘containment measures’:

  • Political, public, social and religious gatherings will not be permitted, including conferences, meetings and training sessions
  • Entry of tourists from outside shall not be permitted and all tourist spots shall remain closed
  • Sporting activities are not permitted
  • Inter-state movement of persons shall be restricted but it will not be applicable for transit vehicles who have to pass through Meghalaya
  • International border trade/export activities will be allowed but regulation will be entrusted to the DC concerned
  • The state government has also authorised all DCs to impose further restrictions in their districts depending upon the situation there.


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