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Shillong: After over three months of imposing restrictions amid the second wave of COVID-19 pandemic, the Meghalaya government has decided to allow a number of activities in the state from August 23, Monday as part of its ‘unlock’ initiative.

Following a review meeting with Meghalaya chief minister Conrad K Sangma and other officials, deputy chief minister Prestone Tynsong, who also holds the health portfolio, announced that all forms of close contact physical sports or activities will now be allowed from Monday onwards.

Cinema halls will be allowed to open with one-third capacity, he said. “Public parks and jackpot parlours located in the state will also be allowed to open for the public who are over 18 years of age and are already vaccinated,” he added.

Private vehicles will now be allowed to operate with one-third capacity throughout the state, Tynsong said. “Even though relaxations have been made and several activities are allowed, residents should strictly follow the SOP issued by the health department,” he clarified.

Concerning reopening of schools, Tynsong said that the decision will be made in the review meeting next week.

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Meanwhile, Meghalaya reported 329 new COVID-19 cases and 308 recoveries in the last 24 hours. Director of health services Dr Aman War stated that five deaths were also reported, taking the death toll due to COVID-19 to 1,257.

The total number of active cases in the state now stands at 3,421. Till date, 49 per cent of the total population of Meghalaya have been vaccinated, War said.

War added that the state is hopeful that over 70 per cent of the total population will be vaccinated by the end of September as the rate of vaccination is picking up.

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