Kohima: The new consolidated guidelines issued by the Nagaland government to break the chain of COVID-19 transmission came into force on Friday. These lockdown-like measures will be enforced in the state until May 13.
The new measures, according to state government spokesperson Mmhonlumo Kikon, have all the “elements of a complete lockdown”.
The order issued by Nagaland chief secretary J Alam warned that any person violating the “lockdown measures” and the national directives for COVID-19 management will be liable to be proceeded against as per the provisions of Section 51 to 60 of the Disaster Management Act, 2005, besides legal action under Sec 188 of the IPC, and other legal provisions, as applicable.
- Social, political, sports, entertainment, academic, cultural, religious functions and other large congregations are permitted outside the containment zones, but the gatherings shall not be more than 30% of the capacity of the hall, venue, ground or 100 persons, whichever is lower, subject to COVID-19 appropriate behaviour like wearing of masks, social distancing, regular washing of hands by sanitizer or soap and water, etc.
- Religious places, place of worship are permitted to open outside the containment zones subject to a maximum of 30% of the capacity of the hall, building at any point of time or 100 persons, whichever is lower, and strict adherence to all the provisions of the SOPs for preventing the spread of COVID-19.
- Any inbound traveller or returnee is permitted to enter the state 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 and Lanye in Phek district.
- The movement of goods vehicles entering or transiting through the state will be allowed through the above mentioned points of entry, after proper medical screening of the drivers and attendants of those vehicles. All other routes and roads will remain closed.
- Movement of persons and vehicles within the state is permitted subject to adherence to COVID-19 behaviour at all times while moving from one place to another
- 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%.
- The District Task Force, if it considers necessary, for discouraging unnecessary movement of people, may consider imposition of restrictions on non-essential movement of public and for not allowing movement or during certain hours of the day or on certain days.
- Shopping malls are permitted to open outside the containment zones subject to strict adherence to the provisions of the SOP for preventing the spread of COVID-19.
- 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 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 and 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.
- Hotels and lodges will continue to be permitted to open and operate subject to adherence to conditions and provisions of the SOP for preventing the spread of COVID-19.
- Restaurants will continue to be permitted to open outside the containment zones subject to adherence to conditions and provisions of the SOP for preventing the spread of COVID-19.
- Barber shop and salons are permitted to open and function subject to the provisions of the SOP.
- Private banks, ATM, pharmacies, medical clinics, nursing homes, private telecom services, Internet service providers, media houses, LPG, petroleum outlets will continue to be open and function as per the existing arrangements.
- All other kind of private offices and establishments may open and function subject to 50% attendance on any day and strict adherence to COVID-19 appropriate behavior.
- All other activities will continue to be permitted subject to strict adherence to COVD-19 appropriate behaviour like wearing of masks, social distancing and frequent washing of hands by sanitizer/soaps by all concerned.
- All the activities are subject to adherence to national directives for COVID-19 management. The DTF, if it feels there is a requirement, may, for decreasing crowding in the markets, consider opening of only 50% shops on any particular day in a market.
- The Civil Secretariat und directorates in Kohima and Dimapur and all the government offices in the districts shall continue to function with attendance of officers of deputy secretary and above in the Secretariat, and deputy director and above in the directorates and the head of office and immediate junior in the district offices being mandatory. For other categories of officers and staff, a roster system shall be worked out by the AHOD / HOD/ Head of Office concerned whereby 50% staff attends office every alternate week.
- Summer break for all the schools and colleges been declared. All vocational, coaching institutions, student hostels, and so on are prohibited. Online and distance learning shall continue to be permitted and encouraged.
- All cinema halls, swimming pools, gymnasiums, entertainment parks, auditoriums, theatres, assembly halls, sports complexes and stadiums, and similar places, are prohibited.
- All the public places in the state like parks, museums, libraries, re-creation centers, and so on, are prohibited.
- Entry into the state through any routes or other mode of travel, other than those notified by the state, is not allowed, except under special circumstances with the approval of the Home Department.
- The international border of the state with Myanmar to remain sealed as before.
- No standing passengers are allowed to travel and there should also be adherence to all the provisions aimed at preventing the spread COVID-19.
- Persons above 65 years of age, persons with co-morbidities, pregnant women, and children below the age of 10 years are advised to take necessary precautions.
- The entry of public visitors to offices, unless of essential nature, are prohibited.
Besides these measures, the state government has given authority to the district administrations to take subtle decisions as per the local situation to reduce the maximum allowable capacities.