Kohima: Amid a rapid surge of COVID-19 cases in Nagaland, the State government has declared most of the areas in Kohima and Dimapur as containment zone for seven days with effect from 7:00 pm on May 5 onwards till May 12. Other areas across the state will continue to follow the lockdown measures notified by the state earlier on April 29.

The order issued by Nagaland Chief Secretary J Alam, IAS, said that there is a further increase in the number of persons infected by COVID-19 and an increase in the positivity rate during the past week. Therefore, in the interest of public health and safety, and to contain and prevent the spread of COVID-19, the measures were imposed.

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Which areas will be named containment zones?

  1. Dimapur Municipal Council.
  2. Chumukedima Town Council.
  3. Colonies/villages along Dimapur-Chumukedima four-lane road (NH-29).
  4. Kohima Municipal Council.
  5. New Capital Complex.

What will be permitted?

  1. Movement of goods vehicles, including vehicles carrying oxygen, oxygen cylinders and other medical equipment.
  2. All healthcare facilities, including animal healthcare, hospitals, clinics, nursing homes and movement of healthcare workers.
  3. All pharmacies, including those selling veterinary medicines.
  4. Anyone going for COVID-19 vaccination, COVID testing and medical emergencies.
  5. All officers and staff working in District Administration, Police, Security forces, Fire & Emergency services, Home Department, Medical, Postal services, NIC, NSDMA, Home Guards & Civil Defence, SDRF, Power, PHED, Food & Civil Supplies, Finance, Treasury and Accounts, Banks/ ATMs, IT & C, IPR, AIR and Doordarshan.
  6. Construction activities.
  7. Agri and allied activities.
  8. Funeral services limited to not more than 20 persons.
  9. All vegetable, fish/meat vendors, milk booths may remain open from 6 am to 2 pm.
  10. All local grocery stores, including animal feed shops for public purchase, may remain open from 6 am to 2 pm.
  11. Petrol pumps shall remain open as usual while ensuring there is no crowding.
  12. All establishments and personnel relating to electronic and print media, telecom/internet service providers.
  13. Dimapur Airport shall remain open, and movement of staff and passengers will be permitted.
  14. Hotels for lodging shall be allowed to remain open with minimum staff. 
  15. Restaurants shall remain closed for in-house dining. The restaurants may, however, cater through take-away or home delivery.
  16. Food and grocery delivery service providers.
  17. Small stand-alone shops in colonies subject to regulation by the respective ward/colony authority.
  18. Movement of all private passenger vehicles shall be allowed to ply on the ‘Odd-Even’ system with occupancy of 50%.
  19. Public transport vehicles (both public and private) like buses, taxis, autos, two-wheeler taxis, etc., shall be allowed to ply with occupancy of 50%, and with a maximum limit of 25% of such vehicles in the district. The District Task Force of the respective District shall lay down the modalities for this.
  20. All places of mass gathering to be closed, including religious places except for solemnisation of weddings with the prior permission of the Deputy Commissioner.
  21. All activities, including the movement of people, except permitted activities, to be suspended in the said areas during the period.

The order directed the Administrative Heads of Departments/ Heads of Departments/ Heads of Offices to form a core group of officers/ staff in their respective departments to attend to urgent and essential matters, including court cases who shall attend office. All other Government employees are directed to be available on call.

The districts/blocks/areas other than those mentioned in this order will continue to be covered under the guidelines issued on April 29 and may decide the restrictive measures in their respective containment zones as and when needed. It directed the respective District Task Forces to continue with the ‘Night Curfew’ and other restrictions in their respective jurisdictions, over above the restrictions contained in this Order.

All permitted activities are to be carried out in strict compliance with the COVID appropriate behaviour. The strict enforcement of these restrictions is to be ensured by the respective District Task Forces (DTF) of Nagaland and strict checking is to be done by the DTF at the district entry points to prevent non-essential movement of persons.

Violation of the Order:

Any person/group of people acting in violation of this order shall be deemed to have committed an offence punishable under Section 188 of the Indian Penal Code.

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