Kohima: After almost two months of lockdown in the state, Nagaland government on Monday announced its decision to initiate “unlock” by easing restrictions in the existing lockdown guidelines across the state.

Terming it as the “Way Forward for Unlock 1”, Neiba Kronu, High Powered Committee (HPC) spokesperson said the decision was made during a virtual HPC meeting with Nagaland chief minister Neiphiu Rio, who is in Delhi at present.

Nagaland lockdown: What will be permitted in Unlock 1?

1.       Shops will be allowed to open (on rotational basis)

2.       Churches, weddings and funeral services will be permitted with a capacity of 50 people in attendance

3.       Government offices will resume with 50% of staff in attendance

4.       Curfew to remain from 7 PM till 5 AM

As the state government does “not want to use the word lockdown”,  Kronu said that the period from July 1-10 will be an observatory period towards the way forward for unlocking and relaxing activities in the state.

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With the health minister S Pangnyu Phom having announced earlier that the lockdown in the state will continue till the COVID-19 positivity rate is below 5%, Kronu said the state government is trying to achieve the mark.

While the weekly positivity rate is at 9%, the overall positivity rate for this year is 12.8%, said Dr Nyanthung Kikon, nodal officer for Integrated Disease Surveillance Programme (IDSP).

Home Commissioner Abhijit Sinha informed that other existing guidelines such as closure of schools, colleges and educational institutions will continue to remain in force.

Meanwhile, CM Rio took to Twitter saying, “Conducted HPC meeting over VC. State to roll out the “Way Forward for Unlock 1” in view of the overall #COVID19 situation. While we need to remain cautious, we also need to focus on the economy & ensure successful functioning of all aspects of the state govt. & private sectors”.

In a subsequent tweet, he urged all citizens to “stay safe and to follow COVID-19 appropriate behaviour at all times”.

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