Kohima: The Nagaland government on Tuesday announced its decision to ease lockdown restrictions in the state from November 1 to December 15 following a meeting of the High Powered Committee (HPC) for COVID-19 chaired by Nagaland chief minister Neiphiu Rio.

HPC spokesperson Neiba Kronu said that as per ‘Unlock phase-8’, night curfew, which is imposed across the state from 10 pm to 4 am, will be lifted. The decision of the HPC was made after a briefing by the medical department.

While schools in rural areas for classes 1-4 are allowed to open from November 1, he informed that the decision to reopen schools in urban areas will be made by the district task forces (DTFs).

The HPC had earlier decided to open all categories of educational institutes, including pre-primary levels from November 1, if the situation continues to improve. He said that the respective DTFs should monitor and ensure that COVID-19 SOPs are followed in Nagaland.

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Kronu also informed that all transportation services, including public buses and taxis will be allowed to ply with 100% capacity.

“But we request everyone to take vaccination,” he said. In this regard, he said that the DTFs have to give more efforts towards achieving vaccination of all eligible people.

While the Nagaland government had announced its decision to host the Hornbill festival, Kronu said that vaccinated tourists will be allowed to attend the festival.

Nagaland came under Unlock-7 from October 1 and the existing guidelines will continue till the month end. The phase-wise unlocking of the COVID-19 restrictions began in the state on July 1.

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