Kohima: Considering the present situation in the state, restrictions imposed due to the COVID-19 pandemic have been lifted across Nagaland till February-end.

During a meeting of the high-powered committee (HPC) on COVID-19, the state-level war room and the department of Health & Family Welfare on Tuesday, the COVID-19 situation in the state was reviewed where it decided to lift the restrictions, with focus on vaccination, adherence to COVID-19 appropriate behavior and compulsory wearing of face mask in public places.

An order issued by Nagaland chief secretary J Alam has notified that all social, cultural, sports, political, religious, entertainment, academic functions and all other kinds of public gatherings outside containment zones beyond 50% and up to 100% capacity, both indoors and outdoors, will be allowed.

Shopping complexes, restaurants, cinema halls, theatres, parks, places of entertainment and recreation areas will be allowed to open beyond 50% and up to 100% capacity.

Further, offline classes for students studying in pre-primary have also been permitted to open from March 1, subject to 50% attendance and parental consent of the student concerned.

The requirement for carrying a negative COVID-19 test report for persons above 12 years of age, including those fully vaccinated, entering Nagaland, has been withdrawn.

Bus service, inter-district bus service, taxi and other public transportation has been allowed to operate beyond 50% and up to 100 % capacity, subject to the drivers, attendants and passengers being asymptomatic and fully vaccinated against COVID 19, or produce a COVID-19 negative test report taken through either RT-PCR / TrueNat or CBNAAT with the swab taken for testing not earlier than 72 hours from the date of travel, and further subject to adherence to COVID-19 appropriate behavior and observance of all the relevant SOPs.

Furthermore, the night curfew from 9 pm to 5 am has been lifted.

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