Kohima: Amid coronavirus (COVID-19) scare, the state home department has notified the mandatory use of masks and hand sanitisers in all public places. Through a notice, the department directed all deputy commissioners to issue notice for ensuring adherence as preventive measures to control the spread of COVID-19.

An official update from the DIPR said that the home department notified that citizens should “compulsorily use masks and hand sanitisers in all the public places”. It also notified that all persons like salesmen and shopkeepers who are in often contact with large number of people, must wear masks.

Further notifying that all establishments must keep hand sanitizers for both personal and public use, it directed the DCs to take immediate steps to activate and widely publicize a phone line/contact number to receive reports/complaints from public regarding hoarding or selling at higher price of mask/hand sanitizer.

Meanwhile, in view of the widespread outbreak of COVID-19 across the country, the urban development department has issued advisory to all the urban local bodies (ULBs) for strict compliance in respective jurisdiction as precautionary measures. It directed all ULBs to submit an Action Taken Report on the matter on or before March 18.

It directed all ULBS to ensure maintenance of utmost cleanliness and hygiene in all the school/ public/ departmental transport systems and to maintain cleanliness and hygiene in all Public toilets and amenities. It also directed all restaurants/ hotels/ eateries to maintain utmost cleanliness and hygiene.

Notifying the ban on sale of wild and live animals in the market, it said that fish, poultry and meat are to be sold only at the designated shops/locations duly authorized by the respective ULBs and that random butchers and meat shops to be strictly prohibited.

It discourage the rearing of pigs and poultry in close proximity to human in urban areas, it directed all ULBs to ensure that all the Wards maintain proper sanitation within their jurisdiction and prohibit random disposal of garbage.

Prohibiting the hoarding and selling of hand sanitisers, hand wash and mask at exorbitant rates, it said that sanitary workers and Sweepers of each ULB must be properly sensitized and that protective gears and safety measures to be observed compulsorily.

It also directed that fogging and sanitising of vulnerable areas may also be conducted in co­ordination with the health and family welfare department and that helplines for the public be established in all the wards in co-ordination with the health and family welfare department. Furthermore, it directed all administrators to stay vigil and to submit action reports to authorities concerned in due date.

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