Arriving passengers being screened at LGBI Airport, Guwahati  Credit: Representational image

Kohima: The Nagaland home department on Monday notified a blanket ban on both domestic and international tourists into the state in order to prevent and control the spread of novel coronavirus (COVID-19) and as a measure of abundant caution.

An office memorandum (OM) dated March 16, issued by chief secretary Temjen Toy, said that in the interest of the public, issue of fresh/new Inner Line Permits (ILP) for tourists (domestic/foreigners) and all other categories shall remain suspended with immediate effect until further notice.

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The entry of any foreigner or domestic tourist shall be barred in the state of Nagaland from March 18 onwards till further notice.

Meanwhile, the state government also ordered a closure of all educational institutions (elementary/secondary/higher secondary/college/universities) both government and private institutions with effect from March 17, which will remain in force till April 12.

Non-essential official gatherings such as seminars, workshops, conferences, are to be deferred during this period, with exception to the ongoing board/university examinations.

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