Kohima: While no confirmed cases have been reported in Nagaland, the state government in its effort to contain the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19) has issued more advisory ordering the closure of shops, eateries, beauty parlours, restricting entry of public into banks, and so on, till further notice.

A notification issued by chief secretary Temjen Toy on Saturday directed all deputy commissioners of the districts to immediately ensure closure of all shops located in crowded areas. It said that shops which offer no scope for enforcing satisfactory social distancing like Hongkong market, new market in Dimapur, BOC market in Kohima, are to be closed.

Shops dealing with food grains, vegetables, food items, medicines and other essential items are however, exempted. All dine-in restaurants, dhabas, eateries are also ordered to close down till further notice. It said that any such outlets may keep its kitchen open if it plans on home delivery or takeaways, provided all health safety measures are followed.

It also ordered the closedown of malls, departmental stores, gyms, beauty parlors, salons/barber shops, and all such establishments till further notice.

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The order also restricted entry of public into banks, financial institutions for only very essential and emergency activities, like passing of governmental bills and payment of user charges and fees, withdrawal of cash for urgent purposes and other such needs. It also expected all banks to adhere to the health advisories on prevention and spread of COVID-19.

Further, the chief secretary ordered the deputy commissioners to take action and submit its report latest by 6.30 hrs on March 22. Earlier, the state government has also notified the close down of public places, recreational centres, parks in the state till further notice.

Meanwhile, an update from the state’s health department said that 148 persons are under surveillance as of 6:30 pm of March 21. It said that 4,644 persons are screened at the airport and 21,948 (as of 10 pm on March 20) have been screened through railway and roadway screening points. While no samples have been sent for testing, a total of 8,961 calls have been received through the helpline numbers.

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