Kohima: Following a cabinet meeting on Monday, the Nagaland government has notified consolidated revised guidelines for the ongoing lockdown to prevent the spread of deadly coronavirus or COVID-19 in the state. The implementation of the order will be applicable throughout the state with immediate effect.
Issued by chief secretary Temjen Toy in the capacity of chairperson of the state executive committee, the guidelines will remain in force from April 20 to May 3, as per the directive of the Union ministry of home affairs. However, the consolidated revised guidelines do not apply to the containment zones demarcated by the health department and the district administrations.
It said that if a new area is included in the containment category, the activities allowed in the area till the time of its categorization as a containment zone will be suspended except for those activities that are specifically permitted under the guidelines of the Ministry of health and family welfare (MoHFW).
Further, in exercise of the powers conferred under Section 22 (b) and section 22 (h) of the Disaster management Act 2005, the chief secretary has directed for the strict implementation of the consolidated revised guidelines throughout the state of Nagaland.
What remains closed in Nagaland till May 3?
As per the revised guidelines of the lockdown:
1. All educational, training and coaching institutions will remain closed.
2. The plying of buses for public transport, taxis (including rickshaws and cycle rickshaws) and services of cab aggregators are barred.
3. Inter-district and inter-state movement of individuals except for medical reasons or for activities permitted under the guidelines.
4. All cinema halls, malls, shopping complexes, sports complexes, swimming pools, entertainment parks, theatres, dine in restaurants and auditoriums, assembly halls and similar places to remain closed.
5. All social, political, sports, entertainment, academic, cultural, religious functions remains prohibited.
6. All religious places/place of worship to remain closed for public. Religious congregations are strictly prohibited.
7. In case of funerals, congregation of more than 20 persons will not be permitted.
8. International borders and inter-state borders to remain sealed.
9. Hawker stalls located in crowded areas which offer no scope for enforcing satisfactory social distancing like the Hongkong Market, New Market in Dimapur Town, BOC Market in Kohima etc. shall remain closed except those shops/outlets dealing with food grains, vegetables, food items, medicines and other essential items and goods.
10. Use of common toilet is prohibited.
11. Restrictions on gatherings at public places of more than 5 persons.
Activities that will resume:
1. The movement of all goods vehicles are allowed. Goods vehicles transiting the state will be allowed after mandatory medical screening of the drivers and attendants.
2. Shops and outlets dealing with food grains, food items, vegetables, daily use items and other essential commodities, will be allowed to open for extended hours as per the schedule fixed by the respective deputy commissioner of the district.
3. General public to maintain social distancing and wearing of masks will be compulsory.
4. Essential service providers like BSNL & private telecom services, Internet service providers, media, LPG, banks & ATMs, petroleum outlets, treasury, fire & emergency services, home guards & civil defence, prisons, PHED, power, NIC, DIPR, postal services, food & civil Supplies, social welfare, IT&C, municipalities/councils, AIR, Doordarshan, pharmacies, district administration, police and medical services shall continue as per previous arrangements.
5. Home deliveries from dine-in restaurants, food outlets and delivery of online essential commodities will be permitted. Dhabas at strategic locations, identified by the deputy commissioners, along the highway shall be permitted to cater persons of essential goods carriers.
6. All construction activities, all agricultural and farming related activities including veterinary services, transportation of seeds, saplings, fertilizers, etc., MGNREGA activities, mid-day meal schemes, Social security schemes to resume.
7. Services provided by self employed persons like electricians, IT repairs, plumbers, carpenters, and all construction activities, all agricultural and farming related activities including veterinary services, MGNREGA activities will be permitted.
8. The proprietors of the shops and establishments which are allowed to open will make arrangements for keeping hand sanitizers or provide facilities for hand washing with soap and water for the public as well as for their own staff/workers. The proprietors of the shops and establishments should also get the door handles, surfaces and other objects which are frequently touched by people cleaned and disinfected. Social distancing measures will also be adhered to at all the shops and outlets.
Meanwhile, the state government warned that the offenders for violation of the lockdown will be charged under section 51-60 of the Disaster Management Act, 2005 and Section 188 of the Indian Penal code.