Shillong: In a big relief to residents, Meghalaya government has decided to lift the curfew imposed in Shillong agglomeration with effect from Monday, May 4.
However, night curfew will still be in place, from 7 pm to 7 am, as advised by Union ministry of home affairs (MHA), said Meghalaya deputy chief minister Prestone Tynsong on Saturday.
Several other relaxations were announced — wine shops will now be open and construction work to resume in urban areas of Shillong agglomeration, including Mylliem C&RD Block, from May 4.
Hardware stores, electrical stores, and construction quarrying activities, which were previously excluded in Mylliem C&RD Block and Shillong agglomeration, will also be allowed to resume with effect from Monday.
Offices in the Secretariat as well as in the directorates will also start functioning, and all officers have to resume their respective duties on May 4. All officers, including heads of departments, will also need to report back to their respective offices from the same day.
“As for Group C and Group D staff, 33% capacity will be considered. We have entrusted the chief secretary to work out with different HoDs to maintain the 33% attendance each day,” informed Tynsong.
The government has also worked out entry and checkpoints after it has decided to allow people stranded in Northeast to enter the state from May 5.
“We have four designated places where entry and checkpoint have been created. They are in Jaintia Hills, Byrnihat, Bajengdoba, North Garo Hills, and Tikrikilla, West Garo hills. A dedicated team from the health department will be stationed at all these points, till the entry of these people is completed,” said Tynsong.
Meanwhile, the government is also working out on arrangements for people stranded outside the Northeast states.
A dedicated link has been created for those stranded. Those stranded outside Northeast states can apply online on Meghalayaonline.gov.in/covid.
Those who do not have access to Internet may call 8258811914/ 7005728463/ 8794064688/ 9089171167 from 9 am to 8 pm on a daily basis.
The registration of the people stranded outside the Northeast states will begin on Saturday, said Tynsong.
Tynsong emphasised that as far as the protocol is concerned with the above relaxation it has to be adhered to in totality. The district administration will have to ensure that protocols are strictly followed, he added.