Frontline workers manning Byrnihat check point Credit: Twitter

Shillong: With the frontline workers getting exhausted, the Meghalaya government on Wednesday decided to close all entry points located in the state for the time being starting midnight of July 23 till July 31.

The entry points located in different districts of the state are at Byrnihat, Ratachera, Bajengdoba, Tikrikila, Mir Jumla and Haldiaganj.

Deputy chief minister Prestone Tynsong informed that these entry points will only be open for emergency services, essential commodities and transit movement of vehicles coming or going to Assam.

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“This is essential to unburden the health and other frontline workers as well as the district administration who has been engaged in this extensive surveillance for the past months. During this time, the health department along with COVID team management will engage on the workshop of behaviour change,” said Tynsong.

He added that the time during this closure period will be used to check the entry point of Byrnihat to move it to a new location.

The government has urged those people who plan to return to the state during the following days to put it on hold for the time being.

“We urge the people of the state to cooperate so that we can all stay safe and if we can fight this virus together,” said Tynsong.

The entry point is expected to open again on August 1.

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