Imphal: Given the staggering cases of COVID-19 in Manipur, the state cabinet in a meeting on Thursday decided to extend the ongoing statewide complete lockdown till August 15 or until further notice.
This development comes in the backdrop of reports of locals with no travel history outside Manipur being found positive for COVID-19, especially from Thoubal, Imphal West and Imphal East districts.
The proposed complete lockdown and curfew will have some relaxation on certain activities, including the supply of essential items and opening of retail shops dealing with essential commodities for daily use like vegetables, milk, fruits and poultry meat shops etc from 8 am to 12 afternoons on all days, except on Sundays.
However, no vehicle movement will be allowed for local purchase in Imphal East and Imphal West districts.
Wholesale shops in Thangal bazaar and Dharamshala shall open from 10 am to 3 pm throughout the week except on Sundays to cater the requirements of local retailers of various districts on a rotational basis as given below:
Monday: Imphal West, Churachandpur, Pherzawl, Tamenglong and Noney
Tuesday: Imphal East, Senapati, Kangpokpi, Ukhrul and Kamjong
Wednesday: Chandel, Tengnoupal, Thoubal, Bishnupur, Kakching and Jiribam
Thursday: Imphal West, Churachandpur, Pherxawl, Tamenglong and Noney
Friday: Imphal East, Senapati, Kangpokpi, Ukhrul and Kamjong
Saturday: Chandel, Tengnoupal, Thoubal, Bishnupur, Kakching and Jiribam.
Meanwhile, movement of cargo and goods vehicles will be allowed to cross the interstate border from three entry points which include Mao in Senapati, Jiribam and Jessami in Ukhrul districts.
Movement of private vehicles will continue to prohibit except for medical emergency and those persons attending the workplace.
During the lockdown period, health-related activities like opening of hospitals, nursing homes, clinics and dispensaries shall be allowed. And all kinds of medicine stores, including chemists and Jan Aushadhi Kendras and medical equipment shops, will be permissible to operate, as per the official statement.
Agricultural activities in rural areas and agencies engaged in procurement of agriculture and horticultural produce will not be affected from the curfew imposed statewide, said the chief secretary.
Meanwhile, all central and state government offices dealing with essential services shall be opened and all officers of the rank of undersecretary and above in the secretariat office must attend work.
In respect of other offices, at least 10 per cent of the staff shall attend the work as decided by the administrative secretary or head of the department, it said.
The banking system, including ATM, will be operational during the nine days lockdown period in the state.