Kohima, June 09 (NEx): The High Powered Committee on COVID-19, Government of Nagaland, on Wednesday, extended the lockdown across the State for one more week from June 12 to 18, 2021, with further relaxations, as informed by the Government Spokespersons on COVID-19, Mmhonlumo Kikon.
Following the announcement of extension of the lockdown, Nagaland Chief Secretary, J Alam IAS, has issued the additional relaxations for lockdown from June 12th-18th, 2021. More activities are opened during the period, however it shall be allowed to operate as per the directives of the respective District Task Forces, he stated.
The Chief Secretary stated that the situation in the State has been reviewed and it is observed that there is a declining trend in the number of daily COVID-19 positive cases. Further, the spread of COVID-19 cases in rural and peri-urban areas are being continuously monitored. However, the number of active COVID-19 positive cases in the State is still a matter of concern, he stated.
After taking into considerations the views of the Health & Family Welfare Department and the various District Task Forces, the State Government has decided to extend the lockdown measures for some more time, he said.
Further, the Chief Secretary directed that the existing lockdown measures shall remain in force in the State with the following additional relaxations/ directives from June 12th-18th, 2021.
The practice of “NO MASK – NO MOVEMENT and ‘NO MASK – NO ENTRY” shall be strictly enforced by the respective District Task Forces and law enforcing agencies. Permitted shops and business establishments shall be allowed to open between 06:00 AM to 02:00 PM. However, DTFs may decide the timing as per the local conditions, said the Order.
It also allowed the alternate opening of shops selling stationeries, mobile phones and computer accessories, garages for automobile repairing and shops selling vehicle spare parts, as determined by the respective DTFs.
However, the order said that regular religious services and gatherings shall continue to be suspended, though prayer meetings and fellowships may be allowed in religious places with not more than 20 persons and strict adherence to COVID-19 appropriate behavior.
Further, the guidelines include that administrative offices of Schools/Colleges and private business offices with a core group of officers/staff may be permitted to attend to urgent and essential matter, with the permission of the respective District Task Forces.
New construction works may be permitted after examination by the respective DTFs and fresh labourers shall be allowed as per provisions under the Revised SOP for returnees and travellers issued on April 29, 2021. Common Service Centres (CSCs) across the State shall be permitted to open as per the requirements of the respective District Task Forces for IT support during COVID-19 vaccination, it said.
Light Motor vehicles (LMVs) including Taxi, auto rickshaws, etc shall be allowed to ply on ODD-EVEN basis, with COVID-19 negative test report of the drivers for resumption of services, while bus service, two-wheeler taxi service and pillion riding remains suspended. The DTFs may however, consider imposing restrictions depending on the prevailing situations to prevent the spread of COVID-19, the order said.