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Nagaland Issues Consolidated Guidelines; Permits Vehicle Movement, Declares Summer Vacation

Nagaland Issues Consolidated Guidelines; Vehicle Movement Permitted, Summer Vacation Declared

Kohima, April 29 (NEx): To combat the second wave of COVID-19 surge, the Government of Nagaland on Thursday issued fresh consolidated guidelines, for strict implementation throughout the State of Nagaland with effect from April 30th, 2021 uptill May 13th, 2021.

Nagaland Chief Secretary, J Alam, IAS said, with the arrival of the second wave of COVID-19, exists a likelihood of rapid surge in COVID-19 cases in Nagaland also, which may put public’s health in serious danger, and also severely strain the State health infrastructure, hence the government has issued consolidated guidelines, for strict implementation throughout the State of Nagaland with effect from April 30, 2021, Chief Secretary Stated.

Activities PROHIBITED/CLOSED across the State of Nagaland:

– Summer break for all the schools and colleges shall be declared with effect from Thursday, April 29, 2021, until further notice.

– All coaching/vocational institutions/student hostels etc shall be closed. However, online/ distance learning shall continue to be permitted and shall be encouraged.

– All cinema halls, swimming pools, gymnasiums, entertainment parks, auditoriums, theatres, assembly halls, sports complexes and stadiums, and similar places shall be closed.

– All the public places in the State like parks, museums, libraries, re-creation centres, etc. shall be closed.

Restrictions on public gatherings:

– Social/ political/ sports/ entertainment/ academic/ cultural/ religious functions and other large congregations will be permitted outside the containment zones, but the gathering shall not be more than 30% of the capacity of the hall/venue/ground or 100 persons, whichever is lower, subject to COVID-19 appropriate behaviours like wearing of masks, social distancing, regular washing of hands by hand sanitizer/soap and water etc.

– Religious places/ place of worship will be permitted to open outside the containment zones subject to a maximum of 30% of the capacity of the hall/building at any point of time or 100 persons, whichever is lower, and with strict adherence to all the provisions of the SOP for preventing the spread of COVID-19.

– The District Task Force can take suitable decisions as per the local situations to further reduce the maximum allowable capacities as mentioned above

Entry and exit points/routes on inter-state borders:

– Any inbound traveller/returnee will be permitted to enter the State through Dimapur by Train, Air or by Road through the New Field Check Gate and the Dillai Gate; and by road through Khuzama, Kohima district, Tsutapela and Watiyongpang, Mokokchung district, Naginimora and Tizit, Mon district, Bhandari, Wokha district, Lanye and Akash Bridge in Phek district.

– Entry into the State through any other route, or by any other mode of travel will not be allowed, except under special circumstances with the approval of the Home Department.

– Every inbound traveller/returnee on arrival will be required to produce a negative RT- PCR/TrueNat/CBNAAT test report for COVID-19 with the test done not earlier than 72 (seventy two) hours prior to entry into the State and such persons will be further required to remain in self isolation/quarantine for 7(seven) days. In other cases, the person concerned after entry will be required to self isolate/quarantine for 10 (ten) days. In addition, the person concerned will have to comply with the Revised Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) for returnees and travellers entering Nagaland being issued separately.

– Further each inbound traveller/returnee will be required to fill up the “Self Declaration Form available on https://covid19.nagaland.gov.in. Necessary assistance will be made available at the entry points for those requiring help.

– In case of a resident of any North East (NE) State other than Nagaland, who is arriving in Nagaland by road/air/train, and is a transit passenger, shall fill in a self declaration form, as a transit passenger, and shall proceed to his/her destination State directly from the point of entry strictly following COVID-19 appropriate behaviour and without halting in Nagaland, and further he/she should strictly adhere to the testing guidelines of the destination States.

– The movement of goods vehicles entering or transiting through the State shall be allowed through the above mentioned points of entry, after proper medical screening of the drivers and attendants of those vehicles. All other roads/routes will remain closed.

– The International Border of the State with Myanmar shall continue to remain sealed as before.

Movement of persons and vehicles in the State:

– Movement of people within the State will be permitted subject to adherence to COVID-19 behaviour at all times while moving from one place to another.

– The intra and inter district movement of private and passenger vehicles of every category is permitted across the State subject to the occupancy in every kind of vehicle being limited to 50% of the total occupancy. Further, no standing passengers should be allowed to travel and there should also be adherence to all the provisions aimed at preventing the spread of COVID-19.

– The District Task Force, if it considers necessary, for discouraging unnecessary movement of people, may consider for imposition of restrictions on non- essential movement of public, and/or not allowing movement during certain hours of the day, or on certain days.

Shops/Markets/Other activities:

– Shopping Malls will be permitted to open outside the containment zones subject to strict adherence to the provisions of the SOP for preventing the spread of COVID-19.

– Shops and hawker stalls of all categories located in marketing complexes and crowded areas like Hongkong Market, New Market in Dimapur Town, BOC Market in Kohima etc. are allowed to open and operate with the condition of only a certain percentage of the shops limited to 30% as decided by the respective DTF after making assessment of the location and layout; may open in turns on any particular day, with other necessary measures in place in the markets to ensure that crowding is avoided, and all the social distancing norms and health safety protocols are strictly followed.

– A fine of Rs.200/- shall be imposed on the persons not wearing mask in public places, work places, and during transport.

– 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.

– Hotels/ Lodges will continue to be permitted to open and operate subject to adherence to conditions/provisions of the SOP for preventing the spread of COVID-19.

– Restaurants will continue to be permitted to open outside the containment zones subject to adherence to conditions/provisions of the SOP for preventing the spread of COVID-19.

– Barber shops and salons are permitted to open and function subject to the provisions of the SOP.

– Private Banks, ATMs, Pharmacies, Medical Clinics, Nursing Homes, Private Telecom Services, Internet Service Providers, Media Houses, LPG, Petroleum outlets will continue to open/function as per the existing arrangements. All other kind of private offices/establishments may open/function subject to 50% attendance on any day and strict adherence to COVID-19 appropriate behavior.

– All other activities not explicitly barred or prohibited in this order or any other order issued by the Government will continue to be permitted subject to strict adherence to COVID-19 appropriate behaviour like wearing of masks, social distancing and frequent washing of hands by sanitizers/soaps by all concerned.

– All the activities are subject to adherence to National Directives for COVID-19 Management as specified in Annexure L.

– The DTF if it feels there is a requirement, may, for decreasing crowding in the markets consider opening of only 50% shops on any particular day in a market.

Offices:

– The Civil Secretariat and Directorates in Kohima and Dimapur and all the Government offices in the Districts shall continue to function with attendance of oficers of Deputy Secretary and above in the Secretariat, and Deputy Director and above in the Directorate and the Head of Office and immediate junior in the District offices being mandatory. For other categories of officers and staff, a
roster system shall be worked out by the AHOD/HOD/Head of Ofice concerned whereby 50% staff attends office every alternate week. The entry of public visitors to offices, unless of essential nature, will be prohibited.

– District Administration, Police, Security Forces/Agencies and Medical and essential Service Providers like Treasury, Fire & Emergency Services, Home Guards& Civil Defence, Prisons, PHED, Power, NIC, DIPR, Postal Services, Food & Civil Supplies, Social Welfare, T&C, Veterinary & Animal Husbandry, Municipalities/Councils, AIR, Doordarshan, BSNL, Public Sector Banks, ATMs shall continue to operate as per the current arrangements.

Protection of vulnerable persons:

Persons above 65 years of age, persons with co-morbidities, pregnant women, and children below the age of 10 years are advised to take necessary precautions

Use of Aarogya Setu:

Use of Aarogya Setu may continue on best effort basis on compatible mobile phones. This will facilitate timely provision of medical attention to those individuals who are at risk.

Containment Zones:

– Containment Zones will be demarcated by the District authorities after taking into consideration the guidelines of MoHFW with the objective of effectively breaking the chain of transmission. These Containment Zones will be notified on the websites by the respective District Collectors and by the States/ UTs and information will be shared with MOHFW.

– In the Containment Zones, only essential activities will be allowed. There shall be strict perimeter control to ensure that there is no movement of people in or out of these zones, except for medical emergencies and for maintaining supply of essential goods and services. In the Containment Zones there shall be intensive contact tracing. house-to-house surveillance, and other clinical interventions, as required. Guidelines of MoHFW shall be effectively implemented for the above purpose.

– Activities in the Containment Zones shall be monitored strictly by the District Administration, and the guidelines relating to containment measures in these zones shall be strictly implemented.

All the DTFs led by the Deputy Commissioners shall strictly enforce the above measures and the National Directives for COVID 19 Management.

The implementation framework for community containment/large containment areas shall be based on the guidelines issued by the Ministry of Health & Family Welfare Government of India dated 25th April 2021 as forwarded by the Union Home Secretary to all States, order stated.

Any person violating these lockdown measures and the National Directives for COVID-19 Management will be liable to be proceeded against as per the provisions of Section 51 to 60 of the Disaster Management Act, 2005, besides legal action under Sec. 188 of the IPC, and other legal provisions as applicable, it said.