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Nagaland Issues Revised SOP As COVID-19 Cases Surge

Nagaland Issues Revised SOP As COVID-19 Cases Surge

Kohima, April 16 (NEx): The Nagaland Government on Friday issued a revised SOP, in view of the rapid surge in COVID-19 cases and the need for taking immediate measures for preventing the spread of COVID-19 in the State.

The revised SOP said that Social/ academic /entertainment/ cultural political religious functions and gatherings is permitted outside the Containment Zones, but limited to 50% of the seating capacity, or 200 persons, whichever is lower, with wearing of face masks, maintaining social distancing, provision of thermal screening and use of handwash or sanitizer, being mandatory.

In open spaces the upper limit on the gathering shall be 50 % of the seating
capacity wherever there are seating galleries, and in other cases, the limit on the gatherings will be decided by the size of the ground / venue, and the requirement of strict adherence to social distancing; with wearing of face masks, provision of thermal screening and hand wash or sanitizer, being mandatory.

In any public gathering, festivities of any kind shall be kept at the bare minimum, and in case the number of persons in the gatherings in open spaces is more than 200, prior permission of the concerned DTF shall be taken which may depending upon on the local conditions, impose additional restrictions.

In religious places/places of religious worship also, the upper limit on
gatherings/congregations shall be 50 % of the seating capacity or 200 persons, whichever is lower, and subject to strict adherence to all the provisions of this office order issued on 10/06/2020 for preventing the spread of COVID-19, particularly the provisions requiring adherence to COVID-19 appropriate behaviours.

The SOP also said that any intra-district sports events shall require prior permission from the respective DTF, which shall ensure strict adherence by all concerned of all the provisions of the SOP for holding of sporting events for preventing the spread of COVID-19, and further depending upon the local conditions, may impose additional restrictions. In case of bigger or inter-district sports events, the requisite permission and necessary directions shall be given by the Home Department, it said.

Further, it said that Theatres/ Multiplexes Cinema Halls are permitted to open outside the containment zones, with up to 50% of the seating capacity subject to strict adherence to the provisions of SOP issued on March 19th, 2021.

The new order shall come into effect immediately in the State of Nagaland, it informed.