Nagaland orders partial lock-down in the state from midnight, March 22

Kohima, March 22 (NE): Nagaland Government orders partial shut-down in the state from midnight, March 22, 2020 – in the interest of Public health and safety and in a view to contain and prevent the spread of the Coronavirus (COVID-19), said an order issued by Shri Temjen Toy, Chief Secretary, Government of Nagaland.

The order said that all shops and businesses establishments except pharmacies, petrol pumps and grocery shops selling food grains, food items, vegetables, daily use items and other essential commodities and media offices, shall remain closed till further orders.

All commercial passenger vehicles, both public and private like buses, Taxies, auto, two wheeler taxis, etc shall not ply till further orders. Vehicle carrying inter-State transit passengers will be allowed till the midnight of March 23, 2020.

Movements of all public is restricted except, those coming out of their home for procurement and distribution of essential commodities, availing essential services, medical facilities and other basic needs, stated the order.

All inter-State entry point shall be sealed except for movement of essential commodities, security forces, medical equipment and supplies and goods vehicle transiting the state, till further orders. However, the drivers and attendants of the vehicle transiting the state shall be subject to medical screening as per the laid down protocol.

All government offices both central and state except, District Administration, Police, Security forces, Fire & emergency services, Home Department, Medical, Postal services, NIC, NSDMA, Power, PHED, Food and civil supplies, Finance, Treasury and account, Banks/ATM, AIR, Doordarshan, shall remain closed till further orders. However, the administrative heads of department offices shall form a core group of officers/staff to attend the urgent and essential matters. All other government employees should be available on call, stated the order.

Anyone found acting in violation of this order shall be deemed to have committed an offence punishable under Section 188 of the Indian Penal code. This order is in exercise of the power conferred under Section 2, 3 and 4 of the Epidemic Disease Act, 1897 and is applicable throughout the state of Nagaland, stated the order.