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No Lockdown; Nagaland Govt to impose stricter rule to combat COVID-19 surge

No Lockdown; Nagaland Govt to impose stricter rule to combat COVID-19 surge.

Kohima, April 27 (NEx): Nagaland Government issued new consolidated guidelines enforcing stricter rules to combat COVID-19 surge in the state with effect from April 30th to May 14th, 2021, informed Government Spokesperson and Advisor IT&C, Mmhonlumo Kikon during a press briefing at the Chief Secretary’s Conference Hall, Kohima on Tuesday, April 27, 2021.

Due to the rise in COVID-19 cases in Nagaland, the State Cabinet in a meeting held today in Kohima decided to enforce stricter rules to combat COVID-19 surge, Kikon informed.

After the media reported on lockdown in the state as stated during press briefing, Kikon clarified that Government has issued new consolidated guidelines enforcing stricter rules to combat COVID-19 Surge in Nagaland. It is not a Lockdown, he added.

The Government will issue fresh guidelines on April 29, 2021 which will come into effect from April 30, 2021, the spokesperson informed.

All educational institutions, cinema halls, swimming pools, gymnasium, entertainment parks, auditorium, assembly halls, sports complex and stadium and similar places, public places in the state like park, museums, libraries, re-creation centers, etc in the State will be prohibited to function, Kikon stated.

Various restrictions on public gatherings will also be put in place, he added. Guidelines on entry and exit points and routes on inter-state borders, movement of persons and vehicles in the State, shops, markets and other activities, office, protection of vulnerable persons will also be issued, he added.

The Advisor also informed that essential services will be allowed in containment zones with proper SoPs in place. The District Task Force headed by the respective Deputy Commissioners shall strictly enforce the new guideline measures.

He also stated that any person violating the guidelines will be penalized as per the provision 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.

Kikon said that the State is prepared to face the second wave and challenges. He, however stated that the Government alone cannot fight the pandemic unless the citizens co-operate.

Kikon further requested everyone to wear mask at all times, wash their hands and to maintain social distancing. The Advisor also informed that the Cabinet decided to impose a fine of Rs 200/- to all persons not wearing mask. This will be enforced by the DTF, he added.