Dimapur, July 24 (NEx): Deputy Commissioner of Dimapur, Anoop Khinchi, IAS, issued an order on Thursday, July 23rd, 2020, for 8 days partial lockdown in Dimapur from July 26th to August 2nd 2020, in order to prevent and contain the spread of COVID-19.
Dimapur district has the highest number of COVID-19 positive cases in Nagaland. As on 03:00 pm, July 23, 2020, a total of 458 postive cases has been confirmed in the district. In which, 163 COVID patients recovered and the active case in the District now stands at 295.
The following directives were issued for compliance by general public in Dimapur district;
*DC ordered wholesale markets to remain open from 5:00 AM to 9:00 AM only, while shops dealing with essential commodities will be allowed to open for public from 9:00 am till 2:00 PM.
*Vegetable vendors will be allowed to sell vegetables in the colonies/villages only and not in the main market. The public are advised to buy essential commodities from their respective colonies / village shops.
*New market, Hongkong market, Hazi park, Millenium market, Railway bazaar and vegetable market at Purana bazaar will continue to remain closed completely.
*Movement of all public are restricted except those coming out to avail essential services.
* Social distancing to be strictly maintained and adhered to.
*Inter-state, Inter- district and Inter village movement will be restricted, except for medical emergency cases and essential goods and services with proper safety measures in place.
*Autos and taxis are allowed to ply with only one passenger following all necessary Standard Operating procedure Protocol for COVID-19.
Exception from total lockdown;
The DC said that the functioning of the offices of the District Administration, Police, Security Forces, Medical and Essential Service Providers like Treasury, Fire & Emergency Service, Home Guards & Civil Defence, Prisons, PHED, Power, NIC, DIPR, Food & Civil Supplies, Social Welfare, IT &C, Municipality/ Town Council, AIR, Doordarshan, Pharmacies, Medical Clinics, Nursing Homes, BSNL & Private Telecom Services, Internet Service Providers, Media, LPG, Banks ,with minimal staff & ATMs, Petroleum outlets are exempted from the purview of the lockdown.
Further the DC stated that, any person violating this order 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 Section 188 of the IPC.