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Nagaland: COVID vaccination certificate or special permission required for Inter-district movement

Nagaland: COVID vaccination certificate or special permission required for Inter-district movement

Kohima, July 17 (NEx): Nagaland Government on Friday notified of compulsory COVID vaccination certificate or special permission from respective District Task Force for Inter-district movement of persons for non-essential service or purpose including private journey by light vehicle.

Nagaland Chief Secretary, J Alam IAS, issued Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) for Inter-district Travellers, after the High Powered Committee on COVID-19 under the Chairmanship of the Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio decided to begin Unlock 3.0 in the state of Nagaland from July 18 to August 01, 2021.

The SOP mandates that person(s) including the driver should be asymptomatic and completed their COVID-19 vaccination (both doses taken) or completed at least 15 (fifteen) days after taking the 1st dose of the vaccine against COVID-19.

Not more than two persons are allowed to sit in the rear seats and complete adherence to COVID-19 appropriate behaviours issued by the State government, is mandatory for Inter-district travelling, it said.

The SOP also requires travellers to produce COVID-19 Vaccination Completion Certificate or Provisional certificate for COVID-19 vaccination 1st dose; in soft or hard copy or show the SMS from AX-NHPSMS, on demand.

Informing on the movement of person(s) who have not completed their vaccination (i.e. not taken both the doses) or less than 15(fifteen) days after taking the 1st dose of vaccine against COVID-19, the SOP said that inter-district movement may be allowed for essential and emergency purposes with special permission from the concerned District Task Force as per the provisions contained in Para 4 of this office order of even number dated May 11, 2021.

Along with the special permission, person(s) including the driver should asymptomatic and not more than two persons should sit in the rear seats and only light vehicles will be allowed, also the complete adherence to COVID-19 appropriate behaviours.

According to the SOPs, on arrival at the destination, travellers should intimate regarding the journey undertaken and the local address of stay shall be made known to the local administrative officer.

The Chief Secretary also notified that the SOP will be uniformly implemented throughout the State without any deviation and will not be modified by District Task Force, Urban Local Bodies, Village Authorities or Community-based Organizations.

Any person violating the instructions in the SOP will be liable to be prosecuted against as per the relevant sections of the Disaster Management Act 2005, besides action under section 188 of IPC and other legal provisions as applicable, the order stated.