Kohima, July 17 (NEx): The Government of Nagaland extended the existing lockdown with effect from July 18th 2021, for 15 (fifteen) more days upto August 1st, 2021 in the State, with further relaxations and re-opening of activities.
Nagaland Chief Secretary, J Alam IAS informed that the total lockdown order to contain and combat the rapid surge of COVID-19 in the State was issued vide the office order on May 11th, 2021, and further extended on May 20th & 28th, and with certain relaxations on June 9th, 16th, 30th, and July 9th, 2021.
Further, the CS informed that the High Powered Committee on COVID-19 in its meeting held on July 16th, 2021, further reviewed the COVID-19 situation, and after taking the views of the Health & Family Welfare Department, and the Districts Task Forces decided to continue the existing lockdown measures with further relaxations and re- opening of more activities, subject to certain conditions and strict adherence to all the applicable Standard Operating Procedures (SOP) for preventing the spread of COVID-19.
The unlock-3 relaxations allows Colleges to reopen from July 26th, 2021 and Schools to reopen for Classes XI and XII, from August 2nd, 2021, subject to all the teachers and non-teaching staff having been fully vaccinated (taken both the doses) against COVID-19 or having taken the 1st (first) dose of vaccine against COVID-19 and at least 15 (fifteen) days have passed since taking the 1st (first dose) and strict adherence to the SOP including the maximum allowable percentage of attendance of the students in the classes to be issued by the Home Department.
It also permits the Opening of in-house skill development institutes/ establishments with 50% capacity from July 26th, 2021, subject to all the trainers, assistants and non-teaching staff having been fully vaccinated (taken both the doses) against COVID-19, or having taken the 1st (first) dose of vaccine against COVID-19, and at least 15 (fifteen) days have passed since taking the 1st (first) dose, and strict adherence to the SOP to be issued by the Home Department.
The state govt. also allows social, political, religious, entertainment, academic, cultural gatherings and other public gatherings up to a maximum of 50 (fifty) persons when the events are held indoors, and up to a maximum of 100 (hundred) persons when the events are conducted outdoors, and subject to strict adherence to COVID-19 appropriate behaviours and all the applicable SOPs. In the event of exceptional requirement of holding of function/ program with a larger gathering the prior permission of the DTF will be required, it said.
Opening of restaurants for dine-in, up to 50% capacity are permitted, subject to all the attendants/staff of the restaurants having been fully vaccinated (taken both the doses) against COVID-19, or having taken the 1st (first) dose of vaccine against COVID-19, and at least 15 (fifteen) days have passed since taking the 1st (first) dose, and strict adherence to the applicable SOPs.
The CS also stated that the District Task Forces shall map areas for micro-containment zones in case the situation so warrants, as per the detailed guidelines to be issued.
The returnees /travellers entering the State, and tourists, who are asymptomatic and fully vaccinated against COVID-19 will not be required to be tested for COVID-19 at the point of entry or required to quarantine. Those who have taken the 1st (first) dose of the vaccine against COVID-19 and at least 15 (fifteen) days have passed since taking the dose, will not be required to be tested for COVID-19 at the Point of Entry but will be required to quarantine for 7 (seven) days. For all other cases, the persons concerned will be required to undergo testing for COVID-19 on payment as per the Government approved rates at the point of entry and further undergo 7 (seven) days quarantine.
The DTF Concerned will make arrangements for the screening/ testing and paid quarantine in case adequate and proper facilities for quarantine at home are not available to the persons concerned.
Inter-district movement of person for non-essential service or purpose including private journey by light vehicle is allowed subject to the person(s) including the driver being asymptomatic and having completed their COVD-19 vaccination or taken at least a single dose of vaccine against COVID-19 and 15 days have passed since taking the dose.
The order also stated that all the District Task Forces should enforce the directives issued for displaying the vaccination status of the shops keepers, barbers, taxi drivers etc, and detailed SOPs with regard to opening of colleges, schools and institutions will be issued by the Home department in consultation with the departments concerned.
The order was issued in exercise of the powers conferred under Section 22 (2) (6) and Section 22 (2) (h) of the Disaster Management Act 2005, and in the capacity of Chairperson, State Executive Committee, it stated.