Nagaland govt issues Unlock 3.0 guidelines

Nagaland govt issues Unlock 3.0 guidelines on lockdown measures, for strict implementation with effect from August 1st, 2020 throughout the State of Nagaland up till August 31st, 2020.

Kohima, July 31 (NEx): The Chief Secretary, Government of Nagaland, in the capacity as Chairperson, State Executive Committee, issued new consolidated guidelines on lockdown measures, for strict implementation with effect from August 1st, 2020 throughout the State of Nagaland up till August 31st, 2020.

Consolidated Guidelines:

The following activities will continue to remain PROHIBITED/CLOSED across the State of Nagaland till August 31, 2020:

*All schools, colleges, educational/ training/ coaching/vocational institutions, etc. However, online/distance learning shall continue to be permitted and shall be encouraged.

*All cinema halls, shopping malls, swimming pools, gymnasiums, entertainment parks, auditoriums, theatres, auditoriums, assembly halls and similar places.

*International air travel of passengers, except as permitted by MHA.

*All social/ political/ sports/ entertainment/ academic/ cultural/ religious functions and other large congregations.

*Salons, parlors, barber shops, Sports complexes and stadia.

*All the public places in the State like parks, museums, libraries, re-creation centres, etc, and use of public toilets.

Entry exit points/routes:

*The inter-state borders will continue to remain sealed and any inbound traveller/returnee will be permitted to enter the State only through Dimapur by Train, Air or by Road through the New Field Check Gate and the Dillai Gate; and by road through Khuzama, Kohima district, Tsutapela and Watiyongpang, Mokokchung district, Naginimora and Tizit, Mon district and Bhandari, Wokha district. Entry into the State through any other route, or by any other mode of travel will not be allowed, except under special circumstances with the approval of the Home Department.

*The movement of goods vehicles entering or transiting through the State shall be allowed through the above mentioned points of entry, after proper medical screening of the drivers and attendants of those vehicles.

*All other roads/routes will remain closed.

*The International Border of the State with Myanmar shall continue to remain sealed as before.

Movement of vehicles:

*Inter district movement of commercial passenger vehicles shall remain barred except vehicles carrying goods.

*Taxis and auto rickshaws shall be permitted to ply with the condition that they carry not more than two and one passenger(s) respectively. Both the driver and passengers should wear masks. Further, the driver should make mandatory provision for hand sanitizer failing which the Permit shall be cancelled. The fares to be charged shall be at the rate prescribed before the announcement of lockdown measures. Movement of passenger buses, like City Buses will continue to be prohibited.

Shops/Markets/Other activities:

*Shops and outlets of all categories and Departmental Stores will be allowed to open as per normal hours.

*Hawker stalls located in crowded areas and Market Complexes which offer no scope for enforcing satisfactory social distancing like the Hongkong Market, New Market in Dimapur Town, BOC Market in Kohima, etc. shall remain closed except those shops/outlets dealing with food grains, vegetables, food items, medicines and other essential items and goods. Respective Deputy Commissioners shall identify such areas/Market Complexes and issue suitable orders in this regard.

*The proprietors of the shops and establishments which are allowed to open will make arrangements for keeping hand sanitizers or provide facilities for hand washing with soap and water for the public as well as for their own staff/workers. The proprietors of the shops and establishments should also get the door handles, surfaces and other objects which are frequently touched by people cleaned and disinfected. Social distancing measures should also be adhered at all the shops and outlets.

*Dine-in restaurants and eateries, shall also continue to remain closed. However, home deliveries from dine-in restaurants, food outlets and delivery of online orders of essential commodities shall be permitted. Such establishments are to ensure social distancing for staff as well as customers within their premises. Dhabas at strategic locations along the highway will be permitted to function to cater to the needs of persons involved in transportation of goods. The respective Deputy Commissioners will identify such establishments.

*All agriculture and allied activities, forest activities, plantation activities and animal husbandry activities will continue to be permitted with social distancing measures.

*All construction activities, including roads, irrigation projects, buildings and all kinds of industrial projects will continue to be permitted with social distancing measures.

*All categories of industries will be permitted to operate subject to social distancing norms.

*Private Banks, ATMs, Pharmacies, Medical Clinics, Nursing Homes, Private Telecom Services, Internet Service Providers, Media Houses, LPG, Petroleum outlets will continue to open/function as per the existing arrangements. All other kind of private offices/establishments are permitted to open/function with social distancing norms

*Religious places/ places of worship in the State will continue to be open to public subject to adherence to conditions/ provisions of the Office Order on June 10, 2020.

*All other activities not explicitly barred or prohibited in this order or any other order issued by the Government will continue to be permitted subject to social distancing norms

*All activities are subject to adherence to National Directives for COVID-19 Management as specified in Annexure- I


*The Civil Secretariat and Directorates in Kohima and Dimapur and all the Government offices in the Districts shall function with attendance of officers of Deputy Secretary and above in the Secretariat, and Deputy Director and above in the Directorate and the Head of Office and immediate junior in the District offices being mandatory. For other categories of officers and staff, a roster system shall be worked out whereby 50% staff attends office every alternate week. Concerned AHoD, HoD and Heads of Offices will work out such arrangements in detail. Those not attending office on a particular day will have to be available on telephone and electronic means of communication at all times.

*District Administration, Police, Security Forces/Agencies and Medical and essential Service Providers like Treasury, Fire & Emergency Services, Home Guards & Civil Defence, Prisons, PHED, Power, NIC, DIPR, Postal Services, Food & Civil Supplies, Social Welfare, IT&C, Veterinary & Animal Husbandry, Municipalities/Councils, AIR, Doordarshan, BSNL, Public Sector Banks , ATMs shall continue to operate as per the current arrangements.

Protection of vulnerable persons:

*All persons above 65 years of age, persons with co-morbidities, pregnant women, and children below the age of 10 years, are advised to stay at home, except for meeting essential requirements and for health purposes, as per the National Directives.

Use of Aarogya Setu:

*Aarogya Setu enables early identification of potential risk of infection, and thus acts as a shield for individuals and the community.

*With a view to ensuring safety in offices and work places, employers on best effort basis should ensure that Aarogya Setu is installed by all employees having compatible mobile phones.

*District authorities may advise individuals to install the Aarogya Setu application on compatible mobile phones and regularly update their health status on the app. This will facilitate timely provision of medical attention to those individuals who are at risk.

Containment Zones:

*Containment Zones will be demarcated by the District authorities after taking into consideration the guidelines of MoHFW with the objective of effectively breaking the chain of transmission. These Containment Zones will be notified on the websites by the respective District Collectors arid by the States/ UTs and information will be shared with MOHFW.

*In the Containment Zones, only essential activities will be allowed. In the Containment Zones, there shall be intensive contact tracing, house-to-house surveillance, and other clinical interventions, as required.

*Activities in the Containment Zones shall be monitored strictly by the District Administration, and the guidelines relating to containment measures in these zones shall be strictly implemented.

*District Administration may also identify Buffer Zones outside the Containment Zones, where new cases are more likely to occur. Within the buffer zones, restrictions as considered necessary may be put in place by the District authorities.

Instructions for enforcement of above lock down measures:

*All the Deputy Commissioners shall strictly enforce the above lockdown measures and the National Directives for COVID-19 Management, as specified in Annexure-I.

*In order to implement these containment measures, the Deputy Commissioners will deploy Executive Magistrates as Incident Commanders in the respective local jurisdictions. The Incident Commander will be responsible for the overall implementation of these measures in their respective jurisdictions.

*The Incident Commanders, will, in particular, ensure that all efforts for mobilization of resources, workers and material for augmentation and expansion of hospital infrastructure shall continue without any hindrance.

Enforcement of stricter and additional lockdown measures:

*Notwithstanding the above provisions, the respective Deputy Commissioner on assessment of the actual ground position may issue necessary orders regulating the provisions of this Order. The Deputy Commissioners shall, however, not dilute the provisions, but in the event of being satisfied after taking into account the local conditions that it is essential and expedient to do so, are at liberty to impose stricter and additional lock down measures for such periods and in areas, as deemed appropriate.

Penal provisions:

*Any person violating these lockdown measures and the National Directives for COVID- 19 Management 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 Sec. 188 of the IPC, and other legal provisions as applicable. Extracts of these penal provisions are at Annexure-II.

National Directives for COVID-19 Management:

*Face Coverings: Wearing of face cover is compulsory in all public places; in work places; and during transport.

*Social Distancing: Individuals must maintain a minimum distance of 6 feet in public places. Shops will ensure physical distancing among customers.

*Gatherings: Large public gatherings/ congregations continue to remain prohibited. Marriages related gatherings: Number of guests not to exceed 50.

*Funeral/ last rites related gatherings- Number of persons not to exceed 20.

*Spitting in public places shall be punishable with fine, as may be prescribed by the State/ UT local authority in accordance with its laws, rules or regulations.