Manipur re-imposes stricter COVID-19 lockdown restrictions

Correspondent IMPHAL, MAY 6 | Publish Date: 5/6/2020 9:48:33 AM IST

Manipur government on Wednesday re-imposed most of the COVID-19 lockdown restrictions which were earlier relaxed after all districts of the state were categorized as green zone.

The decision to re-impose the restrictions relaxed since May 4 after the third phase of COVID-19 lockdown was taken in a cabinet meeting convened by chief minister N Biren Singh today.

The cabinet had decided to re-impose the restrictions prior to May 4 after reviewing scenarios in the state as it eased most lockdown restrictions and in consideration of the COVID-19 situation in other states, chief minister N Biren Singh said in a video clip dispatched to the media houses after the cabinet meeting on May 6.

In the video, Singh mentioned the case of mass COVID-19 infection of 380 people at a crowded market place in Chennai, 140 personnel of a CRPF battalion  in Delhi, the scenarios of the pandemic in neighbouring state like Assam, Tripura and Meghalaya.

These scenarios coupled with the situation, particularly in Imphal city which witnessed rampant violation of lockdown protocols like social distancing and wearing face masks at public places, after easing  relaxations,  has compelled the state government to re-impose the restrictions, he said. The chief minister reminded that the state government eased most of the lockdown relaxations after the state was categorised as green zone. 

Among others, the government has decided to close all market places in the capital city and other towns across the state which were allowed to open from 6 am till 4pm everyday since May 4 last, he said.

However, there will be relaxation in opening of grocery shops, vending of vegetables, fruits, poultry meat and fish outside the market complexes, the chief minister added.

There will be no change in the public curfew relaxation hours during the day time. The state government had relaxed the curfew from 6 am till 6pm every day since March 4. 

A cabinet meeting convened today discussed the latest development in the COVID-19 containment measures in the state after State Level COVID-19 Consultative Committee reviewed the same earlier on Tuesday, he added.

The chief minister added that as decided by the cabinet, the state government will now bear the travel fare of stranded state people at in different parts of the country on their return to the state by train upto Guwahati. 

However, government will not bear the fare of people stranded at various places in the northeast states. The government will also pay Rs 200 per head for one day meal per person during community quarantine period, Singh said. 

The decision of the state government came barely a day after opposition Congress remark insisted the state government to put in place a clear-cut policy on transportation of the people from stranded at various places.

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