Nagaland govt orders total lockdown; sealing of borders

Nagaland govt orders total lockdown; sealing  of borders
Temjen Toy with other officials addressing the media. (NP)
Correspondent KOHIMA, MAR 22 (NPN) | Publish Date: 3/22/2020 1:51:53 PM IST

A day after the State government ordered closure of all market places located in crowded areas, Nagaland is now going into a virtual lockdown as chief secretary Temjen Toy in a fresh notification on Sunday ordered restrictions on movement of people, closure of shops and business establishments, most government offices and sealing of borders till further orders. 

In the interest of public health and safety, and with a view to contain and prevent the spread of novel coronavirus, the government, in exercise of powers conferred under sections 2, 3 and 4 of the Epidemic Diseases Act, 1897, restricted movement by public, except those coming out of their homes for procurement and distribution of essential commodities, availing essential services, medical facilities and other basic needs.

It also ordered closure of all shops, except pharmacies, petrol pumps and grocery shops selling food grains, food items, vegetables, daily use items, other essential commodities and media offices, till further orders. Further, all commercial passenger vehicles, both public and private, like buses, taxis, autos, two wheeler taxis, etc, have been asked not to ply till further orders, though vehicles carrying inter-State transit passengers would be allowed till the midnight of March 23.

The government also ordered sealing of all Inter-State entry points, except for movement of essential commodities, security forces, medical equipments and supplies, and goods vehicles transiting the State till further orders. However, the drivers and attendants of the vehicles transiting the State would be subject to medical screening as per laid down protocol, it added.

All government offices, both Central and State, except district administration, police, security forces, fire & emergency services, home department, medical, postal services, NIC, NSDMA, power, PHED, Food & Civil Supplies, Finance, Treasury and Accounts, banks/ATMs, AIR, Doordarshan, would also remain closed till further orders. However, AHoDs, HoDs of offices would form a core group of officers/staff to attend to urgent and essential matters. All other Government employees should be available on call, the order specified.

The government warned that any person or group of persons acting in violation of this order would be deemed to have committed an offence punishable under Section 188 of IPC.


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