State govt orders closure of shops in crowded areas; entry to banks

State govt orders closure of shops  in crowded areas; entry to banks
DIMAPUR, MAR 21 (NPN) | Publish Date: 3/21/2020 12:36:17 PM IST

The state government has ordered closure of shops located in crowded areas, particularly Dimapur and Kohima, as precautionary measure to prevent and contain the spread of Novel Corona Virus (COVID-19).

In a directive issued by the chief secretary (CS), all deputy commissioners (DCs) have been asked to issued orders with immediate effect for closure of all shops located in crowded areas which offer no scope for enforcing satisfactory social distancing, like the Hongkong market, New Market in Dimapur and BOC market in Kohima etc. except those shops/outlets dealing with food grains, vegetables, food items, medicines and other essential items and goods, till further orders.

DCs have also been directed to order immediate closure of all dine-in restaurants, dhabas, eateries till further orders. However, any such outlets may keep its kitchen open if it plans on home delivery or takeaways, provided all health safety measures are followed, it added.

All malls, departmental stores, gyms, beauty parlours, salons/barber shops, and all such establishments have been directed to close till further orders.

CS has also directed restriction of entry of the public into any bank, financial institution for only very essential and emergency activities, like passing of government bills and payment of user charges and fees, withdrawal of cash for urgent purposes and other such needs. 

In this regard, CS said it expected all banks to adhere to the health advisories on prevention and spread of COVID-19. CS has sought action taken report latest by 0630 hrs on March 22.

Meanwhile, DC Kohima, in reference to the order, has directed closure of BOC market and Mao market (b) Super market (Vegetable market) (c) Bazaar along the footpath behind local ground (d) Razhu point market and evening bazaar (e)High school junction market (f) Miachieolhithochu Peraciezie (g) All foothpath vendors (h) All second hand shops in Kohima (i) All night bazaar and weekly market (j) Market at Mohonkhola, T.C.P. Gate Area and Tinpati with immediate effect.

Weekly, evening markets ordered to shut in Dmu: As precautionary measures, in view of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic and regulations issued by the state government under Section 2,3 & 4 of the Epidemic Disease Act, 1897, DC Dimapur Anoop Kinchi has banned all weekly bazaars and evening markets at various locations within Dimapur district with immediate effect till further order.

Further, Kinchi informed all concern that issue of ILP, Aadhaar, ST/IIC/PRC and NOC, Search Certificate, Non-Encumbrance and Valuation will remain suspended with immediate effect until further orders. 

He however informed that exceptional cases which required immediate attention and urgency can send their application/complaints to DC’s office using ‘online service desk’ (M/no. 6009924366/WhatsApp)/office-03862-248530 & email: 

Therefore, public have been requested to extend cooperation and practice social distancing from each other to prevent the spread of Coronavirus.

Meanwhile,  DC has appealed to all citizens of Dimapur to show solidarity and heed Prime Minister’s call to observe ‘janata curfew’ on March 22 from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. to combat the spread of coronavirus , and to strengthen the fight of the people against it by not moving out the houses, except those associated with emergency and essential services.

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