Lockdown-like measures from Apr 30 to May 14

Correspondent KOHIMA, APR 27 (NPN) | Publish Date: 4/27/2021 12:50:36 PM IST

 Consolidated guidelines to be issued on Apr 29

In view of the surge in COVID-19 cases in the State, the cabinet on Tuesday decided to impose strict lockdown-like measures from April 30 up to May 14. Addressing media persons at the chief secretary’s conference hall here, High Powered Committee (HPC) spokesperson on COVID-19 and adviser Mmhonlumo Kikon said the government would issue fresh consolidated guidelines on April 29.
Highlighting some of the guidelines in brief that would be effective from April 30, he said all schools, colleges, educational and coaching institutions, hostels, etc, would remain closed across the State, though online and distant learning would be permitted and encouraged.
* Cinema halls, swimming pools, gymnasiums, entertainment parks, auditorium, theatres, assembly halls, sport complexes and stadiums and similar places to remain closed.
 All public places like parks, museums, libraries, recreational centres etc shall be closed. Any person found without mask in public places to pay fine of Rs. 200.
Social, political, sports, entertainment academy, religious functions and other large congregations shall be permitted outside the containment zones with not more than 30% capacity of the hall, venue, ground or whichever is lower subject to COVID 19 appropriate behaviours.
Entry and exit points: Any inbound traveller/returnee will be permitted to enter the State through Dimapur by train, air or by road through the New Field Check gate and Dillai gate.
By road through Khuzama in Kohima district, Tzutapela and Watiyongpang under Mokokchung district, Naginimora and Tizit in Mon district, Bhandari in Wokha district and Lanye in Phek district and also Akash bridge in Chizami, Phek district.
Entry into the state through any other route or by any other mode of travel is restricted, except under special circumstances with the approval of the Home department.
Every inbound traveller will be guided by the provisions of the SOP issued on November 25, 2020. On arrival, traveller/returnee will be required to produce negative RT-PCR, TrueNat, CBNAAT test report done not earlier than 72 hour prior to entry into the State. Such persons will be required to remain in self-isolation/quarantine for seven (7) days. In other cases, upon entering the state, such person will be required to self-isolate/quarantine for 10 days. 
Each traveller will be required to fill up the self declaration form online For those travelling to other NE states through Nagaland, will also have to fill self declaration form online
Movement of people within the state will be permitted subject to adherence of COVID 19 SOP at all times.
Intra-inter district movement of private/passenger vehicles of all category will be permitted across the state limited to 50% of the total seat occupancy.
Hotels, lodges, restaurants will to be permitted to open subject to adherence to conditions/provisions of Covid-19 SOPs.
Barbershops and salons are permitted to open and function subject to adherence of SOP.
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 kinds of private offices/establishments may open/function subject to 50% attendance on any day and strict adherence to COVID-19 appropriate behaviour.
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 strict adherence to COVID-19 appropriate behaviour like wearing of masks, social distancing and frequent washing of hands by sanitizers/soaps by all concerned.
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, municipal councils, doordarshan, BSNL, public sector banks , ATMs shall continue to operate as per the current arrangements.
Persons above 65 years of age, persons with co-morbidities, pregnant women and children below the age of 10 years are advised to take necessary precautions.
Shopping malls, will be permitted to open outside the containment zone subject to strict adherence of SOPs.
Respective District Task Force may decide on opening and closure of only 50% shops on any particular day in a market with necessary measures to avoid crowding.
DTFs to strictly enforce the consolidated guidelines order with effect from April 30- May14.
With regard to reports about fake certificates Covid negative test report, he said it was mandatory for every returnee to get tested and testing centres would be opened at all entry points.
Further, Kikon said, building on the experience gathered last year, the cabinet decided that entry of goods-carrying vehicles transiting the State would be allowed at entry points after proper screening of drivers and attendants of such vehicles, adding that other routes would remain closed and the international border remained sealed as before.
State fully prepared to tackle COVID second wave
Meanwhile, Kikon claimed that the State was fully prepared to face the challenge and ready for any eventuality as officials, frontline workers, doctors, nurses, etc, had the experience of one year and the infrastructure had been ramped up.
However, observing that many citizens were still careless with the protocols, he said the government, while trying to provide assistance, could not work unless the citizens cooperate by just following the three simple SOPs universally acknowledged as a standard protocol to protect oneself from COVID-19.
He said the State had three BSL labs, 32 Truenat machines, 260 beds with oxygen support and 66 ICU beds till date and had received an order from the Centre to set up three oxygen plants, which would be installed at Kohima, Dimapur and Mokokchung.
As on April 27 morning, Kikon said altogether 1,86,350 doses of vaccines had been administered to people.
To a query, he said DTFs had been asked to review and address the issue of artificial price rise of essential commodities since movement of vehicles was not restricted.

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