Meghalaya declares five-day lockdown

Correspondent SHILLONG, MAR 23 | Publish Date: 3/23/2020 9:50:46 AM IST

The Meghalaya government on Monday announced a five-day statewide lockdown from Tuesday barring on Thursday as a measure to prevent outbreak of COVID-19 in the State. Till date, there has been not a single case of COVID-19 in Meghalaya.

“The government has decided to for a five-day statewide lockdown on March 24, 25, 27, 28 and 29 as a preventive measure to prevent outbreak of COVID-19 in the State. We have decided to relieve the people of the state on March 26 for buying essential items and we will create more markets in Shillong city and outskirts,” deputy chief minister Prestone Tynsong told journalists after a high-level meeting chaired by chief minister Conrad Sangma.

He, however, said government offices would function with an overall strength of 30 per cent on Thursday and all government offices would be closed during the days of the lockdown.

The meeting, which was also attended by senior government officials, reviewed the state preparedness to tackle COVID-19 global pandemic.

“It is not a curfew but a self impose lockdown. Therefore, the government appeals to the citizens to kindly cooperate with the arrangement made by the government to avoid the spread of the virus. If we can come out of the situation, I am sure Meghalaya will be totally safe,” Tynsong explained.

Tynsong said the government has decided to impose Section 144 CrPC throughout the State, he said that people should avoid gathering of more than five people.

He, however, said that the order on total lockdown would not be applicable to security forces and medical teams on duty, pharmacies and all essential services like health, power (MeECL), PHE, PWD, police and armed forces, fire and emergency services, food and civil supply, Shillong Municipal Board, telecom, telegraph and IT services, banks and ATMs.

He said that banks would function with restrictions mostly transactions related to cash deposits and withdrawals everyday from 1000 hours to 1400 hours. “Banks should follow strictly on social distancing and sanitizing offices and rooms where ATM machines are installed,” the deputy chief minister said.

Informing that Iewduh, Shillong’s largest marketing hub, will be closed during the lockdown period, Tynsong said, “We have taken the decision to close Iewduh market since it is a place where people from various parts of the State culminate. Therefore, the closure of Iewduh market is very critical in the fight against the spread of the dreadful virus,” he said.

However, he said that the government has identified designated places for selling vegetables, and meat on Thursday.

On the availability of essential commodities, the Deputy Chief Minister said that the government has taken steps to ensure that there is no shortage of essential commodities in the State.

He said that movement of vehicles ferrying essential commodities, security forces, medical equipment’s and goods vehicles are also exempted from the lockdown.

However, drivers and attendants of the vehicles shall be subject to medical screening as per laid down protocols.

The essential commodities would be made available in the various district headquarters and sub-divisions to ensure that people hailing from the remote villages does not have to come to Shillong to get the essential commodities,” he informed.

Tynsong informed that inter-district private transport will be closed, but movement of private vehicles in Shillong city will be restricted to odd and even numbers on alternate days.

On March 24, 26, and 28, private vehicles with ‘odd numbers’ can ply while vehicles with ‘even numbers’ will ply on March 25, 27 and 29.

The Meghalaya government has also banned entry of people from outside the state as well as operation of inter-state public transport like buses, and tourist taxis till March 31.

On March 26, local taxis with even numbers of series ML05-B to ML05-K, and autorickshaws with even numbers of series ML05 C 0390 to ML05 C 8332 will ply in East Khasi Hills district. 


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