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Nagaland begins ‘Unlock 3’ from today

DIMAPUR, JUL 17 (NPN) | Publish Date: 7/17/2021 1:36:10 PM IST

 Schools to reopen for Classes 11 & 12 from Aug 2

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Colleges allowed to open from Jul 26

The State government has decided to further ease Covid-19 lockdown restrictions for a period of 15-days (July 18-August 1) as part of the ‘Unlock 3’ process, allowing colleges and school (class XI and XII) to reopen, social, religious and political gatherings etc. with certain precautions and strict adherence to all the applicable Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) for preventing the spread of COVID-19.

In this regard, state chief secretary J. Alam issued fresh guidelines while all District Task Forces (DTFs) have been directed to map areas for micro-containment zones in case the situation so warrants.

Schools/Colleges to reopen: Schools have been allowed to reopen for classes XI and XII from August 2, subject to teachers and non-teaching staff having been fully vaccinated (taken both the doses) against Covid-19, or completed 15 days after taking the first dose. Colleges have been allowed to open from July 26 with the same criteria/protocols as mentioned for reopening of schools. While directing both schools and colleges to strictly adhere to SOPs, the order stated that the Home department would be issuing guidelines for the maximum number of attendance of the students allowed in classes.

Trainings: Opening of in-house skill development institutes/establishments with 50% capacity from July 26, subject to all trainers, assistants and non-teaching staff having been fully vaccinated (taken both doses) against Covid-19, or completed 15 days after taking the first dose. SOPs to be issued by the Home department.

Gatherings: Social, political, religious, entertainment, academic, cultural gatherings and other public gatherings allowed up to a maximum of 50 persons if events are held indoors, and up to a maximum of 100 persons for outdoors, subject to strict adherence to Covid-19 appropriate behaviours and all the applicable SOPs.  In the event of exceptional requirement of holding of function/ program with a larger gathering the prior permission of DTFs will be required.

Restaurants: Restaurants have been allowed in house dining up to 50% capacity with strict adherence to applicable SOPs and, subject to all the attendants/staff having been fully vaccinated (both the doses) or completed 15 days after taking the first dose. 

Returnees/travellers: Returnees/travellers entering the State and tourists, who are asymptomatic and fully vaccinated against Covid-19 will not need to undergo testing at the point of entry or undergo quarantine.  Those who have completed 15 days after taking the first dose have been exempted from undergoing tests at the point of entry but will be required to quarantine for seven days. All other cases, the persons concerned will be required to undergo testing on payment as per the government approved rates at the point of entry and further undergo seven days quarantine. 

Inter-district movement: Inter-district movement of person for non-essential service or purpose including private journey by light vehicle is allowed subject to the person(s) including the driver being asymptomatic and having completed their vaccination or have completed 15 days after taking the first dose.


SOP for inter-district travellers

• The person(s) including the driver are asymptomatic and have completed their COVID-19 vaccination (both doses taken) or has completed at least 15 (fifteen) days after taking the 1st dose of the vaccine against COVID-19, and is asymptomatic. 

• Not more than two persons are sitting in the rear seats 

• Complete adherence to COVID-19 appropriate behaviours 

• Shall be required to produce on demand COVID-19 Vaccination Completion Certificate or Provisional certificate for COVID-19 vaccination-1st dose; in soft or hard copy or show the SMS from AX-NHPSMS. 

With regard to the movement of person(s) who have not completed their vaccination (i.e. not taken both the doses) or less than 15(fifteen) days after taking the 1st dose of vaccine against COVID-19, inter-district movement may be allowed for essential and emergency purposes with special permission from the concerned District Task Force as per the provisions contained in Para 4 of Home Department’s office order of even number dated 11.05.2021. Further the following should be adhered to by all travellers: • The person(s) including the driver are asymptomatic. 

• Not more than two persons are sitting in the rear seats and only light vehicles will be allowed. 

• Complete adherence to COVID-19 appropriate behaviours. 

• Intimation regarding the journey undertaken and the local address of stay shall be made to the local administrative officer on arrival at the destination. 

This SOP will be uniformly implemented throughout the State without any deviation and will not be modified by District Task Force, Urban Local Bodies, Village Authorities or Community-based Organizations. 

Any person violating the instructions in the SOP will be liable to be prosecuted against as per the relevant sections of the Disaster Management Act 2005, besides action under section 188 of IPC and other legal provisions as applicable.

Revised SOP for returnees/inbound travellers

A. Returnees and Travellers Entering the State Or Nagaland

1. All the returnees and travellers entering the Stale of Nagaland, shall undergo Covid-19

screening test at the following Points of Entry (PoE): Dimapur Airport, Dimapur Railway Station-haltage of only long distance trains, Dimapur- New Field Check Gate and the Dillai Gate, Kohima- Khuzama, Mokokchung- Tsutapela and Watiyongpang, Mon- Naginimora & Tizit, Wokha- Bhandari and Phek- Lanye Junction & Akash Bridge.

2. Every traveller/returnee entering Nagaland should be asymptomatic and shall be required to produce a Covid-19 vaccination completion certificate or provisional certificate for Covid-19 vaccination first dose and 15 days should have passed after taking the first dose-- in soft or hard copy or SMS from AX-NHPSMS at the PoE.

3. The returnees/ inbound travellers including tourists who are asymptomatic and fully vaccinated (taken both the doses) will not be required to be tested for CoVID-19 at the PoE and may not be required to quarantine. Those who have taken only the first dose of vaccine, and at least 15 days have passed since taking the dose, and are asymptomatic, will not be required to be tested at the PoE but will be required to quarantine for days. 

For all those who are symptomatic, or not taken any single dose of the vaccine against COVID-19, or taken the first dose of the vaccine against COVID-19 but less than 15 days have passed since taking the vaccine; the persons concerned will be required to undergo testing for COVID-19 on payment as per the Government approved rates, and further undergo quarantine for 7 (seven) days.

4. The persons who need to quarantine shall also furnish an undertaking/declaration as given in Annexure-1 at the Pont of Entry. The undertaking can be downloaded from https://covid19.nagaland.gov.in/storage/advisories/Letter%20of%20Undertaking-Declaration%20to%20be%20submitted%20at%20point%20of%20entry.pdf

5. The concerned District Task Force should put in place a mechanism for facilitating the testing and paid quarantine. Home quarantine may be permitted it there are provisions for separate room and toilet.

6. In case of a resident of any North East (NE) State other than Nagaland, who is arriving in Nagaland by road/air/train, and is a transit passenger and directly travelling onwards to any other NE State; the person concerned should have a Negative COVID-19 Test Result through

RT-PCR/TrucNat/CBNAAT, with the swab for test taken not earlier than 72 hours of entry into Nagaland, or COVID-19 Vaccination Completion Certificate or Provisional certificate for

COVID-19 vaccination – 1st dose and has completed at least 15 (Fifteen) days after 1st dose, and should also satisfy the requirements of the SOP of the final destination State, failing which, the person concerned will not be allowed to enter the State of Nagaland.

Further, the person concerned should be asymptomatic and must produce (a) ticket for the onward journey or proof of self-arranged vehicle (b) proof of address in the other State and (c) Observe COVID-19 appropriate behaviour and norms at all times.

In case of any person who cannot undertake onward journey, or is unable to go back because of non-fulfillment of the requirements of the SOP as mentioned above, he/she shall be required to undergo testing for COVID-19 on payment and mandatory Quarantine in a Paid facility in the State.

7. There will be no exemptions from the requirement of having COVID-19 vaccination Certificate or from quarantining/self-isolation as mentioned above in Para 2, 3 and 6.

8. In case of dignitaries and senior government officials entering the State, the Home Department will provide necessary facilitation and make arrangements as the case maybe.

9. In case of officers /staff/ personnel of Military/ Para Military entering the State, the respective Military/Para Military formations units will make arrangements at the PoE for transportation of their staff/personnel to their respective camps units, for testing for COVID-19, and quarantining for 7 (seven) days in the event of any such category of person found to be symptomatic on arrival, or who doesn’t possess COVID-19 Vaccination Completion Certificate or less than 15 (fifteen) days have passed after the 1st dose of COVID-19 vaccination. The Military/Para Military formation/unit, wherever required, may contact the respective DIF for any assistance.

10. The Village Councils/Urban Local Bodies under the supervision of DTF: shall identify any inter-state traveller arriving in their respective jurisdictions shall immediately report to the Sub-divisional Task Force or the DTF as the case may be and inform such person(s) to remain in self isolation while in quarantine if they are not in possession of Certificate of having completed their vaccination or shall monitor any breach of Quarantine norms or COVID-19 appropriate behaviours by the person concerned and immediately bring to the notice of the Sub-Divisional Task Force or the DTF for taking suitable action.

B. This SOP will be uniformly implemented throughout the Stale without any deviation and will not be modified by District Task Force, Urban Local Bodies, Village Authorities or Community-based Organizations.

C. Any person violating the instructions in the SOP will be liable to be prosecuted against as per the relevant sections of the Disaster Management Act 2005, besides action under section 188 of IPC and other legal provisions as applicable.

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