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Night curfew extended in Meghalaya

Correspondent Shillong, Jun 14 | Publish Date: 6/14/2020 9:56:01 AM IST

Meghalaya continued to see a steady surge in recoveries of COVID-19 patients and decrease in the number of infected as on Sunday, even as night curfew has been further extended across the state from 9 pm to 5 am each day from June 15 to 22 next as preventive and mitigation measures to contain the pandemic.

“Three more persons from South West Garo Hills have recovered after testing negative twice,” Chief Minister Conrad K Sangma tweeted, adding that the total number of recoveries in the state went up to 26 and that of active cases came down to 17 as of Sunday.
Meghalaya has so far registered 44 COVID-19 positive cases, including one deceased, 17 active and 26 recoveries.
On the other hand, the District Magistrate of East Khasi Hills, Matsiewdor War Nongbri has ordered opening of all identified shops operating from fixed premises from 8 AM to 8 PM in Shillong Urban Agglomeration except for barber shops, beauty parlours, salons, cyber cafe, gaming parlours, jackpot parlours and lottery counters.
“No loitering is allowed in the shopping mall/complex and only customers shall enter to make purchase and exit immediately thereafter without fail and the incident commander, police, headman, owner of shopping mall or complex and respective shopkeepers will decide on the alternate opening of shops on rotation basis,” the order specified.
In her order, Nongbri said 50 percent of private and public transport will operate as notified and inter-district movement of persons is permitted.    
However, Inter-State movement of persons will continue to be restricted.
Private office establishments with 33 percent employee-strength have been allowed to open with permission after giving undertaking to the office of the Deputy Commissioner, East Khasi Hills District and mandatorily comply with the National Directives/SOPs of Government of India for COVID-19 management.
“MGNREGA works with strict implementation of social distancing and face mask are allowed while tea stalls only in rural area are allowed to open barring those along the National Highway but undertakings are to be submitted to the respective Civil Sub Divisional Officers of Sohra and Pynursla and Block Development Officers of East Khasi Hills District. Any tea stall found violating social distancing norms shall be closed,” the order said.
Nongbri has requested the public to strictly maintain social distancing of at least 6 feet, not to overcrowd in one area or shop, not to spit in public places, mandatory wearing of masks, both by shopkeepers and customers, adding that non compliance would entail action of closure of the shops concerned. 
 

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