Nagaland Chief Secretary issues guidelines for extended lockdown till August 31

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Kohima, August 1 (AN): Nagaland Chief Secretary, Temjen Toy has issued a set of consolidated guidelines restricting the movement and gathering of people during the statewide lockdown period, which has been extended till 31st of this month from today. Considering the surge in infections in the State, a meeting of the High Powered Committee on COVID-19 headed by Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio on Thursday had extended the ongoing lockdown measures for another month.

In this regard, Toy as chairman of the State Executive Committee said the measures have been issued for preventing and containing the spread of COVID-19 and for strict implementation throughout the State with effect from today till 31st August. The consolidated guidelines stated that all schools, colleges, educational, training, coaching, vocational institutions etc shall continue to remain prohibited, however, online or distance learning would continue to be permitted and shall be encouraged. Beside others, he said all social, political, sports, entertainment, academic, cultural, religious functions and other large congregations would remain closed.

The inter-state borders will continue to remain sealed while movement of goods vehicles entering or transiting through the State would be allowed after proper medical screening of the drivers and attendants. The Chief Secretary instructed all the Deputy Commissioners (DCs) of the districts to strictly enforce the lockdown measures. The guidelines have also given the liberty to the DCs to impose stricter and additional lockdown measures in their own jurisdiction after taking into account the local conditions.