Nagaland extends ongoing state wide lockdown till June 18

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Nagaland Government has announced the extension of the ongoing state wide lockdown till June 18. This is the third lockdown extension in the state. The state first went into lockdown on May 14, which was again extended to June 11. State Spokesperson on COVID-19, Minister Neiba Kronu said the High Powered Committee today held a meeting under the Chairmanship of Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio decided to continue Lockdown till 18th of June with more relaxation.

He said views of the District Task Forces, DTFs was taken and it has been a consensus to continue lockdown with more relaxation. Kronu said it has recommended to the War room for enhancement shopping time for essential commodities. He said online classes will continue to function in the state.

He added Railway stoppage at Dimapur will continue to suspended, while, labours from outside without the negative report will not be allowed. The Spokesperson also said maximum of 20 members and below will be allowed in Churches for prayer services. Kronu further said stationery shop will be allowed to open.

Additional relaxations from 12th June to 18th of June

The existing lockdown measures will continue to remain in force in the state with additional relaxations from 12th June to 18th of June. In an order issued today by Chief Secretary J. Alam said, respective District Task Forces, DTFs and law enforcing agencies will strictly enforce the practice of No Mask- No Movement, and No Mask- No Entry.

The directives stated that permitted shops and business establishments will be allowed to open between 6 AM to 2 PM. However DTFs are authorized to decide the timing as per the local conditions. Shops selling stationeries, mobile phones and computer accessories, garages for automobile repairing and shops selling vehicle spare parts will be allowed to open on alternate days as determined by the DTFs. While, the regular religious services and gatherings will continue to be suspended, it has allowed prayer meetings and fellowships in religious places with not more than 20 persons with strict adherence to COVID appropriate behaivour.

Administrative offices of Schools and colleges with a core group of officers or staff are also permitted to attend to urgent and essential matter, while the private business offices with core group of officers or staff are also permitted with the permission of the respective DTFs. New construction works will be permitted after examination by the respective DTFs and fresh labourers will be allowed as per the provision of the revised DSOP for returnees and travelers.

Common Service Centres across the state has been permitted to open as per the requirements of the respective DTFs for IT support during COVID-19 vaccination. Further, light motor vehicles including taxi, auto rickshaws etc will be allowed to ply on Odd-Even basis. However, taxi and auto rickshaws drivers will have to produce a negative COVID-19 test report for resumption of services.

The DTFs can however consider imposing restrictions depending on the prevailing situations to prevent the spread of the virus. Bus service, two wheeler taxi service and pillion riding will remain suspended.