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Lockdown-like restrictions imposed in Manipur: Night curfew from 7 PM to 5 AM

The new curbs to break the chain of coronavirus in the state was taken after a meeting of the State Consultative Committee for Covid-19 chaired by Chief Minister N Biren Singh with the top officials during the day.

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Imphal: Manipur Government Sunday imposed night curfew from 7 pm to 5 am across the state amid growing Coronavirus cases in the country with immediate effect.

A statement issued by State Home Department said that the new curbs to break the chain of coronavirus in the state was taken after a meeting of the State Consultative Committee for Covid-19 chaired by Chief Minister N Biren Singh with the top officials during the day.

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Media persons and those engaged in Telecom Service and time-bound project constructions would also exempted, in addition to categories exempted earlier, said the statement. However, all gatherings are banned with immediate effect, except

unavoidable gatherings like funerals, marriages, time-bound religious rituals/ceremonies. Such gathering will also be strictly limited to 20 persons. Covid appropriate behaviour, including wearing of face mask, is to be ensured by the host/organizer. Violators are to be penalized promptly, it warned further.

The statement further said that all shops and markets are to ensure the wearing of face mask and take steps to prevent crowding in their shops, market areas. For Paona Bazar and Thangal Bazar, shops to be opened for business as per the schedule provided.

Crowding in tourist spots, historical sites, etc. are to be prevented by the department or agency concerned/venue owners, it said, adding that DCs shall supervise and monitor all such locations within their jurisdiction and penalize violators. The statement, however, doesn’t mention whether schools and colleges will remain close or open.

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