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Nagaland Govt issues new guidelines for COVID-19

The religious places or place of worship will be permitted to open outside the containment zones subject to a maximum of 30% of the capacity of the hall

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Kohima: The Government of Nagaland on Thursday issued the fresh consolidated guidelines for implementation throughout the State of Nagaland with effect from tomorrow (30th April) till 13th of May next.

According to an official bulletin, the activities shall be prohibited or closed across the State of Nagaland are “summer break for all the schools and colleges shall be declared with effect from the date of issue of this order until further notice. All the coaching, vocational institutions an student hostels shall be closed. However, online or distance learning shall continue to be permitted and shall be encouraged. All cinema halls, swimming pools, gymnasiums, entertainment parks, auditoriums, theatres, assembly halls, sports complexes and stadiums, and similar places shall be closed. All the public places in the State like parks, museums, libraries and re-creation centres shall be closed.
The guidelines has issued restrictions on public gatherings of Social, political, sports, entertainment, academic, cultural, religious functions and other large congregations will be permitted outside the containment zones, but the gathering shall not be more than 30% of the capacity of the hall, venue, ground or 100 persons, whichever is lower, subject to COVID-19 appropriate behaviors like wearing of masks, social distancing, regular washing of hands by hand sanitizer, soap and water.
The religious places or place of worship will be permitted to open outside the containment zones subject to a maximum of 30% of the capacity of the hall and building at any point of time or 100 persons, whichever is lower, and with strict adherence to all the provisions of the SOP for preventing the spread of COVID-19. The District Task Force can take suitable decisions as per the local situations to further reduce the maximum allowable capacities as mentioned above.
On the entry and exit points, the guidelines said any inbound traveler or returnee will be permitted to enter the State through Dimapur by Train, Air or by Road through the New Field Check Gate and the Dillai Gate; and by road through Khuzama, Kohima district, Tsutapela and Watiyongpang, Mokokchung district, Naginimora and Tizit, Mon district, Bhandari, Wokha district, Lanye and Akash Bridge in Phek district. Entry into the State through any other route, or by any other mode of travel will not be allowed, except under special circumstances with the approval of the Home Department. Every inbound traveler or returnee on arrival will be required to produce a negative RT- PCR/TrueNat/CBNAAT test report for COVID-19 with the test done not earlier than 72 (seventy two) hours prior to entry into the State and such persons will be further required to remain in self-isolation/quarantine for seven days. In other cases, the person concerned after entry will be required to self-isolate/quarantine for 10 (ten) days. In addition, the person concerned will have to comply with the Revised Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) for returnees and travellers entering Nagaland being issued separately.
The shops and hawker stalls of all categories located in marketing complexes and crowded areas like Hongkong Market, New Market in Dimapur Town, BOC Market in Kohima and other areas are allowed to open and operate with the condition of only a certain percentage of the shops limited to 30% as decided by the respective DTF after making an assessment of the location and layout; may open in turns on any particular day, with other necessary measures in place in the markets to ensure that crowding is avoided, and all the social distancing norms and health safety protocols are strictly followed. A fine of Rs.200 shall be imposed on the persons not wearing a mask in public places, workplaces, and during transport. The proprietors of the shops and establishments which are allowed to open will make arrangements for keeping hand sanitizers or provide facilities for hand washing with soap and water for the public as well as for their own staff and workers. Hotels/ and Lodges will continue to be permitted to open and operate subject to adherence to conditions/provisions of the SOP for preventing the spread of COVID-19. Restaurants will continue to be permitted to open outside the containment zones subject to adherence to conditions/provisions of the SOP for preventing the spread of COVID-19. The barber shops and salons are permitted to open and function subject to the provisions of the SOP.
Private Banks, ATMs, Pharmacies, Medical Clinics, Nursing Homes, Private Telecom Services, Internet Service Providers, Media Houses, LPG, Petroleum outlets will continue to open or function as per the existing arrangements. All other kind of private offices/establishments may open/function subject to 50% attendance on any day and strict adherence to COVID-19 appropriate behavior. The DTF if it feels there is a requirement, may, for decreasing crowding in the markets consider opening of only 50% shops on any particular day in a market.
The Civil Secretariat and Directorates in Kohima and Dimapur and all the Government offices in the Districts shall continue to function with attendance of officers of Deputy Secretary and above in the Secretariat, and Deputy Director and above in the Directorate and the Head of Office and immediate junior in the District offices being mandatory. For other categories of officers and staff, a roster system shall be worked out by the Administrative Heads of Department (AHOD)/Head of Department (HOD)/Head of Office concerned whereby 50% staff attends office every alternate week. The entry of public visitors to offices, unless of essential nature, MV’ will be prohibited.
District Administration, Police, Security Forces and Agencies and Medical and essential Service Providers like Treasury, Fire & Emergency Services, Home Guards & Civil Defence, Prisons, PHED, Power, NIC, DIPR, Postal Services, Food & Civil Supplies, Social Welfare, IT&C, Veterinary & Animal Husbandry, Municipalities, Town Councils, AIR, Doordarshan, BSNL, Public Sector Banks, ATMs shall continue to operate as per the current arrangements.
Persons above 65 years of age, persons with co-morbidities, pregnant women, and children below the age of 10 years are advised to take necessary precautions, among others, the bulletin said.

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