Maintaining strict protocols as the country begins unlock 05, Chief Minister Conrad Sangma stresses on reopening in a phased manner. A day after the process of unlocking 05 begins, Chief Minister Conrad Sangma stresses on ‘accommodate, adapt and adjust’ policy as the fight against COVID – 19 becomes mightier.
“We need to come back to normalcy in terms of economic activities and we have given a lot of time to it and people have started adjusting to it and I think as we go along we would need to ‘accommodate, adapt and adjust’ there is no other way,” the Chief Minister said.
After remaining shut for nearly six months now, the religious places from across Meghalaya too re-opens following standard operating protocol during this unlock 05. During this latest phase of unlocking following SOPs Cinemas/ theatres/ multiplexes will be permitted to open with upto 50% of their seating capacity, while, Business to Business (B2B) Exhibitions will be permitted to open, Swimming pools and Entertainment parks and similar places will be permitted to open with SOPs from respective departments.
Sangma said, “So keeping things close down is not the solution, therefore, we need to figure out how we as an individual can adapt to the situation.”
Stressing on maintaining SOPs, CM said, “We need to be open up ofcourse we need to be careful about opening up everything in one go, so we take a step at a time and I think it is important that every state government to analyze it at their level for their state and the people.”
It was in March this year when the country was shut down due to COVID-19 pandemic. The ministry of home affairs has announced a detailed guideline for Unlock 5, or for reopening to be effective from October 1, shortly. Despite a steep rise in the number of Covid-19 cases in the country, the home ministry has made it clear that there would be more relaxations and fewer restrictions, though local administrations in some states are heavily relying on voluntary curfew, local lockdowns etc.
Unlock 5.0 is likely to become the most crucial as a number of religious festivals are scheduled in October, including Durga Puja. The first phase of Bihar Assembly Election 2020 is scheduled on October 28. EOM