Curfew Order under Section 144 CrPC

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In view of the prevailing situation concerning COVID-19 in the state and in order to put in place preventive and mitigation measures, so the pandemic of COVID-19 is contained, reduced, and eliminated in East Khasi Hills District and Meghalaya, the District Magistrate, East Khasi Hills District in an order issued on 19th December 2020 under Section 144 CrPC read together with Regulation 3 of the Meghalaya Epidemic Diseases, COVID-19 Regulations, 2020 has extended the night curfew in East Khasi Hills District with effect from 21st December 2020 up to 1st January 2021 only for timings falling between 11:00 PM to 5:00 AM each day.

           However, according to the order, the Night Curfew will be lifted on the nights of 24th, 25th and 31st December, 2020 in view of the ensuing Christmas and New Year celebrations being observed in the District.

The night curfew will not apply to medical teams and officials on COVID-19 duty, police, security and armed forces, Civil Defence and Home Guard volunteers, wholesale and retail pharmacies, Fire and Emergency service, MeECL, NEEPCO and Power Grid, FCI vehicles, officers and staff of corona care centres, press, print and electronic, Information and Public Relations Department, National Highways & Infrastructure Development Corporation Ltd, Shillong Municipal Board and Telecom service.

These services shall strictly comply with all protocols and procedures including social distancing, limiting of field staff to the barest minimum and other advisories of Government in the Health and Family Welfare Department, without fail.

Movement of vehicles carrying essential goods, security forces, medical equipments and shops for repair of trucks on highways are also exempted. However, drivers and attendants of the vehicles shall be subject to medical screening as per laid down protocols. 

Curfew passes may be obtained online @ eastkhasihills.gov.in. (MIPR)