Govt announces relaxation in COVID 19 restriction.


The state government on Tuesday announced further relaxation in coronavirus-related restrictions including partially reopening of lower primary schools and the removal of all the restrictions in the tourist places as now children below 10 years and senior citizens can visit tourism places in the state.
This was decided in a review meeting chaired by Chief Minister Conrad Sangma in Shillong.
Addressing reporters after the review meeting, Deputy Chief Minister Prestone Tynsong said, “Tourist spots are now again open, no more restriction is imposed there as the restriction has been lifted again with immediate effect and also we allowed children below the age of 10 years who accompany their relatives or parents along with the senior citizen is allowed for visiting the tourists’ spots in different parts of the state.”
On the partial reopening of lower primary schools, the deputy chief minister said this is because the government had earlier decided not to allow reopening of such schools in Shillong, Jowai and Tura during the COVID-19 pandemic last year.
“We have decided to allow the partial reopening of schools for classes 1 to 5. This would mean that the school authority can have only consultative classes with the students but not on a regular basis and also be subjected to strict compliance with the SOPs issued by the government,” he said.
Further relaxing the restriction on religious places, the deputy chief minister said, “We have decided to allow attendance of 75 percent instead of one-third of the total membership strength of each worshipping/religious place. Again, activities of religious groups such as meetings, conferences and so on and so forth, are also relaxed from one-third capacity to 75 percent capacity of the total strength.”
He said similar relaxation is also extended to sports activities, meetings/functions held at the village/locality level, private functions like weddings, family get-together, funerals and others.
The other activities permitted by the state government also include fishing competition, fetes, youth weeks and various fundraising activities.
Stating that such relaxations are subjected to compliance with the standard operating procedures (SOPs) issued by the health department, the deputy chief minister said, “The SOPs will be in place till the COVID-19 vaccination drive is completed in the state.”
Asked, Tynsong said the decision to ease these restrictions was after seeing the trend of COVID-19 positive cases has reduced in the state. According to him, the government is also taking measures to ensure that normalcy is restored in the state.