Meghalaya Govt warns stringent action against health protocol violators

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While, Ninety people in India have so far contracted the new strain of coronavirus, which was first detected in the United Kingdom in September, the Health Ministry said. Eight of these cases of the mutant strain – believed to be more infectious – are new, the data shows. Now what is required is strongly following Health SOPs. 

In Meghalaya, while the enforcing agencies and health department are doing their best to make people adhere to the health protocols, the norms are being blatantly flouted by ‘State Transport Public Services’ (STPS) and the ‘Shillong Supplementary Public Transport Services’ (SSPTS). Also, the crowd at market areas especially the police bazaar which needed to be decongested. 

Deputy Chief Minister Prestone Tynsong has reiterated stringent action against the ones who flout the coronavirus SOPs. He also urges the public to join hands towards averting any possible outbreak of the new coronavirus strain in the state.

Deputy Chief Minister said, “We have not withdrawn the restrictions, they are in place. Hence, we appeal the people to ensure compliance to the SOPs. Otherwise action will be taken”.

“Restrictions will continue and we will make sure that the people of the state are totally safe,” he added. 

As of now stresses is given towards wearing face masks but does everyone wears it properly?

  Meanwhile, in view of the prevailing situation concerning COVID-19 in the state, country and globally and to put in place preventive measures and awareness, East Khasi Hills District administration has impose prohibitory order as it focuses on to identify and take more stringent steps to ensure social distancing so the pandemic of COVID-19 is contained, reduced and eliminated by way of rigorous contact tracing, testing, quarantine, isolation and ensuring strict observance of protocols and advisories issued by the Government of Meghalaya.

The District Magistrate, East Khasi Hills District in an order issued on 10th January 2021 under Section 144 CrPC read together with Regulation 3 of the Meghalaya Epidemic Diseases, COVID-19 Regulations, 2020 has prohibited any assembly or gathering without due permission in all of East Khasi Hills District with effect from 11th January 2021 upto 17th January 2021 only for timings falling between 5:00 AM to 11:00 PM each day.

The order prohibits the operation of unregulated markets that have not obtained separate permission from the office of the District Magistrate, East Khasi Hills District, operation of swimming pools and similar recreational places. However, swimming pools will be allowed to open strictly for water sports activities, training as per the standard operating procedure of Sport and Youth Affairs Department, Government of Meghalaya issued on 7th December 2020 and public should not be allowed.

The order also prohibits all forms of large public gathering and congregation including social, political, entertainment, academic, cultural, etc., without permission from the Office of the District Magistrate, East Khasi Hills.

The order also prohibits moving in public, workplaces and during transport without a mask, spitting and consumption of liquor, paan, gutka, tobacco, etc. in public places.

           The general instruction of the order states that every individual must mandatorily maintain social distancing of at least six feet, wearing of masks, respiratory etiquette and to strictly follow without fail the various protocols and advisories of the Government in the Health and Family Welfare Department at all times.

Religious places, places of worship of all faiths are permitted to re-open subject to compliance to the standard operating procedure as laid down in the notification issued by Political Department, Government of Meghalaya on 25th September 2020. 

Schools are permitted to open as per notification issued by the Education Department, Government of Meghalaya on 26th November 2020. 

Any individual or organization seeking to organize any function, meeting, durbar, ceremony, or event may apply to the office of the District Magistrate, East Khasi Hills subject to a ceiling limit of 100 attendees or one-third the capacity of the hall/venue, whichever is less as per the order issued by Political Department, Government of Meghalaya on 26th November 2020.

Wedding ceremonies will be allowed in compliance with the standard operating procedure issued by Health & Family Welfare Department, Government of Meghalaya on 30th September 2020. Attendants at the place of worship shall not exceed one-third the capacity of the place of worship. Weddings and receptions at halls or outdoor spaces will adhere to the ceiling limit of 100 attendants.

Private gatherings at residential premises which include wedding receptions, engagements, funerals/last rites, birthday parties, memorial services, anniversaries etc. will be allowed subject to a ceiling limit of 50 persons or one-third the capacity of the residential premises, whichever is less as per the order issued by Political Department, Government of Meghalaya on 30th November 2020. Permission will be issued on a case to case basis, after assessing the capacity of the residential premises by the Executive Magistrate, Block Development Officer concerned, whenever deemed necessary.

Autonomous, Private and Non-Government offices are permitted to function with 50% strength as per the order issued by Political Department, Government of Meghalaya on 27th November 2020. 

Permission for the resumption of contact, non-contact, recreational and competitive sports and training activities, domestic football matches, competitions and tournaments through clubs and associations as per standard operating procedures of Sports and Youth Affairs Department, Government of Meghalaya issued on 7th and 8th December 2020 may be granted after due application to the Office of the District Magistrate, East Khasi Hills and satisfaction of all conditions.

Cinema Halls are permitted to reopen with effect from 21st December 2020 subject to compliance with the standard operating procedures of the General Administration Department, Government of Meghalaya issued on 17th December 2020 and after due permission from the office of the District Magistrate, East Khasi Hills.

Persons above 65 years of age, persons with co-morbidities, pregnant women and children below the age of 10 years are advised to stay at home except for meeting essential requirements and for health purposes.

All residents of the District are to install Aarogya Setu Application and Behavioral Change Management App and regularly update their health status on the apps for containment of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Private and public transport will operate in East Khasi Hills District as per the Order of Transport Department, Government of Meghalaya issued on 15th September 2020.

The movement of vehicles and other traffic arrangements will be prepared and regulated by the office of the Superintendent of Police, East Khasi Hills District, Shillong.

Inter-District movement of persons is permitted and inter-State movement of persons will be strict as per the instructions of the Government of Meghalaya.

All persons entering Meghalaya will have to mandatorily register for testing @ http://meghalayaonline.gov.in/covid/testing.htm and shall strictly follow the testing and quarantine protocols issued by the Health and Family Welfare Department, Government of Meghalaya on 27th October 2020.