East Khasi Hills district administration on Sunday issued prohibitory orders as well as extended the night curfew from February 22 upto February 28 as a part of preventive and mitigation measures to contain the spread of COVID-19.
The prohibitory orders will be effective from 5 am to 11 pm while the night curfew from 11 pm to 5 am every day.
The order was issued to put in place preventive measures and awareness, to identify and take more stringent steps to ensure social distancing so the pandemic of COVID-19 is contained, reduced and eliminated 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 the 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.
In the order, the district magistrate has prohibited any assembly or gathering without due permission.
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 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 the Political Department, Government of Meghalaya and the number of attendees shall not exceed 75% of the seating capacity as per the order of the Government.
Schools and Hostels will open as per notifications and standard operating procedures issued by the Education Department, Government of Meghalaya.
The maximum number of persons allowed during any religious, social and private gatherings is increased to 75% of the capacity of the venue.
Private and non-government offices are permitted to function with 100 % strength as per the order of the Government.
Cinema Halls are permitted to re-open subject to compliance with the standard operating procedures of the General Administration Department, Government of Meghalaya and after due permission is obtained 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.
Odd-even restriction for public transport in Shillong Urban agglomeration area is discontinued and private vehicles seeking exemption from this rule may apply to the office of the District Magistrate, East Khasi Hills along with supporting documents.
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