In view of the ensuing Kali Puja (Night Puja) to be observed in East Khasi Hills District on 14th November 2020, the District Magistrate, East Khasi Hills District in an order issued on 11th November 2020 under Section 144 CrPC has lifted the Night Curfew in the District for the night of 14th November 2020.
Night Curfew will again be promulgated with effect from 15th November 2020 up to 22nd November 2020, only for timings falling between 11:00 PM to 5:00 AM each day, stated the Order.
The order 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 Highway and Infrastructure Development Corporation Ltd, Shillong Municipal Board and telecom service.
These services shall strictly comply with all the 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.
However, the exemption granted to official and non-official emergency and essential services, establishments and agencies shall not extend to containment areas.
Curfew passes for timings falling between 11:00 PM to 5:00 AM with effect from 15th November 2020 up to 22nd November 2020 can be obtained via online application at eastkhasihills.gov.in. (MIPR)