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Nagaland goes for week-long lockdown to fight Covid-19

Representational image. Nagaland will go in for a 14-day lockdown from May 14

Given the increasing number of Covid-19 cases in the State, the Nagaland Government has decided to impose a week-long total lockdown from 6 p.m. on May 14 till May 21.

The Government arrived at this decision following a high power committee meeting on Covid-19 which was held on May 11 at the Nagaland Chief Minister’s residential complex in Kohima.

A Government statement said, “The existing restrictions will continue till the local lockdown is in place. Government departments will continue to function with a core team formed by the head of department. Construction activities may be permitted but the contractor and firms will be responsible for ensuring adherence to all SOPs for the workers.”

The statement however, said that essential services including agricultural activities will be exempted from the purview of lockdown directives.

Key points of the lockdown

  • All activities and movements, except essential services, will remain suspended during the lockdown.
  • All places of mass gatherings will remain closed and all social, religious, cultural, political functions will be barred.
  • Marriages will be allowed with prior permission, with a maximum of 20 guests. Gatherings at a funeral capped at 20 guests.
  • Movement of all private and public vehicles will be suspended except for medical emergencies.
  • Agricultural and allied activities and ongoing construction works will be allowed, subject to observance of Covid-19 protocols.
  • Petrol pumps will remain open.
  • Electronic/print media, telecom and internet service providers will remain functional.
  • Essential services, including all healthcare facilities and vehicle carrying essential medical equipment and supplies, will remain operational.

The Government also decided that during the course of the lockdown period, Health and Family Welfare Department may pursue aggressive testing, utilizing the full testing capacity of the Covid-19 laboratories.