East Khasi Hills district magistrate, Isawanda Laloo on Sunday, issued prohibitory orders and extended the night curfew in the entire district from December 7 to December 13, as part of preventive and mitigation measures to contain the spread of COVID-19 pandemic.
According to the order, the night curfew will be effective from 11 pm to 5 am. In view of the prevailing situation, the order has prohibited assembly or gathering without due permission in the district.
Without obtaining separate permission from the office of the District Magistrate, East Khasi Hills district, the order prohibits operation of unregulated markets, all cinema halls, swimming pools, theatres, auditoriums and similar recreational places, all forms of contact sports, competitive sports events and spectators in sports grounds and stadia.
Permission for training etc., as per SOPs of Sports and Youth Affairs Department may be granted after due application to the Office of the District Magistrate, East Khasi Hills and satisfaction of all conditions.
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, work places 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, wear 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.
Places of worship of all faiths are permitted to re-open subject to compliance to the SOP as laid down by the government.
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 or venue, whichever is less.
Wedding ceremonies will be allowed in compliance with the SOP issued by the Health & Family Welfare Department. 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.
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. 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/Non-Government offices are permitted to function with 50% strength as per the order of the Government.
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 and Behavioral Change Management Apps and regularly update their health status on the apps for containment of COVID-19 pandemic.
Private and public transport will operate in East Khasi Hills district as per the Order of the Transport Department, Government of Meghalaya.
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 strictly as per the instructions of the Government of Meghalaya and 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 Department.