The Nagaland state capital Kohima will witness stricter COVID-19 guidelines. In this regard, the district administration has directed that all schools, colleges, coaching/vocational/ institutions/student hostels etc will be closed until further notice. However, online/ distance learning will continue to be permitted and shall be encouraged.
It also directed that all cinema halls, swimming pools, gymnasiums, entertainment parks, auditoriums, theatres, assembly halls, sports complexes and stadiums, and public places like parks, museums, libraries, recreation centers, etc. will be closed until further notice.
The directive of the Kohima district administration also said that social/ political/ sports/ entertainment/ academic/ cultural/ religious functions and other large congregations will be permitted outside the containment zones, but the gathering shall not be more than 30% of the capacity of the hall/venue/ground or 100 persons, whichever is lower, subject to COVID-19 appropriate behaviors like wearing of masks, social distancing, regular washing of hands by hand sanitizer/soap and water etc.
It also directed that religious places/ place of worship will be permitted to open outside the containment zones subject to a maximum of 30% of the capacity of the hall/building at any point of time or 100 persons whichever is lower and with strict adherence to all the provisions of the SOPs for preventing the spread of COVID-19.
It further directed that every inbound traveler/returnees on arrival will be required to produce a negative RTPCR/TrueNat/CBNAAT test report for COVID-19 with the test done not earlier than 72 (seventy two) hours prior to entry into the State and such persons will be further required to remain in self-isolation/quarantine for 7(seven) days. In other cases, the person concerned after entry will be required to self-isolate/quarantine for 10 (ten) days.
The administration further directed that all gaonburas/ chairman of village councils/ colonies/ wards are directed to identify any person arriving from outside the state in their respective jurisdictions and instruct such persons to report to the District Surveillance Team Kohima.
It also directed that the movement of private vehicles and public transportation like city buses and taxis is permitted, however, the occupancy in every kind of vehicle is limited to 50% of the total occupancy. Passengers have been directed to follow all Covid-19 protocols like wearing masks, using hand sanitizers and maintaining social distance at all times. It further directed that random screening tests will continue to be conducted from time to time as per Government directives.
It then said all residents of Kohima district have directed to observe Covid-l9 appropriate behaviors including avoiding crowded places compulsory wearing of facemasks and if eligible, avail Covid-19 Vaccination. All Gaonburas/ Chairman of Village Councils/Colonies/Wards in addition to enforcement committees and police have been directed to ensure compliance to COVID-19 appropriate behaviour and other SOPs in their respective jurisdictions.
“Any person violating this order shall be penalized as per the provision of the Section 51 to 60 of the Disaster Management Act 2005 beside legal action under section 188 of the IPC,” it added.