Dima Hasao district administration in Assam has imposed total lockdown for two weeks to prevent spreading of COVID-19 from 6 am on July 6.

Deputy Commissioner Paul Baruah on July 5 said that the lockdown will continue till July 19.

“This step has been taken in-order to curb the community transmission of COVID-19 after eight positive cases were detected – five of whom are frontline officials and one is a family member and two other people,” said Baruah.

Addressing the media at his office in Haflong, district headquarter of Dima Hasao, Baruah stated that police administration has been instructed to ensure strict compliance of the order as per the guidelines issued throughout the district.

He informed that the order came into effect on approval from the Assam government regarding recommendations forwarded from his office on July 3.

As per the guidelines, grocery shops have been allowed to operate from 11 am to 4 pm on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays with requisite 30 per cent shops open on these days. Wearing of face masks, using of sanitizers and maintaining social distancing will have to be ensured by the people and responsibility of which will be on the shop owners, failure of execution may even entail summary closure of defaulting shops.

Wholesalers of grocery items are allowed to replenish stocks of retailers on Sundays and Thursdays between 3 pm and 6 pm while no retail selling is allowed during this period.

Activities relating to essential items supply from the FCI establishments shall be allowed to operate and e-commerce between 11 am and 4 pm on Fridays only.

Roadside vending of any fruits, vegetables, fish etc. will not be allowed. No haats, fairs, weekly markets shall be allowed.

Exemptions are however given to pharmacies, clinical establishments, grocery and essential items shops, petrol pumps, LPG outlets. All subject to maintenance of proper sanitation and hygienic condition by the lessees.

Vehicles registered under the district administration, DDMA and those related to emergency, health services both government and private,

Army/ military vehicles, paramilitary vehicles, police vehicles, ambulance, goods carrying essential commodities vehicles and any other vehicles related to emergency are exempted, the DC said.

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