Night curfew has been extended in the East Khasi Hills, which, with 383 positive cases on date is the most COVID-19 hit district in Meghalaya, from August 17 to 24 from 9 pm to 5 pm each day.
“To identify and take more stringent steps so the pandemic of COVID- 19 is contained, reduced and eliminated in East Khasi Hills district and Meghalaya by way of rigorous contact tracing, testing, quarantine, isolation and ensuring observance of strict protocols of the advisories issued by the Health and Family Welfare department,” District Magistrate Matsiewdor War Nongbri said in his order to promulgate night curfew under Section 144 CrPC and the Meghalaya Epidemic Diseases, COVID-19 Regulations, 2020.
The order also prohibited inter-state movement and incoming of additional workforce from outside the district except for skilled, highly-skilled, specialized professionals and technicians regulated by Standard Operating Procedures and order of the Labour and Health and Family Welfare departments.
“Operation of restaurants, cafes and food outlets excluding those that are located along National Highways shall be in strict compliance to the Standard Operating Procedures issued by the Tourism department. However, operation of restaurants, cafés, food outlets and tea stalls along National Highways is strictly for home delivery and take away service only,” the order said.
“Yoga institutes and gymnasiums will operate subject to strict compliance with the Standard Operating Procedures issued by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Government of India, after due permission has been received from the Office of the Deputy Commissioner, East Khasi Hills district,” it specified.
“Cyber cafes and gaming parlours are permitted to open subject to strict compliance to the Standard Operating Procedures to be issued by the Information Technology and Communication department, Government of Meghalaya, after due permission has been received from the Office of the Deputy Commissioner, East Khasi Hills district,” it added.
“Border trade with Bangladesh through Land Customs Stations is permitted subject to strict compliance of the Standard Operating Procedures being issued by the state government in the Commerce and Industry department. However, trade through Border Haat is not permitted,” the order stated.