The week-long ‘total lockdown,’ imposed by Kohima District Task Force on COVID-19 began from July 25 in the entire Kohima Municipal Area with a peaceful atmosphere.
According to official sources all the business establishments are closed and vehicular traffic are off the roads. People preferred to stay at their respective houses for safety as the pandemic novel coronavirus are spreading in many areas of the Kohima town.
Kohima deputy commissioner Gregory Thejawelie on July 25 demarcated areas in Lower Chandmari, Upper PR Hill and Lower Forest Colony, as ‘Sealed Area’ following the detection of COVID-19 positive cases from persons residing in the localities.
Stating that the areas have been sealed to contain the spread of the disease or infection and for necessary contact tracing, the DC in an order dated July 23 said that all movement of person or vehicles within the defined sealed area is strictly restricted and prohibited and under active surveillance with immediate effect.
Earlier on July 23, the DC had ordered for the Lockdown and said all public movement is prohibited, except on rare medical emergencies. All categories of shops are to strictly remain closed during the total lockdown period, except for pharmacies outside the sealed area. All religious places should remain closed.
Religious services and congregation is strictly prohibited. Movements of all commercial and private vehicles are prohibited, except for unavoidable medical emergencies.
Gathering of people at public places within the residential areas in ward, colonies and villages is prohibited. Marriages are not allowed during this total lockdown period.
Funeral and last rites related gatherings shall ensure social distancing and the maximum number of people allowed shall not exceed more than 20 people. And inter-state, inter-district and inter village movement is restricted.
However, movement of medical emergency cases and essential goods and services with proper safety measures in place will be allowed. Failure to comply with this order shall invite strict penal actions as per the provision of Section 51 to 60 of the Disaster Management Act 2005, besides legal action under Section 188 of the Indian Penal Code, 1860 and other provisions wherever applicable, the DC said.