Kohima, Jun 9 : When several malls, hotels, restaurants, places of worship and numerous offices, outside containment zones, opened throughout the country yesterday in the first phase of unlock 1-0, Nagaland to continue with Lock down 0.5 throughout the state following the gradual increase of COVID-19 cases in the state. The Office of the Nagaland Chief Secretary has reiterated that all the existing guidelines with regard to the Lockdown in all parts of the State issued an Order of even number dated 04.05.2020, will continue to remain operative till further orders.
The order stated that all religious places of worship will remain to be closed for public and religious congregations are strictly prohibited. Restaurants and public places like cinema halls, shopping malls, gymnasiums, social gatherings and educational institutions would continue to remain close. Meanwhile, Nagaland Deputy Chief Minister Y Patton has said that the Nagaland Government is going to set up a special regimented facility for people flouting quarantine norms. Patton said that those who intentionally violate the norms at quarantine centers will be sent to the ‘Police Quarantine Centre’ at Ganeshnagar in Dimapur.
With the number of positive cases on the rise, Patton informed that there are sufficient beds available at the designated COVID-19 Hospital at Tourist Lodge, Dimapur, although currently no single patient has been admitted. The Nagaland Government has issued a set of rules and regulations to be followed in the quarantine facilities, failing which defaulters will be immediately transferred to the Police Quarantine Facility in Ganeshnagar in Dimapur. Occupants of quarantine facilities were advised to follow instructions of the medical team and officials and report any symptoms immediately. It also prohibited ‘activities that involve more than one person’ and advised against gathering in groups or moving outside their assigned space or room. Among others, the guidelines warned against vandalism of property, fighting, stealing, disruptive behavior, inappropriate sexual behavior, manipulation of staff and intimidation of others, stating that such acts of disobedience are punishable offences. (UNI)