Newmai News Network
Shillong | October 18
East Khasi Hills district administration on Sunday issued prohibitory orders as well as extending the night curfew in the entire district from October 19 to 26.
The prohibitory orders will be effective from 5 am to 9 pm while the night curfew from 9:00pm to 5:00am every day.
The order was issued to put in place preventive measures and awareness, to identify and take more stringent steps to ensure social distancing so the pandemic of COVID-19 is contained, reduced and eliminated in the district.
In her order, the district magistrate has prohibited any assembly or gathering without due permission, operation of unregulated major markets and shopping complexes, Border Haats and markets located in the inter-state borders.
The order prohibits operation of all cinema halls, swimming pools, entertainment parks, theatres, bars and auditorium, assembly halls and similar recreational places, all forms of contact sports, competitive sports, events and spectators in sports grounds and stadia, however, permission for training etc., as per standard operating procedures of Sports and Youth Affairs Department may be granted after due application to the Office of District Magistrate, East Khasi Hills and satisfaction of all conditions.
The order also prohibited all forms of large public gathering and congregation including social, political, entertainment, academic, cultural, etc, without permission from the Office of District Magistrate, East Khasi Hills.
The order also prohibits moving in public, work places and during transport without a mask, spitting and consumption of liquor, paan, gutka, tobacco, etc. in public places.
The general instruction of the order states that every individual to mandatorily maintain social distancing of at least six feet, wearing of mask, respiratory etiquette and to strictly follow without fail the various protocols and advisories of the Government in the Health and Family Welfare Department at all times.
The public must strictly comply without fail to the measures mandated for containment areas.
Any individual, organisation seeking to organise any function, meeting or event may applied to the Office of the District Magistrate, East Khasi Hills District and subject to the ceiling limit of 50 attendees or one third the capacity of the hall or venue whichever is less.
Religious places and places of worship of all faiths are permitted to reopen subject to compliance to the SOP laid down by the Government in the notification issued on September 25, 2020.
Schools will be permitted to open for activities such as teacher- student counseling, clearing doubts, addressing hard spots, sharing unit/lesson plans, assignments, submission of works, students assessment programme etc., as per guidelines issued on September 17, 2020 by the Education Department, Government of Meghalaya.
For funeral and last rites related gatherings, the number of attendees must not exceed 30. Wedding ceremonies will be allowed in compliance with SOP issued by the Health and Family Welfare Department on 30th September, 2020 and the number of guests shall not exceed one-third of the seating capacity or 50 guests, whichever is less.
Persons above 65 years of age, persons with co-morbidities, pregnant women and children below the age of 10 years are advised to stay at home except for meeting essential requirements and for health purposes.
Operation of permitted shops, services, establishment, agricultural, industrial and commercial activities must strictly adhere to the prescribed standard operating procedures and National Directives of Government for COVID-19 Management in public places and work places including mandatory compliance to the advisories of Health and Family Welfare Department, without fail and also to the standard operating procedures pertaining to offices, both public and private, as issued by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Government of India.