Shillong: District administration moves to contain spread of COVID-19

Newmai News Network
Shillong | July 12


In an attempt to stem the rising number of COVID-19 cases in the district, the District Magistrate of East Khasi Hills district, Matsiewdor War Nongbri has put in place prohibitions in the rural areas of the district.


These prohibitions have been put in place by Nongbri in exercise of powers conferred under section 144 Cr PC read together with Regulation 3 of the Meghalaya Epidemic Diseases, COVID-19 Regulations 2020.


These prohibitions will come into effect from July 13 and will be applicable till July 20 from 5 am to 10 pm each day in all the rural areas of East Khasi Hills district including the Civil Sub-Divisions of Sohra and Pynursla and in all the C&RD Blocks.


As per these prohibitions, no person from these areas is allowed to embark on any inter-state movement. Assembly of any sort has also been prohibited. The District Magistrate has also prohibited the operation of unregulated major markets and shopping complexes besides border haats in the inter-state borders.


Operation of cinema halls, gymnasiums, swimming pools, entertainment parks, theatres, bars, auditoriums, assembly halls and other recreational places has also been prohibited along with all forms of contact and spectator sports in sports grounds and stadia.


Educational institutions, training centres and coaching classes (tuitions) will also remain closed barring online and distance learning.


While prohibiting the opening of religious places and places of worship of all faiths including religious gatherings and congregation, the District Magistrate however said that marriage rituals in places of worship is permitted only after obtaining due permission from her.


Nongbri has also prohibited movement in public and work spaces without masks and also spitting, consumption of liquor, paan, gutkha and tobacco in public places.


Operation of cyber cafes, gaming parlours, jackpot parlours and lottery counters will continue to be prohibited.


Meanwhile, the District Magistrate has also specified that entry of additional work force from outside the district will not be permitted except for highly skilled, skilled, specialized professionals and technicians regulated by the Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) of the notification issued by the Labour Department on June 9. 2020 read together with the order of the Health & Family Welfare department on June 2, 2020.