A cabinet meeting was held on Friday to discuss measures to prevent the spread of Coronavirus in the state. Chief Minister Conrad Sangma urged citizens to observe Coronavirus Awareness Day on Saturday.
All offices, banks, institutions, public places, market places and market place will remain closed till midnight of March 21st, 2020.
Addressing media, the Chief Minister urged the public not to panic and adopt measures particularly social distancing, maintain hand wash protocol and respiratory etiquette.
“I urge citizens to not look at this as a “lock-down” or “shutdown” but to understand and prevent the spread of Coronavirus disease in the state by playing our part as individuals, families, locality and society at large,” he said.
On panic buying, the Chief Minister assured that there was no shortage of essential commodities in the State and there was no reason for citizens to go for panic buying.
The Chief Minister said that strict action will be taken against shops and establishments violating the government directive and overcharging on essential items. He urged the public to inform the district administration of any matter with regards the issue.
He also appealed to the citizens to inform the government about travel history or symptoms of the disease through the helpline number 108, or by registering on the online platform meghalayaonline.gov.in/covid or by calling the control room of the DCs in the respective district.
The Chief Minister also participated in the video conference convened by the Prime Minister with all the CMs of the country on the preparedness of COVID-19.