COVID-19: Curfew extended till April 10, essential items shops to open on 6 and 7

Shillong, Apr 5: The curfew in East Khasi Hills will continue till April 10, informed Deputy Commissioner Matsiewdor War today.

“In view of the prevailing situation concerning COVID-19 in the country and globally, to put in place preventive measures and awareness, to identify and take more stringent steps to ensure social distancing and home quarantine so the pandemic of COVID-19 does not spread to East Khasi Hills District and Meghalaya by way of ensuring observance of strict protocols of the advisories issued by the Government of Meghalaya in the Health and Welfare Department, the District Magistrate, East Khasi Hills District, Shillong in an order issued on 5th April, 2020 has under section 144 CrPC read together with Regulation 3 of the Meghalaya Epidemic Diseases, COVID-19 Regulations, 2020 has promulgated curfew in Shillong agglomeration and its adjoining areas with effect from 6:00 A.M. of 6th April, 2020 upto 6:00 A.M. of 10th April, 2020,” the order said.

The areas to be under Curfew are whole of Municipal and Cantonment Areas, all areas under Mawlai and Mawpat Blocks including their census towns, areas under Mylliem Block from Umshyrpi Bridge upto 7th Mile, Upper Shillong, Madanrting, Mawblei, Laitkor, Nongkseh, Umlyngka, Lawsohtun, Mawdiangdiang, Diengiong and Siejiong.

However, the order will not be applicable to security forces, medical teams on duty, wholesale and retail pharmacies, Police and Armed Forces, Fire and Emergency Services, MeECL and Power Grid, Food and Civil Supplies Department, FCI, Public Works Department, Public Health Engineering, AH & Veterinary Department, Meghalaya Directorate of Dairy Development, Shillong Municipal Board, Shillong Cantonment Board, Postal, Telecom, Telegraph, Communications & IT Services, Print and Electronic Media, Banks, ATMs and Treasuries, Petrol Pumps, essential services including Health Services, LPG Deliveries, online food delivery, online services delivery and courier services.

The movement of vehicles carrying essential commodities, security forces, medical equipments and goods vehicles are also exempted. However, driver and attendants of the vehicles shall be subject to medical screening as per laid down protocols.

The prohibitory order will not affect the arrangement of fair price shops and identified local retailers which shall remain open as per schedule which will be released from time to time.
Curfew pass can be obtained via online application at www.eastkhasihills.gov.in.

Meanwhile, the East Khasi Hills District DC has also informed that to enable local residents to purchase their basic and daily essential commodities during the ongoing curfew promulgated in East Khasi Hills District, all Fair price shops under NFSA and NON-NFSA, identified groceries, vegetable, fruit, meat vendors and confectionery and essential items shops in all localities of Shillong agglomeration will open from 9:00 A.M. to 4:00 P.M. on the 6th and 7th April, 2020.

The Deputy Commissioner also said that the selected shops have substantially increased from 1116 to 1284 numbers with 20 mobile units, so as to meet the requirements of local residents.

The Deputy Commissioner also informed that for villages in the District, the same arrangements have been made between the Block Development Officer, Zonal Team Leader with respective Rangbah Shnongs.

According to the Deputy Commissioner, Rangbah Shnongs in coordination with District Police will regulate the operation of the shops in their respective localities and villages and to also ensure due compliance to the advisories of Government in the Health & Family Welfare Department with special and strict reference to social distancing concerning the COVID -19 situation.

In this respect, the Deputy Commissioner requested the public to strictly maintain social distancing of at least one metre, not to overcrowd in one area or shop and to cooperate with management made by the District Administration, District Police and Rangbah Shnongs.

The Deputy Commissioner also said that similar arrangements will be made for the days to come and specific instructions will be suitably published well in advance.

The Deputy Commissioner also mentioned that adequate stock is available and there is no need to panic and resort to hoarding as it will have an adverse impact.

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