Meghalaya observes ‘janta curfew’ to fight COVID-19

SHILLONG, Mar 22: Meghalaya along with the rest of the country observed ‘janta curfew’, with people in the state staying indoors even as streets wore a deserted look.The ‘janta curfew’ was called to prevent the outbreak of COVID-19.During the day, markets, shops, business establishments, hotels and restaurants were closed. However, pharmacies were opened.Chief Minister,Conrad Sangma took to Twitter to thank Prime Minister,Narendra Modi.“Meghalaya stands with the entire country on the Janata Curfew called by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. We’re utilising the day to intensify Corona Virus Awareness amongst citizens and strategise State’s preparedness to prevent and tackle the spread of Covid-19 in India,” the Chief Minister tweeted.Like others across the country people of the state clapped, rang bells, blew the conch shells and beat metal plates on balconies in solidarity with the health workers on frontlines fighting the novel coronavirus.Amidst a ‘janata curfew’ on Sunday, at 5 pm people came out on their balconies, outside their homes and on terraces to clap their hands and sound utensils for five minutes to thank those at the forefront of combating Covid-19.Governer, Tathagata Roy and his wife led the people of the state in appreciating those in the forefront of the fight against COVID-19.The state government has also decided to restrict the use of public transport by way of local taxis, auto rickshaws in the districts of East Khasi Hills, West Jaintia Hills and West Garo Hills.In an order issued on Sunday, the Commissioner & Secretary to the Transport Department directed that only 25 percent of all local taxis (four wheelers & three wheelers) within the jurisdiction of East Khasi Hills, West Jaintia Hills, West Garo Hills Districts shall operate their vehicles on March 23 and on March 26.All districts will keep their taxis off-road on March 24, March 25, March 27, March 28 and March 29.However, authorities said that special permission for medical emergencies may be obtained from respective District Transport Officers.The United Sindhi Association has decided to close all non essential Sindhi businesses in Shillong from March 23 to March 31.The East Jaintia Hills deputy commissioner, F.M. Dopth, has promulgated night curfew in the district.The curfew will be promulgated with effect from 7 pm of March 22 to 7 am of March 23 for incoming vehicles from Assam enroute to the district via Malidor area.

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