Shillong, Aug 1: Meghalaya Government, on Saturday, informed that several buildings and compounds in the state have been declared containment zones in view of COVID-19.
According to the order, buildings and compounds of Smti Julie Kharmawphlang, Block D, Nongrimmaw, Shillong and Shri Anil Toi, Lower New Colony, Laitumkhrah, Shillong compounds of Abdul Bari and Sanisha Kharlukhi at Mawbah Barapathar, Shillong, Block II of Mawiong Rim from the building of Talas Massar to flower nursery, Block IV of Mawiong Rim from the building of M. R. Nongrum to H. Marwein and Block IV of Mawiong Rim from the house of G. Lyngdoh to the house of S. Nongrum, Laitkor Dongdaneng and Laitkor Rngi have been declared containment zones.
The order stated that due to recent high risk and low risk contacts with COVID-19 positive cases and because vulnerable and affected areas require aggressive contact tracing, quarantine, testing and isolation as well as containment in the interest of the health of the general public against any possible spread of COVID-19, the District Magistrate, East Khasi Hills District in orders issued on 1st August, 2020 has declared these houses, compounds, buildings and places as containment areas to restrict unregulated entry and exit movement on site by the public.
The order states that no person and public are allowed to move into these containment areas and inhabitants within the containment areas also not allowed to move out, besides, all inhabitants within the containment areas are to strictly remain inside their homes.
“Gatherings, events, functions whatsoever of any nature and forms including social, political, religious, economic activities are also not allowed,” it read.
Further, all shopping establishments in the areas will have close immediately and supply of essential and medical requirements for purchase will be ensured through various teams formed by the district administration.
“All Government and private institutions located within the boundaries of these containment areas are to close forthwith, till further orders,” the order stated.
However, these orders will not apply to health workers and essential workers of Shillong Municipal Board, press including electronic, print media, petrol pump and LPG delivery workforce.
Violation of the order will entail prosecution under the penal provision of Disaster Management Act, 2005 and I.P.C.