Meghalaya: Curfew extended in East and West Garo Hills till May 9

Meghalaya: Curfew extended in East and West Garo Hills till May 9

Tura, May 4:

The West and East Garo Hills district administrations, through a new order, have extended curfew in the district from 6AM of May 4 to 6AM of May 9.

The curfew, which comes into force with immediate effect, has the same prohibitions and exemptions issued earlier such as closing of all educational institutions, but expected to maintain the academic schedule through online teaching, closing of all places of worship, prohibiting the assembly of 5 (five) or more persons in all public places, closure of main market places in and around the entire district, prohibiting movement of private vehicles except with valid car passes issued by the District Magistrate  and movement of individuals shall remain prohibited between 7:00 PM to 7:00 AM and no plying of vehicles other than Essential Commodities.

Meanwhile, grocery stores, vegetables, fruits, milk and meat outlets, animal feed and agriculture machinery spare parts and repairs shops will continue to remain open as identified by the Tura Municipal Board (TMB) in various localities from 8AM to 1 PM each day with Sunday being closed.

Further, the fresh activities permitted in the order issued permits the operation of auto rickshaw with 50 % seating capacity and will ply on Odd/ Even basis (Odd Registration Number Odd day and Even Registration Number Even day). The order also permits the operation of all forms of public transport which will be regulated by District Transport Officer and shall be allowed to the extent of 25% and all vehicles to operate at 50 % alternate seating arrangement.

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Moreover, as per the order Construction activities shall be allowed in Tura Municipality area, but subject to labourers already available at the worksite and not sourced from outside and subject to due permission from the Town Planner and COVID Health Advisory.

 In addition to these, permission which has been granted earlier to open mobile recharge, repair, computer shops, Hardware stores, electrical shops, Common Service Centres all outside Tura Bazar area, and Services provided by self employed persons like electrician, IT repairs, plumbers, motor mechanics and carpenters remains the same. Operation of Legal Brick Kiln in rural areas, all agriculture and allied sector activities like farming, harvesting, marketing and transportation of produce, MGNREGA works, Construction works, irrigation projects, buildings, industrial project in rural areas only and outside Tura Municipality area, quarrying of chips and aggregate and transportation and all these activities should be implemented with strict maintenance of social distancing and other advisories which needs to be monitored by their respective department heads.

Exemption of the order for Security forces, Medical teams on duty and essential services, MeECL, Public Health Engineering (PHE), PWD, Police and Armed Forces, Fire & Emergency Services, Food and Civil Supplies department, PDS Wholesalers/Dealers and FCI Staff, Petrol Pumps and LPG delivery, Tura Municipal Board, Telecom, Telegraph Communication, IT Services, NIC, Print and Electronic Media, Banks & ATMs, Treasury and all Postal and Courier Services, Vehicles carrying Essential Commodities, food items, medical equipments or other goods, Home delivery, Community delivery vehicles with valid passes issued by the District Administration remains the same.

Further, while directing everyone to Stay At Home, the District Magistrate, West Garo Hills has advised to wear Mask and Cover the mouth when coming out in emergency which is mandatory and spitting in public place is prohibited.

Any person violating these lockdown measures will be liable to be proceeded against as per the provisions of Section 51 to 60 of the Disaster Management Act, 2005, besides legal action under Section 188 of the IPC and other legal provisions as applicable.

Meanwhile, the District Magistrate of East Garo Hills, Swapnil Tembe, has extended the lockdown in the entire district under Section 144 of the Criminal Procedure Code (CrPC) from 6 a.m of 4 till 6 a.m of 9 May thereby prohibiting operations of weekly and regular markets, commercial and financial institutions, movement of private vehicles except those with valid car passes and the exempted categories, movement of individuals between 7 p.m and 7 a.m and gathering of 5 or more persons in public places, etc.

The order issued in this regard also said that wearing of masks and maintaining social distancing in public places and offices is compulsory.

The grocery retail stores, vegetables, meat, fruits, milk outlets, animal feeds and agriculture machinery outlets, wholesalers, hardware stores and electrical shops, functioning of shops selling, repairing and serving of mobile phones, computers, accessories as well as mobile phone recharging centres, motor repairing workshops and liquor shops will remain open from 8 a.m to 1 p.m.

The operation of public transport in the district will be regulated by the District Transport Officer and allowing 25% of vehicles to operate with 50% capacity.

The other permitted activities will remain the same as notified earlier.   

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