Govt undertakes 10-day containment measures in Shillong, Tura and Jowai to curb spread of COVID-19

Govt undertakes 10-day containment measures in Shillong, Tura and Jowai to curb spread of COVID-19

Shillong, Apr 28: The state government on Wednesday has decided to go in for a 10-day ‘containment measure’ in Shillong urban agglomeration, Jowai and Tura towns in the wake of surging COVID-19 cases.

“We found spike of cases in these areas are vulnerable,” Deputy Chief Minister, Prestone Tynsong informed journalists after a review chaired by Chief Minister Conrad Sangma.

The containment measures will be effective from May 1 to May 10.

Tynsong informed that in these three areas – educational institutions will remain closed, places of religious worship shall remain closed except for wedding ceremony and also funerals are allowed, public transport movement shall be reduced to one-fourth of the existing capacity.

He also said that inter-district or intra-district movement of vehicles to/from Shillong uirban agglomeration, Tura and Jowai towns and any other containment zones is restricted.

“It is advised that, unless absolutely necessary, movement of persons to Shillong urban agglomeration should not be undertaken,” Tynsong said.

The Deputy Chief Minister informed that for Shillong urban agglomeration, Jowai and Tura towns, opening of essential shops, hardware, electrical, computer service centres, mobile repair shops, automobile repair shops, construction activities, banks and banking services, post and telegraph, telecommunication services, essential state government services notified by the Personnel department are permitted to function.

Also central government offices and banks will function at 100 percent strength for Group A, and at 30 percent strength for Groups B, C and D.

Tynsong also informed that movements of, health care services, including emergency services and vaccination, agriculture and veterinary services, transportation of essential items, movement of students, teachers and staff related to conduct of examination, goods vehicles, e-commerce services, supply of medicines and pharmaceuticals, home delivery services and persons engaged in construction activities are allowed.

The Deputy Chief Minister also informed that political, public, social and religious gatherings, international border trade and sport activities are not permitted throughout the state.

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