Kohima: On Friday, the State government has ordered a total ban on movement of individuals and vehicles from 4 p.m. to 5 a.m. with effect from June 19, on all days across the state, except for reasons/purposes and for those who are permitted to move as per the existing lockdown measures.
Reportedly, State’s chief secretary J Alam explained that the ban on movement was warranted since the positivity rate of Covid-19 in the State continued to remain high, above 5% in all districts. He said order was warranted for taking adequate measures for preventing spread of the virus.
As per the reports, this order comes close on the heels of the decision of the High Powered Committee (HPC) on Covid-19 for extension of the ongoing total lockdown from June 19 to June 30.
Furthermore, the order ruled that District Task Forces have been empowered to take additional stricter measures in their respective districts/area based on local conditions if, in their opinion, such measures were urgently required for containing the spread of Covid-19.
Meanwhile, Kohima district administration has also notified that the existing lockdown measures would continue to remain in force in the capital city till June 30, 2021 along with additional guidelines.
In an order, the deputy commissioner (DC) and chairman District Task Force (DTF) Kohima, Gregory Thejawelie, stated that permitted category of shops would open on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday from 6am to 2pm
The order stated that there would be a total ban on the movement of individuals/vehicles from 2 p.m. to 5 a.m. every day from June 19-30, 2021 across all districts except for reasons/purposes and for those permitted to move as per the existing lockdown measures.
Additionally, the DC cautioned that violation of the order would be deemed to have committed an offence punishable under Section 188 of the Indian Penal Code and relevant provisions of the Disaster Management Act, 2005.