Lockdown extended till August 6 to curb rise in COVID-19

Lockdown extended till August 6 to curb rise in COVID-19

TMB Report

IMPHAL: Taking serious note of the rising cases of COVID-19, the state Government has extended total lockdown in the entire state as well as curfew for another seven days till August 6.

Exercising the powers conferred under section 20(2) (a) of the Disaster Management Act 2005, Dr J Suresh Babu, Chief Secretary and also Chairman, State Executive Committee, State Disaster Management Authority has issued an order to this effect on Thursday.

The State Government was prompted to re-impose complete lockdown since July 23 with the local transmission of COVID-19 seemingly spiraling out of control in the state.

According to the order, there shall be complete lockdown and Deputy Commissioners will issue orders imposing curfew in their districts. The High Court of Manipur may issue its own order and guidelines based on orders and guidelines issued by the Central Government and State Government.

Activities that are permitted during the complete lockdown:

Home Delivery of essential commodities, Collection, processing, distribution and sale of milk and milk products will be allowed. No vehicles shall be allowed to move.

The lockdown prohibits opening of locality based retails shops dealing with essential commodities like groceries for daily use, vegetables, fruits, milk booths, poultry meat and fish till the lockdown is lifted or a separate order is issued.

All goods vehicles are allowed to cross the interstate border at Mao, Jiribam and Jessami. Movement of all trucks and other carrier vehicles with two drivers and one helper including empty trucks after delivery of goods or for pick up of goods, Shops for truck repairs and dhabas on highways are allowed with social distancing prescribed.

Hospitals, Nursing homes, Clinics and Dispensaries, All Chemists, Pharmacies and all kinds of medicine shops including Jan Aushadhi Kendras and Medical equipment shops, Medical Laboratories and collection centres, Veterinary Hospitals, dispensaries, clinics and related pathological laboratories and sale and supply of vaccines are allowed.

Distribution of LPG through Home delivery, Postal Services including post office, Telecommunication and internet services, Operation of Water / sanitation, power supply and waste management sectors, Petrol pumps —only for essential services as notified by CAF & PD department, Airport and Airlines are allowed.

Farming operations by farmers and farm workers in fields in rural areas, Agencies engaged in procurement of agricultural and horticultural produce including Farmer Producers companies are allowed.

Operations of fish farms, Fish feed plants, Operation of poultry farms and hatcheries, piggery and dairy development, Animal feed manufacturing will be exempted from the purview of the lockdown.

Reserve Bank of India and RBI regulated Financial market, Bank branches and ATMs and Business Correspondents are allowed to function with minimal staff not exceeding 30 percent of the existing staff. LIC to function with minimal staff not exceeding 10% of the existing staff.

Operation of Homes for children / disabled / mentally challenged / senior citizens / destitute / women / widows, Observation Homes, After care homes and Juvenile Homes, Operation of Anganwadi centres by distribution of food items and nutrition at the doorsteps of beneficiaries are allowed.

The lockdown will not cover Print and electronic media, Courier services, Private security services, Food processing units, Bottled water manufacturing and distribution.

Construction of roads and railway projects including MSMEs in rural areas i.e. outside the limits of municipal corporations and municipalities, Construction and maintenance of rural water supply schemes, Continuation of works in construction projects, within limits of municipal corporations and municipalities, where workers are available on site and no workers are required to be brought in from outside are allowed.

Movement of private vehicles for emergency services including medical and veterinary care, All exempted category of employees attending work place will be allowed.

All Central and State Government offices dealing essential services shall be opened. All Officers of the rank of Under Secretary and above in the Secretariat shall attend. In respect of other categories 10 percent of the staff will attend as decided by the Administrative Secretary/Head of Department.

All Treasury offices will function with required staff. All offices dealing with essential services will function normally. All Central government offices may function as per the guidelines issued by the Government.

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