Shillong: East Khasi Hills district magistrate, Isawanda Laloo on Sunday issued prohibitory orders and extended the night curfew in the entire district from December 7 to December 13.
The curfew extension is a part of preventive and mitigation measures to contain the spread of COVID-19 pandemic.
According to the order, the timing for the night curfew will start from 11 pm – 5 am while activities which are prohibited from 5 am to 11 pm each day.
In view of the prevailing situation, the order has prohibited all sorts of assembly or gathering without due permission in the district.
The order prohibits the operation of unregulated markets which have no separate permission from the office of the District Magistrate, East Khasi Hills District, operation of all cinema halls, swimming pools, theatres, auditoriums and similar recreational places, all forms of contact sports grounds and stadiums.
Permission for training etc., as per SOPs of Sports and Youth Affairs Department may be granted after due application to the Office of the District Magistrate, East Khasi Hills and satisfaction of all conditions.
The order has also prohibited movement in public, workplaces and during transport without a mask, spitting and consumption of liquor, paan, gutka, tobacco, etc. in public places.
The general instruction of the order states that every individual must maintain social distancing of at least six feet, wearing masks, respiratory etiquette and to strictly follow without fail, the various instructions and advisories of the Government in the Health and Family Welfare Department at all times.
Religious places/places of the worship of all faiths are permitted to re-open only when subjected to compliance to the SOP as laid down by the government.
Any individual or organisation seeking to organise any function, meeting, durbar, ceremony or event may apply to the office of the District Magistrate, East Khasi Hills subject to a ceiling limit of 100 attendees or one-third the capacity of the hall/venue, whichever is less.
Wedding ceremonies will be allowed in compliance with the SOP issued by the Health & Family Welfare Department.
Attendants at the place of worship shall not exceed one-third the capacity of the place of worship. Weddings and receptions at halls or outdoor spaces will adhere to the ceiling limit of 100.
Private gatherings at residential premises which include wedding receptions, engagements, funerals/last rites, birthday parties, memorial services, anniversaries etc. will be allowed subject to a ceiling limit of 50 persons or one-third the capacity of the residential premises, whichever is less.
Permission will be issued on a case to case basis, after assessing the capacity of the residential premises by the Executive Magistrate/Block Development Officer concerned, whenever deemed necessary.
Persons above 65 years of age, persons with co-morbidities, pregnant women and children below the age of 10 years are advised to stay at home except for meeting essential requirements and for health purposes.
All persons entering Meghalaya will have to mandatorily register for testing @http://meghalayaonline.gov.in/covid/testing.htm and shall strictly follow the testing and quarantine protocols issued by the Health Department.