ITANAGAR: Following the announcement by the State government to lift the COVID-19-induced lockdown in five districts of the State including Itanagar Capital Region (ICR) on Saturday, ICR Deputy Commissioner Talo Potom on Sunday said that partial relaxation will be allowed during the lift of lockdown from June 7 to 21.
Potom said that the partial lockdown in ICR was decided following the decrease in COVID-19 cases last week to 4.5 per cent. However, with the lift of the lockdown, there will be few restrictions and exemptions from 5 am of June 7 to 5 am of June 21. Speaking to the reporters, Potom said that the shops alongside the NH-415 will be allowed to open on alternate days from 5 am to 2 pm till June 21. All the shops shall remain closed on Sundays and every individual should follow the COVID-19 appropriate behaviour to contain the spread further, he added.
Partial Relaxation Lockdown Rules in Itanagar
On Monday, Wednesday and Friday, the left side of shops alongside the Highway from Hollongi to Baderdewa will remain functional and on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday, the other side shall remain open.
"There will be total restrictions on the movement of any individual from 3 pm to 5 am, except for exemptions granted to emergency services and the Department. Therefore, all individuals should be back home by 2 pm," he said, adding that all government offices shall also function till 2 pm with a minimum of 30 per cent of Group-C staff.
Though all the religious institutions will remain closed during this period, Potom said that, however, the religious heads of respective religions can perform rituals with minimum occupancy.
Similarly, marriages and religious functions will be only private and will be allowed with the presence of a maximum of 10 people. Potom appealed to the public transport community to not charge high prices for transport fare from the passengers. He said that vehicular movement is also exempted with 50 per cent occupancy.
He also appealed to the work contractors to ensure that the labourers already present at the worksite are given the duty and new labourers should not be brought from outside the State, to avoid the spread of COVID.
"The inter-district movement shall be allowed with possession of e-pass for medical emergencies with approval from competent authority from the respective district. However, one can enter the State capital before the curfew time from 3 pm to 5 am in the next day," Potom said, appealing to travellers to get tested for COVID-19 before entering the State capital.
Mandatory COVID-19 test shall be conducted at Banderdewa check gate for movements within the permitted area.
Restaurants and hotels have been permitted to open till 2 pm with dining in service. Gym, shopping malls, weekly markets, cinema halls, nightclubs, parlour and spa and swimming pools etc shall remain closed till further order.
Pharmacies, hospitals, animal care centres and veterinary clinics shall operate as usual without restrictions. Likewise, E-commerce services are also allowed to operate till 2 pm.
Agriculture, forestry and other allied activities will be allowed from 5am to 2 pm only subject to contractor or owner ensuring adherence to COVID-19 appropriate behaviour. The ICR region has been in lockdown since May 10, which was further extended for a week later to June 7.