Guwahati: Government of Meghalaya, amid the lockdown restrictions currently in place to curb the spread of the deadly Covid-19 contagion, has given permission for some additional activities as the nation eyes a return towards normalcy.
Now, the state administration has allowed the private establishments to reopen, albeit with a 33% employee strength.
Additionally, in a move seeking to revive the sporting sector, all non-contact sports excluding gymnasiums can be resumed in the state.
Earlier this month, the state Government had allowed the resumption of several activities such as opening of all shops in rural areas, opening of car wash units, stationery shops in urban areas, and the resumption of public transport with 50% capacity on a rotational basis.
Meanwhile, with the focus shifting towards the economy, Meghalaya Chief Minister Conrad K Sangma said that streamlining of policies for ease of doing business should be put in place to attract investments linked to creation of job opportunities and promotion of local business entity, here on Friday.
Attending the meeting of the working group of the Economic Task Force on COVID, the Chief Minister stated that the task force should lay emphasis on policies and approaches that would lead to creation of infrastructure and environment for promotion of trade and businesses.
Meghalaya's fight against the Covid-19:
On Friday, Meghalaya registered 6 fresh cases of the novel coronavirus on Friday, as returnees from Maharashtra, Bangalore, West, Bengal and Chennai tested positive. The tally has now risen to 27 Covid-19 cases, with 1 death reported so far.
Meghalaya Chief Minister Conrad K Sangma said that 3 of the positive persons hail from South West Garo Hills district, and 1 each hails from the West Garo Hills, East Khasi Hills, and West Khasi Hills districts.
During his daily briefing, Deputy Chief Minister Prestone Tynsong informed that till Friday, 7,340 samples have been collected for testing out of which 6,899 samples tested negative and the results of 420 is awaited. The Deputy Chief Minister also informed the number of stranded students and individuals of the State who reach till Friday is 10,655.