SHILLONG: The District Magistrate (DM) of East Khasi Hills in an order issued on July 11 under Section 144 CrPC promulgated total curfew in Shillong agglomeration and its adjoining areas with effect from 6 am of July 13 to 6 am of July 15, 2020.
The order has been given in view of the prevailing situation concerning the COVID-19 pandemic in the State, country and globally and to put in place preventive and mitigation measures. It is also a means to identify and take more stringent steps including rigorous contact tracing, testing, quarantine and isolation and any other forms of containment in the interest of health of general public against any possible spread of and East Khasi Hills District, by way of ensuring due compliance and observance of strict norms and protocols of the advisories and standard operation procedures issued by the Government, stated the order.
The areas to be under curfew are whole of Municipal area, whole of Cantonment area, all areas under Mawlai and Mawpat Blocks and their census towns, areas under Mylliem Block from Umshyrpi Bridge up to 7 Mile Upper Shillong, Madanrting, Mawblei, Laitkor, Nongkseh, Umlyngka, Lawsohtun and Mawdiangdiang.
The order will not apply to police, armed and security forces, medical teams on duty and hospital, wholesale and retail pharmacies, Fire and Emergency Service, MeECL, NEEPCO and Power Grid, Food and Civil Supplies, PWD and PHE Departments, FCI, Shillong Municipal Board, Telecom, Communications and IT Services, Press, Print and Electronic Media, Petrol Pumps, Indian Oil Corporation and LPG delivery.
All exemption granted to official and non-official emergency and essential services, establishment and agencies shall not extend to Frontier Headquarters BSF Campus, Umpling which is a declared a containment area with its own separate measures as issued earlier.
According to the order, movement of vehicles carrying essential commodities, security forces, medical equipments and good vehicles are also exempted but drivers and attendants of the vehicles will be subjected to medical screening as per laid down protocols.
Curfew passes can be obtained via online application at www.eastkh asihills.gov.in.