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Mizoram begins 'partial lockdown' phase; here are the new guidelines

The Government said that the partial lockdown that denotes lifting of restrictions has been necessitated by the need to resume economic activities

Mizoram begins partial lockdown phase; here are the new guidelines

Sentinel Digital DeskBy : Sentinel Digital Desk

  |  1 July 2020 2:34 PM GMT

Guwahati: Beginning a phase of partial lockdown in the state from July 1 to July 31, the Mizoram Government said that the relaxation in guidelines was "inevitable" due to the economic hardships faced by a significant portion of the population.

In an order issued on Tuesday night, the Mizoram Government said that the prolonged suspension of activities has directly impacted the livelihoods of the people, and especially the vulnerable sections of society.

In accordance with the Government's decision to slowly return the state to normalcy, marriage ceremonies, funerals, and anniversary celebrations will now be allowed with a maximum attendance of 50 people. Games and sports practice, book release functions, and other activities will also be allowed with a maximum of 25 people. However, religious congregations and large social gatherings remain prohibited during this new phase.

The Government order said that morning church prayer, marriage ceremony, funerals, anniversary celebrations, political and other social events with a maximum attendance of 50 people.

Vairengte and Bairabi on the Mizoram-Assam border and Kanhmun on the state border with Tripura will be opened for the transfer of commodities. Barring these, all the national and international borders will remain closed.

Stranded persons will be allowed entry via these three points after obtaining permission, but they will have to undergo quarantine. The Lengpui airport, closed during the state's total lockdown phase last month, will be kept open.

During this phase, a night curfew will continue to remain imposed between 7:30 pm and 4:30 am every day. During the non-curfew period, shops and other business establishments will be kept open with strict adherence to social distancing norms.

Inter-state and intrastate movement for commercial and private vehicles. However, an odd-even system will be used in Aizawl municipal area except for Sunday on which no vehicle, except for those exempted, is allowed to ply.

Other activities continued to be prohibited across the state include the operation of educational and training institutions, entertainment parks, picnic spots, theatres, gymnasiums and other similar places for entertainment. However, beauty parlor, salon, and spa will be opened with the prior appointment of customers.

Meanwhile, stranded people and outsiders, who obtain prior permission from the state home department, will be allowed to enter the state through the three entry points and any persons coming outside will have to undergo mandatory 14 days quarantine, the order said.

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