Guwahati: The Government of Mizoram has issued its own set of 'Unlock 4' guidelines days after the Centre released its list of relaxations to resume economic activities after the prolonged lockdown that was imposed in view of the ongoing pandemic situation.
In its latest set of rules, the government of Mizoram has decided to relax certain economic activities with an emphasis on the precautionary measures. Although the Centre has asked the states and UTs to do away with night curfews, Mizoram has decided to continue with the practice. In this latest phase of the 'unlock', the night curfew will be clamped in all district headquarters, including state capital Aizawl from 8:30 pm to 4:30 am.
It is to be noted that recently, a total lockdown was clamped in the Aizawl city area and 10 other district headquarters till June 30 to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus.
Between 16 and 23 August, a complete lockdown was again clamped in the Aizawl city area to expedite contact tracing following the surge in locally transmitted cases.
The new Unlock 4.0 guidelines are as follows:
All commercial activities in the state will function normally
Business shops will be allowed to open with a maximum of three keepers and six in cases of godowns or big stores subject to the consent of community leaders of the locality where the shops or godowns are located
Apart from maintaining the COVID-19 safety protocol, all shops have to keep detailed records of their customers
The inter-state border will be opened every day at only three entry points - Vairengte and Bairabi on the Mizoram-Assam border and Kanhmun on the state border with Tripura for vehicles carrying commodities
Inter-state movement of people through the three entry points will be allowed only on Mondays, Thursdays, and Saturdays
Though Lengpui airport, Mizoram's lone airstrip, will be open every day for cargo flights. Passenger flights, however, are allowed to operate only Mondays, Thursdays and Saturdays
Educational institutions and religious congregations will continue to be closed
Weddings, funeral and anniversary celebrations are allowed with a ceiling of 50 attendees and that of sports practice with 25 attendees
Only the state chief secretary or district deputy commissioners are allowed to announce containment zones and lockdown in Mizoram
Meanwhile, Mizoram's cumulative COVID-19 tally zoomed to 1,012 yesterday, after a lone patient tested positive. There are 402 active patients in the state and a total of 610 people have recovered from the respiratory illness.