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Curfew extended in West Garo Hills

Tura, Jul 31: The District Magistrate of West Garo Hills, Ram Singh has extended the curfew currently in place in the district till August 8 which will be applicable from 6 am tomorrow.
This is in continuation of the curfew imposed in the district under Section 144 Cr PC together with the Regulation 3 of the Meghalaya Epidemic Disease, COVID-19 Regulations 2020.
The curfew has the same prohibitions and exemptions issued earlier such as closure of all educational, training, coaching institutions etc even as the academic schedule is to be maintained through online teaching, closure of all religious places of worship, any assembly whatsoever.
While enforcing this every individual to mandatorily maintain social distancing of at least 6 feet, wear masks, show respiratory etiquette and strictly follow without fail, the various protocol and advisories of the Government in the Health & Family Welfare Department.
The prohibition of inter-state movement of persons will continue as will prohibition of moving in public and work place without a mask and prohibiting movement of individuals between 9 pm to 5 am in the district other than inter-state border areas with Assam where restricted timing is from 7 pm to 7 am and no plying of vehicles other than those transporting essential commodities.
Opening of hotels with strict compliance with the SOP issued by the Tourism department, Government of Meghalaya and permission issued by the office of the Deputy Commissioner, Tura remains the same while operation of restaurants, cafes, food-outlets, barber shops, beauty parlours and salons with strict compliance to all protocols and guidelines will be permitted from 9 am to 5 pm each day apart from Saturdays and Sundays.
Further, in the interest of the general public, the operation of private and public transport plying on odd number ending with 1,3,5,7,9 and even number ending with 0,2 4 6 8 as notified earlier on June 2 remains the same.
Further, the grocery stores, vegetables, fruits, milk and meat outlets, animal feed and agricultural machinery spare parts and repairs shops will continue to remain open while, all weekly markets, regular markets, commercial and financial establishments in the district including those in the Meghalaya-Assam Border will continue to remain closed.
Moreover, the operation of legal brick kilns in rural areas, all agriculture and allied sector activities like farming, harvesting, marketing and transportation of produce, MGNREGA works, construction works, irrigation projects, buildings, industrial project in rural areas and outside Tura Municipality area, quarrying of chips and aggregate and transportation and all these activities should be implemented with strict maintenance of social distancing and other advisories which needs to be monitored by their respective department heads also remains the same, however for transportation activities passes have to be obtained from the Deputy Commissioner’s Office, Tura.
Further, in situ construction activities are allowed in Tura Municipality area, but subject to labourers already available at the worksite and not sourced from outside and subject to due permission from the Town Planner and COVID Health Advisory also remains the same.
Meanwhile, the services of common service centres and services provided by self employed persons like electricians, IT repairs, plumbers, motor mechanics and carpenters remains the same.
Moreover, the exemption of senior citizens who are above the age of 60 years from obtaining vehicle pass and curfew pass remains the same, but they should carry their valid photo Identity card along with them as proof of age while they travel and the opening of private clinics, nursing homes and lab with all their medical professional and staff and their inter-state movement subject to ensure strict compliance to all protocols and guidelines also remains the same.
Meanwhile, in Tura Town area all shops to remain open from Monday to Friday each day including Tura Super Market, Urban Marketing Hub, Sundare Shopping Complex, Rikman Shopping Complex, N M Complex, Sora Complex, GHADC New Building as per the order issued by the TMB and will be monitored by Tura Municipal Board from 9 am to 5 pm each day. Hawkers on crowded junctions and main road are not allowed as per the order and all shops to maintain social distancing norms strictly.
Further, repairing services for kitchen appliances and travel agencies will continue to remain open.
In rural areas, all shops including tea-stalls, restaurants and dhabas will remain open from 9 am to 5 pm from Monday to Friday by following social distancing norms strictly.
Further, allowing of Non-Contact and Indirect-Contact Sporting activities subject to strict compliance with the SOP issued by Sports and Youth Affairs Department, Government of Meghalaya and allowing the export of minor minerals to operate with strict compliance with SOP issued by the Government of Meghalaya, Commerce and Industries Department remains the same.
Exemption of the order for security forces, medical teams on duty and essential services, MeECL, Public Health Engineering (PHE), PWD, police and armed forces, Fire & Emergency Services, Food and Civil Supplies department, PDS wholesalers/dealers and FCI staff, petrol pumps and LPG delivery, Tura Municipal Board, telecom, telegraph communication, IT services, NIC, print and electronic media, banks & ATMs, treasury and all postal and courier services, vehicles carrying essential commodities, food items, medical equipments or other goods, home delivery, community delivery vehicles with valid passes issued by the district administration remains the same.
Further, Singh has advised one and all to wear face masks when coming out in emergencies while adding that spitting and smoking in public places including office and work places is prohibited. Violators will be imposed penalty by the designated Officers, who have been empowered under Section 2 of the Epidemic Disease Act, 1897 as per the notification issued earlier.
Any person violating these lockdown measures will be liable to action as per the provisions of Section 51 to 60 of the Disaster Management Act, 2005, besides legal action under Section 188 of the IPC and other legal provisions as applicable.