|East Khasi Hills puts in place curbs to contain Covid-19|
SHILLONG, July 13 - In an attempt to stem the rising number of Covid-19 cases in the district, the District Magistrate of East Khasi Hills district, Matsiewdor War Nongbri has put in place prohibitions in the rural areas.
These prohibitions have been put in place by Nongbri in exercise of powers conferred under Section 144 CrPC (read together with Regulation 3 of the Meghalaya Epidemic Diseases, Covid-19 Regulations 2020).
These prohibitions came into effect from today and will be applicable till July 20 from 5 am to 10 pm each day in all the rural areas of East Khasi Hills district, including the civil sub-divisions of Sohra and Pynursla and in all the C&RD blocks.
No person in these areas is allowed to embark on any inter-state movement. Assembly of any sort has also been prohibited. The District Magistrate has also prohibited operation of unregulated major markets and shopping complexes, besides border haats in the inter-state borders.
Operation of cinema halls, gymnasiums, swimming pools, entertainment parks, theatres, bars, auditoriums, assembly halls and other recreational places have also been prohibited along with all forms of contact and spectator sports in sports grounds and stadia.
Educational institutions, training centres and coaching classes (tuitions) will also remain closed, barring online and distance learning.
While prohibiting the opening of religious places and places of worship of all faiths, including religious gatherings and congregation, the District Magistrate, however, said that marriage rituals in places of worship is permitted only after obtaining due permission.
Nongbri also prohibited movement in public and work spaces without masks and also spitting, consumption of liquor, paan, gutkha and tobacco in public places. Operation of cyber cafes, gaming parlours, jackpot parlours and lottery counters will continue to be prohibited.
Meanwhile, the District Magistrate also specified that entry of additional work force from outside the district will not be permitted, except for highly skilled, skilled, specialised professionals and technicians regulated by the Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) of the notification issued by the Labour Department on June 9, 2020 (read together with the order of the Health & Family Welfare Department of June 2, 2020).