Shillong: In view of the prevailing situation concerning COVID-19 in the state, country and globally and to put in place preventive measures and awareness, to identify and take more stringent steps to ensure social distancing so the pandemic of COVID-19 is contained, reduced and eliminated in East Khasi Hills District and Meghalaya by way of ensuring observance of strict protocols of the advisories issued by the Government of Meghalaya in the Health and Family Welfare Department, the District Magistrate, East Khasi Hills District in an order issued today under Section 144 CrPC read together with Regulation 3 of the Meghalaya Epidemic Diseases, COVID-19 Regulations, 2020 has prohibited inter-state movement, any assembly whatsoever and while enforcing this every individual to mandatorily maintain social distancing of at least six feet, wearing of masks, respiratory etiquette and to strictly follow the various protocols and advisories of the Government in the Health and Family Welfare Department at all times, without fail in all of East Khasi Hills District including Shillong urban agglomeration, Sohra and Pynursla Civil Sub-Divisions and C&RD Blocks with effect from 15th June, 2020 upto 22nd June, 2020 only for timings falling between 5:00 AM to 9:00 PM each day.
The order also prohibits operation of major markets and unregulated shopping complexes in all commercial locations, opening of barber shops, beauty parlours, salons, spa and other similar rejuvenating centres, operation of all cinema halls, gymnasium, swimming pools, entertainment parks, theatres, bars and auditorium, assembly halls and similar recreational places, all forms of contact sports and spectators in sport grounds and stadia, hotels and hospitality services other than those used as quarantine facilities and housing of returnees, stranded persons and tourists.
In the order, the District Magistrate also prohibits operation of educational institutions, training centres and coaching classes (tuitions) barring online and distance learning, opening of religious places and places of worship of all faiths to the public including religious congregation, all forms of large public gathering and congregation including social, political, entertainment, academic, cultural, religious function etc, moving in public, work places and during transport without a mask, spitting in public places and consumption of liquor, paan, gutka, tobacco etc in public places.
Additionally the order also prohibits operation of cyber café, gaming parlours, jackpot parlours, lottery counter, opening of restaurants, cafes, food outlets, dairy stalls, tea and food stalls in Shillong urban agglomeration including areas falling under Umshyrpi bridge upto 7th Mile Upper Shillong of Mylliem C&RD Block, and in all areas falling under Census Towns of Mawlai and Mawpat C&RD Blocks. However, home delivery and take away food is allowed upto 10:00 PM.
Further, the order prohibits incoming additional labour force from outside the District to in-situ construction activities and in-situ workers include labourers, supervisors, contractors etc., working in the construction site coming from their residence within the same District, while construction in urban areas are to continue with in-situ workers on site while maintaining social distancing, wearing of masks, respiratory etiquette and other protocols and advisories of the Government in the Health and Family Welfare Department.
However, skilled workforce, highly skilled and specialized professionals, technical shall be regulated by standard operating procedures and order of labour and health and family welfare departments, Meghalaya as notified and issued earlier by respective departments.
In the order, general instruction also states that individual must maintain a minimum distance of 6 feet or 2 metres in public places, number of guests in marriage related gatherings not to exceed 50, weddings and or receptions in hotel halls on a case basis within the overall ceiling of 50 persons as per the guidelines of ministry of Home Affairs, Government of India and subject to observance of social distancing norms will be allowed, however due permission has to be obtained from the District Magistrate via applications to be submitted well in advanced. For funeral and last rites related gatherings the number of guests should not exceed 20.
Persons above 65 years of age, person with co-morbidities, pregnant women and children below the age of 10 years are advised to stay at home except for meeting essential requirements and for health purposes,
Operation of supply chains, wholesalers, retail outlets, shops, services and other establishments in the whole of East Khasi Hills District will be regulated as per scheduled timings and dates which will be released in advance from time to time by the District Magistrate, East Khasi Hills District.
Also, the operation of permitted shops, services, establishment, agricultural, industrial and commercial activities shall strictly adhere to the prescribed Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) and national directives of Government for COVID-19 Management in Public Places and Work Places including mandatory compliance the advisories of Health and Family Welfare Department, without fail.
Employers of all form of activities including shops, services, establishments, agricultural, industrial etc shall ensure that Aarogya Setu Application is installed by all their employees having compatible mobile phone, without fail. All residents of the District are to install Aarogya Setu Application on compatible mobile phones and to regularly update their health status on the app for containment of COVID-19 pandemic.
Border trade with Bangladesh through land customs stations is permitted subject to strict compliance of the standard operating procedures being issued by the state government, however trade through border haat is still prohibited.
Further, 50% of private and public transport will operate in East Khasi Hills as notified earlier.
The designated Joint Secretaries, Heads of Departments, Sub-Divisional Officer (C) Sohra and Pynursla Civil Sub-Divisions, Block Development Officers and District Heads of Office in East Khasi Hills will issue vehicle passes only to their respective officers and staff specifically for official purposes and they should ensure that these passes are utilized strictly for official purpose only and any deviation will render the Issuing Authority and the employee, staff, pass holder liable to legal action.
The order also stated that the name, address, contact details, timings and purpose of the pass are to be clearly reflected.
However, passes for all forms of outward inter-state movement from East Khasi Hills District shall only be issued by the District Magistrate, East Khasi Hills District.