Manipur Cabinet resolves to discontinue curfew in state

Night curfew from 6 pm to 5 am to remain for 15 days across the state

Manipur Assembly Building (PHOTO: IFP_Lelen Veiphei)

The Manipur Cabinet has resolved to discontinue curfew in the state and to adopt micro containment zone approcah in line with Centre advisories.

A cabinet meeting was held on Saturday wherein it was also resolved that gram panchayats, village auuthorities, local clubs, etc will be fully engaged by deputy commissioners in ensuring strict micro containment zones and isolation of fresh positive cases, stated a release issued by the health department late Saturday.

The release stated that the state Cabinet carefully reviewed the curfew imposed for 21 days to control Covid-19 in the state.

The decision to discontinue curfew was taken to maintain balance in livelihood and economic activities, it added.

The release stated that the cabinet in its meeting today expressed gratitude to the Centre for promptly deputing a Multi Disciplinary Expert Team on COVID 19 to Manipur, in response to the state’s request.
Further, the health department also requested the public to adopt COVID appropriate behaviour to fully control COVID-19 in Manipur.

Manipur on Saturday reported 699 new COVID-19 positive cases and 12 more deaths due to the virus infection, taking the state’s tally to 1,03,588 and the death toll to 1,640.

Meanwhile, a separate order issued by chief secretary and chairman, State Executive Committee Government of Manipur Dr Rajesh Kumar stated that night curfew from 6 pm to 5 am shall remain enforced strictly for fifteen days with effect from August 8 to 22.

Concerning the list of permitted activities, it stated that unavoidable customary and religious rituals can be performed in open sheds by restricting the number of invitees to twenty only.

Micro containment zones shall be strictly monitored by dedicated Police department teams and Health department teams, it stated. New cases of COVID-19 infections shall be isolated as soon as possible and brought to Covid Care Centres and the Health department shall arrange mobile medical teams for regular health checks, it stated.

Health department shall scale up vaccination, contact tracing and testing by providing additional manpower, mobility support and IEC-Advocacy, it added.

Deputy commissioners shall issue necessary orders and superintendents of Police shall take necessary action to implement the orders strictly, it stated.The High Court may issue orders in respect of Judicial Courts, the order mentioned.

It stated that government offices, PSUs and other public utilities shall be permitted.

All Secretariat departments and Manipur Government directorate offices and offices of the Government of India are to start functioning with e-office and physical attendance of Group A officers and 33 per cent of the remaining staff from August 9 by taking adequate precaution and strictly following Covid Appropriate Behaviour, it stated.

All employees and personal staff working in Information and Public Relations, Power, Fire Service, PHED, CAF and PD, Home, Health, Relief and DM, Forest, Environment and  Climate Change, Finance and Treasuries and Police departments and District Administration to function normally, it stated.

Imphal airport shall remain open and movement of staff and passengers will continue to be permitted, it stated. The order mentioned that offices of Insurance Companies will function with limited staff on Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 10.00 am to 2:30 pm.

Postal services will function with limited staff on Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 10.00 am to 2:30 pm including delivery of medicines, medical equipment and posts. Limited number of officers and staff can function on the remaining days without public transaction.

Banking services are permitted with limited staff on Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 10.00 am to 2:30 pm for urgent Government and non-government transactions only.

Limited number of officers and staff can function on the remaining days without public transaction, it mentioned,  ATM services including refilling of cash in ATMs are allowed.

All healthcare facilities, including animal healthcare, hospitals, clinics, nursing homes and movement of healthcare workers will be opened. All pharmacies, including those selling veterinary medicines will also be opened.

It further stated that opticians outside Thangal Bazaar and Paona Bazaar will be allowed to open from 10 am to 2 pm. Movement of persons going for COVID-19 vaccination, Covid testing and medical emergencies are permitted, it stated.

Child Protection Services (Orphanages, Children Homes, Observation Homes, etc). Home delivery services under ICDS/ICPS (supplementary nutrition for children, pregnant and lactating mothers) are permitted.

Shops and establishments dealing with inputs like fertilizer, seeds, pesticides, mechanical tools, fish feed and animal feed shall open. Rice mills and Bakeries shall open subject to taking adequate precaution and strictly following Covid Appropriate Behaviour.

Opening of Petrol pumps and LPG outlets and movement of staff of IOCL will continue to be permitted.

One each out of three spare parts shops, three tyre shops and three battery shops of heavy vehicles in Thangal Bazaar is allowed to open 10 am to 2 pm on all days except Sunday. Roster in this regard to be prepared by the DC and SP Imphal West, it stated.

Authorized dealers of spare parts, tyres and batteries of heavy vehicles located outside Thangal Bazaar may also be allowed to open from 10 am to 2 pm, it stated. This permission is subject to taking adequate precaution and strictly following Covid Appropriate Behaviour, it added.

The order also stated that vehicle workshops of goods trucks, Petrol tankers, LPG bullets etc. may open from 9 am to 3 pm on all days taking adequate precaution and strictly following Covid Appropriate Behaviour.

Opening of stationery shops and authorised service centres of mobiles and personal computers is permitted from 10 am to 2 pm on Monday, Wednesday and Friday, it stated.

Opening of local vegetable vendors from 7 am to 10 am for purchase by the locals on Sunday, Wednesday and Friday is permitted. The vegetable vendors should be seated at least 6 feet away from one another in spaces marked by District Administration and should wear masks all the time, it added.

Only one out of three grocery shops of the total shops/vendors in one location shall be allowed to open on rotational basis from 7 am to 10.

It stated that shops selling fish, poultry and poultry products will be permitted from 8 am to 11 am on Monday, Thursday and Saturday. Shops selling milk and fresh milk products will be permitted every day from 6 am to 9 am, it added.

Wholesale shops of grocery and food essentials located in Thangal Bazaar and Masjid Road will be allowed to open from 7 am to 12.00 noon as per a schedule, it stated.

Hotels for lodging will be allowed to remain open with minimum staff while restaurants are to remain closed, it stated. Home delivery of various goods and services (food items, vegetables, groceries, medicines, etc) including e-commerce platforms shall be permitted, it mentioned.

Construction activities subject to onsite stay arrangements of workers shall be permitted for NREGA activities of RDPR; Railway Projects; NHIDCL Projects; ADB Projects; NDB Projects of PHED; PMGSY of RDPR; National Sports University; Smart City Project of MAHI-JD and other important projects of the government, it mentioned.

The state government had issued orders extending the curfew imposed in the seven districts namely Imphal West, Imphal East, Bishnupur, Thoubal, Kakching, Churachandpur and Chandel of the state for another four days while continuing to allow the activities permitted earlier vide orders No. H-1601/6/2020-HD-HD dated August 3, it stated.

This order also lifted the day time curfew and imposed only night curfew and permitted a number of activities in respect of the remaining nine districts, it added.



First Published:Aug. 7, 2021, 8:24 p.m.

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