Daytime curfew relaxed, shops allowed to open for more hours

Imphal: The curfew hours during the Covid-19 lockdown have been reduced to 6 am to 5 pm, and shops and establishments have been allowed to open during 7 am to 5 pm.

The decisions were taken on Saturday during a meeting of administrative secretaries and top police officials with chief secretary Dr Rajesh Kumar.

The meeting reviewed the measures being implemented to check the spread of Covid-19 in the state.

Inter and intra-district movement outside curfew hours has been allowed freely. Workshops, manufacturing and processing units are also allowed to operate.

For movement at Indo-Myanmar border, a decision will be taken after the police department submits an SOP for implementation.

Observing that the number of inmates in quarantine centres needs to be reduced as immediate testing on arrival has been allowed, the administrative secretaries, in-charge of districts have been directed to review the situation with the deputy commissioners (DCs) and advise accordingly.

The meeting deliberated that the number of reports submitted by the DCs in formats needs to be reduced to only essential ones and reports relating to “Support provided to stranded migrant population and other needy persons” should be submitted by the DCs only.

Consumer affairs, food and public distribution department has been directed to regularly monitor lifting and distribution of the NFSA and PMGKAY rice to the beneficiaries.

It was also decided that the OMSS rice should also be made available on payment to non-NFSA card holders.

As the MoHRD has advised to complete the final term examinations of universities and institutions by September 30, the Higher and Technical Education has been directed to take necessary steps to vacate the colleges and institutions being utilized as quarantine centres so as to make them available for the examinations.

IMC has also been directed to take necessary steps to sanitise the quarantine centres, offices, hospitals etc regularly.

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