Meghalaya government enforces strict Covid-19 restriction, rules out lockdown possibility

Keeping in mind the rapid increase in Covid cases in recent weeks, the Meghalaya government is taking precautionary measures to curb the spread of Covid-19 in the state

With summer sets in, this is the time for tourists and visitors to chill out in the cold atmosphere in Shillong, however, if you want to enter Meghalaya, you must know few things, firstly, it is mandatory for all people entering the state to register themselves prior to their travel at and to download the Arogya Setu App and the Behavioural Change Management App of Meghalaya from Google play store.
With the surge in Covid 19 active cases across Meghalaya, the state Government has imposed fresh restrictions, however, ruled out lockdown saying it will be the last resort.
"Stricter Covid 19 restrictions in place," Deputy Chief Minister Prestone Tynsong said, adding that the situation still under control.
Asked if lockdown would be re-imposed if COVID-19 positive cases keep on rising in the days to come, Tynsong said, "The surge in COVID cases is controllable and manageable, but we cannot take chances. But lockdown is the last resort which is why we have issued notification related to fresh restrictions."
Meanwhile, fresh restrictions have been imposed in places of worship, functions, outdoor sports, and cinema halls reducing the number of audiences from 75 percent to 50 percent of the total capacity available in such places or sporting events.
As the fresh restriction imposed, it has also become mandatory, "All entrants, other than those from northeastern states shall carry a valid RT-PCR/CBNAAT/TruNat negative certificate else they will be tested with RTPCR on a cost basis. The Covid negative report will be valid only if they were tested 72 hours before their arrival. All entrants tested by RT-PCR at the entry point should go into a home or paid quarantine till the test results are declared,"
However, the day-trippers from Northeastern states will, on the other hand, have to produce a negative RAT certificate
With the surge in Covid 19 active cases across Meghalaya, the state Government put up fresh restrictions, however, ruled out lockdown saying it will be the last resort.
Informing this on Tuesday, Deputy Chief Minister Prestone Tynsong said that in view of the spike in new COVID positive cases that look very dangerous, the state government has decided to put in place a few more restrictions.
Representational image.
Image: Representational image.
At least 87 new COVID-19 positive cases were reported on Tuesday as the total number of active cases in the state has risen to 270.
"In places of worship, the number of attendees should come down from 75 per cent to 50 per cent of the seating capacity, and the same is with functions or gatherings be it public or private functions. For outdoor sports and spectators, and cinema halls, the number of spectators should also come down to 50 per cent of the total capacity," Tynsong said.
He informed that shops, restaurants and bars in Shillong Agglomeration should remain shut by 9 pm every day.
Tynsong appealed to all the citizens of the state to comply with the fresh restrictions and follow the protocols to ensure safety and control the spread of COVID-19.
Stating that till now the Government has decided not to put the odd-even formula for the commercial establishment, Tynsong said, "I urge all the citizens to cooperate and take care by ourselves for ourselves."
The Deputy Chief Minister also urged the people to take precautionary measures and avoid going to crowded places like markets. 

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