TURA, Dec 7 - In continuation with an earlier order and in view of the prevailing situation concerning the Covid-19 pandemic, night curfew under Section 144 Cr PC, read together with Regulation 3 of the Meghalaya Epidemic Disease, COVID-19 Regulations 2020, has been extended in the entire West Garo Hills district with effect from December 8, 2020 upto December 15, 2020 only for timings falling between 10:00 PM to 5:00 AM each day.
However, this order will not be applicable for medical teams and officials on Covid-19 duty, MeECL, Public Health Engineering and Public Works Department, police and armed forces, Fire and Emergency Services, Civil Defence and Home Guard volunteers, Food and Civil Supply Department, PDS wholesale/dealers and FCI staff, Tura Municipal Board, Telecom, Telegraph Communication and IT services, NIC, Press, print and electronic media, wholesale and retail pharmacies, National Highway and Infrastructure Development Corporation Ltd., Telecom Services.
Besides, these services shall strictly comply with all protocols and procedures, including social distancing, limiting of field staff to the barest minimum and other advisories of the Government in the Health and Family Welfare Department without fail, the order stated.
Also, movement of vehicles carrying essential goods, security forces, medical equipment and shops for repair of trucks on highways are exempted. However, drivers and attendants of the vehicles shall be subject to medical screening as per laid down protocols.
Further, the District Magistrate of West Garo Hills has advised everyone that wearing face mask and covering of mouth and nose while on emergency duty is mandatory. Further, spitting and smoking in public place, including in office and work places is prohibited.
Violators will be imposed penalty by the designated officers, who have been empowered under Section 2 of the Epidemic Disease Act, 1897, as per the notification issued earlier.