The Chief Secretary Pu Lalnunmawia Chuaungo in his capacity as Chairman, State Executive Committee, State Disaster Management Committee, Mizoram today issued an order for the current lockdown to be extended till 31.05.2020. Guidelines during lockdown and measures to be strictly followed by all concerned have also been issued.
A. Inter-State and International Borders
1. The International borders shall remain closed.
2. All Inter-State borders which have been closed shall remain closed.
3. Entry points at Bairabi, Vairengte and Kanhmun shall be open for movement of vehicles carrying essential commodities and nonessential commodities permitted by Home Department. However, plying of commercial or private passenger vehicles which have not been issued necessary permits by Home Department is strictly prohibited.
4. International and Inter-State borders shall remain strictly guarded.
B. Quarantine And Screening of persons entering Mizoram
1. Entry into Mizoram without prior permission of the Government is strictly prohibited.
2. All persons permitted to enter the State shall continue to be thoroughly screened at the screening points. Such person(s) shall be quarantined for a period of 14 days or for a period prescribed by the Government. The procedure for return and quarantine of residents of Mizoram stranded outside the State shall be done as per the "Standard Procedure for Return of Permanent Residents of Mizoram stranded outside the State due to Covid- 19 Lockdown".
3. All persons quarantined shall be registered on the mcovid-19 and AarogyaSetu mobile application.
4. Drivers and handymen of transport vehicles based in Mizoram engaged in procuring goods from outside the State shall operate only from designated Quarantine facilities. They shall be allowed to leave such quarantine facilities only after completion of 14 (fourteen) days quarantine counting from the date of their last trip outside the State. During their time in Quarantine they shall not meet family members nor mingle with the public.
5. Drivers and handymen engaged in transportation of goods who are based outside the State shall continue the practice of cooking their food on the road side in the outskirts of towns. They shall not be allowed to mingle with the general population and shall depart as soon as unloading of goods is completed.
6. Drivers and Handymen of oil tankers owned by Mizoram Petroleum Dealer Association (AMPEDA) and Mizoram Tanker Association (MTDA) who are residents of Mizoram shall operate from designated locations at Vairengte. They shall return to such designated locations immediately after they complete the delivery to the filling stations.
7. Such drivers and handymen mentioned above may call the State Control Room (Toll free 1070, landline 0389-2335842/2335837 and mobile 9366331931) in case they require assistance.
C. Movement of Commodities
1. No permits shall be required for the movement of essential commodities. Permits shall also not be required for movement of nonessential commodities specifically notified by Home Department.
2. Declaration shall be made either through mPass on mCOVID-19 mobile application, or in writing at the entry point, in all instances of transportation of goods to the State.
3. However, for transportation of all other non-essential commodities which have not been specifically notified by Home Department, permits shall be obtained from Home Department through mPass on mCOVID-19 mobile application.
4. No permits shall be required for movement of commodities within Mizoram.
D. Shops and Establishments
1. Shops, business and other establishments are to operate by strictly adhering to the 'Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) for Social Distancing' which is appended as Attachment-I.
2. In busy commercial areas within Aizawl Municipality and District Headquarters, shops and shops in shopping complexes/ malls shall be opened in a staggered manner such that adjacent shops within such locations are not open on the same day. No shop should remain open for consecutive days. This shall not apply to stores selling school books, drug stores, Health and Veterinary Clinics or Veterinary shops. The Deputy Commissioner of each District shall make the necessary arrangements for implementation of these measures.
3. In all other towns and villages, shops shall be opened without restrictions. However, the Deputy Commissioner concerned may issue guidelines or impose restrictions if deemed necessary.
4. To facilitate easy access to fruit, vegetable and meat, concerned LLTF/VLTF shall make necessary arrangement within their respective areas.
5. Home delivery of fruits, vegetables and other produce shall be permitted.
6. Public parks, picnic spots, movie theatres, Ums, spas, beauty parlours, community halls, market places and other public places of entertainment will remain closed.
7. Street vending is strictly prohibited.
8.All shops with the exception of pharmaceutical shops shall be closed by 5:00 PM.
9. Stranded travellers in Mizoram may stay at hotels, and the restaurants of such hotels shall be permitted to serve their in-house guest. However, neither the hotel nor restaurant shall be open to the public.
10. Restaurants shall remain closed. However, home delivery and take away services are permitted.
E. Educational, Religious Institutions and public places
1. Educational & religious institutions and training institutes will remain closed during this period. However, their administrative offices may be opened.
2. All public gatherings including wedding receptions, functions for celebration anniversaries and birthdays, laying of memorial stone (lungphun), games & sports, book release functions, political and social gatherings, any entertainment programmes are prohibited.
3. Not more than 20 persons shall be allowed to gather in a funeral procession or a wedding programme.
F. Restrictions on Travel & Movement of People
1. Commercial passenger vehicles plying within the State and town/ city buses, taxis, auto rickshaws and two-wheeler are allowed to operate. However, the seating capacity as recorded in their registration certificate shall not be exceeded. All drivers and passengers shall wear face masks and hand sanitizers shall be placed in all public transportation for the use of passengers. The Standard Operating Procedure to be followed by drivers and passengers of commercial vehicles is appended as Attachment-Z
2. Intra-state movement of vehicles carrying goods is permitted.
3. Within the Aizawl Municipal Area, vehicles will ply on 'odd-even' basis such that only vehicles bearing 'odd' registration numbers shall ply on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. Alternately, vehicles bearing 'even' registration numbers shall ply on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays. No vehicle shall ply on Sundays. This restriction shall also apply to any other vehicle which enters Aizawl Municipal Area from elsewhere. The 'odd-even' based restriction and the restriction of vehicular movement on Sundays shall not apply to vehicles used by Government employees on COVID-19 related duties, ambulances and vehicles used for medical/ veterinary emergencies, vehicles of employees of Government and Private hospitals, vehicles of electronic and print media persons, vehicles registered in the name of Churches, vehicles used for collection/ distribution of milk, garbage trucks and vehicles used by LLTF on duty.
4. SP (Traffic) may give exemptions from the 'odd-even' rule for vehicles plying within, to and from Aizawl in emergency/ urgent cases.
5. Quarantine of persons travelling within the State is not necessary unless they display COVID-19 symptoms or have contact history with a COVID-19 patient.
G. Measures for the General Public
1. During the period of lockdown gatherings of more than 5 (five) persons is prohibited. This shall not include gatherings at funeral proceedings and wedding programmes mentioned in Clause E (3).
2. No person shall leave the house and compound except on essential errands.
3. Movement of individual shall be strictly prohibited between 7:00 PM and 4:00 AM. This shall not apply to persons on COVID-19 related duties. All Deputy Commissioners shall issue prohibitory orders under Section 144 of CrPC in this regard.
4. Persons who are 65 years of age, those having co-morbidities, pregnant women and children under 10 year of age will remain indoors unless the it is unavoidable.
5. Wearing a face mask or similar devices outside (public places/ public gatherings) and in hospitals shall be mandatory.
6. Social distancing is to be maintained in public places by maintaining at least 2 (two) metre distance between individuals.
7. Entertaining of guests from outside Mizoram is strictly prohibited. Exemption may be given by Home Department or Deputy Commissioners in exceptional cases.
H. Government of Mizoram Offices
1. Medical personnel of Health Department, police, home guards, civil defence, fire & emergency services, disaster management, civil aviation, prisons, excise & narcotics, municipal services, forest field works, technical staff of PHE & P&E and all offices outside Aizawl city shall function without any restrictions.
2. Other Government offices Secretariat, Directorates, District Administration and field Offices shall be open. All Group A & B officers are to function with 100% attendance and Group C & D staff are to attend in staggered batches of 50% of their strength. However, attendance of more than 50% of the staff may be enforced by the Secretary, Head of Department or Head of Office based on exigencies of work. Constitutional bodies and boards, corporations and statutory bodies under Government of Mizoram shall also function as aforesaid.
3. Head of Office may grant commuted leave without the production of medical certificate to Government employees with co-morbidities and pregnant women.
4. The Heads of Offices will ensure that the SOP on Social Distancing is strictly followed.
5. Visitors are not allowed in Government offices unless they have obtained prior permission of the officer whom they want to meet.
6. Unnecessary official meetings should be avoided. As far as possible, consultation may be held through IT media. District officials are not to be summoned to the State capital for meetings.
7. Correspondences with other Departments and Offices should be done via email and other electronic media as far as possible.
8. All Departments should explore the use of electronic media and IT tools in providing services to the public. ICT Department shall take the initiative to develop the necessary platform.
I. Other Offices within Mizoram
Offices of the Central Government, Central PSUs, RBI, banks, financial institutions, constitutional/ statutory bodies within Mizoram shall function as per the guidelines issued by their headquarters.
J. Other activities
Developmental works and activities including individual livelihood activities are allowed without restriction. However, labourers within the state shall be engaged. Standard Operating Procedure for social distancing at Annexure-2 should be strictly followed.
K. Penal provision
Any person violating these lockdown measures will be liable to be proceeded against as per the provisions of Section 51 to 60 of the Disaster Management Act, 2005, The Mizoram (Containment & Prevention of COVID- 19) Ordinance, 2020 besides legal action under Sec. 188 of the IPC and other legal provisions as applicable.
The Government may revise and modify these provisions if necessary.
STANDARD OPERATING PROCEDURE FOR SOCIAL DISTANCING
The main aim of Social Distancing is the maintenance of ample physical distance from other people whether at the work place, in public places or while moving from place to place. Avoiding physical contact is essential since close proximity with others increases the chances of contracting COVID-19 from droplets spread through sneezing, cough and saliva. Hence, maintaining at least 2 metre distance from other people is an important measure to stop the spread of the disease and for the sake of abundant caution, social distancing has to be strictly enforced even after relaxation of lockdown measures.
The following procedure for maintaining social distancing shall be strictly followed in all government offices, NGOs and other private establishments, commercial establishments and market places.
1. GOVERNMENT AND OTHER OFFICE ESTABLISHMENTS:
a) It shall be the duty of all Heads of Departments/ Heads of Offices to strictly enforce social distancing norms. All workers are to wear masks/ face cover while performing business with others.
b) Heads of Departments/ Head of Offices shall be responsible for the general hygiene, cleanliness and sanitation of their office. They shall ensure availability of hand washing facilities for staff, including soap/ handwash and sanitizer in their respective offices. Further provision for hand washing or hand sanitizing should be made at the entrance of offices for visitors/ outsiders.
c) No visitors shall be allowed to enter any office without the prior permission of the concerned authorities.
d) Heads of departments/ heads of offices shall explore the feasibility of disinfecting vehicles and machineries entering office premises from outside, as per the resources available to them.
e) The following will be regularly disinfected by using suitable low cost disinfectants:
i. Office buildings, main entrance/ exit, office premises.
ii. Office canteens.
iii. Meeting rooms, conference halls, verandas, etc.
iv. Bathrooms and toilets.
v. Walls, railings, stairs and staircase.
f) Government vehicles including buses arranged for transportation of staff shall ply with the seating capacity as recorded in registration. Drivers and passengers shall wear masks and maintain physical distancing.
g) Office staff having underlying health problems and pregnant women may be granted commuted leave.
h) Meetings should not be convened unless essential. If a wider consultation or discussion is necessary, video conferencing and other online mode of communication may be utilised.
i) e-mail and other electronic interfaces may be used for communicating with other Departments.
j) Arrangements for social distancing shall be made where collection of electricity bills, water bills, phone bills, etc. are done. Online payment of bills should be promoted.
k) For the convenience of the public in accessing government services, all departments shall endeavour to develop online system for delivery of public service. The ICT Department shall provide technical support and take initiative to develop such platforms for government departments.
l) Staggered lunch time may be devised to avoid overcrowding at office canteens.
2. MARKETS, SHOPS AND OTHER BUSINESS ESTABLISHMENTS:
a) Wearing of mask/ face cover in shops, markets and at all other outdoor spaces is mandatory.
b) Only 3 (three) persons shall be allowed to man a shop.
c) Shop employees should mandatorily wear masks/ face cover. They should follow strict hygiene and sanitation norms.
d) It shall be the duty and responsibility of the shopkeeper/ owner to facilitate social distancing for the customers. A minimum of two metres distance should be maintained within and around the shop.
e) Vegetable vendors shall keep their items neat and clean. Wearing of masks/ face cover is also mandatory for all vendors.
f) In places arranged by LLTF/VLTF for sale of vegetable, fruits and meat, queues shall be marked to facilitate social distancing. Apart from regular market places, school compound, playground and other suitable places may also be identified for selling vegetables, fruits and meat.
3. OTHER WORK PLACES (CONSTRUCTION, MANUFACTURING, SERVICES & LOGISTIC)
a) General cleanliness & sanitation measures shall be maintained. It shall be the duty and responsibility of the employer/ owner to provide cleaning/ washing and toilet facilities to the employers.
b) Older people, persons having underlying health problems and pregnant women are not to be engaged.
c) Not more than 5 (five) persons are to be engaged at one time. In the event that more than 5 (five) persons are engaged due to exigency of work, proper distance should be maintained among them.
d) Farmers, farm workers and attendants shall avoid working in close proximity with others in their respective work places.
e) Not more than 5 (five person) are allowed inside hair saloons, tailoring shops, etc. The owner shall be responsible for compliance.
f) While loading and unloading cargo from trucks, the drivers and handymen shall not come into direct contact with other workers or labourers neither shall they assist them in unloading the cargo.