EKH under lockdown for another week

Shillong, May 28: The state government has decided to extend the total lockdown in East Khasi Hills by another week, as the district continues to witness a surge in the number of Covid-19 cases.
“The total lockdown in East Khasi Hills district will continue (from May 31) up to 5 am of June 7,” Deputy Chief Minister Prestone Tynsong announced after a Covid-19 review meeting held today.
The announcement comes in the backdrop of Meghalaya reporting 731 new Covid-19 cases in the last 24 hours, taking the number of active cases to 8,025.
East Khasi Hills, including the state capital, is the worst affected district with 3,884 active cases as of today.
A lockdown was first imposed in the district on May 5, which was later extended many times, with the last extension being in effect till May 31.
Tynsong however informed that there will be some relaxation during the extended lockdown period.
He said the Deputy Commissioner of East Khasi Hills has been asked to make sure of the availability of essential commodities in all localities within the district on need basis adding that home delivery services are permitted subject to permission and regulation of the DC.
The Deputy Chief Minister also said that inter-state movement of persons from and to East Khasi Hills is restricted.
All Central Government offices and State Government offices other than those already notified by the personnel department are asked to remain closed during the lockdown.
However, the State Bank of India Main Branch, Laitumkhrah Branch and Secretariat Branch will function with limited staff for the purpose of government transactions, he said adding all other banks are permitted to open on May 31 and June 1 with limited staff for the purpose of urgent transactions only and they shall closed by 4 pm.
Further, the government has also permitted all post offices to open for three days from June 2 to 4. e-Commerce activities and courier services are also permitted subject to regulation by the district administration.
Hardware stores are also permitted to open on need basis and prior permission of the district administration.
“In situ construction work for government projects as well as private construction works that does not involve movement of labourers will also be permitted subject to regulation by the DC,” Tynsong said.
He added that the funeral gathering will be restricted to 10 persons while weddings are not permitted.
The deputy chief minister said that the weekend lockdown in the other ten districts of the state will continue until further orders.