The Meghalaya government on Sunday announced night curfew in East Jaintia Hills district in view of the coronavirus threat from Sunday evening, according to official sources.
The night curfew in East Jaintia Hills has been imposed from 7 pm on March 22 till 7 am on March 23. It will restrict incoming vehicles from Assam.
“Keeping in view of the emerging scenario, safety of the people, and to avoid any outbreak of an epidemic, night curfew has been imposed with effect from 7 pm on March 22 till 7 am on March 23,” district magistrate F M Dopt was quoted as saying in a news report.
Meanwhile, inter-state and inter-district public transports have been restriced till March 31.
“There shall be no inter-state plying of buses, tourist taxis and no inter district plying of any public transport vehicle with effect from tomorrow till March 31,” the government said in a statement.
It stated that the use of public transport in the state capital and East Khasi Hills, West Jaintia Hills and West Garo Hills districts would be restricted to just 25 per cent on Monday and on Thursday. From March 24, taxis and buses are to remain off the roads till March 31 except for medical purposes.
Chief Secretary M S Rao has restricted government employees from leaving their place of posting without the permission of their respective deputy commissioners. He also directed government employees to keep their mobile phones switched on so that they are available for any emergency requirement at all times, warning that non- compliance will be viewed seriously.
(With inputs from agencies)