• 'Unlock-6' in Nagaland from September 17; schools to reopen, night curfew relaxed by 1 hour

    'Unlock-6' in Nagaland from September 17; schools to reopen, night curfew relaxed by 1 hour

    Kohima: The Nagaland government has announced to enforce Unlock-6 in the state by two more weeks from Friday.

    During the period, there will be more relaxations including reopening of schools from classes five to ten.

    The decision was taken at a review meeting of the High Powered Committee (HPC) on COVID-19 held under the chairmanship of state chief minister Neiphiu Rio here.

    The Nagaland government has been enforcing relaxations in a phased manner since July 1. The current Unlock phase five will come to an end today.

    In this phase of unlocking, 100 per cent attendance will be permitted in all government offices subject to adherence to COVID-19 appropriate behaviour (CAB) and fulfilment of the existing requirements for vaccination or testing for attendance in the office.

    Regular classes will be conducted in all schools in rural areas of the state for students of classes five to ten with 50 per cent attendance and adherence to the provisions of the standard operating procedure.

    All schools for the students of classes five to ten will reopen for regular classes from October 1 in urban areas with the same provisions as rural areas.

    On the other hand, the night curfew will be relaxed by one hour and keep it in force from 9 pm to 4 am.
    However, the HPC district task forces (DTFs) will decide on the timings for keeping shops and other business establishments open within their respective jurisdictions outside the night curfew timings.

    Swimming pools and cinemas have also been permitted to reopen with 50 per cent capacity again subject to adherence to the standard operating procedure issued by the home department.

    The HPC also discussed holding the Hornbill Festival, which is held from December 1 to 10.

    The Nagaland government intends to organise the Hornbill Festival provided the COVID-19 situation remains under control with the positivity rate below 5 per cent and if the COVID-19 protocol is strictly followed.