The Nagaland government on Sunday announced Unlock 4 with more relaxations in lockdown regulations.

According to an order, issued on Sunday by Nagaland chief secretary J Alam, the timing for opening up of the shops will be from 6 am to 6 pm.

The duration of the night curfew has been further reduced and it will be from 8 pm to 4 am, the order said.

Takeaways/home delivery outlets will be allowed to open and function except during the curfew hours from 8 am -4 pm, as per the new order.

The order said the buses will be allowed to ply with up to 50% occupancy and subject to both the driver and attendants fully vaccinated against Covid19 or should have taken the first dose against Covid19, and 15 days should have passed since taking the first dose.

If none of the two aforesaid criteria is fulfilled, then the driver/attendant should carry a Covid19 negative test report taken through either RT-PCR/TrueNat or CBNAAT with the swab taken for testing not earlier than 15 days, the order said.

The inter-district bus service/taxi service is allowed subject to the conditions as mentioned above and in addition, the passengers should also be either fully vaccinated against Covid19, or should have taken the first dose against Covid19, and 15 days should have passed since taking the first dose.

If none of the two aforesaid criteria is fulfilled, then the passengers should carry a Covid19 negative test report taken through either RT-PCR/TrueNat or CBNAAT with the swab taken for testing not earlier than 72 hours from the date of travel, the order said.

Detailed SOP regarding the buses and inter-district bus service/taxi service “with the dates when the aforesaid provisions will be effective from, will be issued by the Home department”, it said.

The order has been issued following a review meeting with the High Powered Committee on COVID19 on July 31, 2021 on the prevailing situation and after taking the views of the health & family welfare department, and considering the proposals of the various Districts Task Forces, the chief secretary said.

The order has been issued by the chief secretary in the exercise of the powers conferred on him under Section 22 (2) (b) and Section 22 (2) (h) of the Disaster Management Act 2005.

The order will remain effective from August 2 to August 18, 2021, the chief secretary said.

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