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The Nagaland government on Thursday declared summer break for all schools and colleges in the State with effect from April 30 until further notice.

It also ordered the closure of all coaching/vocational institutions/student hostels.

However, online/distance learning will continue to be permitted and encouraged.

As per the Cabinet decision on April 27, the government on Thursday issued fresh consolidated guidelines for implementation throughout the State from April 30 to May 13 to prevent the spread of Covid-19.

It said all cinema halls, swimming pools, gymnasiums, entertainment parks, auditoriums, theatres, assembly halls, sports complexes and stadiums, and similar places will remain closed.

All the public places in the State like parks, museums, libraries, re-creation centres, will also be closed.

The government has also imposed restrictions on public gatherings.

It said social/ political/ sports/ entertainment/ academic/cultural/religious functions and other large congregations will be permitted outside the containment zones.

However, the gathering will not be more than 30 percent of the capacity of the hall/venue/ground or 100 persons, whichever is lower, subject to Covid-19 appropriate behaviours.

As per the new guidelines, religious places/place of worship will be permitted to open outside the containment zones subject to a maximum of 30 percent of the capacity of the hall/building at any point of time or 100 persons, whichever is lower, and with strict adherence to all the provisions of the SOP.

The District Task Force has been authorised to take suitable decisions as per the local situations to further reduce the maximum allowable capacities.

The government said any inbound traveller/returnee will be permitted to enter the State through Dimapur by train, air or by road. They will be allowed to enter Dimapur district by road through New Field Check Gate and Dillai Gate, Kohima district through Khuzama, Mokokchung district through Tsutapela and Watiyongpang, Mon district through Naginimora and Tizit, Wokha district through Bhandari and Phek district through Lanye and Akash Bridge.

Entry into the State through any other route, or by any other mode of travel will not be allowed, except under special circumstances with the approval of the State Home Department.

The government said every inbound traveller/returnee on arrival will be required to produce negative RT-PCR/TrueNat/CBNAAT test report for Covid-19 with the test done not earlier than 72 hours prior to entry into the State.

Such persons will be further required to remain in self-isolation/quarantine for seven days.

In other cases, the person concerned after entry will be required to self-isolate/quarantine for 10 days.

In case of a resident of any North Eastern state other than Nagaland, who is arriving in Nagaland by road/air/train, and is a transit passenger, he/she will be required to fill in a self-declaration form available on as a transit passenger and will proceed to his/her destination state directly from the point of entry without halting in Nagaland.

The movement of goods vehicles entering or transiting through the State will be allowed through the points of entry, after proper medical screening of the drivers and attendants of the vehicles.

All other roads/routes will remain closed.

The international border of the State with Myanmar will continue to remain sealed as before.

It added that the intra and inter-district movement of private and passenger vehicles of every category is permitted across the State subject to the occupancy in every kind of vehicle is limited to 50 percent of the total occupancy.

No standing passengers should be allowed to travel, the government said.

Shopping malls will be permitted to open outside the containment zones subject to strict adherence to the provisions of the SOP.

Bhadra Gogoi

Bhadra Gogoi is Northeast Now Correspondent in Nagaland. He can be reached at: