In view of the prevailing situation concerning Covid-19 in the State and in order to put in place preventive and mitigation measures so the pandemic of COVID-19 is contained, reduced and eliminated in East Khasi Hills District and Meghalaya, the District Magistrate, East Khasi Hills District in an order issued under Section 144 CrPC read together with Regulation 3 of the Meghalaya Epidemic Diseases, COVID-19 Regulations, 2020 has extended the night curfew in East Khasi Hills District with effect from December 21, 2020 to January 1, 2021 only for timings falling between 11 pm to 5 am each day.
However, according to the order, the night curfew will be lifted on the nights of December 24, 25 and 31 in view of the ensuing Christmas and New Year celebrations being observed in the district.
The night curfew will not apply to medical teams and officials on COVID-19 duty, police, security and armed forces, Civil Defence and Home Guard volunteers, wholesale and retail pharmacies, Fire and Emergency service, MeECL, NEEPCO and Power Grid, FCI vehicles, officers and staff of corona care centres, press, print and electronic, Information and Public Relations Department, National Highways & Infrastructure Development Corporation Ltd, Shillong Municipal Board and Telecom service.
These services have to strictly comply with all protocols and procedures including social distancing, limiting of field staff to the barest minimum and other advisories the Health and Family Welfare Department.
Movements of vehicles carrying essential goods, security forces, medical equipments and shops for repair of trucks on highways are also exempted. However, drivers and attendants of the vehicles shall be subject to medical screening as per laid down protocols. Curfew passes may be obtained online at eastkhasihills.gov.in.