Kohima: From 8 June today, religious places, hotels and shopping malls are going to open across the country. But recently there has been a spurt in cases of Coronavirus in Nagaland. In view of this, the Government of Nagaland has decided that the prayer places and hotels will be closed till June 30. At the same time, in view of the risk of infection of coronavirus, the BJD government of Odisha has also taken a similar decision. Religious places and hotels will remain closed in Odisha till June 30.
Explain that the Central Government had issued Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) to reopen religious places, hotels and restaurants from today on 8 June. Under which, from today onwards, life in many states across the country will be able to return to normalcy again. People will be able to visit the temple and can also go to the shopping mall to roam.
Nagaland Principal Secretary (Home) Abhijit Sinha told reporters on Sunday that the guidelines issued by Nagaland Chief Secretary regarding the lockdown on 4 May will remain intact until further orders. In the notification issued on May 4 by the Chief Secretary, it was said, “All the prayer places will remain closed for the public and religious ceremonies will be strictly prohibited”. This notification was issued to increase the lockdown in the state.
According to the notification, all hospitality services in the state will be banned except for policemen, government officials, health workers and stranded people.
Significantly, no cases of coronavirus were found in Nagaland till the end of May, but cases have increased rapidly after its residents returned from other parts of the country. There were three cases in the state till 25 May, while their number increased to 118 on 7 June. 110 people are undergoing treatment while eight have been cured.