Churches to open on Sunday, Mizoram relaxes Covid restrictions
The government of Mizoram has issued new COVID-19 guidelines with some additional relaxations to facilitate economic and other activities in the Aizawl Municipality Corporation (AMC) area and other parts of the state.
The new guidelines will take effect on October 3 and will remain in effect in the state until October 16.
The order issued Friday night said it was deemed necessary to focus more on providing better treatment to COVID-19 patients than imposing strict restrictions despite a surge in COVID-19 cases.
The new order allowed the reopening of churches in the AMC zone affected by COVID-19 and also in other parts of the state only on Sunday and Sabbath (Saturday) during the day with a capacity of 50 percent of the seats .
Churches in COVID-19-free towns and villages outside the AMC zone were already reopened on August 22.
Schools and other higher education institutions will remain closed in the AMC region, but training institutes will be allowed to reopen with a capacity of 50% of seats in the state capital, according to the ordinance.
The government has already authorized the reopening of schools (KG at class 12) and Anganwadi centers in coronavirus-free towns outside the AMC zone on August 15 and further authorized the reopening of all educational institutions, including colleges, September 5.
The reopening of public parks is now authorized even in the AMC zone with 50 participants subject to the authorization of the working group at the local level of the locality where this park is located.
Social or public gatherings such as birthdays or anniversary celebrations and other gatherings are now permitted in the AMC zone with either 50% of the seating capacity or 50 participants, in the order listed.
The number of attendees at funerals and weddings in the CMA region has increased from 30 to 50 or 50 percent of the seating capacity, whichever is less, he said.
The government has now authorized the full reopening of all business stores, market places, hawker stands, hotels, restaurants (with a 50% seating capacity) and bed and breakfasts, among others, in the AMC zone.
All state government offices will now open fully staffed, according to the order. Intra-state movements are allowed in exceptional cases, he said. Nighttime curfews will continue to be enforced in all district capitals between 8 p.m. and 4 a.m.
In areas outside of the AMC, deputy commissioners will issue separate guidelines based on the COVID-19 situation of their districts or areas, depending on the order.
Meanwhile, Mizoram reported 1,626 new cases of COVID-19 on Saturday, bringing the state total to 96,456, a health official said.
The death toll rose to 314 as three more people succumbed to the infection in the past 24 hours, he said. At least 263 children were among those newly infected, he said.
The one-day positivity rate rose to 20.53% from the day before, 16.83%, as new cases were detected from 7,919 sample tests, he said. The state now has 16,361 active cases of COVID-19.
At least 1,677 people have recovered in the past 24 hours, bringing the total number of recoveries to 79,781.
The state has so far performed more than 11.12 lakh sample tests for COVID-19. More than 6.82 lakh people have been vaccinated as of Friday, of which 4.47 lakh people have received the two doses of the COVID-19 vaccine, said Dr Lalzawmi, the state’s immunization official.
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