Daijiworld Media Network - Mangaluru (DV)
Mangaluru, May 6: As the coronavirus cases are spiking in the state, the district administration's plans to enforce tougher rules to restrict the unnecessary movement of people.
As per the order, people will be allowed to purchase essential commodities from 6 am to 9 am, rather than till 10 am. People will be allowed to purchase medical supplies from the nearest pharmacies.
Vehicles of those who move around unnecessarily will be seized. The police department will initiate tougher measures to prevent needless roaming on the streets. There will be no provision for events like marriage, housewarming and birthdays.
The government has ordered restrictions on programmes scheduled from May 15.
District in-charge minister Kota Srinivas Poojary said that the officials should strictly enforce the lockdown rules implemented by the state government to contain the spread of Covid-19 in the district.
Chairing the emergency meeting organized by the district administration to contain the spread of cases in the state, Srinivas Poojary said, "People are allowed to purchase essential commodities from 6 am to 9 am. By 10 am everyone should reach their homes."
"Though the government has enforced curfew eight days ago, the Covid-19 cases continue to rise in the district. This is because the public is not adhering to the Covid-19 guidelines and are wandering in public places," he said.
"People should come out to buy essential commodities only when it is necessary. Else, they should remain in their homes. We have decided to implement a curfew on weekends on Saturday and Sunday. On these days groceries shops will not be allowed to open. Only Horticultural Producers' Cooperative Marketing and Processing Society (HOPCOMS), milk shops, vegetable shops, and pushcart vendors selling fruits and vegetables will be allowed."
Those who are going to avail medical treatment and vaccines are allowed to travel to the respective centres. The programmes scheduled should be allowed till May 15. Provision should not be given to organizing new programmes.
MP Nalin Kumar Kateel said, "Government has implemented rules for the betterment of the public. People should cooperate in implementing lockdown effectively."
The online deliveries should be done by 10 pm and the delivery personnel should reach their homes by 11 pm, Kateel added.
DC Dr KV Rajendra Kumar said, "To stop people from unnecessarily roaming, set up checkposts and question those who are needlessly roaming. Sector magistrates will be appointed to implement the lockdown effectively in the district. These sector magistrates should look to avoid violation of lockdown rules in their respective jurisdictions."
MLAs Vedavyas Kamath, Dr Y Bharath Shetty, UT Khader, Harish Poonja, Sanjeeva Matandoor, Umanath Kotian, Rajesh Naik, and others were present.
There will be no Covid-19 vaccination camp for the next two days. As vaccines are short in supply following the conducting of vaccination camps, there is no availability of vaccines in urban primary health centres, primary health centres, community health centres, and taluk health centres. Vaccination drive will be continued once the vaccines are available, informed district health officer.