Certain activities including music concerts, Thabal Chongba, celebratory feasts, large gatherings of people in enclosed areas or indoor halls, have also been restricted. But the order did not mention about the intensifying election campaigns.
After Manipur reported the first case of the Omicron variant of COVID-19, the state government on Wednesday clamped night curfew in the entire state. The night curfew will be imposed from 9 pm to 4 am, with exemption for “essential services and medical emergencies”, till January 31, 2022.
The state home department has issued an order to this effect.
Certain activities including music concerts, Thabal Chongba, celebratory feasts, large gatherings of people in enclosed areas or indoor halls, have also been restricted. But the order did not mention about the intensifying election campaigns that are going in different parts of the state in view of the state general election slated to be held in early part of 2022.
All the district magistrates have been instructed to strictly enforce the new restrictions by invoking relevant provisions of law.
“Wearing of face masks in public places, gatherings and crowded areas is a critical Covid Appropriate Behaviour and it should be strictly enforced and violators to be penalised promptly under relevant rules,” the order stated.
It may be mentioned that the new variant was detected on December 27 in a 48-year old male from Imphal West, a returnee from Tanzania. Three of his family members have also been tested positive for COVID-19 on December 24. Their samples have been sent for genome sequencing at IBSD, Takyelpat and their results are being awaited.