Mayabunder, May 2: In view of the recent surge in the positive cases of Covid-19 in the Islands, the District Administration, North & Middle Andaman has been taking various proactive steps to contain the spread of the virus in the District. In order to place strict measures of isolation and social distancing in North & Middle Andaman District and to prevent any spread of corona virus while maintaining peace and tranquillity, Dr. Angel Bhati Chauhan, IAS, District Magistrate, North & Middle Andaman, in exercise of the powers vested upon me U/s 144 of Cr.P.C hereby order the following:

Night curfew will continue from 9.00 PM to 5.00 AM as per Order No. 27 dated 9th April 2021.

All shops & establishments to remain shut except the following as per terms and conditions as under:

Provision stores, vegetable shops, shops dealing with food, groceries, fruits, diary & milk booth/shop, meat and fish, animal feed/fodder, chemist/pharmaceutical stores, optical, bakery, mechanical workshop shall be permitted.

Only delivery of foods by way of home delivery/take away by restaurants is permitted. Food shall be served to the guest in hotels and lodges in their rooms only and guest shall not be permitted to dine in the restaurants attached to the lodges and hotels. Dine-in facilities at restaurants, hotels, mess, eateries, tea shops shall not be permitted.

In-situ constructional activities shall be permitted, but no movement of labourers are permitted out of the work site. Contractor/Manager will be held responsible for any deviation.

The establishment listed above shall strictly follow norms of social distancing by maintaining a distance of atleast 1(one) meter from a person and not allowing more than 5 persons at a time inside the premises. The said premises shall remain open on all days between 06.00 AM to 01.00 PM.

Hospitals, medical labs, medicines and medical equipment, ambulance and hearse vehicle services, medical and its allied activities, all medical emergency cases shall be permitted.

Persons intending to buy essential commodities shall procure the same from the local market nearest to their residence. Unnecessary travel to be avoided in this regard.

Goods transport, vehicles carrying agricultural produce of farmers, agriculture & its allied activities shall be permitted.

Social.Political/sports/entertainment/academic/cultural/religious/festival related and other gathering and congregations shall be prohibited.

All religious places/places of worship shall be closed for public worship. Further religious congregations/gatherings are strictly prohibited. Any person/organisation violating the above directions shall be liable to be fined to the tune of Rs. 10,000/, which shall be payable by the Management Committee.

The operations of the government departments shall be on the basis of directions issued by General Administration Department from time to time. All Government departments shall strictly follow norms of social distancing by maintaining a distance of atleast 1 (one) meter from a person.

Officers/officials involved in essential and emergency services such as Health and Family Welfare and all related medical establishments. Police, Home Guards, Civil Defence, Fire and emergency services, District Administration, Pay & Accounts Office, Shipping Services, Electricity, Water Supply and Sanitation, Public Transport, Disaster Management and related services, all print and electronic media persons, private security services, Defence personnel on duty, POL Outlets, LPG Stores/Godown, Insurance Office and ATMs, Telecommunication, Internet services, Broadcasting and Cable services, Fishing activities, Cold Storages and ware houses, courts as per orders of High Court and E-commerce activities are permitted on production of valid Identity card.

All Banks functioning in the District shall only provide essential services to the customers and shall strictly follow norms of social distancing by maintaining a distance of atleast 1 (one) meter from a person and also maintain a proper queue system and thereby not allowing more than 5 customers at a time inside the premises.

Persons engaged for essential activities, including operation of industrial units in multiple shifts, movement of goods on Andaman Trunk road, loading and unloading of essential cargo and travel of persons to their destinations after disembarking on production of valid travel tickets. Movement of passengers availing boat/ship services for travel to different islands shall be permitted.

All private medical personnel such as Doctors, nursing staff, paramedical etc. and other hospitals services (such as hospitals, diagnostic centres, clinics, pharmacies, pharmaceutical companies and other medical & health services), on production of valid Identity cards. Patients will be permitted to move to avail medical facilities.

Any disobedience of the above orders shall invite penal action u/s 188 of Indian Penal Code, 1860 and the relevant provisions of the Disaster Management Act,2005 against the violator(s).

This order shall come into force with effect from 2nd May, 2021 till further orders.