Religious Places, Tourists Spots, Schools etc. to Remain Closed w.e.f. 11th Jan

Port Blair, Jan 10: In view of the steep increase in the numbers of COVID-19 positive cases in the Andaman & Nicobar Islands, the District Administration in an attempt to curtail the numbers today imposed more restrictions over the existing restrictions. The District Magistrate, South Andaman, Shri Suneel Anchipaka, IAS today issued an Order No. 30 dated 10th Jan 2022 wherein he cleared the following:

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

All religious places/ places of worship shall be closed for public worship. Religious congregations/ gatherings have been strictly prohibited. Any person/ organisation violating the above directions shall be liable to be fined to the tune of Rs. 20,000/- which shall be payable by the Management.

All tourist spots in South Andaman District shall remain closed for tourism activities with immediate effect.

All parks/ playgrounds/ stadiums/ gums and yoga institutes shall remain closed with immediate effect.

The District Magistrate also clarified that these restrictions fundamentally relate to movement of people but not to that of essential services. 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) and fine shall be imposed as per Order issued.

This Order shall come into effect from 11.01.2022 and shall remain in force till further orders, stated the District Magistrate.