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Containment zone effect: Kohima streets wear deserted look, traffic unusually smooth

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By Menuse-O Max Khieya Updated: May 06, 2021 7:18 pm
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A street in Kohima wears a deserted look on Thursday afternoon as shops pull down shutters early. (EM Images)

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Kohima, May 6 (EMN):
Streets in the state capital wore a deserted look on Thursday afternoon following Kohima deputy commissioner’s order to shut shops and business activities early in view of the alarming surge in Covid-19 cases.  

The restriction came into force on Thursday, hours after the state government’s declaration of Kohima and Dimapur as containment zones for seven days came into effect (7 pm, May 5).

According to the order issued by the district administration, markets and shops would be allowed to remain open only from 6 am to 2 pm.

Many business establishments like restaurants and grocery shops in Kohima were seen pulling down their shutters while roadside vegetable vendors packed up to meet the deadline on Thursday.

Although pharmacies, including those selling veterinary medicines, have been exempted from the purview of the restriction, some stores closed early while many were seen open after 2 pm.  

Meanwhile, traffic flow was unusually smooth with odd-even traffic system being implemented.  It was learnt that despite the closure of business activities by 2 pm, commercial vehicles like taxis and buses were allowed to ferry passengers.

Law enforcers were seen manning the streets as afternoon rush hours disappeared.   

Meanwhile, deputy commissioner and chairman of district task force chairman Gregory Thejawelie has also imposed night curfew in Kohima on all days with effect from May 5 from 7 pm to 6 am.

He warned any person violating the order would be penalised with legal actions.

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By Menuse-O Max Khieya Updated: May 06, 2021 7:18:00 pm