Nagaland govt declares Unlock 3 from July 18; schools and colleges to reopen with vaccinated staff

The government has also decided to allow tourists in the state who have been fully vaccinated.

As part of their third phase of ''unlocking", the Nagaland government announced Unlock-3 from July 18 which will continue till August 1.

The decision was taken at a meeting of the High Powered Committee (HPC) on COVID-19 headed by Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio.

Government spokesperson, Neiba Kronu said that higher secondary schools and colleges will reopen from July 26, provided all the teaching and non-teaching staff are inoculated with at least the first dose or provide a COVID-negative report every 15 days.

Kronu, who is also the Minister for Planning & Coordination, Land Revenue, and Parliamentary Affairs, said the committee took this decision after taking the views of the District Task Forces (DTFs).

As for standard 10 and below, the physical classes will continue to remain suspended and the government would decide on it after August 1, he said.

The minister further added that any school or college ready to reopen has to take the permission of the respective District Task Force.

Nagaland began the ''unlock'' with the first phase from July 1 to 7, followed by the second phase from July 8 to 17.

The state government also decided to reopen tourism during the third phase of "unlocking".

Government spokesperson Mmhonlumo Kikon, who is also the Advisor, IT, Science and Technology, NRE, said, the state will now welcome tourists who have been inoculated with both doses of the COVID-19 vaccine.

Taking to Twitter, he wrote, "Unlock 3 - 18 July till 1st August. There is a slight uptick in the last week! Caution! Tourists who have taken two doses will be welcome to Nagaland."

He said that those who have taken only one dose and at least 15 days have passed after taking the dose, will not require to be tested at the time of entry to the state but will have to undergo quarantine for seven days, adding that people returning to the state will no longer require to undergo a COVID test or quarantine if they are fully vaccinated.

In this phase, there would be stricter enforcement of the norms and violators would be penalised accordingly, Advisor Kikon said. 

(Edited by Aparmita Das)

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