The Mizoram government has announced an eight-day lockdown in Aizawl and other district headquarters town from today following the surge in COVID-19 cases.

The lockdown came into force from 4 am today and will remain in force till 4 am of May 11.

In this regard, an order was issued on Saturday by Mizoram chief secretary Lalnunmawia Chuaungo, who is also the chairman of the State Executive Committee of State Disaster Management Authority, Mizoram. The decision to impose the lockdown was taken “in view of the continued surge of COVID-19 positive cases and the significant number of active cases in Mizoram”.

As per the order, no residents of Aizawl municipal area and other district headquarters town should step out of their homes during the lockdown, while intra-state movement or travelling outside the state will be allowed under exceptional or very essential case.

The night curfew will be imposed between 7 pm and 4 am in all district headquarters.

Places of worship, educational institutions, public parks, picnic spots, movie theatres, gymnasiums, community halls, and restaurants, shopping complexes, malls, business shops having no permission and another social gatherings shall be closed in all parts of the state during the lockdown.

As for Aizawl and other district headquarters, shops dealing with essential commodities, fish and meat, vegetables and fruits, seeds, construction materials, animal feeds, puncture works, cold storage and warehousing and e-commerce and home delivery will be open on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.