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The Meghalaya Government today decided to re-open restaurants, salons, and beauty parlors in the state from June 22.

This decision was taken during the review meeting which was chaired by Meghalaya Chief Minister, Conrad K Sangma, here on Wednesday.

“The restaurants which are located along the national highways will not be allowed to open,” Deputy Chief Minister, Prestone Tynsong told reporters.

He said that the Health and Family Welfare Department will come up with the SOPs and protocols on the reopening of the restaurants, salons, and beauty parlors in the next few days.

On the reopening of the hotels and home-stays, Tynsong said that the Deputy Commissioners have been authorized to hold consultation with the various stakeholders on this matter.

“We will make a decision on the reopening of the hotels and home-stays after we get the feedback from the Deputy Commissioners,” said the Deputy Chief Minister.

On the request of the Chairman of the State Planning Board, Lambor Malngiang to review the decision of re-opening Iewduh, Tynsong said that the question of rolling back on the decision of re-opening Iewduh market does not arise.

“We have taken the decision after detailed deliberations on the matter. We had also conducted a spot inspection of the Iewduh market before arriving at this decision,” Tynsong said.

He said that there is no need to panic since only 1222 shops, out of the 5000 plus shops located inside the Iewduh market, will be allowed to open on a rotational basis.

Meanwhile, Health and Family Welfare Minister, Alexander Laloo Hek informed that so far, the total number of samples which had been sent for testing is 14,940. Out of these, a total number of 14,086 tested negative, 43 tested positive (29 recovered, 13 active cases and one deceased) and the report of 360 samples is awaited.

Hek also informed that a total number of 16,100 stranded citizens have returned to the State, so far.

Source: The Northeast Today

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