Regulatory Changes Due to Covid 19

Regulatory Changes Due to Covid 19

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Central / StateDocument TitleDate IssuedSummaryMandatory or AdvisoryIndustry(ies) ImpactedValid TillDoes it Impact Komrisk Database?
CentralAlcohol Based Hand Sanitizers in containers with dispenser pumps made freely exportable with immediate effect15-10-2020The Directorate General of Foreign Trade through a Notification dated 15th October, 2020 has amended the Export Policy of Alcohol based Hand Sanitizers.

With the Amendment the Export of Alcohol based Hand Sanitizers in container with dispenser pumps is free, making export of
Alcohol based Hand Sanitizers in any form/packaging freely exportable from 15th October, 2020.
Mandatory    
CentralMinistry of Culture issues detailed SOPs for cultural functions and programs to facilitate organization of cultural events during the COVID pandemic15-10-2020Ministry of Culture based on Ministry of Home Affairs Unlock 5.0 guidelines by a Press Release dated 15th October, 2020 has issued a detailed SOP for “Cultural Functions & Programs” on preventive measures to contain spread of COVID-19.

Key highlights of the SOP
1. The SOP contains guidelines that have to be followed by the management of theatres and performance spaces, as well as the entertainment/creative agencies, artists and crew or any other persons who hire the auditoria or any other open/closed performance spaces, whether on payment or gratis.
2. Guidelines w.r.t. Artists & Crew, management of Green Rooms, Stage management, Costume and make up trials, Sanitization of venue including stage, Open area seating etc. have been provided under the SOP.
3. Cultural activities are continued to be prohibited inside containment zones.
4. Basic COVID preventive measures have to be followed at all times like wearing of face masks/cover, washing/sanitizing hands at regular intervals, practicing respiratory etiquettes etc.
5. The occupancy of auditoriums/closed performance spaces will not be more than 50% of total seating capacity, subject to a ceiling of 200 persons.
6. Proper crowd control management to be ensured with strict physical distancing.
7. Staggered timings for performances to be followed to avoid crowding at the venue.
8. Frequent sanitization of the entire premises, common facilities, and all points which come into human contact, e.g. handles, railings, etc. to be ensured.
9. Dos and Don’ts shall be communicated at prominent access points: Online sale points, digital tickets, public areas like lobbies, washrooms, etc.
10. Guidelines w.r.t. air-conditioning/cooling as laid down by the Government to be followed.

For a detailed read, please refer to the attached document. 
Mandatory Cultural Functions & ProgramsNo end date specifiedNo
CentralRBI issues FAQs on Resolution Framework for Covid-19 related stress15-10-2020The Reserve Bank of India had on August 6, 2020 issued the "Resolution Framework for COVID-19-related Stress" which aims to facilitate revival of real sector activities and mitigate the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on the ultimate borrowers.

Now, the RBI has on its website issued the FAQs with responses in this regard to provide clarity on certain aspects of the Resolution Framework.

For a detailed read, please refer to the appended document.
AdvisoryFinancial InstitutionsNo end date specifiedNo
MaharashtraGovt. of Maharashtra rolls out guidelines to implement easing of restrictions in the State in continuation to Mission Begin Again; permits B2B Exhibitions outside Containment Zones14-10-2020In continuation to Mission Begin Again Order dated 30th September, 2020 the Department of Revenue and Forest, Disaster Management, Relief and Rehabilitation, Government of Maharashtra (“Department”), has issued another Order dated  14th October, 2020 to permit the following activities in the State after careful consideration of planning of Containment areas and availability of health infrastructure, for strict implementation:
1. Business to Business (“B2B”) Exhibitions:
• B2B exhibitions permitted to open, in areas outside the Containment Zones since 15th October, 2020;

• The SOP for the same will be issued by the Industries Department. The Industries Department will take into consideration the SOP issued by the Department of Commerce, Government of India.
2. Shops:
• With an objective to control / reduce crowding, the markets / shops have been permitted to open for 2 additional hours and can function from 9 am to 9 pm in areas outside the Containment Zones since 15th October, 2020;
3. Schools, colleges, educational and coaching institutions:
• Schools, colleges, educational and coaching institutions will continue to remain closed for students and regular class activity up to 31st October, 2020. However, Online / distance learning will continue to be permitted and shall be encouraged;

• Please note that permission has been granted for upto 50% of teaching and non-teaching staff to be called to the schools at a time for online teaching / tele-counselling and related works, in areas outside the Containment Zones; with effect since 15th October, 2020;

• The SOP regarding health and safety precautions for the same will be issued by the School Education Department. The School Education Department will take into consideration the SOP issued by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare and the Department of School Education and Literacy, Ministry of Education, Government of India.
4. Metro Rail:
• Metro Rail has been allowed to operate with effect since 15th October, 2020 in a graded manner;

• The SOP for the same will be issued by the Urban Development Department. The Urban Development Department will take into consideration the SOP issued by the Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs
5. Marriage, other personal family functions:
• Marriage and other personal family functions and related gatherings with number of guests not exceeding 50 and funeral / last rites related gatherings with number of persons not exceeding 20 will continue to be allowed;
6. Gardens, Parks and public open spaces:
• Gardens, Parks and public open spaces for recreational purposes will continue to remain open.
7. Local weekly bazaars (including that of the animals):
• Local weekly bazaars (including that of the animals) permitted to open, in areas outside the Containment Zones since 15th October, 2020.

• The SOP for the same will be issued by the concerned Rural / Urban Local Bodies and all the protocols of the COVID-19 shall be followed;
8. International Air travel of passengers prohibited, except as permitted by Ministry of Home Affairs
9.The domestic passengers arriving at different Airports shall be checked for COVID symptoms. Stamping with indelible ink shall be immediately discontinued;
10. The health check-up and stamping of the passengers at the railway stations arriving by trains in the State of Maharashtra will be discontinued. However, these passengers should follow all the COVID-19 protocols of social distancing and sanitation;
11. Any other allowed and permitted activity by any specific/ general order would continue to operate.
National Directives for COVID-19 Management
1. Face coverings- wearing of face cover is compulsory in public places, in workplaces and during transport;
2. Social distancing- Individuals must maintain a minimum distance of 6 feet (2 Gaz Ki doori) in public places;
3. Shops have to ensure physical distancing among customers and will not allow more than five persons at one time;
4. Gatherings- large public gatherings / congregations continue to remain prohibited. Marriage related Gatherings — Number of guests not to exceed 50. Funeral / last rites related Gatherings — Number of persons not to exceed 20;
5. Spitting in public places will be punishable with fine, as may be prescribed by the concerned authority in accordance with its laws, rules or regulations;
6. Consumption of liquor, Paan, gutka, tobacco, etc in public places is prohibited.
Additional directives for work places:
1.Work from Home (WFH)- as far as possible the practice of WFH should be followed. Staggering of work / business hours will be followed in offices, workplaces, shops. markets and industrial & commercial establishments.
2. Screening and Hygiene- provision for thermal screening, hand wash and sanitizer will be made available at all entry and exit points and common areas.
3. Frequent sanitization of entire workplace, common facilities and all points which come into human contact e.g. door handles etc. will be ensured, including between shifts.
4. Social Distancing- All persons in charge of workplaces will ensure adequate distance between workers, adequate gaps between shifts, staggering the lunch breaks of staff etc.
Please note:
1. Easing of restrictions and opening up of the activities which remain prohibited across the State will be done in phased manner along-with Standard Operating Procedures / Guidelines.
2. Violation of the lockdown measures will attract penalties under the provisions of the Disaster Management Act, 2005 and Indian Penal Code (detailed in Annexure III of the present Order).
Background:
The Maharashtra Government, in its Order dated 30th September, 2020 has extend the lockdown measures up to 31st  October, 2020 and issued revised consolidated guidelines from time to time vide above mentioned orders to contain the spread of COVID-19.
Now, that the State Government is of the view to re-open certain activities in areas outside the Containment Zones, the present Order has been issued to permit the re-opening of more activities in the State in consonance with its earlier Order dated 30th September, 2020.
MandatoryAll31-10-2020NO
Madhya Pradesh Madhya Pradesh Government notifies SOPs on Entertainment / Amusement Park and other equivalent places for curb the spread of COVID-1913-10-2020Madhya Pradesh Health Department in a Notification dated 13th October, 2020 has notified SOPs for measures to be followed in Entertainment / Amusement Parks and similar places to contain the spread of COVID-19.

Key highlights:

1. Entertainment / Amusement parks and other such venues located in Containment Zones shall be kept closed and only parks outside Containment Zones will be allowed to open;

2. Staffs and visitors to the parks will need to strictly follow basic COVID-19 precautions like wearing masks, following respiratory etiquettes, washing hands at regular intervals etc.

3. Spitting in public places is prohibited;

4. Persons above the age of 65, pregnant women and children below the age of 10 have been advised to stay at home. Staff falling within this category should not come in direct contact with the visitors;

5. Before starting the recreational activities in the park, all open areas and common places should be disinfected in accordance with the SOPs issued by the Government of India;

6. Frequently touched surfaces along with washrooms and drinking water areas have to be regularly disinfected as per protocol;

7. In water parks, staff to ensure that the water is properly filtered and treated. Further, rides will be operated at intervals and after every 2 individuals;

8. Theatres to allow only 15% of the seating capacity;

9. Proper crowd control measures to be adopted for holidays and weekends in parks and theatres;

10. Tickets to be sold online;

11. Number of tickets to be limited in order to control the number of visitors;

11. There must be proper CCTV surveillance for contact tracing purposes;

12. Tickets should have instructions written on them about what to do and what not to do;

13. Entry points to have thermal screening and hand sanitizers and if possible there should be more than one entry / exit points;

14. An isolation room / area to be set up at the park / theatre where suspected COVID infected persons can be kept;

15. Eateries inside the park to admit not more than 50% of the seating capacity.

Please note that the SOP is in Vernacular and we have translated it to the best of our understanding. Once an official translation is available, we will update in case there is a requirement.

For a detailed read, please refer to the corresponding document provided for reference.
Mandatory Amusement parks, TheatresNo end date specified No
ChhattisgarhDistrict Magistrate Durg notifies amounts of fines for violation of COVID-19 guidelines13-10-2020In light of the upcoming festive season, the District Magistrate of Durg District in Chhattisgarh  has notified fines for violation of COVID-19 guidelines.

This is being done keeping in mind that in the next 100 days, lots of festivals will be celebrated and there are high chances of increase in the number of COVID-19 positive cases. Therefore, to curb this increase, the District Magistrate has listed out fines for the following offences:

1. Not wearing masks / face cover in public places - Rs. 100/-

2. Violation of home isolation guidelines - Rs. 1000/-

3. Spitting in public places - Rs. 100/-

4. Violation of social distancing norms by shop owners / business establishments - Rs. 200/-

In addition to this, if a person does not pay fine and not follow the guidelines even after issuing a warning, then that person will be liable to be penalised under the Indian Penal Code, 1860 and the Epidemic Diseases Act, 1897 along with an FIR under Section 188 of the IPC. If a shop / business establishment is found violating COVID-19 norms for the second time, then that shop / business will be sealed for 15 days.

Please note that the Order is in Vernacular and we have translated it to the best of our understanding. Once an official translation is available, we will update in case there is a requirement.
Mandatory AllNo end date specified No
Central Ministry of Health and Family Welfare rolls out guidelines for management of co-infection of COVID-19 with other seasonal epidemic prone diseases13-10-2020With a view to provide clear guidelines on prevention and treatment of co-infections of COVID-19 along with diseases like Dengue, Malaria, Seasonal Influenza (H1N1), etc. the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare has issued Guidelines for Management of co-infection of COVID-19 with other seasonal epidemic prone diseases.

Epidemic prone diseases are observed in our country every year with diseases like Dengue, Malaria, Seasonal Influenza, Leptospirosis, Chikungunya, Enteric fever, etc. affecting many individuals. This poses challenges in clinical laboratory diagnosis of COVID-19.

The main aim of these guidelines is to provide clear guidelines on prevention and treatment of co-infections of COVID-19 with diseases like Dengue, Malaria, Seasonal Influenza (H1N1), Leptospirosis, Chikungunya etc.

Key highlights -

1. The guidelines provide symptoms of all epidemic prone diseases along with procedure to be follow while diagnosing such co-infections;

2. Tests recommended by ICMR (for COVID-19) and the ones recommended by the concerned programme divisions (NVBDCP for vector borne diseases [Malaria, Dengue, Chikungunya]) and NCDC (Seasonal Influenza, Leptospirosis, Scrub Typhus)] needs to be followed. Also, availability of rapid diagnostic kits for malaria, dengue, scrub typhus should be ensured in COVID treatment facilities.

3. Management of co-infection of COVID-19 with dengue, Influenza and bacterial co-infections are provided in detail in the guidelines including specific laboratory testing for samples to ascertain the specific co-infection;

4. If a patient is in a primary care setup, the following criteria is to be monitored to assess patients clinical progress. Early warning signs for referral to higher centre are:

i. Altered Mental Status (AVPU)

ii. Systolic blood pressure: <90mmHg or <20% of baseline in hypertensive patients

iii. Heart Rate/ Pulse Rate: <50 or >120 bpm

iv. SpO2: <94 % on room air

v. Respiratory Rate: <10 or >30 bpm

vi. Temperature: persistently >38ºC

vii. Urine Output: <0.5 ml/Kg/Hr for consecutive 2 hrs

viii. Spontaneous bleeding / haematuria

ix. Platelet count <50.000/cumm

5. Proper prevention techniques are to be followed as the basic preventive strategies of COVID-19 and seasonal influenza are different from other diseases discussed under the guidelines. Generic measures like avoiding large gatherings, maintaining physical distance, hand hygiene and cough etiquette must be ensured at all times;

6. Community support must be garnered and community awareness drives on COVID-19 and other seasonal diseases must be ensured to spread awareness among the public;

7. A concerted effort is required in prevention, surveillance, behaviour change communication and management of cases mentioned in the guidelines pertaining to COVID-19 and co-infections. Alert vigil, a high index of suspicion and constant awareness of the possibility of co-infections can help physicians avert the adverse outcome of cases with coinfection and improve clinical outcomes.

8. Salient features (Onset, symptoms, signs, warning signs, complications) of COVID-19, Dengue, Malaria, Chikungunya, Leptospirosis, Seasonal Influenza are also provided in the guidelines.

For a detailed read, please refer to the corresponding Guidelines
Advisory Hospitals, COVID care centresNo end date specified No
Central Employees' Provident Fund Organisation launches WhatsApp helpline to resolve grievances under Nirbadh initiative; ease of raising query and grievance on WhatsApp will reduce the need to physically visit EPFO’s offices13-10-2020With a view to enhance the ease of living experience for members, and to further strengthen the direct channel of communication between EPFO and its subscribers amid the pandemic, Employees' Provident Fund Organisation ("EPFO") has launched a WhatsApp based helpline-cum-grievance redressal mechanism, as part of its series of Nirbadh initiatives aimed at ensuring seamless and un-interrupted service delivery to subscribers during the COVID-19 pandemic.

This facility has been provided in addition to various other means of grievance redressal forums of EPFO like web-based EPFiGMS portal, CPGRAMS, social media pages (Facebook & Twitter) and a dedicated 24x7 call centre. The helpline aims to further strengthen the direct channel of communication between EPFO and its subscribers amid the pandemic, thereby enhancing EPFO’s responsiveness and facilitating timely delivery of services to subscribers.

Currently, WhatsApp helpline is functional in all the 138 regional offices of EPFO. Any stakeholder may simply file grievance or seek guidance on any queries relating to services provided by EPFO, by sending a WhatsApp message on the helpline number of the concerned regional office where the PF account is maintained. Dedicated WhatsApp Helpline numbers of all regional offices are available at homepage of EPFO’s official website.

As WhatsApp is emerging as a popular platform for communication in India, EPFO has taken this initiative to use this platform to reach and communicate directly with all its stakeholders. This will also allow the PF subscribers to interact directly with EPFO’s regional offices at a personalized level adhering to one-to-one guidance principle. It will further ensure prompt and secure services to the subscribers from the comfort of their homes. The ease of raising query and grievance on WhatsApp will drastically reduce the need for the subscribers to physically visit EPFO’s offices. This in turn will help maintain social distancing in EPFO’s workplace during COVID-19 pandemic. 
Advisory AllNo end date specified No
Central  IRDAI allows renewal, migration and portability, for COVID specific standard health products subject to norms13-10-2020Insurance Regulatory and Development Authority of India ("IRDAI") while partially modifying the Guidelines on Covid Standard Health Policy has provided Insurers the choice to allow renewal, migration and portability, for COVID specific standard health products subject to conditions.

Norms for renewal, migration and portability of “Corona Rakshak Policy”, “Corona Kavach Policy” and “Group Corona Kavach policy” –

1. Renewal :

a) ‘Corona Kavach’ and ‘Corona Rakshak’ policies of any tenure may be renewed for further terms of three and half months (3 ½ months), six and half months (6 ½ months) or nine and half months (9 ½ months) as per the option exercised by the policyholder. The renewal shall be subject to the underwriting policy of the insurer.

b) Renewals, if any, may be done before the expiry of the existing policy contract.

c) Where policy is renewed, additional waiting period of 15 days shall not be imposed and the coverage shall be continued seamlessly.

d) During renewal, sum insured may be allowed to be changed by the policyholder. For any increase in the sum insured, the waiting period shall start afresh only for the enhanced portion of the sum insured.

e) Corona Kavach and Corona Rakshak policies are permitted to be renewed till 31st March,2021 complying with clause 5 of Guidelines on introduction of short term health insurance policies providing coverage for COVID-19 disease (Circular Ref No: IRDAI/HLT/REG/ CIR/156/06/ 2020 dated 23.06.2020).

2. Migration :

a) In respect of Corona Kavach individual policies, insurers have the choice to offer migration to any other indemnity based health insurance product offered by them as per the option exercised by the policyholder.

b) In respect of Corona Kavach Group policies, insurers have the choice to provide migration to the members insured to any other individual indemnity based health policy at the point of exit of the member insured from the group policy or the cessation of coverage of the underlying group policy.

c) Where migration is allowed, the accrued gains of waiting period served in the existing Corona Kavach policy (Individual/Group) shall be protected in respect of coverage for Covid-19, in the migrated policy.

3. Portability :

General and Health Insurers are permitted to allow portability of Corona Kavach (individual) policy from one insurer to another. The accrued gains of waiting period served in the existing Corona Kavach policy shall be protected in respect of coverage of Covid-19, by the porting-in insurer.

Where migration/portability from the Corona Kavach policy (Group/Individual, as applicable) is allowed, such migration/portability to any other comprehensive health insurance policy shall also be allowed, till the end of policy period of the existing Corona Kavach policy.
MandatoryInsuranceNo end date specifiedNo
MeghalayaTechnicians frequently visiting Meghalaya (for repair of mobile towers and essential telecommunication infrastructure), to get tested once in every 10 days; restrict movement to their work place12-10-2020With a view to curb the spread of COVID-19, the Health Department of Meghalaya ("Department") has amended the 'Health Protocol post relaxation of lockdown for entry into Meghalaya'.

The exceptions granted to professionals engaged in essential services in the State have been modified to include the following:

Technicians, engaged in repair of mobile towers and other essential telecommunication infrastructure, who are required to visit Meghalaya frequently, will be tested once in every 10 days and it must be ensured that their movement is restricted to their work place.

For a detailed read, please refer to the corresponding document.
MandatoryTelecommunicationNo end date specifiedNo
GujaratIn light of the outbreak of the Covid pandemic, Gujarat Government declares that vehicles permitted for carrying Oxygen for medical purposes to be treated on par with the ambulances during the COVID - 19 disaster12-10-2020In light of the outbreak of the Covid pandemic in the State of Gujarat, in order to provide effective management of disaster, the Gujarat Government has declared that vehicles permitted for carrying Oxygen for medical purposes will be treated on par with the ambulances for carrying oxygen for a period of one year, from 12th October, 2020 i.e. the date of publication of this notification in the Official Gazette, during the COVID - 19 disaster.

The Government has informed that:

i. such vehicles, carrying oxygen for medical purposes, will be treated as the vehicles on emergency and disaster management duties;

ii. such vehicles will be allowed to:

a. use multi-coloured red, blue and white light
b. such sound signals, as used on ambulance or vehicles used for fire fighting or salvage purposes or on vehicles used by police or operators of construction equipment vehicles or officers of the Motor Vehicles Department, and approved by or operators of construction equipment vehicles or officers of the Motor Vehicles Department

Please refer to the appended document for further details.

Source: Gujarat Government
MandatoryTransporters of oxygen for medical purposes12-10-2021No
CentralReserve Bank of India issues measures for the revival of the financial activities, including lending activities, by lending institutions09-10-2020In light of the gradual lifting of restrictions on movement of people and opening of business establishments across the country, the Reserve Bank of India has, in a notification dated 9th October, 2020, issued measures for the revival of the financial activities, including lending activities, by lending insinstitutions.

The measures aim to:

(i) enhance liquidity support for financial markets so as to revive activity in targeted sectors of the economy with linkages to other sectors; (ii) provide a boost to exports;
(iii) provide regulatory support to improve the flow of credit to specific sectors within the ambit of the norms for credit discipline;
(iv) deepen financial inclusion; and
(v) facilitate ease of doing business by upgrading payment system services so as to improve customer satisfaction, while supporting growth

Key measures:

1. On Tap TLTRO :  The focus of liquidity measures by the RBI will now include revival of activity in specific sectors that have both backward and forward linkages, and multiplier effects on growth. Accordingly, it has been decided to conduct on tap TLTRO with tenors of up to three years for a total amount of up to ₹1,00,000 crore at a floating rate linked to the policy repo rate. The scheme will be available up to March 31, 2021 with flexibility with regard to enhancement of the amount and period after a review of the response to the scheme.

2. SLR Holdings in Held to Maturity (HTM) category :  To engender orderly market conditions and ensure congenial financing costs, the
Reserve Bank on September 1, 2020, had increased the limits under Held to Maturity (HTM) category from 19.5 per cent to 22 percent of NDTL, in respect of SLR securities acquired on or after September 1, 2020, up to March 31, 2021. To give more certainty to the markets about the status of these investments in SLR securities after March 31, 2021, the dispensation of enhanced HTM limits of 22 percent has been extended up to March 31, 2022 for securities acquired between September 1, 2020 and March 31, 2021.

3. Open Market operations (OMOs) in State Developments Loans (SDLs):  At present, SDLs are eligible collateral for Liquidity Adjustment Facility (LAF) along with T-bills, dated government securities and oil bonds. To improve liquidity and facilitate efficient pricing, it has been decided to conduct open market operations (OMOs) in SDLs as a special case during the current financial year. The OMOs would be conducted for a basket of SDLs comprising securities issued by states.

4. Round-the-Clock availability of Real Time Gross Settlement System :  To support the ongoing efforts aimed at global integration of Indian
financial markets, facilitate India’s efforts to develop international financial centers and to provide wider payment flexibility to domestic corporates and institutions, it has been decided to make available the RTGS system round the clock on all days.

5. Perpetual Validity for Certificate of Authorisation (CoA) issued to Payment System Operators (PSOs) : To reduce licensing uncertainties and enable PSOs to focus on their business and optimise utilisation of scarce regulatory resources, it has been decided to grant authorisation for all PSOs (both new applicants as well as existing PSOs) on a perpetual basis, subject to certain conditions

6. Review of the Co-origination Model : Based on the feedback received from the stakeholders, to better leverage the respective comparative advantages of the banks and NBFCs in a collaborative effort, and to improve the flow of credit to the unserved and underserved sector of the economy, it has been decided to extend the scheme to all the NBFCs (including HFCs), to make all priority sector loans eligible for the scheme and give greater operational flexibility to the lending institutions, while requiring them to conform to the regulatory guidelines on outsourcing, KYC, etc. The proposed framework will be called as “Co-Lending Model”. The revised guidelines will be issued by end of October 2020.

Please refer to the appended document for details.

Source: Reserve Bank of India
MandatoryLending InstitutionsNo end date specifiedNo
Chhattisgarh Chhattisgarh Government puts end to mandatory quarantine for people entering the State from other States08-10-2020The General Administration Department, Chhattisgarh Government in an Order dated 8th October, 2020 has scrapped the mandatory quarantine requirement for people entering the State from other States in view of COVID-19 pandemic.

Now, people entering Chhattisgarh will not have to undergo mandatory quarantine, however, they will have to comply with health tests and other precautions as laid down by the State Government and Government of India.

Please note that the Order is in Vernacular and we have translated it to the best of our understanding. Once an official translation is available, we will update in case there is a requirement. 
Mandatory AllNo end date specifiedNo
Tamil NaduTNPCB extends timeline to comply with order regarding retrofitting of emission control equipment in existing DG sets with capacity of 125KVA & above 08-10-2020The Tamil Nadu Pollution Control Board (“TNPCB”) in an Order dated 8th October, 2020 has extended the date of implementation of the Notification to comply with the condition for retrofitting of emission control devices in DG sets with capacity of 125KVA to all the industries and the establishments operating DG sets of capacity 125KVA and above within the state of Tamil Nadu.

The extension has been granted to a further period of 3 months from 11th October, 2020 i.e. till 11th January, 2021.

Background:

In a Previous Order dated 10th June, 2020 the TNPCB had directed all industries and establishments operating DG Sets of capacity 125KVA and above to comply with the following:

1. Retrofit all operational DG sets of capacity 125KVA and above with an Emission Control Device/ Equipment having a minimum specified particulate  matter capturing efficiency of at-least 70% in 5 mode D2 cycle. The Emission Control Device/Equipment must be tested over an ISO 8178 5 mode D2 cycle for equivalent KVA rating by one of the five Central Pollution Control Board, Govt of India, recognized /approved laboratories as given below:

• Automotive Research Association of India, Pune (Maharashtra)
• International Centre for Automotive Technology, Manesar (Haryana)
• Indian Oil Corporation, Research and Development Centre, Faridabad (Haryana)
• Indian Institute of Petroleum, Dehradun (Uttarakhand);or
• Vehicle Research Development Establishment, Ahmednagar (Maharashtra

OR

2. Shifting to gas based generators by employing new gas based generators or retrofitting the existing DG sets for partial gas usage.

The time period of complying with the Notification was a period of 120 days from the date of issuance of the Order.

However, representations have been received from various agencies to extend the limit of retrofitting of emission control devices/ equipments in DG sets in light of the pandemic.

Therefore, through the present Order, the time for complying with the Order has been extended.
MandatoryAll11-01-2021NO
HaryanaHaryana Health Department issues further notification specifying testing rates in the state for CBNAAT Testing and TrueNat Testing in continuation of earlier notification07-10-2020The Health Department of Haryana (“Department”) has issued a notification on the rates for conducting COVID-19 tests charged by private laboratories. The Department had recently, in a notification dated October 2, 2020 revised the rates for COVID-19 testing in the states.  Now, the present notification dated October 7, 2020 is specifying the rates for few more testing categories.

The testing rates are specified as follows:

1. CBNAAT Testing - Rs. 2400/-

2. TrueNat Testing - Rs. 2000/-

3. RtPCR Testing - Rs.1200/- (already fixed)

4. Rapid Antigen Testing - Rs. 650/- (already fixed)

5. IgG based ELISA Testing - Rs. 250/- (already fixed)

The above-mentioned amounts are inclusive of GST/ taxes (if any), cost involved in pickup, PPE, packing, transportation of samples, documents, and reporting.

Furthermore, all the laboratories conducting COVID-19 testing have been directed to adhere to the guidelines and SOPs mentioned in the earlier Orders, and follow all testing protocols laid down by ICMR and MoHFW, Govt. of India from time to time.
MandatoryPrivate LaboratoriesNo End date SpecifiedNo
TelanganaGovernment of Telangana issues guidelines for implementing Unlock 5.0; Containment Zones under lockdown till 31st October, 202007-10-2020In continuation to Ministry of Home Affairs Unlock-5 Order, the Telangana Government has issued guidelines for phased re-opening of activities in the State.

Lockdown has been extended in Containment Zones till 31st October, 2020 and only essential activities have been permitted in Containment Zones. ln areas outside Containment Zones, in addition to phased re-opening of few activities, which were prohibited earlier, all activities allowed before introduction of lockdown have been permitted.

Key highlights of the Unlock Order:

1. Business to Business (B2B) exhibitions to open from 15th October, 2020 and separate SOP will be issued by the Government in this regard;

2. Cinemas, theatres, multiplexes, entertainment parks and similar places along with swimming pools for training sportspersons are permitted to open from 15th October, 2020. Separate SOPs will be issued by the Government in this regard.

3. Social, academic, sports, entertainment, cultural, religious, political functions and other congregations are permitted outside Containment Zones with a ceiling of 100 persons while following health protocol with mandatory wearing of face masks, social distancing, provision for thermal scanning and hand wash or sanitizer;

4. Marriage related gatherings will be permitted with a maximum of 100 participants and funeral or last rites related gatherings permitted with number of persons not exceeding 100;

5. Separate Orders regarding date of opening of schools and coaching institutes will be issued by the Government. However, online /distance learning to continue to be the preferred mode of teaching and must be encouraged;

6. Persons above the age of 65 years, persons with co-morbidities, pregnant women, and children below the age of 10 years are advised to stay at home, except for essential and health purposes.

For a detailed read, please refer to corresponding Order.
Mandatory All31-10-2020No
ChandigarhChandigarh Administration revises rates for COVID-19 test by private laboratories; maximum prices for RT-PCR and Rapid Antigen test to cost Rs. 1200/- and Rs. 650/- respectively 07-10-2020In an Order dated 7th October, 2020, the Chandigarh Administration has revised and fixed maximum testing rates for COVID-19 to be charged by private laboratories in the Union Territory of Chandigarh.

The revised rates for COVID-19 testing are as follows -

1. RT-PCR Testing - Rs. 1200/- per test;
2. Rapid Antigen Testing - Rs. 650/- per test.

Note - The test rates are inclusive of GST/Taxes alongwith pick-up cost, PPE, packing, transportation of samples, and documentation.

In addition to this, all laboratories conducting COVID-19 testing must adhere to the guidelines and SOPs issued by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Government of India and ICMR. 
Mandatory Private laboratoriesNo end date specifiedNo
CentralDirector General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) notifies guidelines on refund for cancellation of air tickets during lockdown in consonance with the directions of the Apex Court07-10-2020The Director General Of Civil Aviation has issued guidelines with regard to refund on cancellation of air tickets during COVID-19 Iockdown.

This is pursuant to the judgment passed by the Hon’ble Supreme Court in the matter of Pravasi Legal Cell & Ors Vs. Union of India & Ors. [Writ Petition (C) D.No. 10966 of 2020 with Writ Petition (C) No. 570 of 2020, Writ Petition (C) No. 595 of 2020 and Writ Petition No. 952 of 2020 on 01¬10-2020] relating to refund on cancellation of air tickets during COVID-19 lockdown.

Key Takeaways:

1. In consonance with the directions of the Apex Court, the passengers whose tickets were cancelled due to COVID-19 and are seeking refund may be categorized as follows:
• Passengers who booked tickets during Iockdown for travel during Iockdown i.e. from 25th March, 2020 to 24th May, 2020;
• Passengers who booked tickets any time prior to the Iockdown but journey up to 24th May 2020 and cancelled due COVID-19;
• Passengers who booked ticket anytime but for journey after 24th May 2020.

2.   For passengers under the first category mentioned above, i.e. “Passenger who booked tickets during Iockdown for travel during Iockdown i.e. from 25th March, 2020 to 24th May, 2020” stakeholders shall comply with the following:
• If a passenger has booked a ticket during the Iockdown period (between 25th March, 2020 to 24th May, 2020) for travel during the period of lockdown and the airline has received payment for booking of air ticket for travel during the same period, for both domestic and international air travel and the refund is sought by the passenger against that booking being cancelled, the airline shall refund the full amount collected without any cancellation charges. The refund shall be made within a period of three weeks from the date of cancellation;
• If the tickets have been booked during the lockdown period through a travel agent for travel within the Iockdown period, in all such cases, full refund to be provided by the airlines immediately to the respective travel agent. On such refund by the airline, the amount shall be passed on immediately by the agent to the passengers;

• Even for international travel, when the tickets have been booked on an Indian carrier and the booking is ex-India, if the tickets have been booked during the lockdown period for travel within the lockdown period, immediate refund shall be made;
• If the tickets are booked for international travel on a foreign carrier and the booking is ex-India during the lockdown period for travel within the lockdown period, full refund shall be given by the airlines and said amount shall be passed on immediately by the agent to the passengers, wherever such tickets are booked through agents. In all other cases airline shall refund the collected amount to the passenger within a period of three weeks.
3.   For passengers falling under the second category mentioned above i.e. “Passengers who booked tickets any time prior of Iockdown but journey up to 24th May 2020 and cancelled due COVID-19” stakeholders are directed to strictly comply with the following:
• In all other cases wherein the tickets have been booked for journeys up to 24th May 2020 and have been cancelled due to COVID situation, the airlines shall make all endeavours to refund the collected amount to the passenger within 15 days from today. If on account of financial distress, any airline / airlines are not able to do so, they shall provide credit shell, equal to the amount of fare collected, in the name of passenger when the booking is done either directly by the passenger or through travel agent so as to consume the same on or before 31st March, 2021. It is open to the passenger either to utilize such credit shell up to 31st March, 2021 on any route of his choice or the passenger can transfer the credit shell to any person including the travel agent through whom he / she has booked the ticket and the airlines shall honour such a transfer.
• The credit shell issued in the name of the passenger shall be transferable which can be utilized up to 31st March, 2021 and the concerned airline shall honour such a transfer by devising a mechanism to facilitate such a transfer. It is also made clear that such credit shell can be utilized by the concerned agent through whom the ticket is booked, for third party use. It is also made clear that even in cases where credit shell is transferred to third party, same is to be utilized only through the agent who has booked the ticket at the first instance.
• In cases where passengers have purchased the ticket through an agent, and credit shell is issued in the name of passenger, such credit shell is to be utilized only through the agent who has booked the ticket. In cases where tickets are booked through agent, credit shell as issued in the name of the passenger which is not utilized by 31st March, 2021, refund of the fare collected shall be made to the same account from which account amount was received by the airline.
• In all cases where credit shell is issued there shall be an incentive to compensate the passenger from the date of cancellation up to 30th June, 2020 in which event the credit shell shall be enhanced by 0.5% of the face value (the amount of fare collected) for every month or part thereof between the date of cancellation and 30th June, 2020. Thereafter the value of the credit shell shall be enhanced by 0.75% of the face value per month up to 31st March, 2021.
• However, If the passenger falling in this category have booked ticket for international travel on a foreign carrier and the booking is ex-India, then the airline shall make full refund to the passenger within three weeks from the date of Judgement of Hon'ble Supreme Court. In case such tickets are booked through agents then the airline shall immediately refund the amount to the agent and agent shall immediately pass on the amount to the passenger and the process shall be completed in three weeks from the date of Judgement by the Hon'ble SC.
4.   For passengers falling under the second category mentioned above i.e. “Passengers who booked ticket anytime but for Journey after 24th May 2020” stakeholders are directed to strictly comply to the following:
Passengers, both domestic or international (where booking is Ex —India) who have booked tickets at any period of time but for the travel after 24th May, 2020 ¬refund of fares to such passengers covered under this category shall be governed by the provisions of applicable Civil Aviation Requirements (CAR).
MandatoryAviation IndustryNo end date specifiedNO
CentralMOHFW issues Standard Operating Procedures on preventive measures to contain spread of COVID-19 during festivities06-10-2020In view of the fact that months of October to December are time for festivities which may witness several gatherings, the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare has issued a detailed Standard Operating Procedures on preventive measures to contain spread of COVID-19 during festivities.

The SOP outlines various generic precautionary measures to be adopted in addition to specific measures to be taken at locations to prevent the spread of COVID-19. No festivity events will be allowed in Containment Zones.

Persons above 65 years of age, persons with comorbidities, pregnant women and children below the age of 10 years are advised to stay at home. This applies to the event managers and staff as well.

1. Administrative requirements

The festivals, fairs, rallies, exhibitions, cultural functions, processions and plays / concerts associated with these festivities are mass events. Hence the following administrative requirements are advised:

i. Identify spatial boundaries and prepare a detailed site plan which would facilitate compliance with thermal screening, physical distancing, sanitization etc.

ii. In case of events that run for days or weeks, the crowd density does not remain the same throughout and usually peaks around certain hours of the day and some previously known auspicious days. Planning for the event should specifically factor this so that crowds are regulated and managed to ensure physical distancing and frequent sanitization;

iii. In case of rallies and immersion processions, the number of people should not exceed the prescribed limit and proper physical distancing and wearing of masks must be ensured. In any case, the number of such rallies and the distance covered by them may be kept within manageable limits;

iv. Events such as rallies and processions spread over long distances may require support of ambulance services;

v. Events planned to last for many days or weeks such as exhibitions, fairs, puja pandals, ramlila pandals or concerts and plays should have adequate measures to ensure a cap on physical numbers. Staggered timings and restricted entry may be considered;

vi. Volunteers should be appropriately stationed to ensure thermal scanning, physical distancing and wearing of masks;

vii. The guidelines issued for theatre and cinema artists will apply to stage performers;

viii. Adequate supplies of sanitizers, thermal guns and physical distancing floor markings to be ensured.

ix. Pre-identification of space/ site in each event venue for isolation of suspect cases.

x. Close circuit cameras etc. may be considered to monitor compliance of physical distance norms, wearing of masks at each venue.

xi. In case of rallies and processions, route planning, identification of immersion sites, ensuring cap on numbers, physical distancing etc. must be planned beforehand and measures for enforcement outlined.

xii. All events must plan for medical care arrangements with linkages to nearest hospitals to attend to health emergencies.

2. Generic preventive measures

The following generic measures must be observed by all:

i. Individuals must maintain a minimum distance of 6 feet in public places as far as feasible.

ii. Use of face covers/masks to be mandatory.

iii. Practice frequent hand washing with soap (for at least 40-60 seconds) even when hands are not visibly dirty. Use of alcohol-based hand sanitizers (for at least 20 seconds) can be made wherever feasible.

iv. Respiratory etiquettes to be strictly followed. This involves strict practice of covering one’s mouth and nose while coughing/sneezing with a tissue/handkerchief/flexed elbow and disposing off used tissues properly.

v. Self-monitoring of health by all and reporting any illness at the earliest to State and District Helpline.

vi. Spitting should be strictly prohibited.

vii. Installation & use of Aarogya Setu App shall be advised to all

Additionally, the festivity events must also ensure to adhere to the SOP with regard to the following:

a. Planning of the event

b. Managing the entry and exit to the event site.

c. Restricting and managing the movement within the venue.

d. Maintaining proper sanitation and hygiene.

e. Measures to be taken in case of a suspect case or person who develops symptoms during the conduct of the event.

For a detailed read, please refer to corresponding document
AdvisoryEvent managementNo end date specifiedNO
CentralMinistry of Information and Broadcasting in light of reopening of cinemas/theatres/multiplexes issues SOP on preventive measures to contain the spread of COVID-1906-10-2020Ministry of Information and Broadcasting on 6th October, 2020 has issued SOP for exhibition of films on preventive measures to contain the spread of COVID-19.

Exhibition of Films is a major economic activity that has contributed immensely to the GDP of our country. Given the current COVID – 19 Pandemic, it is crucial to take suitable measures to restrict the transmission of the pandemic, while at the same time resuming/ conduction film exhibition operations and activities.

As cinemas/theatres/multiplexes are going to open from 15th October, 2020 it is necessary for all to follow certain guidelines to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in such areas.

Key highlights of the SOP are -

1. No Exhibition of Film will be allowed in containment zones.
2. All visitors and workers to maintain physical distance of at least 6 feet and must use face masks/cover at all times.
3. Hand sanitizers preferably in touch free mode to be available in all entry and exit points as well as common areas within the premises.
4. People to follow respiratory etiquettes strictly and should cover their mouth and noses while coughing/sneezing.
5. Installation & use of Aarogya Setu App should be advised to all.
6. Thermal screening of visitors/staff is to be carried out at entry points and only asymptomatic individuals will be allowed to enter the premises.
7. Designated queue markers to be made available for entry and exit of the audience from the auditorium and the premises.
8. Exit should be done in a staggered row-wise manner to avoid crowding.
9. Sufficient time interval between successive screenings on a single screen as well as on various screens in a multiplex will have to be provided to ensure row-wise staggered entry and exit of the audience.
10. Not more than 50% seating capacity will be occupied in cinemas/theatres/multiplexes.
11. Seating arrangement inside the auditorium of the cinemas/theatres/multiplexes to be made in such a way that adequate physical distancing is maintained. Seats that are “Not to be occupied” will be marked as such during booking (for both online booking and at the box office sale of tickets).
12. Number of people in an elevator to be restricted and people should avoid overcrowding in common areas (lobbies, washrooms etc.).
13. Show timings to be staggered for multiple screens. Commencement time, intermission period and finish time of a show at any screen will not overlap with timings of a show at any other screen.
14. Digital no-contact transactions to be encouraged for payments (tickets, food etc.).
15. Contact numbers of individual will be taken at the time of booking to facilitate contact tracing.
16. Sufficient number of counters at the box office to be opened and floor should have markers to maintain social distancing.
17. Cinemas/theatres/multiplexes auditorium will have to be sanitized after every screening. In addition to this, frequently touched places will be regularly cleaned and sanitized including washrooms, food areas, back office etc.
18. Staff to follow all COVID-19 precautions and they must have Aarogya Setu App installed on their phones.
19. Public awareness by putting posters, announcements, AV/Media inside and outside the venue.
20. For air-conditioning/ventilation, the guidelines of CPWD will be followed like, setting temperature at 24-30 C, no re-circulation of air and intake of fresh air as much as possible.
21. Food counters to only cater packaged food and beverages.
22. Management will ensure observance of physical distancing and preventing crowds in the food and beverages area along with safe disposal of the food and beverage waste.

For a detailed read, please refer to the attached SOP. 
MandatoryCinemas/theatres/multiplexesNo end date specifiedNo
CentralMinistry of Commerce and Industry permits free export of N95 masks or its equivalent06-10-2020The Ministry of Commerce and Industry (“Ministry”)  with a Notification dated 6th October, 2020 has amended the Export Policy of Personal Protection Equipments / Masks.

With this Amendment the export policy of N-95 / FFP-2 masks or its equivalent has been changed from  "restricted" to "free" thereby making all types of masks freely exportable. 
MandatoryPPE ExportNo end date specifiedNo
GoaMinistry of Health and Family Welfare issues Standard Operating Procedures on preventive measures to contain spread of COVID-19 during festivities 06-10-2020The Ministry of Health and Family Welfare has, in a notification dated 6th October, 2020, issued Standard Operating Procedures on preventive measures to contain spread of COVID-19 during festivities ("SOP").

The SOP outlines the various generic precautionary measures to be adopted in addition to specific measures to be taken at locations to prevent spread of COVID-19 during the festivities.

Key highlights:

Apart from the specific precautionary measures to be taken by the event managers and staff, the SOP lays down the following generic measures to be followed by the event managers, the organizational staff and the public visiting the festivities:

1. No festivity events will be allowed in the containment zones.

2. Persons above 65 years of age, persons with comorbidities, pregnant women and children below the age of 10 years are advised to stay at home. This will apply to the event managers and staff as well.

3.  Individuals must maintain a minimum distance of 6 feet in public places as far as feasible.

4. Use of face covers/masks will be mandatory.

5. Frequent hand washing with soap (for at least 40-60 seconds) even when hands are not visibly dirty has to be practiced. Use of alcohol-based hand sanitizers (for at least 20 seconds) have to be made wherever feasible.

6. Respiratory etiquettes have to be strictly followed. This will involve strict practice of covering one’s mouth and nose while coughing/sneezing with a tissue/handkerchief/flexed elbow and disposing off used tissues properly.

7. Self-monitoring of health by all and reporting of any illness at the earliest to State and District Helpline has to be ensured.

8. Spitting will be strictly prohibited.

9. Installation & use of Aarogya Setu App has been advised to all.

Please refer to the appended document for details.

Source: Ministry of Health and Family Welfare
MandatoryAllNo end date specifiedNo
HaryanaNow, additional assessment fee as Covid Cess will be levied on Imported Foreign Liquor, at the time of issuance of pass (L-34) for transportation of liquor from L-1 or L-1BF to retail licensees; informs Haryana Government06-10-2020In a Gazette Notification dated 6th October, 2020 the Excise and Taxation Department, Haryana Government (“Haryana”) has issued the Haryana Liquor License (Third Amendment) Rules, 2020 (“Amendment”) in order to further amend the Haryana Liquor License Rules, 1970 (“Principal Rules”).

Key Takeaways:
1. Additional assessment fee as Covid Cess will now be levied on Imported Foreign Liquor, at the time of issuance of pass (L-34) for transportation of liquor from L-1 or L-1BF to retail licensees as mentioned below:
i. Pack greater than 375 ML- Rs. 50 (rate of per unit of pack)
ii. Pack less than or equal to 375 ML- Rs. 25 (rate of per unit of pack)
Further, it has been informed that the proceeds of the above levy will be utilized for expenditure in relation to the Covid-19 pandemic.

2. The additional excise duty and additional assessment fee levied as Covid Cess mentioned above will pass through the minimum retail sale rates as fixed in the Haryana Excise Policy 2020-21 .

For a detailed read of the Amendment, please refer to the attached document.
MandatoryLiquor IndustryNo end date specifiedNO
HaryanaExcise and Taxation Department, Haryana notifies levy of additional excise duty as Covid Cess on sale of liquor06-10-2020The Excise and Taxation Department, Haryana ("Department") has issued the  Punjab Excise Fiscal (Haryana Third Amendment) Orders, 2020 ("Amendment Order") to further amend the Punjab Excise Fiscal Orders, 1932 ("Principal Order").

Key highlights:

The Department has informed that:

i. additional excise duty as Covid Cess will be levied on sale of liquor from wholesale (L-1/L-13) to retail outlets (L-2/L-14A). 

In case the stock of liquor is procured by retail outlet licensees (L-2/L-14A) from sources other than L-1 or L-13, like liquor procured by retail outlet licensee by way of stock transfer from outgoing retail licensees, Covid Cess, as applicable, will be levied at the hands of retail outlet licensee itself (L-2/L-14A);

ii. Retail licensee will have to deposit the amount of Covid Cess as an additional excise duty to be levied at his hands within a day of procurement of such stock;

iii. The retail licensee will also have to submit a statement containing the information about the type of liquor, quantity, Covid Cess as an additional excise duty leviable and amount deposited, in the office of the Deputy Excise and Taxation Commissioner (Excise) concerned.

For a detailed read, please refer to the corresponding document.

Source: Excise and Taxation Department, Haryana
MandatoryLiquor wholesalers and retailersNo end date specifiedNo
CentralMinistry of Information and Broadcasting notifies Standard Operating Procedure on preventive measures to contain spread of COVID-19 during exhibition of films06-10-2020The Ministry of Information and Broadcasting has notified Standard Operating Procedures ("SOP") on preventive measures to contain spread of COVID-19 during exhibition of films.

The SOP lays down various generic as well as specific precautionary measures to be adopted to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

Key Highlights:

1. Exhibition of Film shall not be allowed in Containment Zones;

2. Guidelines to be followed:

i. Adequate physical distancing of at least 6 feet must be followed outside the auditoriums, common areas and waiting areas at all times.

ii. Use of face covers / masks will be mandatory at all times.

iii. Hand sanitizers, preferably in the touch-free mode, must be made available at entry and exit points as well as common areas within the premises.

iv.  Respiratory etiquettes must be strictly followed.

v. Self-monitoring of health by all and reporting any illness at the earliest to state and district helpline must be ensure.

vi. Spitting will be strictly prohibited.

vii. Installation & use of Aarogya Setu App will be advised to all.

viii. Thermal screening of visitors/staff must be carried out at entry points. Only asymptomatic individuals shall be allowed to enter the premises

ix. The occupancy of the cinemas/theatres/multiplexes must not be more than 50% of their total seating capacity.

x. Staggered show timings must be followed for multiple screens to avoid crowding;

xi. The show commencement time, intermission period and finish time of a show at any screen shall not overlap with the commencement time, intermission period or finish time of a show at any other screen in a multiplex.

xii.Digital no-contact transactions will be the most preferred mode for issue/verification/payments for tickets, food, and beverages, etc. by using online bookings, use of e-wallets, QR code scanners, etc.

xiii. Contact number shall be taken at the time of booking of tickets to facilitate contact tracing.

xiv. For air-conditioning/ventilation, the guidelines of CPWD must be followed which emphasize the following:

a. Temperature Setting of all air conditioning devices must be in the range of 24-30°C.

b. Relative humidity must be in the range of 40-70%.

c. Re-circulation of air to be avoided to the extent possible.

d. Intake of fresh air must be as much as possible.

e. Cross ventilation must be adequate.

For a detailed read, please refer to the corresponding document.

Source: Ministry of Information & Broadcasting
MandatoryCinemas/theatres/multiplexes No end date specifiedNo
MeghalayaNight Curfew implemented in East Khasi Hills District in Meghalaya from 9:00 pm to 5:00 am on a daily basis; effective till 12th October, 2020
04-10-2020The Department of Information and Public Relations, Government of Meghalaya (“Department”) has notified that the District Magistrate of East Khasi Hills has promulgated night curfew in East Khasi Hills District till 12th October, 2020, between 9:00 PM to 5:00 AM every day.

The night-curfew will not apply to the following:

i. medical teams and officials on COVID-19 duty;
ii. police security and armed forces;
iii. civil defence and home guard volunteers;
iv. wholesale and retail pharmacies;
v. fire and emergency service;
vi. MeECL, NEEPCO and Power Grid, FCI vehicles;
vii. officers and staff of corona care centres;
viii. press, print and electronic, Information and Public Relations Department;
ix. National Highway and Infrastructure Development Corporation Ltd., Shillong Municipal Board and telecom service.

However, the above-mentioned will need to strictly comply with all protocols and procedures including social distancing, limiting of field staff to the barest minimum and other advisories of Government in the Health and Family Welfare Department.

Movement of vehicles carrying essential goods, security forces, medical equipments and shops for repair of trucks on highways are also exempted. However, drivers and attendants of the vehicles shall be subject to medical screening as per laid down protocols.

Exemption granted to official and non-official emergency and essential services, establishments and agencies will not extend to declared Containment Zones except for exemption granted in those orders. Curfew passes for timings falling between 9:00 PM to 5:00 AM can be obtained via online application at eastkhasihills.gov.in.
MandatoryAll12-10-2020NO
KarnatakaKarnataka Government issues guidelines to implement Unlock 5.0 in the State since 1st October, 2020; more activities to be re-opened outside Containment Zones; lockdown extended in Containment Zones up to 31st October, 202001-10-2020In consonance with the MHA Unlock 5.0 Order issued by the  Ministry of Home Affairs on 30th September, 2020, the Government of Karnataka has issued Guidelines for implementing phased re-opening of activities (Unlock 5), effective since 1st October, 2020 up to 31st October 2020.

1. Activities permitted during Unlock 5 period outside Containment Zones

All activities have been permitted outside Containment Zones, except the following, which are to be re-opened in a phased manner:

(i) Department of Primary and Secondary Education, Government of Karnataka, may take a decision in consultation with respective schools / institution management, in respect of re-opening of schools and coaching institutes, after 15th October 2020, in a graded manner;

Such decision must be based on the assessment of the situation and subject to the following conditions:

• Online / distance learning to continue to be the preferred mode of teaching and must be encouraged;

• Where schools are conducting online classes, and some students prefer to attend online classes rather than physically attend school, they may be permitted to do so;

• Students may attend schools/ institutions only with the written consent of parents;

• Attendance not to be enforced and should be on the basis of parental consent;

• Department of Primary and Secondary Education, Government of Karnataka shall consult with the Department of Health and Family Welfare and prepare standard operating procedure (SOP) regarding health and safety precautions for reopening of schools/ institutions. The SOP to be based on the SOP to be issued by Department of School Education and Literacy (DoSEL), Ministry of Education, Government of India, keeping local requirements in view;

• Schools, which are allowed to open, must follow the SOP to be issued by the Department of Primary and Secondary Education, Government of Karnataka;

(ii) Department of Higher Education, Government of Karnataka, may decide on the timing of opening of Colleges / Higher Education Institutions, in consultation with Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA), based on the assessment of the situation. Online / distance learning shall continue to be the preferred mode of teaching and shall be encouraged.

Higher Education Institutions, (only for research scholars (Ph.D) and post-graduate students in science and technology stream requiring laboratory / experimental works) will be permitted to open from 15th October, 2020, in a manner mentioned below:

a. For Centrally Funded Higher Education Institutions, the Head of Institution will satisfy herself / himself that there is a genuine requirement of research scholars (Ph. D) and post-graduate students in science and technology stream for laboratory/experimental works;

b. For all other Higher Education Institutions e.g. State Universities, Private Universities etc., they may open only for research scholars (Ph. D) and postgraduate students in science and technology stream requiring laboratory / experimental works as per decision to be taken by the Department of Higher Education, Government of Karnataka;

(iii) The following are permitted to open in areas outside Containment Zones, with effect from 15th October, 2020:

• Swimming pools used for training of sports persons; subject to adherence with the SOPs which will be issued by the Department of Youth Empowerment and Sports, Government of Karnataka and Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports (MoYA&S), GOI;

• Cinemas / theatres / multiplexes permitted to open with fifty percent of their seating capacity; SOPs for the same will be issued by the Department of Information and Public Relations, Government of Karnataka and Ministry of Information & Broadcasting, Government of India;

• Entertainment Parks and similar places shall be permitted to open; SOPs for the same will be issued by the Health Department of Karnataka and Ministry of Health & Family Welfare, Government of India;

• Business to Business (B2B) Exhibitions have also been permitted, subject to adherence with SOPs which are to be issued by the Department of Commerce and Industries, Government of Karnataka, and Department of Commerce, Government of India;

• Gatherings beyond the earlier limit of 100 persons to be permitted by BBMP / District Authorities provided that:

a. In closed places, a maximum of fifty percent of hall capacity will be allowed (with a ceiling of 200 persons), with mandatory social distancing, use of face masks, provision of thermal scanning and use of hand sanitizer;

b. In open spaces, considering the size of the ground/ space in view, there shall be strict observance of social distancing, mandatory wearing of face masks along with provision of thermal scanning and use of hand wash or sanitizer;

Department of Health and Family Welfare, Government of Karnataka in consultation with the Home Department of Government of Karnataka will issue detailed SOPs to regulate such gatherings.

(iv) International air travel of passengers, except as permitted by MHA

2. Lockdown limited to Containment Zones

(i) Lockdown shall continue to remain in force in the Containment Zones till 31st October,2020;

(ii) Containment Zones will be demarcated by the BBMP / District authorities after taking into consideration the guidelines of Ministry of Health & Family Welfare (MoHFW) and Department of Health & Family Welfare, Govt. of Karnataka with the objective of effectively breaking the chain of transmission;

(iii) In the Containment Zones, only essential activities will be allowed. There will be strict perimeter control to ensure that there is no movement of people in or out of these zones, except for medical emergencies and for maintaining supply of essential goods and services. In the Containment Zones, there shall be intensive contact tracing, house-to-house surveillance, and other clinical interventions, as required;

(iv) Containment Zones will be notified on the websites by the respective Commissioner, BBMP, Deputy Commissioners and information will be shared with MoHFW;

(v) Activities in the Containment Zones shall be monitored strictly by the BBMP / District authorities, and the guidelines related to containment measures in these zones shall be strictly implemented;

(vi) BBMP / District Authorities shall not impose any local lockdown (BBMP / District / Taluk / ULB / Village level), outside the Containment Zones, without prior consultation with the State Government and Central Government;

3. There shall be no restriction on inter-State and intra-State movement of persons and goods. No separate permission / approval / e-permit will be required for such movements. People coming to Karnataka from other States must strictly adhere to the prevailing Guidelines / SOPs issued by Department of Health and Family Welfare and Revenue Department;

4. Movement by passenger trains, domestic passenger air travel, Vande Bharat and Air Transport Bubble flights and sign-on and sign-off of Indian seafarers will continue to be regulated by SOPs issued by the concerned departments of Government of India;

5. Persons above 65 years, persons with co-morbidities, pregnant women and children below 10 years to stay at home, except for essential activities and health purposes;

6. Use of Aarogya Setu - With a view to ensuring safety in offices and work places, employers on best effort basis should ensure that Aarogta Setu is installed by all employees having compatible mobile phones;

7. Commissioner of BBMP / Deputy Commissioners are not permitted to dilute any of the measures mentioned in the guidelines;

8. For enforcement of social distancing, Commissioner of BBMP/ Deputy Commissioners may, as far as possible, impose fines mentioned in Annexure -1 of the attached Guidelines and use provisions of Section 144 of the Code of Criminal Procedure, 1973.

9. National Directives for COVID-19 Management:

• Face covering: Wearing of face cover is compulsory in public places; in workplaces; and during transport. Fine of Rs. 1000 in Municipal Corporation areas and Rs. 500 in other areas shall be imposed for not wearing face cover as required;

• Social Distancing: Individuals must maintain a minimum distance of 6 feet (6 adi doora) in public places; shops to ensure physical distancing among customers;

• Spitting in public places will be punishable with fine (as may be prescribed in accordance with laws, rules or regulations);

10. Additional requirements in all Workplaces:

• Work from home (WFH): As far as possible the practice of WFH should be followed;

• Staggering of work/business hours will be followed in offices, workplaces, shops, markets and industrial & commercial establishments;

• Screening & Hygiene: Provision for thermal scanning, hand wash or sanitizer will be made at all entry and exit points along with common areas;

• Frequent sanitization of entire workplace, common facilities and all points which come into human contact e.g. door handles etc., will be ensured, including between shifts;

• Social distancing: All persons in charge of workplaces to ensure adequate distance between workers, adequate gaps between shifts, staggering the lunch breaks of staff etc.

Any person violating the above-mentioned measures will be liable to be proceeded against as per the provisions of the Disaster Management Act, 2005, besides legal action under Section 188 of the Indian Penal Code.
MandatoryAll31-10-2020No
MaharashtraMunicipal Corporation, Navi Mumbai, rolls out guidelines to implement lockdown in the Containment Zones (hotspot areas) of the Corporation till 31st October, 202001-10-2020The Commissioner of Navi Mumbai Municipal Corporation (“Corporation”) has declared lockdown in the hotspots of the Municipal area till 31st October, 2020. The hotspots are listed in Annexure A of the attached Order.

Key Highlights:

1. Private establishments to plan work in a manner so that employees are able to work from home;

2. provision for thermal screening and availability of hand sanitisers to be ensured at workplaces;

3. citizens should maintain a distance of 6 feet between each other in public places;

4. large public and private ceremonies are prohibited;

5. shopkeepers to ensure that customers maintain social distancing (distance of 6 feet between each other). Furthermore, they should also ensure that there are not more than 5 people in front of the shop at a time;

6. a maximum of 50 people are allowed to attend wedding ceremonies and up to 20 people have been permitted in funerals;

7. spitting in the public is prohibited and offenders are liable to be penalised by the Corporation;

8. consumption of alcohol, paan, gutka, tobacco in public places is strictly prohibited;

9. wearing of masks have been mandated in public places, work places and while travelling;

Activities restricted/ permitted throughout the State as well as in the municipal area:

1. schools, colleges, other educational institutes, coaching institutes etc. to be closed till 31st October, 2020, but online / distance learning courses to continue and be promoted;

2. cinemas, swimming pools, amusement parks, theatres (including theatres in malls and commercial complexes) will remain closed.  Auditoriums, assembly halls and similar venues will remain closed;

3. international passenger transport will remain closed unless approved by the Union Home Department;

4. metro train service will be closed;
 
5. social / political / sports / entertainment / Cultural activities are also not permitted;

6. permission for religious events and other group events will not be granted;

7. shops for all essential items will continue to operate as per earlier Order;

8. Hotel / Food court, Restaurants and bars have been permitted to operate at 50% capacity since 05th October, 2020;

9. All industrial and manufacturing units in Navi Mumbai Municipal Corporation area will be allowed to start production of non-essential items along with essential items;

10. Vehicles transporting oxygen will be allowed to move on a full time basis in and out of the State. There will be no transportation restrictions on oxygen producers and suppliers. 

Penalties under the provisions of the Indian Penal Code, Disaster Management Act 2005 and Epidemic Diseases Act will be imposed for any violation of the Order.

Please note that the Order is in Vernacular and we have translated it to the best of our understanding. Once an official translation is available, we will update in case there is a requirement.

For a detailed read, please refer to the attached Order.
MandatoryAll31-10-2020NO
KeralaGovernment of Kerala amends Guidelines for health care worker resource management  for centres providing COVID-19 care01-10-2020In the COVID-19 Pandemic the state of Kerala is witnessing a rapid increase in infections and active cases that can potentially affect the health care delivery system in the state. It is important for the health care workers to provide continuous service to the patients.

The Health & Family Welfare Department, Government of Kerala has amended the advisory on Health Care Worker Resource Management Guidelines For Centres Providing Covid-19 Care in the following manner -

1. All health care workers will continue to get their weekly off, duty off and compensatory off as per the existing service rule. (The weekly off, duty off and compensatory off as was in practice prior to the Covid period i.e. prior to the February 2020).
2. The reserve pool and replacement staff must be maintained as per need of individual institutions to avoid total close down of hospital in case of inadvertent infection to the staff.
3. The Principals and Superintendents/COVlD nodal officers of health care institutions providing COVID care must do the needful for reorganization of the human resources as per this amendment.
4. The Principal and Superintendents must ensure rotation of the staff so as to ensure their protection and to give them rest by proper deployment between COVID and Non COVID duties.
5. Refresher training on infection prevention and control (IPC) and use of PPE must be provided to all categories of staff.
6. Buddy system must be continued to ensure adherence to IPC guidelines
7. The Institutional Infection control committee must continue to monitor compliance
8. Exposure to COVID and breach of PPE should be reported to the COVID nodal officer of the institution and head of the concerned department. The Institution medical board to decide about breach of PPE and requirement of quarantine to such staff.
9. Regular quarantine of healthcare workers after performing duty in COVID-19 areas in not warranted. 
AdvisoryHealth Care No end date specifiedNo
CentralMinistry of Education issues guidelines/Standar Operating Procedures for re-opening of schools after 15th October, 202001-10-2020Department of School Education and Literacy , Ministry of Education, has issued guidelines/Standar Operating Procedures ("SOP") for re-opening of schools after 15th October, 2020.

The Guidelines/SOP address the

i.health and safety aspects for reopening schools. These are based on the prevailing instructions of Ministry of Home Affairs and Ministry
of Health and Family Welfare with regard to health and safety protocols, and maybe implemented by adopting/adapting in accordance with the local situation in all states/UTs.

ii. learning with physical/social distancing and the academic aspects related to the delivery of education, such as, curriculum transactions, instructional load, timetables, assessment, etc. These are advisory in nature. States &UTs may use these in the manner deemed fit to prepare their own guidelines.

Please refer to the appended document for further details.

Source: Ministry of Education
Mandatory No end date specifiedNo
Maharashtra Maharashtra Govt. issues SOP for restaurants and bars01-10-2020The Government of Maharashtra, in a recent Order has issued the protocols that have to be followed by the restaurants in the State.
It has stated that restaurants and bars have to specifically follow all the protocols laid down by the State Government, the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare WHO, UNWTO and the Ministry of Tourism.

Additionally, all guidelines such as Food Hygiene and Safety Guidelines for Food Business during COVID 19 issued by the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (“FSSAI”) have to be followed.

Background:

In its Unlock 5 Order, the Maharashtra Government has permitted hotels, food courts, restaurants, bars to operate from 5th October, 2020 with 50% capacity. In order to ensure safety and prevent the spread of the pandemic, the present SOP is issued. 
mandatoryrestaurants, food courtsno end date specifiedno
PunjabPunjab Govt. implements Unlock 5 in the State in consonance with the MHA Unlock 5 Order01-10-2020On 1st October, 2020, the Punjab Government has issued Guidelines on re-opening of more activities in areas outside Containment Zones and extended the lockdown in Containment zones till 31st October, 2020.

Lockdown in Containment Zones:

1. Lockdown will remain in force in the Containment Zones till 31st October, 2020

2. Containment Zones will be demarcated by the district authorities at micro level after taking into consideration the guidelines of the MoHFW with the objective of effectively breaking the chain of transmission. Strict containment measures will be enforced in these Containment Zones and only essential activities will be allowed.

3. There will be strict perimeter control to ensure that there is no movement of people in or out of these Zones, except for medical emergencies and for maintaining supply of essential goods and services. In the Containment Zones, there will be intensive contact tracing, house-to-house surveillance, and other clinical interventions as required.

Key Takeaways:

1. No Week-end/ night curfew; effective since 1st October, 2020.

2. There will be no restriction on opening and closing days or timings of Shops. Restaurants. Hotels, Liquor Vends etc. outside Containment Zones on account of Covid-19; effective since 1st October, 2020.

3. Social/ academic / sports/ entertainment! cultural /religious/ political functions and other congregation are allowed; w.e.f 01.10.2020 with a ceiling of 100 persons outside Containment Zones only as per SOP already issued by the Ministry of Health & Family Welfare (MoHFW), Government of India in this regard. Marriage and funeral related events will also be permitted participation upto 100 persons.

4. There will be no restriction on passenger capacity of all type of vehicles including the buses provided the windows are kept open during travel and all passengers wear mask.

National Directives:
The National Directives for Covid-19 Management as specified in Annexure-I to MHA Order dated 30,09.2020 shall be followed throughout the State.

Movement of persons with SOPs:
Movement by passenger trains; domestic passenger air travel; movement of persons on Vande Bharat and Air transport, Bubble flights; and sign-on and sign-off of Indian seafarers will continue to be regulated as per SOPs issued.

Protection of vulnerable persons:
The persons above 65 years of age, persons with do-morbidity, pregnant women and children below the age of 10 years are advised to stay at home except for essential requirements and for health purposes.

Penal provisions:
Any violation of these guidelines and lockdown measures shall be punishable under the provisions of the Disaster management Act, 2005 besides legal action under section 188 of Indian Penal Code (IPC).

Background:
The Ministry of Home Affairs, on 30th September, 2020 has issued the Unlock 5 Guidelines for phased re-opening of activities. In consonance with the Unlock 5 Guidelines, the Punjab Government has rolled out the present Order which will be implemented in the state.




MandatoryAll31-10-2020NO
MaharashtraCommissioner of Pune Municipal Corporation allows hotels, restaurants, food courts and bars (outside Containment Zones) to operate at 50 percent capacity01-10-2002The Pune Municipal Corporation (“Corporation”) has allowed hotels, restaurants, food courts and bars in the areas outside Containment Zones under the Corporation to operate at fifty percent capacity; subject to adhering to the SOPs issued by the Ministry of Tourism, Government of India.

Key Highlights:

i. above-mentioned establishments permitted to be open from 8:00 am to 10:00 pm;

ii. all customers entering the hotels to be checked by thermal screening near the entrance;

iii. employees to mandatorily use masks of N-95 or equivalent grade and change uniforms on a daily basis;

iii. only asymptomatic customers wearing masks to be allowed inside the hotel;

iv. daily records to be maintained with regard to the names and contact details of the customers for contact tracing;

v. hand santizers should be provided to customers near the entrance and also in waiting rooms;

vi. digital payments to be preferred as mode for payment;

vii. rest-rooms and washrooms to be frequently cleaned and sanitized;

viii. doors and windows to be kept open and use of AC to be avoided; and if use of AC is mandatory, the same should be disinfected from time to time; if possible, portable high efficiency air cleaner to be installed;

ix. CCTV system should be functioning and records for the same should be saved;

x. Plates and spoons to be washed in hot water and with disinfectant;

xi. The leftover food should be deposited in the respective buckets and the daily accumulated waste should be disposed of daily;

xii. Posters such as "Customers should use hand sanitizer, use mask in addition to meals" should be displayed near the entrance;

Please note that the Order is in Vernacular and we have translated it to the best of our understanding. Once an official translation is available, we will update in case there is a requirement.

For a detailed read, please refer to the corresponding document
MandatoryFood and beverageNo end date specifiedNO