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?
Arunachal PradeshGovernment of Arunachal Pradesh issues Guidelines that will be effective during the lockdown in the Itanagar Capital Complex and Doimukh Circle of Papum Pare District from 5pm on 6th July 2020 to 5am on 13th July 202008-07-2020The Government of Arunachal Pradesh (“Government”) has issued guidelines for implementation during the lockdown in the Itanagar Capital Complex (“ICC”) and Doimukh Circle of Papum Pare District from 5 pm on 6th July 2020 to 5 am on 13th July 2020.

Some of the key highlights of the Guidelines are as follows:

(a) Prohibition on movement of people including in vehicles during the above-mentioned period in the region;

(b) Prohibition on movement of people from the Itanagar Capital Complex (“ICC”) and Doimukh Circle of Papum Pare District to another region except in cases of emergencies or prior approval of the District Collector;

(c) All commercial and private establishments to remain closed, except for the following:

(i) Banks and ATMs.
(ii) Print and Electronic Media.
(iii) Health Facilities and pharmacies.
(iv) Telecommunications, internet services, broadcasting services and cable services.
(v) Power, water and other utility services.

(d) All industrial establishments to remain closed, except for continuous process manufacturing units.

(e) All kind of transportation to be suspended, except for the following:

(i) Transportation of essential goods.
(ii) Fire, Law and Order, emergency services and Health Services.
(iii) Transportation of essential commodities to other districts only through Gumto Gate.

(f) Hospitality Services will remain suspended except for establishments used/ earmarked for quarantine facilities.

(g) Home supply of LPG cylinders will be allowed.

(h) All places of worship are closed for public. No religious congregations will be permitted, without any exception.

(i) All social, political, sports, entertainment, academic, cultural and religious functions and gatherings have been prohibited.

(j) In case of funerals, congregation of not more than 20 persons will be permitted.

For a detailed read, please refer to the appended document.
MandatoryAll13-07-2020No
MaharashtraMaharashtra PCB issues Resource Book on Response and Preparedness during COVID-19 Times on Risk Communications and Infection Prevention, Control on Environmental Sanitation and Waste Management in Cities of Maharashtra08-07-2020The Maharashtra Pollution Control Board, has put up a Resource Book on "Response and Preparedness during COVID-19 Times on Risk Communications and Infection Prevention, Control on Environmental Sanitation and Waste Management in Cities of Maharashtra", on its website.

The Resource Book has been developed as a "Training of Trainers" module for web-based trainings prepared by All India Institute of Local Self Government, Mumbai and United Nations Children's Fund, Mumbai.

For a detailed read, please refer to the attached document.
AdvisoryAllNo end date specifiedNo
DelhiCommissioner of Police, Delhi, issues prohibitory Order under Section 144 of Criminal Procedure Code, 1973 for Chanakya Puri, New Delhi; effective till July 31, 202007-07-2020Pursuant to the Ministry of Home Affairs Order dated June 29, 2020, directing lockdown in Containment Zones from July 1, 2020 to July 31, 2020 in order to contain spread of COVID-19, the Delhi Police has issued a prohibitory Order under Section 144 of the Code of Criminal Procedure, 1973, in Sub-Division, Chanakya Puri, New Delhi, to implement the following measures till July 31, 2020:

1. Movement of individuals strictly prohibited between 10.00 P.M to 5.00 A.M, except for essential services;

2.  All Cinema halls, shopping malls, gymnasiums, swimming pools, entertainment parks, theatres, bars and auditorium, assembly hall and similar places are prohibited from operating;

3. Any social, political, sports, entertainment, academic, cultural, religious, functions or other gatherings and large congregations are prohibited;

4. In the Containment Zones, only essential activities are allowed. There shall 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;

5. Consumption of liquor, paan, gutka, tobacco etc in public places is prohibited;

6. Spitting in public places remain prohibited;

7. Wearing of face cover in public places, in work places and during transport is compulsory;

8. Any individual suspected / confirmed with COVID-19 must take measures for prevention / treatment i.e. home quarantine / institution / quarantine / isolation or any such person shall cooperate to render assistance or comply with the directions of the surveillance personnel.

Any person contravening the above-mentioned shall be punishable under Section 188 of Indian Penal Code.

For a detailed read, refer to the appended document. 
MandatoryAll31-07-2020No
West BengalWest Bengal Government combines Containment Zones with Buffer Zones to constitute 'broad-based Containment Zone'; issues containment policies and practices for rigorous implementation, effective from 9th July, 202007-07-2020The Additional Chief Secretary, Home and Hill Affairs, West Bengal Government (“Government”) has notified strict lockdown along with the following containment policies and practices for rigorous implementation in areas constituting ‘broad-based Containment Zones’, effective from 9th July, 2020: 

1. All offices, government and private, will remain closed in these areas. Residents of these containment zones will be exempted and prohibited from attending government and private offices and their movement will be strictly regulated; 
2. All non-essential activities will be prohibited; 
3. All congregations will be prohibited; 
4. All transportation will be prohibited; 
5. All marketing / industrial / trading activities will be closed  

Furthermore, the Government has clarified that the current concept of Containment Zones will be combined with the concept of Buffer Zones and together they will constitute a revised and broad-based Containment Zone approach. 

The Government has also ordered local authorities to make home delivery arrangements for the residents of such broad-based Containment Zones. 

Please refer to the appended document for further details.
MandatoryAllNo end date specifiedNo
CentralDoT extends GMDSS-GOC licenses expiring from 01.03.2020 to 31.12.2020, up to 31.12.202107-07-2020The Department of Telecommunications ("DoT"), Ministry of Communications, in a Notice dated 7th July, 2020, has extended the validity of GMDSS-GOC licenses that have expired/are expiring from 1st March, 2020 to 31st December, 2020, upto 31st December, 2021.

The said extension has been provided to existing (or expired withn the said time frame) license holders, but not for issuance of new licenses.

No application needs to be made for the said extension and it is granted automatically.

It has also been stated that renewal of licenses is being done as per the existing procedure and practice. Hence, whenever the renewal of the expired certificate/license is carried out, the eligibility, the license fee and the late fee will be applicable from the date of expiry of the license as has been printed on it. Further, all those concerned have been requested to visit the website of DoT (www.dot.gov.in) for further updates/information.
AdvisoryShipping, Docks, Transportation and Logistics31-12-2021No
PunjabE-registration for travellers to Punjab made mandatory w.e.f. midnight June 6, 2020 06-07-2020The Punjab Government has, in a recent publication dated July 6, 2020, made the process of e-registration for all travellers to the state mandatory from July 7, 2020 12:00 AM onwards.

The objective of e-registration is to avoid any inconvenience to the travellers due to crowding and long queues at the border check points.

Travellers can self-register online, as per the guidelines issued by the government, and ensure a hassle-free travel for themselves.

Road travellers entering or transiting through Punjab are strongly advised to self-register, either through COVA app or through a weblink, https://cova.punjab.gov.in/registration, before embarking on the journey.

The registration process is as follows:

1. Register yourself and your co-passengers through either of two ways:
A.      Through Cova App
i.        Download ‘COVA App’ on your smartphone from the Apple App Store or Android Play Store.
ii.       Install the App.
iii.      From the Menu choose ‘Self -registration for travel into/ through Punjab’
iv.      Fill in all particulars as sought and press the ‘Submit” button.

B.      Through a weblink
i.       Self-register at https://cova.punjab.gov.in/registration
ii.       Fill in all particulars as sought and press the ‘Submit” button.
iii.      Download and Install Cova App before travelling.

3.       After registration the primary traveller will receive a confirmation link through SMS.
4.       Click on the link for printout.
5.       Take a printout with QR code on A4 size sheet.
6.       For 4/3 wheelers, paste the printout on the left side your windscreen or place it on the dashboard.
7.       At the Border Check Points, staff will scan the QR code on the printout.
8.       This will be followed by basic medical screening.
9.       After successful medical screening, the process is over.

In case a passenger exhibits Covid symptoms, the health staff at the Border Check Point will assist and guide the passenger(s).

For passengers entering the state and not merely transiting it, after successfully crossing the check-point, those who are asymptomatic will have to undergo self-quarantine at their homes for 14 days. During quarantine, they will be required to report their medical status daily either by calling 112 or through the Cova App. In case of symptomatic passengers, appropriate instructions will be given at the check-point.
MandatoryIndividualsNo end date specifiedNo
CentralRBI extends timeline for finalization of audited accounts06-07-2020The Reserve Bank of India (RBI), in a notification dated 6th July, 2020 directed towards all Non-Banking Finance Companies (NBFCs) has extended the timeline for finalization of audited documents

In view of the on-going situation and taking into account the feedback received from various stakeholders, the RBI has decided that every applicable NBFC will finalise its balance sheet within a period of 3 months from the date to which it pertains or any date as notified by SEBI for submission of financial results by listed entities.
MandatoryNBFCDifferent timeline for separate actionsNo
MaharashtraMaharashtra Government asks establishments to adopt track- test-trace-isolate method to prevent the spread of the pandemic COVID 1906-07-2020The Government of Maharashtra, in a Notification dated 6th July, 2020 has informed that it is possible to take immediate action to diagnose and prevent the spread of the pandemic COVID 19, through the Track -Test - Trace - Isolate system.  In this regard, there are frequent requests from the concerned private or similar establishments for permission to conduct joint Covid-19 tests of manpower working in private and other establishments in the state. 

Accordingly, private or similar establishments which are required to conduct tests of manpower working under their office are being given approval to conduct the COVID -19 tests subject to the following provisions. 

1.  It will be necessary to test at least 50 employees of the concerned establishment.

2. The head of the concerned establishment or the authority appointed by him for the said tests has to submit an application in this regard to the concerned Collector in case of rural and urban areas and to the concerned Municipal Commissioner in case of metropolitan area.

3. The application must clearly state which system (RTPCR, 2NAT, CBNAT, antibody, antigen, etc.) will be used to the test their employees.

4. .  Further, the testing capacity of the test laboratory mentioned in their application by the concerned establishment has to be mentioned.  Subsequently, in addition to the number of government samples, within the limits of the remaining testing capacity, the private establishments must give approval to the concerned laboratory mentioned in their application to conduct the tests of the selected employees by the private establishments.

5. The Positive (+ ve) and Negative (-ve) reports of the concerned staff regarding Covid-19 test must be reported to ICMR as per the standards / guidelines of Indian Medical Research Council.  Also, information about the report of these tests should be made available to the concerned authority as per the orders issued by the Collector, Municipal Commissioner, Public Health Department from time to time. 

6. In connection with these tests, it is the responsibility of the concerned private or similar establishment to take necessary action in coordination with the concerned health system regarding referral of patients with Covid-19 Positive (+ ve) to the isolation ward for further treatment as per prescribed norms and procedures.  The person authorized in this regard will remain. 

7. .  If no action is taken in this regard as per the prescribed procedure, contraventions will be penalised as per the relevant provisions of the the concerned Municipal Commissioner, Collector, Competent Authority should take action against the concerned as per the provisions of the Epidemic Diseases Act, 1897.

Background:
At present, various measures are being taken to contain the spread of the pandemic COVID 19.  Accordingly, various guidelines / instructions are issued from time to time through the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare.In this regard, instructions have been issued by the Government Circular dated 23.06.2020 regarding strengthening of COVID-19 tests in the state under COVID-19 measures.  In view of the instructions it is possible to take immediate action for immediate diagnosis and prevention of the spread of COVID 19 through ‘Track-Test - Trace - Isolate system’, maximum Kovid-19 tests should be conducted. 

In light of these, the present Order is being issued.

Caveat- The Order is in Vernacular and has been translated to the best of our understanding.
MandatoryAllNo end date specifiedNo
TelanganaTelangana Government extends Grace Period for Payment of MV Tax for Q.E. 30-06-2020 till 31-07-202006-07-2020The Transport, Roads and Buildings (Tr.I) Department in an Order dated 6th July, 2020 has extended the grace period for payment of Motor Vehicle advance tax for quarter ending on 30.06.2020 till 31.07.2020.

No penalty will be levied on Motor Transport Vehicles during this grace period under the Telangana Motor Vehicles Taxation Act, 1963 ("ACT").  
MandatoryAll30-07-2020No
Himachal PradeshDistrict Magistrate of Solan in Himachal Pradesh allows additional activities in the District with certain restrictions05-07-2020The District Magistrate of Solan in Himachal Pradesh has issued an Order under Section 144 of the Cr.P.C to re-open more activities in the District, with certain restrictions:

Key Highlights:

1. Religious places / places of worship to be opened as per SOPs issued by the Department of Language Art and Culture, HP.

2. Tourism units to operate as per the SOPs issued by the Department of Tourism.

3. Government offices to function as per SOPs issued by the Department of Personnel.

4. Restaurants/dhabas can serve food by operating 60% of their seating capacity in accordance with SOPs issued.

5. Medical Colleges allowed to open in the District for final year students to strengthen the Health System in the coming days with the health training institutions from 15th July, 2020 subject to SOPs issued by the Department of Health and Family Welfare.

6. Movement of individuals prohibited between 9 PM to 5 AM throughout the District except for essential activities, including operation of industrial units in multiple shifts, movement of persons and goods on National and State Highways, loading and unloading of cargo and travel of persons to their destinations after disembarking from buses, trains and airplanes.

7. Inter-state movement of industrial workers, industrialists, traders, raw material suppliers, service providers, inspecting authorities and artihyas will remain regulated as per the SOPs issued by the District Magistrate.

8. All inter-state movement to the District will be monitored through registration in COVID e-Pass Software (http://covidepass.hp.gov.in). People entering the state will have to enter their particulars in this online software.

9. Orchardists/Agriculturists/Contractors/Project Proponents will ensure registration of all labourers brought to the District from other states in the software mentioned above.

10. Inter-state movement of public transport buses is still prohibited however, taxis can ply with permission of the DM.

11. Pass free inter-district movement of public transport buses, private vehicles, taxis and autos is allowed.

12. Stage Carrier Public transport (HRTC and Private Buses) are allowed to operate with adequate safety/hygiene measures.

13.Private Vehicles and public transport taxis are allowed to ply on roads during the permitted hours only.

14. All persons coming from high load COVID-19 infected cities will be institutionally quarantined. But if the person is carrying a personal COVID-19 test report which is negative, issued by a lab authorised by ICMR issued 3 days prior to date of journey is exempted from institutional quarantine.

15. Persons who jump home quarantine will be immediately shifted to institutional quarantine.

16. Orchardists/Agriculturists/Contractors/Project Proponents to arrange for quarantine facility for their labourers who come form other states.

17. Persons visiting the district from other states for the purpose of trade, business, job, project, service purpose, marriage ceremonies etc. and are not coming from high load cities and other containment zones are exempted from the purview of quarantine.

18. Residents of the district exiting the district to visit other states on short duration for medical, business or office purpose and coming back to the district within 48 hours will be exempted from any quarantine provided they are asymptomatic.

19. Aarogya Setu App is mandatory for all people who are entering the district. Also, employers should also ensure that all employees have this app in their mobile phones.

20. National Directives for COVID-19 Management (Annexure-I) to be strictly followed.

For a detailed read, please refer to the attached Order.
MandatoryAllNo end date specifiedNo
Tamil NaduComplete lockdown in Greater Chennai and other areas from 6th July, 2020 in light of state-wide lockdown till 31st July, 202004-07-2020In light of the extension of the state-wide lockdown in Tamil Nadu till 31st July, 2020 ,the Chief Secretary to Government ha specified activities that will be permitted in the Districts of Thiruvallur, Kancheepuram and Chengalpet and in Greater Chennai Police Limits from 6th July, 2020.

Activities permitted in Thiruvallur, Kancheepuram and Chengalpet (Except containment zones) from 06.07.2020 -

i.Only small temples in rural areas with annual income of less than Rs.10000/-, small mosques, darghas and churches will be allowed for public worship. These places of worship should adhere to social distancing norms besides following the measures for the containment of the disease. Places of Worship / Religious Places in Corporations, Municipalities, Town Panchayats areas and big places of worship / religious places in village panchayat limits would remain closed for public worship.

ii.All industries and export oriented units are permitted to operate with 100% of employees.

iii.IT/ITES are permitted to function at 100 % strength with at least 20% to work from home.

iv.All Private offices are allowed to function at 100% strength. However, work from home shall be encouraged to the extent possible.

v.All showrooms and large format shops (viz. jewellery and textiles shops) except in shopping malls are permitted to operate with 50%  staff strength without air conditioning and limiting the number of customers to 5 at time to ensure social distancing.

 vi.Tea shops & Restaurants, Vegetable shops and Provision shops, are   permitted to function from 6:00 am to 8:00 pm. Other shops including Liquor retail vending (TASMAC) shops are permitted to function from 10:00 am to 8:00 pm.

vii. Restaurants shall be permitted to function with dine-in facilities with 50% of seating capacity maintaining social distancing. Air conditioning shall not be used even if it is available.

viii. Tea shops are permitted to function subject to 50 % seating capacity at a time to maintain social distancing.

ix.Delivery of all goods, including non-essential goods through e-commerce is permitted.

x.Rental vehicles and taxis including Cab aggregation are permitted with not more than three passengers, excluding the driver.

xi.Autos are permitted with two passengers excluding driver. Cycle rickshaws are also permitted.

xii.Fish stalls, Chicken and other meat stalls and egg shops would be permitted on a condition to maintain social distancing.

Activities permitted in Greater Chennai Police Limits (Except containment zones) from  06.07.2020 -

i. IT/ITEs are permitted to operate with company provided transport at 50% strength subject to a maximum of 80 persons.

ii. All Private offices, industrial establishments and Export oriented units are allowed to function at 50% strength. However, work from home shall be encouraged to the extent possible.

iii. All showrooms and large format shops (including jewellery and textiles shops) except in shopping malls are permitted to operate from 10.00 AM to 6.00 PM with 50% staff strength without air conditioning and limiting the number of customers to five at a time to ensure social distancing.

 iv. Take away (Parcel food) alone will be permitted in the Hotels/Restaurants from 6.00 AM to 9.00 PM. Food delivery will be permitted for the food ordered through phones from Hotels/Restaurants. The workers involved in food delivery should obtain identity cards from the respective organisation.

v. Vegetable shops and Provision shops are permitted to function from 6:00 am to 6:00 pm vie Tea shops are permitted (parcels only) to function from 6:00 AM to 6:00 PM.

vii. Rental vehicles and taxis including Cab aggregation are permitted with not more than three passengers, excluding the driver.

viii. Autos are permitted with two passengers excluding driver, Cycle rickshaws are also permitted,

ix. Barber shops, Saloons, Spa and Beauty Parlours are permitted to function as per Standard Operating Procedures without use  of air conditioning facility.

x. Fish stalls, Chicken and other meat stalls and egg shops are   permitted on a condition to maintain social distancing.

Activities that continue to remain prohibited until further orders, during the lockdown period throughout the State  till 31.07.2020 -

i.All religious places / places of worship in urban areas and big  religious places / places of worship will be closed for public worship.
ii.Religious congregations are strictly prohibited.
iii.Tourists travel to tourist places like Nilgiris District, Kodaikanal and Yercaud will be prohibited.
iv.Hotels and other hospitality services, except those meant for housing health / police / Government officials / healthcare workers / stranded persons including tourists and for quarantine facilities;
v.Shopping malls.
vi.Schools, colleges, educational / training / coaching institutions etc. will remain closed. Online / distance learning shall continue to be permitted and shall be encouraged.
vii.All international air travel of passengers, except for purposes as permitted by MHA.
viii.Metro rail services and suburban train services.
 ix.All Cinema halls, gymnasiums, swimming pools, entertainment parks, theatres, bars and auditoriums, assembly halls and similar places. Sports complexes and stadia will be permitted to open without spectators.
x.All social / political / sports / entertainment / academic / cultural  / religious functions / other gatherings and large congregations.
xi.Inter-State public transport.
xii.Public transport within districts upto 15.07.2020.
MandatoryAll31-07-2020No
AssamAssam allows certain activities to operate between 05.07.2020 and 12.07.2020; days specified for certain activities and conditions have been imposed04-07-2020The Assam State Disaster Management Authority, Government of Assam in an Order dated 4th July, 2020, has allowed certain activities in the week between 5th July, 2020 and 12th July, 2020, in Kamrup Metropolitan District.

Key Highlights of Permitted Activities:

1. Grocery shops are allowed to operate between 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. on Monday and Wednesday (6th July, 2020 and 8th July, 2020). However, only 20% of all shops will be allowed to operate on any given day. Shopkeepers and customers have to wear masks, gloves and maintain social distancing. Responsibility of the maintenance of social distancing will be on the shop owner.

2. Wholesalers of grocery items are allowed to replenish stocks of retailers on 5th July, 2020 and 7th July, 2020, between 3 p.m. and 6 p.m. No retail sale is permitted during this period.

3. Activities relating to essential items supply from and to FCI (Food Corporation of India) establishments will be allowed to operate.

4. House-to-house sale of fruits and vegetables will be allowed between 8 a.m. and 2 p.m. on 6th July, 2020 and 8th July, 2020.

5. Activities relating to wholesale distribution of medicines and medical equipment will be allowed between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. only on 6th July, 2020 and 8th July, 2020.

6. Veterinary clinics, veterinary medicine shops, are allowed to operate on al days between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. Feed shops are allowed to operate on 6th July, 2020 and 8th July, 2020.

7. E-commerce distribution activities are allowed between 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. on 10th July, 2020.

8. Post Offices and Life Insurance Corporation Offices are allowed to operate with only 10% of total employee strength and only 10% of total branches.

It has been further stated in the Order that no roadside vending of any fruit, vegetable, fish, etc. will be allowed.
MandatoryAll12-07-2020No
BiharGovernment of Bihar notifies the Bihar Epidemic Diseases, COVID-19 (Amendment) Regulation, 2020; effective immediately03-07-2020The Government of Bihar has notified the Bihar Epidemic Diseases, COVID-19 Regulation, 2020 ("Regulation") in an Order dated 3rd July, 2020.

The amendment has been brought about with immediate effect in order to clarify and simplify the penalty clause and make it compoundable.

A new Regulation 19 A has been introduced (to amend Regulation 19) -

Regulation 19A:

"The State Government hereby authorizes all District Magistrates and also such Officers duly authorized by the District Magistrates within their respective jurisdiction to compound the offences punishable under section 188  of the Indian Penal Code for violating any provision of the Bihar Epidemic Diseases, COVID-19 Regulation, 2020 as provided under Regulation 19 (Penalty) of the said Regulation, 2020, by violating the order or Regulation prohibiting the actions specified in column-2 of the schedule given below for the amount specified against each of them in column 3 of the said schedule. "

Offence - Any person not wearing face mask or face cover (nose and mouth covered properly) in public or work place -  Amount in Rupees for which offence is to be compounded - ₹ 50/-

For a detailed read, please refer to the appended Order
MandatoryAllNo end date specifiedNo
Jammu and KashmirGuidelines/Instructions on lockdown measures in the Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir wef 04-07-202003-07-2020The Chief Secretary, State Executive Committee, Jammu and Kashmir in an Order dated 3rd July, 2020 has issued guidelines/instructions for regulating activities within the Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir for effective containment of COVID-19 with effect from 4th July, 2020 till further orders.

These instructions are being issued for regulating activities that are permitted during the extended period of lockdown (Unlock-2). No fresh permission/passes are required for activities which were already permitted under the earlier orders. All instructions relating to safety, health precautions, social distancing, etc., continue to apply.

Key highlights of the order
1. Inter-state/UT, inter-province and inter-district buses for public transport and private vehicles except those permitted are not permitted in the entire UT of J&K till further orders.
2. All schools, colleges, universities etc. except training institutions run by the Central/State Government are not permitted. However, online/distance learning is permitted.
3. All cinema halls, gyms, swimming pools, entertainment parks, spas, theatres, bars and similar places will be closed until further orders.
4. Religious places/places of worship will continue to remain closed for public till further orders.
5. There will be no inter-province or inter-state/UT movement of individuals except after obtaining permissions or in permitted public transport.
6. The movement of individuals for all non-essential activities will be between 10 PM to 5 AM only.
7. Persons above the age of 65, persons with co-morbidities, pregnant women and children below age of 10 years will stay at home except for meeting essential requirement or for health purposes.
8. SOPs issued by the government can be found at www.jkgad.nic.in.
9. All people coming into Jammu and Kashmir will have to compulsorily undergo a COVID-19 RTPCR test after that they will be put under 14 day COVID-19 institutional/administrative quarantine till the test result is negative, in which case they are released for home quarantine. But if the test result is positive they will be sent to a COVID hospital for treatment.

Activities permitted -
1. Normal functioning of private hospitals, clinics and nursing homes (including OPD services).
2. All e-commerce and courier services.
3. All agriculture, horticulture, animal husbandry and related activities.
4. Canteens/eateries at bus stands, railway stations and airports with passes in red districts.
5. All restaurants, including in hotels can operate for home deliver, take away and dining-in with up to 50% capacity.
6. Hotels and hospitality services can operate at 100% capacity by following SOP of Ministry of Health and Family Welfare.
7. All shopping malls can open subject to SOP of Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, except in red districts where they can operate with 50% shops open on alternate days. Shops in malls can open from 9 AM till 7 PM, food courts and dining facilities will operate with 50% capacity and children gaming zones/arcades etc will remain closed.
8. Banks and financial services.
9. Liquor shops and manufacturing units.
10. Barber shops, saloons and parlors.
11. Self-employed service providers such as plumbers, technicians, electricians etc.
12. Auto-rickshaws with maximum 2 passengers only intra-district.
13. Taxi and cab aggregators are permitted to ply with one driver and two passengers only within the district.
14. Intra-district movement of individuals in vehicles is allowed with maximum of 2 passengers, besides the driver in 4 wheelers. For 2 wheelers, no pillion rider is allowed.
15. Intra-district public passenger transport can operate with upto 2/3rd seating capacity for buses and upto 50% capacity for mini-buses by JKSRTC only on routes notified by the Transport department.
16. Marriage related functions with not more than 50 persons maintaining social distancing, with permission required for the function in Red Districts.
17. Funeral/last rites related rituals with not more the 20 persons maintaining social distancing.

In addition to the above mentioned activities, measures to be taken on occurrence of positive cases in offices, hotels, restaurants and shopping malls, movement of individuals and SOP for industrial activities are given in the order.

For a detailed read on all the SOPs and instructions please refer to the appended order.
MandatoryAllNo end date specifiedNo
KarnatakaKarnataka Government puts up Letter from  ICMR on its website; private labs/hospitals intending to conduct COVID-19 tests directed to take accreditation from NABL 03-07-2020The Indian Council of Medical Research ("ICMR"), in a Letter to all the State Governments dated 3rd July, 2020, stated that all private laboratories in the State who intend to initiate TrueNat/CBNAAT  based testing for COVID-19 should be encouraged to immediately apply for National Accreditation Board for Testing and Calibration Laboratories ("NABL") accreditation.

This Letter has been put up by the Government of Karnataka on its website for information.

In the backdrop of the COVID-19 crisis, NABL has established expedited approval mechanisms with fast-track approvals being granted within 7 days. However, the need to augment testing for COVID-19 in the current situation is necessary. ICMR is committed to support all the States in ramping up testing.

It was conveyed to the State Governments by ICMR that all private laboratories who intend to initiate TrueNat/CBNAAT based testing for COVID-19 should be encouraged to immediately apply for NABL accreditation. All the labs who have applied can reach out to ICMR (at aggarwal.n@icmr.gov.in), with a copy of their NABL application. The ICMR will provide expedited approval for TrueNat/CBNAAT, subject to NABL approval, which can be submitted within a maximum time span of four weeks from the date of approval.

ICMR had also conveyed in the letter that it has included a mandatory criterion for obtaining NABL accreditation for all COVID-19 testing private laboratories including those with TrueNat/CBNAAT platform. This is primarily to ensure high quality testing and ensure correct interpretation of test results. Many of the labs are doing this test for the first time and hence it is prudent to comply with NABL norms and obtain accreditation of private labs. This will also help in improving the overall quality of private labs in the States.
MandatoryPathological LaboratoriesNo end date specifiedNo
Madhya PradeshPublic Health and Family Welfare Department, Government of Madhya Pradesh notified conditions and the maximum amount that can be charged for COVID-19 test in Private laboratories03-07-2020The Public Health and Family Welfare Department, Government of Madhya Pradesh (“Department”) has notified conditions for conducting COVID-19 RTPCR tests and prescribed the maximum amount that can be charged by private laboratories (accredited to ICMR and NABL) for conducting RTPCR COVID-19 test at Rs. 1980/- (inclusive of all taxes). These tariffs have been effective since 1st July, 2020.

Background:

Earlier, ICMR had capped the prices of COVID-19 test by private laboratories at Rs. 4500. Subsequently, the price for such test was capped at Rs. 2500. Now, in order to make affordable test facilities available to the masses, ICMR has reduced the prices of tests further.

Key highlights:

(a) The above-mentioned amount has been fixed for private laboratories accredited by ICMR and NABL;

(b) The cost covers sample collection, packaging and reporting along with test;

(c) All COVID-19 tests performed in private laboratories and hospitals through CBNAAT/ Genexpert and TrueNat, will be chargeable at Rs. 1980.

(d) Samples should be sent to private laboratories for testing only after ensuring 100% utilization of Covid-10 testing capacity of Government Laboratories.

(e) RTPCR test of Covid-19 by private testing laboratories should be carried out in this regard by following the protocol prescribed by the Government of India and ICMR from time to time.

(f) While collecting samples for testing, the person’s name, full address, mobile number and other such information should be uploaded on to the RTPCR app. Such information should be kept confidential.

(g) The above-mentioned rates for the tests should be displayed prominently in a conspicuous place.

(h) Upon testing, if a person is found to be infected with COVID-19, all the details should be immediately furnished to the Chief Medical and Health Officer and the concerned IDSP cell.

(i) In private laboratories, all the data generated by RTPCR machines, including the graphs and test kits along with the batch numbers should be preserved and the State Government may examine the data in future if the need arises.

(j) The person in charge of private laboratory is required to appoint a nodal officer and the information of such appointment should be sent to the concerned Collector and Chief Medical and Health Officer.

For a detailed read, please refer to the appended Order.
MandatoryHealthcareNo end date specifiedNO
West BengalWest Bengal Government mandates wearing of masks in public places; repeated non-compliance to be penalized02-07-2020The West Bengal Government had, in an earlier lockdown extension Order dated June 30, 2020, directed that norms of physical distancing and wearing of masks be strictly followed by all persons. The lockdown extension Order also stated that the violation of norms of physical distancing and wearing of masks will attract penal action.

Now, in another Order dated July 2, 2020, the State Government has reiterated that anybody found in a public places or on the road without masks will be asked to wear masks and in failing to do so they would be sent back from such public place.

The Order also states that penalty will be imposed on repeat offenders in this regard.

The district administration/ municipal administration, concerned government departments and police authorities have been directed to enforce the above directions.

For a detailed read, please refer to the appended Order.

MandatoryIndividualsNo end date specifiedNo
Andhra PradeshAndhra Pradesh adopts the MHA Unlock 2.0 guidelines for implementation of the phased re-opening of activities (Unlock 2) in the State02-07-2020The Health, Medical and Family Welfare Department of Andhra Pradesh has, in an Order dated 2nd July, 2020, notified the guidelines for implementation of the phased re-opening (Unlock 2), as issued by the Ministry of Home Affairs in the Order dated 29th June, 2020.

Key Highlights:

1. Activities prohibited during Unlock 2 period:

i. Schools, colleges, educational and coaching institutions. Online/distance learning shall continue to be permitted and shall be encouraged. 
ii. International air travel of passengers, except as permitted by the Ministry of Home Affairs.
iii. Metro Rail.
iv. Cinema halls, gymnasiums, swimming pools, entertainment parks, theatres, bars, auditoriums, assembly halls and similar places. 
v. Social/political/sports/entertainment/academic/cultural/religious functions and other large congregations. 

2. Night Curfew:  Movement of individuals will be strictly prohibited between 10 p.m. to 5 a.m., except for essential activities, including operation of industrial units in multiple shifts, movement of persons and goods on National and State Highway/major district roads, loading and unloading of cargo and travel of persons to their destinations after disembarking from buses, trains and airplanes. 

3. Lockdown will continue to remain in force in the Containment Zones till 31st July, 2020.

Only essential activities will be allowed in the Containment Zones. No movement of people in or out of these zones will be allowed except medical emergencies and for maintenance of essential goods and services

4. There will 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 movement.

5. Persons above 65 years of age, 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. 

6. Use of Aarogya Setu app:

i. Employers, on best effort basis, are required to ensure that Aarogya Setu is installed by all employees having compatible mobile phones.

ii. District authorities may advise individuals to install the Aarogya Setu application on compatible mobile phones and regularly update their health status on the app. 

7. National Directives for COVID-19 management (under Annexure I of the Order):

i. Wearing of face cover is compulsory in public places, in workplaces and during transport.
ii. Individuals must maintain a minimum distance of 6 feet (2 gazki doori) in public places. Shops will be required to ensure physical distancing among customers
iii. Spitting in public places will be punishable with fine.
iv. Consumption of liquor, pan, gutka, tobacco, etc. in public places is prohibited. 
v. Large public gatherings / congregations will containue to remain prohibited.

8. Additional directives for workplaces (under Annexure I of the Order):

i. As far as possible, the practice of work-from-home must be followed.
ii. Staggering of work/business hours has to be followed in offices, work places, shops, markets and industrial and commercial establishments.
iii. Provision for thermal scanning, hand wash and sanitizer has to be made at aII entry and exit points and common areas. 
iv. Frequent sanitization of entire workplace, common facilities and all points which came into human contact, like door handles, etc., has to be ensured, including between shifts. 
v. All persons in charge of workplaces must ensure adequate distance between workers, adequate gaps between shifts, staggering the lunch breaks of staff, etc., for the purpose of social distancing. 

For a detailed read, please refer to the appended Order.

Source: Health, Medical and Family Welfare Department, Andhra Pradesh
MandatoryAllNo end date specifiedNo
KeralaGovernment of Kerala rolls out Additional Regulations to contain the spread of COVID-19 in the State; will remain in force for a period of 1 year02-07-2020In a Gazette Notification dated 2nd July, 2020 the Government of Kerala has rolled out the Kerala Epidemic Disease Corona Virus Disease (COVID 19) Additional Regulations, 2020 (“Additional Regulations”).

The Additional Regulations have become effective since 2nd July, 2020 and will remain in force for a period of 1 year unless otherwise notified.

The following precautionary measures have to be strictly implemented:

1. Wearing of face mask/cover-
All persons have to cover their mouth and nose with a face mask in all public places and workplaces

2. Social Distancing-
A social distance of 6 feet has to be maintained.

3. Marriage Function-
The maximum number of persons in a marriage function must not exceed 50. Further, it is mandatory for all persons to use sanitiser, cover face with mask and maintain a social distance of 6 feet.

4. Funeral Functions-
In a funeral, the maximum number of participants at a time must not exceed 20. They should mandatorily wear face mask and use sanitiser.

5. Social Gathering-
No social gathering like get together, procession, dharna, congregation, demonstration etc will be conducted without the written permission of the Authority.

6. Shops and commercial establishments-
In shops and commercial establishments, the maximum number of persons permitted must not be more than 20 at
a time depending on the size of the room. They should further maintain a social distancing of 6 feet. All customers must wear a mask/ face cover at all times.

7. Registration on COVID 19 Jagratha e-platform-
All persons intending to visit Kerala have to furnish details as prescribed in the COVID 19 Jagratha e-platform established by the government for contact tracing, ensuring quarantine and other COVID 19 combating measures.

8. Inter state carriage road and transport-
The regular operation of inter state carriage road transport from and to Kerala by public and private sectors will remain suspended.  

The Additional Regulations further prohibit spitting in public places, road or footpath.
MandatoryAll02-07-2021YES
GoaGoa allows only permitted hotels to open for business; Only those hotels which had applied earlier and have provisions for isolation facilities have been allowed to open02-07-2020The Government of Goa, in a Circular dated 2nd July, 2020, has stated that only those hotels which had submitted their applications online along with a self-declaration to the Department of Tourism, Government of Goa and have a provision for isolation facilities within their hotels for accomodating guests who have opted for a COVID-19 test while entering the State of Goa, will be allowed to open.

Background:
In a previous Circular dated 8th June, 2020, the Government of Goa requested all registered accomodation units that are compliant to safety and hygiene guidelines/SOPs laid down by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare and who are prepared to open their business anytime from 8th June, 2020, to submit their applications alongwith a self-declaration form to the Department of Tourism, Government of Goa.

Now, with this Circular, the Government of Goa is allowing only those registered hotels that had applied for the same and have a provision for isolation facilities within their hotels for accomodating guests who have opted for a COVID-19 test while entering the State of Goa, will be allowed to open.

The Department of Tourism, Government of Goa, has pepared a comprehensive "Safety and Hygiene Guide" including the detailed protocols for:
1. Tourist entry into the State of Goa
2. Accomodation Units
3. Tour and Travel Operators
4. Tourist Transport Operators
5. Tourist Guides

Only those hotels complying with the Guidelines will be allowed to commence their business activities.

It has also been directed to ensure that only the permitted hotels offer their accomodation for booking and tourists having pre-booked accomodations only will be allowed to enter the State of Goa. No other hotel/accomodation can open for business unless permitted by the Authrities.

To get the list of hotels permitted to open for business (adhering to the Guidelines), please follow the link below:
https://www.goa.gov.in/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/Approved-Hotels-169-03-Jul-2020.pdf
MandatoryHotels, Acommodation and HospitalityNo end date specifiedNo
ChandigarhDistrict Magistrate Chandigarh prohibits movement  of individuals for all non-essential activities in the district until further orders 02-07-2020The District Magistrate Chandigarh has issued an Order dated July 2, 2020, imposing restrictions under Section 144 CrPC.

The Order prohibits the movement of individuals, for all non essential activities between 10:00 P.M. to 05:00 A.M in the district. Any breach of this order will be liable to action under section 188 of the Indian  Penal  Code.

The Order is effective from July 1, 2020 and will remain in force till further orders.
MandatoryAllNo end date specifiedNo
OdishaOdisha issues COVID-19 infection control measures to be strictly adhered with by all hospital staffs and management 02-07-2020The Directorate of Health Services, Odisha has, in an Order dated 2nd July, 2020, issued COVID-19 infection control measures to be strictly adhered with by hospital staffs and management to restrict the transmission of infection to care givers, co-patients and attendants.

Key Highlights:

1. All hospitals (Government/Private/Corporate) are required to strictly follow the guidelines issued by the Government of India and the Odisha Government.

2. Separate fever clinics must be created in the hospitals, away from the main working areas of the hospital, for the screening of suspected COVID-19 cases or persons coming from hotspot areas.

3. All hospitals must ensure preliminary screening of patients and their attendants at the time of entering the hospital

4. Hospitals must ensure use of masks, sanitizers, social distancing, hand washing and other standard precautionary measures

5. Hospitals must create isolation wards/section for admitting suspected COVID-19 cases or persons coming from hotspot areas and to subject them to COVID-10 test.

Such isolation facilities must be created preferably in an isolated building or in a separate zone if the former is not possible.

6. The staffs deployed in such isolation sections must not be deployed in any other section of the hospitals

7. The hospital management must ensure that the healthcare workers strictly adhere to the Government protocol for appropriate use of PPE.

8. In case of patients requiring referral to other hospitals before the test due to non-availability of facility or during emergency, such transfer must be undertaken only with prior intimation to and confirmation from hospitals to be referred to as per protocol. The referral record must contain detailed clinical history including travel history or residency in hotspot areas of such patients.

9. No patient can be denied health care services on any ground including suspicion of COVID-19 infection or coming from hotspot areas.

10. No life threatening emergency procedures/treatment can be denied to patients or deferred on the ground of suspicion of Covid infection, coming from a hotspot area or non-availability of Covid test report. Hospitals must undertake such treatment without waiting for test report by taking all universal precautions.

11. Detection of any COVID-19 case in Non Covid Hospitals/Nursing homes must be notified to the District Surveillance unit.

Please refer to the appended document for further details.

Source:  Directorate of Health Services, Odisha
MandatoryAllNo end date specifiedNo
Himachal PradeshGovernment of Himachal Pradesh adopts the MHA Unlock 2.0 guidlelines with modifications/ restrictions; effective till 31st July, 202002-07-2020The Government of Himachal Pradesh has notified the implementation of MHA Unlock 2.0 guidelines issued by the Ministry of Home Affairs with certain restrictions:

Key Highlights:

(i) Movement of individuals to remain strictly prohibited between 9.00 PM to 5.00 AM throughout the State, except for essential activities, including operation of industrial units in multiple shifts, movement of persons and goods on National and State Highways, loading and unloading of cargo and travel of persons to their destination after disembarking from buses, trains and airplanes.

The District Magistrate shall issue orders, in the entire area of their jurisdiction, under appropriate provisions of law, such as under Section of 144 Cr. PC and ensure strict compliance;

(ii) Religious places / places of worship shall be opened only as per the SOPs to be issued by the Department of Language, Art and Culture, Himachal Pradesh, after ensuring full readiness to comply with the SOPs;

(iii) Tourism units will be opened and operated as per the SOPs issued by the Department of Tourism Department from time to time;

(iv) The Government Offices will function as per the SOPs issued by the Department of Personnel from time to time;

(v) Restaurant / dhabas can serve food by operating at 60% of their seating capacity and in accordance with SOPs issued by Department of Tourism from time to time.

(vi) The HPTDC lifts in Shimla can be now made operational with all necessary precautions regarding containment of spread of COVID-19.

(vii) The medical colleges are allowed to open in the State for final year students to strengthen the Health System in coming days along with the health training institutions from 15 th July 2020 subject to the SOPs issued by Department of Health and Family Welfare.

Movement of persons with SOPs:

Movement by passenger trains and Shramik special trains, domestic air travel, movement of Indian Nationals stranded outside the country and of specified persons to travel abroad, evacuation of foreign nationals and sign—on and sign-off of Indian seafarers will continue to be regulated as per SOPs issued earlier.

Procedure for Monitoring the spread of COVID 19 and Contact Tracing:

(i) All inter-state movement to the State will be monitored through  registration in COVID E-Pass Software to monitor compliance with quarantine requirements and facilitate Contact tracing of persons in the event of detection of COVID19 positive cases. All persons desirous of entering the State shall enter their particulars in this online software and details of their arrival will be shared with all concerned for the purpose of quarantine requirement and contact tracing.

(ii) The Orchardists/Agriculturist/Contractors/Project Proponents shall ensure registration of all labourers brought to State from outside in COVID E-Pass Software;

(iii) The persons travelling to the State or entering the State through rail and air route may do so on the basis of ticket/boarding pass. However, they may also be encouraged to register in COVID E-Pass Software

(iv)Daily/weekend commuters such as industrialists, traders, Suppliers’ factory workers, project proponents, etc. may enter and exit the State by providing their database with the Deputy Commissioners concerned. Those who have already obtained permission in this regards, need not register again.

(v)The people coming to Himachal Pradesh State from other States shall strictly adhere to the prevailing Guidelines/SOPs issued by Department of Health and Family Welfare and Revenue Department (DM) of the State.

Public Transport & Movement of Vehicles:

(i) Inter-State movement of public transport buses will remain prohibited. Taxis however can ply with permission of the Deputy Commissioners.

(ii) Pass free inter-district movement of public transport buses, private vehicles, taxis and autos shall be allowed.

(iii) Stage Carrier Public transport (HRTC and Private Buses shall be allowed to operate with adequate measures for containment of COVID-19.

(iv) The public transport taxis and private vehicles may ply on roads during the permitted hours.

Quarantine Requirements:

(i) The quarantine period for returnees to the State will be as per the guidelines issued by the Department of Health and Family Welfare, Govt. of HP from time to time. Adequate  monitoring may be done to ensure compliance of guidelines of home quarantine by the persons concerned.

(ii) persons coming from high load COVID-19 infected cities, as notified by the Health and Family Welfare Department of Himachal Pradesh from time to time will be institutionally quarantined. Only for exceptional and compelling reasons such as cases of human distress, pregnancy, death in family, serious illness and parent(s) accompanied by Children below 10 years, as assessed by the receiving district and found justified, home quarantine may be permitted for 14 days.

(iii)  All asymptomatic persons coming from all other States/cities will be home quarantined as per the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Govt. of India, guidelines issued from time to time.

(iv) All persons coming from abroad will be quarantined as per the guidelines of Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Govt. of India, guidelines issued from time to time.

(v) All symptomatic and persons with DLI symptoms may be kept in institutional quarantine facilities.

(vi) All persons who jump home quarantine will be immediately admitted to institutional quarantine facilities.

(vii) Those asking for better facilities other than identified by the District Administration may be quarantined in paid facilities pre-identified and notified by the district administration.

(viii) The Orchardists/Agriculturist/Contractors/Project Proponents shall arrange for quarantine facility of all labour brought to the State from outside. The migrant labourer coming in the State can be sent directly to the work site of the Orchardist/AgricuIturist/Contractor/Project Proponents arranging separate transport. The labour can start working at these sites immediately subject to observing all the due precautions including social distancing, not mixing up with local population and the constant monitoring for symptoms as is being done for quarantined persons. The period of active surveillance shall however continue to be the same as per the period prescribed by the guidelines issued by the Department of Health & family Welfare.

(ix) Industrial 'workers, industrialist, traders, raw material suppliers, service providers, inspecting authorities will be exempted from purview of Home Quarantine.

(x) The persons visiting the State for bonafide purpose of trade, business, job, project, service purpose, marriage ceremonies, commission agents, and others with supporting documents and entering the State, and not coming from high load cities and other containment zones from rest of the country, will also be exempted from the purview of quarantine.

(xi) Daily /weekend commuters’ through Interstate barriers may also be exempted from any quarantine requirement. However, it will be the individual’s personal responsibility to report at health facility in case of the flu/ UI symptoms.

(xii) The residents of State exiting the State to visit other States for short duration for medical, business or office purpose and coming back to State within 48 hours, may also be exempted from any requirement of quarantine, provided they are asymptomatic.

(xii) The tourists with valid booking, preferably for durations not less than 5 days and having been tested for COVID-19 by an ICMR accredited laboratory not earlier than 72 hours at the time of entry may also be exempted from the requirement of quarantine.

Use of Aarogya Setu App:

(i) Use of Aarogya Setu app shall be mandatory for all persons entering the State of Himachal Pradesh.

(ii) With a view to ensuring safety in offices and workplaces, employers on best effort basis should ensure that Aarogya Setu is installed by all employees having compatible mobile phones.

(iii) District authorities may advise individuals to install the Aarogya Setu application on compatible mobile phones and regularly update their health status on the app. This will facilitate timely provision of medical attention to those individuals who are at risk,

National Directives:

National Directives for COVID-19 management specified in the MHA Unlock 2.0 guidelines to be strictly followed.

For a detailed read, please refer to the appended Order.
MandatoryAll31-07-2020No
PunjabPunjab issues Guidelines for Unlock 2; effective till 30th July 202001-07-2020The Directorate of Information and Public Relations, Government of Punjab, has informed that Guidelines have been issued for phased reopening for Unlock 2, effective from 1st July, 2020 up to 30th July, 2020.

The Guidelines seek to reopen more activities in a calibrated manner in areas outside the containment zones.

Key Highlights:
1. The Government has allowed the district authorities to impose such restrictions as deemed necessary in areas outside the containment zones. However, there shall be no restriction on inter-state and intra-state movement of persons and goods including those for cross land-border trade under treaties with neighbouring countries. No separate permission/approval/e-permit will be required for such movements.

2. Schools, colleges, educational and coaching institutions would remain closed till 31st July, 2020. Online/distance learning shall continue to be permitted and be encouraged.

3. Metro rail, cinema halls, gymnasiums, swimming pools, entertainment parks, theatres, bars, auditoriums, assembly halls and similar places remain prohibited from opening/resuming. Apart from this, social/political/sports/entertainment/academic/cultural/religious functions and other large congregations would also remain prohibited. All other activities will be permitted in areas outside containment zones.

4. Lockdown will continue to remain in force in containment zones till 31st July 2020 and such zones would be demarcated by the district authorities as per the guidelines of the Union Ministry of Health & Family Welfare (MoHFW). Only essential activities shall be permitted in the containment zones.

5. Movement of individuals for all the non-essential activities would remain prohibited between 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. throughout the State. However, essential activities including operation of multiple shifts, movement of persons and goods on National and State Highways and unloading of cargo and travel of persons to their destinations after disembarking from buses, trains and aeroplanes would be permitted.

6. In addition, movement by passenger trains and Shramik special trains, domestic air travel, movement of Indian Nationals stranded outside the country and of specified persons to travel abroad, evacuation of foreign nationals and sign–on and sign-off of Indian seafarers will continue to be regulated as per SOPs issued.

7. Persons above 65 years of age, persons with co-morbidity, pregnant women and children below the age of 10 years have been advised to stay at home except for essential requirements and for health purposes.

8. Spitting in public places is completely prohibited and punishable with fine. Consumption of liquor, pan, gutka, tobacco, etc. in public places is prohibited. However, there will be no restriction on their sale.

9. Restaurants are allowed to open till 9 p.m. with 50% occupancy or 50 guests, whichever is less. Liquor can be served provided the restaurant has a valid permission from the Excise Department. However, bars shall remain closed. The management would comply with the SOPs.

10. Restaurants in hotels were allowed to serve food including buffet meals up to 50% of their seating capacity or 50 guests, whichever is less. These restaurants would also be open to persons other than hotel guests but the timings, for both the hotel guests as well as persons from outside would be till 9 p.m. The bars shall remain closed. However, liquor can be served in the rooms and restaurants, as permitted under the excise policy of the State.

11. Night curfew shall strictly be enforced and movement of individuals shall only be permissible from 5 a.m. to 10 p.m. However, guests would be allowed to enter and leave hotel premises between 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. based on their schedule of travel by flight/train. The air/train ticket and hotel booking would serve as a curfew pass for one-time movement of these guests to and from the hotel during the curfew hours from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m.

12. All the shopping malls and shops including shops in main bazaars in both urban and rural areas are  allowed to open between 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Liquor vends can however remain open from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. However, for shops situated in main bazars, market complexes and rehri markets and other crowed places, district authorities could exercise their discretion and in order to avoid crowding shall stagger the opening of shops. Barber shops, hair-cut saloons, beauty parlours and spas would be allowed from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. subject to compliance of the SOPs as issued by the Punjab Health Department.

13. Shops dealing with essential commodities would be allowed to remain open till 8 p.m on all days. On Sundays, shops (other than those dealing in essential commodities) and shopping malls shall remain closed. Industries & industrial establishments, construction activities, etc. are allowed. Inter-state and intra-state movement of buses would be allowed without any restriction and transport vehicles could utilise the entire seating capacity.

14. No separate permission would be required by the industries and other establishments for their operations. All employees would be allowed without any requirement of pass during the permitted hours. There shall be no restriction on inter-state and intra-state movement of persons and goods and no separate permission/approval/permit would be required for such movement. Use of Cova-App and self-generated pass would be mandatory for inter-state passengers.

15. Minimum 6 feet distance (do gaz ki duri) for all the activities shall always be maintained. Accordingly, if any permitted activity leads to crowding and congestion, then necessary steps in terms of staggering, rotation, timings of offices and establishments, etc. be taken and it be ensured that principles of social distancing are not compromised.

16. Wearing of masks by all persons in public places, including work places, etc. would be mandatory.

17. The Government has advised employees to ensure that Arogaya Setu app should be installed. Similarly, individuals were also to be advised by the district authorities to install this application and also regularly update their health status on the app.

We haven't been able to locate the original Order the Guidelines and this information has been provided as per statements made by a spokesperson of the Government of Punjab, issued in the website of the Department of Information and Public Relations, Government of Punjab.
MandatoryAll30-07-2020No
CentralESIC allows Employers to file Return of Contribution upto 15th July, 2020 for the contribution period October 2019 to March, 202001-07-2020In a Circular dated 1st July, 2020, the Employees State Insurance Corporation (“ESIC”) has informed that the employers are allowed to file Return of Contribution upto 15th July, 2020 for the contribution period October 2019 to March, 2020.

Background:
Previously, in a letter dated 18th May, 2020 ESIC had relaxed the provisions of *Regulation 26 under the Employees’ State Insurance (General) Regulation, 1950 wherein the employers were allowed to file the return of contribution upto 11th June, 2020 for the contribution period from October, 2019 to March, 2020.

Accordingly with the present Circular, relaxation is granted to the employers to file Return of Contribution upto 15th July, 2020 for the contribution period October 2019 to March, 2020

_______________________
* Regulation 26 deals with Return of contributions to be sent to appropriate office
MandatoryAllNo end date specifiedyes
CentralCBIC prescribes manner of furnishing of NIL GSTR-3B and GSTR-1 through short messaging service01-07-2020Central Board of Indirect Taxes and Customs (CBIC) has issued Notification No. 58/2020 dated 1st July, 2020 to further amend the Central Goods and Services Tax (CGST) Rules, 2017 to substitute the newly inserted Rule 67A of CGST Rules,2017 relating to the manner of furnishing of return or details of outward supplies through short messaging service.

As per the substituted rule, a registered person who is required to furnish a NIL return under Section 39 in FORM GSTR-3B or a NIL details of outward supplies under Section 37 in FORM GSTR-1 for a tax period, where any reference to electronic furnishing shall include furnishing of the said return or the details of outward supplies through a short messaging service using the registered mobile number and the said return or the details of outward supplies shall be verified by a registered mobile number based One Time Password facility. Earlier this facility was only restricted to a registered person who is required to furnish a Nil return in FORM GSTR-3B for a tax period.

Further, it has been clarified that for the purpose of this rule, NIL return or NIL details of outward supplies shall mean a return under Section 39 or details of outward supplies under Section 37, for a tax period that has NIL or no entry in all the Tables in FORM  GSTR-3B or FORM  GSTR-1, as the case may be.
MandatoryAllPermanent change in lawYes
DelhiGovernment of NCT of Delhi extends lockdown till 31st July, 2020; curfew timing modified to 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. 01-07-2020The Delhi Disaster Management Authority, Government of National Capital Territory of Delhi, in an Order dated 1st July, 2020, has extended the lockdown in the National Capital Territory of Delhi up to 31st July, 2020.

The lockdown is currently being imposed on Containment Zones and a status quo has been ordered to be maintained.
The only change during the extension of the lockdown is the change in the timing of curfew for movement of persons. The curfew timing was previously between 9 p.m. to 5 a.m., which is now being changed to 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. 
MandatoryAll31-07-2020No
ChandigarhIn light of COVID-19 pandemic, Chandigarh issues guidelines under the Disaster Management Act, 2005 for strict implementation in the Union Territory01-07-2020In light of the prevailing COVID-19 pandemic, the State Disaster Management Authority, Chandigarh has in an Order dated 1st July, 2020, issued guidelines, under the Disaster Management Act, 2005 for strict implementation in the Union Territory.

Key highlights:

1. The odd-even system, presently followed in selected markets in the Union Territory, to be discontinued;

2. All shops / restaurants will be allowed to remain open from 10.00 am to 9.00 pm;

3. Call centres / industrial establishments will be allowed to operate night shifts provided their employees do not come out of the office/factory premises during the curfew period from 10 pm to 5 am;

4. Inter-state bus services will remain suspended;

5. Alcoholic drinks can be served in marriage functions only on obtaining specific permission from the Excise Department. However, bars will remain closed.

6. There will be complete ban on social/political/sports/entertainment/academic/cultural/religious functions and other large congregations.

7. It will be mandatory to wear masks and maintain social distancing in public places and any person violating the guidelines/directions will be penalised.

For a detailed read, please refer to the appended Order.

Source: State Disaster Management Authority, Chandigarh
MandatoryAllNo end date specifiedNo
CentralMasks and Hand Sanitizers will not be considered as Essential Commodities under the EC Act, 1955; says Government01-07-2020In an Office Memorandum dated 1st July, 2020, the Ministry of Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution has informed that face masks and hand sanitisers will not be considered as “essential commodities” under the Essential Commodities Act, 1955.

It has been further informed that as on date, there are no adverse reports with respect to price/availability of masks and hand sanitizers as essential commodities. In light of this, the present Order has been issued.
MandatoryManufacturers of hand sanitizers and masks, pharma industryNo end date specifiedNo