Regulatory Changes Due to Covid 19 (August)

Regulatory Changes Due to Covid 19 (August)

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KarnatakaKarnataka Government issues guidelines to implement Unlock 4.0 in the State from 1st September, 2020; more activities re-opened outside Containment Zones; lockdown extended in Containment Zones up to 30th September, 202031-08-2020In consonance with the MHA Unlock 4.0 Order issued by the  Ministry of Home Affairs on 29th August, 2020, the Government of Karnataka has issued Guidelines for implementing Phased Re-opening of activities (Unlock 4), effective from 1st September, 2020 up to 30th September 2020.

1. Activities permitted during Unlock 4 period outside Containment Zones

All activities have been permitted outside Containment Zones, except the following:

(i) Schools, colleges, educational and coaching institutions for students and regular class activities to remain closed till 30th September, 2020. Online/ distance learning shall continue to be permitted and be encouraged;

(ii) From 21st September, 2020 onwards, the following will be permitted subject the specific Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) which will be issued by the MoHFW and Primary and Secondary Education Department, Government of Karnataka:

a. District may permit upto 50% of teaching and non-teaching staff to be called to the schools at a time for online teaching/ tele-counselling and related work, in areas outside the Containment Zones only;

b. Students of classes 9 to 12 may be permitted to visit their schools, in areas outside the Containment Zones only, on voluntary basis, for taking guidance from their teachers. This will be subject to written consent of their parents/ guardians;

(iii) Skill or Entrepreneurship training will be permitted in National Skill Training Institutes, Industrial Training Institutes (ITIs), Short term training centres registered with National Skill Development Corporation or State Skill Development Missions or other Ministries of Government of India or State Government. National Institute for Entrepreneurship and Small Business Development (NIESBUD), Indian Institute of Entrepreneurship (IIE) and their training providers will also be permitted. These will be permitted from 21st September, 2020 onwards, subject to specific SOPs which will be issued by the MoHFW and Skill Development, Entrepreneurship and Livelihood Department, Government of Karnataka.

(iv) Higher Education Institutions only for research scholars (Ph.D.) and post-graduate students of technical and professional programmes requiring laboratory/ experimental works will be permitted by the Department of Higher Education (DHE) in consultation with MHA, based on the assessment of the situation, and keeping in view incidence of COVID-19 in the State.

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

(vi) Metro rail will be allowed to operate with effect from 7th September, 2020 in a graded manner, by the Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs (MOHUA)/ Ministry of Railways (MOR), in consultation with MHA. In this regard, SOP will be issued by MOHUA and Bangalore Metro Rail Corporation Limited (BMRCL);

(vii) Cinema halls, swimming pools, entertainment parks, theatres, and similar places will remain closed. However, open air theatres will be permitted to open with effect from 21st September, 2020;

(viii) Social / political / sports / entertainment / academic / cultural / religious functions and other large congregations with a ceiling of 100 persons, will be permitted with effect from 21st September, 2020, with mandatory wearing of face masks, social distancing, provision for thermal scanning and hand wash or sanitizer.

Marriages and funeral gatherings must observe the restrictions notified earlier till 20th September, 2020, after which the ceiling of 100 persons will apply:

a. gatherings relating to marriage must not have guests exceeding 50 in number.

b. for funeral/ last rites related gatherings the number of persons must not exceed 20.

2. Lockdown limited to Containment Zones

(i) Lockdown shall continue to remain in force in the Containment Zones till 30th September,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 State 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 earlier.

5. Persons above 65 years; 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. General Directives for COVID-19 Management:
• Face coverings: Wearing of face cover is compulsory in public places; in workplaces; and during transport. Fine of Rs. 200 in Municipal Corporation areas and Rs. 100 in other areas shall be imposed for not wearing face cover as required.
• Social Distancing: Individuals must maintain a minimum distance of 6 feet (2 gaz ki doori) 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);

8. 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 these 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. 
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COVID-19Punjab Government issues Revised Guidelines for International Arrivals31-08-2020The Punjab Government has in a publication dated August 31, 2020 on its official website informed that the State has issued revised guidelines for international arrivals.

1. Before planning for travel, all travellers should ensure the following:
a. Submit a self-declaration form on the online portal (www.newdelhiairport.in) at least 72 hours before the scheduled travel.
b. Give an undertaking on the portal that they would undergo mandatory quarantine for 14 days i.e. 7 days paid institutional quarantine at their own cost, followed by 7 days of isolation at home with self-monitoring of health.

2. It has been clarified that travellers can apply directly online for home quarantine under which only for compelling reasons/cases of human distress such as pregnancy, death in family, serious illness and parent(s) with children of the age of 10 years or below, home quarantine may be permitted for 14 days. Persons wishing to seek such exemption must apply to the online portal (www.newdelhiairport.in) at least 72 hours before boarding.
3. International travellers can submit the COVID-19 test report on portal and it is compulsory to report district administration about his/her arrival in the district.  The 4. decision taken by the government as communicated on the online portal will be final.

4. Travellers may also seek exemption from institutional quarantine by submitting a negative RTPCR test report on arrival. This test should have been conducted within 96 hrs prior to undertaking the journey. The test report should be uploaded on the portal for consideration.

5. Each passenger must also submit a declaration with respect to authenticity of the report and will be liable for criminal prosecution, if found otherwise. The test report could also be produced upon arrival at the point of entry airport in India.

Process during Boarding and while on Board:

1. Before boarding, Dos and Don'ts shall be provided along with ticket to the travellers by the agencies concerned. All passengers shall be advised to download Arogya Setu app on their mobile devices. At the time of boarding the flight/ ship, only asymptomatic travellers will be allowed to board after thermal screening. Passengers arriving through the land borders will also have to undergo the same protocol as above, and only those who are asymptomatic will be enabled to cross the border into India. Suitable precautionary measures such as environmental sanitation and disinfection shall be ensured at the airports.

2. During boarding and at the airports, all possible measures to ensure social distancing to be ensured. During journey, travellers who had not filled in self-declaration form on the portal shall fill the same in duplicate in the flight/ship and a copy of the same will be given to Health and Immigration officials present at the airport/ seaport/ Iandport. Alternatively, such travellers may submit self-declaration form on the online portal at arriving airport/ seaport/ Iandport as per the directions of the concerned authorities, if such facility is available.

3. Suitable announcement about COVID-19, including precautionary measures to be followed, shall be made at airports/port and in flights/ships and during transit. While on board the flight/ ship, required precautions such as wearing of masks, environmental hygiene, respiratory hygiene, hand hygiene etc. are to be observed by airline/ ship staff, crew and all passengers.

Process on Arrival and de-boarding
1. Social distancing must be ensured.
2. Thermal screening would be carried out in respect of all the passengers by the Health officials present at the airport/ seaport/ Iandport.
3. The self-declaration form filled online shall be shown (or a copy of physical self-declaration form to be submitted) to the airport health staff.
4. The passengers found to be symptomatic during screening shall be immediately isolated and taken to medical facility as per health protocol.
5. Post thermal screening, the passengers who have been exempted from institutional quarantine (decision as indicated on the online portal in advance) will show the same to the respective State Counters on their cell phones/other mode before being allowed home quarantine for 14 days.
6. Remaining passengers will be taken to suitable institutional quarantine facilities and be kept under institutional quarantine for a minimum period of 7 days. They will be tested as per ICMR protocol available at https://www.mohfw.gov.in/pdf/Revisedtestingguidelines.pdf. If they test positive, they shall be assessed clinically. If they are assessed as asymptomatic / pre-symptomatic/ very mild cases, they will be allowed home isolation or isolated in the COVID Care Centre (both public & private facilities) as appropriate. Those having mild/ moderate/ severe symptoms will be admitted to dedicated COVID Health facilities and managed accordingly. If passenger found negative, they shall be advised to further isolate themselves at home and self-monitor their health for 7 days. In case, any symptoms develop they shall inform the district surveillance officer or the state/national call center

For a detailed read, please refer to the appended document.
MandatoryIndividualsNo end date specifiedNo
COVID 19Chandigarh Government implements phased re-opening (Unlock-4) in the Union Territory in sync with MHA Unlock 4.0 Order; extends lockdown in the Containment Zones upto 30th September, 202031-08-2020The Government of Chandigarh has in an Order dated 31st August, 2020 extended lockdown in Containment Zones of the Union Territory till 30th September, 2020 in consonance with the MHA Unlock 4 Order (dated 29th August, 2020).

Key Takeaways:

1. All activities have been permitted in Non-Containment Zones, barring a few activities, dates for which have been specified in some cases or will be decided separately for others, and necessary SOPs issued thereof for ensuring social distancing and to contain the spread of COVID-19;

2. State or Union Territory Governments shall not impose any local lockdown outside Containment Zones at State/ District / sub-division/ City-level, without prior consultation with the Central Government;

3. Metro rail will be allowed to operate with effect from 7th September 2020, in a graded manner by the Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs (MOHUA)/ Ministry of Railways (MOR), in consultation with MHA. In this regard, SOP will be issued by MOHUA;

4. 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. Separate permission/ approval/ permit shall not be required for such movement. However, movement of 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 earlier;

5. Enforcement of lockdown is limited to Containment Zones; with strict perimeter control, intensive contact tracing, house to house surveillance and other clinical interventions required as per guidelines of the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MoHFW). States and Union Territories may identify Buffer Zones outside Containment zones, with restrictions as prescribed by District authorities;

6. Containment Zones to be notified on the websites by respective District Collectors and by the States / Union Territories;

7. Employers to ensure on best effort basis that Aarogya Setu App is installed by all employees having compatible mobile phones;

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

In Containment Zones:

• All non-essential activities continue to be prohibited till 30th September, 2020;

• Movement of people in or out of these zones is prohibited (except for medical emergencies and for maintaining supply of essential goods and services).
Re-opening of activities outside Containment Zones:

All activities have been permitted outside Containment Zones, except the following:

• Schools, colleges, educational and coaching institutions for students and regular class activities till 30th September, 2020. Online/ distance learning shall continue to be permitted and shall be encouraged.

• From 21st September, 2020 onwards, the following will be permitted subject the specific Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) which will be issued by the MoHFW:

a. States/ UTs may permit upto 50% of teaching and non-teaching staff to be called to the schools at a time for online teaching/ tele-counselling and related work, in areas outside the Containment Zones only;

b. Students of classes 9 to 12 may be permitted to visit their schools, in areas outside the Containment Zones only, on voluntary basis, for taking guidance from their teachers. This will be subject to written consent of their parents/ guardians;

c. Skill or Entrepreneurship training will be permitted in National Skill Training Institutes, Industrial Training Institutes (ITIs), Short term training centres registered with National Skill Development Corporation or State Skill Development Missions or other Ministries of Government of India or State Governments. National Institute for Entrepreneurship and Small Business Development (NIESBUD), Indian Institute of Entrepreneurship (IIE) and their training providers will also be permitted;

d. Higher Education Institutions only for research scholars (Ph.D.) and post-graduate students of technical and professional programmes requiring laboratory/ experimental works will be permitted by the Department of Higher Education (DHE) in consultation with MHA, based on the assessment of the situation, and keeping in view incidence of COVID-19 in the States/ UTs.

• International air travel of passengers, except as permitted by MHA;

• Cinema halls, swimming pools, entertainment parks, theatres, and similar places will remain closed. However, open air theatres will be permitted to open with effect from 21st September, 2020;

• Social / political / sports / entertainment / academic / cultural / religious functions and other large congregations with a ceiling of 100 persons, will be permitted with effect from 21st September, 2020, with mandatory wearing of face masks, social distancing, provision for thermal scanning and hand wash or sanitizer.
Till 20th September, 2020, marriages and funeral gatherings must observe the restrictions earlier notified after which the ceiling of 100 persons will apply:
a. gatherings relating to marriage must not have guests exceeding 50 in number.
b. for funeral/ last rites related gatherings the number of persons must not exceed 20.
National Directives under Annexure 1 of Unlock 4 Guidelines:

General:

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; shops to ensure physical distancing among customers;

3. Spitting in public places will be punishable with fine (as may be prescribed by the State/UT local authority in accordance with its laws, rules or regulations);

Additional requirements in all Workplaces:

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

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

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

4. 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;
5. 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.
MandatoryAll30-09-2020No
COVID-19District Magistrate North Goa imposes ban/restrictions on certain activities in the District under Section 144 of the Code of Criminal Procedure, 1973 31-08-2020With a view to contain the spread of COVID-19, the District Magistrate of North Goa has imposed ban / restrictions on certain activities in the District under Section 144 of the Code of Criminal Procedure, 1973, with immediate effect and in supersession of earlier Order No. 8/8/2020-MAG/L&O/(VOL-I)/5466 dated 06th August, 2020.

The ban / restrictions have been imposed on the following –

1. Schools, colleges, educational and coaching institution for students and regular class activity;
2. Swimming pools;
3. Cinema halls, theatres (excluding open air theatres), multiplexes;
4. Open air theatres have been banned till 20th September, 2020;
5. Social / political / sports / entertainment / academic / cultural / religious functions and other large congregations are restricted till 20th September, 2020. Ban on such functions and gatherings with a ceiling of 100 persons will continue after 20th September, 2020;
6. Marriage related gatherings with number of guests not exceeding 50 till 20th September, 2020. In addition to this, ban on such functions having more than 100 persons will continue after 20th September, 2020;
7. Funeral / last rites related gatherings with number of persons not exceeding 20 till 20th September, 2020. Further, ban on such gatherings with a ceiling of 100 persons will continue after 20th September, 2020;
8. Entertainment parks;
9. River Cruises;
10. Casinos.

Note - Any person violating these instructions will be punished under Section 188 of the Indian Penal Code, 1860.

For a detailed read, please refer to the appended Order
Mandatory All No end date specified No
COVID-19District Magistrate South Goa imposes ban/restrictions on certain activities in the District under Section 144 of the Code of Criminal Procedure, 1973 31-08-2020With a view to contain the spread of COVID-19 in the State of Goa, the District Magistrate of South Goa District has imposed restrictions on certain activities in the District under Section 144 of the Code of Criminal Procedure, 1973; with immediate effect and in supersession of earlier Orders.

The ban / restrictions have been imposed on the following –

1. Schools, colleges, educational and coaching institution for students and regular class activity;
2. Swimming pools;
3. Cinema halls, theatres (excluding open air theatres), multiplexes;
4. Open air theatres till 20th September, 2020;
5. Social / political / sports / entertainment / academic / cultural / religious functions and other large congregations have been prohibited till 20th September, 2020. Ban on such functions and gatherings with a ceiling of 100 persons will continue after 20th September, 2020;
6. Marriage related gatherings with number of guests not exceeding 50 till 20th September, 2020. In addition to this, ban on such functions having more than 100 persons will continue after 20th September, 2020;
7. Funeral / last rites related gatherings with number of persons not exceeding 20 will continue till 20th September, 2020. Further, ban on such gatherings with a ceiling of 100 persons will continue after 20th September, 2020;
8. Entertainment parks;
9. River Cruises;
10. Casinos.

Note - Any person violating instructions contained in the Order will be punishable under Section 188 of the Indian Penal Code, 1860.

For a detailed read, please refer to the appended Order
Mandatory All No end date specified No
COVID-19Government of Nagaland issues consolidated guidelines on lockdown measures that will have to be strictly followed w.e.f. 1st September, 2020 till 30th September, 2020; certain activities prohibited in the State 31-08-2020In continuation of the  Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) Unlock 4 Order dated 29th August, 2020, the State Executive Committee, Nagaland after assessing the existing conditions in the State has issued new consolidated guidelines on lockdown measures on 31st August, 2020 which will be in effect from 1st September, 2020 till 30th September, 2020.

The new consolidated guidelines are as follows -
1. Offices/workplaces/industries
a. All categories of industries will be permitted to operate subject to social distancing norms;
b. Private Banks, ATMs, Pharmacies, Medical Clinics, Nursing Homes, Private Telecom Services, Internet Service Providers, Media Houses, LPG, Petroleum outlets will continue to function as per the existing arrangements. All other kind of private offices/establishments are permitted to open/function with social distancing norms;
c. District Administration, Police, Security Forces/Agencies and Medical and essential Service Providers like Treasury, Fire & Emergency Services. Home Guards & Civil Defence, Prisons, PHED, Power, NIC, DIPR, Postal Services, Food & Civil Supplies, Social Welfare, IT&C, Veterinary & Animal Husbandry, Municipalities/Councils. AIR, Doordarshan, BSNL, Public Sector Banks , ATMs will continue to operate as per the current arrangements;
d. The Civil Secretariat and Directorates in Kohima and Dimapur and all the Government offices in the Districts will continue to function and 50% staff will be allowed to attend office every alternate week;
e. All the Guidelines for Safe Practices in High Risk Settings to prevent transmission of COVID-19, for Offices and Workplaces including Banks and Post Offices will have to be strictly followed.

2. Use of Aarogya Setu App
a. With a view to ensure safety in offices and workplaces, employers will have to ensure that the employees have Aarogya Setu App installed in their mobile phones;
b. District Authorities may also advise individuals to install the Aarogya Setu app 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.

3. The following activities will continue to be prohibited across the State upto 30th September, 2020 -
a. Schools, colleges, educational and coaching institutions for students, and for regular class activity. However, online/distance learning will be permitted and encouraged, upto 50% teaching staff may be permitted to be called to schools in areas outside containment zones w.e.f. 21st September, 2020. In addition to this, students of classes 9 to 12 may be permitted to visit their schools in areas outside containment zones on voluntary basis (with written permission of parents) w.e.f. 21st September, 2020;
b. Social/academic/sports/entertainment/cultural/religious/political functions and other congregations. However, from 21st September, 2020 such functions and congregations will be permitted with a ceiling of 100 persons with mandatory wearing of masks, social distancing, provision for thermal scanning and hand wash or sanitizer. Further, marriage 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 up to 20th September, 2020, after which the ceiling of 100 persons will apply;
c. International air travel of passengers except as permitted by MHA;
d. Cinema halls, swimming pools, entertainment parks. theatres, auditoriums and similar places. However, open air theatres will be permitted to open with effect from 21st September, 2020;
e. All the public places in the State like parks, museums. libraries, re-creation centres, etc.;
f. Use of public toilets.

4. Entry and Exit points/routes
a. Any inbound traveller/returnee will be permitted to enter the State subject to the normal Inner Line Permit (ILP) restrictions, wherever applicable and the health safety protocols; through Dimapur by Train, Air or by Road through the New Field Check Gate and the Dillai Gate; and by road through Khuzarna, Kohima district, Tsutapela and Watiyongpang, Mokokchung district, Naginimora and Tizit, Mon district and Bhandari, Wokha district. However, entry into the State through any other route. or by any other mode of travel will not be allowed, except under special circumstances with the approval of the Home Department;
b. Movement of goods vehicles entering or transiting through the State will be allowed through the above mentioned points of entry, after proper medical screening of the drivers and attendants of those vehicles. All other roads/routes will remain closed;
c. The International Border of the State with Myanmar will continue to remain sealed as before.

5. Movement of persons and vehicles in the State
a. There will be no restriction on the intra and inter district movement of people across the State;
b. The intra and inter district movement of private and passenger vehicles of every category is permitted across the State with following certain conditions for ensuring social distancing in different types of vehicles. All passengers will have to wear masks and will have to follow SOPs issued by the Government;
c. The fares to be charged by all categories of passenger vehicles will be at the rate as prescribed by the RTAs/DTAs which may consider revising/re-fixing within reasonable limits, keeping in view the restrictions on the number of passengers that any vehicle may carry as well as other requirements that will have to be adhered to by the vehicles.

6. Shops/Markets/Other activities
a. Shops and outlets of all categories and Departmental Stores will be allowed to open as per normal hours;
b. Shops and hawker stalls of all categories located in marketing complexes and crowded areas like Hongkong Market, New Market in Dimapur Town, BOC Market in Kohima etc. are allowed to open and operate with the condition that only 50% shops will open, also shops will open alternately/or in turns on any particular day with other necessary measures in place in the markets to ensure that crowding is avoided, and all the social distancing norms and health safety protocols are strictly followed;
c. All the Guidelines for Safe Practices in High Risk Settings for Shops/Commercial establishments including Takeaway Outlets will be strictly followed;
d. Malls will be permitted to open and operate as per normal hours subject to certain conditions/provisions;
e. Restaurants are allowed to open and operate subject to certain conditions/provisions;
f. Hotels/Lodges are permitted to open and operate subject to adherence to conditions/provisions;
g. The Gymnasiums are permitted to open and operate subject to adherence to conditions/provisions;
h. Barber shops, salons and beauty parlours are permitted to open and function subject to adherence to conditions/provisions;
i. Sports complexes and stadia are allowed to open without the presence of spectators;
j. All agriculture and allied activities, forest activities, plantation activities and animal husbandry activities will continue to be permitted with social distancing measures;
k. All construction activities, including roads, irrigation projects, buildings and all kinds of industrial projects will continue to be permitted with social distancing measures;
l. Religious places/ places of worship in the State will continue to be open to public subject to adherence to conditions/ provisions;
m. All other activities not explicitly barred or prohibited in this order or any other order issued by the Government will continue to be permitted subject to social distancing norms.

7. 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.

8. 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.

9. Containment Zones
a. Lockdown shall remain in force in the Containment Zones till 30th September, 2020;
b. Containment Zones will be demarcated by the District authorities at micro level after taking into consideration the guidelines of Directorate of Health & Family Welfare, Government of Nagaland. Strict containment measures will be enforced in these containment zones and only essential activities will be 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;
c. Containment Zones will be notified on the websites by the respective Deputy Commissioner and information will be shared with Department of Health & Family Welfare, Government of Nagaland and MoHFW, Government of India.

10. All the activities mentioned in this Order will be subject to strict adherence to the National Directives for COVID-19 Management which inter-alia require, compulsory wearing of face mask in all public places, in work places, and during transport and maintenance of social distancing.

11. Any person violating these lockdown measures and the National Directives for COV1D-19 Management will be liable to be proceeded against as per the provisions of Section 51 to 60 of the Disaster Management Act. 2005, besides legal action under Sec. 188 of the IPC, and other legal provisions as applicable.

For a detailed read, please refer to the appended Order. 
Mandatory All 30-09-2020No
COVID-19Department of Revenue and Forest, Disaster Management, Relief and Rehabilitation, Government of Maharashtra issues guidelines on Easing of Restrictions and Phase-wise opening of lockdown (Mission Begin Again)31-08-2020The Department of Revenue and Forest, Disaster Management, Relief and Rehabilitation, Government of Maharashtra has issued guidelines on Easing of Restrictions and Phase-wise opening of lockdown (Mission Begin Again). The Guidelines will remain in effect till 30th September 2020.

The Government of Maharashtra is convinced that the state is threatened with the spread of COVID-19 and it is necessary to adopt emergency measures to prevent and contain the spread of COVID-19. To give effect to this objective, the Government has issued the directions to extend lockdown, with amendments to operationalize Mission Begin Again for easing restrictions and phase-wise opening till 30th September 2020.

Key Highlights:

Some of the directions brought about into effect by the guidelines are listed below:

(a) Wearing of face cover is compulsory in public places, in workplaces and during transport.

(b) Individuals must maintain a minimum distance of 6 feet (2 Gaz Ki doori) in public places.

(c) Large public gatherings and congregations continue to remain prohibited. At marriage related gatherings. It must be ensured that number of guests not to exceed 50.

(d) Consumption of liquor, Paan, gutka, tobacco, etc in public places is prohibited.

(e) As far as possible, the practice of work from home should be followed. Staggering of work/ business hours should be followed in offices, workplaces, shops, markets and industrial and commercial establishments.

(f) Provision for thermal screening, hand wash and sanitizer should be made available at all entry and exit points and common areas.

(g) Frequent sanitization of entire workplace, common facilities and all points which come into human contact for example door handles etc. should be ensured, including between shifts.

(h) Activities that remain prohibited in the states are:

I. Schools, colleges, educational and coaching institutions will remain closed till 30th September 2020. Online and distance learning will continue to be permitted and encouraged.

II. Cinema halls, swimming pools, entertainment parks, theatres (including that in malls and market complexes), bars, auditoriums, assembly halls and similar places.

III. International Air travel of passengers, except as permitted by Ministry of Home Affairs.

IV. Metro Rail.

V. Social/ political/ sports/ entertainment/ academic/ cultural/ religious functions and other large congregations.

(i) All essential shops that were allowed to remain open bore this Guideline was issued, will continue to do so.

For a detailed read, please refer to the appended order.
MandatoryAll30-09-2020NO
COVID-19Office of the Special Relief Commissioner, Government of Odisha issues guidelines to re-open more activities in the areas outside of containment zones; extends lockdown in the containment zones up to 30th September 202031-08-2020The Office of the Special Relief Commissioner, Government of Odisha (“Government”) has issued guidelines to re-open more activities in the areas outside of containment zones and to extend the lockdown in the containment zones up to 30th September 2020.

Key Highlights:

Some of the important aspects of the guidelines are as follows:

(a) Lockdown has been enforced within the Containment Zones till 30th September 2020.

(b) 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. There will be intensive contact tracing, house-to-house surveillance, and other clinical interventions as required by Guidelines of Ministry of Health and Family Welfare / Health & Family Welfare Department, Government of Odisha.

(c) The Guidelines prohibit the Authorities from imposing lockdown outside of the containment zones at District, Sub­division, City or below level.

(d) The following activities will continue to e prohibited till 30th September 2020:

I. Religious places/ places of worship for public.
II. International air travel of passengers, except as permitted by Ministry of Home Affairs.
III. Cinema halls, swimming pools, entertainment complexes, theatres, auditoriums, assembly halls and similar places. However, open air theatres and similar places will be permitted to open with effect from 21st September 2020.
IV. Social, political, sports, entertainment, academic, cultural, religious functions and other large congregations.

(e) All offices of State and Central Government and in Private Sector must ensure adherence to the SOP on preventive measures to contain spread of COVID-19 in offices issued by Department of Health & Family Welfare, Government of Odisha dated 30th June 2020.

(f) Wearing of face cover/ mask properly has been made compulsory in public places; in workplaces; and in public transport.

(g) Individuals are required to maintain a minimum distance of 6 feet in public places.

(h) Shops and Commercial Establishments are required to ensure physical distancing and use of face cover/ mask by employees and customers. The onus of compliance to the guideline falls with the owner of the shop/ commercial establishment. He will be liable for any violation which might lead to penal action including closure/ sealing of the premises.

For a detailed read, please refer to the appended order.
MandatoryAll30-09-2020NO
COVID-19With the increase of COVID cases Punjab CM announces continuation of all existing restrictions in urban areas during unlock 4.0 till end of September
31-08-2020The Chief Minister of Punjab has announced the continuation of all existing restrictions in the urban areas during Unlock 4 till the end of September. As the Covid cases spiral Section 144 CrPC will continue to remain in force along with the weekend and night curfew (7pm to 5am) in all cities of the State. Districts Authorities must however facilitate movement of students and others connected with examinations.

Details of the restrictions-

1.  Section 144 of the CrPC banning all social, political, religious gatherings, protests and demonstrations will continue to remain in force throughout the State, while gatherings relating to marriage and funerals shall be allowed only for 30 persons and 20 persons respectively.

2. There will be total curfew on Saturdays and Sundays in the municipal states, while movement of individuals for all non-essential activities shall remain prohibited between 7:00 pm to 5:00 am within municipal limits of all the cities of Punjab throughout the week, as per the orders of the Chief Minister.

 3. Movement of students and others in connection with all kinds of examinations, admission/entrance tests conducted by Universities, Boards, Public Service Commissions and other institutions has been excluded from the restrictions.
4. Religious places have also been allowed to stay open on all days up to 6.30 p.m., as have been restaurants (including those in malls) and liquor vends.  The restrictions on day/time do not apply to hotels.

5. Essential activities and services, movement of persons and goods on National and State Highways, inter-state & intra state movement of persons and unloading of cargo and travel of persons to their destinations after disembarking from buses, trains and aeroplanes will be permitted during the restrictive conditions. These essential services include those related to health, agricultural and related activities, dairying and fishery  activities, banks, ATMs, stock markets, insurance companies, on-line teaching, public utilities, public transport, industry in multiple-shifts, construction industry, offices both private and government  etc.

6. Shops/malls, except those dealing in essential commodities, will be allowed to remain open till 6.30 p.m. from Monday to Friday but will be closed in all cities on Saturday and Sunday. Shops dealing in essentials will be open even on the weekend, till 6.30 p.m.

7.  The existing restriction on passengers in vehicles will continue to remain in force, with only 3 persons including driver to be allowed in a 4-wheeler vehicle, and all buses and public transport vehicles to allow sitting for only half (50%) capacity with no person standing.

8. Government and private offices must operate with 50% staff strength till the end of the month i.e. not more than 50% of employees would be permitted on a particular day.

9. Relaxation with respect to opening of shops in the five worst affected cities of Amritsar, Jalandhar, Patiala, Mohali & Ludhiana have been implemented by removing the condition of only 50% of the non-essential shops being open on a given day in these cities.

Police must ensure strict action against the organisers and main participants in case of any violation of orders u/S 144 of Cr.P.C.
MandatoryAll30-09-2020no
COVID 19Chandigarh Govt. withdraws earlier Order dated 01.07.2020 wherein movement of individuals for all non-essential activities was restricted between 10:00 pm to 5:00 am31-08-2020Chandigarh Government has withdrawn earlier Prohibitory Order dated 1st July, 2020 (please refer to the trail mail for a detailed summary) which prescribed restriction on movement of individuals for all non-essential activities between 10:00 pm to 5:00 am.
Background:
The above-mentioned Prohibitory Order has been withdrawn in light of the MHA Unlock 4 Order (dated 29th August, 2020) wherein the Ministry of Home Affairs has specifically prohibited State and Union Territories from:
a. implementing lockdown (State / District / Sub-division / City Level) outside Containment Zones, without prior consultation with the Central Government;
b. Restricting inter-State and intra-State movement of persons and goods.
Furthermore, in consonance with the MHA Unlock 4.0 Order, the Chandigarh Government has decided to re-open more activities in areas outside Containment Zones while extending lockdown in the Containment Zones of the Union Territory till 30th September, 2020.
MandatoryAll30-09-2020No
COVID-19Office of Director General of Civil Aviation suspends scheduled international commercial passenger services to/from India till 2359 hrs of 30th September, 202031-08-2020The Office of the Director General of Civil Aviation (“Office”) has extended the suspension on scheduled international commercial passenger services to/from India till 2359 hrs of 30th September, 2020.
 
The Office has clarified that this restriction will not be applicable to international all-cargo operations and flights specifically approved by DGCA.

The Office has also informed that international scheduled flights will be allowed on selected routes by the competent authority on case to case basis.

Please refer to the appended document for further details.

Source: Office of the Director General of Civil Aviation
MandatoryAirlines30-09-2020No
COVID-19Tamil Nadu Government rolls out Comprehensive Guidelines for COVID-19 including testing guidelines for passengers travelling to the State, demarcates containment zones etc.; effective 01.09.202031-08-2020The Health and Family Welfare Department, Tamil Nadu (“Department”) has, in an Order dated 31st August, 2020 issued the Comprehensive Guidelines for COVID-19 in the State that consolidates previous guidelines on testing and quarantine and exemption of passengers travelling from other Districts/States/Countries to Tamil Nadu.
The Comprehensive Guidelines will be effective from 1st September, 2020.
Areas covered by the Comprehensive Guidelines –
1. Testing Strategies Guidelines to be implemented for –
a. Persons coming from other States/Union Territory by air, railway or road
b. Persons coming from other countries by air or ship
2. Guidelines for home isolation of individuals with very mild / mild / pre-symptomatic COVID positive case
3. Strategies for demarcation of Containment Zones for the prevention and control of corona virus
4. Guidelines for categorisation of patients as mild cases / mild-moderate cases / severe cases & high risk cases
5. Discharge Policy for Covid-19 patients (diagram in attachment)
Containment Zone –
1. Containment zone is formed for areas where cluster of cases or cluster of cases emerge and cluster is defined as area where more than 3 and above index cases are reported or 3 families and more families are affected by COVID-19.
i. If there are more than 3 / Index case or 3 households affected
a)in case of village, entire village (affected habitation) is demarcated as containment zone
b)In Corporation and Municipality affected street or part of the street is demarcated as containment zone depending in ground situation
c)In the case of multi storey building the entire affected multi storey building or its part.
ii. In case of slums where it is highly crowded, wherein maintaining social distance is a challenge, families of positive cases shall be put in institutional quarantine
2. In cases of up to 3 index cases or only up to three households having positive cases such of those affected households and their neighbours will be put in home quarantine.
3. The containment operations will be over in 14 days, if no active cases appear in the containment zone during the period from the date of last confirmation of positive case.
MandatoryAllNo end date specifiedNo
COVID 19West Bengal Govt. issues guidelines to implement lockdown in Containment Zones till 30.09.2020; metro rail permitted to operate from 08.09.2020; State-wide complete lockdown to be observed on 7th, 11th and 12th September31-08-2020In light of the situation caused due to COVID-19, the West Bengal Government has extended lockdown in the Containment Zones of the State till 30th September, 2020.

Key Highlights:

Earlier lockdown guidelines were effective till 31st August, 2020. With the present Order, lockdown is being extended with certain restrictions and relaxations.

Additional Activities Permitted:

1. Open air theatres may operate with effect from 21st September, 2020 with necessary permission from local authorities.

2. Metro Rail permitted to operate in a graded manner with effect from 08th September, 2020.
Prohibited Activities:

The following activities remain prohibited throughout the State till 30th September, 2020:

1. Schools, ICDS centers, colleges, educational / training / coaching institutions etc.

2. Cinema halls, swimming pools, entertainment parks and theatres.

3. Gatherings and congregations as mentioned in State Government order No. 285-CS/2020 dated 30/07/2020.
Complete Lockdown on 7th, 11th and 12th September:

The State Government has re-iterated that complete lockdown will be implemented on 7th, 11th and 12th September. On these dates, all government and private offices; commercial establishments; public and private transport including passenger train and passenger flight movements will remain completely closed.

The following will be exempt from complete lockdown:

a. E-Commerce, capital and debt market services as notified by RBI.

b. Print, electronic media and social media;

c. Intra-State, inter-State and cross border movement of goods;

d. Continuous process industries and industries with in-house workers;

e. Health services including movement of health personnel/ patients by public and private transport;

f. Medicine shops and pharmacies;

g. Law and order, courts, correctional services, fire and emergency services;

h. Electricity, water and conservancy services;

i. Agriculture operations; Tea Garden operations in field.

j. Home delivery of cooked food.

2. Containment Zones will be demarcated by district authorities with strict perimeter control and strict enforcement of containment measures as per the standard protocol. District Magistrates on assessment of local situation may enforce stricter containment measures in their districts.

3. Norms of physical distancing, wearing of masks, health and hygiene protocol must be strictly adhered to at all times.

For a detailed read, please refer to the appended Order.
MandatoryAll30-09-2020NO
Arunachal PradeshArunachal Pradesh Government issues protocol and guidelines for the State in view of COVID-19 pandemic; prices for COVID-19 testing fixed by the State Government31-08-2020The Department of Health and Family Welfare, Arunachal Pradesh in supersession of all previous notifications for the management of COVID-19 management in the State and in terms with Government of India guidelines for Unlock 4.0 has issued protocol and guidelines for the State of Arunachal Pradesh on 31st August, 2020.

These guidelines have come in effect since 1st September, 2020 till 31st September, 2020.
1. Protocol for Inter-State travellers:

a. All Inter-State travellers will be tested for COVID-19 by Rapid Antigen Test (RAT) at Point of Entry (PoE)/Helipad of the State;

b. The timing for the RAT tests at PoE will be strictly from 8 am to 8 pm;

c. If Asymptomatic and Negative by RAT on arrival, travellers may report to work or perform their activities in the State following all COVID-19 precautions such as wearing of masks, social distancing etc. However, they will self-monitor their health for 14 days from the date of their arrival for any symptoms of COVID-19 like fever, cough, cold, throat pain, difficulty in breathing, etc and immediately seek medical consultation without fail or call the District Help line (Displayed prominently at all PoE). Any violations of these instructions will lead to penal action by the concerned Circle Officer;

d. If Asymptomatic and Positive by RAT on arrival, travellers will have the option for Home Isolation at their destination District, if they fulfil the criteria for home isolation (Annexure-IIIA). If facility for home isolation is not as per the requirements they will be shifted to the concerned Destination District Covid Care Center (CCC);

e. If Symptomatic i.e. having mild symptoms suggestive of COVID-19 and Negative by RAT on arrival, they should self-isolate at home and call the District helpline within 24 hours, whereby they will be directed to the nearest testing center for collection of nasopharyngeal samples for RT-PCR / TrueNat;

f. If Symptomatic (moderate / severe) and Negative by RAT on arrival, they will be shifted to suspect case section of DCHC / DCH of the Point of Entry District for RT¬PCR/True Nat testing. If negative on RT-PCR / TrueNat, he/she may be shifted to non Covid health facility for management of symptoms. If Positive on RT-PCR / True Nat, he / she will be shifted to confirmed case section of DCHC / DCH and discharged as per discharge policy;

g. If found Symptomatic and Positive by RAT on arrival, they will be shifted to COVID Care Center, COVID Health Center or COVID Hospital, depending on the severity of their symptoms;

h. CPMF / Armed Forces will follow their own Standard Operating Protocol for COVID-19 Management.

2. Charges for COVID-19 testing:

a. RAT Test - Rs. 500 per test for non - APST and Rs. 250 per test for APST, Central & State Government Employees;

b. RT-PCR / TrueNat – Rs. 2000 per test for APST,Central & State Government Employees and Rs. 2400 for non - APST;

c. BPL Card Holders of State (with BPL Cards), Truckers/attendants carrying food items, Elders above 60 & Children below 10 and Government servant on official duties will be exempted from charges of testing;

d. Rates for testing should be clearly and prominently displayed at the testing centers at PoE / Health facilities etc.;

e. Tests will be free of cost for containment and contact tracing activities and Sero Surveillance;

f. For each test conducted, the test report will be countersigned by the Medical Officer and then be given to the individual.

3. Protocol for inter-State / inter-District travel:

a. No authority including District Administration will restrict movement or impose any quarantine or testing requirement for inter district travellers, goods, services, etc.;

b. Inter - District movement of persons and goods through neighbouring States will carry a facilitation pass valid for 24 hours from concerned District Administration at Point of Exit (Check gate). Such Persons will not undergo any Testing at the Origin District and there will be no requirement of quarantine in such cases;

c. Those individuals carrying facilitation pass need not be tested at PoE of the destination district;

d. For inter District movement no testing and quarantine will not be required at destination districts;

e. District Administration is not authorized to impose any restriction of activities outside of Containment Zones for COVID Management;

f. Travelers will self-monitor their health and follow all due precautions including wearing masks, hand hygiene, etc.;

g. If a person is symptomatic, he/she should immediately self-isolate and call the District helpline number or visit the nearest Testing Center.

4. General Instructions:

a. District Administration to ensure strict implementation of wearing of masks / face coverings in Public places like government offices, market, shops etc., Public transport, Workplaces accessible to public including Govt. / private offices, Industries. commercial establishments, building/work sites etc;

b. Penalty for violators for not wearing mask is Rs 500, however children less than 5 years old are exempted from this fine;

c. Penalty of spitting is Rs 200 in public areas, Govt / Pvt offices, Hospitals etc. and it will be enforced by respective Institutes;

d. No other charges will be collected by the District Administration apart from charges mentioned in this Order;

e. Truckers carrying Food items will be allowed 24X7 Entry at the Check Gate;

f. People who are going to Assam & Returning to Arunachal within 8 hours' time period will not be tested at the Point of Entry;

g. Social/Academic/sport/entertainment/cultural/Religious/political Functions and other congregations will be regulated as per MHA Order dated 29th August, 2020.

5. SOP for truckers:

a. Truckers coming into the State and leaving the State within 8 hours need not be tested for SARS CoV-2 Virus;

b. There will be no restrictions for movement of goods at the PoE for truckers carrying essential items;

c. Any truckers/attendants tested positive at destination district will be managed in CCCs of that district;

d. All truckers/attendants carrying goods should have their own necessary arrangements to cook their food and halt for the night away from public areas on their way to the destination district to avoid mixing with residents;

e. They should mandatorily wear masks and follow other precautionary measures of new normal and leave the State immediately after unloading their goods.

6. Revised Discharge Policy has also been provided under the Order along with guidelines that need to be followed for Home Isolation for Asymptomatic Covid-19 Positive case.

For a detailed read, please refer to the appended Order.
Mandatory All30-09-2020No
JharkhandJharkhand State Pollution Control Board extends validity of Consent to Operate (CTO) for industrial units till 30th September, 2020; validity of CTO expiring on certain dates extended31-08-2020Jharkhand State Pollution Control Board by an Office Order dated 31st August, 2020 has extended the validity of Consent to Operate (CTO) for industrial units till 30th September, 2020 with compliance to the conditions earlier mentioned.

Industrial Establishments whose CTO validity was 31.03.2020, 30.04.2020, 31.05.2020, 30.06.2020, 31.07.2020 and 31.08.2020 has been extended till 30th September, 2020. This is being done as due to COVID-19 pandemic it is not possible to inspect the site in light of the applications received from the units. Also, pollution testing of such units is not possible during this pandemic.

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 Industrial Units 30-09-2020No
Jammu and KashmirJammu and Kashmir notifies guidelines for regulating activities in the Union Territory in sync with MHA Unlock 4.0 Order; activities permitted earlier to continue in areas outside Containment Zones31-08-2020The Government of Jammu and Kashmir has issued new guidelines for regulating activities in the Union Territory("UT") as part of Unlock 4.0, from 1st September 2020 till 30" September, 2020, in line with the Ministry of Home Affairs Order dated 29th August, 2020.

No fresh permissions shall be required for activities permitted under earlier Orders. 
1. Non-Permissible activities in entire UT of J&K:
i. All schools, colleges, educational and coaching institutions (including Anganwadi centres), etc.,  except training institutions run by the Central/State government. However, the following will be permitted:
a) Online/distance learning shall be permitted.
b) 50 % of teaching and non-teaching staff shall be permitted to be called to Schools for online teaching/ tele counselling and related work, in areas outside containment zones only, w.e.f. 21st September, 2020.
c) Students of classes 9 to 12 are permitted to visit their schools, in areas outside the Containment Zones only, on voluntary basis, for taking guidance from their teachers w.e.f 21st September, 2020. This shall, however, be permitted subject to written consent of their parents/ guardians, as per the SOP to be issued in this regard by the MoHFW subsequently.
d) Skill or Entrepreneurship training will be permitted in National Skill Training Institutes, ITls or other training centres registered with the National Skill Development Mission or JK Skill Mission. National Institute for Entrepreneurship and (NIESBUD), Indian Institute of Entrepreneurship (IIE) and their training providers will also be permitted. These will be permitted w.e.f 21.09.2020 as per the SOP to be issued in this regard by the MoHFW, Govt. of lndia subsequently.
e) Higher Education Institutions will be permitted only for research scholars (Ph.D.) and PG students of technical and professional programmes requiring lab/ experimental Works, only after notification of date by Department of Higher Education, upon clearance of MHA, Govt of India.
ii. All cinema halls, swimming pools, entertainment parks, Spas, theatres, bars, auditoriums, assembly halls and similar places. However, Open air theatres will be permitted to open w.e.f 21st September, 2020.
iii.  Social /  political / sports/ entertainment academic/ cultural / religious functions and other gatherings and congregations with a ceiling of 100 persons will be permitted w.e.f. 21st September, 2020 subject to norms of social distancing and other precautions such as mandatory wearing of face masks, provision for thermal scanning and hand wash/ sanitizer.
iv. Religious places/ places of worship shall continue to be open for public, subject to the SOP already issued in this regard. Religious processions and large religious gatherings shall, however, continue to remain strictly prohibited.
v. The movement of individuals is not permitted for all non-essential activities between 10 pm to 5 am. District Magistrates to issue specific prohibitory orders in this regard under Section 144 of the Code of Criminal Procedure, 1973 (“CrPC”).
vi. Persons above 65 years of age, persons with co-morbidities, pregnant women, and children below the age of 10 years, shall stay at home, except for meeting essential requirements or for health purposes.
vii. No Deputy Commissioner or any subordinate Magistrate shall impose any local lockdown, outside notified Containment Zones, without prior consultation with the State Executive Committee, which shall if required convey its decision only after consulting the MHA, Govt. of India.

2. All activities permitted under earlier Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) guidelines/ instructions will continue to be permitted in the UT except in the areas identified as the "Containment Zones".

3. Protocol to be followed for all Returnees/ Travelers coming into Jammu & Kashmir:
i. There shall be no restrictions on entry of passengers, returnees or travellers coming to Jammu & Kashmir, whether by road, rail or air. However, they will have to compulsorily undergo a COVID-19 antigen Test through any of the prescribed methods as per the protocol of the Government of J&K following which air / rail travellers will undergo 14 day Home Quarantine if they have a valid contactable phone number with the Aarogya Setu App downloaded on it. Road travellers shall however be under a 14 day administrative / institutional quarantine till the test results are reported negative, in which case they go for Home Quarantine. The protocol for management COVID positive persons will be followed for all positive cases.
ii. Any movement of persons from or to Containment/ Red Zone District will require permission from the District Magistrate concerned, if such movement involves Intra- or Inter-district movement, or from Divisional Commissioner concerned, if such movement involves Interprovince or Inter-UTI State movement and all such movements will be subject to health regulations/ protocols in force.

4. Some activities permitted in the entire UT of Jammu & Kashmir, with PERMISSIONS needed only in such areas where indicated against an activity
i. Normal functioning of clinics, private hospitals and nursing homes (including OPD services);
ii. All E-commerce and Courier services;

iii. All restaurants, including in hotels, can operate for home delivery, take away and dining-in with up to 50 % capacity, subject to the SOP of Ministry of Health & Family Welfare, Government of India, dated 4 June, 2020;

iv. Banks and Financial services;

v. Self-employed service providers such as Plumbers, technicians, electricians etc.
vi. Taxi and Cab aggregators are permitted to ply with one driver and two passengers only within the district. Maxi-cabs operate with a maximum or 4 passengers
vii. Intra-district movement of individuals in vehicles is allowed, With a maximum of 2 passengers, besides the driver, in four wheeler vehicles, and with no pillion rider in case of two wheelers.
viii. Intra-district public_ passenger transport vehicles, running on routes (buses, mini-buses and maxi-cabs) can operate, by any operator, with upto 2/3 seating capacity for buses and upto 50% seating capacity for minibuses/maxi-cabs on routes to be notified by the Transport Department.

5. Measures to be taken on occurrence of POSITIVE CASES) in Offices, Hotels, Restaurants and Shopping Malls:
When one or few worker/employee(s) who is/are found to be suffering from symptoms suggestive of COVID-19
i. a. Place the ill person in home isolation;
b. Immediately inform the Chief Medical Officer and SHO of concerned Police Station
c. A risk assessment will be undertaken by the concerned district authorities and accordingly, further action shall be taken regarding management of the case, his/her contacts and need for disinfection.
d. Necessary actions for contact tracing, disinfection of work place etc. will start if the report of the patient is received as positive. The report will be expedited for this purpose.
ii. If there are a large numbers of contacts from a presymptomatic/asymptomatic case, there could be a possibility of a cluster emerging in the workplace / institutional setting. Due to the close environment in such settings, this could even be a large cluster (>15 cases). The essential principles of risk assessment, isolation, and quarantine of contacts, case referral and management will remain the same. However, the scale of arrangements will be higher.
iii. The high risk exposure contacts of a positive case shall be quarantined for 14 days.

Closure of workplace:
i. If there is just one case reported, the disinfection procedure will be limited to places/areas visited by the patient in the past 48 hours. There is no need to close the entire office building/halt work in other areas of the office and work can be resumed after disinfection as per laid down protocol.
ii. However, if there is a larger outbreak with 2 or more positives, the entire building will have to be closed for 48 hours for thorough disinfection. All the staff will work from home, till the building is adequately disinfected and is declared fit for re-occupation

6. Industrial and Service activities:
i. Industrial activities can resume at all industrial estates. These activities can resume with 100% work force in Green, Orange and Red districts in industrial estates
ii. Industrial activities can resume in all rural areas outside municipal limits, with 100% of work force.
iii. In Urban areas in Red and Orange Districts, for Industries within Municipal Limits, industrial activities can resume with the permission as laid down in Attachment A and with 75 % workforce
iv. All workshops, service centres and home workshops can operate with not more than 5 persons working on site/ inside premises.
v. All Industries will have to comply with the health, safety and other instructions in Attachment A.

7. Construction Activities:
i. Construction activities in construction projects in municipal limits, the labour/construction workers shall have to stay at the construction site (inside). The concerned contractor in coordination with the Executive Engineer shall make Sufficient arrangement for their stay, providing of masks/sanitation to the labourers and keep the social distance norms in place while carrying on the construction works.
ii. In construction projects in rural areas, the labour has to stay in the areas adjoining the construction site. There shall be no huge scale daily movement of labourers/long distances. The contractor in consultation with engineering staff shall make arrangement for their stay, providing of masks/ sanitation to the labourers and keep the social distance norms in place while carrying the construction works.

8. For Private Projects:
i. Private construction activities shall be allowed in all Green and Orange districts, without any need for permission. The labour in all projects in Urban Municipal limits have to be kept in-situ only. Health precautions and instructions as mentioned at para 40-44 below will be strictly required to be followed. In Red Districts, District Magistrates will assess the ground situation and issue permissions as necessary both for construction and any related movement.
ii. Construction activities for government projects will be regulated as per the SOP laid down in Attachment B.

For a detailed read, please refer to the appended Order or the hyperlink provided below.
MandatoryAll30-09-2020No
CentralSEBI grants temporary relaxation in processing of documents pertaining to Foreign Portfolio Investors due to COVID-19.31-08-2020The Securities and Exchange Board of India (“SEBI”), in a Circular dated 31st August, 2020 has granted temporary relaxation in processing of documents pertaining to Foreign Portfolio Investors due to COVID-19.

SEBI has informed that for the entities from jurisdictions which are still under lockdown, the temporary relaxations will be extended till the time lockdown is lifted from such jurisdictions.

However, in-transit applications will be processed on the basis of the previous SEBI Circular dated March 30, 2020.

Further, entities from jurisdictions where lockdown has already been lifted, the relaxation provided under the circular dated March 30, 2020 will not be applicable.

All other terms and conditions specified in the aforesaid circular dated March 30, 2020 will remain unchanged

Background-

In a previous circular dated March 30, 2020 (Circular No. SEBI/HO/FPI&C/CIR/P/2020/056) SEBI had prescribed temporary relaxation in processing of documents pertaining to FPIs due to COVID-19. Further, through another circular dated 23rd June, 2020 (Circular No. SEBI/HO/FPI&C/CIR/P/2020/104) the said relaxations were extended upto 31st August, 2020.

Now, in view of the representations received by SEBI, the present relaxation is being granted.
Mandatory1. All Foreign Portfolio Investors ("FPIs") through their Designated Depository
Participants ("DDPs")/ Custodian of Securities.
2. Designated Depository Participants ("DDPs")/ Custodians.
3. All Recognized Stock Exchanges/ Clearing Corporations
4. All recognized Stock Exchanges and Clearing Corporations in International
Financial Services Centres
5. The Depositories (NSDL and CDSL)
6. Stock Brokers through Recognized Stock Exchanges
7. Depository Participants through Depositories
8. KYC Registrations Agencies (KRAs)
No end date specifiedNo
CentralSEBI informs that CRAs will not consider restructuring by the lenders/ investors, solely due to COVID-19 related stress, as default till 31.12.2020.31-08-2020The Securities and Exchange Board of India ("SEBI"), in a circular dated 31st August, 2020, has informed that in case the restructuring by the lenders/ investors is solely due to COVID-19 related stress or as per the resolution framework for COVID-19 related stress as issued by the Reserve Bank of India, Credit Rating Agencies will not consider the same as a default event and/or recognize the same as default.

SEBI has allowed the above relaxation till 31st December, 2020.

Please refer to the appended documents for further details.

Source: Securities and Exchange Board of India
MandatoryAll31-12-2020No
OdishaOdisha Govt. amends Odisha COVID-19 Regulations, 2020; prescribes penalty upto Rs. 1 lakh on owners of shops and commercial establishments for contravening direction on maintaining social distance31-08-2020The Odisha Government has issued the Odisha COVID-19 (Fourth Amendment) Regulations, 2020 (“Amendment”) to further amend the Odisha COVID-19 Regulations, 2020. The Amendment has gained effect immediately.
Key Highlights-

1. The Amendment introduces new provisions w.r.t the following-
a. Bar on Congregation:
• Congregations by general public beyond 10 persons at a place at any point of time, whether within closed premises or outdoor, is prohibited for containing the spread of the disease.
[Note- However, in the exigencies of public service, the District Magistrate or as the case may be the Municipal Commissioner may, by order in writing, allow congregation of people beyond 10 persons, for the reasons mentioned in the said order]
b. Maintaining physical distancing:
• Physical distance of at least 6 feet between two persons shall be maintained in all shops, commercial establishments and other public places.
• The owner or manager or person in charge of the shop or commercial establishment shall be personally responsible for such maintenance of physical distance in their respective shops and commercial establishments.
• The customers and other persons coming to the shops or commercial establishments shall also maintain physical distance of at least 6 feet between two persons.
2. The Amendment also provides the protocol for marriage and funeral functions.
Compounding of Offences:

a. Contravention on the direction to maintain social distancing-
• For owner or manager in charge of a shop or commercial establishment- Rs.50,000 for first offence and Rs.1 lakh for subsequent offence.

• Customer or any other person coming to the shop or commercial establishment – Rs.2,000 for first offence and Rs.10,000 for subsequent offence.

All officers of the Block not below the rank of Additional Block Development Officer, all officers not below the rank of Additional Tahasildar, all police officer not below the rank of Sub-Inspector of police and all officers of Urban Local Body not below the rank of Zonal Officer or Deputy Commissioner have been authorised to compound the offences.

b. penalties have also been prescribed for organising or causing congregation, contravening the Orders in funeral and marriage functions, spitting on the road.

Earlier, in a Notification dated 1st June, 2020 the Odisha Government had notified that the fine for not wearing a mask was Rs.500 for the first and Rs. 1,000 for subsequent offences.
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ChandigarhOffice of the District Magistrate Chandigarh withdraws order previously issued on 1st July 2020 for prohibiting movement of individuals, for all non-essential activities between 10:00 P.M. to 05:00 A.M in the district31-08-2020The Office of the District Magistrate, Union Territory of Chandigarh (“Authority”) has issued an Order under Section 144 CrPC to withdraw the order previously made imposing restriction in Chandigarh, which had been in effect since 00:00 hours of 1st July 2020.

Previously, the Authority had issued an Order under Section 144 CrPC to prohibit movement of individuals, for all non-essential activities between 10:00 P.M. to 05:00 A.M in the district.

Now, pursuant to the Unlock 4.0 Guidelines issued by the Ministry of Home Affairs, Government of India, the following guidelines have also been issued:

(a) The State Governments have been Prohibited from imposing lockdown in areas out of containment zones without prior consultation of the Central Government.
(b) No restriction on Inter-State and Intra-State travel on 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.

In view of the Unlock 4.0 Guidelines, the Authority has withdrawn the previous order implementing restrictions with effect from 5:00pm of 31st August 2020.

For a detailed read, please refer to the appended order.
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PuducherryPuducherry Government notifies guidelines to implement Unlock 4.0; Containment Zones to remain under lockdown till 30th September, 2020; effective since 1st September, 202031-08-2020In the wake of the pandemic COVID 19, the Ministry of Home Affairs on 29th August, 2020 has issued the Unlock 4 Order for phased re-opening of activities outside Containment Zones while extending lockdown in the country till 30th September, 2020. Therefore, under the provisions of the Disaster Management Act, 2005, the Puducherry Government, in an Order dated 31st August, 2020 has issued the Unlock 4 Guidelines for implementation in the State till 30th September, 2020.
Permitted Activities outside Containment Zones-
A. Puducherry and Karaikal region:
Please note that the Guidelines in Puducherry and Karaikal Region will be followed as per an Addendum issued on 1st September, 2020.
Shops and Establishments:
1. All shops, establishments, and private offices are permitted to function from 6.00 am to 8.00 pm only;
2. Hotels (including dine in) are allowed to function from 6.00 am to 8.00 pm and parcels are allowed upto 9.00 pm;
3.  Liquor Shops will be open as per licensing conditions and close by 08.00 pm;
4. Medicals shops, pharmacy and milk booth would remain without any restriction;
5. There will not be any movement of individual in vehicles, bus, taxi, auto between 10.00 pm to 5.00 am except on emergency / permitted purpose;
6. Beach road will remain open from 5 am to 12 pm;
7. No restriction on Inter-District and Intra-District movement - There will be no restriction on Inter-District (i.e Puducherry-Karaikal, Puducherry-Mahe, Puducherry-Yanam etc) and Intra-District movement of Government / Private buses.
B. Mahe and Yanam region:
The Regional Administrator will issue separate orders for timing restrictions on par with the adjoining States.
Schools, Colleges and Educational Institutions-
1. Schools, colleges, educational and coaching institutions will continue to remain closed for students and regular class activity up to 30th September 2020.
2. Online classes will be permitted. Further, teaching and non teaching staffs may be called to the schools for online teaching/ tele-counselling and related work, in areas outside the Containment Zones only, with effect from 21st September 2020 for which SOP will be issued by the Central Government.
Social/ academic/ sports/ entertainment/ cultural/ religious/ political functions:
1. Social/ academic / sports / entertainment / cultural / religious / political functions and other congregations with a ceiling of 100 persons, will be permitted with effect from 21st September 2020, with mandatory wearing of face masks, social distancing, provision for thermal scanning and hand wash or sanitizer.
2. Cinema halls, swimming pools, entertainment parks, theatres and similar places will remain closed.
3. International air travel of passengers, except as permitted by the Ministry of Home Affairs.
Lockdown limited to Containment Zones:

1. Lockdown shall remain in force in the Containment Zones till 30th September, 2020;
2. Containment Zones will be demarcated by the District authorities at micro level after taking into consideration the guidelines of 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. These Containment Zones will be notified on the websites by the respective District Collectors.
Protection for vulnerable persons-
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.
Use of Aarogya Setu
a. With a view to ensuring safety in offices and work places, employers on best effort basis should ensure that Aarogya Setu is installed by all employees having compatible mobile phones;

b. 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.

Penal Provisions-
Any person violating these measures will be liable to be proceeded against as per the provisions of Section 51 to 60 of the Disaster Management Act, 2005, besides legal action under Section 188 of the IPC and other legal provisions as applicable.
Extracts of these penal provisions are at Annexure II enclosed with the present Order.
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PunjabPunjab notifies guidelines for implementation of Unlock 4.0 in the State; restricts certain activities in Urban Areas of the State; total curfew on Saturdays and Sundays in all Municipal Towns of the State till 30th September, 202031-08-2020In continuation of Ministry of Home Affairs Order dated 29th August, 2020 on Unlock - 4, Punjab Government has issued guidelines to implement additional restrictions in Urban Areas. This is due to the spurt  in COVID-19 cases and fatalities especially in Urban areas of the State.
1. Private and Government offices will operate with 50% staff strength till the end of the month i.e. not more than 50% of employees would be permitted on a particular day.
2. Curfew (All Cities):
a. There will be total curfew on Saturdays and Sundays in all 167 Municipal Towns of the State till 30th September, 2020;
b. Movement of individuals for all the non-essential activities will remain prohibited between 7 pm to 5 am within municipal limits of all the cities of Punjab throughout the week.
3. Movement of persons and goods on National and State Highways, inter-State & Intra State movement of persons and unloading of cargo and travel of persons to their destinations after disembarking from buses, trains and aeroplanes have been permitted.
4. Essential services including services related to health, agricultural and related activities, dairying and fishery activities, banks, ATMs, stock markets, insurance companies, online teaching, public utilities, public transport, industry in multiple-shifts, construction industry, private and government offices are permitted;.
5. Further, movement of persons and students in the connection with all kinds of examinations, admission/entrance tests conducted by Universities, Boards, Public Service Commissions and other institutions will be permitted.

6. Timings for Shops, Restaurants, Hotels, Liquor Vends etc:
a. Shops / Malls will open till 6:30 pm from Monday to Friday but will be closed on weekends;
b. Shops / Malls (dealing in essential commodities), religious places, Sports complexes, stadia and public complex, Restaurants (including Restaurants in malls), hotels and liquor vends will open till 6:30 pm on all days in a week.
c. Restaurants may be open till 6:30 pm on all days;
d. Hotels may be open on all days;
e. Liquor vends shall be open till 6:30 on all days.

7. Vehicles:
a. Only 3 persons including the driver will be allowed in a 4 wheeler;
b. All buses and public transport vehicles to allow sitting for only half (50%) capacity with no person should be standing.

8. Gatherings of all kinds such as social, political, religious gatherings, protests and demonstrations are prohibited in the State. However, gatherings relating to marriage and funerals will be allowed only for 30 persons and 20 persons respectively. Further, strict action will be taken against the organisers and main participants for violation of this Order under Section 144 of Cr. PC.

NOTE - These restrictions will be applicable only in Urban Areas.

For a detailed read, please refer to the appended Order.
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TelanganaTelangana Government implements phased re-opening of activities in the State in line with MHA Unlock 4 Order31-08-2020In an Order dated 31st August, 2020 the General Administration Department, Government of Telangana (“Department”) has issued the following Guidelines in line with the Unlock 4 Order issued by the Ministry of Home Affairs on 29th August, 2020 for reopening prohibited activities in a phased manner in areas outside containment zones and to consolidate the measures related to lockdown in the State:

A. Prohibited Activities-

The following activities will remain prohibited throughout the State:

1. Schools, colleges, educational and coaching institutions.

2. Cinema halls, swimming pools, entertainment parks, theatres and similar places.

B. Permitted Activities-

In areas outside containment zones, all activities permitted prior to introduction of lockdown measures will be allowed except those activities which are specifically prohibited above.

The following activities will be permitted to function with the stipulation of following Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) as prescribed by Government from time to time:

1. Schools and Educational Institutions-

a. Online / distance learning shall continue to be permitted and will be encouraged.

b. A maximum of 50% of teaching and non-teaching staff are permitted to be called to the schools at a time for online teaching / tele-counselling and related work, in areas outside the Containment Zones only, with effect from 21st September, 2020.

c. Students of classes 9 to 12 are permitted to visit their schools, in areas outside the Containment Zones only, on voluntary basis, for taking guidance from their teachers. This will be subject to written consent of their parents/ guardians and will be permitted with effect from 21st September, 2020.

2. Social / academic / sports / entertainment / cultural / religious / political functions-

a. Social / academic / sports / entertainment / cultural / religious / political functions and other congregations with a ceiling of 100 persons and by following health protocol, will be permitted with effect from 21st September, 2020, with mandatory wearing of face masks, social distancing, provision for thermal scanning and hand wash or sanitizer.

b. Marriage related gatherings will be permitted with a maximum of 50 participants. Funeral/last rites related gatherings with number of persons not exceeding 20 will continue to be allowed upto 20th September, 2020 and from 21st September, 2020 the ceiling of 100 persons will apply.

3. Open air theatres will be permitted to open with effect from 21st September, 2020.

4. Metro Rail is permitted to operate from 7th September, 2020 in a graded manner

5. Bars and Clubs will remain closed and separate orders will be issued for their opening.

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.

C. Containment Zones-
1. In respect of Containment Zones, strict lockdown shall be in force till 30th September, 2020.

2. Only essential activities will be permitted.

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.

4. In the Containment Zones, there will be intensive contact tracing, house to house surveillance, and other clinical interventions, as required.

For a detailed read of the Order, please refer to the appended document.
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Manipur Manipur Government issues "Unlock" guidelines to notify that will be in force in the State till 30th September, 2020 31-08-2020The State Executive Committee of the State Disaster Management Disaster Authority exercising its powers under the Disaster Management Act, 2005 has issued guidelines on "Unlock" that will be in force upto 30th September, 2020 in the State of Manipur.

The following activities are permitted outside containment zones till 30th September, 2020 –

1. Commercial and Private establishments
a. Print and electronic media;
b. Courier services including movement and delivery of goods sold online;
c. Private security services;
d. Food processing units including manufacturing units in industrial estates;
e. Mineral water manufacturing and distribution;
f. Home deliver of food by restaurants and outlets;
g. Showrooms and service centres of vehicles from 9 am to 4 pm;
h. All motor vehicle repair shops and workshops from 7 am to 5 pm;
i. All manufacturing, processing and producing units;
j. All shopping malls subject to regulated entry to prevent crowding;
k. All barber shops and beauty saloons;
l. All gyms subject to rostered usage by its members to prevent crowding.

2. Employers to take action for installation of Aarogya Setu App by its employees and the district authorities should advise all individuals to install this App and regularly update their health status.

3. Supply of Essential Goods
a. Home delivery of essential commodities;
b. Collection, processing, distribution and sale of milk and milk products;
c. Locality based retail shops dealing with essential commodities like groceries for daily use, vegetables, meat etc. will open in all districts from 7 am to 5 pm on all days;
d. Wholesale shops in Thangal Bazar, Dharamshala, Paona Bazar and Masjid Road will open from 7 am to 5 pm on all days except Sunday on specific days for different districts;
e. All standalone shops like shops selling construction material, hardware, cement etc. located outside Paona Bazar, Thangal Bazar and Nagamapal area are also allowed to open from 7 am to 5 pm;
f. Rostered opening of shops which have been grouped into 2 instead of earlier 3 from 8 am to 4 pm in Thangal Bazar and Paona Bazar except shops in Gullies/bylanes between buildings as specified in the Order;

4. Health related activities such as hospitals, nursing homes, clinics, dispensaries, medical labs and collection centres, veterinary hospitals etc. are allowed.
5. Public utilities such as distribution of LPG through home delivery, postal services, telecommunication and internet services, petrol pumps, airport and airlines etc. are permitted. In addition to this Inter and Intra State public transport is allowed subject to social distancing.
6. Online teaching, examination by Universities, colleges, schools, coaching and tuition centres are allowed.
7. Agriculture and related activities, fisheries and animal husbandry related activities are permitted.
8. Reserve Bank of India and RBI regulated Finance market, bank branches, ATMs, LIC, all financial institutes, private banks etc. to function normally with 66% of existing staff.

9. There will be no bar on inter / intra-District movement of private vehicles and persons outside the curfew hours. Also, there will be free entry and exit of private vehicles and persons in the inter-state boundary subject to screening and registering details at the border and obtaining inner-line permit.

10. MNREGA works are allowed in rural areas with strict implementation of social distancing and face masks.

11. Construction activities of National projects, highways, railways, development works taken up by Government and also private construction works where labourers are available on site are permitted.

12. Gathering of people –

a. Social/academic/sports/entertainment/cultural/religious/political functions and other congregations with a ceiling of 100 persons and by following health protocol, will be permitted with effect from 21st September, 2020, with mandatory wearing of face masks, social distancing, provision for thermal scanning and hand wash or sanitizer.

b. Marriage related gatherings will be permitted with a maximum of 50 participants. Funeral/last rites related gatherings with number of persons not exceeding 20 will continue to be allowed upto 20th September, 2020 and from 21st September, 2020 the ceiling of 100 persons will apply.

13. 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.
14. In Containment Zones only essential activities will be allowed and there will be strict perimeter control.

Any person violating these measures and National Directives for COVID-19 Management will be proceeded against as per the provisions of Section 51 to 60 of the Disaster Management Act, 2005, besides legal action under Section 188 of the IPC and other legal provisions as applicable.

For a detailed read, please refer to the appended Order.
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MizoramMizoram Government implements Unlock 4 Guidelines in the State in consonance with the MHA Order dated 29th August, 2020; issues restrictions till 30th September, 202031-08-2020In an Order dated 31st August, 2020 the Disaster Management & Rehabilitation Department, Government of Mizoram (“Department”) has informed that lockdown will be implemented in the State till 30th September, 2020 which has already gained effect on 1st September, 2020.

The said order has been issued in consonance with the MHA Unlock 4 Order dated 29th  August, 2020.

Please note that the Order is in vernacular and it has been translated to the best of our understanding.
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COVID 19Chhattisgarh Government implements phased re-opening (Unlock-4) in the State in sync with MHA Unlock 4.0 Order; extends lockdown in the Containment Zones till 30th September, 202030-08-2020The Chhattisgarh Government, in an Order dated 30th August, 2020 has extended lockdown in Containment Zones of the State till 30th September, 2020 in consonance with the MHA Unlock 4 Order (dated 29th August, 2020).

Key Takeaways:

1. All activities have been permitted in Non-Containment Zones, barring a few activities, dates for which have been specified in some cases or will be decided separately for others, and necessary SOPs issued thereof for ensuring social distancing and to contain the spread of COVID-19;

2. State or Union Territory Governments shall not impose any local lockdown outside Containment Zones at State/ District / sub-division/ City-level, without prior consultation with the Central Government;

3. Metro rail will be allowed to operate with effect from 7th September 2020, in a graded manner by the Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs (MOHUA)/ Ministry of Railways (MOR), in consultation with MHA. In this regard, SOP will be issued by MOHUA;

4. 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. Separate permission/ approval/ permit shall not be required for such movement. However, movement of 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 earlier;

5. Enforcement of lockdown is limited to Containment Zones; with strict perimeter control, intensive contact tracing, house to house surveillance and other clinical interventions required as per guidelines of the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MoHFW). States and Union Territories may identify Buffer Zones outside Containment zones, with restrictions as prescribed by District authorities;

6. Containment Zones to be notified on the websites by respective District Collectors and by the States / Union Territories;

7. Employers to ensure on best effort basis that Aarogya Setu App is installed by all employees having compatible mobile phones;

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

In Containment Zones:

• All non-essential activities continue to be prohibited till 30th September, 2020;

• Movement of people in or out of these zones is prohibited (except for medical emergencies and for maintaining supply of essential goods and services).
Re-opening of activities outside Containment Zones:

All activities have been permitted outside Containment Zones, except the following:

• Schools, colleges, educational and coaching institutions for students and regular class activities till 30th September, 2020. Online/ distance learning shall continue to be permitted and shall be encouraged.

• From 21st September, 2020 onwards, the following will be permitted subject the specific Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) which will be issued by the MoHFW:

a. States/ UTs may permit upto 50% of teaching and non-teaching staff to be called to the schools at a time for online teaching/ tele-counselling and related work, in areas outside the Containment Zones only;

b. Students of classes 9 to 12 may be permitted to visit their schools, in areas outside the Containment Zones only, on voluntary basis, for taking guidance from their teachers. This will be subject to written consent of their parents/ guardians;

c. Skill or Entrepreneurship training will be permitted in National Skill Training Institutes, Industrial Training Institutes (ITIs), Short term training centres registered with National Skill Development Corporation or State Skill Development Missions or other Ministries of Government of India or State Governments. National Institute for Entrepreneurship and Small Business Development (NIESBUD), Indian Institute of Entrepreneurship (IIE) and their training providers will also be permitted;

d. Higher Education Institutions only for research scholars (Ph.D.) and post-graduate students of technical and professional programmes requiring laboratory/ experimental works will be permitted by the Department of Higher Education (DHE) in consultation with MHA, based on the assessment of the situation, and keeping in view incidence of COVID-19 in the States/ UTs.

• International air travel of passengers, except as permitted by MHA;

• Cinema halls, swimming pools, entertainment parks, theatres, and similar places will remain closed. However, open air theatres will be permitted to open with effect from 21st September, 2020;

• Social / political / sports / entertainment / academic / cultural / religious functions and other large congregations with a ceiling of 100 persons, will be permitted with effect from 21st September, 2020, with mandatory wearing of face masks, social distancing, provision for thermal scanning and hand wash or sanitizer. The public has been advised against organising private events for effective prevention of COVID-19 infection. However, if such events are required to be held for unavoidable reasons, it should be advised to take precautions including social /  physical distancing, facemask, thermal screening as well as making provisions for handwash and sanitizer and that the people attending does not exceed more than fifty percent of the people otherwise allowed inside the venue or the limit prescribed above.
Till 20th September, 2020, marriages and funeral gatherings must observe the restrictions notified earlier, after which the ceiling of 100 persons will apply:
a. gatherings relating to marriage must not have guests exceeding 50 in number.
b. for funeral/ last rites related gatherings the number of persons must not exceed 20.
National Directives under Annexure 1 of Unlock 4 Guidelines:

General:

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; shops to ensure physical distancing among customers;

3. Spitting in public places will be punishable with fine (as may be prescribed by the State/UT local authority in accordance with its laws, rules or regulations);

Additional requirements in all Workplaces:

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

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

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

4. 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;

5. 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.
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Lakshadweep Lakshadweep Administration issues guidelines for phased re-opening of activities in continuation to MHA Unlock 4 Order30-08-2020The Disaster Management Authority, Lakshadweep Administration by an Order dated 30th August, 2020 has issued guidelines for phased re-opening (Unlock-4) of activities in the Union Territory of Lakshadweep.

Containment zones will be under lockdown till 30th September, 2020 as per the National Disaster Management Authority.

The guidelines are as follows –

1. Use of Aarogya Setu:

a. With a view to ensure safety in offices and workplaces, employers will have to ensure on best effort basis that the employees have Aarogya Setu App installed in their mobile phones;

b. Incident Commanders / HODs may also advise individuals to install the Aarogya Setu app 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.

2. In areas outside Containment Zones the following activities will be permitted during Unlock 4 –

a. Schools, colleges, educational and coaching institutions for students, and for regular class activity will continue to  remain closed till 30th September, 2020. However, online/distance learning will be permitted and encouraged, upto 50% teaching staff may be permitted to be called to schools in areas outside containment zones w.e.f. 21st September, 2020. In addition to this, students of classes 9 to 12 may be permitted to visit their schools in areas outside containment zones on voluntary basis (with written permission of parents) w.e.f. 21st September, 2020;

b. Social/academic/sports/entertainment/cultural/religious/political functions and other congregations with a ceiling of 100 persons will be permitted from 21st September, 2020 with mandatory wearing of masks, social distancing, provision for thermal scanning and hand wash or sanitizer. Further, marriage 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 up to 20th September, 2020, after which the ceiling of 100 persons will apply;
c. International air travel of passengers except as permitted by MHA;

3. 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. However, SOPs for movement of people from mainland and vice versa issued by the Lakshadweep Administration will continue to be in operation;

4. 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.

5. 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.

6. National Directives for COVID-19 Management will continue to be followed.

7. State/UT Governments will not impose any local lockdown outside Containment Zones, without prior consultation with the Central Government.

8. Any person violating these lockdown measures and the National Directives for COV1D-19 Management will be liable to be proceeded against as per the provisions of Section 51 to 60 of the Disaster Management Act. 2005, besides legal action under Section 188 of the IPC, and other legal provisions as applicable.

For a detailed read, please refer to the appended Order.
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Andaman and Nicobar IslandsAndaman and Nicobar Administration implements phased re-opening (Unlock-4) in the Union Territory in sync with MHA Unlock 4.0 Order; extends lockdown in the Containment Zones upto 30th September, 202030-08-2020The Union Territory Disaster Management Executive Committee for the Union Territory of Andaman and Nicobar Islands has extended lockdown in Containment Zones of the Union Territory till 30th September, 2020 in consonance with the MHA Unlock 4 Order (dated 29th August, 2020).

These guidelines will be in force upto 30th September, 2020 and the lockdowns for Containment Zones will be in force during this period.

Guidelines for phased re-opening (Unlock - 4)

1. Use of Aarogya Setu:

a. With a view to ensure safety in offices and workplaces, employers will have to ensure on best effort basis that the employees have Aarogya Setu App installed in their mobile phones;

b. Incident Commanders / HODs may also advise individuals to install the Aarogya Setu app 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.

2. In areas outside Containment Zones, all activities will be permitted except the following –

a. Schools, colleges, educational and coaching institutions for students, and for regular class activity will continue to  remain closed till 30th September, 2020. However, online/distance learning will be permitted and encouraged, upto 50% teaching staff may be permitted to be called to schools in areas outside containment zones w.e.f. 21st September, 2020. In addition to this, students of classes 9 to 12 may be permitted to visit their schools in areas outside containment zones on voluntary basis (with written permission of parents) w.e.f. 21st September, 2020;

b. Metro rail will be allowed to operate with effect from 7th September, 2020 in a graded manner;

c. Social/academic/sports/entertainment/cultural/religious/political functions and other congregations with a ceiling of 100 persons will be permitted from 21st September, 2020 with mandatory wearing of masks, social distancing, provision for thermal scanning and hand wash or sanitizer. Further, marriage 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 up to 20th September, 2020, after which the ceiling of 100 persons will apply;

d. Cinema halls, swimming pools, entertainment parks, theatres and similar places will remain closed. However, open air theatres will be permitted to open with effect from 21st September, 2020;

e. International air travel of passengers except as permitted by MHA;

3. 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;
4. 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;
5. 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;
6. National Directives for COVID-19 Management will continue to be followed;
7. UT Government will not impose any local lockdown outside Containment Zones, without prior consultation with the Central Government;
8. Any person violating these lockdown measures and the National Directives for COV1D-19 Management will be liable to be proceeded against as per the provisions of Section 51 to 60 of the Disaster Management Act. 2005, besides legal action under Section 188 of the IPC, and other legal provisions as applicable;

For a detailed read, please refer to the appended Order.
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CentralMHA rolls out Unlock 4.0 Guidelines; extends lockdown in Containment Zones till 30.09.2020; States/ UTs to consult Central Government prior to imposing local lockdown outside Containment Zones29-08-2020Ministry of Home Affairs, Government of India, has issued guidelines under the Disaster Management Act, 2005 for re-opening of more activities in areas outside the Containment Zones in a calibrated manner, while extending the Lockdown in Containment Zones upto 30th September, 2020. For more details please refer to the appended documents.MandatoryAll30-09-2020No
CentralMHA issues letter to Chief Secretaries of States and the Administrators of UTs on implementing the MHA Unlock 4.0 Order extending lockdown in the Containment Zones up to 30th September, 202029-08-2020The Ministry of Home Affairs, Government of India (MHA), has issued a Letter dated August 29, 2020 addressed to the Chief Secretaries of all States and the Administrators of all Union Territories. The Letter is in pursuance of the MHA Order (Unlock 4.0 Order) notified on August 29, 2020 whereby lockdown has been extended in the Containment Zones till September 30, 2020.

As per Unlock 4.0, which will come into effect from September 1, 2020, the process of phased re-opening of activities has been extended further. However, lockdown shall continue to be implemented strictly in the Containment Zones till September 30, 2020 with strict perimeter control and enforcement of containment measures as per guidelines of the Ministry of Health & Family Welfare.

The Letter further states that the Unlock 4.0 Order has been issued in view of the suggestions received from the State Governments through consultations held with the related Central Ministries and Departments.

The Order specifies the activities permitted outside Containment Zones as well as the restrictions with regard to specific activities.

The following is specifically mentioned with regard to Unlock 4.0 Order –

1. Metro rail may operate with effect from September 7, 2020 in a graded manner, as permitted by the Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs (MOHUA)/ Ministry of Railways (MOR), in consultation with MHA and as per SOP issued by MOHUA;

2. Social /academic /sports/ entertainment / cultural/ religious/ political functions and other congregations have been permitetd, with a ceiling of 100 persons and by following health protocol, with effect from September 21, 2020;

3. Open air theatres have been permitted with effect from September 21, 2020;

4. Schools, colleges, educational and coaching institutions will continue to remain closed for students and regular class activity suspended up to 30th September 2020.

However, the following shall be permitted, with effect from September 21, 2020 and SOPs for the same will be issued by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MoHFW):

a. States/ UTs may permit upto 50% of teaching and non-teaching staff to be called to the schools at a time for online teaching/ tele- counselling and related work.

b. Students of classes 9 to 12 may be permitted to visit their schools with written consent of their parents / guardians, for taking guidance from their teachers.

c. Skill or Entrepreneurship training will be permitted in National Skill Training Institutes, Industrial Training Institutes (ITIs), Short term training centres registered with National Skill Development Corporation or State Skill Development Missions or other Ministries of Government of India or State Governments.

d. National Institute for Entrepreneurship and Small Business Development (NIESBUD), Indian Institute of Entrepreneurship (IIE) and their training providers will also be permitted.

5. Higher Education Institutions only for research scholars (Ph.D.) and post-graduate students of technical and professional programmes requiring laboratory/ experimental works. These will be permitted by the Department of Higher Education (DHE) in consultation with MHA, based on the assessment of the situation, and keeping in view incidence of COVID-19 in the States/ UTs.

The Letter reiterates that the State Governments and Union Territory Administrators cannot dilute restrictions imposed under the Unlock 4.0 Order issued by MHA. States and Union Territories are prohibited from imposing any local lockdown outside the Containment Zones, without prior consultation with the Central Government. There shall also 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 movement.

For a detailed read, please refer to the appended Letter.
MandatoryAll30-09-2020No
AssamThe State Government testing centres will charge Rs. 2,200/- for the individuals who want to have test results on fast track basis within 24 hours; effective 1st September, 202029-08-2020For State Government testing centres in Assam a fixed charge of Rs. 2,200 will be charged for COVID-19 RT-PCR test results on fast track basis i.e. within 24 hours of collection of the swab sample. No payment will need to be made in cases where the test results is declared in normal time frame of 48-72 hours.
This order has become effective from 1st September, 2020
MandatoryNANo end date specifiedNo
MeghalayaDistrict Magistrate in East Khasi Hills District in Shillong notifies Night Curfew between 9 pm to 5 am; effective since 31st August, 2020 upto 7th September, 2020; curfew passes to be obtained through online application29-08-2020The District Magistrate, East Khasi Hills District, Shillong exercising its powers under Section 144 of Cr.P.C. read with Meghalaya Epidemic Diseases, COVID-19 Regulations, 2020 has ordered Night Curfew in the District upto 7th September, 2020 for timings falling between 9 pm to 5 am on a daily basis.

Curfew passes for timings falling between 9 pm to 5 am will have to be obtained via online application at www.eastkhasihills.gov.in.

However, this Order will not apply to the following and they will have to follow all precautions to prevent the spread of COVID-19 –

1. IT services and communication, postal service and telecom;

2. Press, print and electronic media;

3. Security Forces;

4. Medical Teams on duty;

5. Wholesale and Retail pharmacies;

6. Police and Armed Forces;

7. Fire and Emergency Service;

8. MeECL, NEEPCO and Power Grid;

9. Food and Civil Supply Division;

10. FCI;

11. Public Works Department (PWD);

12. Public Health Engineering (PHE) Department;

13. Shillong Municipal Board;

14. Petrol Pumps including Indian Oil Corporation (OIC);

15. Essential services including Health Services, Hospital, Clinics, Dispensaries, Veterinary clinics, labs;

16. Online/home food delivery. However, home delivery of food is exempted upto 10 pm;

17. Authorized workshops and designated spare parts dealerships of Health and Family Welfare Department, Meghalaya;

18. Government Officials on duty;

19. Officers and Staff of Corona Care Centres;

20. Information and Public Relations Department;

21. National Highways and Infrastructure Development Corporation Ltd. (NHIDCL).

Also, exemption granted to services / establishments mentioned above will not extend to Containment Areas. 
Mandatory All07-09-2020No
GujaratGujarat Government implements Central Government Guidelines for international arrivals29-08-2020The Gujarat Government, on 29th August, 2020 has adopted the Guidelines for international arrivals which was issued by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (“Ministry”) has, in an Order dated 2nd August, 2020

A. Before Planning for Travel:

1. All travellers to submit self-declaration form on the online portal (www.newdelhiairport.in) at least 72 hours before the scheduled travel. Further, they should also provide an undertaking on the portal stating that they would undergo mandatory quarantine for 14 days i.e. 7 days paid institutional quarantine at their own cost, followed by 7 days isolation at home with self-monitoring of health;

2. Only for compelling reasons/ cases of human distress such as pregnancy, death in family, serious illness and parent(s) with children of the age of 10 years or below, home quarantine may be permitted for 14 days; anyone seeking exemption under the above-mentioned grounds, needs to file an online application on the portal (www.newdelhiairport.in) at least 72 hours before boarding. The decision taken by the Government (as communicated on the online portal) will be final;

3. Travellers seeking exemption from institutional quarantine may submit a negative RTPCR test on arrival (such test should have been conducted within 96 hours prior to undertaking the journey) and also upload the test report on the portal for consideration;

Each passenger must also submit a declaration with respect to authenticity of the report and will be liable for criminal prosecution, if found otherwise. The test report could also be produced upon arrival at the point of entry airport in India.

B. Before Boarding:

1. The Do’s and Don'ts will be provided along with ticket to the travellers by the agencies concerned;

2. All passengers will be advised to download Arogya Setu app on their mobile devices;

3. At the time of boarding the flight/ ship, only asymptomatic travellers will be allowed to board after thermal screening;

4. Passengers arriving through the land borders will also have to undergo the same protocol as above, and only those who are asymptomatic will be enabled to cross the border into India;

5. Suitable precautionary measures such as environmental sanitation and disinfection shall be ensured at the airports;

6. During boarding and at the airports, all possible measures to ensure social distancing to be ensured;

C. During Travel:

1. Travellers who had not filled out the self-declaration form on the portal have to fill the same (in duplicate) in the flight / ship and a copy of the same will be provided to Health and Immigration officials present at the airport/ seaport/ Ian-port. Alternatively, such travellers may submit self-declaration form on the online portal after arriving at the airport/ seaport/ Ian-port as per the directions of the concerned authorities, if such facility is available;

2. Suitable announcement about COVID-19 including precautionary measures to be followed shall be made at airports / port and in flights / ships and during transit;

3. While on board the flight/ ship, required precautions such as wearing of masks, environmental hygiene, respiratory hygiene, hand hygiene etc. are to be observed by airline/ ship staff, crew and all passengers.

D. On arrival:

1. De-boarding should be done while ensuring social distancing;

2. Thermal screening to be carried out in respect of all the passengers by the Health officials present at the airport/ seaport/ Ian-port;

3. The self-declaration form filled online must be shown (or a copy of physical self-declaration form to be submitted) to the airport health staff;

4. The passengers found to be symptomatic during screening will be immediately isolated and taken to medical facility as per health protocol;

5. Post thermal screening, the passengers who have been exempted from institutional quarantine (decision as indicated on the online portal in advance) will show the same to the respective State Counters on their cell phones/other mode before being allowed home quarantine for 14 days;

6. The remaining passengers shall be taken to suitable institutional quarantine facilities, to be arranged by the respective State / UT Governments. These passengers shall be kept under institutional quarantine for a minimum period of 7 days;

8. The passengers will be tested as per ICMR protocol available at https://www.mohfw.gov.in/pdf/Revisedtestingguidelines.pdf.

a. Incase they test positive, they will be assessed clinically.

b. If they are assessed as asymptomatic / pre-symptomatic/ very mild cases, they will be allowed home isolation or isolated in the COVID Care Centre (both public & private facilities) as appropriate.

c. Those having mild/ moderate/ severe symptoms will be admitted to dedicated Covid Health facilities and managed accordingly. If found negative, they shall be advised to further isolate themselves at home and self-monitor their health for 7 days.

d. In case, any symptoms develop they shall inform the district surveillance officer or the State / National call center (1075).


Please note that the Order is in Vernacular and has been translated to the best of our understanding.
MandatoryAllNo end date specified NO
Andhra PradeshThe Agriculture and Cooperation Department, Andhra Pradesh allows Cooperative Societies in Andhra Pradesh, Guntur, to conduct the General Body meeting of their cooperative societies for the half year ended 30th September, 2020  through virtual mode28-08-2020The Agriculture and Cooperation Department, Andhra Pradesh ("Department") has, in an Order 28th August, 2020, allowed Cooperative Societies in Andhra Pradesh, Guntur, to conduct the General Body meeting of their cooperative societies for the half year ended 30th September, 2020  through virtual mode.

The Department has also instructed the cooperative societies to  ensure adequate safety measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19 while convening such meeting, give  intimation  of  the  meeting  to  all  members  through  any  one  of  the modes of communication, record the proceedings & maintain attendance of the participating members for record and production of the same whenever required.

Please refer to the appended document for further details.

Source:  Agriculture and Cooperation Department, Andhra Pradesh
MandatoryAllNo end date specifiedNo
CentralExpenditure on Covid-19 related R&D on New vaccines, Drugs and Medical Devices will be considered as CSR spends provided it is collaboration with a publicly-funded institution   28-08-2020In order to boost funding of vaccines, drugs and medical devices in light of the pandemic, the Ministry of Corporate Affairs (“MCA”), by way of Companies (Corporate Social Responsibility Policy) Amendment Rules, 2020 (“Amendment”) has amended the Companies (Corporate Social Responsibility Policy) Rules, 2014 (“Principal Rules”).Through the Amendment, companies engaged in research and development activities of new vaccine, drugs and medical devices in their normal course of business can undertake research and development of new vaccines and drugs for COVID-19 for financial years 2020-21, 2021-22 and 2022-23 which will fall under the purview of CSR Policy of the Principal Rules.   However, in order to ensure that the abovementioned activities fall under the CSR Policy, companies have to carry out the activities in collaboration with any of the following institutes:  i. Contribution to incubators or research and development projects in the field of science, technology, engineering and medicine, funded by the Central Government or State Government or Public Sector Undertaking or any agency of the Central Government or State Government; and  ii. Contributions to public funded Universities; Indian Institute of Technology (IITs); National Laboratories and autonomous bodies established under Department of Atomic Energy (DAE); Department of Biotechnology (DBT); Department of Science and Technology (DST); Department of Pharmaceuticals; Ministry of Ayurveda, Yoga and Naturopathy, Unani, Siddha and Homoeopathy (AYUSH); Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology and other bodies, namely Defense Research and Development Organisation (DRDO); Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR); Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) and Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), engaged in conducting research in science, technology, engineering and medicine aimed at promoting Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).  It is interesting to mention that the  institutes have been newly inserted through an amendment to item no. (ix) to Schedule VII of the Companies Act, 2013.  The Amendments have gained effect immediately. Implications- 1. Under the Principal Rules, activities undertaken in pursuance of normal course of business are excluded from the purview of “CSR Policy”.  However, in light of the pandemic COVID-19, the present amendment has been issued wherein a new proviso is being inserted by virtue of which companies which are engaged in research and development activity of new vaccine, drugs and medical devices in their normal course of business can undertake research and development of new vaccines, drugs and medical devices related to COVID-19 pandemic for the financial years 2020-21, 2021-22 and 2022-23 subject to the following conditions:  i. The company has to carry  out such research and development activities in collaboration with any of the institutes or organisations mentioned in item (ix) of Schedule VII to the Act.   [Item (ix) of Schedule VII of the Act has been entirely substituted by the MCA by a Gazette Notification dated 24th August, 2020 and has been detailed above]  (ii) The company has to disclose the details of such activity separately in the Annual Report on CSR included in the Board’s Report.  2. With the omission of the phrase “excluding activities undertaken in pursuance of its normal course of business”, companies now take up CSR activities as per the CSR Policy which may include activities undertaken in their normal course of business subject to fulfilling the specified conditions explained above.   As the definition of “CSR Policy” is also being amended so that companies which are generally into developing vaccines/ medical devices can include in their CSR Policy activities related to development of drugs/ vaccines/ medical devices for COVID-19 pandemic .  3. With the present amendment, activities which are undertaken in the normal course of business of the company can also be a part of the CSR Policy of the company subject to fulfilling the specified conditions explained above.MandatoryAllNo end date specifiedYes
CentralCirculars on Procedural Guidelines for Proxy Advisor  and Grievance Resolution between listed entities and proxy advisers will gain effect from 1st January, 2021; says SEBI27-08-2020In two separate Circulars dated 27th August, 2020 the Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI) has informed that the following Circulars issued by the Board will gain effect from 1st January, 2021 instead of 1st September, 2020.
1.Circular on “Grievance Resolution between listed entities and proxy advisers” (SEBI/HO/CFD/CMD1/CIR/P/2020/119 dated August 04, 2020)

2.Circular on “Procedural Guidelines for Proxy Advisor" (SEBI/HO/IMD/DF1/CIR/P/2020/147 dated August  03, 2020)

Background:

The said extension of implementation date has been granted by SEBI after taking into consideration the requests received from proxy advisors in light of the pandemic COVID 19.

Previously, SEBI had issued the Procedural Guidelines for Proxy Advisors and Grievance Resolution between listed entities and proxy advisers which were supposed to gain effect from 1st September, 2020.

However, now considering the prevailing situation, the implementation date of these Circulars have been extended to 1s January, 2021.
Mandatory
SEBI registered proxy advisorsNo end date specifiedNO
Andhra PradeshAndhra Pradesh Health Department reduces rates for RT-PCR testing (for individuals) in private laboratories to ₹ 1,900 from ₹ 2,900; effective immediately27-08-2020The Health, Medical and Family Welfare (B2) Department of Andhra Pradesh (“Department”) has revised the rates for RT-PCR testing charged by the private laboratories.

The revised rates are as follows:

1. For Samples sent by the Government (including pooled samples) - Rs.1,600/-
[One pool sample consists of 5 individual samples, if any pool is found to be positive, the same batch has to be tested individually, and payment will be given as if they are treated as individual samples, apart from payment to pooled sample.]

2. Individuals approaching ICMR approved NABL labs for COVID testing (walk-in-testing) - Rs.1,900/-

In addition to this, the following must be ensured-
1. Testing is done only in ICMR approved Laboratories and all other conditions laid down by the ICMR and the State Government will have to be followed.

2. The Private NABL & ICMR approved Labs must follow the above guidelines and all the Hospitals/Institutes/Labs have to display the rates in visible manner.

Background:
In a previous order dated 12th June, 2020 (G.O.RT.No. 296) , the Department had fixed the cost of COVID-19 testing in the ICMR approved private NABL Labs (RT-PCR). The total cost was fixed at Rs.2,400/- for samples referred by the State Government and Rs.2,900/- for the individuals directly approaching ICMR approved NABL Labs for COVID-19 testing, which includes both the screening test and confirmatory test.

However, in a subsequent letter dated 19th August, 2020 the CEO, Dr.YSRAHCT & State Nodal Officer for Labs, COVID-19 had stated that as the availability of the kits have increased and there has been a reduction in the cost of both RNA extraction and RT-PCR kits, the cost of kits have come down. Therefore, the private laboratories must pass on benefits to people as high testing rates have been seen as an obstacle in getting more people to get tested for the COVID -19.

Considering the above-mentioned, the present revision of rates has been done by the Government.
MandatoryPrivate laboratoriesNo end date specifiedNO
COVID-19Ministry of Civil Aviation amends guidelines relating to onboard meal services and in-flight entertainment in domestic flights27-08-2020The Ministry of Civil Aviation (“Ministry”) has, in an Office Memorandum dated 27th August, 2020, amended the guidelines relating to onboard meal services and in-flight entertainment basis feedback received from stakeholders.

The Ministry had issued general instructions, detailed guidelines and Specific Operating Guidelines for stakeholders in relation to recommencement of domestic air travel effective from 25th May, 2020. Now, the Ministry has issued the Office Memorandum to amend the guidelines relating to meal services and in-flight entertainment in the flights.

Please refer to the appended document for further details.

Source: Ministry of Civil Aviation
MandatoryAirlinesNo end date specifiedNo
West BengalWest Bengal extends weekly lockdowns to September; lockdowns to be observed on 7th, 11th and 12th September; lifts restrictions on flights from certain cities w.e.f. 1.9.202026-08-2020The Government of West Bengal has in a recent Letter informed that the weekly lockdowns in the state will continue in the month of September as well.

As per the Letter complete state wide lockdowns will be observed on September 7, 2020 (Monday), September 11, 2020 (Friday), September 12, 2020 (Saturday). No flights will be allowed to come to or go out of any airport of West Bengal on these three days.

Additionally, the Letter informs that restrictions on flights coming in from Delhi, Mumbai, Pune, Nagpur, Chennai and Ahmedabad will be partially lifted from September 1, 2020 onwards.
Flights from these 6 cities can come to West Bengal thrice a week.

Caveat : Please note that we have not located the Letter on the Official Department Website but have obtained the same for other sources. Further, the Letter is dated September 26, 2020, which we believe is a typographical error.
MandatoryAll 12-09-2020No
CentralAmidst pandemic, SEBI extends timeline of validity of regulatory measures introduced in light of abnormally high market volatility  till 24th September, 202026-08-2020The Securities and Exchange Board of India (“SEBI”) has, in a Press Release dated 26th August, 2020, informed that following regulatory measures introduced in light of the abnormally high volatility in the stock markets owing to the prevailing COVID-19 pandemic, by the SEBI Press Release dated 20th March, 2020, will continue to be in force till 24th September, 2020. 

i. The Market Wide Position Limit (MWPL) have been revised to 50% of the existing levels for the purpose of introducing ban period on fresh positions and not for determining the enhanced eligibility criteria for derivatives stocks. 
ii. The current penalty structure adopted by the stock exchanges / clearing corporations have been enhanced to 10 times of the minimum and 5 times of the maximum penalties specified by the stock exchanges / clearing corporations, to function as an effective deterrent in the current market context. 
iii. The margin for stocks has been increased for meeting the above-mentioned criteria for MWPL. 
iv. Margin for Non-F&O Stocks in Cash Market has been increased. 
v. Position limits in equity index derivatives (futures and options) have been revised. 
vi. The dynamic price bands can now be flexed only after a cooling-off period of 15 minutes from the time of meeting the existing criteria specified by stock exchanges for flexing. 

Please refer to the appended documents for further details. 

Source: Securities and Exchange Board of India
MandatoryAll24-09-2020No
TelanganaTelangana Government issues SOP for quarantine and isolation arrangements for international arrivals in the State26-08-2020In continuation of the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MoHFW) Order dated 2nd August, 2020 relating to guidelines for international arrivals in the country, Telangana Government has issued SOPs with regard to quarantine and isolation arrangements for international arrivals in the State of Telangana.

The guidelines are as follows –

1. All passengers will undergo thermal screening upon disembarkation;
2. Passengers who are found symptomatic will be isolated and taken to medical facilities as per Health Protocol;
3. Asymptomatic passengers will be sent to paid institutional quarantine for a period of seven days followed by seven days of home isolation;
4. Passengers may be exempted from the above mentioned requirement of institutional quarantine on the following grounds -
a. Passengers who have compelling reasons/cases of human distress such as pregnancy, death in family, serious illness and parents with children of the age of 10 years or below may be permitted for 14 days of home quarantine;

b. Passengers who produce negative RT-PCR test report on arrival with the test conducted within 96 hours prior to departure will be required to undertake 14 days of home quarantine.

5. Passengers travelling for business reasons and having negative RT-PCR test conducted within 96 hours prior to departure will be exempted from the requirement of home/institutional quarantine. However, they should return within 4 days of arrival;
6. Government reserves the right to test any passenger who has submitted negative RT-PCR test results at random with Rapid Antigen Test. Those who are found positive will be immediately isolated and taken to medical facilities as per Health Protocol. 
MandatoryAllNo end date specifiedNo
Himachal PradeshIn light of the prevailing situation caused owing to the pandemic, Himachal Pradesh Govt. amends SOP for tourists coming into the State

26-08-2020In an Order dated 26th August, 2020, the Department of Tourism and Civil Aviation, Government of Himachal Pradesh (“Department”) has amended the Guidelines for tourists coming in the State. The amendment has been detailed in Annexure A of the present Order.

Background-

The Department had issued the Standard Operating Procedure (“SOP”) for opening of tourism units and for tourists coming in the State by Air/Train through an Order dated 4th July, 2020 and subsequently another Order dated 24th July, 2020. Now, considering the situation of the pandemic COVID 19, the Department has decided to amend/ modify the existing SOP.

In light of this the present Order is issued. 
MandatoryAllNo end date specifiedNO
ManipurGovernment of Manipur reiterates ban on social gatherings and penalties imposed thereof; violations noticed through media/social media to be acted upon promptly25-08-2020The Chief Secretary of Manipur in an Order dated 25th August, 2020 has re-iterated the ban imposed earlier on all types of social / political / sports / entertainment / academic / cultural / religious functions and other large congregations except marriage related gatherings (subject to a maximum of 40 attendees for marriages and maximum of 20 attendees for funeral/ last rites).

Penalties for various violations are -
1. Gathering in excess of authorized number of persons in ceremonies - Rs. 10,000/-;
2. Failure to wear mask and maintain social distance in public places - Rs. 200/-;
3. Any other violation of guidelines - Rs. 1,000/-.

In addition to the above, cases of violations noticed through media / social media etc., will be acted upon promptly.
MandatoryAllNo end date specifiedNo
CentralMinistry of Commerce amends the Export Policy of PPEs/Masks; allows free export of medical coveralls, all masks except N95/FFP2 masks) and face shields25-08-2020In a Notification dated 25th August, 2020, the Ministry of Commerce and Industry has amended the export policy of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) / Masks by amending Schedule 2 of the ITC (HS) Export Policy, 2018 which relates to export of PPE / Masks. 

Present Amendment: 

1. Prohibited Category:
 i. Nitrile/NBR Gloves

2. Restricted Category: 
i. Medical Goggles
[Policy Condition- Monthly export quota of 20 lakh units of medical goggles] 

ii. N95/FFP2 masks or its equivalent
[Policy Condition:  Monthly export quota of 50 lakh units]

3. Freely exportable:
i. Medical Coveralls of all Classes/Categories 
ii. All masks (Except N95/FFP2 masks or its equivalent)
iii. Face Shields

Implication of the amendment:

1. With the present amendment, export policy of 2/3 ply surgical mask, medical coveralls of all classes and categories (including medical coveralls for COVID-19) is amended from “restricted” to “free”.  Coveralls (including gowns and aprons of all types) are now freely exportable.

2. The export policy of N-95/FFP2 masks or its equivalent masks is revised from “Prohibited” to “Restricted” category.

3. A monthly export quota of 50 lakh units has been fixed for N-95/FFP2 masks or its equivalent, for issuing export licenses to eligible applicants as per the criteria to be separately issued in a Trade Notice. 

Background: Previously, in notifications dated 28th July, 2020 , 21st July, 2020 and 29th June, 2020 the Export Policy of Personal Protective Equipment had been amended. The present notification is further amending the notification dated 28th July, 2020.

Please refer to the appended document for details.

Source: Ministry of Commerce and Industry
MandatoryPharmaceuticalNo end date specifiedNo
GoaOffice of the District Collector and Magistrate issues Standard Operating Protocol for people entering Goa25-08-2020The Office of the Collector and District Magistrate, South Goa District (“Authority”) has issued Standard Operating Protocol for people entering Goa.

The Authority has stated that no permit is required for entering the state of Goa.

The Authority mandated the following health screening norms for all entrants:

(a) To travel with COVID-19 negative test report which is valid for 48 hours from the date of test.

(b) To opt for home isolation for 14 days.

(c) To opt for COVID-19 test by paying Rs. 2000/-.

For a detailed read, please refer to the appended Order.
MandatoryAllNo end date specifiedNO
Meghalaya Meghalaya Government reiterates that there is no restriction on Inter District Movement in the State; restrictions by local authorities not mandated by the State25-08-2020The Government of Meghalaya win a Public Notice dated 25th August, reiterates that there is no restriction on the inter-District movement of persons within the State. Any restrictions imposed on movement of persons within the State and Quarantine Protocols by district or local authorities do not have the mandate of the State Government.

The revised Testing, Quarantine and Discharge Policy for COVID-19 issued by the State Government on 21st August, 2020 applies to citizens and persons returning from outside to the State of Meghalaya. 
MandatoryAllNo end date specifiedNo
KarnatakaGovernment of Karnataka notifies revised protocol to ease restrictions on Inter-State travel to Karnataka; does away with requirement for Hand stamping, Isolation and testing etc; asymptomatic travellers may report to work without 14 days home quarantine24-08-2020In consonance with Order dated 31st July, 2020 by the Karnataka Government along with the MHA Unlock 3.0 Order dated 29th July, 2020, the Government of Karnataka has notified revised protocol to ease the existing restrictions on Inter-State travel to Karnataka.

The revised protocol will apply to all Inter-State Travellers (arriving in Karnataka from all States / UTs), including business travellers, students, labourers coming for work, transit travellers etc. irrespective of their purpose of visit or duration of stay in the State.

Following requirements pertaining to earlier Orders with regard to inter-State travel to Karnataka have been discontinued –

1. Registration on Seva Sindhu portal;
2. Entry and medical check-up at State borders, bus stations, railway stations and airports;
3. Screening at the receiving centres in the districts;
4. Categorization of passengers;
5. Hand stamping;
6. 14 days of quarantine;
7. Isolation and testing;
8. Enforcement of home quarantine including poster on home door, information to neighbours/Resident Welfare Association/Apartment Owners' Associations, monitoring from Panchayat/ward level teams, flying squad, IVRS call centre outbound calls, quarantine watch app monitoring.

However, the incoming inter-State travellers have been advised as follows –

1. If travellers are found asymptomatic on arrival, they can report to work or perform their activities in the State without requirement of 14 day home quarantine. However, they will self-monitor their health and will seek medical consultation or call Apthamitra helpline 14410 if they have any kind of COVID-19 symptoms such as fever, cough etc.;
2. If travellers are found symptomatic i.e., with symptoms that may be related to COVID-19, they will have to immediately self-isolate themselves and will have to seek medical consultation without fail or call Apthamitra helpline 14410;
3. Travellers will have to observe standard COVID-19 precautions like compulsory wearing of mask, maintaining physical distance of 2 meters (6 feet), frequent hand washing with soap and water or hand sanitizer, follow cough etiquette etc., while in public areas and workplaces;
The District Health Authority / BBMP will appropriately plan IEC Campaign for incoming travellers about importance of self reporting, self-isolation and COVID-19 testing of symptomatic persons.
MandatoryAllNo end date specifiedNo 
CentralMoRTH provides further extension to validity of Fitness, Permits, Licenses, Registration and other documents related to Motor Vehicles Act, 1988 and Central Motor Vehicle Rules, 1989 till 31st December, 202024-08-2020In view of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways ("Ministry") has extended the validity of Fitness certificates, all types of Permits, Licenses, Registration or any other documents (under Motor Vehicles Act, 1988 and Central Motor Vehicle Rules, 1989) till 31st December 2020. All such documents whose extension of validity could not be granted due to lock-down and had expired since 1st February, 2020 or would expire by 31st December 2020 will be treated as valid till 31st of December 2020.

This is being done to help out the citizens in availing transport related services in the country during the pandemic. The Government by earlier Orders dated 30th March, 2020 and 9th June, 2020 had extended the validity of all kinds of documents related to Motor Vehicles Act, 1988 and Central Motor Vehicle Rules, 1989 till 30th June, 2020 and 30th September, 2020.
MandatoryAll31-12-2020No 
CentralIn light of the pandemic, FSSAI waives off  penalties for non-submission of Annual/ Half Yearly returns by food businesses in previous years 24-08-2020The Food Safety and Standards Authority of India, in an Order dated 24th August, 2020 has issued information regarding waiving off the penalties during COVID-19 pandemic period for failure to submit Annual/ Half Yearly returns by food businesses in previous years.

FSSAI has decided not to count the period of 22nd March, 2020 to 31st December, 2020 for the accumulation of penalties under the provisions of FSS (Licensing and Registration of Food Business) Regulations, 2011 (“Regulations”) due to non-submission of returns of previous financial years.

Background:

The issue has been raised by several food business operators (“FBOs”) that the Regulations impose penalty on non-submission of returns of previous financial years. Due to the pandemic, the FBOs are seeking relaxation in the penalty levied during this period.
 Reviewing the present situation and in coherence of previous Orders (11th April, 2020 and 31st July, 2020) issued by the FSSAI , the present waiving off of penalties has been granted.
MandatoryFood business operatorsNo end date specifiedyes
BiharTransport Department, Government of Bihar issues directions for operators and passengers of Public Transport24-08-2020The Transport Department of Bihar (“Department”) has issued directions for operators and passengers of Public Transport. The directions have been issued to contain the spread of COVID-19, in light of the Unlock 3.0 Guidelines.

Some of the precautions that need to be ensured by the passengers using public transport are:

a. The passengers are required to wear a mask or cover their faces while using public transport. No passenger will be allowed to board the transport without their faces covered or without wearing a mask;

b. Passengers are required to use sanitizer prior to boarding a public transport;

c. Passengers are required to make minimum use of handrails on the public transport;

d. Passengers are requested not to form crowds in the public transport and are required to maintain social distancing and abide by other precautionary practices as notified;

e. Passengers are prohibited from consuming Tobacco and other such products when inside the public transport;

f. Passengers are prohibited from spitting at the bus stand or taxi stand;

Please refer to the appended document for a detailed read.

Please note that the directions are 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.
MandatoryTransportationNo end date specifiedNO
KarnatakaKarnataka Government restricts the opening of bars, theatres, amusement parks; restricts gatherings in the State24-08-2020In light of the restrictions imposed due to lockdown in Karnataka, the Karnataka State Government has informed that the following shall remain restricted in the State to contain the spread of the pandemic COVID-19:

I. Cinema halls, swimming pools, amusement parks, theatres, bars, halls, assembly halls and memorials,

II. Social / political/ religious/ sports/ cultural functions and other social gatherings

Further, persons above 65 years of age, persons with disabilities and children below the age of 10 years are advised to stay at home.

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.
MandatoryallNo end date specifiedNO
ChhattisgarhChhattisgarh Government eases requirement of e-passes for inter-State and intra-State movement; e-pass may be obtained voluntarily for the purpose of contact tracing23-08-2020The Government of Chhattisgarh has notified that e-passes are not mandatory for inter-State and intra-State movement.

In view of COVID-19 pandemic, the State Government had earlier issued Orders which mandated individuals to obtain e-passes for inter-State and intra-State movement, but now, in an Order dated 23rd August, 2020, new instructions have been issued with regard to such movement in consonance with the MHA Unlock 3.0 Order–

1. e-pass is not mandatory for inter-State and intra-State movement;
2. Individuals have been encouraged to use e-pass voluntarily as this will help in contact tracing if someone is tested positive. The travel history can be used to identify potential positive patients in time;
3. Passengers travelling to airports, railways, inter-state checkposts are advised to apply for an e-pass as this will help in contact tracing if the person gets infected;
4. Quarantine instructions on inter-state movement will remain unchanged.

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.
MandatoryAll No end date specifiedNo
Central Home Secretary, Government of India re-iterates that there shall be no restriction on inter-State and intra-State movement of goods and people; separate permission, e-permit or approval not required for such movement22-08-2020The Ministry of Home Affairs, Government of India (“MHA”), in letters dated 22nd August, 2020 (addressed to the Chief Secretaries of all States and Administrators of Union Territories), has re-iterated the fifth paragraph of the MHA Unlock Order 3.0 issued on 29th July, 2020 wherein it was clearly mentioned that there will be no restriction on inter-State and intra-State movement of persons and goods and that no separate permission, approval or e-permit shall be required. The MHA has further emphasised that the MHA Unlock 3.0 guidelines be strictly followed.
 
Background :
 
There have been reports of local level restrictions on movement being imposed by various Districts / States. Such restrictions are creating problems in inter-State movement of goods and services, resulting in disruption of economic activities and employment besides affecting supply of goods and services. Such restrictions imposed by the State Government amount to violation of guidelines issued by the MHA under the provisions of the Disaster Management Act, 2005.
 
In light of the above-mentioned, the present letters have been issued.
 
MandatoryAll31-08-2020No
Central Ministry of Home Affairs issues revised SOP for international travel on non-scheduled international flights under Vande Bharat Scheme and Air transport Bubble arrangement22-08-2020Ministry of Home Affairs has notified Standard Operating Protocol ("SOP") for international travel on non-scheduled  commercial flights under Vande Bharat Scheme and Air Transport Bubble arrangement.

The SOPs are in continuation of the Ministry's previous Order dated 29th July, 2020.

With a view to curb the spread of COVID-19 virus, the Central Government had taken steps to curtail the inward / outward movement of international passengers (both foreigners and Indians) in a calibrated manner. The Government had launched "Vande Bharat" mission to bring back Indians stranded in foreign countries and the Ministry of Civil Aviation (MOCA) has entered into "Air Transport Bubbles" arrangements with few countries to allow limited commercial passenger services on reciprocal basis. Therefore the following SOP has been laid down for movement of passengers -

A. In-bound flights

1. Category of persons who are eligible to travel on these flights will be permitted by MHA from time to time;

2. Persons have to register themselves with Indian Missions in the country where they are stranded/residing along with necessary details if they want to travel to India on Vande Bharat flights;

3. SOPs for operation of flights and ships under the mission will be issued by MOCA/Department of Military Affairs (DMA) or Ministry of Shipping (MOS) from time to time;

4. Priority will be given to compelling cases of distress including migrant workers / labourers who have been laid off, short term visa holders whose visas are about to expire, persons with medical emergency/pregnant women/elderly or those required to return to India due to death of family member and students;

5. The cost of travel will be borne by travellers;

6. After registrations for Vande Bharat flights, Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) will prepare database of details of all passengers and information on RT-PCR test will be taken and along with its result, this data will be shared by the MEA with respective States/UTs;

7. MEA and MOCA will display with at least two days notice, the schedule (day, place and time of arrival) of incoming flight on their online digital platform;

8. All travellers will give an undertaking that they are making the journey at their own risk;

9. All precautions such as wearing of masks, environmental hygiene, respiratory hygiene etc will be observed by airline staff, crew and passengers;

10. Passengers arriving through land borders will also have to undergo same protocol as mentioned above;

11. Guidelines on heath protocols and quarantine for international arrivals as issued by Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MoHFW) will be observed from time to time.

B. Out-bound flights:

1. Category of persons who will be eligible to travel on these flights will be permitted by the MHA from time to time;

2. MOCA will display on its website the category of persons eligible to travel out of India;

3. Such persons will apply to MOCA or to an agency designated by MOCA for this purpose along with necessary details including places of departure and arrival;

4. The travel from India will be on a non-scheduled commercial flight as allowed by MOCA;

5. Indian seafarers / crew seeking to accept contracts to serve on vessels abroad can travel on the non-scheduled commercial flights as allowed by MOCA or flights arranged by their employers subject to clearance given by Ministry of Shipping;

6. Before tickets of such persons are confirmed, the airline will ensure that the destination country allows entry of such persons with valid visa of that country. If any conditions are imposed by the destination country then the same will have to be fulfilled by the person intending to travel;

7. The cost of travel will be borne by the travellers;

8. All travellers will undergo thermal screening at the time of boarding as per health protocol and only asymptomatic travellers will be allowed to board the flight;

9. All precautions such as wearing of masks, environmental hygiene, respiratory hygiene etc will be observed by airline staff, crew and passengers.
MandatoryAll No end date specifiedNo
Tamil NaduGovernment of Tamil Nadu exempts manufacturing of automobiles and its components, components of defence and all export industries from complete lockdowns on Sundays21-08-2020The Revenue and Disaster Management Department of Tamil Nadu (“Department”) has issued a Letter dated August 21, 2020 in furtherance of its earlier Notification number G.O.Ms. No. 396, dated July 31, 2020 which had extended the lockdown in the State till August 31, 2020.

The earlier Notification had declared complete lockdown in the State on all Sundays falling in the month of August and had also permitted the following on such days of complete lockdown:

a. operation of continuous process industries manufacturing essential items like medical devices and food, food processing industries, agricultures, Agro processing and plantations;

b. milk distribution, hospitals, pharmaceutical shops, hospital vehicles, ambulance and hearse vehicle services;

c. private vehicles to ply only for medical emergencies;

Now, in the present Letter, it is clarified that the following shall be permitted to operate during complete lockdowns on Sundays:

a. Manufacture of automobiles and their components;

b. Components for defence;

c. All export industries.

For a detailed read, please refer to the appended Letter. 
MandatoryManufacture of automobiles and their components, components for defence, export industries31-08-2020No
PunjabGovernment of Punjab issues additional restrictions in the Urban Areas of Punjab; effective since 22nd August 2020 upto 31st August, 202021-08-2020The  Government of Punjab has issued additional restrictions in the Urban Areas of Punjab with effect since 22nd August 2020, upto 31st August 2020.

Key Highlights

Some of the restrictions imposed are listed below:

a. Weekend Curfew: Total Curfew on Saturdays and Sundays in all the 167 municipal towns of the State up to 31st August 2020.

b. Night curfew: Movement of individuals for all the non-essential activities to remain prohibited between 7:00pm to 5:00am within municipal limits of all cities of Punjab throughout the week.

Essential activities and services, movement of persons and goods on National and State Highways, inter-State & intra-State movement of persons and unloading of cargo and travel of persons to their destinations after disembarking from buses, trains and aeroplanes are permitted.

Essential services include offices both private and government, construction industry, media both visual & print, services related to health, agricultural and related activities, dairying and fishery activities, banks, ATMs, stock markets, insurance companies, on-line teaching, public utilities, public transport industry in multiple-shifts etc.

The list is not exhaustive and district authorities can add any activities in public interest.

Movement of persons and students in connection with all kinds of examinations, admission/entrance tests conducted by Universities, Boards, Public Service Commissions and other institutions heve been permitted.

Not more than 50% of shops dealing in non-essential commodities will be allowed to remain open on a given day in the 5 cities, which are - Amritsar, Jalandhar, Ludhiana, Patiala & SAS Nagar. The district authorities would stagger the opening days of shops accordingly. However, all shops dealing in essential commodities will be allowed to remain open on all days as per the timings given below:

a. Shops and Malls: Open till 6:30 pm (Monday to Friday); Closed in all cities on Saturday and Sunday;

b. Shops/ malls (dealing in essential commodities): Open till 6:30pm on all days (Monday to Sunday);

c. Religious Places: Open till 6:30pm on all days (Monday to Sunday);

d. Sports complexes, Stadia and public complex: Open till 6:30 pm on all days (Monday to Sunday);

e. Restaurants (Including Restaurants/ hotels in malls): Open till 6:30pm on all days (Monday to Sunday);

f. Hotels: Open on all days. No restrictions on timings have been specified;

g. Liquor Vends: Open till 6:30 pm on all days (Monday to Sunday);

h. Vehicles (throughout the state)

i. Only 3 persons including driver to be allowed in a 4-wheeler vehicle.

j. All buses and public transport vehicles to allow sitting for 50 % capacity with no person standing.

j. Ban on gatherings (throughout the state):

Section 144 of the Cr.PC  will be invoked  and orders will be issued to prohibit all social, political, religious gathering, protests and demonstrations throughout the State. However, gatherings relating to marriage and funerals will be allowed only for 30 persons and 20 persons respectively.

3. Government and Private Offices

Government and private offices will be allowed to operate with 50% staff strength till the end of the month i.e. not more than 50% of employees will be permitted on a particular day. The Heads of Offices will be required to restrict public visitors in Government offices and encourage use of on-line Punjab Grievance Redressal System (PGRS) and other on-line tools to minimize person to person contact in offices.

For a detailed read, please refer to the appended Gazette Notification.
MandatoryAll31-08-2020NO
DelhiDelhi Government discontinues the Scheme of creating health care facilities in Banquet Halls; effective immediately21-08-2020In an Order dated 21st August, 2020, the Health and Family Welfare Department, Delhi has informed that the scheme of creating health care facilities in Banquet Halls, which was operationalised in linkages with designated COVID Hospitals of Government of NCT of Delhi, vide cabinet decision .no. 2845 dated 26.06.2020 has now been discontinued.

Further, all Medical Directors/Directors of concerned linked hospitals of Government of NCT of Delhi and all concerned District Magistrates of Delhi are directed to wind up the facilities operating in Banquet Halls with immediate effect.
MandatoryHospitalsNo end date specifiedNo
CentralMinistry of Information and Broadcasting releases SOP on preventive measures for Media Production to contain spread of COVID-19. 21-08-2020The Ministry of Information & Broadcasting on 21st August, 2020 has issued "Guiding Principles and SOP on preventive measures for Media Production to contain spread of COVID-19".

These Guidelines reiterate principles and measures established by the Ministry of Health & Family Welfare and has provided additional Standard Operating Procedures  ("SOP") related to Media Production such as-
i. Face cover/ mask are mandatory for cast and crew, except for actors in front of the camera.
ii. There shall be designated entry and exit points for all shoot locations and other workplaces
iii. Common locations such as sets, cafeteria, make-up rooms, edit rooms, vanity vans, washrooms, etc. shall be sanitized regularly.
iv. Do’s and Don’ts shall be communicated at prominent points at the workplace using information boards, posters, and infographics.
v. Make-up artists and hair stylists shall use relevant PPE. Artists should be encouraged to do their hair styling and make-up remotely with the help of professionals.
vi. Efforts shall be made to minimize the use of props. Sanitization of props shall be done before and after use.

Please refer to the document attached for the exhaustive list of Guidelines
MandatoryMedia   
PunjabPunjab CM implements weekend lockdown and daily Night Curfew between 7 pm to 5 am as Emergency Measure in the State to check the spread of Covid-1920-08-2020The Chief Minister of Punjab ("CM") on 20th August, 2020 has announced weekend lockdown and  daily night curfew from 7pm to 5 am in all cities and towns in the State. As part of this Emergency measure, a total ban has been imposed on all gatherings except weddings and funerals across the State till 31st August, 2020.

Government and private offices to work at 50% capacity till the end of this month. Public visitors in government officials to be restricted and online grievance redressal system to be encouraged to minimise in-person contact with hassle-free online engagement.

Restrictions on vehicular capacity have been imposed again in the Districts of Amritsar, Ludhiana, Jalandhar, Patiala and SAS Nagar (Mohali) where buses and other public transport must operate with 50% capacity and private four-wheelers cannot carry more than three passengers per vehicle.

Only 50% of the non-essential shops to remain open on a daily basis.

These measures have been taken by the CM to check the spread of Covid-19 in the State. 
MandatoryAll 31-08-2020No
GoaJoint Electricity Regulatory Commission (JERC) for the State of Goa and Union Territories provides rebate  to its consumers during the crucial period of COVID-19 Pandemic 20-08-2020The Joint Electricity Regulatory Commission (JERC) for the State of Goa and Union Territories through the Extraordinary Official Gazette has decided to give rebate to its consumers during the crucial period of COVID-19 Pandemic.

JERC had previously relaxed due dates and introduced a moratorium on payment of fixed charges to all industrial and commercial consumers for the bills raised during the period from 24-3-2020 to 30-6-2020, which they could avail if they so desired.

Now the JERC has provided rebate to its consumers by means of following:—
(1) Rebate on the difference of maximum Demand Charges billed and actual recorded maximum demand charges for the month of April, 2020 and May, 2020 for all HT Consumers.
(2) Waive off the 50% of fixed charges billed to all the LT consumers for the month of April, 2020 and May, 2020.
(3) Delay payment charges will not be levied on consumer bills with due date of payment between 24th March, 2020 and 31st July, 2020, for which the payment has been received by 31st August, 2020.
MandatoryAllNo end date specifiedNo
MaharashtraGovernment of Maharashtra allows Inter-District bus services of Maharashtra State Road Transport Corporation; No permission/ approvals/ e-pass required for buses or passengers19-08-2020The Department of Revenue and Forest, Disaster Management, Government of Maharashtra (“Department”), has made amendments to the earlier “Mission Begin Again” notification issued by the Department originally issued on 31st May 2020 and extended by virtue of Orders dated 29th June 2020 and 29th July 2020.

The Department has amended Clause 7 (e) of the above-mentioned Notification to now permit Inter-District bus services only for Maharashtra State Road Transport Corporation.

The buses and passengers travelling by these buses will not require any permission/ approvals/ e-passes. The Standard Operating Procedure for operation of these buses will be issued by Maharashtra State Road Transport Corporation.

Previously, Intra-district buses were not permitted.

For a detailed read, please refer to the appended Order.
MandatoryAll31-08-2020NO
ManipurManipur Government revises SOP for  short term/ urgent visitors in the State19-08-2020In an Order dated 19th August, 2020 the Government of Manipur has issued an Addendum to the Standard Operating Procedure (“SOP”) for short term/ urgent visitors in continuation of the with the revised SOP issued by the Government on 15th August, 2020.
Through the present Order it has been stated that those visitors who intend to extend their stay in Manipur beyond 7 days will be permitted to do so only if they undergo paid testing for COVID 19 again on the 6th or 7th day of arrival.
Further, the test results have to be reported to the Health Department.
Background:
In a previous Order dated 15th August, 2020 (enclosed with the present Order) the Government had issued the SOP for short term/ urgent visitors in Manipur.
Now, with the present Order, a new clause is being added in the SOP.
MandatoryAllNo end date specifiedNo
Karnataka Karnataka Government revises guidelines for determining containment and buffer zones.18-08-2020In A Circular dated 18th August, 2020 the Government of Karnataka has issued the Revised guidelines for containment and buffer zones.

Key Takeaways:
1. The Circular defines a containment zone as a well-defined "area" around the residence of a COVID -19 positive person where the most intensive measures to prevent the spread of viral infection need to be implemented.
2. Buffer zone is an area of 200 meters radius around the perimeter of "Containment area" in both urban and rural areas.
Deputy Commissioner of the District /Commissioner-BBMP will define the "Buffer Zone" as per the above criteria by identifying roads, drains, and parks or other features for clear geographical segregation.
3. Containment Zone returns to normalcy if no new COVID-19 case is reported for at least 14 days after the last COVID-19 case was reported; and all the contacts of the confirmed case have been followed up for 14 days.
4. The village/ city/district/state will be declared free from the COVID-19 only after 28 days have passed since the last confirmed case of Covid-19 has been discharged from hospital/home isolation.

Background:
In view of evolving situation of COVID-19 in the State, there are large number of cases reported in houses and apartments which are closely located. This has led to too many Containment Zones, thus making it difficult for authorities to conduct surveillance activities and ensure perimeter control. In this context the present revised Circular is issued on Notification and de-notification of Containment and Buffer Zones.

Comment for ADG- I think this is only for COVID Package. please confirm.
MandatoryAllNo end date specifiedNo
Arunachal Pradesh Arunachal Govt. announces automatic renewal of various licenses and permits from 1st April, 2020 to 31st December,202018-08-2020In light of Covid-19 pandemic, the Government of Arunachal Pradesh has decided to automatically renew the following licenses from 01.04.2020 to 31.12.2020 -

1. Trade Licence
2. Food and Packaging Licence
3. Factory Licence
4. Bar and Retail Licence
5. Agent Permit
6. Plying Permit
7. Contractor Licence
MandatoryAll31.12.2020Factories Act, Contract Labour not covered in Komrisk for Arunachal Pradesh
PunjabGovernment of Punjab imposes additional restrictions in all cities in the State; movement for non-essential activities between 9 pm to 5 am is prohibited; Industries running 2-3 shifts permitted to operate17-08-2020In the wake of the sudden rise in COVID-19 cases, Punjab Government has issued additional directions with regard to restrictions in Jalandhar, Ludhiana and Patiala, with effect since 18th August, 2020.

Some points to note –

1. Movement of individuals for all non-essential activities has been prohibited between 9 pm to 5 am till further orders, within the municipal limits of all cities in Punjab;
2. Industries operating 2-3 shifts have been permitted to operate;
Note: Essential activities such as  movement of persons and goods on national and State highways, unloading of cargo and travel of persons to their destinations after disembarking from buses, trains and aeroplanes have been permitted;
3. Restaurants, hotels and other hospitality units may remain open till 8:30 pm. Also, shops and shopping malls may remain open till 8 pm. Restaurants / hotels situated within shopping malls and liquor vends have been permitted to remain open till 8:30 pm;
4. Shops other than those dealing in essential commodities and shopping malls will remain closed on Sundays. In addition to this, shops (other than those dealing in essential commodities) and shopping malls in 3 cities of Ludhiana, Patiala and Jalandhar will also remain closed on Saturdays till further orders;
5. Individuals to avoid unnecessary travel on Saturdays and Sundays in Ludhiana, Patiala and Jalandhar.
MandatoryAllNo end date specifiedNo
BiharBihar Government extends the validity of lockdown related guidelines issued earlier on 30th July, 2020 in the State till 6th September, 202017-08-2020In a Notification dated 17th August, 2020 the Home Department, Government of Bihar (“Department”) has extended lockdown in the state till 6th September, 2020.

Furthermore, it has been clarified that restrictions imposed earlier through an Order dated 30th July, 2020 will remain in force till 6th September, 2020.

Background:
The Department had earlier issued guidelines for implementing Unlock 3  in the State, in consonance with the MHA Unlock 3.0 Order dated 29th July, 2020. These guidelines were in force till 16th August, 2020. With the present Order, the said restrictions are being extended till 6th September, 2020
MandatoryAll06-09-2020No
Manipur Manipur Govt. issues additional guidelines for complete lockdown in the State in continuation of 15th August, 2020 Order; lockdown effective since 17th August, 2020 till 31st August, 2020 in the entire State 17-08-2020In continuation of the Order dated 15th August, 2020 where the Government of Manipur declared a complete lockdown in the State till 31st August, 2020 along with curfew from 5 PM till 6 AM, the Government on 17th August, 2020 has issued certain guidelines for this lockdown period which will have to be followed in the entire State of Manipur.

The guidelines are as follows -

1. Employers to check whether "Aarogya Setu App" is installed by all employees and their health status is regularly updated on the app;

2.In containment zones, only essential activities will be allowed and there will be strict perimeter control to ensure that there is no movement of people in and out of these zones, except for medical emergencies and for maintaining supply of essential goods and services;

3. 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;

4. In addition to activities permitted vide Order dated 15th August, 2020, the following activities are allowed from 17th August till 31st August, 2020-

a. Whole sale shops in Paona Bazar (Masjid Road) will be allowed to open between 10 AM to 3 PM on all days except Sunday;

b. Petrol Pumps will be opened for public as notified by CAF & PD Department.
MandatoryAll 31-08-2020No
KeralaKerala Government issues information for COVID 19 sample management in laboratories16-08-2020In a document dated 16th August, 2020, the Kerala Government of Kerala has issued information for COVID 19 sample management in Virus Diagnostic Laboratory.

The Document contains information about the following:
1. Process of receipt of samples.
2. Process of handling samples for aliquoting
3. RNA Extraction
4. Master Mix Preparation
5. RNA Addition
6. PCR Run
7. PCR Results
8. Test Reports.
9. Work shift arrangement for laboratories
The Document further provides Standard Operating Procedure for workflow and sample management inside the laboratory.
MandatoryDiagnostic LaboratoriesNo end date specifiedNo
MeghalayaDeputy Commissioner, East Khasi Hills District, Shillong allows certain establishments, services and activities to operate daily/remain open in the District after submitting an undertaking; private offices can operate daily with 33% staff strength15-08-2020In continuation of earlier Orders, the Deputy Commissioner of East Khasi Hills District in Shillong has issued an Order to notify that all shops operating from fixed premises are allowed to operate on a daily basis from 8 am to 8 pm in the East Khasi Hills District. Further directions have also been notified, which shall not apply to areas falling under Police Bazaar, G. S. Road (from Khyndai Lad to Motphran), Keating Road, Jail Road, Motphran, Jhalupara, Mawbah, Barapathar, Anjalee Point, Mawlonghat, Iewmawlong, Cantonment, Jeep Stand, Garikhana, Paltan Bazaar and Iewduh. Separate Orders will be issued for these areas. Also, these directions / Order will not apply to houses, buildings and areas which are declared as containment areas as per Annexure-I of the Order.

The following establishments, services and activities are allowed to remain open / operate daily in all of East Khasi Hills District including Shillong Urban Agglomeration, Civil Sub-Division of Sohra and Pynursla and in all C&D Blocks except Cyber Cafe, Gaming Parlours, Jackpot Parlours and Lottery Counter –

1. Private Offices have been permitted to operate with 33% employee strength (after obtaining permission and submitting an undertaking to the Deputy Commissioner). Offices need to follow SOP on preventive measures to contain spread of COVID-19 in office / workplace issued by Government of India without fail;

2. Pharmacies / laboratories / private and public clinics / veterinary clinics / dispensary;

3. Petrol Pump;

4. Home delivery and takeaway of food;

5. Mobile car repairing service consisting of 2 technicians and mechanic;

6. Services provided by self-employed persons like electrician, IT repairs, mechanics etc.;

7. Courier Service and e-commerce operation for all goods and common service centres;

8. Construction activities (in rural areas) will have to obtain permission and submit an undertaking to the Deputy Commissioner before starting work and in urban areas only in-situ construction (workers available on site/workers coming from same district) and construction of renewable energy projects. Permission will have to be obtained and an undertaking will have to be submitted to the Deputy Commissioner for resumption of activities. In addition to this, SOPs issued by the Labour Department, Meghalaya have to be strictly followed at all times;

9. Operation of notified weighbridges to facilitate checking of loaded vehicles after obtaining due permission and submitting an undertaking;

10. Border trade with Bangladesh through Land Customs Stations is permitted subject to strict compliance of SOP issued by the State Government, however, trade through Border Haat is not permitted;

11. Non-contact and in-direct contact sports are allowed after obtaining permission and submitting an undertaking to the Deputy Commissioner.

In addition to the above-mentioned, the following commercial activities may operate on a daily basis after submission of undertakings –

1. Food processing units including rice mills and mustard oil processing in rural areas outside municipalities;

2. Brick kilns in rural areas outside municipalities;

3. Industrial units;

4. Cement plants to operate at 100% capacity;

5. Mining of limestone and boulder by lease-holders for domestic sale in the state or country. However, export outside the country is permitted only through automated, elevated conveyor belt with no human intervention;

6. Quarrying of chips and aggregates including their transportation;

7. All agriculture and allied sectors like farming, processing and distribution of milk and milk products etc.;

8. Operation of tea industry including plantation for production, processing, packaging and marketing;

9. Transportation of all agricultural products;

10. MNREGA works with strict implementation of social distancing and face mask.

NOTE - All permitted establishments, activities, services, industrial and commercial activities in both urban and rural areas will have to strictly comply with the SOPs issued by the Government at all times.

Additional instructions for various establishments –

1. Shops inside Shopping Malls/Complexes will open daily while adhering with the SOPs on preventive measures in Shopping Malls to contain the spread of COVID-19 issued by the Government of India. The owner of shopping malls / complexes and respective shopkeepers will need to comply with the SOPs failing which the shop / shopping mall / complex will be closed followed by legal action. Further, no loitering will be allowed in such places and only customers may enter to make a purchase and exit immediately thereafter;

2. Restaurants / cafes / food outlets excluding those located along the National Highways will open daily w.e.f. 8 am to 8 pm and follow the SOPs for restaurants issued by the Tourism Department, Government of Meghalaya. Food outlets will open strictly for home delivery and for takeaway service along the National Highways till 10 pm;

3. Barber shops / beauty parlours / salons will strictly follow SOP issued by the Government of Meghalaya, Health and Family Welfare Department;

4. Weekly markets given under Annexure-V of the Order except Border Haats and Markets located in inter-State borders are permitted to open in the District subject to strict compliance with SOP issued by the Health and Family Welfare Department;

5. Hotels are permitted to resume operations with strict compliance with SOP issued by the Tourism Department, Government of Meghalaya. Permission will have to obtained before restarting operations from the Deputy Commissioner, East Khasi Hills District, Shillong;

6. Yoga Institutes and Gymnasiums will operate after submitting an undertaking confirming that they will adhere with SOPs issued by the Government before resumption of operations;

7. Cyber Cafes are permitted to open subject to strict compliance with the SOPs issued by the Information Technology and Communication Department, Government of Meghalaya after taking permission from the Deputy Commissioner Office;

8. Gaming Parlours are permitted to open on a daily basis from 8 am to 8 pm after obtaining permission from the Deputy Commissioner. SOPs will have to be strictly followed at all times.

Further, the public is requested to strictly follow the following –

1. Maintain social distancing of at least 6 feet;

2. Not to overcrowd in one area/shop;

3. To wear mask by shopkeepers and customers;

4. Not to spit in public places;

5. Cooperate with management made by the District Administration, District Police and Headman;

6. Ensure that this Order and previously issued Orders are followed strictly.

For a detail read, please refer to the appended Order.
MandatoryAllNo end date specifiedNo
PunjabPunjab CM extends night curfew (between 9 pm to 5 am) to all cities; industries exempted from night curfew; 'Stay at Home' to be followed on weekends in Ludhiana, Jalandhar and Patiala14-08-2020The Chief Minister of Punjab has announced extension of the night curfew from 9 pm till 5 am in all cities of Punjab with a view to curb the spread of COVID-19 infection in the coming weeks. Few additional measures have also been prescribed for implementation along with night curfew.

Additional Measures –

1. The night curfew will be applicable to all cities. However, industries have been exempted from the night curfew;
2. Every Office, restaurant and marriage place, wherein more than 10 people gather will appoint one Covid Monitor to ensure full compliance of masks, sanitization and social distancing. Special teams will inspect these places and violators will be penalised;
3. Weekend (Saturday and Sunday) will be observed as 'Stay at Home' to avoid unnecessary movement and socialising in cities of Ludhiana, Patiala and Jalandhar. Only essential services related movement has been permitted;
4. People have been requested to get themselves tested and report to hospitals within 72 hours if they feel sick;
5. Masks have been mandated for everyone, both indoors and outdoors, to curb the spread of infection.
Mandatory AllNo end date specifiedNo
MeghalayaGovernment of Meghalaya allows Yoga Institutes, Gyms, Cyber Cafes and Gaming parlours to open from 20th August, 2020; SOPs issued by the Government to be strictly followed along with social distancing protocols14-08-2020Home Department, Government of Meghalaya in an Order dated 14th August, 2020 has allowed the following additional activities in the State w.e.f. 20th August, 2020.

1. Yoga Institutes and gyms are allowed to operate with strict compliance to the SOP issued by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Government of India;

2. Cyber cafes are allowed by following SOP issued by the Information Technology and Communication Department, Government of India;

3. Gaming Parlours can now function by following SOP issued by the Deputy Commissioner.

However, the above-mentioned establishments who wish to resume operations need to submit an undertaking to the Deputy Commissioner confirming that they will adhere to the relevant SOPs and social distancing protocols issued by the Health and Family Welfare Department, Government of Meghalaya and obtain specific permission from the Deputy Commissioner before the commencement of activities.
MandatoryYoga institutes, gyms, cyber cafes and gaming parloursNo end date specifiedNo
Puducherry Puducherry Government notifies partial modification to earlier lockdown Order; exempts continuous process industries from lockdown restrictions on Tuesdays, subject to prior approval14-08-2020The Puducherry Government has issued an Order to notify partial modifications to earlier Order dated 12th August, 2020, wherein shops and establishments were permitted to be open from 6 am to 7 pm and complete lockdown was imposed every Tuesday.

Pursuant to requests from various quarters and Mahe and Yanam regions, the folllowing have been exempted from lockdown restrictions on Tuesdays –

1. Continuous process industrial units may function with minimum employees after obtaining prior approval from the Directorate of Industries and Commerce;
2. Mahe and Yanam regions have been exempted from all restrictions imposed.
Note: Necessary Orders will be issued by the Regional Administrators, which are at par with the adjoining States;
3. Government Offices involved in essential / field services may function with minimum staff.

In addition to the above-mentioned, it has been clarified that Central Government Offices and religious institutions in Puducherry and Karaikal will be closed on Tuesdays.

Violation of the above-mentioned will attract punishment under provisions of Disaster Management Act, 2005 and Epidemic Diseases Act, 1897.

For a detailed read, please refer to the appended Order.
MandatoryAll, continuous process industriesNo end date specifiedNo
Karnataka Karnataka Government issues uniform SOP for inter-state migrant workers that are returning back to the State of Karnataka during the unlock period; workplaces employing migrant workers will have to screen all workers at entry point and will have to keep stock of soaps and hand sanitizers14-08-2020The Karnataka Government has issued a uniform Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) for inter-state migrant workers returning to the State. With the opening of borders during the unlock period many migrant workers are returning as industries /establishments have started their operations again in the State. The State Government has decided to implement the SOP so that the spread of COVID-19 infection may be controlled. Companies which are involved in infrastructure works will need to follow the below mentioned guidelines.

All migrant workers will have to be put up separately in isolation upon their arrival in the State followed by screening by the health team (Govt. or Private) for COVID-19 symptoms like fever, cold, cough, throat pain, loss of taste, loss of smell, body ache, diarrhoea, difficulty in breathing etc.

At the workplace the following will have to be followed –

1. There will be daily thermal scanning and symptom screening of all workers at entry points. In addition to this, masks will be compulsory for all and social distancing of 2 meters will be strictly followed. The workplace should also have provisions of soap and hand sanitizers at different points and they will have to be properly used by all;
2. Anyone showing COVID-19 like symptoms will be isolated at workplace and referred to the nearest fever clinic (Govt. or Private) for COVID testing.

There will be a preliminary screening of migrant workers by health team upon their arrival from other states in the manner prescribed below –

1. All symptomatic (showing COVID-19 like symptoms) will undergo Rapid Antigen Testing (RAT) and one nasopharyngeal swab for RAT and one nasopharyngeal swab along with one throat swab for RT-PCR will be collected. If the RAT test result is negative then the other sample will be tested by RT-PCR, if RT-PCR test result is also negative then the person will be allowed to report for work. However, the worker will have to self-report any COVID-19 symptoms during the next 14 days.

2. All asymptomatic (no COVID-19 like symptoms) will undergo RAT (one nasopharyngeal swab) and only those testing negative will be allowed to report to work. However, the worker will have to self-report any COVID-19 symptoms during the next 14 days.

NOTE - Persons testing positive in the tests will undergo COVID-19 treatment as per existing protocol.
MandatoryInfrastructure worksNo end date specifiedNo
Karnataka Karnataka Government issues uniform SOP for inter-state migrant workers that are returning back to the State of Karnataka during the unlock period; workplaces employing migrant workers will have to screen all workers at entry point and will have to keep stock of soaps and hand sanitizers14-08-2020The Karnataka Government has issued a uniform Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) for inter-state migrant workers returning to the State. With the opening of borders during the unlock period many migrant workers are returning as industries /establishments have started their operations again in the State. The State Government has decided to implement the SOP so that the spread of COVID-19 infection may be controlled. Companies which are involved in infrastructure works will need to follow the below mentioned guidelines.

All migrant workers will have to be put up separately in isolation upon their arrival in the State followed by screening by the health team (Govt. or Private) for COVID-19 symptoms like fever, cold, cough, throat pain, loss of taste, loss of smell, body ache, diarrhoea, difficulty in breathing etc.

At the workplace the following will have to be followed –

1. There will be daily thermal scanning and symptom screening of all workers at entry points. In addition to this, masks will be compulsory for all and social distancing of 2 meters will be strictly followed. The workplace should also have provisions of soap and hand sanitizers at different points and they will have to be properly used by all;
2. Anyone showing COVID-19 like symptoms will be isolated at workplace and referred to the nearest fever clinic (Govt. or Private) for COVID testing.

There will be a preliminary screening of migrant workers by health team upon their arrival from other states in the manner prescribed below –

1. All symptomatic (showing COVID-19 like symptoms) will undergo Rapid Antigen Testing (RAT) and one nasopharyngeal swab for RAT and one nasopharyngeal swab along with one throat swab for RT-PCR will be collected. If the RAT test result is negative then the other sample will be tested by RT-PCR, if RT-PCR test result is also negative then the person will be allowed to report for work. However, the worker will have to self-report any COVID-19 symptoms during the next 14 days.

2. All asymptomatic (no COVID-19 like symptoms) will undergo RAT (one nasopharyngeal swab) and only those testing negative will be allowed to report to work. However, the worker will have to self-report any COVID-19 symptoms during the next 14 days.

NOTE - Persons testing positive in the tests will undergo COVID-19 treatment as per existing protocol.
MandatoryInfrastructure worksNo end date specifiedNo
AssamAssam Government notifies guidelines on permitted and restricted activities in the State till August 31, 2020; effective since August 16, 202013-08-2020In an Order dated August 13, 2020, the Assam Government has listed out the activities permitted in the State with effect from 5:00 am of August 16, 2020 till 9:30 pm August 31, 2020.

The present Order is in continuation of an earlier Order dated August 2, 2020.

A consolidated list of permitted activities as per both the Orders is provided below:

a. City buses are allowed subject to maintenance of all COVID-19 protocols and social distancing and with 50% capacity;

b. Public transport is allowed subject to maintenance of all COVID-19 protocols and social distancing with 50% capacity;

c. Inter District movement of passenger vehicles and people are allowed between Monday and Friday only. Inter-District movement of vehicles is allowed with 50% capacity. No separate permission/approval/e-permit will be required for inter-District movement;

d. Malls and Gymnasiums are allowed to operate between Monday and Friday;

e. Restaurants and other hospitality services are allowed to function on all days except Saturday and Sunday with maintenance of COVID protocol of social distancing;

f. Hotels are allowed lo operate with strict maintenance of COVID protocols;

g. All Central and State Government offices including Banks, Insurance Companies, NBFCs etc will operate with 100% attendance. Pregnant women are exempted from this. Point to point buses must be operated for the staff;

h. Non-contact sports in open space with social distancing is be allowed.

All permitted activities mentioned in the previous Orders issued by the Government will continue to be allowed between 5:00 am and 9:00 pm from Monday and Friday.

The following restrictions are emphasised:

1. Movement of individuals shall remain strictly prohibited between 9-30 pm and 5-00 am;

2. Spitting in public places, consumption of tobacco and liquor products shall be strictly prohibited;

3 .Social/ Political/ Sports/ Entertainment/ Academic/ Religious functions and other large congregations numbering more than 50 persons shall remain prohibited;

4. Cinema Halls, Swimming Pools, Entertainment Parks, Theatres. Auditoriums. Assembly Halls and similar places of public gathering shall remain closed;

5. No activities are allowed in Containment Zones and entry and exit from such zones are strictly prohibited;

6. No movement of individuals shall be allowed on Saturday and Sunday at any time all over the State;

Persons above 65 years of age and children below the age of ten years are advised to stay indoors except for unavoidable health reasons;

Wearing of face cover is mandated in public places, workplaces and public transport etc. A violation of this will attract a fine of Rs. 1000/- for the first offence.

The earlier Order had mentioned that all permitted activities would be allowed subject to "opening of only one side of the street."
This restriction is withdrawn under the present Order of August 13, 2020.
MandatoryAll31-08-2020No
CentralIn light of the pandemic MNRE informs about extension of time in Scheduled Commissioning Date of Renewable Energy (RE) Projects 13-08-2020In an Order dated 13th August, 2020, the Ministry of New & Renewable Energy (“Ministry”) has issued information regarding extension of time in Scheduled Commissioning Date of Renewable Energy (RE) Projects considering disruption due to lockdown due to COVID-19.
Key Takeaways:
1. All Renewable Energy (RE) implementing agencies of the Ministry of New & Renewable Energy (MNRE) will treat lockdown due to COVID-19, as Force Majeure.
2. All RE projects under implementation as on the date of lockdown, i.e. 25th March 2020, through RE Implementing Agencies designated by the MNRE or under various schemes of the MNRE, will be given a time extension of 5 (five) months from 25th March 2020 to 24th August 2020. This blanket extension, if invoked by the RE developers, will be given without case to case examination and no documents/evidence will be asked for such extension.
3. The timelines for intermediate milestones of a project may also be extended within the extended time provided for commissioning.
4. The Developers, of the projects covered above, may also pass on the benefit of such time-extension, by way of granting similar time-extensions, to other stakeholders down the value chain like Engineering Procurement Construction (EPC) contractors, material, equipment suppliers, Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs), etc.
5. The State Renewable Energy Departments (including agencies under Power/ Energy Departments of States, but dealing in renewable energy) may also treat lockdown due to COVID-19, as Force Majeure and may consider granting appropriate time extension on account of such lockdown.
Background:
The present Order has been issued in suppression of the Ministry’s Office Memorandum dated 17th April, 2020 and 30th June, 2020.
The Ministry  in a previous Office memorandum dated 20th March, 2020 had instructed to treat delay on account of disruption of the supply chains due to spread of corona virus in China or any other country, as Force Majeure and that they may grant suitable extension of time for projects, on account of corona virus, based on evidences / documents produced by developers in support of their respective claims of such disruption of the supply chains due to spread of corona virus in China or any other country.
In light of this, the present Order has been issued.
MandatoryProjects under renewable energy sourcesNo end date specifiedNo
West BengalWest Bengal notifies partial modification to earlier lockdown Order; withdraws State-wide lockdown on 28th August, 2020 (Friday); complete lockdown to be implemented on 20th, 21st, 27th and 31st August, 202012-08-2020The Government of West Bengal has withdrawn the State-wide lockdown on Friday 28th August, 2020.  The Government received several communications w.r.t. difficulty in conducting businesses and banking operations because of 2 days lockdown during Thursday and Friday in the last week of August, 2020 followed by one day lockdown on the following Monday.   Therefore, in partial modification to the earlier Order, the lockdown on Friday 28th August, 2020 has been withdrawn and now the State-wide lockdown will be observed on the following days –   Thursday 20th August; Friday 21st August; Thursday 27th August and Monday 31st August.MandatoryAll31-08-2020No
KeralaGovernment of Kerala issues addendum to Sample Testing, Collection and Transport Guidelines for Laboratory Diagnosis on COVID-19; swab collection can now be performed by Lab Technicians and Staff Nurses12-08-2020Department of Health and Family Welfare, Government of Kerala on 12th August, 2020 has issued addendum to Sample Testing, Collection and Transport Guidelines for Laboratory Diagnosis on COVID-19.

The addendum is issued in view of rising COVID-19 infection in the State and to facilitate enhancement of testing.

1. The nasopharyngeal or oropharyngeal swab collection can be performed by trained health care providers like Laboratory Technicians and Staff Nurses.

2. The Lab-in-Charge or the Doctor in the swab collection team shall ensure that the Laboratory Technician or the Staff Nurse intending to collect the swab is trained by a Doctor. The Lab-in-Charge or the Doctor in the swab collection team will supervise the first 20 swab collection procedures done by the Laboratory Technician or the Staff Nurse and shall monitor the procedure daily.
Mandatory LaboratoriesNo end date specifiedNo
PuducherryPuducherry Government issues guidelines for implementing additional lockdown measures; complete lockdown to be observed every Tuesday12-08-2020In the wake of the fast spread of COVID-19 virus post relaxation of lockdown measures; with a view to curb the spread of the disease, the Department of Revenue and Disaster Management, Puducherry has issued additional lockdown measures for the Union Territory.

The additional lockdown measures are as follows –

1. All private offices, shops and establishments will function from 6 am to 7 pm only;
2. There will be complete lockdown on every Tuesday without any relaxation for the entire Union Territory of Puducherry;
3. During the lockdown, all shops, establishments, industries, banks, Government offices, private offices will remain closed. Also, there will be no movement of bus, taxi, auto (except on emergency/permitted purpose);
4. Only medical shops / pharmacies and milk booths will remain open.

Violation of the above-mentioned measures will attract penalties under the provisions of Disaster Management Act, 2005 and Epidemic Diseases Act, 1897.
MandatoryAllNo end date specifiedNo
KeralaDistrict Disaster Management Authority, Thiruvananthapuram  notifies guidelines for implementation of lockdown in the entire Thiruvananthapuram Corporation; effective since 13th July, 2020 up to 20th July, 202012-08-2020The District Disaster Management Authority, Thiruvananthapuram, has notified guidelines for implementation of strict lockdown in the entire Thiruvananthapuram Corporation effective since 13th July, 2020  for a period of 7 days, i.e. till 20th July, 2020.

Background

As on 12th July 2020, a large number of cases with unknown sources leading to multiple clusters have been identified in the city of Thiruvananthapuram. The epidemiology of these cases is being established. Their contact tracing is done, however, identified primary suspects are spread across along LSGs in Thiruvananthapuram District.

The District Authority has examined the situation in detail and is of the opinion that there is a need for continuation of total and complete lockdown within the Thiruvananthapuram Corporation.

Key highlights:

1. The following activities have been allowed:

a. IT services in Technopark with essential staff;

b. Media Offices, data centre operators and telecom operators with minimum staff;

c. Banking services (except NBFCs) with maximum of 50% staff. ATMs will remain open;

d. Construction activities of basic infrastructure like highways, roads, bridges, and hospital and related infrastructure;

e. Taxies and autorickshaws maintaining COVID protocol (wearing mask, provision of sanitiser);

f. Agricultural/ Plantation/ Horticulture/ Dairy/ Poultry/ Animal Husbandry/ Veterinary;

g. All other public and private offices may continue to work from home only;

2. Hospitals, medical shops and all related medical establishments including their manufacturing and distribution units, both in public and private sector, such as dispensaries, chemist and medical equipment shops, laboratories, clinics including dental for emergency procedure only, nursing homes, ambulance etc. will continue to remain functional. The transportation for all medical personnel, nurses, paramedical staff, other hospital support services are permitted;

3. No door delivery of any item except for medicines and food only from Janakiya Hotels run jointly by Kudumbashree and Thirnvanathapuram Corporation is allowed;

4. The public exams in all educational institutions within the city limit of Thiruvananthapuram stand suspended until further orders;

5. Transit through National Highways will be permitted with condition that no one will be permitted to stop anywhere while transiting through containment zones.

6. Night Curfew will be in force in Thiruvananthapuram district during 9:00pm to 5:00am.

7. Only following activities are permitted in three wards of 66-Poonthura,74-Puthenpally and 75- Manikkyavilakam:

a. Grocery shops, Milk booths and Bakery shall function from 7:00am to 2:00pm including restocking;

b. All medical and essential services (Public Heal th Institutions, Water, Electricity) will remain functional 24x7 in wards of critical and buffer containment zone;

c. All Banks/NBFC shall remain closed.  The Lead bank shall ensure mobile ATMs functional from 10:00am to 5:00pm daily;

d. MILMA shall ensure mil k and milk products are supplied every day;

e. Regional Manager Supplyco shall provide Mobile Maveli Service to these 3 wards;

For a detailed read, please refer to the appended Order.
MandatoryAll20-07-2020NO
KarnatakaDepartment of Family Welfare, Karnataka rolls out FAQs on Rapid Antigen Tests for COVID-19; clarifies requirement for mandatory registration with IMCR12-08-2020The Department of Health and Family Welfare, Karnataka has issued FAQs on the Rapid Antigen Tests for COVID-19.

The FAQs address queries on what Rapid Antigen Tests for COVID-19 and limitations thereof, how long it takes to conduct the test, its objectives, requirement for mandatory registration with IMCR, documents required for registration, the eligibility criteria for private facilities to be able to conduct such tests, conditions to be followed during the use of RAT tests etc.

Please refer to the corresponding hyperlink for a detailed read of the FAQs.

Source: Department of Health and Family Welfare, Karnataka
AdvisoryHealthcareNo end date specifiedNo
CentralEmployees' Provident Fund Organisation ensures hassle free service delivery through its app UMANG during COVID-19 pandemic10-08-2020The Employees' Provident Fund Organisation ("EPFO") had introduced Unified Mobile Application for New-age Governance ("UMANG"), which has been a hit among the subscribers as it enables them to utilize services during COVID-19 pandemic from the comfort of their homes in a hassle free manner.

Presently, a PF member can access 16 different services of EPFO on their mobile phone using UMANG App. For availing these services,an active UAN (Universal Account Number) and a mobile number registered with the EPFO is required.

On UMANG app, a member can raise claim, track claim and know the status of claim raised. During the COVID-19 pandemic period from April to July 2020, a total of 11.27 lakhs claims were filed online through UMANG App. This was an increase of 180% compared to pre-COVID 19 period from December 2019 to March 2020, where only 3.97 lakhs claims were submitted through the app.

The ease of access with a click of a button on their mobile app has seen more members preferring UMANG app over the portal.

With Smartphone usage rising in India, EPFO has been able to extend access of its services to its members through mobile governance, thereby bridging the digital divide. This has enabled EPFO overcome the challenge posed by COVID-19 restrictions in providing social security services to its stakeholders, especially when they needed it the most. In the process, EPFO has become the largest  organization on UMANG accounting for more than 90% of the footfall on the app
AdvisoryAll No end date specifiedNo
West BengalDepartment of Health and Family Welfare, West Bengal  issues Guidelines for implementation of new software COVID19BWM for effective disposal of bio-medical waste generated during treatment/diagnosis/quarantine of COVID-19 patients10-08-2020The Department of Health and Family Welfare, West Bengal has, in a notification dated 10th August, 2020, issued Guidelines for implementation of the new software COVID-19 BWM for effective disposal of bio-medical waste generated during treatment/diagnosis/quarantine of COVID-19 patients.

Key highlights:

1. The COVID-19 BMW software application is used for tracking of generation, collections and disposal of COVID-19 bio-medical waste, generated at health care facilities, quarantine centres, isolation wards, testing labs, COVID-19 sample collection centres.

2. The software is operable on smart phones with Android operating system [minimum Android version should be 4.3 and above to avail all features in the application]. This application can be downloaded from the Google play store.

3. All waster generator entities will be required to register through the mobile app registration process for which the ICON is available on the home page of the mobile application

While registering they are required to ensure that the correct state and district are selected. Basis such selection, the available Common Biomedical Waste treatment facility will appear in the drop down.

4. Waste generators have to sign in using the user id and password generated through registration process shared at the email id entered in the registration form by the Mobile Application automatically.  

5. COVID-19 bio-medical wastes have to be handed over to the approved agencies through this mobile app.

6. All concerned entities are required to strictly comply with the above effective 1st July, 2020.

Please refer to the appended document for further details.

Source:  Department of Health and Family Welfare, West Bengal
MandatoryHealthcareNo end date specifiedNo
HaryanaOffice of Registrar, Co-operative Societies, Haryana informs that all Additional Registrars and Joint Registrars cannot hold Court under quasi-judicial capacity till 10th October, 2020 10-08-2020In an Order dated 10th August, 2020 the Office of Registrar, Co-operative Societies, Haryana (“Authority”) has informed that all Additional Registrars and Joint Registrars cannot hold Court under quasi-judicial capacity till 10th October, 2020 (i.e. 2 months from the date of the Order).
Background:
Previously, in an Order dated 22nd July, 2020 the Authority had informed that in light of the pandemic, the utmost urgent matters will be heard through video conferencing.
The present Order is issued in compliance of the previous Order mentioned above
MandatoryCo-operative societies10-10-2020No
MeghalayaDistrict Magistrate of East Khasi Hills in Shillong issues guidelines to implement Night Curfew in the District; effective since 10th August, 2020 till 17th August, 2020, from 9:00 pm to 5:00 am09-08-2020With a view to contain, reduce and eliminate COVID-19, the District Magistrate of East Khasi Hills District, Meghalaya, has issued a curfew Order under Section 144 CrPC, implementing Night Curfew between 9:00 pm to 5:00 am in the District; effective since August 10, 2020 upto August 17, 2020.

The following services are exempted from the purview of the Night Curfew. However, they must strictly comply with all protocols and procedures:

1. IT Services, telecom, communications and postal service;

2.  Press, Print & Electronic Media;

3. Security Forces;

4. Medical Teams on duty;

5. Wholesale and Retail Pharmacies;

6. Police and Armed Forces;

7. Fire & Emergency Service;

8. MeECL, NEEPCO & Power Grid;

9. Food and Civil Supply Department;

10. FCI;

11. Public Works Department (PWD);

12. Public Health Engineering (PHE) Department;

13. Shillong Municipal Board;

14. Petrol Pumps including Indian Oil Corporation (0IC);

15. Essential services including Health Services, Hospitals, Clinics, Dispensaries, Veterinary clinics, Labs;

16. Online/home food delivery. However, home delivery of food shall be exempted only upto 10:00 pm;

17. Authorized workshops and designated spare parts dealerships of Health and Family Welfare Department. Govt. of Meghalaya;

18. Government Officials on Duty;

19. Officers and Staff of Corona Care Centres;

20. Information & Public Relations Department;

21. National Highways & Infrastructure Development Corporation Ltd (NHIDCL);

The above-mentioned must 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.

Furthermore, movement of vehicles carrying essential commodities, security forces, medial equipments, and shops for repair of trucks on highways have also been exempted from the restrictions imposed by the present Order. However, drivers and attendants of vehicles will be subject to the medical screening as per protocols.

Please note:

1. The Order contains a list of areas (Containment Zones) wherein the exemptions granted to official / non-official emergency / essential services will not extend.

2. Curfew passes for timings falling between 09:00 pm to 05:00 am with effect from August 10, 2020 (Monday) upto August 17, 2020 (Monday) may be obtained by making an online application for the same at www.eastkhasihills.gov.in.

For a detailed read, please refer to appended Order.
MandatoryAll 17-08-2020No
MeghalayaDistrict Magistrate of East Khasi Hills in Meghalaya notifies guidelines to implement restrictions / prohibitions on certain activities in the District including Shillong Urban Agglomeration, Civil Sub-Divisions of Sohra/Pynursla and C&RD Blocks; effective since 10th August, 2020 up to 17th August, 2020, between 5 am to 9 pm09-08-2020The District Magistrate of East Khasi Hills District in Shillong, exercising its powers under the Meghalaya Epidemic Diseases, COVID-19 Regulations, 2020 has prohibited certain activities in East Khasi Hills District including Shillong Urban Agglomeration, Civil Sub-Divisions of Sohra / Pynursla and C&RD Blocks since 10th August, 2020 (Monday) upto 17th August, 2020 (Monday) for timings falling between 5 am to 9 pm each day.

Activities prohibited are -
1. Inter-state movement;
2. Any assembly whatsoever. Individuals to maintain social distance of at least 6 feet and should wear masks and follow proper respiratory etiquette without fail;
3. Operation of unregulated major markets (iew heh/iew die lang) and unregulated shopping complexes;
4. Border haats and markets located in the inter-state borders;
5. Operation of cinema halls , gyms, swimming pools, entertainment parks, theatres, bars and auditorium, assembly halls and similar places;
6. All forms of contact sports and spectators in sports grounds and stadiums;
7. Operation of educational institutions, training centres and coaching classes (tuitions) barring online/distance learning.
8. Opening of religious places/places of worship of all faiths including religious gatherings and congregation. However, marriage rituals in places of worship is permitted only after obtaining permission from the District Collector;
9. All forms of large gathering and congregation including social, political, entertainment, academic, cultural, religious functions etc.;
10. Moving in public, work places and during transport without mask;
11. Spitting in public places;
12. Consumption of liquor, paan, gutka, tobacco etc. in public places;
13. Operation of cyber cafe, gaming parlours, jackpot parlours and lottery counters;
14. Incoming additional workforce from outside the District EXCEPT for highly skilled, skilled, specialized professionals and technicians regulated by SOP of Labour Department.

General Instructions
1. Employers to ensure that all employees have the “Arogya Setu” Application and Behavioural Change management app installed on their phones;

2. Adhere to the guidelines prescribed in the SOP to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in office (public and private);

3. Operation of permitted shops, services, establishments, industrial and commercial activities etc. to strictly adhere with SOPs prescribed by the Government along with National Directives of Government for COVID-19 Management in Public Places and Work Places including mandatory compliance with the advisories of the Health and Family Welfare Department;

4. Operation of supply chains/wholesalers and retail outlets, shops, services and other establishments in the District will be regulated as per scheduled timings and dates which will be released in advance from time to time by the District Magistrate. Also advisories and guidelines of the Government should be followed strictly by all;

5. 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 requirements and for health purposes;

6. Individuals are required to maintain distance of 6 feet or 2 metres;

7. All residents are required to install Aarogya Setu application on compatible mobile phones and regularly update their health status on the app for containment of COVID-19 pandemic;

8. 50% of private and public transport will operate in east Khasi Hills District;

9. Public transport and private transport vehicles to ply on rotational basis from 5 am to 9 pm;

10. Movement of vehicles and other traffic arrangements will be prepared and regulated by the office of Superintendent of Police. Inter-district movement of persons is permitted;

11. Number of guests for funeral and last rites related gatherings should not exceed 20;

12. Wedding ceremonies are allowed in places of worship/religious places but the number of guests should not exceed one-third of the seating capacity of 50 guests, whichever is less inclusive of host and the Authority/s presiding over the wedding. However, wedding receptions are suspended till further orders;

13. Passes for all forms of outward inter-state movement from East Khasi Hills District will only be issued by the District Magistrate.

For a detailed read on the SOPs along with other related guidelines, please refer to the appended Order.
Mandatory All 17-08-2020No
PunjabDepartment of Home Affairs & Justice, Punjab imposes additional restrictions in the cities of Jalandhar Ludhiana and Patiala 08-08-2020The Department of Home Affairs & Justice, Punjab has, in a Circular dated 8th August, 2020, issued additional restrictions for cities of Jalandhar, Ludhiana and Patiala during  the phased reopening (Unlock-3) implemented by an earlier 31st July, 2020 Order from 1st August, 2020 to 31st August, 2020.

Additional restrictions imposed -

1. Night curfew (9.00 pm to 5.00 am):
• Movement of individuals for all the non-essential activities shall remain prohibited between9.00 pm to 5.00 am within municipal limits of these 3 cities.
• Essential activities including operation of multiple shifts, movement of persons and goods on National and State Highways and unloading of cargo and travel of person to their destinations after disembarking from buses, trains and aeroplanes will be permitted.
• All industries running into 2-3 shifts can remain open.

2. Restrictions on Timings:
• Restaurants, Hotels and other Hospitality Units : till 9 p m
• Shops and shopping Malls : till 8 pm
• Restaurants/ hotels situated within shopping malls: till 3 pm
• Liquor vendors : till 9 pm 
MandatoryAll30-08-2020No
CentralMinistry of Civil Aviation issues updated guidelines for domestic travel; provides clarity on steps to be taken by international arriving passengers intending to have connecting flights07-08-2020The Ministry of Health & Family Welfare (MoHFW) has, on August 2, 2020 issued revised Guidelines for international arrivals. The revised guidelines are operational from 00.01 Hrs, August 8, 2020 for international arrivals, in supersession of their earlier guidelines issued in this regard.

In line with this, the Ministry of Civil Aviation has, in an Office Memorandum (OM) dated August 7, 2020, revised its earlier directions with regard to domestic air travel issued under an OM dated May 21, 2020 and subsequently revised on June 29, 2020.

In the said directions, under General Instructions for commencement of domestic air travel (Annexure I) the following additional point is included after point "p":
q. International arriving passengers intending to have connecting flights to other domestic airports as their final destination would be allowed for such onward journey, when exemption from institutional quarantine requirement is granted in their favour by the State authorities concerned of the first airport of landing on the basis of a negative RT-PCR test report, for which test was conducted within 96 hrs. prior to undertaking the journey.

Thus, passengers with connecting flights need an exemption from an institutional quarantine requirement to be granted by the relevant State Authorities. The State Authorities would grant such exemption on the basis of a negative RT-PCR test report and the test must have been conducted within 96 hours prior to the journey.

Certain amendments with regard to the declaration to be made by passengers have also been made. For the declarations specified under Para 1(j)(iii) of Annexure II and para 2(g)(iii) of Annexure III the earlier requirement was only that a the passenger declared that they are not under Quarantine.
Now, with the testing requirement prior to journey being specified, either of the following declarations must be made:

i. i/we are not under quarantine
OR
ii. i/we are under quarantine, but having a negative RT-PCR test report, for which test was conducted within 96 hrs. prior to undertaking the journey from abroad.

Under Annexure III, specifying the Specific Operating Guidelines for Major Stakeholders (Airlines), under the guidelines specified to be followed at boarding gate, the following have been added:

h. A passenger arriving on an international flight who desires to continue on a connecting domestic flight shall be permitted to do so if the following procedure is complied with:

(i) Upon arrival the passenger completes a Self Declaration form which is submitted to the APHO and completes mandatory temperature screening.
(ii) The passenger has a valid negative RT-PCR test report, which has been conducted within 96 hours prior to undertaking the journey, as specified in the "Guidelines for International Arrivals" of MoHFW dated 02 August 2020, This report shall be validated by the State Government official at arrival triage and be stamped as accepted.
(iii) Passenger will then be permitted to exit the State Government triage area, without having his/her hand stamped, and permitted to proceed to their domestic connecting flight through the appropriate channel.

For a detailed read, please refer the  appended document.


AdvisoryIndividualsNo end date specifiedNo
KarnatakaKarnataka Department of Health and Family Welfare issues revised guidelines for International returnees to the State in consonance with the MoHFW guidelines07-08-2020The Government of Karnataka has notified revised guidelines for international returnees to Karnataka, in consonance with the "Guidelines for international arrivals" issued by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare on 2nd August, 2020.

A. Before Planning for Travel:

i. All travellers to submit self-declaration form on the Yatri Karnataka online portal at least 72 hours before the scheduled travel.

ii. Business / short term travellers who come with a negative RT-PCR test report will be exempted from quarantine requirements. Such passengers will also submit a declaration with respect to authenticity of the test report and will be liable for criminal prosecution, if found otherwise. The test report should be produced upon arrival at the point of entry of airport / seaport in Karnataka.

B. Before Boarding:

i. The Do’s and Don'ts on COVID -19 quarantine, testing etc. will be provided along with ticket to the travellers by the agencies concerned;

ii. All passengers to download Arogya Setu app, Quarantine watch app and Apthamitra App on their mobile devices;

iii. At the time of boarding the flight / ship, only asymptomatic travellers will be allowed to board after thermal screening;

iv. Suitable safety measures such as environmental sanitation and disinfection will be ensured at the airports / seaports;

v. During boarding and at the airports / seaports, all possible measures for physical distancing, provision of hand sanitizers, etc. must be ensured.

C. During Travel:

i. Travellers who had not filled the self-declaration form on the Yatri Karnataka portal must fill the same in duplicate in the flight / ship and a copy of the same be given to health and immigration officials present at the airport / seaport. Alternatively, such travellers may submit self-declaration form on the Yatri Karnataka online portal (http://www.covidwar.karnataka.gov.in/or https://parihara.karnataka.gov.in/Service38/) at arriving airport/ seaport.
 
ii. Suitable announcement about COVID-19 including precautionary measures to be followed must be made at airports/seaport and in flights/ships.

iii. While on board the flight/ ship, required precautions such as wearing of facemasks, environmental hygiene, respiratory hygiene, hand hygiene etc. are to be observed by airline/ ship staff, crew and all passengers.

D. On arrival

i. De-boarding should be done by ensuring physical distancing of 2 meters.

ii. Screening and categorisation of passengers at health counters:
a. All the passengers arriving at points of entry (airport & seaport) will be compulsorily screened for symptoms of COVID-19 (fever, cough, cold, sore throat, loss of taste, loss of smell, weakness, body ache, diarrhoea, difficulty in breathing, etc.) and self-declaration form must be obtained from each passenger in duplicate (Annexure-I)
b. Screening at point of Entry;
i. Self-reporting form verification
ii. Thermal scanning (body temperature must be 37.5 0 C/ 99.50 F) 
iii. Pulse oximeter reading (Sp02 must be more than or equal to 95%)
iv. Briefing with instructions
v. Categorization
vi. Check downloads of "Arogya Setu App", "Quarantine Watch App" and "Apthamitra App".

3. Screening Counters:
a. Airport/ seaport authority to provide sufficient space and materials for counters to health authorities for screening of all passengers.

b. KIAL Bengaluru: To provide adequate number of counters for screening. Medical teams will be posted from district health authority as per flight schedule.

c. Requirement at Mangalore airport and seaport to be assessed by DC-Dakshina Kannada and at Karwar Seaport by DC-Uttara Kannada.

4. Categorization must be done as follows:

a. Category l: Symptomatic passenger on arrival

b. Category Il: Asymptomatic passenger on arrival

5.Categorization of passengers:

a. Category I : Symptomatic passengers (fever, cough, cold, sore throat, loss of taste,  loss of smell, weakness, body ache, diarrhoea, difficulty in breathing and specify,  if any other)

i. Action for Category l: - Segregated from other passengers and sent to  Dedicated COVID Health Centre (DCHC) for COVlD testing
- 3 swabs (1 nasopharyngeal swab in VLB for RAT and 1 Nasopharyngeal + 1 Throat swab in VTM for RT-PCR) must be taken from the passenger.

- If tested Positive by Rapid Antigen Test: Triage must be done for home isolation or shift to COVID Hospital in Govt. or Pvt. as  applicable.

- If tested Negative by Rapid Antigen Test: lsolate and manage clinically. Sample (1 Nasopharyngeal + 1 Throat swab in VTM) must be tested by RT-PCR.

- If Positive: Triage must be done for home isolation or shifted to COVID Hospital in Govt. or Pvt. as applicable.

- If Negative: Advised to complete the home quarantine period of 14 days
b. Category Il: Asymptomatic passengers
- Action for Category Il: All passengers will be sent to home quarantine for 14 days o
- Advice regarding strict home quarantine protocol
 - If home quarantine is not possible for any reason,  alternatively must be allowed institutional quarantine (Government or Private)

6. Business / Short term travellers:
a. To establish that one is a business visitor, person should show the following documents in original
 i. Confirmed return flight ticket which should not be more than 7 days later from the date of arrival
ii. Documents pertaining to the purpose of visit/ invitation letter
iii. Place of stay/ hotel reservation iv. Valid Visa

b. If the business/short term visitor who is coming for short duration of 48 hours (counted from the arrival time) then he/ she is exempted from COVID-19 test & quarantine. All precautions of wearing mask, using hand sanitizer & respiratory hygiene should be followed.
c. If the duration of stay in Karnataka is more than 48 hours and less than 7 days then  COVID-19 test must be done (swab must be drawn immediately on arrival for RAT) and after getting a negative report such a person can complete his engagements and go back.
d. Business/ short term visitors who come with a negative RT-PCR test report must be exempted from testing on arrival. This RT-PCR test should have been conducted within 96 hrs prior to undertaking the journey.


Other instructions -
i. Passengers who have landed in other States and arriving in Karnataka will undergo rapid antigen testing after reaching respective district if symptomatic. However, If such passengers are asymptomatic they must complete 14 days of home quarantine period (from the date of arrival in India);
ii. International passengers of other States arriving in Karnataka, if asymptomatic, will be allowed to go to respective states with advice of home quarantine for 14 days;
iii. Students who are writing exams in Karnataka will be exempted from home quarantine after testing negative by rapid antigen testing (RAT) or carrying a negative RT-PCR test report which should have been conducted within 96 hrs prior to undertaking the journey
iv. The cost of COVID-19 test if done, must be paid by the passengers themselves (RAT —Rs: 700 per test and RT-PCR -Rs: 2000 per test) or as per guidelines issued by Government of Karnataka from time to time
MandatoryAllNo end date specifiedNo
ChhattisgarhOffice of the District Collector of South Bastar, Dantewada, Government of Chhattisgarh issues directions to prevent and contain spread of COVID-19 in the area07-08-2020The Collector of South Bastar in Dantewada, Government of Chhattisgarh (“Authority”) has notified guidelines to prevent and contain the spread of COVID-19 in the area. The Order has been effective since 7th August 2020.

Key highlights

The following directions have been issued by the Authority:

a. All business establishments of the area will be able to conduct business from 9:00am to 7:00pm (in compliance with provisions of weekly holiday). Social distancing at all establishments needs to be ensured. Shopkeepers and customers will ensure the use of masks and sanitize the business establishment on a daily basis. There shall be a complete ban on activities from 7:00pm to 7:00am. If the shop is found open after a period of time and not following the instructions, strict action will be taken against the shopkeeper under Section 188 of the Indian Penal Code which includes sealing the shop.

b. All businessmen will maintain a register and keep complete details of the customers, along with the name / address / mobile number.

c. Any type of gathering, organizing, procession. Cultural / social events and parks / clubs / cinema halls will be completely banned.

d. Conditions / restrictions will need to be strictly followed as per the order issued for the containment zone in the Corona affected area of South Bastar, Dantewada district.

e. Milk vendors who distribute milk at home will be able to do so from 7:00am to 10:00am and and from 5:00pm to 7:00pm.


For a detailed read, please refer to the appended 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.
MandatoryAllNo end date specifiedNO
KeralaKerala Government permits industrial units manufacturing and distributing essential commodities including health products to operate out of Containment Zones; issues guidelines07-08-2020With a view to mitigate the negative impact with regard to closing down of the industries in Containment Zones, and pursuant to requests from various industrial units seeking exemptions to manufacture and distribute essential goods including health products in the State in the areas of lockdown and containment; the Kerala Government (Government) has permitted all industrial units engaged in manufacturing and distribution of essential goods including health products in the State, to start operating. The permission to operate has been granted subject to strict compliance with the following guidelines:

1.  All Industrial units and industries within Containment Zones are permitted to function with the condition that (if possible) no one should be allowed to enter into the Containment Zone;

2. The products manufactured to be stocked within the Containment Zone till the time restrictions are lifted;

3. Where there is no containment, industrial units may be allowed to operate normally and if required, they may restrict the deployment of employees at 50% with all protection measures such as social distancing, wearing of mask, frequent washing of hands with soap and checking temperature when the persons enter and exit the compound of the unit.


The following are specific guidelines for Industrial Units in Containment Zones -

1. The issue with regard to workers coming in the industrial units and going back within the Containment Zones needs to be worked out properly by the Industrial Unit Management;

2. symptom screening to be done by the Management on a daily basis;

3. anybody with the symptoms may be tested in the private laboratories and also as per the Industrial Units Welfare Policies. Such person must be sent for treatment in their empanelled Hospitals or as per the Group Insurance Scheme of the Industrial Unit;

4. workers with influenza like symptoms must not be permitted to work;

5. social distancing, frequent hand hygiene and provision for providing mask to be ensured. Waste disposal should be done properly;

6. Cafeteria management for tea, snacks and lunch to be done properly, avoiding crowding and maintaining social distance.

For Industrial units in No Containment Zone, in addition to the above-mentioned points, the following must also be taken care of:

Transportation of the workforce to be done properly by the Management.

Generic Instructions

1. Wherever possible add shift and de-congest workers coming at the same time;
2. Study the work flow and accordingly arrange the staff inflow by structuring the time;
3. Take steps for design improvement on the assembly floor to avoid aerosol contamination;
4. Get surfaces cleaned repeatedly;
5. Distribute IEC related to COVID;
6. Contact DISHA number 1056;
7. Follow the Covid Protocols and advisories issued by Health Department scrupulously;
8. Undertake intensified testing of workers working together in Industrial Units;

For a detailed read, please refer to the appended Order. 
MandatoryEssential commodities Manufacturing unitsNo end date specifiedNo
NagalandNagaland Govt. issues "Guidance on use of Oxygen Concentrator for Oxygen Therapy in COVID-19 in Facility Settings" in sync with the Guidance issued by the Centre07-08-2020The Directorate of Health and Family Welfare, Nagaland has issued "Guidance on use of Oxygen Concentrator for Oxygen Therapy in COVID-19 in Facility Settings" in line with the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Guidance issued on 20th July, 2020.

This Guidance is issued for strict compliance by health facilities that facilitate use of oxygen concentrators for oxygen therapy in COVID-19 patients.
MandatoryHealth FacilitiesNo end date specifiedNo
Himachal PradeshDistrict Magistrate of Kinnaur in Himachal Pradesh withdraws the time restrictions on opening and closing hours of shops06-08-2020Pursuant to MHA Unlock 3 Order dated 29th July, 2020, the District Magistrate of Kinnaur in Himachal Pradesh (“DM”) has withdrawn the time restrictions on opening and closing hours of shops, which was brought into effect by virtue of Order No. 1073229, dated 1st June 2020.

The DM has however mandated that all other norms / SOPs for social distancing and prevention of COVID-19, issued by the Ministry of Home Affairs and Health & Family Welfare are strictly adhered to.

Background

The new guidelines for unlock 3.0 have been issued by the Ministry of Home Affairs, Government of India and the same have been adopted by the Government of Himachal Pradesh by virtue of Order dated 31st July, 2020. The night curfew has also been lifted and all activities have been permitted outside Containment zones, except for the ones still prohibited by virtue of the Order issued by the Ministry of Home Affairs on 29th July 2020.

For a detailed read, please refer to the appended Order.
MandatoryAllNo end date specifiedNO
Central DGFT extends date for filing online applications for export quota of August 2020 for PPE medical coverall for Covid-19 till 8.08.202006-08-2020The Directorate General of Foreign Trade ("DGFT"), in a trade notice dated 6th August, 2020 has extended the date for filing online applications for export quota of August, 2020 for PPE medical coverall for COVID-19 till 8th August, 2020.

Owing to technical difficulties, the application filing facility was not available during the time the application was to be filed (i.e. 1st to 3rd day of the month), therefore the time for filing online application for PPE coveralls for COVID-19 quota for the month of August, 2020 has been extended till 8th August, 2020.

Background
Earlier, in a trade notice no. 18/2020-21 dated 20th July, 2020, it was mentioned that applications for medical coveralls for COVID-19 for August onwards filed from 1st to 3rd day of each month will be considered for the quota of that month. But owing to technical/server issues, the ECOM facility for online application on DGFT website was not available from 7 PM on 2nd August, 2020 to 4 PM on 5th August, 2020.
MandatoryPPE Exporters08-08-2020No
CentralRBI introduces Resolution Framework for COVID-19-related Stress to mitigate the impact on the ultimate borrowers and facilitate revival of real sector activities06-08-2020The Reserve Bank of India ("RBI"), in a Notification dated 6th August, 2020 introduces a "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.

RBI acknowledging the financial stress caused to borrowers on account of the Covid-19 pandemic has provided a window to enable lenders to implement a resolution plan in respect of eligible corporate exposures without change in ownership, and personal loans, while classifying such exposures as Standard, subject to specified conditions. This facility has been provided under the Reserve Bank of India (Prudential Framework for Resolution of Stressed Assets) Directions 2019 ("Prudential Framework").

Lending Institutions must only extend this facility to borrowers having stress on account of Covid19.  For which they must have a Board approved policy detailing the manner of the evaluation and the objective criteria that may be applied while considering the resolution plan in each case.

This facility would extend to certain categories of Lending Institutions not originally covered by the Prudential Framework. For all resolution plans implemented under this facility all the norms applicable to implementation of a resolution plan, including the mandatory requirement of Inter-Creditor Agreements (ICA) must be implemented.

The Annexure to the Notification contains the prudential boundaries and other details of the facility. 
MandatoryNBFC, Financial InstitutionsNo end date specifiedNO
CentralIn light of COVID-19, RBI extends restructuring of  existing loans to MSMEs classified as 'standard' without a downgrade in the asset classification06-08-2020The Reserve Bank of India (“RBI”) has, in a Notification dated 6th August, 2020, declared that the existing loans to Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSME) sector, classified as 'standard', will be restructured without a downgrade in the asset classification, subject to the following conditions:

1. The aggregate exposure, including non-fund based facilities of banks and Non-Banking Financial Companies to the borrower did not exceed Rs. 25 crore as on March 1, 2020.

2. The borrower’s account was a ‘standard asset’ as on March 1, 2020.

3. The restructuring of the borrower account has been implemented by March 31, 2021.

4. The borrowing entity is GST-registered on the date of implementation of the restructuring.

However, this condition will not apply to MSMEs which are exempt from GST-registration. This will be determined on the basis of exemption limit obtaining as on March 1, 2020.

5. Asset classification of borrowers classified as standard may be retained as such, whereas the accounts which slipped into Non Performing Asset category between March 2, 2020 and the date of implementation will be upgraded as ‘standard asset’, as on the date of implementation of the restructuring plan.

The asset classification benefit will be available only if the restructuring is done as per provisions of this circular.

6. For accounts restructured under these guidelines, banks will maintain additional provision of 5% over and above the provision already held by them.

Background:

In view of the continued need to support the MSME entities on account of the COVID-19 pandemic and to align these guidelines with the Resolution Framework for COVID 19 – related stress, RBI decided to extend the scheme of one-time restructuring of existing loans to MSMEs classified as ‘standard’ without a downgrade in the asset classification.

Please refer to the appended document for further details.

Source: Reserve Bank of India
MandatoryAll Commercial Banks (including Small Finance Banks, Local Area Banks and Regional Rural Banks), All Primary (Urban) Co-operative Banks/State Co-operative Banks/ District Central Co-operative Banks, All All-India Financial Institutions, All Non-Banking Financial CompaniesNo end date specifiedNo
ChhattisgarhDistrict Magistrate Durg, Chhattisgarh issues additional guidelines to contain the spread of COVID-19 infection in the District; shops and establishments to open for limited time; effective upto 31st August, 202006-08-2020District Magistrate Durg District, Chhattisgarh through an Order dated 6th August, 2020 has issued guidelines to contain the spread of COVID-19 infection in the District.

These guidelines will be in effect till 31st August, 2020 in the District. Face masks and social distancing will have to be strictly followed at all times.

In addition to the previous orders the following guidelines are being issued for strict implementation in the entire District -
1. All private/government/semi-government offices under Central and State Government will continue to operate within the stipulated time.
2. All educational institutions/coaching institutes/tuition classes in the District will remain closed and only online classes are allowed.
3. Cinema halls, swimming pools, amusement parks, tourist spots, clubs, theatres and auditoriums and similar places will remain closed.
4. Worship can be done in religious places as per the instructions issued but religious/cultural/social programs will be banned.
5. Transportation services in the District including private buses, taxis, auto rickshaws etc. are allowed.
6. Transportation of masks, sanitizers, medicines, ATM vehicles, gas and LPG cylinder and vehicles with other essential services are allowed.
7. Health services (hospitals, clinics, medical colleges etc.) will continue to operate.
8. For emergency movement e-pass is required.
9. Morning/evening walks and cycling and exercise is allowed.
10. Permission to conduct business in the District will be as follows -
a. Vegetable shops, dairy, meat, fish - 5 AM till 12 PM (for dairy 5 PM till 7 PM);
b. Grocery shops, provision etc. - 11 AM till 7 PM;
c. Restaurant and hotel - For dining 10 AM till 9 PM and for home delivery 10 AM till 10 PM;
d. Hand cart (for food) - 6 AM to 9 AM and 5 PM to 8 PM;
e. Gym and yoga - 6 AM to 10 AM and 4 PM till 8 PM;
f. Shopping mall - 11 AM till 7 PM;
g. Medicine shop/medical store/optical store/salon - till 7 PM;
h. Diesel/Petrol pump/ LPG and CNG - till 7 PM;
Note - Excluding medical stores and diesel/petrol/LPG/CNG pumps all business will open for 8 hours everyday except on Sundays (dairy stores will open from 6 AM till 12 PM on Sundays)
11. Milk plants will continue to operate and milk vendors will home deliver milk on all days from 6 AM to 9 AM and 5 PM to 7 PM.
12. All factories, construction units will operate by following guidelines of the Government issued from time to time.
13. Transport vehicles (medical and commercial) are allowed to operate.
14. Shopkeepers have to display time limit of opening and closing of the shop.
15. All merchants have to keep masks in their shops so that the customers can purchase it if they don't have mask and then continue to purchase other goods.
16. Spitting of gutka and paan in public places is prohibited.
17. Ban on any kind of event, procession etc. will continue like before.
18. Transport services related to animal feed and food supply will continue to operate without any restrictions.
19. Electricity, drinking water, municipal services, ATMs, print and electronic media, internet services, IT services, postal services, etc. will continue to operate.
20. E-commerce supply of essential items including food medicine and medical equipment, all agencies (including private agencies) engaged in security operations will continue to operate uninterruptedly.
21. Industrial establishments or factories which have continuous production process and mines will operate by following all directions of the Central and State Government.
22. All agencies involved in procurement of agricultural products including mandis and farming equipment shops will continue to operate.

Some points to note -
1. All citizens coming from abroad /other states who are under supervision for home quarantine will attract action against them if they violate quarantine rules.
2. Health services are available 24x7 in Government hospitals in the District.
3. A control room has been set up for emergencies whose telephone number is 0788-2323492.
4. If any shop/institution violates the above conditions then that shop/institution will be sealed for 15 days.
5. Any person violating these measures will be punished under relevant provisions of law.

Please note that the Order is in Vernacular and it has been translated to the best of our understanding.
Mandatory All31-08-2020No
Tripura District Magistrate and Collector, West Tripura District issues Order for implementing Night Curfew in the District from 9 pm till 5 am; effective till 31st August, 202006-08-2020With a view to minimize the threat of COVID-19, the District Magistrate and Collector of West Tripura has issued guidelines to implement Night Curfew under Section 144 of Cr.P.C. within West Tripura District from 9 pm to 5 am on a daily basis till 31st August, 2020.

Key obligations for citizens residing in West Tripura District:

1. Assembly of 10 or more people within West Tripura District (outside containment zones) is prohibited;
2. All social/political/sports event/entertainment/academic/cultural/religious functions and other gatherings and large congregations within the District are prohibited;
3. Cinema halls, swimming pools, entertainment parks, theatres, bars and auditoriums, assembly halls will not function;
4. Yoga centres and gymnasiums may function as per SOPs issued by Ministry of Health and Family Welfare ("MOHFW"), Government of India;
5. Activities in religious places/places of worship is allowed with minimum people, except in containment zones until further orders;
6. Schools, colleges, educational and coaching institutes etc. will be closed till 31st August, 2020;
7. Hotels, restaurants and other hospitality service and shopping malls will be allowed to function in accordance with SOP issued by MOHFW, except in containment zones and until further orders;
8. Prohibition and restriction on the handling or transportation of any kind of weapons, licensed or otherwise;
9. Movement of individuals for all non-essential activities will be strictly prohibited between 9 pm (night) to 5 am (morning);
10. Wearing of masks/face covers is compulsory in public places;
11. Spitting and urinating in public spaces and work places is prohibited and is a punishable offence, violators will be penalized;
12. Shops to ensure that there is maximum six feet distance among customers and not more than 5 people are allowed in a shop;
13. Any person violating this order will be punished under Section 188 IPC, 1860.

For a detailed read, please refer to the appended Order.
MandatoryAll31-08-2020No
Madhya PradeshMadhya Pradesh Government eases lockdown restrictions; night curfew to now be observed from 10pm to 5am as opposed to the earlier timing of 8 pm to 5 am; lockdown lifted on Saturdays06-08-2020In an Order dated 6th August, 2020, the Madhya Pradesh Government has relaxed the night curfew in the State and has further lifted lockdown on Saturdays as detailed below.

Lockdown on Weekends: Now, the Government has informed that all markets will be closed on Sundays only.

Night Curfew: Night curfew will now be observed from 10 pm to 5 am as opposed to the earlier timing of 8 pm to 5 am.

Background:
In an earlier Order dated 20th July, 2020 directions were issued to enforce lockdown on Sundays and on Saturdays or Mondays in such a manner that lockdown is implemented for a consecutive period of 2 days.

The present Order clarifies that lockdowns on Saturdays have been completely lifted.

For a detailed read, please refer to appended 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.
MandatoryAllNo end date specifiedNo
Andhra PradeshHealth Department of Andhra Pradesh notifies guidelines for implementation of phased re-opening of activities (Unlock 3); extends lockdown in Containment Zones upto 31st August, 202005-08-2020The Health Department of Andhra Pradesh has adopted the Unlock 3 guidelines, issued by the Ministry of Home Affairs in the Order dated 29th July, 2020, for implementation in the State.

Key highlights:

1. All activities have been permitted outside Containment Zones, barring the following:

i. Schools, colleges, educational and coaching institutions will remain closed till 31st August, 2020. On-line/distance learning will continue to be permitted and be encouraged

ii. International air travel of passengers, except as permitted by Ministry of Home Affairs

iii. Metro rail

iv. Cinema halls, 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. Only essential activities have been permitted in the Containment Zones.

3. 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.

4. Spitting in public places is completely prohibited and punishable with fine.

5. Consumption of liquor, pan, gutka, tobacco etc. in public places is prohibited. However, there will be no restriction or their sale.

6. Social distancing i.e. minimum 6 feet distance (do gaz ki duri) for all the activities have to be maintained.

7. Wearing of masks by all persons in public places, including work places etc. will be mandatory and must be strictly observed and enforced.

8. Employers are advised to ensure that Arogaya Setu is installed by all the employees having compatible mobile phones.

9. Workplaces must ensure:

i. that the practice of Work from Home is followed as far as possible

ii. Staggering of work / business hours in the offices, workplaces, shops, markets and industrial & commercial establishments;

iii. that provisions for thermal scanning, hand wash and sanitizer is made at all entry points and of hand wash or sanitizer at and exit points and common areas;

iv. frequent sanitization of the entire workplace, common facilities and all points which come into human contact e.g. door handles etc.

v. adequate distance between workers, adequate gaps between shifts, staggering the lunch breaks of staff, etc.

Please refer to the appended documents for further details.

Source: Health, Medical and Family Welfare Department, Andhra Pradesh
MandatoryAll31-08-2020No
CentralIRDAI allows the option of authenticating  proposals for life insurance through electronic means; dispenses with physical signature on proposal forms05-08-2020In a Circular dated August 5, 2020, the Insurance Regulatory and Development Authority of India has issued instructions for dispensing with physical signature on proposal forms.

The IRDAI has received feedback from various life insurers that the situation arising in the wake of COVID-19 outbreak has impacted way in which life insurance policies are canvassed by agents and intermediaries. The filling-in of the physical proposal forms, obtaining wet signatures on them and subsequent movement of such physical papers, etc., are particularly impacted.
Life insurers had accordingly made representations to the IRDAI to allow the option of authenticating the proposals for life insurance through electronic means, in place of physical signature, for the sales made by insurance agents and intermediaries, in addition to the methods presently allowed.

Accordingly, the following instructions are issued:

1. Life Insurers are allowed to obtain the customer’s consent without requiring wet signature on the hard copy of the proposal form, for the business solicited by insurance agents / intermediaries subject to following:

a. The completed proposal form must be sent to the prospect on his/ her registered e-mail ID or mobile number in the form of an e-mail or a message with a link as the case may be.

b. The prospect, if he / she wishes to consent to the proposal, may do so by clicking the confirmation link or by validating the OTP shared. The Insurer must maintain verifiable, legally valid evidence for the proposer’s consent received for the fully completed proposal form. Further, the insurer shall not accept any payment of moneys towards proposal deposit till the receipt of consent of the proposer.

c. In all such cases, the agent / intermediary must confirm that only the approved sales material has been used during the solicitation process. They must also certify the authenticity of the e-mail ID and/or mobile number of the prospect.

The responsibility of the Insurers in this regard is specified as follows:

a.    Providing to the insurance agents / intermediaries approved digital sales material and ensuring that only such material is used while soliciting the business;
b.    Authenticating the e-mail IDs / mobile numbers of the prospects by conducting de-duplication of such data and other such means;
c.    Ensuring the suitability of the product being purchased;
d.    Carrying out pre-issuance verification calls in respect of all such proposals.

The facility has been allowed on an experimental basis. It is effective immediately and will be valid till  31st December, 2020. The facility is limited to pure risk products, i.e., products that do not involve any savings element.

The circular also specifies that grievances pertaining to sales logged in through the above method must be separately maintained by the Life Insurers and a monthly statement shall be submitted to the Authority in Annexure I. IRDAI may  revoke the above facilitation in respect of any individual Insurer or for all Insurers any time.

For a detailed read of the circular and Annexure I, please refer to the appended document.
MandatoryLife Insurers31-12-2020No
PuducherryGovernment of Puducherry rolls out guidelines for yoga institutes and gymnasiums in light of re-opening of gyms / yoga institutes permitted by MHA Unlock 3.0 Order dated 29th July, 202005-08-2020The Government of Puducherry ("Authority") has notified guidelines to be followed by yoga institutes and gymnasiums in light of re-opening permitted by the MHA Unlock 3.0 Order dated 29th July, 2020.

The Authority has issued the present guidelines in consonance with the MoHFW guidelines on preventive measures to contain the spread of COVID-19 in yoga institutes and gymnasiums.

These guidelines include the following:

1. General Preventive measures, such as:

a. Individuals to maintain a minimum distance of 6 feet as far as feasible.;

b. Use of face covers / masks is mandatory at all times within the premises;

c. Prohibition on spitting;

d. Frequent hand washing with soap encouraged (for at least 40-60 seconds) even when hands are not visibly dirty;

2. Specific measures before opening the gymnasiums, during yoga exercises, after exercises and at the time of closure, including:

a. Disinfection of the entire area including entrance, washroom, shoebath, equipment in gymnasium, all other frequently touched surfaces;

b. Availability and Management of supplies like personal protective equipments, masks, face covers, sanitizers etc.

c. After exercise and in common areas: Proper disposal of mask and face cover must be ensured; Social distancing must be followed in cafeterias and other premises; cleaning of gymnasium equipment must be ensured; Floor cleaning has to be taken up between exercise sessions;

The guidelines also provide for additional precautions to be followed in case of a suspected case of COVID-19 in the premises.

For a detailed read, please refer to the appended document.
MandatoryYoga institutes and gymnasiumsNo end date specifiedNo
ChandigarhHealth Department of Chandigarh allows Private Laboratories (approved by ICMR), to conduct RT-PCR tests without presscription05-08-2020With a view to empowering citizens for testing of SARS-COV-2 virus, saving lives and to contain the spread of the virus, the Health Department, Chandigarh Administration (“Department”), has allowed Private Laboratories (approved by ICMR) in Chandigarh to conduct RT-PCR test for Coronavirus without prescription from medical practitioners.

The tests shall be conducted on payment basis by the laboratories mentioned below, stipulated by the Administration of Chandigarh.

The following laboratories have been directed to act accordingly:

a. Atulya Healthcare Private Limited; #11, Sector-11A, Chandigarh
b. SRL Labs, SCO 140, Sector 11, Chandigarh
c. Metropolis Healthcare Limited. SCO 28, Sector 11D, Chandigarh

The Department has also directed the private laboratories to quote the Directions of Chandigarh Administration or write Directorate of Health Services under the column for prescription.

For a detailed read, please refer to the appended Order.
MandatoryHealthcare, Diagnostic servicesNo end date specifiedNO
Dadra and Nagar HaveliDistrict Magistrate of Dadra and Nagar Haveli and Daman and Diu issues Order under Section 144 CrPC to contain the spread of COVID-19; effective till 31st August 202005-08-2020Pursuant to MHA Unlock 3 Order dated 29th July, 2020 and Order dated 31st July, 2020 issued by the Secretary (Health and Family Welfare), D&NH and D&D, the District Magistrate of Dadra and Nagar Haveli has issued an Order under Section 144 CrPC, applicable to the territory of Dadra and Nagar Haveli. The Order will be effective till 31st August 2020.

Key Highlights:

a. prohibition on spread of any fake news or rumours related to coronavirus;

b. restriction on the movement of individuals between 10:00pm to 05:00am, except for medical emergencies and essential services and emergencies;

c. All shops and establishments are allowed to remain open from 5:00am to 10:00pm.

For a detailed read, please refer to the appended Order.
MandatoryAll31-08-2020NO
CentralIRDAI exempts Insurance companies from the requirement to issue policy document and copy of proposal form in physical form, subject to certain conditions04-08-2020In the wake of the emergence of COVID-19, and after considering feedback received from the Life Insurers with regards to difficulties in printing and dispatch of policy documents as well as the desirability to adopt digital means of doing business, the Insurance Regulatory and Development Authority of India ("IRDAI") has exempted Insurers from the requirement to issue policy document and copy of proposal form in physical form. Now the policies may be issued electronically.

The exemption is subject to the following –

1. Life Insurer needs to confirm the date of receipt of electronic policy document by the policyholder (through PIVC or other means) and preserve the proof so that Free Look period may be calculated from that date;
2. Thirty (30) days Free Look period may be allowed for all such electronic policy documents;
3. Return of electronic policy document by mail by policyholder with clear intention of cancellation of policy shall be valid for Free Look Cancellation;
4. Express consent of the policyholder to receive electronic policy bond;
5. If a policyholder insists on hard copy, the same has to be issued without any charges;
6. Policy document shall be sent to the e-mail id submitted by the proposer.

This exemption will be valid for all policies issued during FY 2020-21.
Mandatory InsurersNo end date specifiedNo
CentralGovt. allows free export of ventilators including any artificial respiratory apparatus or oxygen therapy apparatus, or any other breathing appliance/device; effective immediately04-08-2020In a Gazette Notification dated 4th August, 2020 the Ministry of Commerce and Industry (“Ministry”) has informed that all Ventilators including any artificial respiratory apparatus or oxygen therapy apparatus, or any other breathing appliance/device can be freely exported.

Ministry had had earlier issued a Notification dated 24th March, 2020 thereby prohibiting the export of ventilators including any artificial respiratory apparatus or oxygen therapy apparatus or any other breathing appliance/device. Now, the Ministry is amending the previous notification so that the items can be freely exported.

The revised export policy has become effective immediately.

For a detailed read of the Gazette Notification, please refer to the attached document. 
MandatoryExporters of medical devicesNo end date specifiedNo
Central
IRDAI relaxes submission of hard copy of Quarterly Investment Returns; allows Life Insurers to make submission through BAP module and email 04-08-2020The Insurance Regulatory and Development Authority of India ("IRDAI") acknowledging the difficulty in filing hard copies amidst Covid-19 Global Pandemic and Work From Home situation has permitted Life insurers to upload the Quarterly Investment Returns through BAP module without physical filing and submit a soft copy through email to Mr. S.N Jayasimhan, GM (snjayasimhan@irdai.gov.in.) for returns up to 31st March 2021.

Life Insurers must ensure that physical copies are kept ready for filing on a later date indicated by IRDAI. 
MandatoryInsurance31.03.2021Yes
TripuraTripura Government issues guidelines for re-opening of activities in the State; effective since 4th August, 2020 till 11th August, 202004-08-2020The Chairman of the State Executive Committee of Tripura State Disaster Management Authority has issued guidelines to re-open  activities outside Containment Zones in the State since 5 am of 4th August, 2020 till 5 am of 11th August, 2020. However, lockdown to continue in Containment Zones.

1. In Containment Zones - Lockdown will continue in containment zones till 31st August, 2020 and the following restrictions will apply –

a. Only essential activities will be allowed within the Containment Zones;

b. There should be strict perimeter control on movement of vehicle and persons in and out of Containment Zones. Movement will be restricted to supply of goods and services, medical needs and livelihood related travel;

c. Supply of essential goods will be arranged for Containment Zones. Door-step delivery of goods and services may be organized for people in the Containment Zones;

d. Intensive contact tracing, house to house surveillance and other clinical interventions will be organised;

e. Containment Zones may be declared as orange zone after 14 days of last detected case. Containment zones may be de-notified 14 days after discharge of last confirmed case;

f. City / District may be declared free from disease outbreak only after 28 days of last confirmed case being negative in RT-PCR test.

2. Outside Containment Zones:

Exemptions –

a. All Private Offices shall remain open with only 1/2 of employee strength. The Heads of Office / institution will prepare duty roster of employees in accordance;

b. IT and IT enabled services, telecommunications, internet services, broadcasting and cable services to continue. Only emergency repair crew would be allowed movement;

c. Print and electronic media including newspaper distribution will be allowed;

d. Transport service for passengers with valid train/air tickets will be allowed. However, physical distancing needs to be ensured along with compulsory use of mask and daily sanitization of vehicle;

e. All industries may continue and transportation for the workers will be allowed;

f. Petrol pumps, gas agencies and transportation of petroleum products would be allowed to operate;

g. Goods vehicles will be allowed to move both from outside the state and within the states;

h. All construction and PWD works including road / building construction / repair shall continue to operate with social distancing;

i. Defence, Central and State Police forces, District Magistrate, Home Guards, Courts, Civil Defence, Fire and Emergency Services, Disaster Management, Municipal, cremation service/ burial, private security service etc. will be allowed to function with full attendance as they are essential services;

j. Health institutions, both government and private and other allied services like ambulance etc will operate on full strength;

k. Medical & optical stores, storage & transportation;

l. Postal, courier service and e-commerce service;

m. Transportation of essential goods, vehicles of Health, Fire, Law and Order and Emergency Services are allowed;

n. Establishments used for or earmarked for quarantine facilities shall operate;

o. Shops selling essential items and optical items are allowed, however, shopping malls will remain closed. Shops can operate only after ensuring social distancing measures and avoiding over-crowding through volunteers to regulate the shoppers;

p. Railway / Air offices and persons directly linked with operation of passenger and goods trains shall be allowed to operate;

q. Agriculture activities and tea garden activities will continue with social distancing;

r. Distribution of seed, fertilizer, fish seeds and other inputs in primary sector;

s. Units producing / providing gas, power, drinking water, milk and other essential goods and services including those by ONGC, IOCL etc.;

t. The hotel, restaurant and hospitality services shall operate as per prescribed SOP;

u. Sale of liquor will be allowed between 9 am to 7 pm;

v. All outlets for sale of construction materials & equipment (agri, construction etc.) will be allowed;

w. All outlets providing services of and repairs (plumber, mechanic etc) may function;

x. Yoga centres and gymnasium may function as per SoP prescribed by Govt of India;

y. Any other units/services allowed by DM & Collector of the District;

Prohibited activities –

All business / commercial establishments, shops and trade activities shall be closed except as per above-mentioned exemptions:

a. The inter-district and inter-state transport services will remain suspended. However, intra district public and private transport services will be allowed;

b. All educational, research, & coaching institutions will remain closed. However, online and distance learning will continue;

c. Cinema halls, swimming pools, entertainment parks, theatres, bars, auditoriums, assembly halls and similar places will remain closed;

d. All social/ political/ sports/entertainment/ academic/ cultural/religious functions will remain suspended;

e. Unnecessary movement of persons should be avoided. Congregation of more than 10 persons at a public place will be prohibited except places of exempted establishments. Not more than 20 persons will be permitted in case of funerals. Not more than 50 persons in marriage ceremony will be allowed. Not more than 20 persons in health camp / blood donation camp and other charitable works.

Consumption and sale of paan, gutka, tobacco etc. in public places are prohibited.

Some points to note –

1. Night curfew will be imposed till 31st August 2020 for the period from 9 pm to 5 am;

2. Persons allowed to move for exempted services may carry identity card during movement. Authorities may issue passes for movement of persons/ vehicle of non-exempted categories in case of urgency;

3. Any person violating these measures will be liable to be proceeded against under the Disaster Management Act, 2005 besides legal action under Section 188 of IPC and other legal provisions. 
MandatoryAll11-08-2020No
UttarakhandUttarakhand Govt. implements phased re-Opening (Unlock -3) in the State in sync with MHA order04-08-2020The Government of Uttarakhand, has implemented phased Unlock 3 in line with the Ministry of Home Affairs Order dated 29th July, 2020 to be effective in the State.

The Order specifies the activities permitted outside containment zones as well as the restrictions with regard to specified activities, the manner in which inter-state and inter-district movement of persons must be conducted. The Order has provided detailed Guidelines for re-opening of hotels, homestays, hospitality services, restaurants, shopping malls, religous places and markets.
All activities in containment zones to remain closed.
MandatoryAllNo end date specified 
HaryanaHaryana Government issues guidelines on preventive measures to contain spread of COVID-19 in Yoga Institutes & Gymnasiums allowed to open since 5th August, 202004-08-2020The District Disaster Management Authority, Sirsa, Haryana (“Authority”) has issued guidelines to be adhered to by yoga institutes and gymnasiums in light of re-opening of gyms / yoga institutes permitted by the Unlock 3.0 Order dated 29th July, 2020 by the Ministry of Home Affairs, Government of India.

The Authority has issued the present guidelines in consonance with the MoHFW guidelines on preventive measures to contain the spread of COVID-19 in yoga institutes and gymnasiums.

These guidelines include the following:

1. General Preventive measures, such as:

a. Individuals to maintain a minimum distance of 6 feet as far as feasible.;

b. Use of face covers/masks is mandatory at all times within the premises;

c. Prohibition on spitting;

d. Frequent hand washing with soap encouraged (for at least 40-60 seconds) even when hands are not visibly dirty;

2. Specific measures before opening the gymnasiums, during yoga exercises, after exercises and at the time of closure, including:

a. Disinfection of the entire area including entrance, washroom, shoebath, equipment in gymnasium, all other frequently touched surfaces;

b. Availability and Management of Supplies like personal protective equipments, masks, face covers. Sanitisers etc.

c. After exercise and in common areas: Proper disposal of mask and face cover must be ensured; Social distancing must be followed in cafeterias and other premises; cleaning of gymnasium equipment must be ensured; Floor cleaning has to be taken up between exercise sessions;

The guidelines also provide for additional precautions to be followed in case of a suspected case of COVID-19 in the premises.

For a detailed read, please refer to the appended document.
MandatoryGyms and yoga institutesNo end date specifiedNo
PunjabPunjab Government issues guidelines on preventive measures to contain spread of COVID-19 in Yoga Institutes & Gymnasiums allowed to open since 5th August, 202004-08-2020The Government of Punjab has issued guidelines for opening of yoga Institutes and gymnasiums in the State, in consonance with the MoHFW guidelines on preventive measures to contain the spread of COVID-19 in Yoga institutes and gymnasiums.

Key Takeaways:

1. Yoga Institutes and Gymnasiums have been allowed to start functioning in the State since 5th August, 2020 subject to strict compliance of the guidelines issued by the MoHFW on 3rd August, 2020.

2. Spas, sauna, steam bath and swimming pool (wherever applicable) will remain closed;

3. Minimise physical contact between all the staff members and visitors should be ensured. Further, a social distancing of minimum 6 feet has to be maintained;

4. All Yoga Institutes and Gymnasiums in Containment Zones shall continue to remain shut;

5. Persons above 65 years of age, persons with co-morbidity, pregnant women and children below the age of 10 years have been advised not to use gyms in closed spaces;

6. Before opening the gymnasiums and yoga institutes, their managements need to calculate the capacity of the place based on criteria of 4 sq. metre i.e. about 40 sq. feet per person;

7. Use of face masks is mandatory at all times. However, during yoga exercise or exercising in gymnasiums, as far as possible only a visor may be used.

For a detailed read, please refer to the appended document.
MandatoryGyms and yoga institutesNo end date specifiedNo
RajasthanGovernment of Rajasthan rolls out guidelines for yoga institutes and gymnasiums in light of re-opening of gyms / yoga institutes permitted by MHA Unlock 3.0 Order dated 29th July, 202004-08-2020The Government of Rajasthan ("State Government") has in an Order dated August 4, 2020, notified guidelines to be followed by yoga institutes and gymnasiums in light of re-opening permitted by the MHA Unlock 3.0 Order dated 29th July, 2020. These guidelines have been issued in consonance with the MoHFW guidelines on preventive measures to contain the spread of COVID-19 in yoga institutes and gymnasiums.
 
These guidelines include the following:

1. General Preventive measures, such as:
a. Individuals to maintain a minimum distance of 6 feet (as far as feasible);
b. mandatory use of face covers / masks at all times within the premises;
c. prohibition on spitting;
d. frequent hand washing with soap has been encouraged (for at least 40-60 seconds) even when hands are not visibly dirty;
e. use of alchohol-based hand sanitizers whenever feasible;
f. respiratory etiquettes to be strictly followed;

2. Specific measures before opening the gymnasiums, during yoga exercises, after exercises and at the time of closure, such as:
a. disinfection of the entire area including entrance, washroom, shoebath, equipment in gymnasium, all other frequently touched surfaces;
b. availability and Management of supplies like personal protective equipments, masks, face covers, sanitizers etc.
c. after exercise and in common areas: Proper disposal of mask and face cover must be ensured; Social distancing must be followed in cafeterias and other premises; cleaning of gymnasium equipment must be ensured; Floor cleaning has to be taken up between exercise sessions;
d. promotion of card based/ contactless payment;
e. shifts and attendance for employees to be planned in a way to ensure social distancing;
f. housekeeping staff to be informed and trained on norms for waste management and disposal;
g. at the time of closure, shower rooms, lockers and changing rooms to be propertly sanitised;
h. deep cleaning of all washrooms to be ensured;

The guidelines also provide for additional precautions to be followed in case of a suspected case of COVID-19 in the premises.
For a detailed read, please refer to the appended document.
MandatoryGymnasiums and Yoga institutesNo end date specifiedNo
NagalandNagaland Government issues Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) for returnees and travellers entering Nagaland; inbound travellers / returnees have to undergo institutional quarantining for 7 (seven) days04-08-2020The Nagaland Government has rolled out Standard Operating Procedure (SOPs) for returnees and travellers entering Nagaland (“SOP”) in suppression of its previous Orders dated 1st June, 2020 and 7th June, 2020. The present SOP is applicable to returnees and travellers entering Nagaland with effect since 10th August, 2020.

Key Points:

A. Designated Point of Entry and Entry Permit:

1. Any returnee / in-bound traveller will be permitted only through Dimapur by Train, Air or by Road through the New Field Check Gate and the Dillai Gate; through Khuzama, Kohima district by Road, through Tsutapela and Watiyongpang, Mokokchung district by Road, through Naginimora and Tizit, Mon district by Road and through Bhandari, Wokha district by Road.

2. Entry into the State through any other route, or by any other mode of travel will not be allowed, except under special circumstances with the approval of the Home Department.

3. For returnee / persons travelling by road, e-Pass should be obtained as per the existing system by applying on iamstranded.nagaland.gov.in website.

B. Screening and inter-district transfers:

1. All returnees/inbound travellers will be screened at the designated entry point or some other convenient location as decided by the respective District Task Force, in which the entry point is located.

2. All returnees / inbound travellers should have installed the nCOVID Nagaland Visitors App and submitted self declaration through the App by the time of arrival. Checking of the App being installed in the returnee's /traveller's phone will be done during the screening on arrival. If the App is not yet installed, the returnee/traveller will be directed to do so and directed to the State Helpline 1800 345 0019 for any technical support.

C. Quarantine:

1. Every inbound traveller/returnee will have to mandatorily undergo institutional quarantining for 7 (seven) days at a facility managed and arranged by the concerned District Task Force or identified hotel/rest house/lodge.

2. The Quarantine will be managed and arranged by the District Task Forces.

D. Testing:

The SOP also provides for the testing facility and discharge procedure for returnees / inbound travellers.

E. Discharge:

The swab of the returnee / inbound traveller for testing will be taken on the 5th to 10th day of arrival and he/ she to discharged from quarantine centre as and when the negative test result by TrueNat or RTPCR is received, if he/ she has completed a minimum of 7 days in institutional quarantine;

F. Information regarding the paid facilities:

In order to provide a choice of the paid quarantine facility-hotels/lodges/rest houses, that a person intending to come to Nagaland may like to use and thereby help him/her to decide and make the travel plans accordingly, the DTFs will make arrangements for displaying the information regarding the status of availability of the various paid quarantine facilities on various dates in their districts on the website covid19.nagaland.gov.i n

G. Returnee/traveller entering before 10th of August 2020:

Any returnee / traveller who has entered the State and commenced quarantining before 10th of August 2020, the day this SOP comes into force, will continue to be guided by the provisions of the earlier SOPs issued vide Notifications no.NSDMA-ER-COVID-19/301/2020 dated 1st of June 2020 and 7th of June 2020.

For a detailed read, please refer to appended Order
MandatoryAllNo end date specifiedNO
CentralCentral Bureau of Narcotics reverts to submission of physical copies of application of export authorization / Import Licences / NOCs for export / import of Narcotic Drugs/Psychotropic Substances / Controlled Substances wherever possible till 31st August, 202004-08-2020The Central Bureau of Narcotics ("CBN") through Public Notices issued on 1st April 2020 and 7th July, 2020 had permitted importer / exporter of Narcotic Drugs / Psychotropic Substances / Controlled Substances to submit scanned copies of applications along with self - authenticated copies of all documents (including import certificate) through email . The Public Notice of 7th July, 2020 had permitted soft copy  submission of applications till 31st July, 2020. Now, with a Public Notice dated 4th August, 2020 CBN has extended this period till 31st August, 2020. MandatoryPharmaceutical industry31-08-2020Yes
West BengalWest Bengal notifies partial modifications to earlier lockdown Order; complete lockdown to now be implemented on 5th, 8th, 20th, 21st, 27th, 28th and 31st August, 202003-08-2020The Government of West Bengal has changed the dates for implementation of complete State-wide lockdown.

Pursuant to requests and appeals to relax lockdown in the State on dates coinciding with festivals and local community-based customs, the Government of West Bengal has made partial modifications to the earlier lockdown Order and notified that the State will be under complete lockdown on the following days –

Wednesday 5th August; Saturday 8th August; Thursday 20th August; Friday 21st August; Thursday 27th August; Friday 28th August and Monday 31st August.

Background:

As per the earlier Order, State-wide complete lockdown was to be observed on Wednesday 5th August; Saturday 8th August; Sunday 16th August; Monday 17th August; Sunday 23rd August; Saturday 24th August and Monday 31st August.

Therefore, while the lockdown on 5th August, 8th August and 31st August have been retained, the 16th August lockdown has been moved to 20th August; 17th August lockdown has been moved to 21st August; lockdown on 23rd August has been moved to 27th August and the 24th August lockdown has been moved to 28th August.
MandatoryAll No end date specifiedNo
CentralMoHFW rolls out Guidelines to contain spread of COVID-19 in Yoga Institutes & Gymnasiums which have been allowed to open from 5th August, 202003-08-2020The Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (“Ministry”) has issued Guidelines on Preventive Measures to Contain Spread of COVID-19 in Yoga Institutes & Gymnasiums (“Guidelines”).

The Guidelines provide the generic and specific preventive measures to be followed in gymnasiums and yoga institutes.

Generic Preventive Measures:

1. All yoga institutes and gymnasiums in containment zones will remain closed for public. Only the ones outside Containment Zones have been permitted to operate;

2. All yoga institutes and gymnasiums have to comply with all health related guideline / SOP / notification issued by the Union / State Government from time to time;

3. Persons above 65 years of age, persons with co-morbidities, pregnant women and children below the age of 10 years have been advised against using gyms in closed spaces. Organizations managing the yoga institutes and gymnasiums must ensure to advise all members, visitors & staff accordingly;

4. The generic preventive measures include the following simple public health measures that must be followed to reduce the risk of COVID-19;

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

ii. Use of face covers/masks is mandatory at all times within the premises. However, during yoga exercise or exercising in gymnasiums, as far as possible, only a visor may be used as the use of mask (in particular N-95 masks) during exercise may cause difficulty in breathing;

iii. Frequent hand washing with soap encouraged (for at least 40-60 seconds) even when hands are not visibly dirty. Use of alcohol-based hand sanitizers (for at least 20 seconds) may be practiced 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 then disposing off used tissues properly;

v. Self-monitoring of health by to be practised by all along with reporting of any illness at the earliest to State and District helpline;

vi. Spitting should be strictly prohibited;

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

These measures need to be observed by all (members, visitors & staff) in these places at all times.

Specific measures to be followed:

1. Before opening the yoga institute/gymnasium:
The following have to be ensured:
a. Processes & premises redesigning including proper placement of equipment
b. Disinfection of the entire area including entrance, washroom, shoebath, equipment in gymnasium, all other frequently touched surfaces.
c. Planning and Scheduling of Activities
d. Availability and Management of Supplies like personal protective equipments, masks, face covers. Sanitisers etc.

2. After opening the yoga institutes / gymnasiums:
Specific preventive measures have to be taken:
a.at the entry point
b.prior to exercising in the gymnasiums using equipment for cardio, strength training etc.

3. During yoga exercises / other exercise sessions:
Certain precautions have to be taken like:
a.Avoiding using common exercise mats
b.Checking oxygen saturation level

4. After exercise and in common areas:
a. Proper disposal of mask and face cover must be ensured
b. Social distancing must be followed in cafeterias and other premises.
c. Cleaning of gymnasium equipment must be ensured.
d. Floor cleaning has to be taken up between exercise sessions.

The Guidelines also provide for the preventive measures that have to be taken at the time of closure of the gymnasium/ yoga institute and what additional precautions have to be followed in case of a suspect case in the premises.

Background:

Through the Unlock 3.0 Order dated 29th July, 2020 the Ministry of Home Affairs had notified that yoga institutes and gymnasiums will be permitted to re-open from 5th August, 2020.

These Guidelines will have to be followed by the  Yoga Institutes and Gymnasiums in order to prevent the spread of the pandemic COVID 19.

For a detailed read of the Guidelines, please refer to the appended document.
MandatoryGymnasiums and yoga institutesNo end date specifiedNo
MeghalayaDistrict Magistrate of East Khasi Hills in Meghalaya notifies guidelines to implement restrictions / prohibitions in the District; effective since 3rd August, 2020 up to 10th August, 2020, between 5 am to 9 pm on a daily basis03-08-2020The District Magistrate of East Khasi Hills District, Shillong has issued a prohibitory Order under Section 144 of Cr.P.C. and Meghalaya Epidemic Diseases, COVID-19 Regulations, 2020 to impose restrictions/ prohibitions on certain activities in all of East Khasi Hills District including Shillong Urban Agglomeration, Civil Sub-Divisions of Sohra, Pynursla and C&RD Blocks with effect since 3rd August, 2020 upto 10th August, 2020 on a daily basis between 5 am to 9 pm. 

General Instructions

a. Employers to ensure that all employees have the “Arogya Setu” Application and Behavioural Change management app installed on their phones.

b. Adhere to the guidelines prescribed in the SOP to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in office (public and private);

c. Operation of permitted shops, services, establishments, industrial and commercial activities etc. to strictly adhere with SOPs prescribed by the Government along with National Directives of Government for COVID-19 Management in Public Places and Work Places including mandatory compliance with the advisories of the Health and Family Welfare Department;

d. Operation of supply chains/wholesalers and retail outlets, shops, services and other establishments in the District will be regulated as per scheduled timings and dates which will be released in advance from time to time by the District Magistrate;

e. 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 requirements and for health purposes;

f. Individuals are required to maintain distance of 6 feet or 2 metres;

g. Operation of supply chains, wholesalers and retail outlet shops, services and other establishments in rural areas of East Khasi Hills District will be regulated as per the scheduled timings and dates which shall be released in advance from time to time;

h. All residents are required to install Aarogya Setu application on compatible mobile phones and regularly update their health status on the app for containment of COVID-19 pandemic;

i. 50% of private and public transport will opearate in east Khasi Hills District;

j. Public transport and private transport vehicles to ply on rotational basis from 5 am to 9 pm;

k. Movement of vehicles and other traffic arrangements will be prepared and regulated by the office of Superintendent of Police. Inter-district movement of persons is permitted;

l. Passes for all forms of outward inter-state movement from East Khasi Hills District will only be issued by the District Magistrate;

Prohibited Activities:

a. Inter - State movement.

b. Moving in public places, workplaces and during transport without a mask;

c. Incoming additional workforce from outside the District EXCEPT for highly skilled, skilled, specialized professionals and technicians regulated by SOP of Labour Department;

d. Any assembly, all individuals are required to maintain social distancing of at least 6 feet, compulsory wearing of masks, respiratory etiquette and to strictly follow various protocols and advisories without fail, issued by the Government through the Health and Family Welfare Department;

e. Operation of unregulated major markets (iew heh/iew die lang) and unregulated shopping complexes;

f. Border haats and markets located in the Inter-State border areas.

g. Operations of educational institutions, barring online or distance learning.

h. All forms of large public gatherings  and congregation including social/ political / entertainment/ academic/ cultural /religious functions, etc.

i. Spitting in public places;

j. Consumption of liquor, paan, gutka, tobacco, etc. in public places;

For a detailed read on the SOP for engagement of labourers from outside the state, SOP for offices, along with other related orders, please refer to the appended Order.
MandatoryAll10-08-2020no
Arunachal PradeshGovernment of Arunachal Pradesh issues a list of activities permitted/ restricted in Itanagar City; industrial establishments can operate following social distancing norms 03-08-2020The Government of Arunachal Pradesh, in an Order dated 3rd August, 2020 has restricted / permitted the following activities in Itanagar Capital Region:
1. All industrial establishments and construction activities will be permitted while following social distancing norms, compulsory wearing of masks and frequent sanitisation of premises.
2. All religious institutions will continue to remain closed. 
3. All drivers of vehicles and other vegetable vendors who travel to Assam for ferrying food items will be subject to antigen test after every 5th day till 31st August, 2020. No driver will be allowed to travel to Assam without such check.
Please note all other restrictions already imposed by the Government of Arunachal Pradesh will remain in force until otherwise altered/ withdrawn. 
MandatoryAllno end date specifiedNO
CentralMinistry of Health and Family Welfare revises Guidelines for international arrivals; travellers to submit prior online declaration agreeing to 7 days paid institutional quarantine at their own cost, followed by 7 days isolation at home with self-monitoring of health; effective from 8th August, 202002-08-2020The Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (“Ministry”) has, in an Order dated 2nd August, 2020 issued Guidelines for international arrivals (“Guidelines”) in supersession of the earlier Guidelines dated 24th May, 2020.

The present Guidelines will be effective from 8th August, 2020.

A. Before Planning for Travel:

1. All travellers to submit self-declaration form on the online portal (www.newdelhiairport.in) at least 72 hours before the scheduled travel. Further, they should also provide an undertaking on the portal stating that they would undergo mandatory quarantine for 14 days i.e. 7 days paid institutional quarantine at their own cost, followed by 7 days isolation at home with self-monitoring of health;

2. Only for compelling reasons/ cases of human distress such as pregnancy, death in family, serious illness and parent(s) with children of the age of 10 years or below, home quarantine may be permitted for 14 days; anyone seeking exemption under the above-mentioned grounds, needs to file an online application on the portal (www.newdelhiairport.in) at least 72 hours before boarding. The decision taken by the Government (as communicated on the online portal) will be final;

3. Travelers seeking exemption from institutional quarantine may submit a negative RTPCR test on arrival (such test should have been conducted within 96 hours prior to undertaking the journey) and also upload the test report on the portal for consideration.

Each passenger must also submit a declaration with respect to authenticity of the report and will be liable for criminal prosecution, if found otherwise. The test report could also be produced upon arrival at the point of entry airport in India.

B. Before Boarding:

1. The Dos and Don'ts will be provided along with ticket to the travellers by the agencies concerned;

2. All passengers will be advised to download Arogya Setu app on their mobile devices;

3. At the time of boarding the flight/ ship, only asymptomatic travellers will be allowed to board after thermal screening;

4. Passengers arriving through the land borders will also have to undergo the same protocol as above, and only those who are asymptomatic will be enabled to cross the border into India;

5. Suitable precautionary measures such as environmental sanitation and disinfection shall be ensured at the airports;

6. During boarding and at the airports, all possible measures to ensure social distancing to be ensured;

C. During Travel:

1. Travelers who had not filled out the self-declaration form on the portal have to fill the same (in duplicate) in the flight / ship and a copy of the same will be provided to Health and Immigration officials present at the airport/ seaport/ Iand-port. Alternatively, such travellers may submit self-declaration form on the online portal after arriving at the airport/ seaport/ Iand-port as per the directions of the concerned authorities, if such facility is available;

2. Suitable announcement about COVID-19 including precautionary measures to be followed shall be made at airports / port and in flights / ships and during transit;

3. While on board the flight/ ship, required precautions such as wearing of masks, environmental hygiene, respiratory hygiene, hand hygiene etc. are to be observed by airline/ ship staff, crew and all passengers.

D. On arrival:

1. Deboarding should be done while ensuring social distancing;

2. Thermal screening would be carried out in respect of all the passengers by the Health officials present at the airport/ seaport/ Iand-port;

3. The self-declaration form filled online must be shown (or a copy of physical self-declaration form to be submitted) to the airport health staff;

4. The passengers found to be symptomatic during screening will be immediately isolated and taken to medical facility as per health protocol;

5. Post thermal screening, the passengers who have been exempted from institutional quarantine (decision as indicated on the online portal in advance) will show the same to the respective State Counters on their cell phones/other mode before being allowed home quarantine for 14 days;

6. The remaining passengers shall be taken to suitable institutional quarantine facilities, to be arranged by the respective State / UT Governments. These passengers shall be kept under institutional quarantine for a minimum period of 7 days.

8. The passengers will be tested as per ICMR protocol available at https://www.mohfw.gov.in/pdf/Revisedtestingguidelines.pdf.

a. Incase they test positive, they will be assessed clinically.

b. If they are assessed as asymptomatic / pre-symptomatic/ very mild cases, they will be allowed home isolation or
isolated in the COVID Care Centre (both public & private facilities) as appropriate.

c. Those having mild/ moderate/ severe symptoms will be admitted to dedicated Covid Health facilities and managed accordingly. If found negative, they shall be advised to further isolate themselves at home and self-monitor their health for 7 days.

d. In case, any symptoms develop they shall inform the district surveillance officer or the State / National call center (1075).

Please note :
States may develop their own protocol with regards to quarantine and isolation as per their assessment post arrival of passengers in the State concerned.
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MeghalayaDistrict Magistrate of East Khasi Hills in Shillong issues guidelines to implement Night Curfew in the District; effective since 3rd August, 2020 till 10th August, 2020 from 9:00 pm to 5:00 am02-08-2020The District Magistrate of East Khasi Hills District, Shillong has implemented night curfew restrictions in the District since August 3, 2020 (Monday) upto August 10, 2020 (Monday) between 09:00 pm to 5:00 am on a daily basis.

The following activities and services have been exempted from the above-mentioned restrictions:

1. IT Services, Telecom, Communications and Postal Service;

2. Press, Print and Electronic Media;

3. Online/home food delivery. However, home delivery of food shall be exempted only upto 10:00 PM;

4. Security Forces;

5. Medical Teams on duty;

6. Wholesale and Retail Pharmacies;

7. Police and Armed Forces;

8. Fire & Emergency Service;

9. MeECL, NEEPCO & Power Grid;

10. Food and Civil Supply Department;

11. FCI

12. Public Works Department (PWD);

13. Public Health Engineering (PHE) Department;

14. Shillong Municipal Board;

15. Petrol Pumps including Indian Oil Corporation (OIC);

16. Essential services including Health Services, Hospitals, Clinics, Dispensaries, Veterinary clinics, Labs;
 
17. Authorized workshops and designated spare parts dealerships of Health and Family Welfare Department, Govt. of Meghalaya;

18. Government Officials on Duty;

19. Officers and Staff of Corona Care Centres;

However, the above  services must 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;

Furthermore, movement of vehicles carrying essential commodities, security forces, medial equipments, and shops for repair of trucks on highways have also been exempted from the restrictions imposed by the present Order. However, drivers and attendants of vehicles will be subject to the medical screening as per protocols.

Please note:

1. The Order contains a list of areas (Containment Zones) wherein the exemptions granted to official / non-official emergency / essential services will not extend.

2. Curfew passes for timings falling between 09:00 pm to 05:00 am with effect from 3rd of August, 2020 (Monday) upto 10th of August, 2020 (Monday) may be obtained by making an online application for the same at www.eastkhasihills.gov.in .

For a detailed read, please refer to appended Order.
MandatoryAll10-08-2020No
Meghalaya Deputy Commissioner of East Khasi Hills District, Shillong issues guidelines for re-opening of activities in the District02-08-2020The Office of the Deputy Commissioner, East Khasi Hills District, Shillong has issued Orders w.r.t. phased re-opening of activities in the areas of the District outside the Containment Zones.

As per previous Order No. POL.75/2020/PI/51, issued on 1st July, 2020, all shops operating from fixed premises have been allowed to be kept open on a daily basis between 8 am to 8 pm.

The above-mentioned exemption will not apply to areas falling under Police Bazaar, G.S. Road (From Khyndai Lad to Motphran), Keating Road, Jail Road, Motphran, Jhalupara, Mawbah, Barapathar, Anjalee Point, Mawlonghat, Iewmawlong, Cantonment, Jeep Stand, Garikhana, Paltan Bazaar and Iewduh. Separate Orders will be issued for these areas along with the areas under Containment Zones as mentioned under Annexure-I.

Key Highlights:

1. Cyber cafe, gaming parlours, jackpot parlours and lottery counter will remain closed till further orders.

2. Alternate shops will open on rotation basis in shopping malls / complexes. Such shops to follow SOPs for containing the spread of COVID-19. In addition to this, gaming arcades, children play areas and cinema halls inside shopping malls and complex will remain closed. Loitering is not allowed, customers to only enter, make purchase and leave immediately.

Note: The Sub-Divisional Officer (Civil) of Pynursla / Sohra, Incident Commander, Block Development Officers, Police, Headman, owners of the shopping malls/ complex and respective shopkeepers will decide on the alternate opening of shops on rotation basis.

3. The following establishments, services and activities will open / operate daily in all of East Khasi Hills District including Shillong Urban Agglomeration, Civil Sub-Division of Sohra and Pynursla and in all the C&D Blocks (except cyber cafe, gaming parlours, jackpot parlours and lottery counter):

a. Private office establishments to operate with 33% employee strength; subject to obtaining permission and submission of undertaking to the Deputy Commissioner and ensuring mandatory compliance with the National Directives of the Government along with SOPs (Please refer to Annexure X of the appended Order);

b. Operation of restaurants / cafes / food outlets excluding those on National Highway with strict compliance with the SOPs issued by the Tourism Department, Meghalaya along with the SOP on preventive measures to be ensured in restaurants to contain the spread of COVID-19 (Please refer to Annexure III of the appended Order). However, home-delivery service is allowed for restaurants / cafes etc. and takeaway has been permitted for outlets on National Highways. Both home-delivery and takeaway has been allowed till 10 pm.

c. Barber shops / beauty parlours / salons have been allowed to operate in strict compliance with the SOP on the same issued by the Health and Family Welfare Department (Please refer to Annexure IV of the appended Order for further details);

d. Weekly markets (mentioned in Annexure V to the appended Order) except border haats and market located in the inter-State borders are permitted to open by following SOP issued by the Government (Please refer to Annexure VI of the appended Order for details);

e. Hotels are permitted to resume operations while ensuring strict compliance with SOPs after obtaining permission from the Deputy Commissioner (For further details, please refer to Annexure VII of the appended Order);

f. e- commerce operations, pharmacies / labs / private and public clinics / veterinary clinics / dispensary, petrol pumps, mobile car repairing service (including 2 technicians and mechanics), services provided by self employed persons (electrician, IT repairs, plumbers, carpenters etc.), courier service have been permitted;

g. All construction activity in rural areas will have to take permission of the Deputy Commissioner;

h. In urban areas, only in-situ construction (where labourers are available on site or coming from their residence in the same district) and construction of renewable energy projects are allowed after taking permission of the Deputy Commissioner;

i. For incoming skilled workforce, highly skilled and professionals, the Employers to follow SOP of Labour Department of Meghalaya dated 9th June, 2020 and Order dated 29th July, 2020 (Please refer to Annexure VIII and Annexure IX for further details);

j. Operation of notified weighbridges after obtaining permission;

k. Border trade with Bangladesh through Land Customs Stations is permitted subject to strict compliance with SOP. However, trade through border haat is not permitted.

l. Non-contact sports excluding gyms allowed by following SOP and after obtaining permission and submitting an undertaking with the Deputy Commissioner.

m. 50% of private and public transport will operate in the District. However, vehicles will ply in an odd even manner on weekdays and on Sunday only private vehicles (both odd & even) are allowed to ply. Also, vehicles will utilize only 50% of their seating capacity and for 4 wheelers 2 passengers are allowed with a driver and for 2 wheelers pillion is restricted to only female or a child below the age of 12 years.

n. Government vehicles are exempted from this odd-even rule along with vehicles carrying essential commodities or going for essential duties.

n. Inter-District movement of people is permitted, however, inter-State movement is still restricted.

The following activities who have undertakings to the Deputy Commissioner will open daily -

1. Food processing units including rice mills and mustard oil processing in rural areas outside municipalities;

2. Brick kilns in rural areas outside municipalities;

3. Industrial units;

4. Cement plants will operate at 100% capacity;

5. Mining of limestone and boulder by lease-holders for domestic sale in the state or country. Export outside the country is permitted only through automated, elevated conveyor belt with no human intervention;

6. Quarrying of chips and aggregates including their transportation;

7. All agriculture sectors and related activities;

8. Operation of tea industry including plantation, processing and marketing;

9. Transportation of all agriculture products;

10. MNREGA works with strict implementation of social distancing and face mask;

Operation of permitted establishment / services / activities in both urban and rural areas will have to strictly comply with all SOPs and advisories issued by the Government;

In addition to the above, the public is requested to -

1. Maintain social distance of at least 6 feet;

2. Not to overcrowd;

3. To wear masks by shopkeepers and customers. Failure to do this will lead to closure of shops;

4. Not to spit in public places;

5. Cooperate with management made by the District Administration, District Police and Headman;

6. Ensure compulsory compliance with earlier orders and night curfew orders.

For a detailed read on the SOPs and the related orders, please refer to the appended Order.
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GujaratGujarat Government implements Unlock 3 in the State which will be followed in the state till 31st August, 202001-08-2020The Gujarat Government , in a recent Notification has issued the Unlock 3 Order which will be implemented in the State till 31st August, 2020.

The Order lists down the following permissible and non-permissible activities for all areas outside containment zones:

1. Private Offices:
Permitted to operate with social distancing. However, work from home should be encouraged.
2. Hotels, hospitalities services, restaurants, shopping malls:
As per Standard Operating Procedure from 8th June, 2020.
3. Educational, training, research and coaching institutions:
Only online/distance learning will be allowed.
4. Cab Aggregators and Private Vehicles:
Normally 1 driver and 2 persons are allowed. However, if the seating capacity is 6 or more, the  1 driver and 6 persons will be allowed.
5. Two Wheelers:
Two wheelers are permitted with only 2 people.
6. Yoga Institutes/Gymnasiums:
Yoga institutes and gymnasiums will be allowed to function from 5th August, 2020 as per the SOP issued by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare.
7. Social/Political/sports/Entertainment/Academic Cultural and other congregations:
Only 20 persons will be allowed for funeral / last rites. Only 50 persons will be allowed for marriage functions.
8. Religious Places:
Religious places are permitted to open. However, no functions/ gatherings will be allowed.
9. Street Vendors:
Street vendors can operate as per the SOPs issued by the Urban Local Bodies.
10. Private and City Bus service:
City Bus service is allowed to operate with a 60% capacity and the  private buses are allowed to operate with a 60% capacity and no standing.

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

Please note that the Order is in vernacular and we have translated it to the best of our understanding.
MandatoryAll31-08-2020NO
NagalandNagaland Government implements Unlock 3 guidelines in the State in consonance with the MHA order dated 29th July, 2020; effective upto 31st August, 202001-08-2020Government of Nagaland has issued consolidated guidelines in the State in consonance with the MHA Unlock 3.0 Order dated 29th July, 2020.

These guidelines have been in effect since 1st August, 2020 and shall be valid till 31st August, 2020.

Consolidated guidelines –

1. Shops / Markets / Other activities
a. All categories of industries will be permitted to operate subject to social distancing norms;
b. All construction activities, including roads, irrigation projects, buildings and all kind of industrial projects will continue to be permitted;
c. Private banks, ATMs, Pharmacies, Medical clinics, nursing homes, private telecom services, internet services, media houses, LPG, Petroleum outlets will continue to open/function as per existing arrangements. All other kind of private offices/establishments are permitted to open function with social distancing norms;
d. Shops and outlets of all categories and Departmental Stores will be allowed to open as per normal hours;
e. Hawker stalls located in crowded areas and market complexes which offer no scope for enforcing social distancing like the Hongkong Market, New Market in Dimapur town, BOC Market in Kohima etc. will remain closed except those shops/outlets dealing with food grains, vegetables, food items, medicines and other essential items and goods;
f. Owners of shops and establishments which are allowed to open should keep hand sanitizers or provide facilities for washing hands with soap and water for public as well as staff/workers. Frequently touched surfaces such as door handles and other objects to be cleaned and disinfected. Also, social distancing have to be followed at all times in shops and outlets;
g. Dine-in restaurants and eateries will continue to remain closed, however, home delivery of food is allowed. Further, Dhabas at strategic locations along the highways will be permitted;
h. All agriculture and allied services, forest activities, plantation activities and animal husbandry activities will continue to be permitted;
i. Religious places/places of worship in the State will continue to be open subject to certain conditions;
j. All other activities not explicitly barred or prohibited in this order or any other order issued by the Government will continue to be permitted subject to social distancing norms;
k. All activities have to strictly adhere to National Directives for COVID-19 Management.
2. Installation of Aarogya Setu App –
a. Employers to ensure on best effort basis that Aarogya Setu App is installed by all employees having compatible mobile phones as this app can identify potential risk of infection and thus can shield the individuals and community from infection;
b. Individuals are advised to regularly update their health status on the app, in order to facilitate the timely provision of medical attention to those at risk.
3. The following activities will continue to remain prohibited / closed across the State till 31st August, 2020 -
a. International air travel of passengers except as permitted by MHA;
b. School, colleges, educational and coaching institutions will remain closed till 31st August, 2020. Online / distance learning will continue to be permitted and continue to be encouraged;
c. Cinema halls, swimming pools, entertainment parks, theatres, bars, auditoriums, assembly halls and similar places;
d. Social / Political / Sports / Entertainment / Academic / Cultural / Religious functions and other large congregations;
e. Salons, parlours and barber shops;
f. Sport complexes and stadiums;
g. All public places like parks, museums, libraries, re-creation centres etc.;
h. Use of public toilets.
4. Entry and Exit points -
a. Inter-state borders will continue to remain sealed and any inbound traveller / returnee will be allowed to enter the State only through Dimapur by train, air or road through New Field Check Gate and the Dillai Gate and by road through Khuzama, Kohima District, Tsutapela and Watiyongpang, Mokokchung District, Naginimora and Tizit, Mon District and Bhandari, Wokha District;
b. Entry into the State  through any route or by any means of transport will not be allowed except under special circumstances with approval of the Home Department;
c. Movement of goods vehicles entering or transitioning through the State will be allowed through the above mentioned entry points after proper medical screening of drivers and attendants;
d. All other roads/routes will remain closed;
e. The International Border of the State with Myanmar shall continue to remain sealed as before.
5. Movement of Vehicles -
a. Inter-district movement of commercial passenger vehicles will remain barred except for vehicles carrying goods;
b. Taxis and auto rickshaws are permitted to ply, but they will not carry more than two and one passenger respectively. Driver and passengers to wear masks. Further, the driver should make mandatory provision for hand sanitizer failing which the Permit will be cancelled. Fares will be the same as prescribed before the announcement of lockdown measures.;
c. Movement of passenger buses, like city buses will continue to be prohibited.
6. Offices
a. The Civil Secretariat and Directorates in Kohima and Dimapur and all Government offices in the Districts will function with 50% staff every alternate week;
b. District Administration, Police, Security Forces/Agencies and Medical and essential service providers like Treasury, Fire and Emergency Services, Prisons, Power, Postal service, BSNL etc. will continue to operate.
7. Containment Zones –
a. In Containment Zones only essential activities will be allowed. There will be strict perimeter control to ensure that there is no movement of people except for medical emergencies and for maintaining supply of essential goods and services;
b. Activities in Containment Zones will be strictly monitored and buffer zones outside these zones will be identified by the District Administration;
8. Some points to note -
a. 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;
b. Guidelines issued by MHA under Disaster Management Act, 2005 and Orders of the Deputy Commissioners shall not be diluted in any manner;
c. Any person violating these measures will be liable to be proceeded against as per provisions of the Disaster Management Act, 2005 besides legal action under Section 188 of the IPC and other legal provisions.
For a detailed read, please refer to the appended Order.
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OdishaOdisha State Pollution Control Board notifies guidelines for handling, collection, transportation and disposal of biomedical waste generated from COVID-19 affected persons; casts compliance obligations on Laboratories, Health Care Establishments (HCEs) /Sample collection centres/ Quarantine centres / Isolation wards/ Home cares01-08-2020The Odisha State Pollution Control Board (“OSPCB”) has issued guidelines consisting of DOs and DON’Ts for all Health Care Establishments (HCEs) / Quarantine centres/ Isolation wards/ Home cares/ Sample collection centres/ Laboratories with regards to handling, collection, transportation and disposal of biomedical waste generated from COVID-19 affected persons.

Key Compliance Obligations

Some of the responsibilities of Healthcare Facilities are mentioned below:

1. Keep separate colour coded bins / bags / containers in wards and maintain proper segregation of waste as per Bio-Medical Waste Management Rules, 2016 and Central Pollution Control Board, Delhi guidelines dated 18th April, 2020 for COVID-19 waste.

Note: The BMW Rules and CPCB guidelines may be accessed at SPCB website at www.ospcboard.org.

2. double layered bags (using two bags, one inserted in others) should be used to ensure that there is no leakage while collecting of Bio­ Medical waste from COVID-19 patients;

3. Collect and store COVID-19 waste in a designated area separately, prior to handing over the same to the Common Biomedical Waste Treatment Waste Facility (“CBWTF”);

4. Bags/ containers used for collecting Bio-Medical Waste from COVID-19 wards should be labelled as "COVID- 19" waste to identify the waste easily by CBWTF for priority treatment and immediate disposal;

5. Biomedical waste collected in isolation wards can be lifted directly from there by CBWTF collection van;

6. Separate record of Bio-Medical waste generated from COVID-19 isolation ward shall be maintained;

7. The (inner and outer) surface of containers / bins / trolleys used for storage of COVID- 19 bio-medical waste should be disinfected with 1% Sodium Hypochlorite Solution on a daily basis;

8. Opening or operation of COVID-19 ward and COVID ICU ward in Odisha, should be reported to State Pollution Control Board (SPCB) and respective CBWTDF located in the area;

9. Dedicated sanitation workers should be deputed separately for Bio-Medical Waste and General Solid Waste;

10. Persons operating the quarantine camps/ centers should call the CBWTF operator to collect, treat and dispose the Bio-Medical Waste as and when it gets generated;

11. Collect used PPEs such as goggles, face-shield, splash proof apron, Plastic Coverall. Hazmet suit, nitrile gloves into Red bag;

12. Collect used masks (including triple layer mask, N95 mask, etc.), head cover/cap, shoe-cover, disposable linen Gown, non-plastic or semi-plastic coverall in Yellow bags;

13. Feces from COVID-19 confirmed patient, who is unable to use toilets and excreta are to be collected in a diaper, must be treated as biomedical waste and should be placed in yellow bag / container.

Responsibility of Quarantine Centres/ Camps:

Collect the Biomedical waste generated (if any) separately in yellow coloured bags provided by ULBs. Call the CBWTF operator to collect as and when it gets generated or hand over to the authorized waste collectors engaged by Local bodies.

Responsibility at Public:

Keep used masks and gloves generated from home quarantine or other households in a paper bag for a minimum of 72 hours prior to disposal of the same as general waste. It is advisable to cut the masks prior to disposal to prevent reuse.

DON’Ts for Healthcare facilities and CBWTF:

1. Don't mix COVID-19 biomedical waste with any types of waste.

2. Don' t get exposed to COVID- 19 Biomedical waste without adequate PPE. Don' t store COVID- 19 Biomedical waste more than 24 hours.

3. Don' t allow any worker showing symptoms of illness to work at HCFs & CBWTFs.

For a detailed read, please refer to the appended Order.
MandatoryHealthcare, Isolation and quarantine facilities, Common Biomedical Waste Treatment FacilityNo end date specifiedNO