Regulatory Changes Due to Covid 19 (December)

Regulatory Changes Due to Covid 19 (December)

Displaying data for the month of December 2020

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Central / StateDocument TitleDate IssuedSummaryMandatory or AdvisoryIndustry(ies) ImpactedValid TillDoes it Impact Komrisk Database?
RajasthanRajasthan Govt. issues guidelines to implement surveillance, containment and caution measures; imposes night curfew from 8 pm to 6 am within urban limits of the district headquarter towns of 13 districts31-12-2020The Government of Rajasthan (“Government”) has issued guidelines to implement measures for surveillance, containment and caution, with effect since 1st January 2021 till 15th January 2021.

Ministry of Home Affairs (“MHA”), Government of India, had extended the surveillance, containment and caution Guidelines issued earlier on 25th November 2020 for the month of January, 2021. Taking into account the prevailing COVID outbreak scenario in the State, and the emergence of a new variant of the virus in the United Kingdom; the following measures have been prescribed to maintain caution and strict surveillance in the State of Rajasthan for the period between 1st January 2021 to 15th January 2021:

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

i. International air travel of passengers, as permitted by MHA;

ii. Swimming pools, only for training of sportspersons;

iii. Exhibition halls, only for business to business (B2B) purposes, subject to a maximum of 50 percent of hall capacity, with a ceiling of 100 persons;

2. Night curfew will be implemented from 8 pm to 6 am within the urban limits of the district headquarter towns of 13 districts namely, Kota, Jaipur, Jodhpur, Bikaner, Udaipur, Ajmer, Alwar, Bhilwara, Nagore, Pali, Tonk, Sikar and Ganganagar.

a. Markets, work places and commercial complexes etc. shall remain closed during night curfew and time for closure shall be 7 pm in order to facilitate the staff and others to reach back home by 8 pm;

b. The following will be exempted from the above-mentioned night curfew:

i. Factory with a production of continuous nature;

ii. Factories having night shift;

iii. IT and IT companies;

iv. Chemist shops;

v. Offices related to essential emergency services;

vi. Marriage related gathering;

vii. Any workplace related to Medical services;

viii. Passengers coming / going to bus stand, railway station and airport;

ix. Movement of all trucks and other goods carrier vehicles and persons employed for loading and unloading goods and separate pass shall not be required for such purpose.

3. Attendance at work places:

All work places (government/ autonomous / private offices etc.) located in municipal limits of the above 13 cities and having more than 100 employees; 75 percent of employees shall come to attend office while 25 percent shall continue to work from home only;

4. District Collectors and District magistrates may enforce social distancing in offices and consider implementing staggered office timings and other suitable measures with a view to reduce the number of employees attending office at the same time to ensure social distancing;

5. District Collectors and magistrates shall not impose local lockdowns outside Containment Zones without prior permission of the Government;

6. Lockdown to remain in force in the Containment Zones till 15th January, 2021. The list of Containment Zones will be notified on the websites by respective District Collector & District Magistrate. This list will also be shared with MoHFW.

7. Within the demarcated Containment Zones, strict containment measures, as prescribed by MoHFW, to be followed:

a. Only essential activities shall be allowed inside Containment Zones;

b. 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. intensive house-to-house surveillance to be carried out by surveillance teams as per prescribed protocol;

d. listing of contacts to be carried out in respect of all persons found positive, along with their tracking, identification, quarantine and follow up of contacts for 14 days (80% of contacts to be traced in 72 hours);

e. quick isolation of COVID-19 patient shall be ensured in treatment facilities / home (subject to fulfilling the home isolation guidelines);

f. Clinical intervention, as prescribed, will be administered;

g. Awareness shall be created in communities on COVID-19 Appropriate Behaviour;

h. Local district, police and municipal authorities to ensure that Containment measures are strictly followed;

i. Prohibitory Orders under Section 144 of CrPC will be issued by the concerned district authority.

8. Educational institutes shall remain closed for students and regular class activity till 15th January, 2021; however online distant learning to be permitted with 50 percent of teaching and non-teaching staff to be called to schools at the time for non-teaching

9. Cinema halls, theatres multiplexes and entertainment parks shall be closed till 15th January, 2021;

10. Social political and large congregations shall not be permitted till 15th January, 2021;

11. COVID appropriate behaviour:

i. The following common safety directives have been detailed below:

a. Wearing of face cover is mandatory at all places.

b. Maintenance of social distancing is mandatory at all places;

c. Spitting in public & work places is prohibited and punishable with fine.

d. Consumption of liquor, paan, gutka, tobacco etc. in public place is prohibited and punishable with fine.

e. All persons are advised to wash hands with soap & water/use sanitizer after touching any surface that is in public contact.

ii. Following additional safety precautions have been prescribed for work places such as Offices, Establishments, Factories, Shops etc.

a. Work From Home (“WFH”) is to be followed as far as possible.
 
b. Staggering of work/business hours to be followed in offices, work places, shops, markets and industrial and commercial establishments;

c. Screening & Hygiene: Provision for thermal scanning, hand wash and sanitizes will be made at all entry and exit points and common areas;

d. Frequent sanitization of entire workplace, common facilities and all points which come into human contact eg. door handles etc. shall be ensured, including between shifts;

e. Social Distancing: All persons in charge of work places shall ensure social distancing between workers and implement measures like adequate gaps between shifts, staggering the lunch breaks of staff etc.

f. Intensive communication and training on good hygiene practices shall be taken up;

g. In respect of shops, adequate physical distancing among customers to be ensured in the shops. Further, 'No Mask No Service' i.e. No sale shall be made by the shopkeeper to any customer who is not wearing a Face Mask.

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

i. Organization and Business entities with 50 or more employees are encouraged to avail the Aarogya Setu Open API Service (https://openapi.aarogyasetu.gov.in). Open API feature will facilitate organizations and employees to return to work in COVID- 19 risk free environment.

12. Vulnerable People (Persons aged 65 and above, Persons suffering from Chronic diseases/co-morbid conditions, Pregnant women and Children below 10 years) have been advised to stay at home and move out only for essential and health purposes. However, if they move out of home, it is essential for them to exercise utmost safety precautions as specified;

13. Movement of people / transport:

i. There will be no restriction on inter-State and within State movement of persons and goods. No separate permission/approval/e-permit will be required for such movement;

ii. All commercial passenger transport vehicles (bus, taxi, cab aggregators (OLAI Uber etc.) auto rickshaw, cycle rickshaw are also permitted to ply subject to ensuring proper sanitization of the seats and touch points before and after each journey and other safety precautions prescribed;

iii. Public (City) Transport, Metro Rail will be allowed to operate as per SOP issued;

iv. Passengers travelling in any vehicle (personal or commercial) shall not exceed the permitted seating capacity of the registered vehicle;

v. Movement by passenger trains and domestic passengers air travel etc. will continue to be regulated by the SOPs issued by MHA, Government of India.

For a detailed read, please refer to the appended document. 
MandatoryAll15-01-2021No
CentralOwing to the pandemic, SEBI extends the timelines for compliance with certain regulatory requirements by Trading members/ Clearing Members through SEs / Clearing Corporations31-12-2020The Securities and Exchange Board of India (“SEBI”) through a Circular dated 31st December, 2020 has provided further relaxation in timelines for compliance with regulatory requirements in view of the prevailing situation due to Covid-19 pandemic and representation received from the Stock Exchanges.

The timelines for compliance with the following regulatory requirements by the trading members / clearing members has been extended as mentioned below:

1. Maintaining call recordings of orders/ instructions received from clients : February 28, 2021.

2. For uploading KYC application form and supporting documents of the clients to be uploaded on system of KRA within 10 working days : The period of exclusion will be from January 01, 2021 till February 28, 2021. Additionally, a 15-day time period after February 28, 2021, is allowed to clear the back log.
With regard to uploading KYC application form and supporting documents of the clients on system of KRA by the members, for which relaxation has been provided till December 31, 2020 vide circular no. SEBI/HO/MIRSD/DOP/CIR/P/2020/191 dated October 01, 2020 , the Stock Exchanges / Clearing Corporation must direct their members to clear the backlog, if any, by January 31, 2021.

Background:

Owing to the pandemic, various relaxations have been granted by SEBI since April, 2020.  In continuation to the previous Circulars, the present extension of timeline has been issued.
MandatoryTrading members/ Clearing Members through SEs / Clearing Corporationsno end date specifiedNo
CentralSEBI extends time of implementation of Circular regarding Creation of Security in issuance of listed debt securities and ‘due diligence’ by debenture trustee(s); from 01.04.2021 instead of 01.01.202131-12-2020Through a Circular dated 31st December, 2020 the Securities and Exchange Board of India (“SEBI”) has extended the date of implementation of the SEBI Circular SEBI/HO/MIRSD/CRADT/CIR/P/2020/218 dated 3rd November, 2020 to April 01, 2021 from January 01, 2021.

Background:

Through the abovementioned Circular dated 3rd November, 2020 SEBI had specified requirements with regard to creation of security in issuance of listed debt securities and due diligence to be carried out by debenture trustee(s), which were applicable from January 01, 2021

Thereafter representations have been received from debenture trustees with regard to extension of the date of applicability of the provisions of the aforesaid circular. After taking into consideration the representation received from debenture trustees, and the challenges arising out of the prevailing business and market conditions due to COVID-19 pandemic the present extension has been granted.
MandatoryListed corporates01-04-2021No
CentralMinistry of Consumer Affairs issues letter to Chief Secretaries and Administrators regarding extension of necessary permissions to distilleries / other units engaged in manufacture of hand sanitizers till 31st December, 202131-12-2020With a view to ensure availability of hand sanitizer at a reasonable price in the domestic market, the Joint Secretary (Sugar & Admn.) of the Ministry of Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution, has in a letter addressed to the Chief Secretaries of the States and Administrators of Union Territories, requested to issue directions to Drug Controllers and Competent Authority in the respective States/ UTs to extend necessary permissions granted to distilleries / other units engaged in manufacture of hand sanitizers till 31st December, 2021. Mandatory All31-12-2021No
TelanganaTelangana Government extends grace period for payment of motor vehicles advance tax for quarter ending 30th December, 2020 till 31st December, 202031-12-2020The Transport, Roads and Buildings Department of Telangana has extended the grace period for payment of Motor Vehicle advance tax for quarter ending on 31st December, 2020 till 31st December, 2020.

No penalty shall be levied on Motor Transport Vehicles during this grace period under the Telangana Motor Vehicles Taxation Act, 1963.
Mandatory All31-12-2020No
CentralImmediate Update | MCA further extends timeline allowing companies to conduct EGM through video conferencing or other audio visual means till 30th June, 202131-12-2020The Ministry of Corporate Affairs (“MCA”) has, in a Circular dated 31st December 2020, allowed companies to conduct Extraordinary General Meetings (“EGMs”) through video conferencing (“VC”) or other audio visual means (“OAVM”) or by passing certain items through postal ballot till 30th June, 2021. 

Background: 

The MCA had in Circulars dated 8th April,2020 (General Circular No. 14/2020), dated 13th April (General Circular No. 17/2020) and 15th June, 2020 (General Circular No. 22/2020), and 30th September, 2020(General Circular No. 33/2020) allowed companies to hold EGMs through VC or OAVM or by passing of certain items only through postal ballot and provided the framework for the same, valid upto 31st December, 2020.  Now, MCA has issued the current circular for further extending the date till which companies will be allowed to conduct their EGMs through VC or OAVM or transact items through postal ballot.

PLease refer to the appended document for further details.
Mandatory 30-06-2021Yes
West BengalGovernment of West Bengal rolls out Advisory prescribing preventive measures to contain the spread of COVID-1931-12-2020With a view to contain the spread of COVID-19 during ensuing festivities, the West Bengal Government has rolled out an Advisory with a list of preventive measures:

1. Face mask which covers the mouth and nose must be worn while stepping outside;

2. Partying in closed spaces and over crowded areas must be avoided. Physical distancing to be maintained at all times;

3. Going outside to be avoided in case one feels unwell or has fever;

4. Use of fire cracker to be avoided;

5. Live cultural programme and crowding to be avoided;

6. Sanitization tunnels as well as spray of harmful chemicals on the body to be avoided;

7. Authorities directed not to allow anyone in shopping malls, public places if mask is not worn properly;

8. Provision for thermal screening, self-dispensing sanitizers and masks are essential;

9. Proper crowd management to be ensured inside and outside premises like parking lots, waiting areas and stalls.

Note- Please call integrated helpline 1800-313444-222 for COVID related information or support.

For a detailed read, please click on the attached document.
AdvisoryAllNo end date specifiedNo
Central India extends ban on flights from UK till 7 January, 2021 in light of new COVID-19 strain 30-12-2020The Government of India has decided to extend the temporary suspension of flights to and from UK till 7th January, 2021. Earlier the suspension of flights was till 31 December, 2020.

Please note that this update has been drafted based on a Tweet, we will update it once an official document has been uploaded in public domain. 
Mandatory All07-01-2021No
KarnatakaGovernment of Karnataka issues FAQ on COVID19 vaccine for Healthcare providers / Frontline workers and General Public30-12-2020The Government of Karnataka has on its official web-portal issued an FAQ on COVID 19 vaccine for Healthcare providers / Frontline workers and General Public.

Some of the key queries addressed are-
• Is this vaccine safe?
• Does one need to follow preventive measures such as wearing a mask, hand sanitization, social distancing after receiving the COVID 19 vaccine?
• What are the groups to be vaccinated in the first phase?
• How will I know if I am eligible for vaccination?
• Are there any common side effects of this vaccine?

For the all the questions and responses, please refer to the attached document
MandatoryAllNo end date specifiedNo
CentralCBIC amends the Courier Imports and Exports (Electronic Declaration and Processing) Regulations, 2010; aims to facilitate the import/ export of COVID-19 vaccines30-12-2020The Central Board of Indirect Taxes & Customs (CBIC) has notified the Courier Imports and Exports (Electronic Declaration and Processing) Amendment Regulations, 2020 (Amendment Regulations) with a view to address the need for efficient clearance and distribution of vaccines in light of the urgent necessity for an efficient cross-border procedure for speedy evacuation of the vaccines.

The Amendment Regulations have gained effect since 30th December, 2020 and are aimed at facilitating the import/ export of COVID-19 vaccines through Courier at locations where the Express Cargo Clearance System (ECCS) is operational.
 
The Amendment Regulations amend the Courier Imports and Exports (Electronic Declaration and Processing) Regulations, 2010 (Regulations) and provides for the following:

i. Imports of and exports of vaccines in relation to COVID 19 has been allowed without any value limitation.

ii. Since the vaccines will be imported in durable containers equipped with the requisite temperature monitoring and tracking devices, sub-regulation (3) of regulation 6 of the Regulations have been suitably amended to provide for the export of the durable container including accessories imported in relation to COVID-19 vaccines. The declaration in Form H [COURIER SHIPPING BILL– IV (CSB - IV) FOR GOODS] is also amended accordingly.

As per the Circular dated 30.12.2020 issued by CIBC with regard to the Amendment Regulations, the clarifications issued earlier in Circular No.51/2020-Customs, dated 20.11.2020 (earlier Circular) would apply for the temporary importation and re-export of the durable containers including accessories imported in relation to the COVID-19 vaccines through courier.

The procedure contained in the earlier Circular must be strictly complied with, including execution of a continuity bond, declaration of the durable containers and accessories as a separate item in the Customs declaration during import and re-export.

Importers have also been advised to indicate the unique identifier of the container and the accessories during import in the Courier Bill of Entry (CBE-V) and also at the time of re-export in the Courier Shipping Bill (CSB IV) for facilitating clearance.

For effective coordination amongst stakeholders, CBIC has directed Commissioners in charge of the International Courier Terminals (where ECCS is operational) to immediately form a Task Force headed by an officer of the rank of Joint/ Additional Commissioner of Customs. The Task force will adopt a coordinated approach for efficient clearance of vaccines relating to COVID-19. The details of such the Task Force, the name, designation and contact details of the Joint/ Additional Commissioner of Customs, heading the Task force would be widely publicised through issue of Public Notices displayed conspicuously in the website of the Commissionerate/ Zone.

For a detailed read, please refer to the corresponding documents.
MandatoryExport/ ImportNo end date specifiedYes
Jammu and KashmirGovernment of Jammu and Kashmir extends Guidelines/Instructions on lockdown measures in the Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir till 31.12.202030-12-2020Govt. of Jammu and Kashmir in an Order dated 30.12.2020 has extended the guideliens/ instructions issued under order dated 29.11.2020. The same shall continue to remain in force till 31.1.2021.
Accordingly, the lockdown in the state stands extended and all instructions and protocols will continue to remain valid.
MandatoryAll31.12.2020No
Delhi Delhi Disaster Management Authority directs night curfew from 31st December, 2020 till 2nd January, 2021; not more than 5 persons to assemble at public places30-12-2020The Delhi Disaster Management Authority ("DDMA") by an Order dated 30th December, 2020, has directed that night curfew will be in force (not more than 5 persons to assemble at public places).

No new year celebratory events, congregations and gatherings at public places will be permitted from 11pm of 31st December, 2020 to 6am of 1st January, 2021 and also from 11pm of 1st January, 2021 to 2nd January, 2021 in the NCT of Delhi. However, there will be no restriction on interstate and intrastate movement of persons and goods during the curfew period. 
Mandatory All 02-02-2021No
CentralMinistry of Health and Family Welfare issues COVID-19 Vaccine Communication Strategy30-12-2020The Ministry of Health and Family Welfare ("MoHFW") on 30th December, 2020 has issued the COVID-19 vaccine communication strategy.

The strategy will serve to guide national, state and district level communication activities, so that the information on the COVID-19 vaccines and vaccination process reaches all people, across all states in the country. The strategy also seeks to build trust and enable greater confidence in the COVID-19 vaccine amongst all people by employing transparency in communication, while also managing any mis/disinformation and rumours around it.

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

Advisory AllNo end date specifiedNo
Tamil Nadu RT-PCR testing rates revised by Tamil Nadu Government; RT-PCR test for private samples in private laboratories to now cost Rs. 1200/- and additional Rs. 300/- for home collection of samples29-12-2020The Health and Family Welfare (EAPI-1) Department, Government of Tamil Nadu has revised the cost of RT-PCR testing for private samples in private labs, rates for RT-PCR testing under CMCHIS and pooled samples done under CMCHIS.

The revised rates are as follows –

1. RT-PCR testing for private samples in private labs will now cost Rs. 1200/- and an additional cost of Rs. 300/- will be charged for home visit collection of samples;
2. RT-PCR testing under CMCHIS will now cost Rs. 800/-;
3. Rs. 600/- is fixed for pooled samples done under CMCHIS.

The revised rates have been in effect since 4th December, 2020.

Note: The Notification was recently uploaded in the Department website.
Mandatory Private labsNo end date specifiedNo
MaharashtraMaharashtra Government extends the validity of existing guidelines under "Mission Begin Again" in the State, till 31st January, 202129-12-2020The Government of Maharashtra has notified that existing guidelines issued under “Mission Begin Again” – will remain in force till 31st January, 2021, in order to contain the spread of COVID-19 virus in the State of Maharashtra.

All guidelines issued earlier will need to be strictly followed during this period and activities already allowed and permitted from time to time will be continued and remain in force till 31st January, 2021.
Mandatory All31-01-2021No
MaharashtraThe Mumbai Municipal Corporation (Amendment) Act, 2020 is implemented to enforce that property tax of any building or land for the year 2020-2021 will be the same as 2019-202028-12-2020The Governor of Maharashtra has given assent to the Mumbai Municipal Corporation (Amendment) Act, 2020 ("Amendment"), that has come into force from 13th November, 2020.

The Urban Development Department, Maharashtra, had issued the Mumbai Municipal Corporation (Amendment) Ordinance (“Ordinance”) on 13th November, 2020 that inserted a new provision in *Section 154 which deals with “Rateable value or capital value how to be determined”.

The Amendment has given effect to the changes implemented by the Ordinance -
Notwithstanding anything mentioned in **subsection 1(C) of the abovementioned section, the following subclauses have been inserted –
• Due to the spread of the pandemic, the capital value of a building/ land which has been fixed as per subsection 1(A) will not be revised for the year 2020-21.
• The property tax of any building or land for the year 2020-2021 will be the same as 2019-2020.
• The capital value of any building or land will be revised in 2021-2022.
• The next revision of the capital value of any building or land will be done in 2025-2026 and will thereafter be done as per subsection 1(C).

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*Section 154 of the Act deals with Rateable value 8[or capital value] how to be determined.
**Section 154 (1C)-  The capital value of any building or land fixed under sub-section (1A) shall be revised every five years :
Provided that, the Commissioner may, for reasons to be recorded in writing, revise the capital value of any building or land any time during the said period of five years and shall accordingly amend the assessment book in relation to such building or land under section 167.
MandatoryAllNo end date specifiedNo
CentralMOHFW issued guidelines on safe ophthalmology practices in Covid-19 Scenario; aims to minimize and avoid the spread of COVID-19 in eye care facilities28-12-2020Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (“MOHFW”) in a Notification dated 28th December 2020 has issued guidelines on safe ophthalmology practices in Covid-19 Scenario, which further provides an impetus on the precautionary measures which may be observed in order to minimize and avoid the spread of COVID-19 in eye care facilities as also among Ophthalmologist, Ophthalmic assistants/technicians, nurses, support staff, patients and their attendants.

Note- Only the eye-care units outside containment zones will be allowed to open up.

Key Takeaways-

The MOHFW has provided the basic preventive measures-
• Persons above 65 years of age, persons with comorbidities, pregnant women and children below the age of 10 years should be encouraged to stay at home, unless they are patients themselves. The same advice will apply for all visitors/staff/patients accordingly at all times.
• Physical distancing of at least 6 feet to be followed as far as feasible.
• Use of face covers/masks to be made mandatory.
• Practice frequent hand washing with soap and use of alcohol-based hand sanitizers should be done wherever feasible.
• Respiratory etiquettes to be strictly followed which involves strict practice of covering one’s mouth and nose while coughing/sneezing with a tissue/handkerchief. Disposal of used tissues should be ensured.

Further, the MOHFW has provided that the eye-care facilities are required to ensure the following:
• Tele-counselling and teleconsultation should be encouraged to lessen patient visits and/or appointment system.
• The screening of patients for Cataract and other eye diseases in outreach areas may be undertaken only after duly following social distancing, hand hygiene and personal protective measures.
• Collection/retrieval of eye balls/Corneas from home settings may be allowed with adherence to precautionary measures to prevent spread of infection.
• Specific markings may be made with sufficient distance to manage the queue and ensure social distancing in the premises.
• Entrance to hospital/clinic to have mandatory hand hygiene and thermal screening provisions
• The staff manning these entry points should ensure appropriate personal protection as entailed in guidelines already issued. (available at: https://www.mohfw.gov.in/pdf/AdditionalguidelinesonrationaluseofPersonalProtectiv eEquipmentsettingapproachforHealthfunctionariesworkinginnonCOVIDareas.pdf)
• The patients should be queried about Covid-19 like symptoms and contact history.
• Posters/AV media on preventive measures about COVID-19 to be displayed prominently Any shops, stalls, cafeteria etc., outside and within the premises are required to follow social distancing norms at all times.
• For air-conditioning/ventilation, the guidelines of CPWD shall be followed which emphasizes that the temperature setting of all air conditioning devices should be in the range of 24-30o C, relative humidity should be in the range of 40- 70%, intake of fresh air should be as much as possible and cross ventilation should be adequate.
• Effective and frequent sanitation within the premises will be maintained with particular focus on lavatories, drinking and hand washing stations/areas.

Please note that the protocol for OPD Services, ward and OT Services are also detailed in the Notification.



MandatoryAllNo end date specifiedNo
Maharashtra Maharashtra Government issues guidelines for 31st December, 2020 (New year's eve) in light of COVID-19 pandemic28-12-2020The Government of Maharashtra by a Circular dated 28th December, 2020 has issued guidelines for New Year w.r.t. COVID-19 pandemic.

The guidelines have been issued in order to reduce the spread of COVID-19 virus as a lot of people will be exposing themselves to others during this festive time.

Please note that the Circular is in Vernacular and we have translated it to the best of our understanding. Once an official translation is available, we will update in case there is a requirement.
Mandatory AllNo end date specified No
CentralMinistry of Health and Family Welfare issues COVID-19 Vaccines Operational Guidelines28-12-2020The Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Government of India on 28th December, 2020 has issued COVID-19 Vaccines Operational Guidelines (Guidelines).

The Guidelines basically highlight the details of vaccination w.r.t. COVID-19 virus. It also provides a detailed description about the virus, prevention of COVID-19, vaccines for COVID-19 etc.

In addition to this, some of teh critical points specifically addressed under the Guidelines are -
1. Vaccine development in India and a multi level governance mechanism in order to properly administer the vaccine.
2. Human Resources: Training & Capacity Building
3. Co-WIN (CoVID-19 Vaccine Intelligence Network): The Digital Platform
4. Administration of COVID-19 vaccine
5. Vaccine Logistics and Cold Chain Management
6. Adverse Events Following Immunization
7. Monitoring and Supervision

The document also clarifies that as COVID-19 pandemic is dynamic in nature, the Guidelines will be updated regularly as per requirement.

For a detailed read, please refer to the attached document. 
Advisory Healthcare establishments, general publicNo end date specified No
CentralMHA extends applicability of existing provisions under Guidelines for Surveillance, Containment and Caution issued under MHA Order dated 25th November, 2020, till 31st January, 202028-12-2020The Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) has notified that guidelines for Surveillance, Containment and Caution issued under MHA Order dated 25th November, 2020 will remain in force upto 31st January, 2020.

With this extension, the existing guidelines will continue to be effective till 31st January, 2020.

We are re-sharing our analysis of the MHA Order dated 25th November, 2020 for reference.

For a detailed read, please refer to the attached Orders.
MandatoryAll31-01-2021No
CentralMHA issues letters to Chief Secretaries of States and Administrators of UTs on extending applicability of existing provisions under Guidelines for Surveillance, Containment and Caution till 31st January, 202028-12-2020The Union Home Secretary, Government of India (“MHA”), has written to the Chief Secretaries of States and the Administrators of Union Territories, in pursuance of MHA Order dated 28th December, 2020; which directs that guidelines under MHA Order dated 25th November, 2020 shall be extended till 31st January, 2021.

The letters highlight that while the active cases are decreasing, there has been a surge in cases globally and there is need for caution and strict surveillance in view of the emergence of new variant of virus in United Kingdom. Further, strict vigil is needed to be maintained to prevent fresh surge in cases in the wake of upcoming New year celebrations and ongoing winter season which are favourable for the spread of the virus. In this regard, appropriate measures must be taken by the State / Union Territory Governments.

Additionally, Government of India has started preparations for administration and roll-out of vaccine for COVID- 19. The National Expert Group on Vaccine Administration for COVID-19 (NEGVAC) has recommended prioritization of this vaccine during the initial phases to Health Care Workers, Front Line Workers, Persons aged 50 years and above and those below 50 years of age with comorbidities. States/ Union Territories to instruct the concerned authorities for their active support to the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MoHFW) in identification, preparation of database, vaccine delivery, storage, security, shipment and vaccination of beneficiaries.

The letters refer to the Hon'ble Supreme Court’s directions to State and Union Territory Governments for strict enforcement of guidelines/ SOPs issued by Union/ State Governments directing strict compliance on COVID-Appropriate behaviour such as wearing of masks, keeping social distancing etc.; prescribing stern action against those who are violating guidelines. States and Union Territories have been advised to consider imposition of curfew on weekends / night and enforce complete lockdown in Containment Zones.

Emphasis has been given to the graded reopening and progressive resumption of activities to move ahead. However, there is a concomitant need to exercise due care. States and Union Territories based on their assessment of the situation, may impose local restrictions such as night curfew, to contain the spread of COVID-19. However, there shall be no restriction on inter-State and intra-State movement of persons and goods including those for cross land-border trade under Treaties with neighbouring countries.

States and Union Territories have been urged to ensure compliance of the aforesaid guidelines and direct all authorities concerned for strict implementation. Further, guidelines issued by MHA and consequent Orders issued by the respective State Governments/ Union Territory Administration should be widely disseminated to the public and to the field functionaries for implementation.

For a detailed read, please refer to the attached documents.
MandatoryAll31-01-2021No
RajasthanRajasthan Government issues direction w.r.t. New Year's Eve; cities with more than 1 lakh people to observe night curfew from 8 pm on 31st December, 2020 till 6 am of 1st January, 202123-12-2020The Government of Rajasthan has issued instructions for New Year's Eve in light of COVID-19 pandemic.

The guidelines are in consonance with the Hon'ble Supreme Court's Order dated 18th December, 2020 and prescribes the following -

1. There will be complete ban in terms of burning and selling fireworks;

2. All types of social, religious, political etc. events are banned. In addition to this, there will be complete ban on all ceremonies / gatherings held on New Year's Eve;

3. Religious places like temple, mosque, gurudwara, church etc. will ensure basic COVID-19 precautions like 6 feet social distancing, sanitization and wearing of face masks need to be ensured;

4. All cities in the State with population of more than a lakh will observe night curfew from 8pm on New Year's Eve till 6am of 1st January, 2021. Further, markets in these places will be close by 7 pm.

Please note that the Office 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 All01-12-2020No
KarnatakaHealth Department of Karnataka issues addendum to revised guidelines for international returnees to Karnataka; effective immediately23-12-2020The Health Department of Karnataka has issued an addendum to the existing guidelines for international returnees to Karnataka through airport / seaport. The addendum shall be effective immediately and is applicable to all international returnees arriving from any country to Karnataka through airport / seaport.

Key Takeaways:

1. All international passengers arriving in Karnataka from any country shall have COVID negative certificate (issued within 72 hours from time of departure), otherwise they will be mandatorily subjected to RT-PCR test for COVID-19 at the port of entry at Bengaluru, Mangaluru International Airport, Mangaluru seaport and Karwar seaport;

2. Facility for RT-PCR testing will be made available and passengers who have given swab samples shall be home quarantined till receipt of lab report;

Note: Authorities at BIAL Bengaluru, Mangaluru International Airport, Mangaluru seaport and Karwar seaport shall take necessary measures to implement this with immediate effect in association with jurisdictional DHOSs

4. The passengers may opt for free RT-PCR testing by government or express test at Airport at their own expense.

Background:

The addendum has been issued in light of a new variant of SARS-CoV2 virus reported by the Government of United Kingdom to World Health Organization.

For a detailed read, please refer to corresponding Circular.
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CentralCentral Govt. revises export policy for Medical Goggles and Nitrile/NBR Gloves, makes all types of Medical Goggles and Nitrile/NBR Gloves freely exportable22-12-2020The Ministry of Commerce & Industry (“Ministry”), through a Gazette Notification dated 22nd December, 2020 has revised the export policy of “Medical Goggles” and “Nitrile/NBR Gloves”. The Ministry has amended the Schedule 2 of the ITC (HS) Export
Policy 2018 related to the export of Medical Goggles and Nitrile/NBR Gloves.

With this amendment, the export policy of Medical Goggles and Nitrile/NBR Gloves is amended from ‘Restricted’ category to ‘Free’ category making all types of Medical Goggles and Nitrile/NBR Gloves freely exportable. 

Background:

On 22nd October, 2020 the Ministry had revised the export of  Nitrile/NBR Gloves from "Prohibited" to "Restricted". Now, with the present Notification the restriction is being done away with.
MandatoryexportersNo end date specifiedNo
CentralMOHFW issues Standard Operating Procedure for Epidemiological Surveillance and Response in the context of new variant of SARS-CoV-2 virus detected in United Kingdom22-12-2020The Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (“MOHFW”) in a Notification dated 22nd December 2020 has issued a Standard Operating Procedure (“SOP”) which provides for the activities which are to be undertaken at the point of entry and in the community for all International passengers who have travelled from or transited through UK in the past 4 weeks (from 25th November to 23rd December 2020).

The MOHFW has directed the international travellers to declare their travel history of past 14 days and fill up the Self Declaration Form to be screened for COVID-19 at international airports in view of the new variant of SARS-CoV-2 virus detected in United Kingdom.

All the passengers coming from UK during the intervening period from 21st to 23rd December 2020 shall be subjected to the following process:

1. Respective State governments shall ensure that all passengers travelling from or transiting through airports in UK and disembarking in India would be subjected to RT-PCR test on arrival.
2. Passengers testing positive shall be isolated in an institutional isolation facility in a separate (isolation) unit coordinated by the respective State Health Authorities.
3. Those who are found negative on testing with RT-PCR at the airport would be advised quarantine at home.
4. The concerned airlines shall ensure that prior to check-in, the traveller is explained about this SOP. In-flight announcements must also be made explaining the relevant information to the passengers.
5. Adequate arrangements for passengers waiting for their RT-PCR test results duly following effective isolation may also be made at the airports.

Note- The flights from UK stand suspended temporarily from 23rd December till 31st December 2020 or till further orders. 
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Andhra PradeshHealth Department of Andhra Pradesh issues guidelines for International Arrivals in the wake of detection and rapid spread of new variant of SARSs-Cov-222-12-2020In the wake of detection and rapid spread of a new variant of SARS-Cov-2 in United Kingdom, the Health Department of Andhra Pradesh has issued Guidelines to screen and manage travellers from international arrivals. This has been done with a view to effectively manage the situation.

These Guidelines are in consonance with the Guidelines issued on 21st December, 2020 by the Ministry of Health & Family Welfare, Government of India to prevent any interjection of SARS-CoV-2 variant virus through passengers with air travel history.

Key Highlights:

1. Immediate steps:

a. Passengers arriving from U.K. in all international flights  including flights in transit should be subjected to mandatory RT-PCR tests on arrival at all airports  and in AP and also from airports in the neighbouring States;

b. District Collectors to set up adequate number of help desks and district administration to deploy adequate number of Medical and Para medical staff with adequate number of RT PCR test kits, PPEs and other requirements at the airports to facilitate this;

c. District Collectors to make adequate arrangements for passengers waiting for their RT-PCR test results at airports in conjunction with the airport authorities;

d. District collectors of Nellore, Ananthapur, Krishna and Guntur should arrange help desks at international airports in the neighbouring States;

e.Those who are found positive on arrival must be sent to covid hospitals or paid institutional quarantine centres set up by the districts utilizing special ambulances mandated for positive persons transport;

f. Those who are found negative in RT-PCR tests done at airports should be advised to isolate  themselves at home for fourteen days, and be medically monitored by the district surveillance team;

g. Relevant information in this regard should be prominently displayed in arrival area and waiting  area of the airports;

2. Surveillance and follow up measures:

a. Surveillance teams to be given a clear mandate and action plan for physical monitoring of people who have tested negative in the RT-PCR test and are in home isolation. The teams should ensure their proper isolation, monitoring of parameters and ensure follow up RT-PCR test after 14 days of disembarkation;

b. The field surveillance team consisting of medical officer and ANM to mandatorily visit the international travellers on a daily basis and update their vitals in the home quarantine app;

c. In case any such persons develop symptoms during the fourteen days, they must be shifted to hospitals and tested for RT-PCR immediately.

3. Additional guidelines:

a. All international travellers should submit self-declaration form on the online portal http://health.ap.gov.in at least 72 hours before the scheduled travel;

b. They should also provide an undertaking on the portal that they would undergo mandatory quarantine for 14 days (paid quarantine at their own expense);

c. On testing negative for RT-PCR test on arrival, only for 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, home quarantine shall be permitted for 14 days.
MandatoryAllNo end date specifiedNo
MaharashtraPune Municipal Corporation, Maharashtra on issues preventive measures to be followed to stop the spread of COVID-19 in the State under the order Mission Begins Again22-12-2020In light of the night curfew imposed in Maharashtra , the Pune Municipal Corporation on December 22, 2020 has issued a notification with the following preventive measures to be taken to stop the spread of COVID-19 in the State under the order Mission Begins Again. 
1. No person within the limits of Pune Municipal Corporation will be allowed to go out of the house from 11.00 pm to 6.00 am between 22nd December, 2020 to 5th January, 2021 except for essential reasons / services 
2. Sick persons, pregnant women, children under 10 years of age, over 65 years of age, should avoid stepping out.
3. Providers of essentials (milk, vegetables, fruits etc.), office individuals and their vehicles are excluded from this order.
4. According to this order, the officers / employees appointed to maintain law and order as well as all the officers / employees and vehicles working for COVID 19 prevention measures in Pune Municipal Corporation as well as government and service vehicles are being excluded from this order.
5. Vehicles carrying essential commodities are exempted from night curfew.
6. All the employees working for night shifts have to maintain the law and order.
7. Government service vehicles are excluded from this order.
8. Vehicles carrying newspapers and distributing staff are excluded from this order.
9. Individuals travelling to the airport are excluded from the order.

Violation of the Order will attract penalties under the relevant provisions of the Indian Penal Code and the Disaster Management Act, 2005.

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. 
MandatoryAll05-01-2021No
Kanrataka Karnataka Govt. withdraws Order dated 23.12.2020 imposing night curfew in the state from 24.12.2020 to 1.1.202122-12-2020In an Order dated 23rd December, 2020 the Government of Karnataka (“Government”) had imposed night curfew from 11.00 pm to 5.00 am from 24th December, 2020 until 1st January, 2021. The step was taken in view of the detection of a new variant of the SARS – CoV2 Virus in the United Kingdom. Returnees from the UK to the State of Karnataka have tested positive and further testing is in process to check if a new variant has been contracted by these persons. In light of these developments, the Government had felt that there was a need to take additional and more stringent measures and accordingly the curfew Order was issued.

However, in a recent update on the twitter handle of the Karnataka Chief Minister, it has been informed that the night curfew Order has now been withdrawn. It is advised that crowds be avoided and people exercise caution while celebrating Christmas and New Year’s and follow the various government Regulations.

Please refer to the link below for further details.
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KarnatakaCommissionerate Health and Family Welfare, Karnataka issues guidelines regarding preventive measures in markets to contain the spread of COVID-19  22-12-2020With gradual opening of economic activities, theCommissionerate Health and Family Welfare, Karnataka in a Notification dated 22nd December 2020 has issued the SOP on preventive measures in markets to contain spread of COVID-19.  
Key Takeaways-
 1. Protecting vulnerable populations- Persons above 65 years of age, persons with comorbidities, pregnant women, and children below the age of 10 years are advised to stay at home, except for essential and health purposes.  
2. Promoting COVID Appropriate Behaviour- Simple public health measures are to be followed to reduce the risk of COVID-19.
These measures include:  
• Physical distancing of at least 6 feet to be followed as far as feasible. 
• Use of face covers/masks to be made mandatory. 
• Practice frequent hand washing with soap (for at least 40-60 seconds) even when hands are not visibly dirty. Use of alcohol-based hand sanitizers (for at least 20 seconds) can be made outside shops and other places wherever feasible. 
• Respiratory etiquettes to be strictly followed. This involves strict practice of covering one’s mouth and nose while coughing/sneezing with a tissue /handkerchief / flexed elbow and disposing off used tissues properly. 
• Self-monitoring of health by all and reporting any illness at the earliest to state and district helpline. 
•Spitting shall be strictly prohibited. 
• Installation & use of Aarogya Setu App shall be advised to all.  
3. Maintaining healthy environment at marketplaces- To prevent the risk of transmission of COVID, it is crucial that healthy environment is maintained at marketplaces.
This includes:  
• All work areas inside the shop shall be sanitized (using 1% Sodium Hypochlorite solution) by shop owners. 
• Cleaning and regular disinfection of frequently touched surfaces (door knobs/handles, elevator buttons, hand rails, chairs, table tops, counters, etc.) and floors, walls, etc. to be done before opening of shops, at the end of the day and at other appropriate times.
• Entrance to the shops to have mandatory hand hygiene (sanitizer dispenser) arrangement.
• Where cars are repositioned by parking lot employees, proper disinfection of steering, door handles, keys, etc. of the vehicles should be undertaken by the owner before the vehicle is used again. 
• Public utility areas and open spaces shall be sanitized with 1% Sodium Hypochlorite solution. This shall be done on a regular basis. 
• Deep cleansing of the toilets, hand washing and drinking water stations shall be done at least 3-4 times daily. 
4. Planning for COVID related appropriate behaviour at marketplaces 
• Self-regulating COVID appropriate behaviour in marketplaces COVID appropriate behaviour in marketplaces may be self-regulated by Market Associations through a number of measures such as creation of a Sub-Committee for each market to facilitate and monitor implementation of COVID appropriate behaviour in marketplaces, provision of distribution of free masks for those who cannot afford. Further, establishing hand washing stations in public utility areas and ensuring availability of soap and water. Furthermore, use of foot operated taps and contactless soap dispensers is recommended.  
• Planning for ensuring COVID appropriate behaviours by shop owners/utilities operating in the market where owners shall ensure physical distancing of a minimum of 6 feet inside and outside the shops/utilities, specific markings on the floor may be made. Queue management inside and outside the shops/utilities. They shall deploy sufficient personnel to monitor the queue as per physical distancing norms. Thermal screening provisions, to the extent feasible, for monitoring of body temperature of workers and clients. 
• Ensuring ventilation- As far as feasible, natural ventilation must be ensured and use of small enclosed spaces must be discouraged. For air-conditioning/ventilation, of closed enclosures, the guidelines of CPWD shall be followed which emphasizes that the temperature setting of all air conditioning devices should be in the range of 24-300 C, relative humidity should be in the range of 40-70%, intake of fresh air should be as much as possible and cross ventilation should be adequate, however, air handling unit needs to be cleaned prior to switching on.  
• Crowd management include engaging Civil Defence volunteers/ Home Guards/ volunteers etc to regulate crowd, access control at parking lots for limiting vehicle entry, separate entry and exit, if feasible, with unidirectional flow of visitors. Strict penal action against illegal parking on market roads may be taken by law enforcing authorities.  
• Awareness shall be created by display of Posters/standees/AV media on preventive measures against COVID-19 at prominent places in the market area. Do’s and Don’ts also to be displayed at vantage points. Further, recorded messages on precautionary measures and COVID appropriate behaviour may be played through AV systems installed in the market premises. Furthermore, the mobile application or website of the shops, if available, must display preventive measures for COVID-19 at their landing page. The website/ Mobile application shall inform the visitors on self-monitoring of health and not to visit the market if suffering from symptoms of Covid-19.  5. Maintaining healthy operations at marketplaces 
• Shop owners, employees and visitors living in containment zones shall not be allowed entry into marketplaces. 
• At the entry point of shops, all employees/ visitors to undergo mandatory hand hygiene (sanitizer dispenser) and thermal screening. Only asymptomatic employees /visitors shall be allowed inside shops. 
• All employees/visitors to be allowed entry only if using face cover/masks. The face cover/mask has to be worn at all times inside and outside shops. 
• Staggering of visitors to be done for maintaining physical distancing of a minimum of 6 feet, when queuing up at the time of entry. 
• Number of customers inside the shop to be kept at a minimum, to maintain the physical distancing norms. 
• Seating arrangement inside shops, if any, to ensure 6 feet between chairs, benches etc. as far as feasible. 
• Number of people in the elevators shall be restricted, duly maintaining physical distancing norms.
• Use of escalators with one person on alternate steps may be encouraged. ix. The shop keeper/ staff to perform handwash / use of hand sanitizer frequently

Note- The guidelines will be applicable to both retail and wholesale markets

The market associations and shop keepers must work towards implementing COVID-19 safety measures in the markets and shops. 
MandatoryAllNo end date specifiedNo
Chhattisgarh Chhattisgarh Government issues guidelines for travellers coming from UK (United Kingdom) to Chhattisgarh via international flights in continuation to MoHFW guidelines22-12-2020With a view to curb the spread of the new variant of novel coronavirus, the Government of Chhattisgarh has issued guidelines for travellers arriving from United Kingdom via flights and has directed as follows:

i. The RT-PCR test report done at the airports should be checked;.

ii. If a passenger is found positive after conducting RT-PCR test, then such passenger will be kept in institutional quarantine / COVID care centre / hospital as per the SOP issued by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MoHFW).

iii. If the report of the passenger is negative, then he / she will be advised to undergo home isolation for a period of 14 days.

iv. In addition to the above-mentioned, MoHFW has issued SOP for Epidemiological Surveillance and Response in the context of new variant of SARS-CoV-2 virus detected in United Kingdom and directed international travellers to declare their travel history of past 14 days and fill up the Self Declaration Form for being screened for COVID-19 at international airports for the new variant of SARS-CoV-2 virus (detected in United Kingdom).

All the passengers coming from UK during the intervening period from 21st to 23rd December 2020 shall be subjected to the following process:

1. all passengers travelling from or transiting through airports in UK and disembarking in India would be subjected to RT-PCR test on arrival;

2. Passengers testing positive shall be isolated in an institutional isolation facility in a separate (isolation) unit coordinated by the respective State Health Authorities;

3. Those who are found negative on testing with RT-PCR at the airport would be advised quarantine at home;

4. The concerned airlines shall ensure that prior to check-in, the traveller is explained about this SOP. In-flight announcements must also be made explaining the relevant information to the passengers;

5. Adequate arrangements for passengers waiting for their RT-PCR test results duly following effective isolation may also be made at the airports.

Note - The flights from UK stand suspended temporarily from 23rd December till 31st December 2020 or till further orders.

Please note that the Office Order is in Vernacular and we have translated it to the best of our understanding. Once an official translation is available, we will update in case there is a requirement.
Mandatory AllNo end date specifiedNo
TelanganaGovernment of Telangana reduces rates chargeable for COVID 19 testing (RT-PCR) by private NABL & ICMR approved laboratories in the state21-12-2020In view of the increased availability of test kits and reduction in the cost of both RNA extraction kits and RT-PCR Kits, the decrease in the cost of testing, the Health, Medical & Family Welfare (D) Department, Government of Telangana (“Department”) has, through an Order dated 21st December, 2020 revised the maximum rates chargeable for testing (RT-PCR) by private NABL & ICMR approved laboratories in the state as follows:-
1. Samples which are collected at the Labs / Hospitals (including all charges – test cost +PPE etc.,) – Rs. 500
2. Samples which are collected from home (including all charges – test cost + PPE etc.,) – Rs. 750
Further, all private NABL & ICMR approved labs are instructed to follow the guidelines issued by ICMR from time to time.
All Hospitals / Institutes / Labs are instructed to display the revised tariffs prominently and strictly comply with the above orders. Non-compliance shall attract action as per the provisions of law.
Background:
On 18th November, 2020 the Department had revised the minimum rates chargeable for testing (RT-PCR) by the private NABL & ICMR approved laboratories specifying Rs. 850 for samples which are collected at the Labs/Hospitals and Rs. 1200 for samples collected from home.
Now, the rates are being reduced further with the present Order.
MandatoryPrivate laboratoriesNo end date specifiedNo
Maharashtra Maharashtra Government implements night curfew in the State from 11 pm to 6 am till 5th January, 2020; issues SOPs for passengers arriving via flights from Europe, South Africa and Middle East countries21-12-2020The Government of Maharashtra, in continuation to earlier Orders issued under "Mission Begin Again" has implemented night curfew in all Municipal Corporations of the State. Night Curfew has been implemented since 22nd December, 2020 till 5th January, 2020 from 11 pm to 6 am.

This has been done in order to reduce the risk of transmission of COVID-19 virus in the State.

In addition to this, the Government has also issued a Standard Operating Procedure (“SOP”) for passengers arriving in the State via flights from Europe, South Africa and Middle East countries.

Key highlights of the SOP:

1. An area at the far end of the airport terminal should be identified and prepared for receiving the flights from areas of concern;

2. passengers will be screened for symptoms and will be subjected to RT-PCR if passengers are found symptomatic;

3. all other passengers will undergo 14 days of mandatory paid institutional quarantine upon arrival and will not be allowed outside of designated quarantine facility before 14 days under any condition;

4. after completion of 14 days of quarantine, passengers may be discharged only upon testing RT-PCR negative;

5. No one from these flights will be allowed to undergo home quarantine;

6. Institutional quarantine facilities where passengers will stay will have to strictly follow all guidelines and passengers will be monitored daily for development of symptoms by the health team.

7. In case any passenger develops symptoms and is found positive in RT-PCR test, then that passenger will be considered to be infected with the new strain and will be immediately shifted to the designated hospital for treatment.
Mandatory All05-01-2021No
CentralAll passenger flights to and from the United Kingdom suspended temporarily up to 31st December 2020

21-12-2020In view of the emerging situation arising out of the spread of a new strain of coronavirus in the United Kingdom, all flights to and from United Kingdom into India have been suspended temporarily till 31st December 2020.

Airlines to ensure that passengers coming from UK is not boarded in a flight for any destination in India, either directly or indirectly.

As a precautionary measure, passengers arriving from UK in all transit flights (flights that have taken off or flights which are reaching India before 22nd December 2020 at 23.59 hrs) should be subject to mandatory RT-PCR test at the arrival port in India.

The passengers found Covid-19 positive on arrival shall be quarantined as per guidelines issued by Ministry of Health and Family Welfare and would bear the medical costs incurred.

Note: The above-mentioned restrictions will not apply to international all-cargo operations and flights specifically approved by DGCA.
MandatoryAll31-12-2020No
KarnatakaGovt of Karnataka enhances passenger screening at International Airports and Sea Ports in view of new Strain of COVID-19 Virus reported from United Kingdom21-12-2020The Government of Karnataka on 21st December, 2020 issued a Circular informing that for all flights arriving from 21.12.2020, RT-PCR testing must be done for all passengers originating from UK, including those transiting in other airports outside UK.
Those who are RT-PCR positive will be under hospital isolation and positive samples should be sent to NIMHANS, Bengaluru for molecular testing. Passengers who are RT-PCR negative, must be under strict home quarantine for 14 days. Contact details of all
such passengers should be informed to District Surveillance Officers for quarantine follow-up.

Additionally, the International Airports at Bengaluru and Mangaluru are  instructed to provide the list of passengers arrived from UK from 7.12. 2020 onwards till 21.12.2020.
MandatoryIndividualsNo end date specifiedNO
CentralArchaeological Survey of India dispenses with cap on the number of visitors to Centrally Protected Monuments/ sites; allows sound and light shows to be resumed20-Dec-20The Archaeological Survey of India (“ASI”) has dispensed with the cap on the number of visitors to its Centrally Protected Monuments/ sites and prescribed the following:

Key Highlights:

1. The total number of visitors to be allowed per day may be decided by the concerned Superintending Archaeologist with concurrence of the respective District Magistrate;

2. Selling of physical tickets may be resumed when there are problems in QR code and network;

3. Sound and light show may be resumed;

Note: All centrally protected monuments and sites shall continue to be bound by the Covid related protocols issued by the Ministry of Home Affairs, Ministry of Health and Family Welfare and Ministry of Culture or any specific orders of the State and/or District administration

For a detailed read, please refer to the attached documents
MandatoryAllNo end date specifiedNo
PuducherryIn light of COVID-19 permission for celebration / gathering will not be granted in Puducherry19-12-2020The Government of Puducherry in line with the Supreme Court Order dated 18.12.2020 has decided that no permission will be granted for celebration or gathering for upcoming festivals in the State. MandatoryIndividualsNo end date specifiedNo
CentralCDSCO further extends effective date of order specifying special conditions under which permission for importing drugs with residual shelf life less than 60% is allowed to 30th April, 202118-12-2020The Central Drugs Standard Control Organization (“CDSCO”) had issued an earlier circular dated 17th April 2020, specifying special conditions under which permission for importing drugs with residual shelf life less than 60% was allowed.

Considering the current COVID-19 scenario and the hardships brought about by it, CDSCO has further extended the effective date of the Order dated 17th April, 2020 upto 30th April, 2021 or till further order, whichever is earlier.

Background:

Previously, the effective date was extended till 31st October, 2020 . Now, it is being further extended through the present Order.

P.S. We have not been able to locate the previous notification dated 17th April 2020 in the public domain. We will notify once our team is able to locate the same.
Mandatorydrugs30-04-2021No
CentralNo need for mandatory 14 day quarantine for all major and minor ports in light of COVID-19 pandemic; shipping companies or their agents to make arrangements for RT-PCR for their disembarking crew17-12-2020The Directorate General of Shipping, Mumbai, Ministry of Ports, Shipping and Waterways by an Order dated 17th December, 2020 has decided to do away with mandatory 14 day quarantine period as mentioned in the instructions issued earlier to all major and minor ports in light of COVID-19 pandemic.

If any of the crew member of vessel that has not completed 14 days from the last port of call will be required to disembark from the vessel and the following will have to be complied with in addition to the requirements as specified in the SOP issued by the Directorate from time to time –

1. The shipping companies or their agents will make arrangements for RT-PCR testing of all such crew disembarking from such vessels in coordination with concerned port & health authorities.

2. The crew members should be COVID-19 negative by RT-PCR before disembarking.

3. Such crew member will agree to self-monitor their health and report to relevant authorities if suffering from any COVID-19 symptoms or signs.

4. The crew member to comply by the guidelines on physical distancing, hand hygiene and use of masks along with minimizing their contact with the general public.

All other instructions as specified under the previous Order will be continue to be applicable. 
Mandatory Shipping companies, agents and crew membersNo end date specifiedNo
CentralMinistry of Health and Family Welfare issues Frequently Asked Questions on COVID-19 vaccine17-12-2020The Ministry of Health and Family Welfare on 17th December, 2020 has uploaded a list of Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) on COVID-19 vaccine on their site.

The target group for the FAQ are general public and healthcare providers/frontline workers. As vaccines for COVID-19 will be rolled out and administered to the general public in the near future, these FAQs have been issued.

For a detailed read on the FAQs, please refer to the attached document. 
Advisory AllNo end date specifiedNo
Andaman & Nicobar islands Andaman and Nicobar Govt. directs airline operators to ensure that incoming passengers carry a valid negative RTPCR Test Report; aims to avoid inconvenience on arrival at Port Blair airport16-Dec-20In view of the significant number of COVID-19 positive cases detected by Rapid Antigen Test as VSI, Airport in Port Blair, in order to avoid inconvenience on arrival, the Andaman and Nicobar Administration has directed the airline operators to advice incoming passengers to carry a negative RTPCR Test Report issued by an ICMR recognized laboratory.MandatoryAllNo end date specifiedNo
CentralESIC issues information regarding AV Creatives/ films on COVID 19 Guidelines for Employers and Employees15-12-2020The Employees’ State Insurance Corporation (“ESIC”) has issued and Order dated 15th December, 2020 regarding “AV Creatives/ films on COVID 19 Guidelines for Employers and Employees”.

ESIC had earlier issued the “COVID 19 Safe Workplace Guidelines for industry and Establishment”.

In this context two AV Creatives/ films have also been produced which are available at the link https://www.esic.nic.in/attachments/avcreatives.zip in downloadable format.

Please note that it can be shared with employers association, employees union, industry organisations, professional bodies, supervisors, workers, district labour officers etc.

Please refer to the attached document for a detailed read of the Order.
Mandatoryallno end date specifiedNO
CentralRBI revises FAQs on Resolution Framework for Covid-19 related stress

12-12-2020The Reserve Bank of India, on 12th December, 2020 has updated the Frequently Asked Questions (“FAQs”) on “Resolution Framework for Covid-19 related stress” wherein the below mentioned new question and its response has been added:

“Does invocation under the Resolution Framework require the borrowers to submit any specific resolution plan and the lenders to agree on implementation of the same before December 31, 2020?
No. The Resolution Framework does not require any resolution plan in any form to be submitted to the lending institutions at the time of request for invocation. Rather, for invocation, the borrowers are required to merely submit a request to the lending institutions for being considered under the Resolution Framework. Thereafter, the lending institutions will take an in-principle decision – as per their Board approved policy – on invoking the Resolution Framework. After such invocation, the specific contours of resolution plan to be implemented may be decided by the lending institutions, in consultation with the borrower. While for personal loans the resolution plan is to be implemented within 90 days from the date of invocation, for all other loans a period of 180 days from the date of invocation has been prescribed.”

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

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 Companies (including Housing Finance Companies)
No end date specifiedNO
West BengalGovernment of West Bengal informs that beds of private hospitals requisitioned for COVID-19 patients may be released in phases; move aimed towards continuation of business by the private hospitals10-12-2020Owing to the decrease in the total number of COVID-19 cases, the Government of West Bengal (“Government”) in an Order dated 10th December 2020 has provided that the beds of private hospitals as requisitioned by the Government may be released in phases with a view to allow the private hospitals to continue with their own business.

The details of the present number of beds functioning, the number of beds which will be released in this phase and the balance number of beds has been provided in Annexure -A. In case of emergency, the beds may be taken over within a time span of three days.
MandatoryAllNo end date specifiedNo
HaryanaHaryana Govt. revises rates for RTPCR testing; applicable to private laboratories in the State09-12-2020The Department of Health and Family Welfare, Haryana (“Department”) has revised the upper cap of rates for COVID 19 testing as follows:

1. RTPCR Testing:
a. Samples collected at private hospitals/ labs and their designated collection centres- Rs. 700
b. Sample collected through home visits- Rs. 900.

2. CBNAAT Testing – Rs. 2,400/- (already fixed)

3. TrueNat Testing – Rs. 1,250 (already fixed)
4. Rapid Antigen Testing- Rs. 500/- (already fixed)
5. IgG based ELISA Testing- Rs. 250/- (already fixed)
Private laboratories should ensure not to charge any amount more than what is mentioned above for COVID 19 testing inclusive of GST/Taxes (if any), cost involved in pickup, PPE,  packing, transportation of samples, documentation and reporting, in the state of Haryana.

It is reiterated that, all the laboratories conducting COVID-19 testing have been directed to adhere to the guidelines and SOPs mentioned in the earlier Orders, and follow all testing protocols laid down by ICMR and MoHFW, Govt. of India from time to time.
MandatoryPrivate LaboratoriesNo end date specifiedNO
Central Validity of initial NOC for Scheduled/Scheduled Commuter/Non Scheduled Air Transport Services expiring on 31.03.2021 extended till 31.12.202109-12-2020In an Order dated 9.12.2020, the Ministry of Civil Aviation has further extended the validity of the NOC granted for Scheduled/Scheduled Commuter/Non Scheduled Air Transport Services. The NOC expiring by 31.3.2021 will remain valid till 31.12.2021.

Earlier the Ministry had granted extension with regard NOCs expiring between 13.2020 and 31.12.2020 till 31.12.2020.
Now, in view of the continued impact of covid-19, the present extension is granted.
MandatoryAviation31.12.2021No
CentralESIC notifies Major Policy Initiatives for better medical services to Workers; move aimed at improving delivery of medical services and other benefits to workers08-Dec-20In a press Release dated 8th December 2020, the Employees’ State Insurance Corporation (“ESIC”) has laid down several pointers with a view to improve its delivery of medical services and other benefits to workers.

Key Highlights-

• ESIC has decided to provide medical services to the insured workers and their dependants under the ESI Scheme. The same shall be provided primarily through hospitals and dispensaries run by the State Governments. 

• With an objective to provide better medical services to beneficiaries, the ESIC has decided to directly run by itself all newly constructed hospitals and those that are approved in future unless the State Government insists to run the hospital. Super speciality services in cardiology urology and other departments will be strengthened in select ESIC hospitals in Delhi/NCR. Tis shall be extended to other ESIC hospitals across the country in a phased manner.

• ESIC will engage Hospital Managers with specialisation in hospital management or hospital administration or health care administration for maintenance, housekeeping and other ancillary activities in ESIC hospitals.

• The ESI Corporation has also decided to extend the relaxed conditions and the enhanced benefit of 50% of the average per day earning upto a maximum of 90 days under the Atal Beemit Vyakti Kalyan Yojana to the insured workers who became unemployed due to COVID-19 induced lockdown for a further period of six months i.e. upto 30th June, 2021. 

• The eligible workers can file their claims on the ESIC portal (www.esic.in) with the mobile number, Aadhaar and bank details.
MandatoryAll30-Jun-21No
CentralNPPA directs manufacturers of enoxaparin injection to ensure availability of adequate stocks of the same in the  State of Chhattisgarh08-Dec-20The National Pharmaceutical Pricing Authority ("NPPA") has directed the manufacturers of Enoxaparin Injection to ensure availability of adequate stocks of the same for management of COVID-19 in the trade channels of the State of Chhattisgarh.MandatoryAllNo end date specifiedNo
Jammu and Kashmir Jammu and Kashmir Government issues advisory on impact of COVID-19 pandemic on businesses w.r.t. to Human Rights and future response 07-12-2020The Department of Excise, Government of Jammu and Kashmir on 7th December, 2020 has issued an advisory on impact of COVID-19 pandemic : Business and Human Rights and Future response which was initially issued by the National Human Rights Commission (“NHRC”).

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the crisis arising out of it for different industries and establishments in terms of disruption in supply chains and employment, NHRC in view to uphold Human Rights has issued an advisory which is aimed for business heads / leaders / enterprises / MSMEs etc. to help them integrate the human rights and human rights approaches into their decision making process and communications in the backdrop of COVID-19 pandemic.

Therefore, in view of safeguarding human rights of all stakeholders the following advisories are being given by the NHRC –

1. Adoption of responsible business practices in order to protect informal workers during COVID-19 pandemic.

2. Government and Financiers to urge companies to use emergency funds to support stakeholders not shareholders.

3. Ministry of Corporate Affairs may propose businesses to use human rights due diligence framework as a starting point to approach crisis in the context of their business.

4. Businesses to closely examine their supply chains to ensure labour trafficking is not occurring as part of the creation and distribution of products.

5. There should be a business continuity plan and a risk management plan in place that covers infrastructure, cyber, employee, business, operational and communication risks with the aim of managing an organisation that has to face new challenges and risks and wants to ensure continuity of operations and production.

6. In addition to the above, the employers have to take steps in resolving workplace issues by keeping line of communication open, set up a grievance redressal cell along with arranging regular safety drills (across manufacturing and service sectors) etc. 
Advisory AllNo end date specifiedNo
CentralOwing to the pandemic, RBI increases the per transaction limit for AFA relaxation for contactless card transactions  to Rs.5,000/-  04-12-2020In a Circular dated 4th December, 2020 the Reserve Bank of India has issued information regarding “Card transactions in Contactless mode - Relaxation in requirement of Additional Factor of Authentication”.

The present COVID-19 pandemic has underlined the benefits of contactless transactions. Keeping this in view and based on stakeholder feedback, it was announced in the Statement on Developmental and Regulatory Policies dated December 4, 2020 that per transaction limit for AFA (“Additional Factor of Authentication”) relaxation for contactless card transactions will be increased.

Accordingly, given the sufficient protection available to users, RBI has decided to increase the per transaction limit to ₹ 5,000/-. All other requirements, including the discretion of cardholder to use contactless or contact mode of transaction, shall continue to remain applicable, as hitherto.

Background:

In a previous Circular dated 14th May, 2020 the RBI had informed that  Additional Factor of Authentication (AFA) requirement was relaxed for values up to ₹ 2,000/- per transaction for card transactions in contactless mode at Points of Sale (PoS) terminals. Subsequently, it was clarified that transactions beyond this limit can be processed in contactless mode, but with AFA.

Further, through another Circular dated 15th January, 2020, users were provided option of switch on / off or to set limits for various card features, including for contactless transactions. The instructions, which came into effect from October 1, 2020, have made card transactions more secure by empowering users to enable card features and set requirements according to their need and comfort.

Now, in light of the pandemic and the stakeholder feedback the per transaction limit for AFA relaxation for contactless card transactions are increased.
MandatoryAll Scheduled Commercial Banks including Regional Rural Banks /
Urban Co-operative Banks / State Co-operative Banks /
District Central Co-operative Banks / Payments Banks /
Small Finance Banks / Local Area Banks /
Non-bank Prepaid Payment Instrument issuers /
Authorised Card Payment Networks
No end date specifiedNO
West BengalWest Bengal Health Department revises rates of COVID 19 tests in private laboratories03-12-2020Owing to the further reduction in market price of testing reagents including RTPCR Kitts, RNA Extraction Kits and VTM, the Health and Family Welfare Department, Government of West Bengal (“Department”), after careful consideration of different aspects, has, in an Order dated 3rd December, 2020 re-fixed the maximum price cap for COVID 19 test by private laboratories as per the rates mentioned below:

1. RT-PCR – Rs. 950
2. CBNAAT- Rs.2400/-
3. TRUNAT (including screening and confirmation)- Rs. 1200/-

Please note that the violation of this Order will attract penalties under the provisions of the West Bengal Epidemic Disease COVID 19 Regulations, 2020, West Bengal Clinical Establishments (Registration, Regulation and Transparency) Act , 2017 and the West Bengal Clinical Establishments (Registration, Regulation and Transparency) Rules, 2017.

Background:

The Department had initially fixed the price of COVID 19 testing by private laboratories by an Order dated 26th June, 2020

Subsequently in an Order dated 12th October, 2020 the Department had fixed the maximum price cap for COVID 19 tests for private laboratories at Rs.1500.

The present Order is issued to further revise the rates. 
MandatoryLaboratoriesNo end date specifiedNO
CentralOwing to the pandemic COVID 19, MoEFCC extends the validity of notification/ rule / order expiring in the F.Y 2020-2021 upto 30th June, 2021; effective immediately03-12-2020In a Gazette Notification dated 3rd December, 2020 the Ministry of Environment, Forest And Climate Change (“Ministry”) has issued the Environment (Protection) Third Amendment Rules, 2020 (“Amendment”) in order to further amend the Environment (Protection) Rules, 1986 (“Principal Rules”).

The Amendment has gained effect immediately.

Principal Rules Amendment
Implication
Rule 5: Prohibitions and restrictions on the location of industries and the carrying on processes and operations in different areas

(….)

(3)(…)

(d) The Central Government shall within a period of one hundred and twenty days from the date of publication of the notification in the Official Gazette consider all the objections received against such notification and may within one hundred and eighty days from such day of publication impose prohibition or restrictions on location of such industries and the carrying on of any process or operation in an area. Rule 5: Prohibitions and restrictions on the location of industries and the carrying on processes and operations in different areas

(….)

(3)(…)

(d) Provided that for the purpose of this clause, the validity of notification or rule or order expiring in the Financial Year 2020-2021 shall stand extended upto 30th June, 2021 on account of COVID-19 pandemic Owing to the pandemic, with respect to the provision on Prohibitions and restrictions on the location of industries and the carrying on processes and operations in different areas, the validity of notification or rule or order expiring in the Financial Year 2020-2021 will be extended upto 30th June, 2021 with the present Amendment gaining effect.

MandatoryAll30-06-2021NO
CentralMinistry of Civil Aviation permits increase in domestic civil flight operations from existing 70 percent to 80 percent of pre-COVID levels03-12-2020After review of the current status of Scheduled Domestic Operations viz-a-viz passenger demands for air travel, The Ministry of Civil Aviation ("Ministry") has in partial modification of earlier Order dated 11th November, 2020, allowed the opening of domestic civil flight operations in a calibrated manner upto 80 percent of pre-COVID levels.MandatoryAllNo end date specifiedNo
Gujarat District Magistrate of Gandhinagar issues guidelines on lockdown measures for implementation in the District; effective upto 31st December, 202003-12-2020Pursuant to Guidelines on Surveillance, Containment and Caution issued by the Ministry of Home Affairs on 25th November, 2020 the District Magistrate of Gandhinagar has issued instructions to be followed in the District till 31st December, 2020.

Key Highlights:

1. If any person pollutes or spreads dirt on public roads / public places in the entire Gandhinagar district area or spreads dirt in any way, or fails to wear a mask/ face cover, a fine of Rs.1000 /- will be imposed;

2. All institutions, organisations, workplaces and commercial establishments should ensure:
a. social distancing of minimum 6 feet;
b. shopkeeper must ensure that physical distance is maintained amongst the customers;
c. fines will be levied for spitting in public places;
d. the principle of "work from home" should be followed in all workplaces as far as possible;
e. All offices, workplaces, shops, markets, as well as commercial and industrial units shall strictly adhere to the instructions of the Ministry of Home Affairs of the Government of India on staggering of work / business hours;
g. temperature check, hand washing, and (if possible) contactless sanitizer should be provided at each entry point and general locations;
h. individuals in the workplace must strictly adhere to rules such as social distancing, adequate gap between shifts, maintain proper distance between staff during lunch break etc.

3. Exception:
This Order exempts Home Guards or other Government or semi-Government agency, Government / private hospital staff persons engaged with emergency services, public servants who are on duty, as well as vehicles carrying essential items and persons and vehicles with an authorized pass;

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.
Mandatoryall31-12-2020NO
PunjabPunjab Government approves 100% Motor vehicle tax exemption to State stage carriage and educational institutions buses in Punjab till 31st December 202002-12-2020Punjab Government on 2nd December, 2020 in light of COVID-19 pandemic has approved 100 percent exemption from the Motor Vehicle tax for state stage carriage buses and buses of educational institutions/school/college buses till December 31, 2020.

Further, the Amnesty scheme has been extended till 31st March, 2021, deferring payment of arrears of taxes, without interest and penalty.
Mandatory State stage carriage buses and buses of educational institutions/school/college buses Different timeline for separate actionsNo
CentralSEBI extends the timelines for compliance with certain regulatory requirements by Trading/ clearing members and DPs

01-12-2020In view of the continued impact of COVID-19, the Securities and Exchange Board of India has further relaxed the timeliness for the following compliances:

Relaxation for Trading Members and Clearing Members:

Internal Audit for half year ended on September 30, 2020 – Time line extended to December 31, 2020
System Audit for half year ended on September 30, 2020 – Time line extended to December 31, 2020
Half yearly net worth certificate as on September 30, 2020 – Time line extended to December 31, 2020
Cyber Security and Cyber Resilience Audit for half year ended on September 30, 2020 – Time line extended to January 31, 2020

Relaxations for depository participants (DPs):
Submission of half yearly Internal Audit Report by DPs for the half year ended on September 30, 2020 – Time line extended to December 31, 2020
Systems audit on annual basis for the financial year ended March 31, 2020 – Time line extended to December 31, 2020

For uploading of KYC application form and supporting documents of the clients on the system of KRA within 10 working days – The period of exclusion will be from March 23, 2020 to December 31, 2020. Additionally, after December 31, 2020 another 15-day time period is allowed to Depository / DPs, to clear the back log.

For a detailed read, please refer to the attached file.
MandatoryListed CompaniesDifferent dates for complaincesYes
ChandigarhChandigarh Health Dept. notifies fine for not wearing face masks; fine of Rs. 1000/- to be imposed on violators01-12-2020The Health Department of Chandigarh has notified that people who do not wear face masks will be punishable with fine of Rs. 1000/-.

Non-payment of above-mentioned fine by violators will attract proceedings under Section 188 of the Indian Penal Code, 1860.
Mandatory AllNo end date specifiedNo
CentralMCA further extends last date to file Cost Audit Report ( CRA-4) for FY 2019-20 to 31.12.202001-12-2020The Ministry of Corporate Affairs ("MCA") has, in a Circular dated December 01, 2020, further extended the timeline for filing of Form CRA-4 (form for filing of cost audit report) for the Financial Year (FY) 2020 due to the continued impact of COVID-19 pandemic.

Earlier, in an Order dated 10.09.2020, the MCA had permitted  Cost Audit Report for the financial year 2019-20 to be submitted by the cost auditor to the Board of Directors of the companies by 30th November, 2020.  With the current Circular dated 01.12.2020, the time has been extended till 31st December, 2020 within which Cost Audit Report for the financial year 2019-20 can be submitted without violating the timeline prescribed.
MandatoryAll31.12.2020Yes
DelhiDelhi Govt. orders status-quo in respect of the activities related to bars in Hotels / Clubs / Restaurants; allows to remain open for 'on' premises consumption of liquor upto 31.12.2020, subject to compliance with SOPs01-12-2020The Government of Delhi has directed that status quo shall be maintained in respect of the activities related to bars in Hotels / Clubs / Restaurants for 'on' premises consumption of liquor under the licence category L-15/L-15F L-16/L-16F, L-17/L-17F, L-18/L-18F, L-19/L-19F L-20/L-20F L-28/L-28F and L-29/L-29F upto 31st December, 2020.

It has been reiterated that owners of establishments / licensee of hotels/clubs / restaurants concerned must ensure the compliance of SOPs failing which he / she shall be proceeded against under the provisions of the Disaster Management Act, 2005 and the Indian Penal Code.

For a detailed read on the SOPs to be complied with, please refer to the documents provided.
MandatoryAll31-12-2020No
BiharGovernment of Bihar reduces the rate of RTPCR Testing in the state from Rs. 1500/- to Rs.80001-12-2020The Government of Bihar, in an Order dated 1st December, 2020 has reduced the rate of RTPCR Testing in the state from Rs. 1500/- to Rs.800.

Further, it will be mandatory for private laboratories to file a report on the ICMR portal.  It will be mandatory to give information related to the test on the e-mail (ssobihar@gmail.com) of the State Surveillance Officer by 5:00 pm every day.  It will be mandatory to inform all the positive cases immediately to the concerned District Civil Surgeon and District Surveillance Officer for further action.

All the procedures related to COVID-19 will be done according to all the guidelines issued by ICMR earlier.  Any amount exceeding Rs 800 / - and non-compliance with the other mentioned provisions will be considered as violation of the relevant provisions of the Epidemic Diseases Act 1897 (as amended) and Bihar Epidemic Covid-19 Regulations -2020
MandatoryLaboratoriesno end date specifiedNO
DelhiExcise Dept. of Delhi provides partial waiver in licence fees; allows adjustment of licence fee to be paid for excise year 2021-2201-12-2020Pursuant to representations from stakeholders who made payment of licence fee for excise year 2020-21, the Delhi Excise Department has allowed adjustment of licence fee to be paid for excise year 2021-22, by licensees holding excise  licence in form of L-15/ L-15 F, L-16/ L - 16F, L-17/ L-17F, L-18/L -18F, L-19/L -19F, L-28-28F and L-29 / L-29F.

For a detailed read, please refer to the corresponding Notification.
MandatoryAllNo end date specifiedNo
Bihar Bihar Government extends lockdown in Containment Zones till 31st December, 2020; issues Guidelines to stop the spread of Corona Virus in wake of functions like Marriage, Kartik Poornima Snaan and Cremation ceremony01-12-2020The Government of Bihar by an Order dated 26th November, 2020 has extended the lockdown in containment zones till 31st December, 2020.

In addition to this, the State Government has issued guidelines to stop the spread of Corona Virus during the time period of November 26 to December 03, 2020 in functions like Marriage, Kartik Poornima Snaan and Cremation ceremony. 
Mandatory AllDifferent timeline for separate actionsNo
KeralaKerala Health Department issues addendum to the COVID-19 revised testing guidelines; lays down revised advisory to optimize the evidence based use of Convalescent Plasma Therapy (CPT) in COVID-1901-12-2020
The Health and Family Department, Government of Kerala by an Order dated 1st December, 2020 has issued an addendum to the COVID-19 revised testing guidelines (issued on 15th August, 2020).

By this addendum, type of COVID-19 tests along with testing frequency for vulnerable persons in clusters and institutionalized elderly has been added to the earlier issued COVID-19 testing guidelines.

In addition to the above, by another Order dated 1st December, 2020, the State Government has issued a revised advisory to optimize the evidence based use of Convalescent Plasma Therapy (CPT) in COVID-19. By CPT, there is a reduced risk of severity of disease thus improving clinical outcomes.

An SOP has also been issued in this regard along with the dose of convalescent plasma that is to be given to a COVID-19 patient.
Mandatory COVID centresNo end date specifiedNo