Regulatory Changes Due to Covid 19 (July)

Regulatory Changes Due to Covid 19 (July)

Displaying data for the month of July

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Central / StateDocument TitleDate IssuedSummaryMandatory or AdvisoryIndustry(ies) ImpactedValid TillDoes it Impact Komrisk Database?
GujaratCM, Gujarat increases fine for not wearing mask or for spitting in public places to Rs. 500/- from Rs. 200/-; w.e.f. August 1, 202031-07-2020The Chief Minister (CM) of Gujarat has, in a recent media publication informed that effective from August 1, 2020 a fine of Rs. 500/- will be imposed on persons for not wearing masks or spitting in public places. The present fine for such offences in Rs. 200/-

The CM has also made provision for the availability of from AMUL Parlours across the state with each simple mask to cost only Rs. 2/- and pack of 5 can be availed at Rs. 10/-. 
MandatoryIndividualsNo end date specifiedNo
Tamil NaduTamil Nadu Government issues guidelines to implement extension of lockdown in the State till 31st August, 2020; private offices, industrial establishments and EOUs permitted to function with 75 percent employee strength31-07-2020The Tamil Nadu Government issued guidelines for extending the lockdown in the State till 31st August, 2020 .

Permitted Activities

The following activities have been permitted along with the existing permitted activities since 1st August, 2020 in all the areas under the jurisdiction of Greater Chennai Police (Except in Containment Zones):

1. Private offices, industrial establishments:
i. All Private offices, industrial establishments and Export oriented units which were allowed to function with 50% of strength, have now been allowed to function with 75% of strength.

ii. However, work from home shall be encouraged to the extent possible.

2. E- commerce:
E-Commerce including delivery of essential and non-essential goods shall be permitted;

3. Restaurants and Tea shops:

i. Restaurants and Tea shops have been permitted to function with dine-in facilities at 50% of seating capacity while adhering to the Standard Operating Procedures issued earlier, from 6.00 am to 7.00 pm. However, air conditioning may not be used.

ii. Take away (Parcel food) will be permitted in the Hotels / Restaurants from 6.00 am to 9.00 pm as allowed prior to 31st July, 2020.

4. Religious Places:

i. Following the Standard Operating Procedures issued already, only in Small Temples with annual income of less than Rs.10000/-, Small mosques, darghas, churches and other religious places in Village Panchayats, Town Panchayats and in Municipality will be allowed for public worship with prior permission of concerned District Collectors;

ii. Big places of Worship and Religious Places in Corporation areas would remain closed for public worship.

5. Vegetable shops and Provision shops:

i. Vegetable shops and Provision shops which were permitted to function from 6:00 am to 6:00 pm, will now be permitted to function from 6.00 am to 7.00 pm;

ii. Other shops which were permitted to function from 10.00 am. to 6.00 pm, will now be permitted to function from 10.00 am to 7.00 pm;

6. Use of Aarogya Setu:

i. With a view to ensuring safety in offices and work places, employers on best effort basis to ensure that Aarogya Setu is installed by all employees with compatible mobile phones;

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

Restricted Activities:

The following activities will continue to remain prohibited until further orders, during the lockdown period throughout the State till 31st August, 2020:

i. All international air travel of passengers, except for purposes as permitted by MHA;

ii. All religious places/places of worship in All Corporation areas and big religious places/ places of worship throughout the State will be closed for public worship. Religious congregations are strictly prohibited;

iii. Metro rail services and suburban train services;

iv. Inter-State Public and Private bus Transport and intra State Private and public bus transport.

v. Tourists travel to tourist places like Nilgiris District, Kodaikanal and Yercaud will be prohibited;

vi. Hotels and other hospitality services, except those meant for housing all Government officials including Health, Police and persons from other States for quarantine facilities;

vii. Shopping malls;

viii. Schools, colleges, educational / training / coaching institutions etc. will remain closed. Online / distance learning shall continue to be permitted and be encouraged;

ix. All Cinema halls, gymnasiums, swimming pools, entertainment parks, theatres, bars, auditoriums, assembly halls, Beaches, Tourist places, Zoos, Museums and similar places. Sports complex and stadia will be permitted to open without spectators.

x. All social / political / sports / entertainment / academic / cultural / religious functions / other gatherings and large congregations.

1. Operation of Buses:-

Operation of both private and Government buses within the districts will remain suspended from 1st August, 2020 to 31st August, 2020 throughout the State.

2. E-pass system:
E-Pass system will continue to be in force for both inter state and inter-district travel.

3. Restrictions for Marriages and Funerals:-

i. Marriage related gathering: Number of guests not to exceed 50.

ii. Funeral/last rites related gathering: Number of persons not to exceed 20.

Miscellaneous:
1. Independence day functions:
As per Government of India Guidelines, Independence day functions will be celebrated throughout the State with social distancing and by following other health protocols such as wearing of masks.

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

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

Note: Extracts of the penal provisions have been provided in Annexure I of the appended Order.

Further, the Order also lays down the following in consonance with the Order dated 29th July, 2020 issued by the Ministry of Home Affairs:

1. National Directives for COVID-19 Management
2. Additional Directives for work places
3. General Guidelines

For a detailed read, please refer to the appended Order.
MandatoryAll31-08-2020NO
CentralSEBI allows certifications through digital signature for any authentication / certification of any filing / submission under the LODR Regulations till 31st December, 202031-07-2020In a Circular dated 31st July, 2020, the Securities and Exchange Board of India (“SEBI”) has informed that the timeline for authentication / certification of any filing / submission made to stock exchanges under the SEBI (Listing Obligations and Disclosure Requirements) Regulations, 2015 (“LODR Regulations”) using digital signature certifications has been extended till 31st December, 2020.
The Circular applies to filings / submissions made from 1st July, 2020. Stock Exchanges are advised to bring the provisions of this circular to the notice of all listed entities and also disseminate on their websites.

Background:
Previously, in a Circular dated 17th April, 2020  SEBI had permitted the use of digital signature certifications for authentication / certification of filings / submissions made under the LODR Regulations, to the Stock Exchanges, till 30th June, 2020. 
Now, the said timeline is being extended till 31st December, 2020.
MandatoryListed Companies31-12-2020Yes
NagalandDirectorate of Health and Family Welfare, Nagaland fixes charge for COVID-19 Testing through Truenat in the State at Rs. 1,500/-31-07-2020The Directorate of Health and Family Welfare, Nagaland in an Order dated 31st July, 2020 has fixed the charge which Registered Private Labs and Hospitals win the State can charge for COVID-19 Testing through Truenat at Rs. 1,500/-.

Additionally, Private Labs and Hospitals are free to test individuals in accordance with Indian Council of Medical Research Guidelines. 
MandatoryPrivate Labs, HospitalsNo end date specifiedNo
ChandigarhState Disaster Management Authority, Chandigarh isses Guidelines / Clarification for containing the spread of COVID-19; violators will be punishable under Disaster Management Act, 2005 and Section 188 of IPC 31-07-2020The State Executive Committee of State Disaster Management Authority, Chandigarh by an Order dated 31st July, 2020 has issued orders/guidelines that will remain in force upto 31st August, 2020 in the entire Union Territory of Chandigarh.

The following directions are issued for containing the spread of COVID-19 in the city -

1. Sukhna Lake will remain closed on weekends. Entry of all visitors will remain banned on Saturdays and Sundays.

2. Odd-even system in certain specific congested markets will be re-introduced from time to time as per recommendations of the Committee.

3. All markets will close by 8 PM, except for the eating establishments, which can remain open till 9 PM. However, the exemption to essential shops such as medicine shops etc. will continue.

4. The curfew period from 10 PM to 5 AM will continue.

Any violation will be punishable under provisions of the Disaster Management Act, 2005 apart from action under Section 188 of IPC and other legal provisions.
MandatoryAll 31-08-2020No
MeghalayaMeghalaya Government rolls out State guidelines / directions further to Centre's Unlock 3 Order 31-07-2020The Government of Meghalaya in pursuance to the Ministry of Home Affairs Order (Unlock 3) has notified the following -

1. All activities permitted earlier vide an Order dated 1st July, 2020 will continue to be permitted in areas outside the containment zones.

2. All the entry points of the State located at Byrnihat, Ratacherra, Bajengdoba, Tikkrikkilla, Mirjumla and Hallidayganj will be operational for movement of persons also w.e.f. 1st August, 2020. Inter-state movement of persons will continue to be regulated as per SOPs issued.

3. Directions w.r.t. Containment zones notified by Deputy Commissioners -

a. Lockdown will continue to remain in force in Containment Zones till further orders;

b. Only essential activities will be permitted in such zones;

c. Movement of people in and out of these zones is strictly prohibited except for medical emergencies and for maintaining supply of essential goods and services;

d. There will be intensive contact tracing and surveillance in these Zones.

4. Night curfew will be in place from 9 AM to 5 PM for prohibiting movement of persons.

5. All permitted activities will have to adhere to the guidelines of the MHA and protocols issued by the Government of Meghalaya.

6. Deputy Commissioners will regulate the schedule and timing of operations. They may restrict the activities depending on the local situation and to meet the social distancing norms.
MandatoryAll No end date specifiedNo
GujaratGujarat Govt. increases fine for not wearing mask/spitting in public places to Rs. 500/- from Rs. 200/-; w.e.f. August 1, 202031-07-2020The Chief Minister (CM) of Gujarat has, in a recent media publication informed that effective August 1, 2020 a fine of Rs. 500/- will be imposed on persons for not wearing masks or spitting in public places. Currently the fine is Rs. 200/-.

The CM has made arrangement for making masks available from every AMUL Parlour across the State with each simple mask coming at a cost of only Rs. 2/- and pack of 5 can be availed at a cost of Rs. 10/-. 
MandatoryIndividualsNo end date specifiedNo
CentralFSSAI extends certain relaxations for FBOs till 31st December, 2020; timelines for e-inspections of FBOs and operation of food businesses basis on application for license/registration extended 31-07-2020The Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (“FSSAI”) has in an Order dated 31st July, 2020, extended the

i. timeline for processing of FSSAI license/registration applications by way of e-inspection during the period of lockdown till 31st December, 2020

FSSAI had, in light of the COVID-19 pandemic, in an Order dated 31st March, 2020, decided to consider e-inspections in place of physical inspections for processing the license/registration applications.

Subsequently, in an Order dated 19th June, 2020 FSSAI had extended the timeline for processing of FSSAI license/registration applications by way of e-inspection till 31st July, 2020.

Now, the timeline for such relaxation has been further extended till 31st December, 2020.

ii. timeline of the relaxation for Food Business Operators (“FBOs”) to operate their food businesses, during the period of lockdown, basis only the application for license/registration

To ensure uninterrupted food services/supply during lockdown, FSSAI had, in an Order dated 31st March, 2020, allowed FBOs, other than manufacturers, who are allowed to operate during the lockdown, to temporarily operate their food businesses on the basis of valid receipt of FSSAI license/registration application containing the 17-digit Application Reference Number generated on the Food Licensing and Registration System.

Now, the FSSAI has issued the current Order to extend the timeline for FBOs to operate their food businesses, basis only the application for FSSAI license/registration, till 31st December, 2020

FSSAI has also extended the date of submission of returns by license food businesses involved in manufacturing/processing and importing of food products as follows:
i. Annual Returns for the Financial Year 2019-2020 - from 31st May, 2020 to 31st December, 2020
ii. the Half-Yearly return for the period from October, 2019 to March, 2020 – from 30 April, 2020 to 31st December, 2020
iii. the Half-Yearly return for the period from April, 2020 to September, 2020 -  from 31st October, 2020 till 31st December, 2020

Please refer to the appended document for details.

Source: Food Safety and Standards Authority of India
MandatoryFood Business Operators31-12-2020Yes
Central
FSSAI extends grace period for FBOs to apply for renewal fo license/registration without late fee till 31st December, 202031-07-2020The Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (“FSSAI”) has, in an Order dated 31st July, 2020, extended the grace period for Food Business Operators (“FBOs”), whose license/registration has expired/is expiring between 22nd March, 2020 to 31st July, 2020, to apply for renewal of  FBO lisence/registration without any late fee from 31st July, 2020 till 31st December, 2020.

FSSAI has also informed that such relaxation will also be applicable to FBOs, whose license/registration has expired/is expiring between 1st August, 2020 till 31st December, 2020.

FSSAI has clarified that this Order will be effective prospectively; and no claim for refund of late fee paid for already applied renewal applications will admissible. All such FSSAI license/registrations will be deemed to be valid in the interim period.

Please refer to the appended document for details.

Source: Food Safety and Standards Authority of India
MandatoryFood Business Operators31-12-2020Yes
Jammu and KashmirJammu and Kashmir extends validity of the guidelines/instructions issued by the Jammu and Kashmir Government relating to lockdown measures in the Union Territory, till 5th August, 202031-07-2020The Department of Disaster Management, Relief, Rehabilitation and Reconstruction, Jammu and Kashmir (“Department”) has in an Order dated 31st July, 2020, informed that the guidelines/instructions issued by the Jammu and Kashmir Government in the Orders dated 3rd July, 2020 relating to lockdown measures in the Union Territory, will continue to remain valid in Jammu and Kashmir till 5th August, 2020.  

Please refer to the appended documents for details.

Source: Department of Disaster Management, Relief, Rehabilitation and Reconstruction, Jammu and Kashmir
MandatoryAll05-08-2020No
Madhya PradeshKill Corona Campaign-II to be organised in Madhya Pradesh from Aug 1 to Aug 14; directions on activities not permitted in the State 31-07-2020The Government of Madhya Pradesh has organised "Kill Corona Campaign-II" in the State since 1st August, 2020 till 14th August, 2020. During this campaign, people will be made aware about wearing masks / face cover, social distancing and avoiding large gatherings.

In this regard some instructions are also issued -

1. During this period, public representatives will not conduct any tours along with inaugurations, laying foundation stones etc. These activities may be conducted through video conferencing so that proper social distancing is maintained;

2. All types of political rallies will be banned during this period. However, public representatives may organise virtual rallies;

3. Public representatives may meet the general public at their office or residence for addressing any problem/complaint, but not more than 5 people should be allowed at a time;

4. Everyone should follow the rules for mask and social distancing, not following this will attract fine and legal action against the violator;

5. Home Department will act as nodal department for monitoring and coordinating during this campaign. Urban Development, Panchayat and Rural Development, Health and Family Welfare and Medical Education Department will also assist during this campaign;

6. For people who do not wear masks, the Medical Department will follow the proceedings as per "Roko-Toko" and campaign "Ek mask anek zindagi" will be practised.

7. Any kind of lockdown order at District level will not be issued without prior permission of the Home Department.

Please note that the Order is in Vernacular and we have translated it to the best of our understanding. Once an official translation is available, we will update in case there is a requirement.
Mandatory All14-08-2020No
PunjabDepartment of Home Affairs & Justice, Punjab, issues Guidelines for the phased reopening (Unlock 3) to be implemented in the State from 1st August, 2020 to 31st August, 2020.31-07-2020The Department of Home Affairs & Justice, Punjab, has in a Circular dated 31st July, 2020, issued Guidelines for the phased reopening (Unlock 3) to be implemented in the State from 1st August, 2020 to 31st August, 2020.

Key highlights:

1. The following activities shall not be permitted outside the Containment Zones -

(i) Schools, colleges, educational and coaching institutions will remain closed till 31st August, 2020. On-line/distance learning will continue to be permitted and be encouraged
(ii) International air travel of passengers, except as permitted by Ministry of Home Affairs
(iii) Metro rail
(iv) Cinema halls, swimming pools, entertainment parks, theatres, bars, auditoriums, assembly halls and similar places.
(v) Social/political/sports/entertainment/academic/cultural/religious functions and other large congregations.

2. Only essential activities shall be permitted in the Containment Zones

3. Movement of individuals for all the non-essential activities shall remain prohibited between 11.00 pm to 5.00 am throughout the State.

However, essential activities including operation of multiple shifts, movement of persons and goods on National and State Highways and unloading of cargo and travel of person; to their destinations after disembarking from buses, trains and aeroplanes will be permitted.

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

5. The following social activities may be permitted:

(i) Marriage related gatherings — Number of guests must not exceed 30
(ii) Funeral/last rites — Number of persons must not exceed 20

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

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

8. Places of worship/religious places shall remain open only between 5 am to 8 pm.

9. Restaurants are allowed to remain open till 10pm with 50% occupancy or 50 guests, whichever is less. Liquor can be served provided the restaurant has a valid permission from the Excise Department. However, bars shall remain closed.

10. On Sundays, shops (other than those dealing it essential commodities) and shopping malls shall remain closed.

11. Industries & industrial establishments, construction activities etc. allowed.

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

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

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

Please refer to the appended documents for further details.

Source: Department of Home Affairs & Justice, Punjab
MandatoryAll31-08-2020No
Himachal PradeshGovernment of Himachal Pradesh notifies guidelines for implementation of phased re-opening of activities (Unlock 3) with modifications/ restrictions; extends lockdown in Containment Zones upto 31st August, 202031-07-2020The Government of Himachal Pradesh has notified the implementation of MHA Unlock 3.0 guidelines issued by the Ministry of Home Affairs with certain restrictions:

The lockdown in Containment Zones has now been extended till 31st August, 2020 and new guidelines on opening up of activities has been issued.

1. General Directions

a. Religious places/places of worship will be opened only as per the SOPs issued by the Department of Language, Art and Culture, HP;

b. Tourism units will be opened and operated as per SOPs issued by the Department of Tourism;

c. Restaurant/Dhabas can operate in accordance with SOPs issued by Department of Tourism from time to time;

d. Yoga institutes and gyms will be allowed to function from 5th August 2020 as per SOPs issued by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare.

2. Independence Day Functions - Independence Day functions at National, State, District, Sub-Division, Municipal and Panchayat levels and 'At Home' functions, wherever held will be allowed with social distancing and by following health protocols.

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

4. Contact tracing and monitoring the spread of COVID-19

a. All inter-State movement to the State will be monitored through registration in COVID e-pass software (http://covid19epass.hp.gov.in) so that contact tracing is made easier if a positive COVID-19 case is detected;

b. The labour brought from outside the State will also have to be registered in COVID e-pass software;

c. Persons arriving to the state or entering the state through rail and air route will also have to register;

d. Daily/weekend commuters such as industrialists, traders, etc. may enter and exit the State by providing their information to the Deputy Commissioners concerned. Those who have already obtained permission in this regard will not have to take permission again;

e. Members of Armed Forces and Central Paramilitary Forces coming to the State or crossing through the State to join their duties can pass through the State by showing their Identitity Card without registration in the e-pass software;

f. People coming from other states will have to strictly adhere to the prevailing guidelines/SOPs issued by the State Government.

5. Public Transport and Movement of Vehicles

a. Inter-state movement of public transport buses will remain prohibited. Taxis can ply with registration on the e-pass software. A taxi driver coming into the State for dropping will be exempted from quarantine if he returns back within 24 hours of the entry;

b. Pass free inter-district movement of public transport buses, private vehicles, taxis and autos will be allowed;

c. Stage Carrier Public Transport (HRTC and Private Buses) will be allowed to operate with adequate measures for containment of COVID-19;

d. The public transport taxis and private vehicles may ply on roads during permitted hours.

6. Quarantine requirements

a. The quarantine period of returnees to the State will be as per the guidelines issued by the Department of Health and Family Welfare, Himachal Pradesh from time to time;

b. All persons coming from high load COVID-19 infected cities will be institutionally quarantined. Home quarantine is permitted for exceptional compelling reasons such as cases of human distress, pregnancy, death in family, serious illness and parents accompanied by children below the age of 10 years;

c. Asymptomatic persons coming from all other states/cities will be home quarantined as per guidelines issued from time to timre;

d. People coming from abroad will be quarantined as per guidelines issued by Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Government of India;

e. All symptomatic and persons with ILI symptoms will be kept at institutional quarantine facilities;

f. Educational institutions may not be used as quarantine centres as far as possible. Preference may be given to community buildings, hotels, guest houses etc.;

g. The students/candidates and the accompanying parents/wards moving out/into the state due to competitive exams will have no quarantine if they exit or re-enter the state within a period of 72 hours. The Admit Card issued by the examination authority will be a valid document to enter and exit the state and no seperate registration will be required by the them. During their visit to the State for exam, they can stay in local hotels/units registered with HP Tourism Department. Any student staying in a containment zone and having no symptoms of COVID-19 will be allowed to move to appear in the examination with due notification to the authority that is conducting the exam;

h. Those asking for better facilities other than identified by the District Administration will be quarantined in paid facilities pre-identified by the Authority;

i. Labourers brought from outside the state will be quarantined as per guidelines and will be allowed to work only after completing the quarantine period or testing negative;

j. Industrialists, traders, raw material suppliers, service providers, inspecting authorities covered under relevant SOPs are exempted from Home Quarantine;

k. Persons visiting the state for bonafide purpose of trade, business, job, project, marriage etc. with supporting documents and not coming from high load cities will be exempted from quarantine;

l. Daily/weekend commuters into the State may also be exempted from quarantine. However, it will be individual's personal responsibility to report at the health facility in case of flu/ILI symptoms;

m. The residents of the State exiting the State to visit other States for short duration for medical, business, office pupose and coming back to the State within 48 hours may be exempted from quarantine provided they are asymptomatic;

n. Any person or tourists with valid booking for duration less than 5 days and having testing negative for COVID-19 through RT-PCR test by ICMR approved lab not early than 72 hours at the time of entry will be exempted from quarantine;

o. Any person who has fully recovered from COVID-19 infection and possesses COVID-19 negative report issued through RT-PCT test by approved ICMR lab on entering the State may also be exempted from the purview of quarantine.

7. Individuals are advised to install Aarogya Setu App on their phones and regularly update their health status. Employers have to ensure that this app is installed by all employees in an office/workplace.

8. National Directives for COVID-19 Management to be followed by all in addition to the following directions -

a. All project proponents, industrialists, contractors, orchardists, agriculturists etc. will ensure that their workers maintain social distancing and take preventive measures to reduce the spread of COVID-19 in workplace and residential settings;

b. All non-essential travels, physical interactions and visits to public places/establishments shall be discouraged;

c. All head of Offices/Institutions to take steps to reduce overcrowding and maintain social distancing. Use of online platforms will be encouraged and preference will be given to hold review meetings through web based systems.

9. Community awareness -

a. Proper awareness campaign to be ensured so that people get to know basic hygiene and safety measures;

b. NGOs, CBOs and other voluntary organisations to be encouraged to take up this matter and spread the message.

10. Any person violating these measures will be liable to be proceeded against as per provisions of the Disaster Management Act, 2005 besides legal action under Section 188 of the IPC and other legal provisions.

For a detailed read, please refer to the appended Order.
MandatoryAll31-08-2020No
BiharDistrict Magistrate of East Champaran in Motihari issues Order regarding operation of certain shops/establishments; private offices allowed to operate (with 50% employees) on Monday, Wednesday and Friday between 6 am to 2 pm31-07-2020The District Magistrate of East Champaran in Motihari has issued an Order to regulate the timing of operation of certain shops / establishments as well as vehicles.

The following shops / establishments will be open on the following days –

1. All health institutions/establishments related to healthcare (clinics, hospitals, dispensaries, etc.) along with petrol pumps and garages and motor parts shops on National Highway will remain open 24x7 on all days;
2. Shops for fruit and vegetables, milk and dairy, garages and gas agencies will remain open on a daily basis between 6 am till 5 pm;
3. Restaurant / dhaba have been permitted for only takeaway / delivery on a daily basis from 6 am till 8 pm;
4. Meat / fish, agricultural products, pesticides, sweet shops will open only on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday between 6 am till 2 pm;
5. All other types of shops and private offices may operate (with 50% employees) on Monday, Wednesday and Friday between 6 am till 2 pm.

Some points to note –

1. It will be mandatory for shop owners and consumers to wear masks and follow social distancing at all times;
2. Transport vehicles, ambulances, essential/emergency services and Government vehicles can be operated 24x7. However, operation of private and public vehicles will be between 6 AM till 9 PM. Only one person is allowed on a two wheeler and four persons are allowed (including driver) and two in rickshaw/tempo.
3. On Thursdays and Sundays, the operation of motorcycles will be completely banned in the entire District. Government Officials with valid ID cards may use motorcycles. People with health reasons may also use motorcycles.
4. Any person violating this Order will be liable to be proceeded against as per provisions of the Disaster Management Act, 2005 besides legal action under Section 188 of the IPC and other legal provisions.

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.
MandatoryAll16-08-2020No
KarnatakaKarnataka Government re-opens more activities outside the containment zones and extends lockdown in Containment zones up to 31.08.202031-07-2020In line with the National Unlock 3.0 issued by the  Ministry of Home Affairs, the Government of Karnataka has implemented Guidelines for Phased Re-opening (Unlock 3) which has taken  effect from 01-08-2020 and will be in force including and up to 31.08.2020.

l. Activities permitted during Unlock 3 period outside Containment Zones
In areas outside Containment Zones, all activities will be permitted, except the following:

(i) Schools, colleges, educational and coaching institutions will remain closed till 31st  August, 2020. Online/distance learning will continue to be permitted and will be encouraged.
(ii) Cinema halls, swimming pools, entertainment parks, theatres, bars, auditoriums, assembly halls and similar places.
Yoga institutes and gymnasiums will be allowed to function from 5th August 2020 for which, Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) will be issued by the Ministry of Health & Family Welfare (MoHFW) and Department of Health and Family Welfare, Govt. of Karnataka.
(iii) International air travel of passengers, except as permitted by MIIA.
(iv) Metro Rail.
(v) Social/ Political / sports/ entertainment/ academic/ cultural /religious functions and other large congregations

2. Lockdown limited to Containment Zones
(i) Lockdown shall continue to remain in force in the Containment Zones till 31st August,2020
(ii) Containment Zones will be demarcated by the BBMP/District authorities after taking into consideration the guidelines of Ministry of Health & Family Welfare (MoHFW) and Department of Health & Family Welfare,
Govt. of Karnataka with the objective of effectively breaking the chain of transmission.
(iii)In the Containment Zones, only essential activities will be allowed. There will be strict perimeter control to ensure that there is no movement of people in or out of these zones, except for medical emergencies and for
maintaining supply of essential goods and services. In the Containment Zones, there shall be intensive contact tracing, house-to-house surveillance, and other clinical interventions, as required.
(iv) Activities in the Containment Zones shall be monitored strictly by the BBMP/District authorities, and the guidelines related to containment measures in these zones shall be strictly implemented.
(v) BBMP/Districts may also identify Buffer Zones outside the Containment Zones, where new cases are more likely to occur. Within the buffer zones, restrictions as considered necessary may be put in place by the
BBMP District authorities.

3. People coming to Karnataka State from other States must strictly adhere to the prevailing Guidelines/SOPs
issued by Department of Health and Family Welfare and Revenue Department.
Movement by passenger trains and Shramik special trains; domestic passenger air travel; movement of Indian Nationals stranded outside the country and of specified persons to travel abroad; evacuation of foreign
nationals; and sign-on and sign-off of Indian seafarers will continue to be regulated as per SOPs issued by Ministry of Home Affairs and other concerned Ministries.

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

5. Additional directives for Workplaces
i. Work from home (WFH): As far as possible the practice of WFH should be followed.
ii. Staggering of work/business hours will be followed in offices, work places, shops, markets and industrial & commercial establishments.
iii. Screening & hygiene: Provision for thermal scanning, hand wash or sanitizer will be made at all entry points and hand wash or sanitizer at exit points and common areas.
iv. Frequent sanitization of entire workplace, common facilities and all points which come into human contact, eg, door handles, etc., will be ensured, including between shifts.
v.Social distancing: All persons in charge of work places will ensure adequate distance between workers, adequate gaps between shifts, staggering the lunch breaks of staff, etc

Any person violating these measures will be liable to be proceeded against as per the provisions of the Disaster Management Act, 2005, besides legal action under Section 188 of the Indian Penal Code. 
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PuducherryPuducherry issues MHA Unlock 3 guidelines for Puducherry and Karaikal region (Mahe and Yanam regions excluded); lists out activities which are part of the phased re-opening under the guidelines; effective since 1st August, 2020 till 31st August, 202031-07-2020Government of Puducherry has issued Unlock 3 guidelines for Puducherry and Karaikal region (Mahe and Yanam regions excluded), with effect since 1st August, 2020 till 31st August, 2020.

With a view to curb the spread of COVID-19, the Puducherry Government has issued the following guidelines –

1. Night Curfew imposed from 10 pm to 5 am till 31st August, 2020 for all type of movements except for those specifically permitted.
Note: Night Curfew is not applicable for travellers those who are in transit.
2. Installation of Aarogya Setu App –
a. Employers to ensure on best effort basis that Aarogya Setu App is installed by all employees having compatible mobile phones;
b. Individuals have been advised to regularly update their health status on the app, which shall facilitate timely provision of medical attention to those at risk.
3. The following restrictions in Puducherry and Karaikal region (except Mahe and Yanam) will be in force -
a. All shops and establishments (including petrol pumps, milk booths, dining in hotels and restaurants) will function between 6 am till 9 pm only;
b. Liquor shops will open as per license condition and will close by 9 pm;
c. Whole sale and retail shops/pharmacies are permitted to be open without any restriction.

Furthermore, there shall be restriction on inter-State / inter-District movement of persons without separate permission / approval / e-permit.
4. In areas outside the Containment Zones, all activities are allowed except the following –
a. International air travel of passengers except as permitted by MHA;
b. School, colleges, educational and coaching institutions will remain closed till 31st August, 2020. Online / distance learning will continue to be permitted and continue to be encouraged;
c. Cinema halls, swimming pools, entertainment parks, theatres, bars, auditoriums, assembly halls and similar places;
d. Social / Political / Sports / Entertainment / Academic / Cultural / Religious functions and other large congregations.

5. Lockdown in Containment Zones –
a. Lockdown will continue to be implemented in Containment Zones till 31st August, 2020;
b. In Containment Zones only essential activities will be allowed. There will be strict perimeter control to ensure that there is no movement of people except for medical emergencies and for maintaining supply of essential goods and services;
c. Containment zones will be demarcated by the District Authorities after considering the guidelines of MoHFW so as to break the chain of transmission;
d. Activities in Containment Zones will be strictly monitored and buffer zones outside these zones will be identified by the Duty Magistrate-cum-Incident Commanders;

6. Independence Day functions at National, State, District, Sub-Division, Municipal and Panchayat levels and 'At Home' functions, wherever held will be allowed with social distancing and by following health protocols. MHA letter no 2 / 5 / 2020 – Public dated 20.07.2020 is to be adhered to in this regard.
7. Some points to note –
a. Movement by passenger trains and Shramik special trains; domestic passenger air travel; movement of Indian Nationals stranded outside the country and of specified persons to travel abroad; evacuation of foreign nationals; and sign-on and sign-off to Indian seafarers will continue to be regulated as per SOPs issued;
b. Persons above the age of 65 years, persons with co-morbidities, pregnant women and children below the age of 10 years are advised to stay at home except for essential and health purposes;
c. Guidelines issued by MHA under Disaster Management Act, 2005 shall not be diluted in any manner;
d. Any person violating these measures will be liable to be proceeded against as per provisions of the Disaster Management Act, 2005 besides legal action under Section 188 of the IPC and other legal provisions.

For a detailed read on National Directives for COVID-19 Management and the offences and penalties for violation of lockdown Order, please refer to the appended Order.
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RajasthanRajasthan Government notifies guidelines for implementing phased re-opening of activities (Unlock 3) in the State; lockdown extended in Containment Zones till 31st August, 202031-07-2020The Rajasthan Government has issued an Order containing guidelines for phased re-opening of activities (Unlock 3) in the State. The guidelines are effective since August 1st to August 31st, 2020.

Permitted Activities:

All activities that were permitted by previous Orders dated May 31st, 2020 and subsequent Addendum dated 6th June, 2020 & 30th June, 2020 will continue to be permitted with the restrictions / precautions specified therein.

Additionally, the following activities are permitted subject to specific conditions:

1. Shops:
Small shops must not have more than 2 customers at a time and larger shops must not have more than 5 customers at a time (depending upon space available), and ensure that adequate physical distance is maintained between customers.

2. Yoga Institutes and Gymnasiums:
Yoga institutes and gymnasiums have been permitted to operate since 5th August, 2020 subject to Guidelines issued by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare.

3. Independence Day Functions:
Independence Day functions at District, Sub-Division, Municipal and Panchayat levels, will be allowed subject to following of health protocols like sanitization of the public space to be used for the function, ensuring social distancing and wearing of masks.

4. Places of worship:

i. Small places of worship (temple, masjid, gurudwara etc.) in rural areas, which used to have an average daily visit of up to 50 persons per day, prior to the lockdown may continue to be opened subject to specific conditions such as social distancing,  staggering of entry of people and wearing of masks inside the premises.

ii. MoHFW SOP dated June 4, 2020 to be complied with in the small places of worship;

ii. AII other places of religious worship viz. temples, mosques, churches, gurudwaras etc. will be permitted to open from September 01st, 2020 with certain conditions / protocol. Separate guidelines will be issued for that, subsequently.

Violation of the above-mentioned is punishable with heavy fine.

Movement of people / transport / passes:

i. There is no restriction on inter-State and intra-State movement of persons and goods;

ii. All commercial passenger transport vehicles - bus, taxi, cab aggregators (Ola/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;

iii. Public City Transport as permitted earlier vide Order dated 22nd July, 2020 shall continue to be effective;

iii. The passengers travelling in any vehicle (personal or commercial) not to exceed the permitted seating capacity of the registered vehicle;

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

Containment Zones and Curfew Areas:

i. Such areas will be suitably earmarked and notified by the concerned District Collector;

ii. There shall be strict perimeter control except for medical emergencies and for maintaining the supply of essential goods and services;

iv. Prohibitory orders under Section 144 Cr.P.C will be issued by the concerned District Authority.

No relaxations of any kind shall be permitted in the Containment Zones.

Prohibited Activities:

The following activities will be prohibited outside the Containment Zones:

1. Schools, colleges, educational and coaching institutions will remain closed till 31st August, 2020. Online/distance learning shall continue to be permitted;

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

3. International air travel of passengers shall only be, as permitted by MHA;

4. Metro Rail services shall remain closed;

5. Social / political / sports / entertainment / academic / cultural / religious functions and other large congregations will not be permitted.

Furthermore, the Unlock 3 Guidelines also provide common safety precautions for:

1. Public Places:
safety precautions include mandatory wearing of masks, social distancing, prohibition on consumption of gutkaa, pan etc

2. Workplaces
safety precautions include promoting of work from home, staggering of work / business hours, frequent sanitisation,  social distancing etc.

For a detailed read, please refer to the appended Order.
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MizoramMizoram Government implements Unlock 3 Guidelines in the State in consonance with the MHA order dated 29th July, 2020; issues restrictions till 31st August, 202031-07-2020The Government of Mizoram, in an Order dated 31st July, 2020 has informed that lockdown in the State will be implemented till 31st August, 2020 which has already gained effect on 1st August, 2020.

The said order has been issued in consonance with the Central government Order dated 29th  July. 2020.

Please note that the Order is in vernacular and it has been translated to the best of our understanding.
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Jammu and KashmirProtocol for 100-percent COVID-19 antigen testing of all incoming passengers by air/ train/ road and Quarantine procedures regarding the same30-07-2020The Government of Jammu and Kashmir on 30th July, 2020 has issued instruction for mandatory, 100% COVID-19 antigen testing through RT-PCR or other tests for all incoming passengers/travellers by air/rail/road into the Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir in order to prevent the spread of COVID-19 infection.

As per existing instruction of the State Government, all incoming passengers were subject to 100% administrative/institutional or paid quarantine for 14 days till their antigen test results are negative after which they can be released for home quarantine but if test results are positive, the person is sent to a COVID hospital for recovery and treatment.

The State Executive Committee, exercising its powers under the Disaster Management Act, 2005 has issued the following instructions in supersession of all previous orders/instructions/protocols in view to decrease the positivity rate among travellers -
1. All travellers arriving by air, rail or road into the UT of Jammu and Kashmir will be 100% tested for COVID-19 antigen using RT-PCR or Rapid Antigen Test or any other prescribed method;
2. All air and rail passengers who have a valid contactable mobile number with Aarogya Setu App installed on their phones will be sent for home quarantine for 14 days or till their test results are reported negative;
3. If such passengers do not have a valid contactable phone with Aarogya Setu App, they will be sent to Administrative/Institutional Quarantine or Paid Quarantine for 14 days or till their tests are reported negative, after which they will be sent for home quarantine;
4. In case a passenger is tested positive, the protocol with regard to COVID-19 positive patient will be followed;
5. The existing practise of 100% institutional/administrative/paid quarantine for 14 days of all passengers till test results are received will continue in case of road travellers who arrive in a regulated manner at Lakhanpur;
6. The following category of passengers arriving by means other than rail/air from outside the UT will be sampled on arrival and will be sent to home quarantine for 14 days, if they are tested positive the protocol for positive patients will be followed -
a. Pregnant women in the last trimester, with doctor's certificate of pregnancy;
b. Cancer patients on chemotherapy;
c. Chronically ill/organ transplant/IVF patients discharged from a hospital after surgical procedure;
d. Dialysis patients with doctor's certificate of being on dialysis;
e. Mothers with infants below 1 year;
f. Children below 10 years travelling alone without family member;
g. Government of India personnel on bona fide government duty;
h. Passengers with negative RT-PCR test certificate from ICMR approved laboratory/testing facility not older than 2 days (48 hours) before arrival date;
i. Business travellers to Jammu and Kashmir on business/industrial visits with confirmed return tickets within 4 days, confirmed hotel reservation and a business ID;
j. Business travellers to Jammu and Kashmir on business/industrial visits with an undertaking to return within 4 days, confirmed hotel reservation and a business ID;
k. Ambulance drivers of Jammu and Kashmir dropping patients outside the UT, on their return, if their return after 36 hours.
7. Business travellers with confirmed air tickets and hotel reservation will proceed to their hotel directly from airport and restrict their interactions to business purpose only. They will be sampled on arrival and if they are found positive they will be treated as per protocol. They will also be required to maintain complete details of the persons whom they came in contact with during their stay;
8. Personnel of Defence and Central Armed Police Forces returning on duty, including transit labour hired by BRO to go to Ladakh are exempted from 100% antigen testing and quarantine. However, the personnel will be allowed to proceed to the institutional quarantine of their respective units/formations for necessary quarantine as per internal procedures;

Any violation of these instructions will attract penalties under Disaster Management Act, 2005 and other provisions of law.
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BiharBihar Government issues guidelines for implementation of phased re-opening of activities (Unlock 3); imposes Night Curfew between 10 pm to 5 am; effective immediately upto 16th August, 202030-07-2020The Home Department, Government of Bihar (“Department”) has issued guidelines for implementing Unlock 3  in the State, in consonance with the MHA Unlock 3.0 Order dated 29th July, 2020. These guidelines are effective immediately and shall be in force till 16th August, 2020.

Key Highlights:

1.  Night Curfew:

a. Movement of individuals will remain strictly prohibited between 10:00 pm and 5:00 am. However, essential activities are exempted from this restriction, which includes operation of industrial units in various shifts, movement of persons and goods on National and State Highways, loading and unloading of cargo and travel of persons to their destinations and disembarking from buses, trains and airplanes.
b. Local Authorities will issue Orders to ensure strict compliance.

2. Private offices:
Private offices may operate with 50% employee strength;

3. Commercial and private establishments:
Commercial and private establishments may operate, with the following exceptions:
a. shopping malls will not open;
b. restaurants, dhabas, eateries will be allowed to open for home delivery services only;
c. shops and markets will be allowed to operate subject to restrictions regarding staggering of business hours , timing etc being imposed by the District Administrations.

4. Healthcare Sector:
a. Hospitals and all related medical establishments will remain functional. This includes manufacturing and distribution units both in public and private sector like dispensaries, chemists, and other medical equipment shops, laboratories, clinics, nursing homes, ambulance services etc.

b. Transportation of all medical personnel, para medical staff, nurse, other hospital support services are permitted. It also includes veterinary and other establishments.

5. Transport Services:

All transport services will be suspended.
Exceptions:
a. As per MHA Order, Ministry of Civil Aviation and Ministry of Railways will remain operational;
b. Taxis, autorickshaws will be permitted;
c. Private vehicles will be allowed only for permitted activities;
d. Transportation of goods will be allowed without any hindrance including loading and unloading in warehouses;
e. All essential service holders will be allowed to commute only from home to workplace.

6. Construction Activities:
All construction activities will be allowed along with the functioning of the construction related shops.

7. Agricultural activities:
All agricultural activities will be allowed along with the agriculture related shops.

8. Education Sector:
All educational research, training, research, coaching institution will remain closed. Online/distance learning will continue to remain operational.

9. All places of worship will remain closed. No religious congregation will be permitted.

10. All social political, sports, entertainment, academic, cultural, religious gatherings and gymnasiums will remain closed.

Please note:

1. The MHA Order will be implemented along with the National Directives of COVID 19 Management (annexed with the MHA Order).

2. The restrictions will remain in force from 1st August, 2020 to 16th August, 2020.

For a detailed read, please refer to the appended Order.
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Jammu and KashmirJ&K Govt. has issued instructions for mandatory, 100% COVID-19 antigen testing through RT-PCR or other tests for all incoming passengers/travellers by air/rail/road 30-07-2020The Government of Jammu and Kashmir on 30th July, 2020 has issued instructions for mandatory, 100% COVID-19 antigen testing through RT-PCR or other tests for all incoming passengers/travellers by air/rail/road into the Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir in order to prevent the spread of COVID-19 infection.

As per existing instruction of the State Government, all incoming passengers were subject to 100% administrative/institutional or paid quarantine for 14 days till their antigen test results are negative after which they can be released for home quarantine but if test results are positive, the person is sent to a COVID hospital for recovery and treatment.

The State Executive Committee, exercising its powers under the Disaster Management Act, 2005 has issued the following instructions in supersession of all previous orders/instructions/protocols in view to decrease the positivity rate among travellers -
1. All travellers arriving by air, rail or road into the UT of Jammu and Kashmir will be 100% tested for COVID-19 antigen using RT-PCR or Rapid Antigen Test or any other prescribed method;
2. All air and rail passengers who have a valid contactable mobile number with Aarogya Setu App installed on their phones will be sent for home quarantine for 14 days or till their test results are reported negative;
3. If such passengers do not have a valid contactable phone with Aarogya Setu App, they will be sent to Administrative/Institutional Quarantine or Paid Quarantine for 14 days or till their tests are reported negative, after which they will be sent for home quarantine;
4. In case a passenger is tested positive, the protocol with regard to COVID-19 positive patient will be followed;
5. The existing practise of 100% institutional/administrative/paid quarantine for 14 days of all passengers till test results are received will continue in case of road travellers who arrive in a regulated manner at Lakhanpur;
6. The following category of passengers arriving by means other than rail/air from outside the UT will be sampled on arrival and will be sent to home quarantine for 14 days, if they are tested positive the protocol for positive patients will be followed -
a. Pregnant women in the last trimester, with doctor's certificate of pregnancy;
b. Cancer patients on chemotherapy;
c. Chronically ill/organ transplant/IVF patients discharged from a hospital after surgical procedure;
d. Dialysis patients with doctor's certificate of being on dialysis;
e. Mothers with infants below 1 year;
f. Children below 10 years travelling alone without family member;
g. Government of India personnel on bona fide government duty;
h. Passengers with negative RT-PCR test certificate from ICMR approved laboratory/testing facility not older than 2 days (48 hours) before arrival date;
i. Business travellers to Jammu and Kashmir on business/industrial visits with confirmed return tickets within 4 days, confirmed hotel reservation and a business ID;
j. Business travellers to Jammu and Kashmir on business/industrial visits with an undertaking to return within 4 days, confirmed hotel reservation and a business ID;
k. Ambulance drivers of Jammu and Kashmir dropping patients outside the UT, on their return, if their return after 36 hours.
7. Business travellers with confirmed air tickets and hotel reservation will proceed to their hotel directly from airport and restrict their interactions to business purpose only. They will be sampled on arrival and if they are found positive they will be treated as per protocol. They will also be required to maintain complete details of the persons whom they came in contact with during their stay;
8. Personnel of Defence and Central Armed Police Forces returning on duty, including transit labour hired by BRO to go to Ladakh are exempted from 100% antigen testing and quarantine. However, the personnel will be allowed to proceed to the institutional quarantine of their respective units/formations for necessary quarantine as per internal procedures;

Any violation of these instructions will attract penalties under Disaster Management Act, 2005 and other provisions of law.
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GoaGoa Government issues Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) on Precautions for Covid-19 Control at Industry level 30-07-2020In a Gazette publication dated July 30, 2020, the Goa Government has issued a Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) on Precautions for Covid-19 Control at Industry level. The SOP lays down the following:

1. Make Arogya Setu App compulsory in addition to thermal screening.

2. Employees from Containment Zones should remain in Containment Zones till further notifications. Employers to track Containment Zones declared by Government on daily basis and evaluate risk.

3. Visitors/Service Engineers visiting company premises to be avoided unless it is an emergency. If visiting, they must be screened strictly before being allowed in.

4. Declarations must be taken from employees with details of their family members employers, details of room mates working in other pharma or non-pharma companies.

5. Employees travelling interstate should follow MHA guidelines or Goa Government SOP strictly.

6. In case of any COVID 19 Positive case reported in company, the same must be immediately reported to concerned Health officials, workplaces must be sanitized, testing to be done of all first point of contact employees. Employees must be home quarantined or to be kept in Isolation, risk evaluation to be conducted at site.

7. Employees must be advised as follows:
• Avoid unnecessary going out to crowded places like vegetable shops or grocery shops until it is unavoidable.
• Visit nearest shop for purchase of any goods or vegetables etc. Avoid if the shop is crowded.
• Maintain distance of minimum 6 feet with others.
• Visit vegetable or grocery shops early morning when usually crowd is less.
• To purchase any essential goods only 1 person from family to come out following SMS (Sanitizer, Mask, Social Distancing) strictly.
• Purchase enough quantity of goods/ /groceries/vegetable in a single time.
• Immediately report about any COVID 19 cases reported in the vicinity of residential premises.
• Follow the protocol issued by AYUSH Department for immunity boosting.

8. Additional measures suggested:

A. Three time Thermal Screening of every employee
a. At entry
b. While entering to canteen for lunch
e. At work place after lunch

B. N95 Nose Mask/Face Shield
a. All the critical places (Packing/Security/ /Quality control/RM/PM/Quality Assurance/Engineering) people may be provided with N95 mask instead of plain mask.
b. Face shields may be provided to all personnel who are coming in contact with the external persons such as security.


C. Canteen to be-Identified as highest risk zone. Recommendations in this regard are-
a. Utensil Disinfection using Hypochlorite solution just prior to use.
b. Disposable glass and spoons (keeping disposal and pollution control in mind).
c. Canteen to be designated as a strict silence zone.
d. Employees to be asked to complete their lunch within minimum time (15 mts. or so).
e. Chairs from canteen may be removed as identified as difficult to sanitize after each meal.
f. Admin Head/Manager to personally monitor the canteen on daily basis.

D. Sero Surveillance of employees at random may be carried out

E. In house foggers may be placed to avoid dependency on the third party for daily disinfection.

F. UV sanitization box for handling the incoming documents through transporters may be put in place.

G. Additional security personnel may be placed for ensuring the social distancing which includes change rooms/receipt and dispatch bays.

H. Any type of pain, skin rashes, nausea, vomiting, diarrhoea to be included in the self declaration checklist.

I. Precautions at shared accommodations
a. Maintain proper social distancing.
b. Clean/sanitize the commonly used items such as the sitting area, balcony, railings, TV remote, kitchen cabinet handles, water purifier taps, switchboard etc.

Industries must ensure that above procedures are followed, not only for employees but also for the casual, contract and temporary personnel that are usually employed.
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HaryanaDistrict Magistrate of Rewari District in Haryana notifies guidelines for implementation of phased re-opening of activities (Unlock 3); effective since 1st August, 2020 upto 31st August, 202030-07-2020The District Magistrate Rewari, Haryana has issued guidelines for phased re-opening of more activities in consonance with the MHA Unlock 3.0 Order dated 29th July, 2020. These guidelines have been in effect since 1st August, 2020 and shall be valid till 31st August, 2020.
1. Installation of Aarogya Setu App –

• Employers to ensure on best effort basis that Aarogya Setu App is installed by all employees having compatible mobile phones as this app can identify potential risk of infection and thus can shield the individuals and community from infection;

• Individuals are advised to regularly update their health status on the app, which shall facilitate timely provision of medical attention to those at risk.

2. All activities are permitted in areas outside Containment Zones during the period of Unlock 3, except the following –
• International air travel of passengers except as permitted by MHA;
• Metro Rail;
• School, colleges, educational and coaching institutions will remain closed till 31st August, 2020. Online / distance learning will continue to be permitted and continue to be encouraged;
• Cinema halls, swimming pools, entertainment parks, theatres, bars, auditoriums, assembly halls and similar places;
• Social / Political / Sports / Entertainment / Academic / Cultural / Religious functions and other large congregations.

Dates for re-starting the above-mentioned activities will be decided separately and necessary SOPs issued thereof.

3. Independence Day Functions - Independence Day functions at National, State, District, Sub-Division, Municipal and Panchayat levels and 'At Home' functions, wherever held will be allowed with social distancing and by following health protocols. MHA letter no 2 / 5 / 2020 – Public dated 20.07.2020 is to be adhered to in this regard.

4. Yoga institutes and gymnasiums will be allowed to operate from 5th August, 2020 by adhering to the SOPs of Ministry of Health and Family Welfare;

5. Lockdown in Containment Zones –

• Lockdown will continue to be implemented in Containment Zones till 31st August, 2020;

• In Containment Zones only essential activities will be allowed. There will be strict perimeter control to ensure that there is no movement of people except for medical emergencies and for maintaining supply of essential goods and services;

• Activities in Containment Zones will be strictly monitored and buffer zones outside these zones will be identified by the Duty Magistrate-cum-Incident Commanders;

6. Some points to note –

• There will be no restriction on inter-State and intra-State movement of persons and goods including those for cross land-border trade under Treaties with neighbouring countries. No separate permission / approval / e-permit will be required for such movement;
• Movement by passenger trains and Shramik special trains; domestic passenger air travel; movement of Indian Nationals stranded outside the country and of specified persons to travel abroad; evacuation of foreign nationals; and sign-on and sign-off to Indian seafarers will continue to be regulated as per SOPs issued;
• Persons above the age of 65 years, persons with co-morbidities, pregnant women and children below the age of 10 years are advised to stay at home except for essential and health purposes;
• Guidelines issued by MHA under Disaster Management Act, 2005 shall not be diluted in any manner;
• Any person violating these measures will be liable to be proceeded against as per provisions of the Disaster Management Act, 2005 besides legal action under Section 188 of the IPC and other legal provisions.

For a detailed read on National Directives for COVID-19 Management and the offences and penalties for violation of lockdown order, please refer to the appended Order.
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Haryana Haryana State Disaster Management Authority issues guidelines for implementation of phased re-opening of activities (Unlock 3) in Haryana; effective upto 31st August, 202030-07-2020The Haryana State Disaster Management Authority has issued guidelines for phased re-opening of more activities (Unlock-3) in the entire State of Haryana in consonance with the MHA Unlock 3.0 Order dated 29th July, 2020. These guidelines have been in effect since 1st August, 2020 and shall be valid till 31st August, 2020

The Directions for opening of religious places in Gurugram and Faridabad Districts will be issued separately by respective Deputy Commissioners.

The guidelines are as follows -
1. Installation of Aarogya Setu App –
a. Employers to ensure on best effort basis that Aarogya Setu App is installed by all employees having compatible mobile phones as this app can identify potential risk of infection and thus can shield the individuals and community from infection;

b. Individuals are advised to regularly update their health status on the app, which shall facilitate timely provision of medical attention to those at risk.

2. All activities are permitted in areas outside Containment Zones during the period of Unlock 3, except the following –
a. International air travel of passengers except as permitted by MHA;

b. Metro Rail;

c. School, colleges, educational and coaching institutions will remain closed till 31st August, 2020. Online / distance learning will continue to be permitted and continue to be encouraged;

d. Cinema halls, swimming pools, entertainment parks, theatres, bars, auditoriums, assembly halls and similar places;

e. Social / Political / Sports / Entertainment / Academic / Cultural / Religious functions and other large congregations.

Dates for re-starting the above-mentioned activities will be decided separately and necessary SOPs issued thereof.

3. Independence Day Functions - Independence Day functions at National, State, District, Sub-Division, Municipal and Panchayat levels and 'At Home' functions, wherever held will be allowed with social distancing and by following health protocols. MHA letter no 2 / 5 / 2020 – Public dated 20.07.2020 is to be adhered to in this regard.

4. Yoga institutes and gymnasiums will be allowed to operate from 5th August, 2020 by adhering to the SOPs of Ministry of Health and Family Welfare;

5. Lockdown in Containment Zones –

a. Lockdown will continue to be implemented in Containment Zones till 31st August, 2020;

b. In Containment Zones only essential activities will be allowed. There will be strict perimeter control to ensure that there is no movement of people except for medical emergencies and for maintaining supply of essential goods and services;

c. Activities in Containment Zones will be strictly monitored and buffer zones outside these zones will be identified by the Duty Magistrate-cum-Incident Commanders;

6. Some points to note –

a. There will be no restriction on inter-State and intra-State movement of persons and goods including those for cross land-border trade under Treaties with neighbouring countries. No separate permission / approval / e-permit will be required for such movement;

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

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

d. Guidelines issued by MHA under Disaster Management Act, 2005 shall not be diluted in any manner;

e. Any person violating these measures will be liable to be proceeded against as per provisions of the Disaster Management Act, 2005 besides legal action under Section 188 of the IPC and other legal provisions.

For a detailed read on National Directives for COVID-19 Management and the offences and penalties for violation of lockdown order, please refer to the appended Order.
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CentralMHA rolls out Unlock 3.0 Guidelines; removes Night Curfew; extends Lockdown29-07-2020This is a quick update to let you know that the Ministry of Home Affairs, Government of India, has rolled out the Unlock 3.0 Guidelines under the Disaster Management Act, 2005 extending lockdown in Containment Zones till 31st August, 2020.

We will be sharing a detailed analysis on this shortly. 
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CentralExtension in due date for late filing of Income Tax Return for F.Y 2018-1929-07-2020Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT) has issued Notification No. 56/2020 dated 29th July, 2020 to further extend the due date for furnishing the income tax return for Assessment Year 2019-20 ( Financial Year 2018-19 ) till 30th day of September, 2020 instead of 31st day of July, 2020.MandatoryAllPermanent change in lawYes
MeghalayaDistrict Magistrate of East Khasi Hills District, issues guidelines prescribing restrictions / prohibitions in the District including Shillong Urban Agglomeration, Civil Sub-Division of Sohra/Pynursla and C&RD Blocks; effective since 30th July, 2020 up to 3rd August, 2020 everyday between 5 am to 9 pm29-07-2020The District Magistrate of East Khasi Hills District, Shillong has issued a prohibitory Order under Section 144 of Cr.P.C. and Meghalaya Epidemic Diseases, COVID-19 Regulations, 2020 to impose restrictions/ prohibitions on certain activities in all of East Khasi Hills District including Shillong Urban Agglomeration, Civil Sub-Divisions of Sohra, Pynursla and C&RD Blocks with effect since 30th July, 2020 upto 3rd August, 2020 on a daily basis between 5 am to 9 pm.

This Order is in supersession of earlier Prohibitory Order No. C&S.3/2009/PT.II/247 Dated 25th July, 2020

General Instructions:

1. All employers to ensure that all employees have the “Arogya Setu” Application and Behavioural Change management app is installed in their phones. SOP to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in office (public and private) to be followed strictly;

2. Operation of permitted shops, services, establishments, industrial and commercial activities etc. to strictly adhere with SOPs prescribed by the Government along with National Directives of Government for COVID-19 Management in Public Places and Work Places;

3. All residents of the District to install Aarogya Setu App and Behavioural Change Management App and regularly update their health status on the apps;

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

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

6. Individuals to maintain a minimum distance of 6 feet/2 metres in public places;

7. Number of guests to not exceed 20 for funeral/last rites related gatherings;

8. Wedding ceremonies will be allowed in religious places/places of worship and the number of guests should not exceed one-third of the seating capacity or 50 guests, whichever is less. However, wedding receptions are suspended till further orders;

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

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

The following activities are prohibited during the above-mentioned duration in East Khasi Hills District including Shillong Urban Agglomeration, Civil Sub-Divisions of Sohra, Pynursla and C&RD Blocks -

1. Inter-state movement;

2. Moving in public places, workplaces and during transport without a mask;

3. Incoming additional workforce from outside the District except for highly skilled, skilled, specialized professionals and technicians to be regulated by SOP;

4. Entry into the district via all entry points of Meghalaya w.e.f. midnight of 23rd July, 2020 till midnight of 31st July, 2020 except movements related to emergency, medical and essential goods, goods and inter-state transit vehicle;

5. Any type assembly of individuals. People to maintain 6 feet distance and should wear masks along with other protocols laid down by the Government;

6. Operation of unregulated major markets (iew heh/iew die lang) and unregulated shopping complexes;

7. Border Haats and markets located in inter-state borders;

8. Operation of cinema halls, gyms, swimming pools, entertainment parks, theatres, bars, auditoriums, assembly halls and similar recreational places;

9. All form of contact sports and spectators in sports grounds/stadiums;

10. Operation of educational institutions, training centres and coaching classes barring online/distance learning;

11. Operation of religious places/places of worship including religious gatherings and congregation. However, marriage rituals in places of worship i permitted only after obtaining permission from the District Magistrate;

12. All forms of large public gatherings and congregation including social, political, entertainment, academic, cultural, religious functions etc.;

13. Spitting in public places;

14. Consumption of liquor, paan, gutka, tobacco, etc. in public places;

15. Operation of cyber cafe, gaming parlours, jackpot parlours and lottery counters.

For a detailed read on the SOP for engagement of labourers from outside the state, SOP for offices, along with other related orders, please refer to the appended Order.
Mandatory All03-08-2020No
MeghalayaMeghalaya Govt. rolls out Standard Operating Procedures for people entering Meghalaya from other States29-07-2020In an Order dated 29th July, 2020 the Health and Family Welfare Department, Government of Meghalaya (“Department”) has rolled out a Standard Operating Procedures (“SOP”) for people entering Meghalaya from other states in partial modification of a previous order dated 28th July, 2020.

The SOP includes the following stages:

A. Pre-registration for entry:
Pre-registration for entry into the State will be subject to the instructions issued by Political Department.

B. Screening and Testing at entry points:
1.All persons who enter the State at the designated entry points will be scanned by an infrared thermometer or thermal scanner to detect body temperature;

2.All persons who have come from outside the State shall be tested by Rapid Antigen Test kits and/or sampled for RT per test at the entry point of the State.

3.Sampling can be done either at entry points or at quarantine/CCCs/ at facilities as designated by the Districts.

4. Upon testing negative, persons will be sent for home quarantine while upon testing positive, protocols with regard to COVID-19 cases to be followed;

C. Home Quarantine:

1. All people coming from outside the State should mandatorily undergo home quarantine for 14 days, using the Home Quarantine Diary;

2. People who have been tested negative and have completed 14 days of home or community or institutional quarantine, will be allowed to go out and attend to their routine work. However, they will have to follow health protocols;

D. Self-Reporting using Diary:

1. People under home quarantine should enter their daily health status in the diary provided.

2. They may also enter the health status of their family members in this diary;

E. External Monitoring using technology and physical inspection through Community COVID Management Teams:

1. The designated monitoring team set up by the respective District (any selected member of CCMT) will visit those under quarantine on a daily basis. The team will use a Web App (https://coronal11egh.cdli.co.in) which is GPS enabled, thus helping in tracking the movement of the monitoring team and ensuring that they visit all the houses allotted to them.

2. AII those who are under quarantine and symptomatic shaII be tested through RTPCR.

F. Action to be taken if COVID 19 symptoms develop:

1. The persons who develop any symptoms in the 14 days quarantined period would be tested using RT-PCR test;

2. Those of who test positive shall be handled as per the COVID 19 positive patient handling protocol of the Government of Meghalaya.

For a detailed read, please refer to the appended Order.
MandatoryAllNo end date specifiedNO
MeghalayaDistrict Magistrate of East Khasi Hills District, notifies guidelines prescribing restrictions / prohibitions in the District; effective since 30th July, 2020 up to 3rd August, 2020 everyday between 5 am to 9 pm29-07-2020The District Magistrate of East Khasi Hills District, Shillong has issued a prohibitory Order under Section 144 of Cr.P.C. and Meghalaya Epidemic Diseases, COVID-19 Regulations, 2020 to impose restrictions/ prohibitions on certain activities in all of East Khasi Hills District including Shillong Urban Agglomeration, Civil Sub-Divisions of Sohra, Pynursla and C&RD Blocks with effect since 30th July, 2020 upto 3rd August, 2020 on a daily basis between 5 am to 9 pm.

This Order is in supersession of earlier Prohibitory Order No. C&S.3/2009/PT.II/247 Dated 25th July, 2020

General Instructions:
1. All employers to ensure that all employees have the “Arogya Setu” Application and Behavioural Change management app is installed in their phones. SOP to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in office (public and private) to be followed strictly;
2. Operation of permitted shops, services, establishments, industrial and commercial activities etc. to strictly adhere with SOPs prescribed by the Government along with National Directives of Government for COVID-19 Management in Public Places and Work Places;
3. All residents of the District to install Aarogya Setu App and Behavioural Change Management App and regularly update their health status on the apps;
4. Operation of supply chains/wholesalers and retail outlets, shops, services and other establishments in the District will be regulated as per scheduled timings and dates which will be released in advance from time to time by the District Magistrate;
5. Persons above the age of 65 years, persons with co-morbidities, pregnant women and children below the age of 10 years are advised to stay at home except for essential requirements and for health purposes;
6. Individuals to maintain a minimum distance of 6 feet / 2 metres in public places;
7. Number of guests to not exceed 20 for funeral/last rites related gatherings;
8. Wedding ceremonies will be allowed in religious places/places of worship and the number of guests should not exceed one-third of the seating capacity or 50 guests, whichever is less. However, wedding receptions are suspended till further orders;

9. 50% of the private and public transport will operate in East Khasi Hills District. Vehicles will ply in an odd even manner (except Sunday);

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

11. Buses will run with 50% capacity, SUVs including sumo and maxi cab will run with 4 passengers excluding driver, light motor vehicles will have 2 passengers excluding driver, auto rickshaw will have 1 person excluding driver and for two wheelers one pillion rider restricted only to female or child below the age of 12 years;
12. Movement of vehicles and other traffic arrangements will be prepared and regulated by the office of Superintendent of Police. Inter-district movement of persons is permitted;
13. Passes for all forms of outward inter-state movement from East Khasi Hills District will only be issued by the District Magistrate.

Prohibited Activities:
1. Inter-state movement;
2. Moving in public places, workplaces and during transport without a mask;
3. Incoming additional workforce from outside the District except for highly skilled, skilled, specialized professionals and technicians to be regulated by SOP;
4. Entry into the district via all entry points of Meghalaya w.e.f. midnight of 23rd July, 2020 till midnight of 31st July, 2020 except movements related to emergency, medical and essential goods, goods and inter-state transit vehicle;
5. Any type assembly of individuals. People to maintain 6 feet distance and should wear masks along with other protocols laid down by the Government;
6. Operation of unregulated major markets (iew heh/iew die lang) and unregulated shopping complexes;
7. Border Haats and markets located in inter-state borders;
8. Operation of cinema halls, gyms, swimming pools, entertainment parks, theatres, bars, auditoriums, assembly halls and similar recreational places;
9. All form of contact sports and spectators in sports grounds/stadiums;
10. Operation of educational institutions, training centres and coaching classes barring online/distance learning;
11. Operation of religious places/places of worship including religious gatherings and congregation. However, marriage rituals in places of worship i permitted only after obtaining permission from the District Magistrate;
12. All forms of large public gatherings and congregation including social, political, entertainment, academic, cultural, religious functions etc.;
13. Spitting in public places;
14. Consumption of liquor, paan, gutka, tobacco, etc. in public places;
15. Operation of cyber cafe, gaming parlours, jackpot parlours and lottery counters.

For a detailed read on the SOP for engagement of labourers from outside the state, SOP for offices, along with other related orders, please refer to the appended Order.
Mandatory All03-08-2020No
MeghalayaNight Curfew implemented in East Khasi Hills District effective since 30th July, 2020 till 3rd August, 2020, between 9:00 pm to 5:00 am29-07-2020With a view to contain, reduce and eliminate COVID-19, the District Magistrate of East Khasi Hills District, Meghalaya, has issued a curfew Order under Section 144 CrPC, to implement Night Curfew between 9:00 pm to 5:00 am; effective since 30th July, 2020 up to 3rd August, 2020.

The above-mentioned Night Curfew will not apply to the following services, who must strictly comply with all protocols and procedures:

1. IT Services, Telecom and Communications;

2. Press, Print & Electronic Media;

3. Online/ Home delivery of food. However, home delivery of food will be exempted only till 10:00 pm;

4. Security Forces

5. Medical Teams on duty

6. Wholesale and Retail Pharmacies

7. Police and Armed Forces

8. Fire and Emergency Services

6. MeECL, NEEPCO & Power Grid

7. Food and Civil Supply Department

8. FCI

9. Public Works Department (PWD)

10.Public Heath Engineering (PHE) Department

11. Shillong Municipal Board

12. Petrol Pumps including Indian Oil Corporation (OIC)

13. Essential Services including Health Services, Hospitals, Clinics, Dispensaries, Veterinary clinics, Labs

14. Authorized workshops and designated spare parts dealerships of Health and Family Welfare Department, Govt of Meghalaya

15. Government Officials on Duty

Additionally movement of vehicles carrying essential goods, security forces, medical equipments and shops for repair of trucks on highway are exempted.

For further details, please refer to the appended Order.
MandatoryAll03-08-2020No
CentralMinistry of Commerce amends the Export Policy of PPEs/Masks; prohibits the export of Medical coverall for all classes/categories, all masks other than non medical /non surgical masks and Nitrile/NBR Gloves28-07-2020In a Notification dated 28th July, 2020, the Ministry of Commerce has amended the export policy of personal protective equipments/masks by amending Schedule 2 of the ITC (HS) Export Policy, 2018 which relates to export of personal protective equipments /masks.

Present Amendment :

1. Prohibited Category:

i. Medical coverall for all classes/categories (except surgical drapes, isolation aprons, surgical wraps and X Ray gowns)
[Note: Medical coveralls like surgical drapes, isolation aprons, surgical wraps and x-ray gowns are freely exportable]

ii. All masks other than non-medical /non-surgical masks (cotton, silk. Wool, polyester, nylon, rayon etc)
[Note: Non medical masks are freely exportable]

iii. Nitrile/NBR Gloves.

2. Restricted Category:

i. Medical coveralls for COVID 19
[Policy Condition- Monthly export quota of 50 lakh units of medical coverall for COVID 19]

ii. Medical Goggles
[Policy Condition- Monthly export quota of 20 lakh units of medical goggles]

iii. 2/3 ply surgical mask.
[Policy Condition- Monthly export quota of 4 crore 2/3 ply surgical mask]

3. Freely exportable:
Face shields.

Implication of the amendment:
1. With the present amendment, export policy of 2/3 ply surgical mask, medical goggles is amended from “prohibited” to “restricted”.

2. Further, the export of face shields have been made “Free”.

3. A monthly export quota of 4 crore units per month has been fixed for 2/3 ply surgical masks and 20 lakh per unit per month for medical goggles for issuing export license to eligible candidates has been fixed.

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


Mandatory PharmaceuticalNo end date specified No 
Himachal PradeshHP Government rolls out guidelines for conducting Rapid Antigen Tests by industrial units, factories, commercial establishments etc. for their employees and workers27-07-2020In a Circular dated 27th July, 2020 the Government of Himachal Pradesh has issued the following guidelines for conducting Rapid Antigen Tests by industrial units, factories, commercial establishments etc. for their employees and workers:

1. For testing the symptomatic negatives, the samples have to be sent to the RT¬ PCR Lab which is conducting the COVID-19 Samples for the particular area in which Industrial unit/factory/commercial establishment is located.

2. Only those Antigen based assays shall be used which are validated and approved by ICMR. The Present list is annexed with this circular and the updated list can be seen at www.icmr.gov.in from time to time.

3. Sample collection, transportation and testing will be the sole responsibility of the Industrial unit/factory/commercial establishment. The Industrial unit/factory/commercial establishment has to enter into an agreement with a diagnostic lab/hospital having requisite strength of Medical and Paramedical Staff, at its own level, for the purpose.

4. It has to be ensured that the details of sample collected and results of samples are entered on the ICMR portal for which a formal letter of request has to be sent by the Industrial unit/factory/commercial establishment to the concerned Chief Medical Officer.

5. The cost of testing and other expenses of the employees/workers shall be taken up by the Industrial units/factories/commercial establishments on their own and the costs must not be passed on to the employees/workers in any case.

The Guideline also provide the algorithm in which the results of the Rapid Antigen Kit has to be interpreted.

Background:
Considering the requests received from Industry Associations for permissions for conducting Rapid Antigen tests keeping in view the challenges in terms of RT PCR result which in turn is delaying the reopening of Industry in case of  any positive case. The requests have been carefully considered keeping in view the advisories being issued from time to time by Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Government of India and ICMR, New Delhi.

In light of these, the present Guidelines have been issued.



Mandatoryindustrial units, factories, commercial establishments etc for their employees and workersNo end date specifiedNO
Tamil NaduGovernment of Tamil Nadu issues SOP to bring guest (migrant) workers from other States to Tamil Nadu; company or manpower agency to submit application  to DC with details of the worker through the Tamil Nadu ePASS portal27-07-2020The Government of Tamil Nadu has issued the Standard Operating Procedure ("SOP") for bringing guest workers from other States to the State of Tamil Nadu.

The SOP includes the following:

1. Every company / manpower agency intending to bring guest workers to Tamil Nadu needs to apply to the respective District Collector through Tamil Nadu ePASS portal, furnishing the details of all the guest workers, including their names, residential address, Aadhar number, mobile number, proposed address of workplace, details of vehicles, proposed place of quarantine, etc.

Note: The approval will be given online through the portal after examination by the respective District Collector

2. The individuals (guest workers) have to be transported through bus, van, etc. at the cost of the company / manpower agency;

3. All of them must be thermally screened before they board the vehicle;

4. On arrival in the State of Tamil Nadu, all the individuals have to be tested, using the RT-PCR method, at the cost of the company / manpower agency. All the individuals who test positive for COVID-19 have to be sent to hospital for treatment. All the individuals who test negative for COVID-19 has to be sent for "room quarantine" for 14 days at a suitable place identified by the contractor / manpower agency and approved by the District Administration;

5. During the 14 days of "room quarantine", if any individual develops symptoms, they must be tested for COVID-19;

6. Asymptomatic individuals, who have completed the 14 days of "room quarantine", can be deployed in worksites, duly following hygiene practices such as washing with soaps, wearing of masks, social distancing and other standard health protocol. All the workers must be thermally scanned at worksites everyday;

7. Such workers must be imparted health education, using appropriate language by the company / manpower agency;

8. The place of stay of these guest workers must be well ventilated, hygienic and must be periodically educated on the health and hygiene protocol;

9. The employees have been requested to comply with the provisions of the Inter - State Migrant Workmen (Regulation of Employment and Conditions of Service) Act, 1979. In cases where complying to the provisions is not possible because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the employers must mandatorily register such workers on the online portal of the Labour Department (https://labour.tn.gov.in/ism), with relevant details in the prescribed format, as a temporary measure;

For a detailed read, please refer to the appended Order
MandatoryAllNo end date specifiedNo
CentralSEBI further extends relaxations relating to Takeover and Buy-back till 31st December, 202027-07-2020The Securities and Exchange Board of India (“SEBI”) in light of COVID-19  pandemic  and  the nationwide lockdown had granted certain one-time relaxations for certain regulations of  SEBI  (Substantial  Acquisition  of  Shares  and  Takeovers)  Regulations, 2011    ("Takeover    Regulations")    and   SEBI    (Buy-back    of    Securities) Regulations,  2018  (“Buy-back  Regulations")  pertaining  to  open  offers  and buy-back tender offers opening upto July 31, 2020. Now, in a Circular dated 27th July, 2020 SEBI has further extended the one-time relaxation upto 31st December, 2020.

Relaxations relating to procedural matters – Takeovers and Buy-back -

1.Service of the letter of offer and/or tender form and other offer related material to shareholders  may  be  undertaken  by  electronic  transmission  as  already  provided under  Regulation  18(2)  of  the  Takeover  Regulation  and  Regulation  9(ii)  of  Buy-back Regulations subject to the following -

i. The acquirer / company shall publish the letter of offer and tender form on the websites  of  the  company,  registrar,  stock  exchanges  and  the  manager(s)  to offer. 

ii.  The  acquirer  /  company  along  with  lead  manager(s)  shall  undertake  all adequate steps to reach out to the/its shareholders through other means such as  ordinary  post  or  SMS  or  audio-visual  advertisement  on  television  or  digital advertisement, etc.

iii.  Further, the Acquirer/ Company shall make an advertisement containing details regarding the dispatch of the letter of offer electronically and availability of such letter  of  offer  along  with  the  tender  form  on  the  website  of  the  company, registrar and manager to the offer in the same newspapers in which (i) detailed pubic statement was published as per regulation 14(3) of Takeover Regulation or (ii) public announcements was published as per regulation 7(i) of Buy-back regulation. 

iv.  Further, the acquirer/ company may have the flexibility to publish the dispatch advertisement in additional newspapers, over and above those required under the respective regulations. 

v.  The   acquirer/   company   shall   make   use   of   advertisements   in   television channels,   radio,   internet   etc.   to   disseminate   information   relating   to   the tendering process. Such advertisements can be in the form of crawlers/ tickers as well.

vi.  All the advertisement issued  should also be made available  on the website of the company, Registrar, Managers to the offer, and Stock Exchanges.

2. The   acquirer/   company   and   the   manager  to   offer   shall  provide   procedure  for inspection of material documents electronically.
MandatoryListed31.12.2020Yes
CentralAmidst COVID-19 pandemic, SEBI further extends one-time relaxation granted for strict enforcement of SEBI (ICDR) Regulations, 2018 regarding Rights Issue opening upto 31st December, 202027-07-2020Earlier, in a Circular dated 6th May, 2020, the Securities and Exchange Board of India (“SEBI”) had decided to grant a one-time relaxation from strict enforcement of certain regulations of SEBI (Issue of Capital and Disclosure Requirements) Regulations, 2018 pertaining to Rights Issue opening up to 31st July, 2020 (detailed below in trail).

However, as a fallout of recent representations received from the market participants the one-time relaxation has been further extended till 31st December, 2020. 
MandatoryListed31.12.2020Yes
CentralAmidst COVID-19 pandemic, SEBI further extends one-time relaxation granted for strict enforcement of SEBI (ICDR) Regulations, 2018 regarding Rights Issue opening upto 31st December, 202027-07-2020Earlier, in a Circular dated 6th May, 2020, the Securities and Exchange Board of India (“SEBI”) had decided to grant a one-time relaxation from strict enforcement of certain regulations of SEBI (Issue of Capital and Disclosure Requirements) Regulations, 2018 pertaining to Rights Issue opening up to 31st July, 2020 (detailed below in trail).

However, as a fallout of recent representations received from the market participants the one-time relaxation has been further extended till 31st December, 2020. 
MandatoryListed31.12.2020Yes
CentralGovt. exempts hand sanitizers from requirement of sale license for its stocking or sale under the provisions of the Drugs and Cosmetics Act, 1940; gains immediate effect27-07-2020Recognising that hand sanitizers are essential to meet the emergency requirements arising owing to COVID-19 pandemic and that it must made widely available to the public at large, the Department of Health and Family Welfare has, in the Notification dated 27th July, 2020, directed that hand sanitizers will be exempted from the requirement of sale licence for its stocking or sale under the Chapter IV of the Drugs and Cosmetics Act, 1940 and the Drugs and Cosmetics Rules, 1945.

However, the following conditions must be complied with by the person stocking or selling hand sanitizers-

No drug shall be sold or stocked by the licensee after the date of expiration of potency recorded on its container, label or wrapper, or in violation of any statement or direction recorded on such container, label or wrapper;

Provided that any such drugs in respect of which the licensee has taken steps with the manufacturer or his representative for the withdrawal, reimbursement or disposal of the same, may be stocked after the date of expiration of potency pending such withdrawal, reimbursement or disposal, as the case may be, subject to the condition that the same shall be stored separately from the trade stocks and all such drugs shall be kept in packages or cartons, the top of which shall display prominently, the words ―"Not for sale"]
Mandatory PharmaceuticalNo end date specified No 
RajasthanRajasthan Government amends the Rajasthan Epidemic Disease, COVID-19 Regulations, 2020; casts obligations to sanitize workplace, stagger business hours and maintain social distancing; imposes penalty for violation of COVID-19 guidelines27-07-2020The Government of Rajasthan ("Government") has amended the Rajasthan Epidemic Disease, COVID-19 Regulations, 2020 ("Regulation") to introduce the following:

1. In-charge of the workplace to maintain staggering of work / business hours, frequently sanitize the workplace and maintain social distancing at the workplace;

2. All persons to wear face mask or face cover (nose and mouth covered properly) in public transport such as Auto, Cab, Rickshaw, Bus, Train etc.

The fine for not following staggered work / business hours or not sanitizing the workplace frequently or not maintaining social distancing at the workplace been set at Rs. 10,000 /- in a Notification dated 27th July, 2020. The State Government has authorized the General Manager of the District Industry Centres and Unit Head of RIICO within their jurisdiction to collect such fine.

In addition to the above-mentioned, the Government has also introduced fines for offences with regard to violation of COVID-19 guidelines -
1. For not wearing face mask or face cover (nose and mouth covered properly) in public place or workplace - Rs. 200;

2. Shopkeepers selling items to a person not wearing face mask or face cover - Rs. 500;

3. Any person found spitting in public place - Rs. 200;

4. Any person consuming liquor, paan, gutka, tobacco in public place - Rs. 500;

5. Any person not maintaining social distancing (minimum 6 feet from other person) in public place - Rs. 100;

6. Organizing any marriage related function or gathering without prior information in writing to the Sub-Divisional Magistrate or not maintaining social distancing during that function - Rs. 5000;

7. Organizing any marriage related function and having more than 50 persons - Rs. 10000;

8. In charge of the workplace not following staggering of work / business hours or not sanitizing the workplace frequently or not ensuring social distancing at work place - Rs. 10000.
Mandatory All No end date specified No 
CentralMinistry of Health and Family Welfare extends the validity of Form 41 (registration certificate obtained under Drugs and Cosmetics Act, 1940)27-07-2020The Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (“Ministry”) has issued a notification to extend the validity of Form 41 (registration certificate obtained under Drugs and Cosmetics Act, 1940).

Basis the representations made by pharmaceutical companies, the Ministry has decided that if a license holder makes application to renew the existing certificate before expiry of the same, the existing certificate will be valid till further orders in this regard are passed and the certificate will be deemed to be valid for all purposes.

This decision has been taken by the Ministry after considering the situation brought about by COVID-19 after representation made by pharmaceutical companies and to ensure that the supply of drugs does not get affected.

For further details, please refer to the appended Order.
MandatoryPharmaceutical ManufacturingNo end date specifiedNo
CentralMinistry of Health and Family Welfare extends the validity of Form 41 (registration certificate obtained under Drugs and Cosmetics Act, 1940)27-07-2020The Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (“Ministry”) has issued a notification to extend the validity of Form 41 (registration certificate obtained under Drugs and Cosmetics Act, 1940).

Basis the representations made by pharmaceutical companies, the Ministry has decided that if a license holder makes application to renew the existing certificate before expiry of the same, the existing certificate will be valid till further orders in this regard are passed and the certificate will be deemed to be valid for all purposes.

This decision has been taken by the Ministry after considering the situation brought about by COVID-19 after representation made by pharmaceutical companies and to ensure that the supply of drugs does not get affected.

For further details, please refer to the appended Order.
MandatoryPharmaceutical ManufacturingNo end date specifiedNo
PuducherryPuducherry Government issues the Clinical Management Protocol for COVID 19 pandemic27-07-2020The Rajasthan Government has published on its website the Clinical Management Protocol for COVID 19 pandemic.

The Clinical Management Protocol: COVID-19 lays down the clinical features for COVID-19, risk factors, infection prevention and control practices. etc. relating to the COVID-19 pandemic and also the management of COVID-19 cases.

The document also provides a guidance on specimen collection, processing, transportation, including related biosafety procedures.

For a detailed read of the document, please refer to the attachment.

Source: Department of Health and Family Welfare Services, Puducherry
AdvisoryHealthcareNo end date specifiedNo
ManipurThe Governor of Manipur has promulgated the Manipur Epidemic Diseases (Enforcement of COVID-19 Guidelines) Regulations, 202025-07-2020With a view to implement guidelines and restrictions imposed by the National Disaster Management Authority and the State Disaster Management Authority, towards effective control of the epidemic, the Governor of Manipur has promulgated "The Manipur Epidemic Diseases (Enforcement of COVID-19 Guidelines) Regulation, 2020" ("Regulation").

Key highlights

1. Penalties for various offences w.r.t. COVID-19 guidelines have been provided -

a. Violation of Quarantine guidelines - Rs. 1000 on each occasion of such violation;

b. Failure to wear mask in public places - Rs. 200;

c. Failure to maintain social distancing in public places - Rs. 200;

d. Spitting in public places - Rs 500;

e. Consumption of paan (kwa), gutka and tobacco in public place - Rs. 200;

f. Gathering in excess of authorized number of persons on ceremonies - Rs. 10,000

g. Any other violation of guidelines - Rs. 1000

2. In addition to the above-mentioned, failure to pay the penalty on the spot shall make a person liable to be prosecuted under Section 188 of the Indian Penal Code, 1860.

Note - These Regulations will be in force for a period of one year from the date of Notification.
MandatoryAll 25-07-2021No 
MeghalayaDistrict Magistrate of East Khasi Hills District, Shillong, issues guidelines for implementation of Total curfew in Shillong agglomeration and adjoining areas; effective since midnight of 26th July, 2020 till 30th July, 202024-07-2020District Magistrate of East Khasi Hills District has issued Prohibitory Order under Section 144 of CrPC for implementation of total curfew in all of Shillong Urban Agglomeration and its adjoining areas, with effect since midnight of 26th July, 2020 till midnight of 29th July,2020.

The following areas shall come within the ambit of total curfew:

1. whole of Municipal Area;

2. whole of Cantonment Area;

3. all Census town areas under Mawlai and Mawpat Blocks;

4. areas under Mylliem Block from Umshyrpi Bridge upto 7th Mile, Upper Shillong;

5. Madanrting, Mawblei, Laitkor, Nongkseh, Umlyngka, Lawsohtun, Mawdiangdiang.

Exemptions:

1. IT Services, telecom and communications;

2. Press, print, electronic media;

3. Police, armed and security forces;

4. medical teams on duty hospitals;

5. wholesale and retail pharmacies and

6. fire, emergency service.

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

Please note:

1. Curfew passes can be obtained by making an online application for the same at www.eastkhasihills.gov.in .

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

For a detailed read, please refer to appended Order.
MandatoryAll29-07-2020No
KarnatakaGovernment of Karnataka re-fixes rates for RT-PCR testing and Rapid Antigen Testing to be charged by private labs; fallout of Task Force Committee's reconsideration  24-07-2020The Health and Family Welfare Department, Government of Karnataka ("State Government"), in an Order dated 24th July, 2020, has re-fixed the rates of RT-PCR testing and Rapid Antigen Testing by private laboratories in the State.

The rates fixed are as follows:

1. Rate of RT-PCR testing for the samples sent by Government to private laboratories, including screening test and confirmatory test is set at Rs. 2000/- per test (inclusive of the cost of PPE kit).

2. Ceiling rate for private samples in private laboratories, including screening test and confirmatory test, is set at Rs. 3000/- per test (inclusive of the cost of PPE kit).

3. Rate of Rapid Antigen Test for private samples in private laboratories is set at Rs. 700/- per sample (inclusive of PPE kit).

It has been further stated that testing can be done only in the ICMR (Indian Council for Medical Research) approved laboratories.

Background:

The State Government, in a Circular dated 31st March, 2020, had capped the total cost of COVID-19 testing per patient at Rs. 4500/-. Further, in a Circular dated 17th April, 2020, the State Government had fixed the cost per test (for COVID-19) at Rs. 2250/-

For a detailed read, please refer to the appended document.
MandatoryHealthcare- Pathological LaboratoriesNo end date specified No
Central FSSAI extends statutory due date for compliance related to display of "Date of Manufacturing" and "Best before Date" for non-packaged / loose sweets on the container / tray at the outlet for sale upto 1st October, 202024-07-2020In light of the disruption and lockdown owing to COVID-19 pandemic and subsequent representations received from sweets associations and stakeholders, the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (“FSSAI”) has extended the date of enforcement of directions regarding display of "Date of Manufacturing" and "Best before Date" of non-packaged / loose sweets on their container / tray at the outlet for sale (as mentioned in the trail) till 1st October, 2020.  Furthermore, sweets associations have been  advised to sensitize and build capacity of their members for implementing the Order from  1st October, 2020.  Background: Earlier, in an Order dated 21st May 2020, FSSAI had extended the date of enforcement of above-mentioned directions till 1st  August, 2020.MandatoryFood Business Operators01-10-2020NO
PunjabChief Minister of Punjab announces fines for certain offences as per new guidelines in wake of COVID-19 pandemic23-07-2020The Chief Minister of Punjab has announced fines for the following offences as per new guidelines in wake of COVID-19 pandemic.

1. Home isolation violation will attract penalty of Rs. 5000/-

2. Restaurants and commercial eating places violating social distancing norms will attract penalty of Rs. 5000 on owners of such restaurants and commercial eating places.

3. Violation of social distancing norms and social gatherings of more than the permitted strength will lead to penalty of Rs. 10000.

4. Fine for not wearing mask in public place is Rs. 500.

5. Violation of home quarantine instructions will attract penalty of Rs. 200.

6. Spitting in public place will attract penalty of Rs. 500.

Under the existing guidelines, shops/commercial places are liable to pay Rs 2000 for violation of social distancing norms, while for buses and cars such violations are punishable by Rs 3000 and Rs 2000 fine respectively, and in the case of auto-rickshaws/2-wheelers, the fine stands at Rs 500.

Further, the Chief Minister has also appealed to the Heads of various religious institutions to ensure enforcement of social distancing restrictions and other Covid safety guidelines, including masks at religious places along with proper regular announcement in this regard through Public Address Systems.
MandatoryAllNo end date specifiedNo
KarnatakaDirector of Health and Family Welfare Services, Karnataka directs Sample Collection Centers/Labs/Fever Clinics to provide information regarding what persons need to do if he/she tests positive for COVID-1922-07-2020In a Circular dated July 22, 2020, the Director of Health and Family Welfare Services has informed sample collection centres/labs/fever clinics, etc. that information regarding what person need to do if he/she tests positive for COVID-19 must  be provided by them.

The circular states that the persons giving samples for COVID-19 testing must strictly self-isolate himself/ herself till the results are communicated. If the person tests positive he/she the following must be adhered to:

1. Continue self-isolation

2. For medical triage/consultation, call free helpline Apthamitra 14410

3. Dial 108 ambulance/ 1912 helpline to visit the nearest health center/hospital (government or private) for medical triage/consultation

4. The person shall be given information regarding different facilities available. Based on medical triage, the person may be allowed home isolation/home care or Covid Care Centre (CCC) or Covid hospital

5. The person shall follow the medical advice received for further management.

Along with providing the above information to the person, the sample collection centres, fever clinics, labs must also display the patient flow chart, as annexed to this circular, on the premises and may also give a copy of the same to the patients.
MandatorySample Collection Centres/Labs/Fever ClinicsNo End Date SpecifiedNo
GoaGoa issues Circular to inform the public regarding inappropriate use of valved respirator N-95 masks and urge to follow the guidelines on the use of face /mouth cover issued by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare22-07-2020The Public Health Department, Government of Goa ("State Government"), in a Circular dated 22nd July, 2020, in pursuance to the request from the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Government of India ("MOHFW"), has instructed everyone to follow the guidelines on the use of face/mouth cover and prevent inappropriate use of N-95 masks.

The guidelines are available on the website of the MOHFW and can be accessed through the following link:
https://www.mohfw.gov.in/pdf/Advisory&ManualonuseofHomemadeProtectiveCoverforFace&Mouth.pdf

For a detailed read of the CIrcular issued by the State Government, please refer to the appended document.
AdvisoryNoneNo end date specifiedNo
Chhattisgarh District Magistrate of Durg in Chhattisgarh notifies partial modifications to earlier prohibitory guidelines dated 20th July 2020; transportation and storage of petroleum products now allowed only from 6:00 am to 3:00 pm22-07-2020The District Magistrate of Durg District in Chhattisgarh has made partial modifications to the prohibitory Order dated 20th July, 2020.

The partial amendments with respect to activities allowed in the District are as follows -

1. Delivery of milk at home by vendors is now exempted from 6:00 am to 9:30 am and 5:00 pm to 6:30 pm. In the earlier Order, delivery of milk was only allowed from 6:00 am to 9:30 pm;

2. the exemption for newspaper hawkers remains the same, that is from 6:00 am till 9:30 am;

3. transportation and storage of Petrol / Diesel and LPG / CNG are now allowed only from 6:00 am till 3:00 pm. Earlier, there was no such restriction.

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.
MandatoryAll29-07-2020No
RajasthanGovernment of Rajasthan notifies partial modifications to the Unlock 2.0 Order dated 30th June, 2020; allows public buses to operate with proper sanitization measures, compulsory face masks and social distancing norms; effective since 22nd July, 202022-07-2020The Government of Rajasthan has notified partial amendments to the Unlock 2.0 Order dated 30th June, 2020, and have permitted the City Buses (Public Transport) to operate since 22nd July, 2020, subject to the following conditions:

Owners / operators / in-charge of the buses to ensure:

1. Proper sanitization of the seats and touch points, before and after each journey;

2. Compulsory wearing of face masks by the passengers, drivers and conductors;

3. Maintaining adequate social distancing measures.
MandatoryPublic TransportNo end date specified No
West BengalWest Bengal orders stricter lockdown measures in the State; State-wise lockdown will be observed on 23rd, 25th and 29th July, 2020 from 6 am to 10 pm on each day 21-07-2020The West Bengal Government has announced stricter lockdown measures in an order dated July 21, 2020.

As per the Order, State-wide lockdown will be observed on Thursday, July 23 2020; Saturday, July 25 2020 and Wednesday, July 29 2020 from 6 am to 10 pm on each day.

What will be locked during these days?
All government and private offices, commercial establishments, public and private transport and all activities which are not covered under the exceptions given alongside

What will remain open during these days?

1. Health services including movement of health personnel/patients by public and private transport
2. Medicine shops and pharmacies
3. Law and order, courts, correctional services, fire and emergency services
4. Electricity, water and conservancy services
5. Continuous process industries and Industries with in-house workers
6. Agriculture operations; Tea Garden operations in field
7. Intrastate and interstate movement of goods
8. E-Commerce; Capital and debt market services as notified by SEBI
9. Print, electronic media and social media
10. Home delivery of cooked food

The Order reiterates that norms of physical distancing, wearing of mask and the health and hygiene protocol must be strictly adhered to at all times.

The previous orders prohibiting movement of individuals between 10:00 PM to 5:00 AM will continue to remain in force except for essential and emergency activities listed above.

For a detailed read, please refer to the appended document.
MandatoryAll29-07-2020No
CentralDoT further extends relaxations/ exemptions in the Terms & Conditions for Other Service Providers till December 31, 2020 in order to facilitate Work From Home21-07-2020The Department of Telecommunications, Ministry of Communications (“DoT”) has, in a recent Notification dated July 21, 2020, further extended the relaxations in Terms and Conditions for Other Service Providers (“OSPs”) till December 31, 2020. This is further to the earlier relaxations already granted with respect to Work From Home by the DoT in Notification dated April 15, 2020 and the subsequent extension dated May 15, 2020. These relaxations are granted in view of the COVID-19 pandemic.

As per the earlier extension, the relaxations were valid till July 31, 2020. With the continued impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, DoT has now extended these exemptions till December 31, 2020, in order to facilitate the system of Work from Home in these times. 
MandatoryTelecommunication31-12-2020Yes
KarnatakaKarnataka Government re-implements Unlock 2 guidelines in the state; Night curfew from 9 pm to 5am will be implemented21-07-2020In a recent Press Release dated 21st July, 2020, the Karnataka Government has issued guidelines for the resumption of activities in areas outside the Containment Zones of the State.  For containment zones, lockdown will continue to prevail.

Further, Karnataka Government re-implements Unlock 2 Guidelines issued by the Government of India with the following  modifications.
1. Night Curfew- The Night Curfew in the state will last from 9 pm-5 am
2. The lockdown will continue every Sunday.
3. The Order further states that vegetable markets, not only in Bengaluru, but also in district and taluk levels, will be relocated to bigger open spaces or Agricultural Produce Market Committees to in order to ensure that crowding is restricted.
4. The use of gym equipment in sitting benches in parks is prohibited.

Please Note- The Unlock 2.0 guidelines has gained effect from 5 am on July 22, 2020 and will remain in force till 31st July, 2020
MandatoryAll31-07-2020NO
CentralAmendment in Export Policy of Personal Protection Equipment/Masks to allow export of surgical drapes, isolation aprons, surgical wraps and X-ray gowns; Export of sample of PPE medical coveralls for COVID-19 now permitted21-07-2020The Directorate General of Foreign Trade (DGFT) in a Notification dated 21st July, 2020 has amended the Export Policy of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE).

Background:

DGFT with a Notification on 31st January, 2020 had prohibited the Export of PPE including Clothing and Masks under Serial Number 207A. Further with Notifications on 19th March, 2020, 16th May, 2020 and 22nd June, 2020 the Export Policy of PPE kept changing.
 
Now, with the 21st July, 2020 Notification export of the following Personal Protective Equipment either as part of kits or as individual items have been prohibited -
i. Medical Coverall of all classes/categories (except surgical drapes, isolation aprons, surgical wraps and X-ray gowns)
ii. Medical Goggles
iii. All Masks other than non-surgical masks (cotton, silk, wool, polyester, nylon, rayon, viscose-knitted, woven or blended)
iv. Medical Nitrile/NBR Gloves
v. Face Shield

With this amendment export of surgical drapes, isolation aprons, surgical wraps and X-ray gowns under medical coverall of all classes/categories are no longer prohibited from export.

Additionally, DGFT will now allow exporters to send sample of PPE medical coveralls for COVID-19 on obtaining export license. The procedure for issuing export license for sending samples are as follows -
1. Export of up to 50 units of 'PPE medical coveralls for COVID-19' samples per IEC per country is allowed.
2. Exporters must apply through DGFT's ECOM system for Export authorisation. No Hard copy applications need to be made.
3. The item description in the application must specify "PPE medical coveralls for COVID-19 Samples"
4. Validity of the Export License will be for 3 months.
5. A copy of IEC of the firm and documentary proof of manufacturing of textile/medical textiles products or medical devices by the firm may be submitted at the time of application. All the documents must be attested by duly authorised person of the firm,
6. Applications through email will not be considered.
MandatoryExporterNo end date specifiedNO
CentralSEBI extends timeline of validity of regulatory measures for ensuring orderly trading and settlement, effective risk management, price discovery and maintenance of market integrity till 27th August, 2020.21-07-2020In light of the prevailing COVID-19 pandemic, the Securities and Exchange Board of India (“SEBI”) has, in a Circular dated 21st July, 2020, informed that the regulatory measures for ensuring orderly trading and settlement, effective risk management, price discovery and maintenance of market integrity, as previously issued by SEBI, will continue to remain in force till 27th August, 2020.

Background:

SEBI had, in a Circular dated 20th March, 2020, issued regulatory measures in view of the ongoing market volatility in light of the COVID-19 pandemic; effective 20th March, 2020 till 20th April, 2020.

Now, after reviewing the COVID-19 situation, SEBI has extended the timeline for continuation of such measures till 27th August, 2020.

Please refer to the appended documents for further details.
MandatoryAll27-08-2020No
CentralFiling of “Corona Kavach Policy” as group health insurance product21-07-2020Insurance Regulatory and Development Authority of India ("IRDAI") has issued modified guidelines to all Insurers regarding “Corona Kavach Policy”. Insurers are now allowed to offer “Corona Kavach Policy” as group product to private and public establishments for covering COVID-19 related medical needs of their employees. It will also be extremely useful for various categories of frontline workers as groups. In case the group consists entirely of doctors, nurses or healthcare workers, a discount of 5% will also be available as a mark of recognition of their contribution in fighting the society’s battle against Covid-19. The group policy can also provide protection to a large number of employees engaged in manufacturing, services, SMEs, MSMEs, logistics sector, migrant workers and bring peace of mind to them, their family members and the employers.

The norms by which insurers can offer Corona Kavach Policy w.r.t. "Guidelines on Covid Standard Health Policy" (Ref: IRDAI/HLT/REG/CIR/163/06/2020 dated 26th June, 2020) are -
1. Insurers are allowed to use the standard product name for the group policy after adding the word “group” and all the terms and conditions as applicable to the standard individual policy will remain the same except premium rate and specification on operation of group policy.
2. The insurers will determine the price by complying with norms specified in the IRDAI (Health Insurance) Regulations, 2016 and Guidelines notified there under.
3. The product will be filed on Use and File basis by duly complying with the norms specified in Chapter IV of Guidelines on product filing in health insurance business as modified from time to time.
4. This group product will have to comply with all other applicable norms stipulated under “Guidelines on Product filing in Health Insurance business".
MandatoryInsurance companiesNo end date specifiedNo
KarnatakaGovernment of Karnataka permits postponement of payment of VDA payable under various Minimum Wages Notifications by employers; applicable for the period  01.04.2020 to 31.03.202121-07-2020In a Circular dated 21st July, 2020 the Karnataka Employer’s Association has informed that the Department of Labour, Government of Karnataka in its order dated 20th July, 2020 has permitted postponement of payment of Variable Dearness Allowance (“VDA”) payable under various Minimum Wages Notifications by employers for the period from 01.04.2020 to 31.03.2021.

The said deferment is done to mitigate the hardship being faced by the employers who were directed by the Central Government to pay wages, including VDA to their employees for the lockdown period.

Implications:

1. The employers can avail this facility and defer payment of VDA of Rs. 417.60 per month which has become payable from 01.04.2020 to 31.03.2021 under various Minimum Wage notifications.

2. The employers will be liable to pay the deferred VDA after 31.03.2021 to their workmen in addition to the VDA as applicable from 01.04.2021 onwards.

3. If employers choose not to pay any VDA, they will not be liable to pay Employees’ State Insurance  (“ESI”) and Provident Fund (“PF”) also on the deferred VD.
However, ESI and PF will become payable when the deferred VDA is paid after 31.03.2021.

4. When the deferred VDA is paid, the employers will be liable to pay difference in bonus and also difference in leave with wages as well as difference in overtime payment.

5. These options are available for VDA payable to Contract Labourers also.

Key Takeaways:

1. Employers can choose to pay the VDA of Rs. 417.60 per month without availing the deferment facility if they feel it is burdensome to pay the deferred VDA after 31.03.2021.

2. If the employers have already paid the VDA for the months of April to June 2020, they may avail deferment of VDA facility from July 2020 onwards.

Note:
A copy of the Order dated 20th July, 2020 is attached with the present Order.
MandatoryAllNo end date specifiedNo
CentralCPCB revises the Guidelines for Handling, Treatment and Disposal of Waste Generated during Treatment/Diagnosis/ Quarantine of COVID-19 Patients; supresses previous guidelines dated 10th June, 202021-07-2020The Central Pollution Control Board (“CPCB”) has issued a revised version of Guidelines for Handling, Treatment and Disposal of Waste Generated during Treatment/Diagnosis/ Quarantine of COVID-19 Patients (“Guideline”).

The present Guideline is issued in suppression of earlier guidelines uploaded by CBCB on 10th June, 2020.

The Guideline provides a revised guidance on segregation of general solid waste and biomedical waste from quarantine centers/home-care/healthcare facilities treating COVID-19 patients and to recommend on disposal of PPEs.
MandatoryLaboratories, quarantine centers/home-care/healthcare facilitiesNo end date specifiedNo
BiharBihar PCB issues the 4th revision of the Guidelines for Handling, Treatment and Disposal of Waste Generated during
Treatment/Diagnosis/ Quarantine of COVID-19 Patients
21-07-2020The Bihar Pollution Control Board has rolled out in its website the fourth revision of Guidelines for Handling, Treatment and Disposal of Waste Generated during Treatment/Diagnosis/ Quarantine of COVID-19 Patients which has suppressed the earlier guideline uploaded at CPCB website on 10.06.2020.

The Guidelines are applicable to Healthcare Facilities, Quarantine Camps/ Quarantine-homes/ Home-care, Sample Collection Centers, Laboratories.
MandatoryHealthcare Facilities,
Quarantine Camps/ Quarantine-homes/ Home-care, Sample Collection Centers, Laboratories
No end date specifiedNO
JharkhandJharkhand Government rolls out Guidelines for Handling Biomedical Wastes Generated In Hospitals, Quarantine Camps & Houses Dealing With COVID-1920-07-2020Jharkhand Government has issued guidelines for healthcare workers with respect to protective gear and waste management.

Key highlights of these guidelines are -

1. Healthcare workers should have proper protective gear at all times which must consist of masks, face shield, goggles, cap, gloves, boots and apron.

2. Hospitals to be kept clean at all times and hazards should be safely identified. Also waste should be disposed off properly in different colour bins specified for a specific substance, like, green for biodegradable waste, blue for recyclable waste, red for contaminated waste etc.

3. Common waste and biomedical waste dustbin to be separated and waste from quarantine facilities to be collected in a yellow liner dustbin, such wastes to be kept in dedicated bags and in properly measured dustbins.

4. In COVID-19 wards and sample collection labs a separate record of COVID-19 related waste is to be maintained and that information is to be shared with the State Pollution Control Board. Biomedical waste should be kept in a separate room before sending it to bio-medical waste treatment facility.

5. Biomedical waste to be managed according to the Biomedical Waste Rules, 2016 and transfer of COVID-19 related bio-medical waste to be only done by COVID-19 dedicated and labelled trolleys.

6. Biomedical waste can be picked up directly from the isolation ward and sent to the waste treatment facility directly.

7. COVID-19 related waste to be collected in a double layer liner only.

8. The waste trolleys in which COVID-19 related biomedical wastes is transferred should be cleaned daily with 1% hypochlorite solution.

9. Wastes in colour coded packs to be labelled with "COVID-19", yellow coloured liners collected by local workers to be sent to CBWTF.

Please note that the document 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.
MandatoryHealthcare workers, waste disposalNo end date specifiedNo
CentralFurther amendment in export policy of PPE Kits allowing import of 50Lakh units of PPE Medical Coveralls for COVID-19 every month20-07-2020The Directorate General of Foreign Trade (DGFT) in a Notification dated 20th July, 2020 has further amended the Export Policy of Personal Protective Equipment  ("PPE") Medical Coveralls for COVID -19.

Background :
With a Notification dated 29th June, 2020  export of all PPE Medical Coveralls for COVID-19 was restricted. A monthly export quota of 50 Lakh PPE Medical Coveralls for COVID-19 units had been fixed for issuance of export policies to the eligible applicants to export PPE Medical Coveralls for COVID-19 as per criteria separately issued in a Trade Notice on 29th June, 2020.

Now, with the 20th July, 2020 Notification DGFT has revised the export criteria -
1. Export of only 50 Lakh units of PPE Medical Coveralls for COVID -19 will be allowed every month.
2. Exporters must apply through DGFT's ECOM system for Export authorisation. 
MandatoryExporters No end date specifiedNo
GujaratGujarat Government further extends exemptions granted to factories in the State subject to specified conditions till 19.10.2020 20-07-2020In wake of the ongoing pandemic conditions due to COVID-19, Labour and Employment Department, Government of Gujarat on 20th July, 2020 has further exempted all factories registered under the Factories Act, 1948 ("Act") from various provisions relating to weekly hours, daily hours, intervals for rest etc. of adult workers from 20th July, 2020 till 19th October, 2020.

Earlier the relaxations were from 20th April, 2020 till 19th July, 2020. The Government of Gujarat has therefore exempted factories from various provisions of the Act under sections 51, 54, 55 and 56.

In a nutshell, the provisions which are being exempted are as follows:

Section 51- Prescribes a maximum of forty-eight (48) hours of weekly work;

Section 54 - Prescribes a maximum of nine (9) hours of daily work;

Section 55 – Intervals for rest for adult workers.

Section 56 - Prescribes the periods of work to be arranged so that it does not spread over more than 10.5 hours a day (inclusive of intervals for rest).

The conditions which needs to be fulfilled for enjoying this exemption till 19th October, 2020 are:

1. No adult worker will be allowed or required to work in a factory for more than 12 hours in any day and 72 hours in any week.

2. The periods of work of adult workers in a factory each day will be so fixed so that no period exceeds 6 hours and no worker should work for more than 6 hours before taking interval for rest of at least half an hour.

3. No female workers will be allowed to work in a factory between 7 PM to 6 AM.

4. Wages will be in proportion with the existing wages (e.g., if wages for 8 hours are 100 rupees, then proportionate wages for 12 hours will be 150 rupees).
Mandatory All Factories19-10-2020Yes
CentralDirector General of Health Services of Ministry of Health and Family Welfare issues instructions to prevent inappropriate use of valved respirator N-95 masks20-07-2020The Director General of Health Ministry ("Ministry") has in a letter addressed to health authorities of all States containing instructions with regard to restriction on the use of valved respirator N-95 masks by the public other than designated health workers.

According to the Ministry, the use of valved respirator N-95 masks is detrimental to the measures adopted for preventing the spread of COVID-19 virus as it does not prevent the virus from escaping out of the mask. Therefore, the Ministry has referred to the Advisory on the use of home-made protective cover for face and mouth available on the website of MoHFW: (https://www.mohfw.gov.in/pdf/Advisory&ManualonuseofHomemadeProtectiveCoverforFace&Mouth.pdf)and requested all to follow the guidelines on the use of face mouth cover and prevent inappropriate use of N-95 masks.
Advisory All No end date specifiedNo
ChhattisgarhDistrict Magistrate of Durg District in Chhattisgarh issues guidelines prescribing restrictions/ prohibitions on certain activities in the District till 29th July, 202020-07-2020With a view to curb the spread of COVID-19, the District Magistrate of Durg District in Chhattisgarh has issued an Order under Section 144 of the CrPC to impose restrictions / prohibitions on certain activities in urban and specific Gram Panchayat areas within the District, effective since 22nd July, 2020 till  29th July, 2020.

Restrictions:

1. Government Offices will not operate till the prohibitory order remains in effect and all Officials and Officers will perform their functions from home. But offices related to essential services dealing with COVID-19 virus  such as police, health services, hospitals, fire brigade, electricity etc. will continue to function.

2. All factories, construction and labour intensive operating units in the urban and attached gram panchayat areas are exempt from the restrictions, subject to the following conditions:

a. arrangement should be made for accommodating the workers within the premises of the factory / operating units;

b. if required, arrangements for transportation of the workers / employees shall be made by the factories/ operating unit owners;

c. compliance with all the directions / instructions with regard to protection against COVID-19, issued by the Central and State Government along with other institutions from time to time;

d. upon identification of infected employees / workers from the units, the costs of treatment for such infected employees to be borne by the employer;

3. Factories, construction and labour intensive operating units located in the rural areas shall be exempted from these provisions;

4. All public transport services in urban and gram panchayat areas including private buses, taxis, autos etc. to be shut down, with immediate effect. Only people with emergency medical services will be allowed to travel and transport vehicles delivering essential goods/services are exempted from this Order;

Note: E-pass can be obtained for emergency purposes;

5. All boundaries of the areas to which this Order is applicable shall be sealed, except for movement of essential goods and services. Only commercial cargo will be allowed in such areas (even at night);

6. All shops, grocery stores, commercial establishments,  godowns, weekly bazaars, etc. in the affected urban bodies and gram panchayats shall remain closed;
7. Citizens coming from abroad / other States will have to strictly follow home quarantine;
Note: If people do not follow quarantine guidelines then they will face action under Section 188 of the Indian Penal Code, 1860.
8. Everyone to remain indoors and follow social distancing if they have to go out of their homes.

Offices / establishments engaged in essential services are exempt from restrictions subject to ensuring the usage of face masks and maintaining social distancing. Some of them are as follows:

1. Industries engaged in continuous processes or factories (with blast furnace, boilers) or industries engaged in Cement, Steel, sugar, fertilizers as well as mines; subject to keeping the engagement of employees/ workers at a bare-minimum and functioning in compliance with all the directions / instructions with regard to protection against COVID-19, issued by the Central and State Government along with other institutions from time to time;
2. Private establishments can remain open after complying with prescribed health standards.
3. E-commerce supply of essential commodities;
4. Print and Electronic media;
5. Offices under the State Government such as Police, Fire, Jail, Collector, Municipal Corporation, Health Offices, Sub-Divisional Magistrate etc. will be closed for general public and there will be no entry of visitors in the Government offices without permission of the Head Office;
6. Subordinate Central Offices of the Government of India;
7. Officers and workers related to law and order and healthcare;
8. Health services including all hospitals, medical colleges, clinics etc.;
9. Drug stores / Medical stores have been allowed to operate from 7 am till 5 pm;
10. Optical stores will operate between 7 am till 5 pm;
11. Services related to food supply;
12. Sale, distribution, storage, transportation of fruits, vegetables, milk, dairy, meat is allowed in shops from 7 am till 12 pm;
13. Electricity, drinking water and municipal services including sewage and waste disposal etc.;
14. ATM, telecom, internet services, mobile recharge etc.
15. Petrol/Diesel pump and LPG/CNG transportation and storage activities;
16. Agencies involved in procurement of agriculture products, farming equipment, mandis etc.;
In addition to the above-mentioned, certain instructions have been issued to all Government and non-government banks located in affected areas:
1. Minimum staff to be present in banks in compliance with the guidelines issued by the Central and State Government on prevention of COVID -19;
2. Management of banks will not make vehicle available for movement of group of employees;
3. All banks to admit only upto 5 customers at a time;
4. Availability of sufficient quantity of currency in the ATM operated by the bank to be ensured by the management;

People / Establishments violating the above-mentioned Order will be liable to be punished under Section 188 of the Indian Penal Code, 1860.

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

Please note that the Order is in Vernacular and we have translated it to the best of our understanding. Once an official translation is available, we will update in case there is a requirement.
MandatoryAll29-07-2020No
CentralMinistry of Communications grants extension to submit the compliance of Letter of Intent for grant of Internet Service Provider authorization under Unified License and Unified License (Virtual Network Operator)20-07-2020The Ministry of Communications (“Ministry”) has granted extension to submit the compliance of Letter of Intent (“LOI”) for grant of Internet Service Provider (“ISP”) authorization under Unified License and Unified License (Virtual Network Operator) [“VNO”].

Key Highlights

1. All the applicant companies that had applied for ISP authorization (Category A, B & C) and ISP authorization (VNO) (Category A, B & C) under unified license and have been issued LOI on or after 20th January 2020 and on or before 31st May 2020, have been granted an extension in submission of compliance of LOI till 31st August 2020 in the wake of COVID-19 and post lockdown measures.
2. The companies that have been issued LOI between on or after 20th December 2019 and on or before 19th January 2020, are have been granted an extension in submission of compliance of LOI till 31st August 2020 in the wake of COVID-19 and post lockdown measures.

For further details, please refer to the appended Order.
MandatoryCommunications, Internet Service Providers31-08-2020NO
CentralBIS issues first license for Medical Textiles - Coveralls for COVID-19; BIS Standard set is IS 17423:202020-07-2020The Central Marks Department, Bureau of Indian Standards, in a Circular dated 20th July, 2020, has informed that the first license for Medical Textiles- Coveralls for COVID-19, has been granted to M/s Welspun India Limited, Kutch, Gujarat.

The BIS Standard for the product, for which the license has been granted, is IS 17423:2020. 
AdvisoryHealthcareNo end date specifiedNo
Jammu and KashmirDistrict Magistrate of Jammu issues guidelines for implementing lockdown during weekends; starting 24th July, 2020, from 6 pm on Fridays up to 6 am on Mondays19-07-2020The District Magistrate of Jammu has notified guidelines to implement weekend lockdown in the district of Jammu from 6 p.m. on Fridays up to 6 a.m. on Mondays, effective from 24th July, 2020 (Friday).

Key Highlights:

1. Complete restriction on movement of individuals, vehicles and all activities within the entire jurisdiction of Jammu district, except the movement for emergency medical requirements for which no pass etc. is required;

2. Only local chemist shops, fruits, vegetables and dairy shops can remain accessible for community needs;

3. The passengers coming out from and going to the Airport / Railway station will be permitted to move on production of tickets;

4. No curfew passes, etc. will be issued;

5. No restrictions have been imposed on the movement of goods carriers, Oil / LPG tankers.
MandatoryAllNo end date specifiedNo
SikkimDM, South Sikkim issues directions to contain the spread of the pandemic in the South Sikkim region18-07-2020In an Order dated 18th July, 2020 the District Magistrate, South Sikkim has issued the following instructions-
1. All block development officers of South Sikkim have been directed to track any person who has entered the respective blocks from Pakyong and Rongli Subdivision during the last 10 days i.e. 8th July, 2020 onwards.
2. Any such person identified will have to go through home quarantine for a period of 14 days and must not mix with the general public. The same has to be ensured by the Incident Commanders and Village Level Monitoring Teams.
3. The Village Level Monitoring Teams have to report to the concerned Medical Officer about any person with flu like symptoms for necessary action.
4. The Chief Medical Officer has to further ensure that all patients like flu like symptoms and breathing difficulties compulsorily test for COVID 19.

Background:

A number of COVID 19 positive cases have been reported from Rongli and Pakyong Subdivision of East District of Sikkim. Therefore, the present Order has been issued to prevent the spread of the disease South Sikkim.
MandatoryAllNo end date specifiedNO
Himachal PradeshDistrict Magistrate, Sirmaur District, Himachal Pradesh issues prohibitory Order for the city of Nahan, effective since 18th July, 202018-07-2020With a view to avoid the possibility of community spread of COVID -19, the District Magistrate of Sirmaur District, Nahan, Himachal Pradesh has imposed restrictions / prohibitions in the city of Nahan, effective since 18th July, 2020:

Key Highlights:

1. All the shops in the city of Nahan except chemist shops and liquor shops will remain closed from 12 p.m. on 18th July, 2020 up to 7 a.m. on 21st July, 2020;

2. the movement of local residents from the town of Nahan, into the city of Nahan has been prohibited from 12 p.m. on 18th July, 2020 up to 7 a.m. on 21st July, 2020, (except for medical emergency);

3. The roads passing through the city of Nahan to remain open for movement of vehicles and only vehicles coming from varios parts of the district and other places will be permitted. No person travelling in those vehicles will be allowed to travel inside the city of Nahan on foot. The National Highway from Delhi Gate to Govindgarh Petrol Pump, Nahan, will remain closed and traffic movement will be diverted through alternate routes.

For a detailed read, please refer to the appended Order.
MandatoryAllNo end date specifiedNo
AssamAssam State Disaster Management Authority issues guidelines for extended lockdown in the Kamrup Metropolitan District; effective since 7 pm on 19th July, 2020, up to 7 pm of 2nd August, 2020
18-07-2020The Assam State Disaster Management Authority, has issued new directives for extension of lockdown in the entire Kamrup Metropolitan District effective since 7 p.m. on 19th July, 2020, up to 7 p.m. of 2nd August, 2020.

Key highlights:

1. Telecommunications, internet services, broadcasting and cable services, IT and ITeS to continue.

2. All industrial establishments will be allowed to function, subject to workforce staying in the premises and outwards / inwards
movement shall not be allowed;

3. Courier and e-commerce activities are allowed from Monday to Friday between 7 a.m. and 5 p.m.

4. All construction activities, including transportation of materials, are allowed, subject to workforce remaining inside the construction
sites and owner/builder will be responsible for testing for COVID and maintenance of all COVID protocols.

5. All warehouses are allowed to operate from Monday to Friday between 7 a.m. and 5 p.m. with workforce remaining inside the campus and the management will be responsible for testing and maintenance of protocols for COVID-19. Goods carrying vehicles have been allowed on all days

6. Cab aggregators, auto-rickshaws, and manual rickshaws (except e-rickshaws), have been allowed to operate with only 2 passengers at any given time with the operator carrying a negative test report for COVID-19. The operator will be responsible for sanitizing the vehicle after every trip.

7. All shops and business establishments have been allowed to operate on one side of any street on any given day and on the opposite side, on alternative days between Monday and Friday from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. The Deputy Commissioner, in consultation with trade bodies, will determine the side of the street for opening on alternative days.

8. Wholesalers for both essential and non-essential items have been allowed to operate between Monday and Friday, subject to "one side of the street" norm from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.

9. Vegetables, meat and fish wholesalers have been allowed to operate from Monday to Friday from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.

10. Home delivery of vegetables, meat and fish is allowed from Monday to Saturday between 7 a.m. and 5 p.m. 

11. Movement of individuals is strictly prohibited between 6 p.m. and 6 a.m. from Monday to Friday. No movement of any individual is allowed at any time on Saturdays and Sundays.
 
12. Milk, milk products and baby food have been allowed to be sold on all days.

13. Restaurants and other hospitality services have been allowed to function from Monday to Friday during non-curfew hours (curfew hours are 6 p.m. to 6 a.m.), only on take-away basis including online home delivery of cooked food businesses.

14. Pharmaceuticals, medical equipment and medicine wholesalers are allowed on both sides of streets from Monday to Friday. Further, pharmacies have been allowed to operate on all days.

15. Animal food, veterinary medicine and other livestock related activities have been allowed on all days.

16. Pan, guthka and cigarette shops are not allowed to open.

17. Parlours and salons are allowed to open for hair trimming only with street-side restriction from Monday to Friday, between 7 a.m. and 5 p.m.

18. Shopkeepers will be allowed to operate with only 50% employees and all employees, including owner, testing negative for COVID-19 and with strict compliance to all the COVID-19 protocols issued by Health Department.

19. Power generation, transmission and distribution units and services will continue with persons with specifically assigned duties being allowed to come out.

20. All private vehicles are barred except for medical emergency and official duty.

21. All designated GMC markets will remain closed.

22. Malls, cinema halls, gymnasiums, yoga centres and all places of public gathering will remain closed.

23. All shopkeepers, employees, delivery persons, technical repair personnel and any other person coming in close contact with members of the public must get themselves tested for COVID-19 and must carry the test result at all times.

24. Wearing of face cover is compulsory in public places, in workplaces and during transport, etc. Violation of the same will attract a fine of Rs. 1000/- for the first offence.

It has been stated in the Order that any activity which has not been mentioned in the Order and not permitted/prohibited/restricted by this Order, will be prohibited during this time.
MandatoryAll02-08-2020No
MeghalayaDistrict Magistrate of East Khasi Hills District, Shillong, issues guidelines prescribing restrictions / prohibitions in the District; effective since 20th July, 2020 up to 27th July, 2020 everyday from 5 am to 9 pm
18-07-2020With a view to put preventive measures in place to eliminate COVID-19, the District Magistrate of East Khasi Hills District has issued prohobitory Order under section 144 of the CrPC to impose restrictions / prohibitions in the entire area of the East Khasi Hills District including Shillong Agglomeration, Civil sub-divisions of Sohra / Pynursla and C&RD Blocks with effect since 20th July, 2020 till 27th July, 2020, on a daily basis from 5 am to 9 pm.

Restricted activities

1. Inter state movement.

2. Any assembly whatsoever. However, while enforcing this every individual should ensure that they maintain a social distance of 6 feet, wears mask, respiratory etiquette and strictly follows the various protocols and advisory issued by the Government from time to time.

3. Unregulated major markets and unregulated shopping complexes.

4. Border haats and markets located in inter state borders.

5. Operation of Cinema halls, gymnasiums, entertainment parks, theatres, bars, auditoriums, assembly halls and similar places.

6. All sorts of contact sports and spectators of sports stadium.

7. All forms of public gathering and congregation including social, political, entertainment, academic, cultural and religious functions.

8. Moving in public, work places and during transport without waring a mask.

9. Spitting in public.

10. Consumption of liquor, paan, gutka, tobacco etc.

11. Operation of cyber café, gaming parlours

12. Operation of educational institutions, training centres, coaching classes.

13. Opening of religious places and religious gatherings. Marriage rituals are permitted only after obtaining permission from the Authority.

14. Entry into the District via all entry points of Meghalaya from 23rd July, 2020 midnight till midnight of 31st July, 2020.
[Exceptions: Movement related to emergency, medical and essential services, goods, inter state, transit vehicle.]

15. Incoming additional workforce from outside the district.
[Exceptions: highly skilled, specialised professionals and technicians regulated by SOPs issued by the Government of Meghalaya.

However, due permission with undertaking has to be taken from the office. The exception will remain suspended for incoming pf skilled, highly skilled and specialised professionals from midnight of 23rd July, 2020 to midnight of 31st July, 2020]

General Instructions:

1. It is the duty of employers for all kinds of activities like shops, services, establishments, agricultural and industrial activities to ensure that all employees have the “Arogya Setu” Application and Behavioral Change management app is installed in their phones.

2. Operation of permitted shops, services and establishments, agricultural and industrial commercial activities must adhere to the prescribed standard operating procedures.

3. Individuals must maintain a social distance of atleast 6 feet.

4. Number of persons in funerals and last rites should not exceed 20.

5. Wedding ceremonies can take place with maximum 50 people. Wedding receptions are suspended.

6. Persons above 65 years of age, persons with co-morbidities, pregnant women and children below the age of 10 years must stay at home.

7. Operation of supply chains, wholesalers, and retail outlets, shops, services and other establishments in the whole of East Khasi District will be regulated as per scheduled timings.

8.  All resident should also have the Arogya Setu app and Behavioural change management app.

Further, the following Orders provided in the Annexures should be strictly adhered to –

1. Annexure A- SOP by Labour Department Meghalaya regarding procedure for engaging skilled labourers/workers from outside the state

2. Annexure B- Health Protocol Post Relaxation Of The Lockdown For Entry Into Meghalaya

3. Annexure C- Containment measures to restrict the unregulated entry and exit movement for compliance by the public

4. Annexure D- SOP dated 4th June, 2020 issued by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare on preventive measures to control the spread of COVID 19 in office.
MandatoryAll27-07-2020NO
MeghalayaDistrict Magistrate of East Khasi Hills District, Meghalaya, issues guidelines to implement Night Curfew between 9:00 pm to 5:00 am everyday, effective since 20th July 2020 till 27th July 202018-07-2020The District Magistrate of East Khasi Hills District, Meghalaya (“Authority”), has issued an Order under Section 144 CrPC, to implement Night Curfew between 9:00 pm to 5:00 am; effective since 20th July 2020 till 27th July 2020.

Key Highlights:

The following have been exempted from Night Curfew:

a. Press Print and Electronic Media;
b. Postal Service, Telecom, Communications & IT Services
c. Online/ Home delivery of food. However, home delivery of food will be exempted only till 10:00 pm.
d. Security Forces;
e. Medical teams on duty;
f. Wholesale and retail pharmacies;
g. Police and armed forces;
h. Fire and emergency services;
i. MeECL, NEEPCO & Power Grid;
j. Food and Civil Supply Department;
k. FCI;
l. Public Works Department;
m. Public Health Engineering Department;
n. Shillong Municipal Board;
o. Petrol Pumps and Indian Oil Corporation;
p. Essential services including health services, hospitals, clinics, dispensaries, veterinary clinics, laboratories;
q. Authorized workshops and designated spare parts dealerships;
r. Government officials on duty;
s. Movement of vehicles carrying essential goods, security forces, medical equipment and shops for repair of trucks on highways;

All of the above-mentioned activities need to be carried out while adhereing to all protocols and procedures including social distancing, limiting of field staff to the barest minimum and other advisories of Government in Health and Family Welfare Department.

However, the drivers and attendants of vehicles are subject to medical screening as per the protocols.

The Authority has also stated that the curfew passes for timings falling between 9:00 pm to 5:00 am may be obtained by making online application at https://eastkhasihills.gov.in.

Background

In order to put preventive and mitigation measures in place to identify and take more stringent steps to contain, reduce and eliminate the spread of COVID-19 in the East Khasi Hills District, the District Magistrate is of the view that Night Curfew be promulgated in the District.

For further details, please refer to the appended Order.
MandatoryAll27-07-2020NO
AssamAssam Government prohibits inter-District movement of people; effective since 22nd July, 2020 till further orders18-07-2020The Assam State Disaster Management Authority has prohibited all inter-District movement of individuals since 22nd July, 2020, until further orders.

However, inter-district movement may be allowed only for medical and last rite emergencies, only after obtaining written permission from the Deputy Commissioner of the originating district. Movement of goods to continue uninterrupted.

Exepmtions provided under Order no. ASDMA.24/ 2020/ Part-1/92 has not been included.

For a detailed read, please refer to the appended Orders.
MandatoryAllNo end date specifiedNo
TelanganaIn furtherance to Lockdown Order extended till 31st July 2020, Govt. of Telangana informs that no shops / establishments, except hospitals and pharmacies will remain open after 9.30 pm during this period17-07-2020The General Administration Department, Government of Telangana (“Government”) had with an Order dated 30th June, 2020 implemented Lockdown measures in the State till 31st July, 2020 with certain modifications.

Now. with an Notification dated 17th July, 2020 the Government has further intimated that "No shops / establishments, except hospitals and pharmacies, will remain open after 9.30 PM" till 31st July, 2020.
MandatoryAll31-07-2020No
Andhra PradeshAndhra Pradesh Health Department instructs State authorities to spread awareness on the requirement of wearing face cover and masks in public places, workplaces and during transport17-07-2020The Health, Medical and Family Welfare Department, Andhra Pradesh (“Department”) has in an Order dated 17th July, 2020, instructed the District  Collectors, Joint Collectors, Commissioners of Police, Superintendents of Police, Municipal Commissioners,  Sub-Collectors,  RDOs,  MROs  and  MPDOs  of the State to give wide  publicity  and spread awareness amongst the public to inculcate the habit of wearing of Face Cover and Mask compulsorily in public places, workplaces and during transport, in order to contain the spread of COVID-19.

Background:

The Department had published the National Directives for preventing the spread of COVID-19 including the direction for compulsory use of face cover in public places, workplaces and during transport, in an earlier Order dated 31st May, 2020.

The Department has issued the present Order instructing State Authorities to take necessary action to ensure compliance with use of such face mask or face covering.

Please refer to the appended document for further details.

Source: Health, Medical and Family Welfare Department, Andhra Pradesh
MandatoryAllNo end date specifiedNo
UttarakhandUttarakhand Government notifies partial modifications to earlier lockdown guidelines dated 2nd July, 2020; imposes complete lockdown on weekends in the districts of Dehradun, Haridwar, U.S. Nagar and Nainital17-07-2020The Uttarakhand State Disaster Management Authority ("USDMA"), has notified partial modifications to earlier guidelines dated 2nd July, 2020:

Key Highlights:

1. Complete lockdown on Saturdays and Sundays in the districts of Dehradun, Haridwar, U.S. Nagar and Nainital, with the following exceptions:
a. essential services including operations of industrial units in multiple shifts;
b. agricultural and construction activities;
c. liquor shops and hotels;
d. movement of persons and vehicles associated with the above-mentioned activities;
e. movement of goods in National and State Highways; 
f. loading and unloading of cargo and travel of persons to their destinations after disembarking from buses, trains and airplanes.

2. The inbound persons from other States, irrespective of the mode of travel, have to mandatorily register themselves on the Smart City web portal (smartcitydehradun.uk.gov.in), prior to their travel. Though, no permit / permission will be required for such movement, the registration documents will be necessarily verified at the border check posts;

3. All inbound asymptomatic persons, who have undergone RT-PCR test, from ICMR (Indian Council of Medical Research) authorised lab (not earlier than 72 hours from the time of arrival), reflecting a COVID-negative report will be permitted to enter the State of Uttarakhand without any restriction. Such person will also be exempted from being quarantined. However, such persons are required to upload their medical report on the Smart City web portal;

3. There will be an upper limit of 1500 persons per day (excluding people coming in by trains or flights) for all inbound persons travelling to the State of Uttarakhand without undergoing RT-PCR tests. In exceptional circumstances, District Magistrates will be authorized to issue around 50 permits, over an above this limit, for persons in distress;

i. Such persons can be randomly tested for COVID-19 at the border check posts. If found positive, it will be the responsibility of the concerned District Administration, in co-ordination with the Health Authorities to follow the protocols laid down by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare and the State Government of Uttarakhand;

ii. All inbound persons who are not coming from a high-load COVID-19 infected city, will only be home quarantined for 14 days.

iii. All inbound persons from high-load COVID-19 infected cities, irrespective of the mode of travel will have to mandatorily undergo  institutional quarantine for 7 days and subsequently be under 7 days of home quarantine. However, all pregnant women, seriously ill persons and persons above 65 years of age or persons accompanied by children below the age of 10 years, will be exempted from the mandatory period of 7-days institutional quarantine and are permitted to stay in home quarantine for 14 days.

iv. For the purpose of the limit of 1500 persons, all inbound asymptomatic workers, employees, experts / consultants and suppliers involved in business and management of industries located in Uttarakhand, travelling for the purpose of business, technical expertise for industries or other, will not be counted. However, all these inbound asymptomatic workers, employees, experts/consultants and suppliers will be allowed only after showing the authorization letter by the concerned agencies at the border check posts.

The above-mentioned guidelines have been prescribed over and above the guidelines notified by the Ministry of Home Affairs on 29th of June, 2020 and  the ones issued by the Government of Uttarakhand on 2nd of July, 2020.

For a detailed read, please refer to the appended documents.
MandatoryAllNo end date specifiedNo
PunjabPunjab Government rolls out treatment charges for COVID-19 patients; applicable to private hospitals, nursing homes and clinics16-07-2020In a Notification dated 16th July, 2020, the Department of Health and Family Welfare, Government of Punjab (“Department”) has issued information regarding treatment charges for COVID-19 patients availing treatment at private hospitals, nursing homes and clinics.

1. The Order lays down the charge per day package rates for COVID related treatment that will be charged by the private hospitals, NABH accredited hospitals, private medical colleges without PG courses, Non NABH accredited hospitals for patients with moderate sickness, severe sickness and very severe sickness depending upon whether they require isolation beds, ICU without ventilator and ICU with ventilators.

2. The hospitals have to follow national/ regional guidelines while admitting COVID 19 patients.

3. The rates of private hospitals will be all inclusive as a package which includes food and other amenities, monitoring, nursing care, doctor’s visits, consults etc.

4. Further, the package rates will also include costs of medical care of underlying co-morbid conditions, including supportive care and cost of medication.

5. Drugs like Tocilizumab and Remdesvir are excluded from the package and will be charged as per the MRP.

6. The proposed charges will apply to paediatric patients as well. For pregnant women, cost of delivery and care of new born would be charged by the hospital as per the prevailing rates.

7. There will be no compromise on the quality of clinical care services provided to the patients receiving treatment as per the proposed charges.

In continuation to the abovementioned order, in another order dated 17th July, 2020 the Department has informed the following-

1. The approved rates are applicable to bona fide residents of Punjab for self reporting patients to private institutions only.

2. Approved rates are applicable for isolation wards only.

3. For patients with insurance cover, any rates determined between the hospital and the TPA, insurance company, corporate employee will apply.

For a detailed read of the Orders, please refer to the attached documents.
Mandatoryhospitals, nursing homes and clinicsNo end date specifiedNo
CentralDistrict Magistrate of North Goa imposes restrictions on movement of individuals for non-essential activities; effective since 16th July, 2020 upto 10th August, 202016-07-2020With a view to contain the spread of the COVID-19, the District Magistrate of North Goa has imposed restrictions on the movement of all individuals for non-essential activities between 8:00pm to 6:00am, effective since 16th July 2020, upto 10th August, 2020.

For a detailed read, please refer to the appended Order.
MandatoryAll10-08-2020NO
Central IRDAI notifies guidelines on settlement of claims for treatment at make-shift or temporary hospitals set up by the Government; applicable to General and Health insurers (Except ECGC and AIC)16-07-2020The Insurance Regulatory and Development Authority of India ("IRDAI") has notified guidelines for all General and Health insurers with regard to settlement of claims at ‘make-shift or temporary hospitals’ permitted by Government.

In order to ensure that the costs of treatment of COVID – 19 are covered as per the terms and conditions of policy contract, IRDAI has clarified that a make-shift or temporary hospital permitted by Central / State government will be regarded as a hospital or network provider and insurers will settle claims as per the following norms –

a. a policyholder who is diagnosed as Covid-19 positive and admitted into any such make-shift or temporary hospital on the advice of a medical practitioner or appropriate Government authorities, notwithstanding the definition of hospital specified in the terms and conditions of policy contract, the treatment costs shall be settled by the insurer;

b. where any network provider has set up any such make-shift or temporary hospital, such make-shift or temporary hospital shall be regarded as an extension of the network provider and cashless facility shall be made available.

Insurers have been directed to expedite the settlement of all such claims in accordance with the regulatory framework, incorporate the above-mentioned norms in claim guidelines and inform all the TPAs immediately.
MandatoryGeneral and Health InsurersNo end date specifiedNo
OdishaGovernment of Odisha notifies guidelines for implementation of lockdown in districts of Khurda, Ganjam, Cuttack and Jajpur and the Rourkela Municipal Corporation of the Sundergarh district; effective from 9 p.m. on 17.07.2020 up to 31.07.202016-07-2020The Government of Odisha has notified guidelines for implementation of lockdown in the entire jurisdictions of Khurda, Ganjam, Cuttack and Jajpur districts and the Rourkela Municipal Corporation (Sundergarh district) starting from 9 p.m. on 17th July, 2020, up to 31st July, 2020.

During the above-mentioned period, all shops and commercial establishments, offices and institutions shall remain closed and mobility of people  restricted, with certain exemptions.

Key Highlights of exempted activities:

1. Economic and other activities-
i.  IT and ITeS units with bare minimum staff for critical operations.
ii. All industrial units, factories and construction activities.
iii. Operations of e-commerce establishments such as Flipkaft, Amazon, etc., including their warehousing and delivery activities
iv. Agriculture, horticulture, fisheries, animal husbandry, veterinary services and allied activities.
v. Operation of hotels and hospitality units, including their associated offices, movement of staff and associated personnel.
vi. Dhabas along National and State Highways/major roads, for takeaway only.
vii. Petrol pumps, CNG stations and LPG, including their bottling, distribution and retail outlets.
viii.Print and electronic media identified by Commissionerate/District Police.
ix. Marriages and funerals, with permission from local authority.

2. Utilities and essential services-
i.  All medical establishments including government and private hospitals, clinics, nursing homes, including medicine stores. Movement of ambulance and all medical personnel including doctors and paramedics.
ii. Water supply, sanitation and sewerage workers.
iii. Power generation, transmission and distribution.

3. Transport-
i.  Movement of air, sea and rail transport. Operations of airports, railway stations, bus terminals and their associated offices, along with movement of associated personnel and activities.
ii. Road transport and movement of transiting vehicles on highways.
iii. Movement of goods and goods carriers, whether loaded or unloaded.
iv. Movement of public transport, private vehicles and taxis (including cabs by aggregators like Ola, Uber, etc.) to and from airpofts, railway stations and bus terminals/stands/stops, for facilitating movement of passengers by air, rail and road.

4. Vegetables, food and grocery-
i. Shops selling vegetables, grocery and milk are permitted to operate between 6 a.m. to 1 p.m.
ii. Home delivery of food, groceries, vegetables, egg, fish, meat and other essential items by restaurants and aggregators such as Zomato, Swiggy, OPOLFED, OMFED, Chilika Fresh, etc.

For a detailed read, please refer to the appended Order.
MandatoryAll31-07-2020No
GoaDistrict Magistrate of South Goa imposes restrictions on movement of individuals for non-essential activities; effective since 16th July, 2020 upto 10th August, 202016-07-2020With a view to contain the spread of the COVID-19, the District Magistrate of South Goa has imposed restrictions on the movement of all individuals for non-essential activities between 8:00pm to 6:00am, effective since 16th July 2020, upto 10th August, 2020. 

For a detailed read, please refer to the appended Order.
MandatoryAll10-08-2020NO
GoaDistrict Magistrate, South Goa notifies prohibitory Order under Section 144 of CrPC to impose restrictions on certain activities since 16th July, 2020 till 20th July, 202016-07-2020In addition to the activities restricted earlier in Order dated 8th June, 2020, the District Magistrate of South Goa (“Authority”) imposed restrictions on certain activities since 16th July, 2020 upto 20th July, 2020.

Key Highlights

Some of the restricted activities are as follows:

1. All shops/ establishments except essentials;

2. Restaurants;

3. Tea shops, Pan shops, Street food vendors, Other food shops/ joints (Dhabas, Gaddas), Beach shacks and all other types of eateries;

4. Public Transport except taxis;

5. Markets except for essentials;

6. Offices including Government excluding those pertaining to essential Government functioning and private offices excluding those pertaining to essential services;

7. Sports complexes;

8. Shopping Malls;

9. Wine and liquor shops; and

10. All religious places/ places of worships for public;

For a detailed read, please refer to the appended Order.
MandatoryAll20-07-2020NO
CentralDistrict Magistrate of North Goa notifies prohibitory Order under Section 144 of CrPC to impose restrictions on certain activities since 16th July, 2020 till 20th July, 202016-07-2020In addition to the activities restricted earlier in Order dated 7th June, 2020, the District Magistrate, North Goa (“Authority”) has imposed restrictions on certain activities since 16th July, 2020 till 20th July, 2020.

Key Highlights:

Some of the activities that have been restricted are listed below:

1. All shops / establishments except essentials;

2. Restaurants;

3. Tea shops, Pan shops, Street food vendors, Other food shops/joints (Dhabas, Gaddas), Beach shacks and all other types of eateries;

4. Public Transport except taxis;

5. Markets except for essentials;

6. Offices including Government excluding those pertaining to essential Government functioning and private offices excluding those pertaining to essential services;

7. Sports complexes;

8. Shopping Malls;

9. Wine and liquor shops;

10. All religious places/ places of worships for public;

For a detailed read, please refer to the appended Order.
MandatoryAll20-07-2020NO
MaharashtraMaharashtra Labour Welfare Board relaxes the timeline for accepting online contribution to the Maharashtra Labour Welfare Fund in view of the continued impact of COVID-19 pandemic15-07-2020In view of the continued impact of COVID-19 pandemic, the Maharashtra Labour Welfare Board (Board) has extended the last date for accepting online contribution to the Maharashtra Labour Welfare Fund for the period of June 2020 to August 15, 2020. The actual date for payment of contribution for the half-year ended June 30 is July 15, 2020.

The information on relaxation has been made available by the Board in a pop up notice on its home page at  https://public.mlwb.in/public.
MandatoryAll15-08-2020Yes
CentralMOF issues clarification on GST rate on alcohol based hand sanitizers 15-07-2020Ministry of Finance has issued Press release dated 15th July, 2020 to clarify that alcohol based hand sanitizers attract GST at the rate of 18% stating that sanitizers are disinfectants like soaps, anti-bacterial liquids, dettol etc. all of which attract duty standard rate of 18% under the GST regime.

It has been further clarified that inputs for manufacture of hand sanitizers are chemicals packing material, input services, which also attract a GST rate of 18% and reducing the GST rate on sanitizers and other similar items would lead to an inverted duty structure and put the domestic manufacturers at disadvantage vis-a-vis importers. 
MandatoryAllPermanent change in lawNo
NagalandHealth Department of Nagaland implements Containment Plan to break the cycle of transmission and decrease the morbidity and mortality due to COVID-19; prescribes the nature of surveillance, supervision and testing to be carried out in Containment and Buffer Zones15-07-2020The Directorate of Health and Family Welfare, Nagaland on 15th July, 2020 has implemented a Containment Plan for COVID-19 in the State to break the cycle of transmission and decrease the morbidity and mortality owing to COVID-19. This Plan is based on the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare's revised Containment Plan issued on 16th May, 2020 and the COVID-19 Cluster Containment Plan - Nagaland issued earlier on 30th March, 2020.

The Plan defines Containment and Buffer Zones and prescribed the nature of surveillance, supervision and testing to be carried out in these zones.

Containment Zone: On receiving the signal, the State Rapid Response Team (RRT) and district RRT teams of IDSP will be deployed to undertake mapping of cases and contacts so as to delineate the containment and buffer zones.

Containment Zones are delineated based on:
1) Mapping of cases and contacts;
2) Geographical dispersion of cases and contacts;
3) Area having well demarcated perimeter;
4) Enforceability of perimeter control;
The RRT will do listing of cases, contacts and their mapping. This area should therefore be appropriately defined by the district task force/local urban bodies with technical inputs at local level.

Buffer Zone: A Buffer Zone has to be delineated around each containment zone.

Buffer zone is primarily the area wherein additional and focused attention is needed so as to ensure that infection does not spread to adjoining areas. For effective containment, it is of paramount importance that the buffer zone needs to be a large area.
During the initial setting up of perimeter control for containment and buffer zones by Rapid Response Team, there may be additional measures on the side of taking extra precaution. Therefore, periodic review of surveillance data may lead to re-defining the containment and buffer zones. The containment zone may accordingly increase or reduce in size based on additional evidence.

For a detailed read, please refer to appended Order.
MandatoryAllNo end date specifiedNo
CentralSEBI provides relaxation from compliance with provisions of the SEBI (ILDS ) Regulation, SEBI (NCRPS) Regulations and SEBI Circulars relating to listing of CPs; issuers allowed to use financials as available on 31.12.2019. for listing of NCDs/NCRPS/CPs15-07-2020The Securities and Exchange Board of India (“SEBI”) has, in a Circular dated 15th July, 2020, permitted listed issuers, who have issued Non - Convertible Debentures (NCDs) / Non – Convertible Redeemable Preference Shares (NCRPS)/ Commercial Paper(s) (CPs) on or after 1st July, 2020 and intend/propose to list such NCDs/NCRPS/CPs on or before 31st July, 2020, to use the financial results as available on 31st December, 2019.

Background:

The SEBI (Issue and Listing of Debt Securities) Regulations, 2008 require issuers to submit the latest audited financials which are not be older than six months. Compliant listed entities are, however, permitted to use unaudited financials.

In light of the prevailing COVID-19 pandemic, SEBI had extended the timeline for submission of financial results for the quarter/half year/annual financial year for the period ending 31st March, 2020 till 31st July, 2020.

Subsequently, SEBI had received representations from listed entities seeking extension for listing their NCDs/NCRPS/CPs, pending finalization of their annual accounts for the financial year ending 31st March, 2020.

Hence, SEBI issued this circular allowing issuers to use financial results, available as on 31st December, 2019, for the purpose of listing of NCDs/NCRPS/CPs.

Please refer to the appended documents for further details.

Source: Securities and Exchange Board of India
MandatoryAll31-07-2020Yes
GujaratGujarat Government issues the Clinical Management Protocol for COVID 19 pandemic15-07-2020In a Notification dated 15th July, 2020 the Gujarat Government has published on its website the Clinical Management Protocol for COVID 19 which has been issued by the Government of India . The document also provides a guidance on specimen collection, processing, transportation, including related biosafety procedures. For a detailed read of the document, please refer to the attachment.AdvisoryHealthcareNo enddate specifiedNA
OdishaOdisha Government informs that perpetrators in any incident of violence against members of medical community will be detained under the  National Security Act, 198015-07-2020The Revenue and Disaster Management Department, Odisha (“Department”) has, in an Order dated 15th July, 2020 informed that the perpetrators, in any incident of violence against any member of the medical community (Doctors, Nurses, para-medical staff, health workers and other support workers) engaged in the active line of duty in fighting COVID-19 pandemic, will be detained under Section 3(2) of the National Security Act, 1980 (“Act”) .

Background:

The Department had in an Order dated 22nd April, 2020, informed that the Government would take stringent action against the culprits in any incident of violence against any member of the medical community.

The Department has now clarified that such culprits will detained under the provisions of the Act.

Please refer to the appended document for further details.

Source: Revenue and Disaster Management Department, Odisha
MandatoryAllNo end date specifiedNo
TelanganaTelangana State Innovation Cell (TSIC) launches program to benefit start-ups to scale post COVID-19 pandemic14-07-2020The Telangana State Innovation Cell (TSIC) has announced a collaborative initiative to support the start-up ecosystem - the Rejig-HydStartups.

Acknowledging the struggle that start-ups have been facing due to the economic slowdown caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, TSIC has along with some of the most prominent incubators and enablers tried to bring in collective support for start-ups in the State.

Rejig.HydStartups applications open at present and due on July 20th, 2020. The program will run for 4 weeks, and conclude with the demo days to investors and corporates in mid-August.

This is a large-scale mentoring program for start-ups to rejig strategy to pivot towards customers and increased revenue post-COVID-19. The initiative will work with start-ups from several incubators and outside. A program for strategy rejig followed by pitch preparation for equity funding, debt or corporate market access will be provided. The initiative Re-jig.HydStartups is powered by incubators like T-Hub, CIE-IIITH, IKP, RICH and TiE among others.

This collective initiative will help start-ups in securing funding to tide over the crunch period. Start-ups from various domains will be enabled through domain-specific mentoring and market access. The sectors targeted are— EdTech, FinTech, FMCG, Manufacturing, Agri/Food tech, Med/Life sciences and Emerging technologies.

The shortlisted start-ups will be given 3 weeks of mentoring to review their strategy and re-fine it to address present business climate and constraints, specifically identify promising domains and target companies, and revise the positioning and pitch.

On the final pitch day event, over 100 screened start-ups will get to pitch for equity funding, collateral-free debt funding, or corporate market access. Leading companies in the targeted domains will be invited to review the start-ups and consider pilots.
AdvisoryStart-up20-07-2020No
CentralAdvisory to health/general insurers regarding cashless facility to the policyholders14-07-2020Insurance Regulatory and Development Authority of India ("IRDAI") had received reports that some hospitals are not granting cashless facility for treatment of Covid-19 despite such arrangements with the insurers. It is also brought to the notice of the Authority that some of these hospitals are also demanding cash deposits from the policyholders.

As per the provisions of the IRDAI (Health Insurance) Regulations, 2016, general and health insurance companies are expected to enter into agreements with public and private sector healthcare providers across the geographical spread. Further, general and health insurance companies may offer policies providing cashless services to the policyholders. For the purpose of providing cashless services insurers / Third Party Administrators ("TPAs") shall enlist network providers (hospitals) to provide medical services and shall also enter in to a service level agreement.

Advisory for insurance companies -
1. Insurance companies are advised to ensure that where the policyholder is notified about availability of cashless facility at the empanelled network provider, the cashless facility at such network provider shall be made available to the policyholder in accordance to the terms and conditions of the policy contract and as per the terms agreed in Service Level Agreement ("SLA").

2. Where any network provider denies cashless facility and deviates from agreed terms of the SLA, insurance company shall take an appropriate action against such network providers as provided in SLA. Also, where policyholders' interests are affected because of the conduct of the network providers, such instances should be immediately reported to the appropriate Government Agencies.

3. In denial of cashless facility at any such network providers (hospitals) the aggrieved policyholders may send a complaint to the concerned insurance company. The details and email ids of Grievance redressal officers of insurance companies can be accessed from the website of the insurers or at the following link:
https://www.irdai.gov.in/ADMINCMS/cms/NormalData_Layout.aspx?page=PageNo225&mid=14.2
AdvisoryInsurance CompaniesNo end date specifiedNo
CentralInsurance companies will provide a 5% discount in premium of “Corona Kavach” to doctors, nurses and other healthcare workers; informs IRDAI14-07-2020In a Press Release dated 14th July, 2020 the Insurance Regulatory and Development Authority of India (“IRDAI”) has informed that the insurance companies will provide a 5% discount in premium of “Corona Kavach” to doctors, nurses and other healthcare workers, in terms of the guidelines issued by IRDAI.

All eligible individuals can avail the discount at the point of purchase of ‘Corona Kavach’.

Background-

As mandated by IRDAI, all the 30 general and health insurers that offer indemnity-based health insurance, have now started offering Individual Covid-specific Standard Health Policy called “Corona Kavach”.

In view of the COVID-19 pandemic, IRDAI has designed a standard COVID specific product called the “Corona Kavach”. All General and Health Insurers have to mandatorily offer this indemnity based Individual Covid Standard Health Policy.

Earlier, in another Press Release dated 10th July, 2020 IRDAI had listed out the key features for this policy.

In light of these, through the present Press Release, it has now been informed that insurance companies will provide a 5% discount in premium of “Corona Kavach” to doctors, nurses and other healthcare workers
MandatoryInsurance companiesNo end date specifiedNo
West BengalTown-wide lockdown implemented  in Jalpaiguri, Malda, Coochbehar, Raiganj and Silliguri from 15th July, 2020; containment in 'broad-based Containment Zones' to remain effective in West Bengal till 19th July 202014-07-2020The Government of West Bengal (“Government”) has directed extension of earlier Order dated 7th July, 2020, which imposed strict lockdown and rigorous implementation of containment policy and practices for combatting spread of COVID-19 through ‘broad-based Containment Zone’ approach till 19th July 2020.

Furthermore, town-wide lockdown has been implemented in Jalpaiguri, Malda, Coochbehar, Raiganj and Silliguri effective from 15th July, 2020. The Government has also directed that the rigours of containment in the earmarked containment zones should particularly be enforced in and around the city of Kolkata and the towns of Jalpaiguri, Malda, Coochbehar, Raiganj and Silliguri.

For a detailed read, please refer to the appended Orders.
MandatoryAll19-07-2020NO
BiharLockdown imposed in Bihar for 16 days starting from 16th July, 2020, up to 31st July, 202014-07-2020The Home Department, Government of Bihar, has imposed lockdown in the State Headquarters, District Headquarters, Sub-divisional Headquarters, Block Headquarters and all Municipal areas in the state of Bihar, for a period of 16 days starting from 16th July, 2020, up to 31st July, 2020.

Key Highlights:

1. Commercial and private establishments shall be closed, with the following exceptions-
i. Banks, insurance offices, and ATM which will include all bank related subsidiaries and offices like Cash Management, IT services etc;
ii. Print and electronic media;
iii. Telecommunications, internet services, broadcasting and cable services. IT and IT enabled Services permitted only for essential services and as far as possible to work from home;
iv. E-commerce (all kind of goods);
v. Petrol pumps. LPG petroleum and gas retail and storage outlets;
vi. Power generation, transmission and distribution units and services;
vii. Capital and debt market services as notified by the Securities and Exchange Board of India;
viii. Cold storage and warehousing services;
ix. Private security services;
x. Hospitality services including Hotels/Motels/Lodges. Restaurants/ Dhaba/Eateries will be allowed to open with home delivery/take away services only;
xi. Repair and maintenance activities- garage, mobile repair, shops related to repair and maintenance parts, etc.; to be allowed by the district administration;

All other establishments may work-from-home only.

2. Industrial establishments will be allowed to open with strict implementation of necessary precautions against COVID-19, as well as social distancing measures, as advised by Health Department from time to time. However, such establishments will work in-situ in urban areas.

3. All transport services will be suspended, with the following exceptions-
i. As per the guidelines issued by Ministry of Civil Aviation and Ministry of Railways, air and rail transport will remain functional;
ii. Taxies, auto rickshaws, etc. will be permitted across Bihar;
iii. Private vehicles will be allowed across Bihar for permitted activities as mentioned in this Order;
iv. Transportation of goods will be allowed without any hindrance, including loading and unloading at the warehouses;
v. All Govemment vehicles, and private vehicles carrying Government Office staffs will be allowed to commute on their office I-cards;
vi. All essential service providers will be allowed to commute only from home to workplace.

4. All construction related activities will be allowed along with the functioning of construction related shops.

5. Hospitals and all related medical establishments, including their manufacturing and distribution units, both in public and private sector, such as dispensaries, chemist and medical equipment shops, laboratories, clinics, nursing homes, ambulance, etc. will continue to remain functional. The transportation for all medical personnel, nurses, para-medical staff, other hospital support services are permitted. This will be applicable on veterinary services and establishments also.

6. All agriculture related activities will be allowed along with the functioning of agriculture related shops.

7. All educational, training, research, coaching institution, etc. will remain closed. Online/distance learning will continue to be permirred and will be encouraged;

8. All places of worship will be closed for public. No religious congregation will be permitted, without any exception;

9.  All social/political/sports/entertainment/academic/cultural/rerigious functions/gathering and opening of parks will be barred. Sports complexes and stadium will be permitted to open, however spectarors will not be allowed;

10. The National Directives for COVID-19 issued by the Ministry of Home Affairs ("MHA") will be applicable;

11. The orders of MHA regarding Containment Zones will continue to be effective;

It has been stated that this Order will supersede all Orders issued by the concerned District Magistrates in their respecrive area of jurisdiction regarding the lockdown with respect to containment of COVID-19. Further, the District Magistrates cannot dilute restrictions imposed by this Order, but based on their assessment of the situation, may prohibit certain activities in areas outside containment zones.
MandatoryAll31-07-2020No
NagalandGovernment of Nagaland publishes document containing important information related to infection prevention and control guidelines for COVID-1914-07-2020The Government of Nagaland, has published a document on its website, containing important information related to infection prevention and control guidelines for COVID-19.

The document contains information under the folowing heads:
1. The New Normal;
2. Rational use of PPE- For COVID hospitals, COVID blocks and frontline workers;
3. Rational use of PPE- For Non-COVID hospitals and Non-COVID treatment areas;
4. PPE Donning;
5. PPE Doffing; and
6. Environmental cleaning in healthcare facilities.

For a detailed read, please refer to the appended document
AdvisoryHealthcareNo end date specifiedNo
SikkimHome Department, Sikkim issues new Guidelines on measures to contain the spread of COVID-19 in the State14-07-2020The Home Department, Sikkim (“Department”) has, in an Order dated 14th July, 2020, issued new Guidelines on measures to contain the spread of COVID-19.

The new Guidelines have been notified as inclusion/ modification to the existing Guidelines for Phased Re-Opening (Unlock-2) in the State:

Key Highlights:

1. Inter-district and intra-district movement is prohibited. Only local movement of people and authorised vehicles has been permitted;

2. Movement of all private vehicles including two-wheelers has been prohibited; The Department has, however, clarified that taxis will be allowed to operate, as per the existing odd/even stipulation, for local movement only. Also, two wheelers will be allowed to operate for the purpose of food delivery;

3. Any passes for movement issued by the authorities, other than the Department, Sikkim Police, Health and Forests Department shall now become invalid. New passes may be issued by the District Collector alone only in case of medical emergency, official purposes and extreme exigency;

4. Gyms and bars have been prohibited from operating.

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

Source: Home Department, Sikkim
MandatoryAll31-07-2020No
MeghalayaMeghalaya imposes  Night Curfew in EKH District w.e.f. 15th July upto 20th July, 2020 between 9:00 PM to 5:00 AM; FtrHQr BSF campus, Umpling declared containment area14-07-2020The District Magistrate, East Khasi District Hills, Shillong (DM) has, in an Order dated July 14, 2020 imposed night curfew in the district area.

The curfew has been declared to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 and take further steps to ensure that the pandemic is contained, reduced and eliminated in East Khasi Hills District and Meghalaya.

To achieve this, the authorities would take steps such as rigorous contact tracing, testing, quarantine, isolation and ensuring observance of strict protocols of the Advisories issued by Government of Meghalaya.

The night curfew is effective since 15th of July, 2020 upto 20th of July, 2020 and will operate in the time frame of 09:00 PM to 5:00 AM each day.

The order also lists out the services to which night curfew will not apply (pasted below for your reference).
1. Security Forces
2. Medical Teams on duty.
3. Wholesale and Retail Pharmacies.
4. Police and Armed Forces.
5. Fire & Emergency Service.
6. MeECL, NEEPCO & Power Grid.
7.  Food and Civil Supply Department
8.  FCI.
9. Public Works Department (PWD)
10. Public Health Engineering (PHE) Department
11. Shillong Municipal Board.
12. Postal Service, Telecom, Communications & IT Services.
13. Press, Print & Electronic Media.
14. Petrol Pumps including Indian Oil Corporation (OIC).
15. Essential services including Health Services, Hospitals, Clinics, Dispensaries, Veterinary clinics, Labs.
16. Online/home food delivery. However, home delivery of food shall be exempted only up to 9:00 PM.
17. Authorized workshops and designated spare parts dealerships of Health and Family Welfare Department, Govt. of Meghalaya.
18. Government Officials on Duty.

These exempted services, however, are mandated to strictly comply with all protocols and procedures including social distancing, limiting of field staff to the barest minimum and other advisories of Government in the Health and Family Welfare Department.
While movement of vehicles carrying essential goods, security forces, medical equipment's and shops for repair of trucks on highways are exempted,  the Drivers and attendants of the vehicles must be subject to medical screening as per laid down protocols.

Curfew passes for timings falling during the night curfew period can be obtained online by making an application at eastkhasihills.gov.in.

Additionally, the DM has also stated that exemption granted to Official and Non-Official emergency/essential services, establishments and agencies above will not extend to Ftr HQr BSF Campus, Umpling which has been declared a containment area in another office order dated July 9, 2020.

Under this order dated July 9, 2020, the region has been declared a containment area to restrict unregulated entry and exit movement. In this regard the order lays down the following measures to be complied with by the public:
• No person/public shall be allowed to move into the containment area and inhabitants within the Containment area shall not move out.
• All the inhabitants within the containment area shall strictly remain inside their home.
• No gatherings, events, functions whatsoever of any nature and forms shall be allowed
• No Social, Political, Religious, Economic activities are allowed
• All the shopping establishments of whatsoever nature shall be closed immediately. The supply of essential and medical requirements will be ensured through various teams formed by the District Administration.
• All Government & Private Intuitions located within the boundary of the containment area is hereby closed forthwith, till further Orders.

A violation of the order will attract prosecution under the penal provision of Disaster Management Act, 2005 and Indian Penal Code, 1860.

Both orders are appended for reference. 
MandatoryAll20-07-2020No
Arunachal PradeshArunachal Pradesh issues document containing information about Capital Complex Lockdown SoP; valid up till 20th July, 202014-07-2020The Government of Arunachal Pradesh has issued a document containing information about Capital Complex Lockdown SoP, valid up till 20th July, 2020.

Key Highlights:
1. No movement of people, including vehicles, allowed, except for the conditions provided.
2. All Commercial and Private establishments will remain closed, except the following:
i. Banks and ATM.
ii. Print and Electronic Media.
iii. Health Facilities and Pharmacies.
iv. Telecommunications, internet service, broadcasting and cable service.
v. Power, Water and other utility services.
vi. Grocery shops and vegetable vendors in colonies, to be regulated by the respective District Collectors, between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m.
3. All Industrial establishments will remain closed except continuous process manufacturing units.
4. All transportation services will remain suspended with certain exceptions, like transports for essential goods and emergency services like fire, etc., are allowed.
5. Hospitality Services will remain suspended except fot those establishments used/earmarked for quarantine facilities.
6. All social, political, sports, entertainment, academic, cultural, religious functions and gatherings are barred.
MandatoryAll20-07-2020No
SikkimSikkim Government issues Prohibitory Order for Rongli and Pakyong Sub Division; valid till 31st July, 202014-07-2020The Government of Sikkim in a Prohibitory Order dated 14th July, 2020 has directed the following measures of lockdown to be strictly implemented in Rongli and Pakyong Sub Division-

A. Complete safety restrictions-

All shops, hotels, restaurants, commercial establishments, Government offices, private offices, factories, workshops and godowns in Rongli and Pakyong Sub Division will remain closed till 31st July, 2020.

Exceptions:
a. Law enforcement agencies, police, armed forces.
b. Health services and transportation.
c. Electricity, water and sanitisation services.
d. Banks and ATMs.
e. Telecom, internet and postal services.
f. Shops of PDs, groceries, vegetables, fruits, meat, fish, bread, milk, medicines, and the service of storage and transportation required items. However, these shops will be open from 9 a.m to 4 p.m. Note- This restriction will not apply to loading, unloading of essential commodities.
g. Telecom, internet and postal services.
h. Petrol pump. LPG cylinders, oil agencies and milk outlets, godowns and transportation.
i. Private Clinics, pharmaceutical manufacturing, medical equipment manufacturing and transportation.
j. Commissioned hydro power generation projects
k. Print, electronic and social media.
l. Animal and cattle feed.
m. Home delivery and transportation of all essential goods, pharmaceuticals, medical equipments, LPG Cylinders,  groceries, vegetables, fruits, milk and dairy products, meat, except cooked food will be allowed from 9 am to 4pm.
n. Manufacturing units engaged in production of essential items not specified above can operate after obtaining permission from the Government.
o. Any other production or manufacturing units requiring continuous process may also continue to operate after obtaining permission from the Government.

B. Restrictions on intra sub division movement-
In the abovementioned areas, a gathering of more than 5 persons is prohibited.  Further, the present Order directs complete prohibition on any kind of vehicular movement except in cases of medical emergency, official purpose and extreme exigency.

C. Restrictions on inter sub division movement-
All vehicular movement including transportation of medical emergency, pharmaceutical companies, print and media personnel, telecom and internet, radio, cable and tv services and law agencies is completely restricted between 8am to 9 pm within Rongli and Pakyong Sub division on the basis of the passes issued by the Authority.
Please note that the vehicles engaged in transportation of essential commodities will not be required to take permits.

Please Note-
1. The order has become effective since 15th July, 2020 and will remain in force till 31st July, 2020. 
2. The previous orders regarding containment zones at Rongli Bazaar and Rhenock Bazaar will remain in force till 19th July, 2020 or till further orders. 
MandatoryAll31-07-2020No
KarnatakaIn light of the present restrictions, Karnataka Government prohibits the sale of liquor14-07-2020The Government of Karnataka in an Order dated 14th July, 2020 has prohibited all liquor sales within the Bangalore City Police Commission in light of the present lockdown which is being strictly implemented in Bangalore city limits.

Please note that the Order is in vernacular and has been drafted as per the best of our understanding.
MandatoryAll21-07-2020No
MeghalayaDistrict Magistrate, East Khasi Hills District, Shillong, issues guidelines prescribing restrictions / prohibitions in the District including Shillong Agglomeration, Civil sub-divisions of Sohra / Pynursla and C&RD Blocks with effect since 15th July, 2020 till 20th July, 2020, everyday from 5 a.m. to 9 p.m.14-07-2020The District Magistrate of East Khasi Hills District in Shillong, Meghalaya, has imposed restrictions / prohibitions in the entire area of the East Khasi Hills District including Shillong Agglomeration, Civil sub-divisions of Sohra / Pynursla and C&RD Blocks with effect since 15th July, 2020 till 20th July, 2020, everyday from 5 a.m. to 9 p.m.

General Instructions:

1. Operation of permitted shops, services, establishments, agricultural, industrial and commercial activities has to strictly adhere to the SOPs and National Directives of Government for COVID-19 management in public places and workplaces including mandatory compliance to the advisories of the Health and Family Welfare Department;

2. Employers for all form of activities including shops, services, establishments, agricultural, industrial, etc., have to ensure that the Aarogya Setu application and the Behaviour Change Management application is installed by all their employees, having compatible mobile phones;

3. Operation of supply chains / wholesalers and retail outlets, shops, services and other establishments in the entire district will be regulated as per timings and dates that will be released in advance from time to time by the District Magistrate of the East Khasi Hills District;

4. Individuals must maintain a minimum distance of 6 feet (2 metres) in public places.

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

6. All residents of the district are to install the Aarogya Setu application and the Behaviour Change Management application on compatible mobile phones and regularly update their health status on the application.

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

The prohibited activities are as follows:

1. Inter-state movement.

2. Any assembly whatsoever and while enforcing this, every individual to mandatorily maintain social distancing of at least 6 feet, wearing of masks, respiratory etiquette and strictly follow without fail, the various protocols and advisories of the Health and Family Welfare Department of the Government at all times.

3. Operation of unregulated major markets (iew heh/iew die lang) and unregulated shopping complexes.

4. Border haats and markets located in the inter-state borders.

5. Operation of all cinema halls, gymnasium, swimming pools, entertainment parks, theatres, bars and auditorium, assembly halls and similar recreational places.

6. All forms of contact sports and spectators in sports grounds and stadiums.

7. Operation of educational institutions, training centres and coaching classes (tutions), barring online/distance learning .

8. Opening of religious places, places of worship, of all faiths to the public including religious gatherings and congregation. However, marriage rituals in places of worship is permitted only after obtaining due permission from the District Magistrate of the East Khasi Hills District, Shillong.

9. All forms of large public gathering and congregation including social, political, entertainment, academic, cultural, religious functions, etc.

10. Moving in public, workplaces and during transport, without a mask.

11. Spitting in public places.

12. Consumption of liquor, pan, gutka, tobacco, etc., in public places.

13. Incoming additional workforce from outside the district except for skilled, highly skilled, specialized professionals and technecians regulated by the Standard Operating Procedure ("SOP") of the Labour Department of the Government of Meghalaya, dated 9th June, 2020 and another Order by the Health and Family Welfare Department, Government of Meghalaya, dated 2nd June, 2020. Due permission with undertaking has to be taken from the District Magistrate, East Khasi Hills District. (Both these Orders referred herein, can be referred to in the apended document).

Along with the prohibitions mentioned in this Order, the people need to ensure strict compliance with the earlier Office Order dated 9th July, 2020.

This Order supercedes the Prohibitory Order issued by the District Magistrate, East Khasi Hills District, dated 11th July, 2020.

For a detailed read, please refer to the appended Order.
MandatoryAll20-07-2020No
MeghalayaDeputy Commissioner of East Khasi Hills District notifies conditions for wine stores and bonded warehouses to resume operations in select locations since 15th July, 2020, from Monday to Saturday between 10 am and 8 pm14-07-2020Deputy Commissioner of East Khasi Hills District, Shillong in an Order dated 14th July, 2020 has permitted wine shops and bonded warehouses in the District to resume operations since 15th July, 2020 in select locations (mentioned in Annexures A and B) from Monday to Saturday between 10 am and 8 pm till further Orders.

Conditions for resuming operations for owners:

1. Wine stores will not open in:

a. locations close to international borders;
b. areas with high transmission risk; and
c. in narrow roads and lanes.

Note: For details with regard to areas where wine stores have been permitted to open, on the days and timings mentioned above, please refer to Annexure A);

2. Bonded warehouses may open in areas listed in Annexure B; 

3. The sale of liquor will not exceed 3 litres of foreign liquor / wine and 4 litres of beer per customer;

4. Owners of wine stores shops to ensure that social distancing of at least 6 feet is maintained between customers, respiratory etiquette is followed and that guidelines issued by the Health and Family Welfare Department, Government of Meghalaya with reference to COVID-19 situation are followed;

5. Owners to ensure that no overcrowding and congestion takes place;

6. Hand sanitizers to be provided to customers and staff free of cost while handling bottles and cash;

7. Bare minimum staff should be engaged in the store and they must wear masks at all times;

In addition to the abovementioned conditions, people / customers must maintain social distance and only one person to visit the wine shop per household. The customers need to follow the directives and advisories issued by the Health and Family Welfare Department, Government of Meghalaya.

Owners / customers violating these instructions shall be liable to be prosecuted under provisions of IPC, 1860 and Cr.P.C., 1974. Failure to take appropriate measures by the owners to prevent crowding and not following social distancing will lead to closure of the wine store.

For a detailed read, please refer to the appended Order.
MandatoryWine ShopsNo end date specifiedNo
KarnatakaGovernment of Karnataka issues clarifications for better compliance with lockdown guidelines; E-Commerce companies allowed to operate only from 5 am to 8 pm  till 22nd July, 202014-07-2020The Government of Karnataka has provided clarifications to ensure better compliance with the lockdown guidelines notified earlier on 13th July, 2020.

Clarifications are as follows:

1. E-commerce companies are allowed to operate from 5 am to 8 pm;

2. Food home delivery companies are allowed to operate between 5 am to 10 pm;

3. Principal Secretary, Commerce and Industries will assist industries and companies in resolving grievances pertaining to transportation of goods, movement of employees, operations and other related issues during the lockdown.
MandatoryIndustries, E-commerce companies and food home delivery companies22-07-2020No
OdishaPrice fixed for conducting COVID-19 test by Private Laboratories, Point of care Factilities in the Private Sector in Odisha14-07-2020The Health and Family Welfare Department, Odisha has fixed the price for conducting COVID-19 Test for Private Laboratories, Point-of-Care Facilities in Private Sector in the following manner -

1. The upper price cap has been fixed at of Rs. 450/- (plus applicable GST) as specified by Indian Council of Medical Research ("ICMR") for each Standard Q COVID-19 Ag Kit of the Vendor, SD Bio Sensor must be adhered to by all the private facilities complying to the prevailing ICMR norms.

2. All such private facilities must conduct the point-of-care rapid antigen tests (Standard Q COVID-19 Ag Kit) or the TrueNat tests strictly following the prevailing protocol as prescribed by ICMR.
MandatoryPharmaceuticalNo end date specifiedNo
KarnatakaLockdown implemented in Bengaluru areas comprising of BBMP area, Bengaluru Urban District and Bengaluru Rural District; effective since 14th July, 2020 till 22nd July, 202013-07-2020In view of the surge in COVID-19 positive cases, lockdown measures have been implemented in Bengaluru area comprising of BBMP area, Bengaluru Urban District and Bengaluru Rural District effective since 8 pm on 14th July, 2020 to 5 am on 22nd July, 2020.

Key Highlights:

1. Commercial and Private establishments to be closed except the following (outside Containment Zones):

a. Telecommunication, broadcasting and cable services, IT and IT enabled services allowed to operate with minimum staff for essential purposes. Work from home has been encouraged;

b. Print and electronic media allowed to operate;

c. Banks, insurance offices and ATMs have been allowed to operate;

d. Capital and debt market services notified by SEBI have been allowed to operate;

e. Delivery of Goods by E-commerce companies have been allowed;

f. Private security services permitted to operate;

g. Cold storage and warehousing services have been allowed;

h. All food processing and related industries;

i. All facilities in the supply chain of essential goods, whether involved in manufacturing, wholesale or retail of such goods through local stores, large brick and mortar stores or e-Commerce companies have been allowed to operate while adhering to National Directives for COVID-19 management;

j. shops including ration shops (PDS) dealing with fruits and vegetables and other essential items allowed to operate between 5 am and 12 pm and home delivery of essential items will be encouraged;

All other establishments should encourage employees to work from home;

2. Industries / Industrial establishments (both government and private) like continuous process production units, food processing industries, manufacturing of essential goods, manufacturing of packaging materials along with industrial establishments with access control are allowed to operate;

3. Manufacturing and other industrial establishments with access control in Special Economic Zones (SEZs) or outside municipal limits and Export Oriented Units (EoUs), Industrial townships to operate while adhering to National Directives for COVID-19 management;

4. Construction activities where workers are available on site has been allowed;

5. Production units which require continuous process and their supply chain have been allowed to operate;

6. Food processing industries, manufacturing of essential goods including drugs, pharmaceuticals, medical devices, their raw materials and intermediates have been allowed to operate;

7. Manufacturing of packing materials has been allowed;

8. Offices of State as well as Central Government will remain closed except for Health, medical Education, Police, Defence, Offices operating and maintaining essential services, etc (outside containment zone);

9. All Health services (including AYUSH and Veterinary Hospitals) to remain functional outside Containment Zones, such as nursing homes, clinics, labs, pharmacies, chemist, manufacturing units of drugs etc. In addition to this,  movement (inter-intra state and inter-intra district) of all medical, paramedics, nurses etc is allowed;

10. Agricultural and related activities such as farming operations, mandis, vegetable and fruit markets, shops of agricultural machinery, movement (inter-intra state and inter-intra district) of harvesting and sowing related machines like combine harvester and other machinery is allowed. Further, fishing related activities and activities related to animal husbandry will remain functional;

11. Operation of homes for children/disabled/mentally challenged/senior citizens/destitutes/women/widows etc., observation homes/care homes, provident fund services provided by EPFO, Angawadis and MNREGA works are allowed but only outside containment zones;

12. Movement of all types of goods through trucks (including empty trucks), railways and air is allowed;

13. The following activities are prohibited throughout Bengaluru area -

a. Flights and trains already scheduled will continue to operate during this Lockdown period. Flight and train tickets to serve as passes for movement of persons by taxis / cab aggregators / autorickshaws to board flight and trains. No new flights or trains will be permitted;

b. Metro rail services;

c. Taxis including auto rickshaws and cab aggregators, except for emergency purpose;

d. educational institutions etc.

e. Hotels, restaurants and hospitality services except for housing police, healthcare workers and stranded persons. Hotels and restaurants will be permitted to operate kitchens for takeaway/home delivery of food items only.

f. All cinema halls, shopping malls, gyms, sports complexes and similar places.

g. All social/political/sports/entertainment / academic / religious functions and other gatherings/large congregations.

h. All religious places/places of worship will be closed for public and religious congregations have been strictly prohibited.

14. Movement of people:

a. No movement of people by KSRTC, BMTC, Private buses or passenger vehicles have been allowed; except as permitted under the guidelines;

b. Inter-State and intra-State movement has been allowed only in cases of emergency. Passes for movement may be obtained through Seva Sidhu portal;

c. Intra-district (within Bengaluru area) movement of passenger vehicles and buses only in emergency cases or for permitted activities under these guidelines;

d. Movement of passenger vehicles to and from Bengaluru area shall be allowed only in case of emergency after obtaining valid passes and strictly adhering to the prevailing SOPs/guidelines issued by Department of Health and Family Welfare;

e. Movement of personnel traveling with valid ID card issued by their Organization / Institution to the place of work and back for permitted activities in these guidelines;

15. In Containment Zones only essential activities will be allowed;

16. Persons above the age of 65, persons with co-morbidities, pregnant women and children below the age of 10 years should stay at home except for essential activities and health purposes;

17. Employers to ensure Aarogya Setu App is installed by all employees;

18. Any person violating these measures along with National Directives for COVID-19 Management will be liable to be proceeded under provisions of the Disaster Management Act, 2005 besides legal action under the Indian Penal Code, 1860.

In addition to the above-mentioned, the Commerce and Industries Department has issued a list of essential Industries / Industrial Establishments (both government and private) which can operate in Bengaluru Urban and Rural Districts (outside containment zones).

Along with the list of industries allowed to operate (please refer to Annexure in the appended Circular dated 14th July 2020), the following clarification has been issued for operation of industries during lockdown –

1. Bengaluru Urban, Rural, Ramanagar, Kolar, Chikkaballapur and Tumakur Districts will be considered as one unit for movement and transportation of people from Bengaluru and vice-versa

2. Employees/workers working in these industries are allowed to travel with valid ID card issued by their industry to the place of work and back.

For a detailed read on the lockdown guidelines, list of industries exempted and the National Directives for COVID-19 Management please refer to the appended documents.
MandatoryAll22-07-2020No
MaharashtraLockdown Order by Pimpri Chinchwad Mahanagarpalika13-07-2020In an Order dated 13th July, 2020 the Pimpri Chinchwad Mahanagarpalika has informed that lockdown will be implemented from 14th July, 2020 to 23rd July, 2020 in the region.
It has further been informed that passes that were earlier issued have now been cancelled. IT/ITes companies can operate with 15% employees.

Please note that the Order is in Vernacular and we have translated it to the best of our understanding. 
MandatoryAll23-07-2020No
Tamil NaduMadurai District specifies activities that are permitted and prohibited in the area in light of the state lockdown from 15.07.2020 to 31.07.2020; Complete Lockdown to be enforced on 19.07.2020 and 26.07.2020 13-07-2020In light of the state Lockdown imposed in Tamil Nadu  till 31.07.2020, the Revenue Administration has specified the activities that will be permitted and prohibited in Madurai Corporation, Paravai Town Panchayat, all village panchayats of Madurai East, Madurai West and Thiruparankundram Blocks of Madurai District from 15th July, 2020 till 31st July, 2020.

Permitted activities from 15th July, 2020:
i. Only small temples in rural areas with annual income of less than Rs.10000/-, small mosques, darghas and churches are allowed for public worship.
ii. All industries and export oriented units are permitted to operate with 100% of employees.
iii. IT/ITES are permitted to function at 100 % strength with at least 20 % to work from home.
iv. All Private offices are allowed to function at 100% strength. However, work from home shall be encouraged to the extent possible.
v. All showrooms and large format shops (viz. jewellery and textiles shops) except in shopping malls are permitted to operate with 50% staff strength without air conditioning and limiting the number of customers to 5 at time to ensure social distancing.
vi. Tea shops & Restaurants, Vegetable shops and Provision shops, are permitted to function from 6:00 am to 8:00 pm. Other shops including Liquor retail vending (TASMAC) shops are permitted to function from 10:00 am to 8:00 pm.
vii. Restaurants shall be permitted to function with dine-in facilities with 50% of seating capacity maintaining social distancing. Air conditioning shall not be used even if it is available.
viii. Tea shops are permitted to function subject to 50 % seating capacity at a time to maintain social distancing.
ix. Delivery of all goods, including non-essential goods through e-commerce is permitted.
x. Rental vehicles and taxis including Cab aggregation are permitted with not more than three passengers, excluding the driver.
xi. Autos are permitted with two passengers excluding driver. Cycle rickshaws are also permitted.
xii. Fish stalls, Chicken and other meat stalls and egg shops would be permitted on a condition to maintain social distancing.

Prohibited activities from 15th July, 2020 to 31st July, 2020:
i. All religious places / places of worship in urban areas and big religious places / places of worship will be closed for public worship.
ii. Religious congregations.
iii. Tourists travel to tourist places.
iv. Hotels and other hospitality services, except those meant for housing health / police / Government officials / healthcare workers / stranded persons including tourists and for quarantine facilities;
v. Shopping malls.
vi. Schools, colleges, educational / training / coaching institutions etc. will remain closed. Online / distance learning shall continue to be permitted and shall be encouraged.
vii. All international air travel of passengers, except for purposes as permitted by MHA.
viii. Metro rail services and suburban train services.
ix. All Cinema halls, gymnasiums, swimming pools, entertainment parks, theatres, bars and auditoriums, assembly halls and similar places. Sports complexes and stadia will be permitted to open without spectators.
x. All social / political / sports / entertainment / academic / cultural / religious functions / other gatherings and large congregations.
xi. Inter-State, Inter-District and Intra-District public transport.

In addition complete lockdown will be enforced on 19th July, 2020 (from midnight of 18.07.2020 to 6.00 A.M. of 20.07.2020)  and 26th July, 2020 (from midnight of 25.07.2020 to 6.00 A.M. of 27.07.2020). During the 2 complete lockdown only milk distribution, Hospitals, Pharmaceutical Shops, Hospital Vehicles, Ambulance and Hearse Vehicle Services will be permitted and private vehicles will be allowed to ply only for medical emergencies.
MandatoryAll31-07-2020No
Andhra PradeshAndhra Pradesh Health Medical and Family Welfare Department specifies guidelines for labs handling COVID-19 samples13-07-2020In an Order dated July 13, 2020, the Andhra Pradesh Health Medical and Family Welfare Department (Department) has issued the following guidelines for laboratories handling COVID-19 samples. to follow

1. All the VRDL labs and TRUENAT labs must establish Sample Receiving Counters in their lab premises for the three shifts.

2. Once the samples are received by the labs, the personnel responsible for receiving the samples must open the boxes and check all the samples individually and immediately accept them against their sample ID number in the MSS COVID Portal login provided to them.

3. Any sample without following proper standards like without Sample ID, without SRF and improper capping will be rejected at the Sample Collecting Counter itself physically and also in the MSS COVID Portal.

4. All the labs must ensure that lab testing of samples happens only for the accepted samples as entered in the MSS COVID Portal.

5. ln the MSS COVID Portal, an option is given to download the accepted sample data details in the excel sheet format so that labs can avoid entering the same data in the excel sheets separately in the computers.

6. ln case of entry of any wrong result for a sample, an option of correction is given to the state IDSP wing at state HQ. However, precautions must be ensured that it should be utilised sparingly.

7. The Department had in an earlier Order instructed priority testing for the samples received with the red strips bearing the sample ID. The labs are once again requested to prioritise testing for such samples in stipulated time.

8. ln case of repeat positive (+ve) samples, all the labs are requested to enter them as repeat +ve and not as new +ve.

9. Labs must ensure that real time data entry happens in MSS COVID Portal and lag of data entry should not be more than six hours between MSS COVID Portal and ICMR Portal.

For a detailed read, please refer to the appended document. 
AdvisoryTesting LaboratoriesNo End date specifiedNo
Central Ministry of Commerce and Industry partially amends the Export policy of textile raw materials for masks and overalls; certain non-woven materials can now be freely exported 13-07-2020The Ministry of Commerce and Industry has amended the export policy of textile raw materials for masks and coveralls vide a Notification dated 13th July, 2020.

The Government exercising its powers under the Foreign Trade (Development and Regulation) Act, 1992 and Foreign Trade Policy, 2015-20, has amended Notification No. 52 dated 19th March, 2020 w.r.t. Schedule 2 of the ITCHS Export policy related to export of textile raw material for masks and coveralls.

Key Highlights of the amendment w.r.t to export policy of the following
1. Non-woven fabrics for 25-70 GSM with ITCHS codes 560312 and 560392 is still prohibited for export as per the revised policy;
2. Non-woven fabrics other than 25-70 GSM (except melt-blown category of non-woven fabric) which were earlier prohibited is now free/allowed for export as per the revised policy.
MandatoryMask manufacturers/exportersNo end date specifiedNo
KeralaDistrict Disaster Management Authority, Thiruvananthapuram  notifies guidelines for implementation of lockdown in the entire Thiruvananthapuram Corporation; effective since 13th July, 2020 up to 20th July, 202012-07-2020The District Disaster Management Authority, Thiruvananthapuram, has notified guidelines for implementation of strict lockdown in the entire Thiruvananthapuram Corporation effective since 13th July, 2020  for a period of 7 days, i.e. till 20th July, 2020.

Background

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

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

Key highlights:

1. The following activities have been allowed:

a. IT services in Technopark with essential staff;

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

For a detailed read, please refer to the appended Order.
MandatoryAll20-07-2020NO
MaharashtraLockdown extended in Navi Mumbai till 19th July, 2020; APMC and Thane Belapur TTC Industrial area excluded from lockdown11-07-2020The Navi Mumbai Municipal Corporation has extended lockdown upto 19th July, 2020 in the entire jurisdiction of Navi Mumbai (excluding the Agricultural Produce Market Committee and Thane Belapur TTC Industrial area).

During the extended period of lockdown, only health and essential services will be allowed to operate while the provisions related to earlier lockdown Orders dated 1st July, 2020 and 6th July, 2020 shall continue to apply.

Background-

Earlier, in an Order dated 1st July, 2020, lockdown was declared from 3rd July, 2020 to 10th July, 2020 in the entire jurisdiction of Navi Mumbai (excluding the Agricultural Produce Market Committee and Thane Belapur TTC Industrial area).

The following measures were implemented during the period of lockdown -

1. Offices, factories, workshops and godowns will remain closed (except in the APMC and Thane Belapur TTC MIDC area). However, essential services like pharmaceutical manufacturing units will be allowed to operate. Pulses, rice, chakki (grinding mill), milk dairy, animal foods etc, manufacturing units have been allowed to operate;

2. transport of all goods has been prohibited in NMMC jurisdiction (except emergency and perishable goods);

3. Bus facility made available only for staff in emergency duty. Private vehicles not allowed;

3. Inter-State bus transport (including private buses) shall be non-operative in NMMC jurisdiction;

4. five or more people not allowed to gather in public places to buy essential commodities;

5. following shops and establishments have been permitted to operate:

i. IT and I.T.E.S, telecom, post, internet and data services;

ii. print and electronic media;

iii. bank, insurance and allied services;

iv pharmaceutical manufacturing and its transport;

v. private organisations giving services for prevention of COVID 19;

vi. food, pharmaceutical and medical equipment, essential goods and e-commerce (distribution);

vii. security services including private security agencies;

viii. petrol pump, LPG, Gas, Oil agency, their godown and allied transportation (only for essential services pass holders);

viii. Shops of essential services like milk product, bakery, grocery, vegetables will remain open from 9 am to 5 pm;

ix. Farm goods and products and import export of such goods;

x. State Government departments/ offices and Public Sectors Undertaking can operate to provide essential services only;

xi. Industrial units which are operating will remain as is. However, industries in APMC and Thane Belapur TTC Industrial area, companies and organisations will follow guidelines issued by the Health Ministry,
Government of India for controlling the spread of COVID 19 like maintaining limited staff, social distancing, use of masks and sanitizers.

With the present Order, the lockdown has been extended upto 19th July, 2020.

Note: We have not been able to locate a copy of the earlier NMMC Order No. NMMC / DM-679/2020, dated 06th July, 2020, in the public domain. We will be filing an RTI for a copy of the Order. We shall update you once we receive a response to our RTI application.   
MandatoryAll19-07-2020No
MeghalayaDM, East Khasi Hills, Meghalaya issues prohibitory order under Section 144 CrPC prohibiting certain activities between 5:00 am to 10:00 pm between 13.07.20 to 20.07.20 owing to COVID-19 pandemic11-07-2020The Office of the District Magistrate, East Khasi Hills (“Authority”) has issued prohibitory order under Section 144 CrPC, prohibiting certain activities between 5:00 am to 10:00 pm in all rural areas of East Khasi Hills District including Civil Division of Sohra and Pynursla and in all C&RD blocks.

The prohibition is in effect from 13th July 2020 to 20th July 2020 during the timings mentioned above.

Key Highlights

Some of the activities that are being prohibited are mentioned below:

(a) Interstate movement.

(b) Any assembly, all individuals are required to maintain social distancing of at least 6 feet, compulsory wearing of masks, respiratory etiquette and to strictly follow various protocols and advisories without fail, issued by the Government through the Health and Family Welfare Department.

(c) Operation of Unregulated major markets and Unregulated shopping complexes.

(d) Border haats and markets located in the Inter-State border areas.

(e) Operations of educational institutions, training centres and coaching classes (tuitions) barring online or distance learning.

(f) Moving in public places or public transport without a mask.

(g) Incoming additional workforce from outside of the district except for the skilled, highly skilled, specialized professionals or technicians regulated by the Standard Operating Procedures of the Labour Department, Meghalaya issued on 9th June 2020, with due permission taken from the Authority.

General Instructions

(a) This order will not apply to the Shillong Urban Agglomeration, all census towns under Mawlai Block, all census towns under Mawpat Block, areas under Mylliem Block from Umshyrpi Bridge up to 7th Mile, Upper Shillong, Madanrting, Mawblei, Laitkor, Nongkseh, Umlyngka, Lawsohtun and Mawdiangdiang.

(b) Individuals are required to maintain distance of 6 feet or 2 metres.

(c) Number of guests in marriage related gatherings should not exceed 50.

(d) Number of guests in funeral or last rites related gatherings should not exceed 20.

(e) Persons above 65 years of age, persons with co-morbidities, pregnant women and children below 10 years of age are advised to stay at home except for meeting requirements and for health purposes.

(f) Operation of permitted shops, services, establishments, agricultural, industrial and commercial activities are required to strictly adhere to the prescribed Standard Operating Procedures and National Directives for COVID-19 management in public places and workplaces including mandatory compliance to the advisories of the Health and Family Welfare Department without fail.

(g) Operation of supply chains, wholesalers and retail outlet shops, services and other establishments in rural areas of East Khasi Hills District including Civil Division of Sohra and Pynursla and in all C&RD blocks, will be regulated as per the scheduled timings and dates which shall be released in advance from time to time.

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

For a detailed read, please refer to the appended document.
MandatoryAll20-07-2020NO
AssamAssam Government extends lockdown in Kamrup Metropolitan District till 19th July, 202011-07-2020The Government of Assam has extended lockdown in all areas under Kamrup Metropolitan District, with effect since 6  pm of 12th July, 2020 till 7 pm of 19th July, 2020.

Some of the prohibited activities are as follows:

1. Private Offices /  Government offices, Offices of Autonomous / Subordinate Offices to remain closed;

2. business / commercial establishments, shops and trade activities to be closed except standalone grocery and stationery shops dealing in personal hygiene goods. These shops are allowed to operate between 9 am to 4 pm from Monday to Friday with proper social distancing and strict usage of masks;

3. Industrial establishments to be closed except continuous process industries where workforce stays inside the factory premises and there is  no outward or inward movement;

4. movement of individuals and private vehicles is prohibited and no citizen have been allowed to venture out of their homes with private vehicles (both 2 and 4 wheelers) except for medical emergency;

5. All public transport services have been suspended;

6. All hospitality services are suspended;

7. All educational, research, training, coaching institutions will remain closed;

8. Places of worship will remain closed for public and no religious congregation will be permitted without any exception;

9. All non-essential and avoidable movement of people have been banned;

10. Spitting, consumption and sale of liquor, paan, gutka, tobacco etc. is prohibited in public places.

Exceptions to lockdown -

1. IT and ITeS, Telecommunications, internet services, broadcasting and cable services allowed to continue operating with personnel working from home. Only emergency repair crew is allowed movement subject to prior permission of the Authorities;

2. Hospital and retail medical establishments along with pharmaceutical and medical equipment supply activities are permitted with 20% workforce and no outside labourers may be engaged in such activities;

3. House to house sale of fruits and vegetables etc. has been allowed between 8 am to 2 pm from Monday to Friday;

4. E-commerce activities with regard to supply of fruits, vegetables and other essential items can operate between 10 am to 4 pm from Monday to Friday;

5. 10% of Bank and Insurance Company Branches in the District with skeletal attendance and ATMs can operate. Highest authority of the Banks/ Insurance Companies shall determine the specific branches to be kept open and give wide publicity of open bank branches;

6. Print and electronic media including newspaper distribution are allowed;

7. Power Generation, transmission and distribution units and services allowed;

8. Transport services and movement of people from other districts are suspended except for COVID related functions;

9. People (inter-State and inter-District) holding train/air tickets to and from Guwahati as well as Guwahati will be allowed to move only after showing their tickets at check points;

10. Hotels accommodating quarantined persons, medical and emergency staff, air crew can operate with skeletal staff;

11. Whole sellers and warehouses of essential items are allowed to operate between 9 am and 6 pm from Monday to Friday.

12. Identified petrol pumps, gas agencies are allowed to operate.

13. Petroleum products to other districts can be allowed to move through highways.

14. Fresh permission/ passes have to be obtained from competent authority as passes issued earlier are cancelled. Further, no pass is required for day long movement of suppliers of vegetable from outside the District to deliver fruits, vegetables and other goods in Kamrup Metropolitan from other districts.

15. All flour mills are allowed to operate from Monday to Friday between 10 AM to 4 PM with workforce remaining inside the premises.

In addition to the above mentioned activities, no person will be allowed to venture out simply on the ground of being employed in the exempted category of services. Also, provision for thermal screening and handwash/sanitizer will be made at all entry and exit points and common areas. Masks/face covering is compulsory in public places, workplaces and during transport etc. Further, persons above 65 years of age, persons with co-morbidities, pregnant women and children below the age of 10 years are advised to stay at home, except for essential and health purposes.

Any person violating these measures will be liable to be proceeded against as per relevant provisions of the Disaster Management Act, 2005 besides legal action under the Indian Penal Code, 1860.
MandatoryAll19-07-2020No
MeghalayaMeghalaya Government issues list of Designated Officers authorized to impose penalty under Meghalaya Epidemic Diseases, COVID-19 Regulations, 202010-07-2020The Meghalaya Government has notified that the District Magistrates, all Executive Magistrates and Officers of the rank of Sub - Inspector and above of the Meghalaya Police have been authorised to impose penalty on persons, institutions or organisations for violating any provisions or Orders under the Meghalaya Epidemic Diseases, COVID-19 Regulations, 2020 ("Regulation").

Regulation 20 of the Meghalaya Epidemic Diseases, COVID-19 Regulations, 2020 provides for punishment under Section 188 of the Indian Penal Code for its violation.
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Section 188 of the Indian Penal Code:
Disobedience to order duly promulgated by public servant.—
Whoever, knowing that, by an order promulgated by a public serv¬ant lawfully empowered to promulgate such order, he is directed to abstain from a certain act, or to take certain order with certain property in his possession or under his management, disobeys such direction, shall, if such disobedience causes or tends to cause obstruction, annoyance or injury, or risk of obstruction, annoyance or injury, to any person lawfully employed, be punished with simple impris¬onment for a term which may extend to one month or with fine which may extend to two hundred rupees, or with both; and if such disobedience causes or trends to cause danger to human life, health or safety, or causes or tends to cause a riot or affray, shall be punished with imprisonment of either description for a term which may extend to six months, or with fine which may extend to one thousand rupees, or with both. Explanation.—It is not necessary that the offender should intend to produce harm, or contemplate his disobedience as likely to produce harm. It is sufficient that he knows of the order which he disobeys, and that his disobedience produces, or is likely to produce, harm. Illustration An order is promulgated by a public servant lawfully empowered to promulgate such order, directing that a religious procession shall not pass down a certain street. A knowingly disobeys the order, and thereby causes danger of riot. A has committed the offence defined in this section.
MandatoryAllNo end date specifiedNo
KarnatakaKarnataka strategises testing modality of samples by laboratories of Symptomatic & Asymptomatic COVID-19 suspects10-07-2020The Karnataka Directorate of Health & Family Welfare has, in a circular dated July 10, 2020, specified the testing modality of samples by laboratories of Symptomatic & Asymptomatic COVID-19 suspects.

It is due to the increasing number of COVID-19 cases in the state that the Government realised the need for strategising the modality of testing by labs to reduce turn-around-time.

The following guidelines must be followed by labs for testing:

1. Symptomatic cases and primary contacts coming under Category "A" samples must be done through individual testing.

2. Asymptomatic and international travellers/ passengers and "others" coming under Category "B" samples must be done through pooled sample testing method (5 samples only).

3. Dead body samples: "Top Priority"  testing must be done using True NAT and CBNAAT wherever available. If not available, individual testing must be done on priority and results must be generated in few hours.
MandatoryTesting LaboratoriesNo end date specifiedNo
CentralCDSCO extends effective date of order specifying special conditions under which permission for importing drugs with residual shelf life less than 60% is allowed to 31st October 202010-07-2020The 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 extended the effective date of the Order dated 17th April, 2020 to 31st October 2020 or till further order, whichever is earlier.

For a detailed read, please refer to the hyperlink below.

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.
MandatoryImporters of DrugsNo end date specifiedNO
CentralIRDAI designs standard COVID specific insurance policy - "Corona Kavach Policy"; grants clearance to 30 General and Health Insurance companies to market the same10-07-2020In view of the Covid 19 pandemic, the Insurance Regulatory and Development Authority of India (IRDAI) has designed a standard Covid specific product called the Corona Kavach. All general and health insurers must mandatorily offer this indemnity based Individual Covid Standard Health Policy.
The IRDAI has in a press release dated July 10, 2020 also listed out the key features for this policy:

1. Type of Cover –
a. Base Cover on Indemnity Basis- Covid Hospitalization cover
b. Optional Cover on Benefit Basis- Hospital Daily Cash
2. Sum insured - Rs 50,000/- (Fifty Thousand) to 5,00,000/- (Five Lakh) (in the multiples of fifty thousand)
3. Waiting Period -15 days
4. Policy Period - Three and Half Months (3 ½ months), Six and Half Months(6 ½ months), Nine and Half Months (9 ½ months) including waiting period.
5. Eligibility - Policy can be availed by persons between the age of 18 to 65 years. Policy can be availed for Self, spouse, Parents, Parents-in-law and Dependent Children up to 25 years of age.
6. Hospitalization Expenses - Medical Expenses of Hospitalization on diagnosis of Covid shall be admissible
7. Pre Hospitalization Expenses - 15 days
8. Post Hospitalization Expenses - 30 days
9. Sub-limits –
a. Home care treatment: Maximum upto 14 days per incident.
b. Ambulance Charges: Rs.2000/- per hospitalization.
c. Optional Cover of Hospital Daily Cash: 0.5% of Sum Insured per day subject to maximum of 15 days in a policy period for every insured member.
10. Home Care Treatment Expenses - Cost of treatment incurred by the Insured person on availing treatment at home for Covid on positive diagnosis up to 14 days per incident, which in the normal course would require care and treatment at a hospital but is actually taken while confined at home.
11. Premium payment - Single Premium
12. Hospital - For the purpose of this policy any set-up designated by the government as hospital for the treatment of Covid shall also be also considered as hospital.
13. Co-morbidities - Any co-morbid condition triggered due to Covid-19 shall be covered during the period of hospitalization.

The press release also lists out the names of the General and Health Insurance companies which have been granted clearance by IRDAI to market the Corona Kavach Policy.
AdvisoryInsuranceNo end date specifiedNo
MeghalayaMeghalaya Government notifies Meghalaya Epidemic Diseases, COVID-19 (Fifth Amendment) Regulations, 2020; imposes monetary penalty for violations; amendments to be effective on the date of publication in the Official Gazette10-07-2020The Governor of Meghalaya has introduced the Meghalaya Epidemic Diseases, COVID-19 (Fifth Amendment) Regulations, 2020 to make further amendments to the Meghalaya Epidemic Diseases, COVID-19 Regulations, 2020. These amendments will become effective on the date of publication in the Official Gazette.

Key highlights:

1. 'Public Place' has now been defined to include any enclosed indoor area used by the general public or serving as a place of work containing two hundred fifty or more square feet of floor space, including but not limited to all restaurants, all retail stores, lobbies and malls, offices, commercial establishments, hospitals, clinics, healthcare/medical facilities, elevators, theatres, libraries etc. as well as outdoor areas such as market places, public roads, sport stadiums or fields.

2. Violation of the regulations to attract fine of Rupees five hundred for first offence and Rupees one thousand for subsequent offences, over and above the existing penalty of being charged under Section 188 of the Indian Penal Code, 1860.

3. Authorised persons at State, District and Village level will assist in reporting the violation of the provisions of these Regulations to the designated Officers.

For further details, please refer to appended Order.
MandatoryAllNo end date specifiedNo
MaharashtraMaharashtra Co-operation, Marketing and Textile Department issues Maharashtra Cooperative Societies (Amendment) Ordinance, 2020; timeline for conducting elections by cooperative societies extended10-07-2020The Maharashtra Co-operation, Marketing and Textile Department (“Department”) has, in a Gazette notification dated 10th July, 2020, issued the Maharashtra Cooperative Societies (Amendment) Ordinance, 2020 (“Ordinance”) to further amend the Maharashtra Co-operative Societies Act, 1960 (“Principal Act”).

Amendments made by the Ordinance:

1. The Ordinance inserts a new proviso under Section 73AAA of the Principal Act, dealing with the constitution of the committee of a cooperative society, by which it is informed that in case election of the committee of cooperative society has not be conducted for any reason not attributable to the members, the term of such existing members of the committee will be deemed to be continued till a new committee is duly constituted.

2. The Ordinance also inserts a new proviso under Section 73CB of the Principal Act, informing that for committees of cooperative societies, whose election could not be held before 10th July, 2020 i.e. the date of commencement of the Ordinance,

i. such election has to be held within 21st January, 2020 i.e. 6 months from the date of commencement of the Ordinance

ii. in case of extension of timeline, within which such election should have been conducted, by the State Government, such election must be held within 6 months from the date on which such extended period expires

In light of the prevailing COVID-19 pandemic, the State Government has postponed the elections to all co-operative societies in Maharashtra for a period of 3 months from 17th June, 2020 i.e. till 17th September, 2020. Hence, in light of the above amendment, all cooperative societies in Maharashtra must conduct the election by 17th March, 2021.

Background:

Due to the outbreak of pandemic Covid-19 disease and the declaration of lockdown in the country, functioning of the Co-operative societies in the State has also been adversely affected. Hence, in light of the prevailing pandemic, it is not possible to conduct the elections of cooperative societies within the prescribed time frame.

Hence, the Department has issued the Ordinance to facilitate the existing members of the committees of co-operative societies to continue in office until committees are duly constituted and to postpone elections to such committees.

Please refer to the appended document for further details.

Source: Maharashtra Co-operation, Marketing and Textile Department
MandatoryAll17-03-2021No
CentralICMR issues information w.r.t mapping of COVID 19 RT-PCR Testing laboratories with quality control labs for ILQC Activity. 10-07-2020In a document dated 10th July, 2020 the Indian Council of Medical Research has issued information regarding mapping of COVID 19 RT-PCR Testing laboratories with quality control labs for ILQC Activity.
The document lists the names of the WC Laboratories across India and the testing laboratories mapped with the QC laboratories for ILQC.
MandatoryLaboratoriesNo end date specifiedNo
AssamAssam State Disaster Management Authority notifies partial modifications to earlier Order dated 4th July 2020; grocery shops and shops selling personal hygiene items are allowed to open on 11th July, 2020 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m.09-07-2020The Assam State Disaster Management Authority, has notified partial modifications to earlier Order dated 4th July, 2020, which allowed specific activities in the Kamrup Metropolitan District in the week between 5th July, 2020 and 12th July, 2020.

Comparative summary:

1. Wholesalers of grocery items were allowed to replenish stocks of retailers on 5th July, 2020 and 7th July, 2020, between 3 p.m. and 6 p.m. Now, wholesalers of essential items like rice, atta, pulses, onions, potatoes, salt and edible oil may replenish their stocks on 10th July, 2020, between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. Further, wholesalers have been allowed to distribute essential commodities to retailers on 11th July, 2020, between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m.

2. Roadside vending of any fruit, vegetable, fish, etc. was prohibited and remain prohibited. However, with this Order, fruits and vegetables have been allowed to be retailed following social distancing in residential areas on 11th July, 2020.

3. Grocery shops were allowed to operate between 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. on Monday and Wednesday (6th July, 2020 and 8th July, 2020). However, only 20% of all shops were allowed to operate on any given day. With this Order, grocery shops and shops selling personal hygiene items are allowed to open on 11th July, 2020 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m.

All other prohibitions/restrictions put in place by the Order dated 4th July, 2020, will remain unchanged.

For a detailed read, please refer to the appended Orders.
MandatoryAll12-07-2020No
MeghalayaGovernment of Meghalaya adopts Supreme Court Directions on interim measures for payment of wages during lockdown09-07-2020In light of the Supreme Court directions*, the Government of Meghalaya has instructed private establishments, industries, factories and Trade Unions etc. on the interim measures for payment of wages to workers during the COVID-19  lockdown.

1. Private organizations can initiate a process of negotiation with their employee's organization and enter into a settlement with them regarding payment of wages for the period during which their industrial establishment was closed down due to lockdown. If no settlement is reached, a request maybe made to the concerned labour authorities who may call the concerned Employees Trade Union/workers Association/ workers to appear on a date for negotiation, conciliation, and settlement.

2. Organizations which are working at sub-optimal capacity can also take steps mentioned above.

*Note: The directions issued by Supreme Court (SC) in Ficus Pax Pvt. Ltd. and Others Vs. Union of India and Others passed an Order 
MandatoryAllNo end date specifiedNo
OdishaOdisha Govt. partially modifies Covid Management Guidelines; containment zones in which lockdown is imposed will be notified by DCs/ Municipal Commissioners and the State Govt. on its website09-07-2020In partial modification of its earlier State COVID Management Guideline dated 30th June, 2020, the Odisha Govt. has inserted a new clause stating that the containment zones, in which lockdown is imposed, will be notified by the respective District Collectors/ Municipal Commissioners and the State Government on their websites and the same will also be shared with the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare.  Please refer to the appended document for the Order.AdvisoryAll31-07-2020No
OdishaBhubaneswar Municipal Corporation to conduct inspection of private healthcare institutions in BMC with regard to their adherence to COVID and other healthcare guidelines09-07-2020In an office order dated July 9, 2020, the Bhubaneswar Municipal Corporation (BMC) has informed that an inspection of all private healthcare institutions of the BMC area will be conducted with regard to their adherence to COVID and other healthcare guidelines.

The office order has listed out the enforcement teams/ squad BMC Zone wise and has informed that the notified officers will conduct the inspection and report to their respective Zonal Deputy Commissioner BMC. The format for inspection is attached to the office order and lists out the parameters basis which the inspection will be conducted. 
MandatoryHealth care institutionsNo end date specifiedNo
Tamil NaduTamil Nadu Govt. allows IT/ITes companies to  operate with 50 % strength since 13.07.2020;  90% of the staff should utilize the company arranged transport facilities 09-07-2020In light of the present restrictions prevailing in the State of Tamil Nadu to contain the spread of the pandemic COVID 19, the Tamil Nadu Government, in a Press Release dated 10th July, 2020 has informed IT/ITes companies in the State  as follows:

1. With a view to alleviate the inconvenience of the staff of technology and information technology based companies in areas except Containment Zones within the Metropolitan Chennai Police Boundary Areas, IT and IT based service providers are allowed to operate with 50 % strength of personnel since 13th July, 2020.  However 90% of the staff should utilize the vehicles arranged by their respective companies.

2. Information technology and Information technology-based services should encourage their employees to work from home.

3. Information technology and Information technology-based companies and their employees at home and workplace should wash their hands frequently with soap and wear face mask while going outside.

Please note that the Press Releases are in Vernacular and we have translated it to the best of our understanding.
MandatoryIT/Ites companies31-07-2020No
OdishaOdisha State Beverages Corporation Ltd. Issues list of Liquor items along with their MRP, including the "COVID fee"; effective since 10.07.2020 09-07-2020The Odisha State Beverages Corporation Ltd. has issued a list items (liquor) with the prescribed Maximum Retail Price ("MRP") effective in the State of Odisha from 10th July, 2020 onwards. The MRP includes the "COVID fee" levied on these items.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

For a detailed read, please refer to the attached document.
AdvisoryAllNo end date specifiedNo
PunjabPunjab Government fixes rate for RT-PCR test for private labs08-07-2020The Health Department of Punjab has directed all private laboratories not to charge more than ₹ 2400 /- for conducting RT-PCR test for COVID-19 (inclusive of GST/Taxes and cost involved in pick up, packing and transportation of samples, documentation and reporting) in the State of Punjab.
 
The following conditions have also been notified with regard to COVID-19 tests conducted by private laboratories:
 
1. adhere to all testing protocols laid down by ICMR and Government of India;

2. share data pertaining to COVID-19 test results with ICMR and State Government on a real time basis through ICMR portal;
 
3. note down the identification, address and verified mobile number of the person being tested for record as per Sample Referral Form (SRF). Upload the recorded data on the RT-PCR app at the time of taking the sample. Also, the test report to be communicated to the patient immediately after completion of testing;
 
4. positive test report to be immediately communicated to the Civil Surgeon of the concerned district through e-mail;
 
5. NABL and IMCR approved private laboratories to maintain utmost confidentiality with regard to information of patients;
 
6. data generated by the RT-PCR machine to be preserved for future verification by the State Government.
MandatoryPrivate LaboratoriesNo end date specifiedNo
OdishaOdisha health Department issue instructions to healthcare facilities for prevention of Healthcare Associated Infections while ensuring compliance with the Infection Prevention and Control measures08-07-2020In light of the increasing number of COVID-19 infections, the Health Department of Odisha has issued instructions to all healthcare facilities in order to mitigate the risks related to health care personnel getting infected with COVID-19.

The measures to prevent Healthcare Associated Infections ("HAI") while ensuring compliance with the Infection Prevention and Control (“IPC”) measures issued by the Government, are as follows:

1. All healthcare facilities to constitute a Hospital Infection Control Committee (“HICC”) responsible for implementing the IPC activities and organising regular trainings for the healthcare workers;

2. Nodal Officer has to be appointed as the Infection Control Officer to address all matters related to HAIs.

3. The Nodal Officers to ensure that all Healthcare workers undergo training on IPC and are aware of the common signs and symptoms, need for self-health monitoring and need for prompt monitoring of such symptoms;

4. The healthcare workers, in different settings of the hospitals to use PPEs appropriate to their risk profile as per the guidelines issued by the MoHFW;

5. An SOP must be developed by the HICC and the Nodal Officer to monitor the adherence of the IPC measures at least twice a day. A checklist to be prepared to facilitate and record such monitoring, which is to be kept in the custody of the Nodal Officer;

6. The HICC to meet at least once a week to verify the above-mentioned report and take corrective measures. Proceedings of each such meeting must be kept and produced as and when required;

7. The HICC must take remedial action, whenever necessary, in coordination with the Hospital administration;

8. The IPC protocols are to be displayed at prominent places for both healthcare providers and visitors

For further details, please refer to the appended document.
MandatoryHealthcare industryNo end date specifiedNo
Arunachal PradeshDM of Upper Subansiri District, Government of Arunachal Pradesh issues lockdown in entire Upper Subansiri District under Section 144 of CrPC; effective since 10th July, 2020 to 15th July, 202008-07-2020The District Magistrate of Upper Subansiri District, Government of Arunachal Pradesh (“Authority”), has issued lockdown in the entire District of Upper Subansiri under Section 144 of CrPC in order to contain and minimise the threat of COVID-19 disease. The lockdown restrictions have been effective since 5:00 am of 10th July 2020 till 5 pm of 15th July 2020.

Key highlights:

Some of the restrictions imposed are as follows:

(a) All commercial and private establishments are required to be closed except for broadcasting, cable services, print and electronic media, telecommunication, internet services, banks, ATMs,  health facilities, Government Offices, quarantine facilities, water and other utility services;

(b) No movement and assembly of people.

(b) No movement of vehicles within the district.

(c) All transport services will remain suspended except for movement of Army and Paramilitary Forces, fire, law and order, emergency services, health services, transportation of essential commodities.

(d) The construction work on Trans-Arunachal highway. However, Pradhan Mantri Gram Sadak Yojana and Border Roads Organisation may continue with strict adherence of COVID-19 Standard Operating Procedures.

For a detailed read, please refer to the appended Order.
MandatoryAll15-07-2020NO
CentralDOT cautions against rise of cyber attacks in view of prevailing COVID-19 pandemic; issues best practices for organisations and individuals08-07-2020With the increasing reliance on internet for all kinds of work, both individuals and organisations stand at a high risk from attacks from cyber threat actors.
 
Keeping this in mind, the Department of Telecommunications (DOT) has in an Order dated July 8, 2020 informed about the growing prevalence of cyber-attacks and have also listed out various methods that are adopted by cyber threat actors. At the same time, DOT has issued certain best practices that can be adopted to secure the internet connected systems and avoid cyber-attacks as far as possible.
 
The Order explains the following forms of cyber attack-
1. Spear Phishing Mail
2. Evading traffic analysis
3. Exploiting web application vulnerabilities.
4. Creation of dubious Apps
5. Disturbed Denial of Service (DDoS) attack
 
Cyber threat actors are now also using some of these methods, such as spear phishing mail and creation of dubious Apps to launch fresh attacks on the COVID-19 theme .
 
The DOT has emphasised that to ensure that systems are secure against such cyber security threats, it is essential that protections are in place in the ICT systems at the organisational level. In this regard, the DOT has listed out the best practices for organisational security at Annexure I of the appended document.
 
Additionally, recognizing the current situation, where several organisations have opted for work from home (WFH) and a number of personal computers are being used to connect to organisational networks, the DOT has listed out the best practices to be followed at user level by persons so operating. This can be found at Annexure II of the appended document.



AdvisoryIT/ITeSNo end date specifiedNo
BiharDistrict Magistrate of Patna issues Order to extend lockdown in the District of Patna till 16th July, 202008-07-2020Pursuant to an alarming surge in COVID-19 positive cases, lockdown has been extended in the District of Patna, effective since 10th July, 2020 (Friday) till 16th July, 2020 (Thursday).

Key Points:

1. Commercial and Private Establishments shall be closed with the following exceptions:
a. Industrial establishments;
b. IT and IT enabled services only (for essential services) and as far as possible to work from home;
c. Telecommunications, internet services, broadcasting and cable services;
d. Banks, insurance offices and ATM;
e. Capital and debt market services and notified by the Securities and Exchange Board of India;
f. Print and electronic media;
g. Cold Storage and warehousing services;
h. Delivery of all kinds of goods including food, pharmaceuticals, medical equipment through e-commerce;
i. Power generation, transmission and distribution units and services;
j. Private Security services;
k. Hospitality services;

All other establishments may only work from home.

2. Hospitals and all related medical establishments including their manufacturing and distribution units, both in public as well as private sector, such as dispensaries, chemist and medical equipment shops, laboratories, clinics, nursing homes, ambulances etc. shall continue to operate;

3. All places of worship are closed for public and no religious congregations will be permitted;

4. Offices of Government of India, its Autonomous/Subordinate Offices and Public Corporation will be closed; except Defence, Central Armed Police Forces, Treasury, Public Utilities (petroleum, CNG, LPG, PNG), disaster management, power generation and transmission units, post offices, National informatics Centre, Early Warning Agencies;

5. Offices of the State Government, their autonomous bodies, corporation etc. will be closed; except Police, Home Guards, Civil Defence, Fire and Emergency Services, Disaster Management, Elections and Prisons, District Administration, Electricity, Water, Sanitation, Municipal bodies required for essential services;

6. All other activities outside Containment Zones to be regulated as per guidelines on Unlock 2.0 issued by MHA.

For a detailed read, please refer to appended Order.
MandatoryAll16-07-2020No
Haryana District Magistrate of Rewari District in Haryana notifies revised list of containment areas in order to curb the spread of COVID-1908-07-2020Pursuant to positive cases being reported in a few areas, the District Magistrate of Rewari has ordered the containment of such areas and notified a revised list of Containment Zones, in order to curb the spread of COVID-19. The Containment Zones will be considered de-notified after 28 days provided that no new positive case is reported in any Containment Zone.

In addition to the above-mentioned, an action plan has been prescribed to carry out screening of the suspects, testing of suspected cases, quarantine, isolation, social distancing and other public health measures in such Zones.

Furthermore, the following needs to be ensured in the Containment Zones –

1. Prohibition on Inter-State movement of passenger vehicles and buses;
2. Prohibition on Intra-State movement of passenger vehicles and buses;
3. Strict perimeter control to ensure that there is no movement of population in or out of these zones except for medical emergencies and for supply of essential goods and services;
4. Out-patient Departments (OPDs) and Medical clinics have been prohibited from operating; unless permitted otherwise with social distancing norms and other safety precautions; 

Any violations shall invite criminal proceedings under relevant provisions of the Disaster Management Act, 2005 and Indian Penal Code, 1860.

For a detailed read, please refer to the appended Order.
MandatoryAllDifferent timeline for separate actionsNo
CentralUnion Cabinet extends the EPF contribution, both 12% employees' share and 12% employers' share under Employees Provident Fund, totalling 24% for another 3 months from June to August, 202008-07-2020In a press release, dated 8th July, 2020, by the Press Information Bureau, it has been informed that the Union Cabinet, chaired by the Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi, has approved extending the contribution, both 12% employees' share and 12% employers' share under Employees Provident Fund (“EPF”) , totalling 24% for another 3 months from June to August, 2020, as part of the package announced by the Government under Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Yojana (PMGKY)/ Aatmanirbhar Bharat in the light of COVID-19.

The scheme would be applicable for the wages of the months of June, July and August, 2020 and will cover all the establishments having upto 100 employees and 90% of such employees earning less than Rs. 15,000 monthly wage.

However, the beneficiaries entitled for 12% employers' contribution for the months of June to August, 2020 under Pradhan Mantri Rozgar Protsahan Yojana (PMRPY) will be excluded to prevent overlapping benefit.

Background:

Since, due to prolonged lockdown, businesses are facing financial crisis as they get back to work, the Finance Minister had announced that, as part of the Aatmanirbhar Bharat scheme, the EPF support for  business and workers will be extended by another 3 months i.e. for the wages for the months of June, July, and August, 2020.

Accordingly, the Union has approved the extension of the contribution, both 12% employees' share and 12% employers' share under EPF for another 3 months.

Please refer to the appended document for further details.

Source: Press Information Bureau
MandatoryAll31-08-2020Yes
DelhiCommissioner of Police, Delhi, issues prohibitory Order under Section 144 of Criminal Procedure Code, 1973 for Chanakya Puri, New Delhi; effective till July 31, 202007-07-2020Pursuant to the Ministry of Home Affairs Order dated June 29, 2020, directing lockdown in Containment Zones from July 1, 2020 to July 31, 2020 in order to contain spread of COVID-19, the Delhi Police has issued a prohibitory Order under Section 144 of the Code of Criminal Procedure, 1973, in Sub-Division, Chanakya Puri, New Delhi, to implement the following measures till July 31, 2020:

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

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

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

4. In the Containment Zones, only essential activities are allowed. There shall be strict perimeter control to ensure that there is no movement of people in or out of these zones, except for medical emergencies and for maintaining supply of essential goods and services;

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

6. Spitting in public places remain prohibited;

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

It has also been stated that renewal of licenses is being done as per the existing procedure and practice. Hence, whenever the renewal of the expired certificate/license is carried out, the eligibility, the license fee and the late fee will be applicable from the date of expiry of the license as has been printed on it. Further, all those concerned have been requested to visit the website of DoT (www.dot.gov.in) for further updates/information.
AdvisoryShipping, Docks, Transportation and Logistics31-12-2021No
CentralImporter / exporter of Narcotic Drugs / Psychotropic Substances / Controlled Substance to revert to submission of physical copies of application for export or import, wherever possible07-07-2020Pursuant to relaxation in lockdown norms and resumption in courier and postal services, importer/ exporter of Narcotic Drugs / Psychotropic Substances / Controlled Substance are required to revert to submission of physical copies of applications for import/ export along with requisite documents, wherever possible.

However, if you are situated in any area or city where the courier / postal services are non-operational or partial lockdown is in effect or offices are non-functional due to Containment Zone declared by a local authority, you may continue to submit the application by e-mail, on the email-ids provided below:

a. Application for Import and export of Narcotic Drugs - Suptd-narco@cbn.nic.in

b. Application for Import and export of Psychotropic Substances - Suptd-tech@cbn.nic.in

c. Application for Export of precursor chemicals - onkarmishra@cbn.nic.in

d. Application for Import of precursor chemicals - skverma@cbn.nic.in

Ensure that the application and requisite documents are uploaded as a single pdf file;

Note: Application received on any other email-id will not be entertained.

While submitting the application by e-mail, ensure to submit declaration provided in Annexure 'A' of the appended Public Notice along with payment of licence fee / application fee online through NTRP (Non-Tax Receipt Portal) of https://bharatkosh.gov.in/ and submit self - attested copy of Challan along with the application.

Background:

Earlier, due to substantial delays during the period of lockdown, owing to non-operative status of the courier companies / speed post, the importer / exporter of Narcotic Drugs / Psychotropic Substances / Controlled Substances were allowed to submit scanned copies of applications along with self - authenticated copies of all documents (including import certificate) on the email id suptd-narco@cbn.nic.in/supdttech@cbn.nic.in/onkarmishra@cbn.nic.in from their registered email ids. 
MandatoryPharmaceutical industry31-07-2020Yes
PunjabE-registration for travellers to Punjab made mandatory w.e.f. midnight June 6, 2020 06-07-2020The Punjab Government has, in a recent publication dated July 6, 2020, made the process of e-registration for all travellers to the state mandatory from July 7, 2020 12:00 AM onwards.

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

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

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

The registration process is as follows:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Key Highlights:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

For a detailed read, please refer to the attached Order.
MandatoryAllNo end date specifiedNo
MeghalayaNight Curfew imposed in East Khasi Hills District, Shillong; effective since 6th July till 13th July, 202005-07-2020With a view to implement preventive and mitigation measures and to take stringent steps for containment, reduction and elimination of COVID-19, the District Magistrate of East Khasi Hills District, Shillong has promulgated night curfew in East Khasi Hills District with effect since 6th July, 2020 (Monday) upto 13th July, 2020 (Monday) between 10 PM to 5 AM.

However, the night curfew will not apply to -

1. Essential services including health services, hospitals, clinics, dispensaries, veterinary clinics, labs;

2. Press, Print and Electronic Media;

3. Security forces;

4. Medical teams on duty;

5.Wholesale and Retail Pharmacies;

6. Police and Armed Forces;

7. Fire and Emergency Service;

8. MeECL, NEEPCO and Power Grid;

9. Food and Civil Supply Department;

10. FCI;

11. Public Works Department (PWD);

12. Public Health Engineering (PHE) Department;

13. Shillong Municipal Board;

14. Postal Service, Telecom, Communications and IT Services;

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

16. Authorized workshops and designated spare parts dealerships;

17. Government Officials on duty.

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

Furthermore, the movement of vehicles carrying essential goods, security forces, medical equipment and shops for repair of trucks on highways are exempt from the night curfew. However, the drivers and attendants of the vehicles will be screened as per protocols.
MandatoryAll13-07-2020No
MeghalayaDistrict Magistrate of East Khasi Hills in Meghalaya prohibits certain activities in the District; effective 6th July, 2020 to 13th July, 202005-07-2020In order to contain the COVID-19 pandemic, the District Magistrate of East Khasi Hills District, Shillong in Meghalaya (“District Magistrate”) has prohibited certain activities in entire East Khasi Hills District, including Shillong Urban Agglomeration, Civil Sub-Division of Sohra / Pynursla and C&RD Blocks, effective 6th July, 2020 to 13th July, 2020, between 5 am to 10 pm. 

Key Highlights: 

A. Some of the prohibited activities:  

1. Inter-state movement; 
2. Any kind of assembly; 

Note: Individuals to maintain social distance of at least 6 feet, wear masks, practice respiratory etiquette and strictly follow the various protocols and advisories issued by the Government;   

3. Movement in public places, workplaces and transportation without masks; 
4. Operation of unregulated major markets and shopping complexes; 
5. All forms of large public gatherings and congregation including social, political, entertainment, academic, cultural, religious functions etc. 
6. Spitting in public places;  
7. Consumption of liquor, paan, gutka, tobacco etc. in public places;  8. Incoming additional workforce from outside the district except for highly skilled, skilled specialised professionals and technicians regulated by SOP of the Meghalaya Labour Department (please refer to Annexure-A of the appended document). 

B. The District Magistrate has also issued some General Instructions to be implemented in the District:  

1. SOP dated 4th June 2020, issued by the Ministry of Health & Family Welfare on preventive measures contain spread of COVID-19 in Office (Public and Private) to be complied;  
2. All establishments, agricultural, industrial and  commercial activities, shops, services, which have been permitted to operate, shall strictly adhere to the SOPs and National Directives of Government for COVID-19 Management in Public Places and Work places including mandatory compliance to the Advisories of Health and Family Welfare Department;  
3. Individuals must maintain a minimum distance of 6 feet / 2 meters in public places;  
4. Persons above 65 years of age, persons with co-morbidities, pregnant women and children below 10 years of age are advised to stay at home except for meeting essential requirements and for health purposes; 
5. Employers of all shops, services, Establishments etc. must ensure that the Arogya Setu Application has been installed by all their employees having compatible mobiles phones  
6. All residents of the district to install Arogya Setu Application on compatible mobiles phones and regularly update their health status on the app for containment of COVID-19 pandemic 

For a detailed read on the above-mentioned, please refer to appended Order. 

Source: District Magistrate, East Khasi Hills District, Meghalaya
MandatoryAll13-07-2020No
Tamil NaduComplete lockdown in Greater Chennai and other areas from 6th July, 2020 in light of state-wide lockdown till 31st July, 202004-07-2020In light of the extension of the state-wide lockdown in Tamil Nadu till 31st July, 2020 ,the Chief Secretary to Government ha specified activities that will be permitted in the Districts of Thiruvallur, Kancheepuram and Chengalpet and in Greater Chennai Police Limits from 6th July, 2020.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Key Highlights of Permitted Activities:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Regulation 19A:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Background:

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

Key highlights:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

For a detailed read, please refer to the appended Order.
MandatoryHealthcareNo end date specifiedNO
CentralNPPA notifies directions to manufacturers of specific drugs (which form a part of the clinical treatment protocol for COVID 19) with regard to production and availibility of adequate stocks03-07-2020Pursuant to earlier letters issued by the Ministry of Health & Family Welfare with regard to requirement and availability of certain drugs, the Department of Pharmaceuticals (“Department”) has issued a letter to all manufacturers of Methyl Prednisolone (IV), Enoxaparin and Dexamethasone ("Manufacturers") directing them to ensure adequate availability of the drugs across the country, given that such drugs are part of the clinical treatment protocol for COVID -19.

Key Compliance obligations:

Manufacturers to ensure:

a. production of adequate quantity of the above-mentioned drugs and take proactive steps to maintain adequate stock and maintain supply across the country;

b. availability of adequate stocks of the drugs across the country whenever and wherever short of supply is reported.

c. immediate intimation is provided on the following details -

i. Production / sale of the above mentioned drugs during the last 2 years (FY. 2018-19, 2019-20);

ii. Stock lying with the company as on date;

iii. Production schedule for the next six (6) months;

iv. Details of suppliers from whom the manufacturers are sourcing the API and details regarding the problems faced during such sourcing;

v. Details of procurement orders placed by State governments;

vi. Additional details may be provided in the prescribed format

(The format for providing additional details is annexed to the appended Letter).

The Director General of Health Services has provided the following information with regard to the quantity and dates with regard to requirement of the drugs –

A. Methyl Prednisolone Quantity - 138710 vials by Period (upto)- 31.07.2020

B. Enoxaparin; Quantity - 3015442 vials (40mg) 1407206 vials (60mg) by Period (upto)- 31.07.2020

C. Dexamethasone; Quantity- 33 Lakh tablets; by Period (upto)- 15.08.2020

For a detailed read, please refer to appended Letter.
MandatoryManufacturer of drugsDifferent timeline for separate actionsNo
OdishaOdisha notifies private laboratories for RT-PCR Testing; fixes price for testing at Rs.2,200/-03-07-2020The Governmet of Odisha, Health and Family Welfare Department has in a notification dated July 7, 2020 notified the following 4 ICMR approved private laboratories for RT-PCR Covid -19 testing at Rs. 2,200/- (including GST and other charges)-

1. Dept. of Lab Services, Appolo Hospitals, Bhubaneswar
2. IMS & SUM Hospital, Bhubaneswar
3. InDNA Life Sciences Pvt. Ltd., 2nd Floor, KIIT Bhubaneswar
4. GenX Diagnostics, A19, Maharshi College Road, Sahid Nagar, Bhubaneswar

For a detailed read, please refer to the appended document.
AdvisoryIndividualsNo end date specifiedNo
RajasthanRajasthan Government issues the Clinical Management Protocol for COVID 19 pandemic03-07-2020The Rajasthan Government has published on its website the Clinical Management Protocol for COVID 19 pandemic.
The document also provides a guidance on specimen collection, processing, transportation, including related biosafety procedures.
For a detailed read of the document, please refer to the attachment.
AdvisoryHealthcareNo end date specifiedNo
West BengalWest Bengal Government mandates wearing of masks in public places; repeated non-compliance to be penalized02-07-2020The West Bengal Government had, in an earlier lockdown extension Order dated June 30, 2020, directed that norms of physical distancing and wearing of masks be strictly followed by all persons. The lockdown extension Order also stated that the violation of norms of physical distancing and wearing of masks will attract penal action.

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

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

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

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

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

Key Highlights:

1. Activities prohibited during Unlock 2 period:

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

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

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

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

4. There will be no restriction on inter-state and intra-state movement of persons and goods. No separate permission/approval/e-permit will be required for such movement.

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

6. Use of Aarogya Setu app:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The following precautionary measures have to be strictly implemented:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Key Highlights:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Please refer to the appended document for further details.

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

Key Highlights:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Movement of persons with SOPs:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Public Transport & Movement of Vehicles:

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

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

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

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

Quarantine Requirements:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Use of Aarogya Setu App:

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

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

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

National Directives:

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

For a detailed read, please refer to the appended Order.
MandatoryAll31-07-2020No
UttarakhandUttarakhand issues guidelines in pursuance to MHA Unlock-2 guidelines; effective since 2nd July, 202002-07-2020Pursuant to the Ministry of Home Affairs Guidelines ("MHA Unlock 2"), dated 29th June, 2020, the Uttarakhand State Disaster Management Authority issued Guidelines for implementation of lockdown measures in the State.

Key Highlights:

1. Containment and Buffer Zones to be demarcated by the District authorities;

2. In areas outside Containment Zones all activities are permitted except:

i. educational and coaching institutions (will remain closed till 31st July, 2020. Online/distance learning will continue to be permitted and is encouraged);

ii. International air travel of passengers is prohibited (except as permitted by MHA);

iii. Cinema halls, gymnasiums, swimming pools, entertainment parks, theatres, bars, auditoriums, assembly halls and similar places will remain closed until further orders.

iv. Social, political, sports, entertainment, academic, cultural, religious functions and other large congregations will remain prohibited until further orders.

3. With regard to Inter-State movement, persons coming in from outside the State will be dealt in the following ways:

i. The inbound persons from other States, irrespective of the mode of travel, have to mandatorily register themselves on the Smart City web portal (smartcitydehradun.uk.gov.in), prior to their travel. Though, no permit / permission will be required for such movement, the registration documents will be necessarily verified at the border check posts.

ii. inbound persons from other States, irrespective of the mode of travel, have to mandatorily download and update the Arogya Setu application mobile application;

iii. All inbound persons who are not coming from a high-load COVID-19 infected city, will only be home quarantined for 14 days;

iv. All inbound persons from high-load COVID-19 infected cities, irrespective of the mode of travel will have to mandatorily undergo  institutional quarantine for 7 days and subsequently be under 7 days of home quarantine. However, all pregnant women, seriously ill persons and persons above 65 years of age or persons accompanied by children below the age of 10 years, will be exempted from the mandatory period of 7-days institutional quarantine and are permitted to stay in home quarantine for 14 days;

v. All inbound asymptomatic persons travelling for a short visit (up to 7 days), for exceptional and compelling reasons, such as cases of death in family, serious illness, visiting old-aged parents or family members or any other reason of personal distress, will be exempted from being quarantined, but will be allowed to move outside their homes (as per the address specified in the web portal during registration), only to attend for the above mentioned reasons;

vi. All inbound asymptomatic workers, employees, experts/consultants and suppliers involved in business and management of industries located in Uttarakhand, travelling for the purpose of business, technical expertise for industries or other similar purposes, will be exempted from being quarantined and there will be no restrictions regarding the minimum period of stay for such persons in the hotels. They will be allowed to move to their workplace in the State on a daily basis and will be allowed to travel back to their place of origin after completion of work. It will be the responsibility of the concerned establishments to ensure that all norms of safety and social distancing as per Ministry of Health and Family Welfare and MHA Guidelines, are strictly complied with;

vii. All asymptomatic persons, travelling by flight and transiting through the high-load COVID-19 infected cities, will have to undergo a period of 14 days in home quarantine;

viii. All asymptomatic persons who are travelling to high-load COVID-19 infected cities from the State for a maximum duration of 3 days (due to exceptional and compelling reasons) will be exempt from being quarantined, on their return to the State.  

5. No permit / permission will be required for inter-district movement of persons within the State. However, all such persons have to mandatorily register themselves on the web portal (smartcitydehradun.uk.gov.in), prior to such movement. All such persons, irrespective of their mode of travel, will be exempted from being quarantined.

6. All asymptomatic inbound persons travelling from other countries to the State, will have to madatorily register themselves on the web portal, prior to their journey. All such persons will have to undergo a period of 7 days in institutional quarantine and subsequently a period of 7 days in home quarantine. However, in exceptional and compelling circumstances, such as preganancy, death in family, serious illness, persons above 65 years of age and parents accompanied by children below 10 years of age, or any other reason of personal distress, home quarantine may be permitted by for 14 days.

7. In cases where results of samples of asymptomatic persons in institutional quarantine are still awaited, they will be discharged from the institutional quarantine on completion of 7 days. However, close monitoring of their health condition for the subsequent period of 7 days in home quarantine will be done. Further, prior to such discharge, they have to submit a self-declaration form/undertaking for strictly adhering to the health protocols and State guidelines.

8. Re-opening of hotels/bed and breakfast/homestay and hospitality services:
i. All hotels/bed and breakfast/homestay and hospitality services are allowed to open in the State, except those in containment zones. However, the management will ensure that the bookings of persons from other states are for a minimum period of 7 days. However, there is no restriction on the minimum period of stay for persons who have undergone RT-PCR test from an ICMR (Indian Council for Medical Research) authorised lab (not earlier than 72 hours from the time of arrival), reflecting a COVID-19 negative report.
ii. All tourists have to necessarily register themselves on the web portal. However all those tourists who have undergone RT-PCR test from an ICMR (Indian Council for Medical Research) authorised lab (not earlier than 72 hours from the time of arrival), reflecting a COVID-19 negative report, will have to also necessarily upload their medical report on the web portal.
iii. All hotels outside the containment zones having necessary permission/license will be allowed to serve liquor only as a part of room service, subject to all norms of social distancing and safety. However, bars situated within the hotel premises will not be allowed to operate.
iv. The management of such hotels, etc. will take a written undertaking (self-declaration form) from the tourist that they are not going to visit any public place in the State during their stay in the hotel, unless they have undergone RT-PCR test from an ICMR (Indian Council for Medical Research) authorised lab (not earlier than 72 hours from the time of arrival), reflecting a COVID-19 negative report.
v. In addition, the management have to strictly adhere to the Standard Operating Procedure ("SOP") issued by the Department of Tourism, Government of Uttarakhand on hotels, bed and breakfast, homestay and other hospitality units.

9. All restaurants will be allowed to open in the State between 7 a.m. and 9 p.m (except those in containment zones). The restaurant managers/owners have to make arrangements to ensure that a record of all customers and the waiters serving the tables, is maintained all the time, specifying the date and time for the same. In addition, the restaurant management must strictly adhere to the SOP issued by Department of Tourism, Government of Uttarakhand, on restaurants.

10. All shopping malls are allowed to open between 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. (restaurants inside the malls are allowed to be open till 9 p.m.). Malls falling in containment zones are not allowed to open. Prior to opening the mall, the management has to provide a self-declaration/undertaking to the District Administration, regarding various measures taken for preventing the spread of COVID-19 and also regarding adherence to other guidelines. Only 50% of the shops in these malls are allowed to open on any given day and the management has to make arrangements for the same.

11. Movement of individuals is strictly prohibited between 9 p.m. to 7 a.m. (night curfew), except for essential activities including operations of industrial units in multiple shifts, movement of goods on National and State Highways, loading and unloading of cargo and travelling of persons to their destinations after disembarking from buses, trains and airplanes. Additionally, all asymptomatic persons are allowed to go for walks or jogs from 5 a.m. onwards, provided they comply with norms of safety and social distancing. No such morning walks/jogs are not allowed in containment zones. The parks and playgrounds are also closed till further orders.

12. Persons above 65 years of age, people with co-morbidities, pregnant women and children below 10 years of age, have been advised to stay at home, except for essential and health purposes.

13. National Directives for COVID-19 management, issued by MHA (provided in Annexure 2 of this Letter), will be continued to be followed in the State.

For a detailed read, please refer to the appended document.
MandatoryAllNo end date specifiedNo
PunjabPunjab issues Guidelines for Unlock 2; effective till 30th July 202001-07-2020The Directorate of Information and Public Relations, Government of Punjab, has informed that Guidelines have been issued for phased reopening for Unlock 2, effective from 1st July, 2020 up to 30th July, 2020.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Key highlights:

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

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

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

4. Inter-state bus services will remain suspended;

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

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

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

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

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

It has been further informed that as on date, there are no adverse reports with respect to price/availability of masks and hand sanitizers as essential commodities. In light of this, the present Order has been issued.
MandatoryManufacturers of hand sanitizers and masks, pharma industryNo end date specifiedNo
Tamil NaduTamil Nadu Pollution Control Board further extends the validity of Consent to Operate / Authorization for all units till 30th September, 202001-07-2020The Tamil Nadu Pollution Control Board ("Board”), in an Office Order dated 1st July, 2020, has further extended the validity of Consent to Operate (“Consent”), under the Water (Prevention & Control of Pollution) Act, 1974 and the Air (Prevention & Control of Pollution) Act, 1981, for all units having valid Consent up to 31st March, 2020 for a period of three months up to 30th September, 2020.

Similarly, for the units / facilities granted authorization under the following Rules, the Board has extended such authorizations, valid up to 31st March, 2020, till 30th September, 2020 –

1.Hazardous and Other Waste (Management & Transboundary Movement) Rules, 2016

2.Bio-Medical Waste Management Rules, 2016

3.Solid Waste Management Rules, 2016

Background :

The Board in view of the state wide lockdown had extended the validity of Consent to operate for all the units who have valid consent to operate upto 31st March, 2020 for a period of 3 months till 30th June, 2020 with an Office Order dated 1st April, 2020. Now, as the lockdown is still in force the Consent has been further extended to 30th September, 2020.
MandatoryAll30-09-2020No
MizoramGovernment of Mizoram notifies measures to implent partial lockdown in the State; effective since 1st July, 2020 till 31st July, 202001-07-2020In view of the fact that there appears to be no community spread of COVID-19 in Mizoram, the Chief Secretary of Mizoram has implented partial lockdown measures in the State since 1st July 2020 till 31st July 2020. Partial lockdown measures have been implemented in order to mitigate the economic hardship faced by people due to prolonged suspension of economic and livelihood activities, without compromising the health and safety of the general public.

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

Please note that the details of the partial lockdown measures in the appended Order are in Vernacular. We will update the details once an official translation is available.
MandatoryAll31-07-2020No
GujaratGujarat 2.0 Unlock; activities permitted during the exit phase along with guidelines01-07-2020Gujarat Government in a view to combat the increasing rate of positive COVID-19 infections in the State has imposed lockdown with certain guidelines pertaining to activities allowed in the State during the period of lockdown.

These guidelines are -
1. Curfew from 10 PM to 5 AM will be followed across the state.
2. Only essential services to be allowed in containment zones between 7 AM to 7 PM.
3. All economic activities are allowed (except those mentioned in this order) outside containment/micro-containment zones. Shops to remain open till 8 PM whereas restaurants will open up to 9 PM only.
4. Containment zones will be marked by the district authorities by following guidelines of Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Government of India. These zones will be notified on the web sites of the respective District Collectors.
5. People/employees/shop owners whose homes are in the containment zones will not be allowed to leave the containment zone.
6. GSRTC bus service will operate throughout the state and for Ahmedabad, bus services will operate from depots earmarked earlier.
7. Sport complexes and stadiums are permitted to open but spectators and large gatherings are not allowed. Further, there will be no ban on telecasting.

In addition to the above mentioned guidelines, the following activities will be relaxed (outside containment zones) in the current phase of exit plan. But this list will be reviewed from time to time.
1. Educational, training and coaching institutions will be closed but administrative offices will be allowed. Moreover, online/distance learning will continue.
2. Cinema halls, gyms, swimming pools, parks, theatres, bars etc. will remain closed.
3. Social/political/sports/entertainment/academic/cultural/religious functions and other large congregations are banned. Only 20 people are allowed for funerals/last rites and only 50 persons will be allowed for marriages.
4. Hotels and other hospitality services along with restaurants and shopping malls to follow SOPs laid down by the Government.
5. All religious places to function with social distancing and by following SOPs laid down by the Government.
6. Street Vendors to work as per SOP.
7. Libraries to function with 60% capacity.
8. GSRTC bus services allowed.
9. City bus services along with private bus services for Ahmedabad/Surat to function with 50% capacity and for all other areas at 60% capacity.
10. Auto Rickshaws to operate with 2 passengers only.
11. Cabs, taxis, cab aggregators, private vehicles to operate with 1 driver and 2 passengers. If seating capacity is 6 or more then 1 driver and 3 persons are allowed.
12. Two wheelers can ply with only rider and pillion.
13. Private offices are permitted with proper social distancing, however, work from home to be encouraged.
14. Banks and Government Offices will remain open.

Further, some more points to note
1. There will be no restrictions on inter-state and intra-state movement of persons and goods including those for cross land-border trade under Treaties with neighbouring countries. No separate permission/approval/e-permit will be required for such movements.
2. Vulnerable persons like, people above the age of 65, persons with co-morbidities, pregnant women, children below the age of 10 are advised to stay at home except for essential and health purposes.
3. Wearing of masks is compulsory in public places, work places, public transport. Non-wearing of mask will attract a penalty of Rs. 200.
4. Spitting in public places will attract Rs. 200 fine.

Please note that the Order is in Vernacular and we have translated it to the best of our understanding.

For a detailed read on the guidelines along with National Directives for COVID-19, please refer to the appended order.
MandatoryAll(date in vernacular)No
GujaratGovernment of Gujarat authorizes police personnel (not below the rank of Head Constable), to collect fines for not wearing face cover and spitting in public places01-07-2020The Health Department of Gujarat has authorized police personnel (not below the rank of a Head Constable) to collect fines from people for not wearing face covers in public places, workplaces, during transportation and also for spitting in public places.

Background:

The Government of Gujarat in an earlier Notification dated 30th May, 2020, had made it mandatory to wear face covers in public places, workplaces, during transport and also prohibited spitting in public places. The fine prescribed for non-complaince was set at Rs. 200/-. The officials / authority who were authorized to collect this fine in case of a violation was prescribed.

In this Notification, the Government of Gujarat has authorized the police personnel (not below the rank of a Head Constable), to collect fines for any such violation.
MandatoryNoneNo end date specifiedNo