Regulatory Changes Due to Covid 19 (June)

Regulatory Changes Due to Covid 19 (June)

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Central / StateDocument TitleDate IssuedSummaryMandatory or AdvisoryIndustry(ies) ImpactedValid TillDoes it Impact Komrisk Database?
CentralSEBI further extends timelines for compliance with different regulatory requirements by Depositary Participants (“DPs”) or Registrars to an Issue & Share Transfer Agents (RTAs).30-06-2020In light of the prevailing COVID-19 pandemic, the Securities and Exchange Board of India (“SEBI”) has granted further extension to the timeline for compliance with regulatory requirements by Depositary Participants (“DPs”) or Registrars to an Issue & Share Transfer Agents (RTAs) as follows:

1. Processing of the demat request form by Issuer / RTA – Period of exclusion extended from 23rd March, 2020 till 31st July, 2020. 15 days time period is allowed to DPs after 31st July, 2020 for clearing backlogs;

2. Processing of the demat request form by the Participants – Period of exclusion extended from 23rd March, 2020 till 31st July, 2020. 15 days time period is allowed to DPs after 31st July, 2020 for clearing backlogs;

3. Submission of half yearly Internal Audit Report (IAR) by DPs for half year ended on 31st March 2020 – 31st July, 2020, for half year ended on March 31, 2020;

4. Redressal of investor grievances - Period of exclusion extended from 23rd March, 2020 till 31st July, 2020. 15 days time period is allowed to DPs after 31st July, 2020 for clearing backlogs;

5. Transmission of securities - Period of exclusion extended from 23rd March, 2020 till 31st July, 2020. 15 days time period is allowed to DPs after 31st July, 2020 for clearing backlogs;

6. Closure of demat account. - Period of exclusion extended from 23rd March, 2020 till 31st July, 2020. 15 days time period is allowed to DPs after 31st July, 2020 for clearing backlogs;

SEBI has also extended the timeline for Reporting of Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning by Trading Members (TM) / Clearing Members (CM), for the quarter ending on 30th June, 2020, till 31st July, 2020.

Background:

In view of the situation arising due to COVID-19 pandemic, lockdown imposed by the Government and  representations received from the Depositories, SEBI had earlier provided relaxations in timelines for compliance with various regulatory requirements by the depository participants(DPs) / Registrars to an Issue & Share Transfer Agents (RTAs), vide Circular no. SEBI/HO/MIRSD/DOP/CIR/P/2020/62 dated 16th April, 2020, and Circular No. SEBI/HO/MIRSD/DOP/CIR/P/2020/72 dated 24th April, 2020.

SEBI had received representations from Depositories for further extension of the timelines for compliance with such regulatory requirements. Hence, SEBI issued the present Circular.

Please refer to the hyperlinked source below for further details.

Source: Securities and Exchange Board of India
MandatoryAllNo end date specifiedNo
MaharashtraGreater Mumbai Police issues Prohibitory Order under Section 144 of CrPC to prevent further spread of the COVID-19 virus; effective till 15th July, 202030-06-2020The Commissioner of Police, Greater Mumbai has issued Prohibitory Order under Section 144 of the Code of Criminal Procedure, 1973, for restricting any presence or movement of one or more persons in public places or gathering of any sort anywhere with a view to prevent further spread of the COVID-19 virus in the areas under the control of Commissioner of Police, Greater Mumbai.
The following measures have been implemented with immediate effect and shall be valid till 15th July, 2020 -
1. All movement of one or more persons in the areas designated as "Containment Zone" is prohibited, except for essential activities, supply of essential goods and medical emergencies.

2. All movement of one or more persons in the city is prohibited between 9 pm to 5 am, except for medical emergencies and the following exempted entities:

i. Emergency Services;
ii. Government / semi- government agencies and their officials on duty;
iii. Establishments providing Essential services like –
a. Food, vegetables, milk supplies, ration and grocery stores;
b. Hospitals, medicines, pharma and related establishments, pathology laboratories, medical/nursing colleges;
c. Telephone and internet services;
d. Electricity, petroleum, oil and energy related;
e. Banking, stock Exchange, Clearing Corporations, Depositories, Stock Brokers and SEBI registered participants operating through these institutions;
f. IT and IT enabled Services and Data Centres providing services for Critical National and International Infrastructure and needed for the above essential and emergency services;
g. Media;
h. Ports;
i. Services providing Home Delivery of food, groceries and essential commodities;
j. E-commerce activity for essential and as well as non-essential items and material;
k. Drinking water supply and maintenance;
l. Godowns and warehousing related to all of the above
m. Trucks/Tempos carrying goods and manpower related to above services. 
However, movement of persons for non-essential activities like visit to shops, markets, barber shops, spas, saloons, beauty parlours, outdoor physical activities etc. shall be permitted within the nearby/ neighbourhood area only. Long distance travel for non-essential items will not be permitted. The Zonal DCsP in emergent / special cases are empowered to grant exemption.
Social Distancing Norms (minimum of 6 feet of distance) shall be followed at all times.
MandatoryAll15-07-2020No
KarnatakaKarnataka issues Guidelines for Unlock 2; effective till 31st July 202030-06-2020The Government of Karnataka, in an Order dated 30th June, 2020, has issued Guidelines for Unlock 2, in order to resume/reopen more activities in a calibrated manner.

It has come into force with immediate effect and will be in force till 31st July, 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 remain strictly prohibited between 8 p.m. to 5 a.m. throughout the State, 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. Sunday Lockdown:
There will be complete lockdown on Sundays with effect from 5th July, 2020, followed by next four Sundays till 2nd August, 2020. However, the essential activities permitted during night curfew will be permitted during the Sunday lockdown also.

4. Lockdown will continue to remain in force in the Containment Zones till such time as is necessary as per the existing guidelines regarding Containment Zones. Only essential activities will be allowed in Containment Zones.

5. There will be no restriction on inter-state and intra-state movement of persons and goods. No separate permission/approval/e-permit will be required for such movement. However, people coming into the State of Karnataka from other States shall strictly adhere to the prevailing Guidelines/SOPs issued by Department of Health and Family Welfare and Revenue Department, Government of Karnataka.

6. 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.

7. Use of Aarogya Setu app:
i. Employers on best effort basis should 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.

8. 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. Fine of Rs. 200/- in Municipal Corporation areas and Rs. 100/- in other areas will be imposed for not wearing face cover as required.
ii. Individuals must maintain a minimum distance of 6 feet (2 gazki doori) in public places.
iii. Spitting in public places will be punishable with fine.
iv. Consumption of liquor, pan, gutka, tobacco, etc. in public places is prohibited.

9. Additional directives for workplaces (under Annexure I of the Order):
i. As far as possible, the practice of work-from-home should be followed.
ii. Staggering of work/business hours will be followed in offices, work places, shops, markets and industrial and commercial establishments.
iii. Provision for thermal scanning, hand wash and sanitizer will 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., will be ensured, including between shifts.
v. All persons in charge of workplaces will 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 appended Order
MandatoryAll31-07-2020No
OdishaOdisha Government issues State COVID Management Guidelines; effective 1st July 2020; extends lockdown in containment zones up to 31st July, 202030-06-2020The Government of Odisha (“Government”) has issued the State COVID Management Guideline (“Guidelines”). These Guidelines impose lockdown in the containment zone till 31st July 2020 and lay down guidelines to reopen more activities in a calibrated manner in areas outside of containment zones. The Guidelines are effective from 1st July 2020.

Background

Previously, pursuant to the directions issued by the National Executive Committee, Government of India under the Disaster Management Act, 2005, the Government Odisha, through the Revenue & Disaster Management (Disaster Management) Department Notification [No.3057/R&DM(DM)] dated 1st June 2020, had extended the lock down in the entire State of Odisha with certain stipulations, with a view to contain the spread of COVID-19 pandemic; till midnight of 30th July, 2020.

Key Highlights

(a) The following activities will remain closed till 31st July 2020:

(i) Religious places/ places of worship for public.
(ii) International air travel of passengers, except as permitted by Ministry of Home Affairs.
(iii) Cinema halls, gymnasiums, swimming pools, entertainment complexes, theatres, auditoriums, assembly halls and similar places.
(iv) Social/ political/ sports/ entertainment/ academic/ cultural/ religious functions and other large congregations.
(v) Schools, colleges, other educational/ training/ coaching institutions, etc. will remain closed for the purpose of teaching till 31St August 2020. However, conducting examinations and evaluation, etc. will be permitted.

(b) Hotels and Restaurants are allowed to operate as per SOPs issued by Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Government of India. Restaurant service in Hotels will be open for in-house guests. Restaurants and Hotels are permitted for home delivery/ takeaways of food. Dhabas along National and State Highways/ Major roads for takeaway only.

(c) The Guidelines have vested the responsibility with the Local Authorities on opening shopping malls with appropriate restrictions.

(d) All shops, commercial establishments, offices, institutions and movement of individuals has been prohibited between 9:00pm to 5:00am throughout the State, except for essential activities.

(e) The restriction on night curfew does not apply to the following activities:

(i) District and Municipal Administration/ Police/ Government Officials on duty.
(ii) Doctors, Medical/ Paramedical Staff (Govt. & Private).
(iii) Staff of IT & ITes Companies on production their ID cards.
(iv) Any person, in case of medical or other emergency.
(v) Owner/ staff of chemist shops.
(vi) All industrial units.
(vii) All construction activities.
(viii) Movement of Public Transport, private vehicles and taxis (including cabs by aggregators like Ola, Uber, etc.) to and from airports, railway station and bus terminals/ stands/ stops, for facilitating movement of passengers by air, rail and road.
(ix) Operation of hotels and hospitality units, including their associated offices, movement of staff and associated personnel.
(x) Dhabas along National and State Highways/ Major roads for takeaway.

(f) The Government has called for weekend shutdown on Saturdays and Sundays in the Zone 1 districts consisting of Ganjam, Gajapati, Khurda, Cuttack, Jajpur, Jagatsinghpur, Balasore, Mayurbhanj, Keonjhar and Jharsuguda. Only the following activities will be allowed during the weekend lockdown:

(i) All medical establishments including hospitals, clinics, nursing homes, including medicine stores. Movement of Ambulance and all medical personnel.
(ii) District and Municipal Administration/ Police/ Fire Services.
(iii) Central & State Government officials on emergency duty.
(iv) Telecom services.
(v) Petrol pumps.
(vi) Print and Electronic Media identified by Commissionerate/ District Police.
(vii) Water Supply, sanitation and sewerage workers.
(viii) Electricity supply and distribution.
(ix) Movement of goods and good carriers, whether loaded or unloaded.
(x) Industrial establishments, factories and construction activities.
(xi) Agriculture, Horticulture, Fisheries, Animal Husbandry, Veterinary Services and allied activities, including procurement at Mandis.
(xii) Service sector industries, including IT/ ITes, Hotel & Hospitality units.
(xiii) Operation of hotels and hospitality units, including their associated offices, movement of staff and associated personnel.
(xiv) Movement of rail and air transport.
(xv) Road transport on highways, road movement of transiting vehicles.
(xvi) Movement of Public Transport, private vehicles and taxis (including cabs by aggregators like Ola, Uber, etc.) to and from airports, railway station and bus terminals/ stands/ stops, for facilitating movement of passengers by air, rail and road.
(xvii) Marriages and Funerals, with permission of local authority.
(xviii) ATMs and critical financial institutions like RBI, Clearing Houses.
(xix) Operations of Airports, Railway Stations, Bus Terminals and their associated offices, movement of associated personnel and activities.
(xx) Home Delivery of food, groceries, vegetables and essential items by restaurants and aggregators such as Zomato, Swiggy etc.
(xxi) Dhabas along National and State Highways/ Major roads for takeaway only.
(xxii) Milkbooths.
(xxiii) Food & Grocery stores such as Reliance Fresh, Big Bazaar, Chilika Fresh and others for home delivery only.
(xxiv) Newspaper hawkers between 5 am and 8 am only.

(g) The Government has issued general directives to be adhered to such as:

(i) Face coverings: Wearing of face cover is compulsory in public places; in workplaces; and during transport.
(ii) Social distancing: Individuals must maintain a minimum distance of 6 feet in public places.
(iii) Shops will ensure physical distancing among customers. The owner/ manager of the shop shall be liable for any violation.
(iv) Salons, Spas, Beauty Parlours and Barber shops are required to ensure all safety precautions, disinfection and sanitization before and after service of each customer. The owner/ manager shall be liable for any violation.
(v) Gatherings: Public gatherings/ congregations of more than 7 persons are prohibited.
(vi) Marriage related gatherings: Number of guests not to exceed 50.
(vii) Funeral/ last rites related gatherings: Number of persons not to exceed 20.
(viii) Spitting in public places will be punishable with fine, as prescribed in accordance with laws, rules or regulations.
(ix) Consumption of liquor, paan, gutka, tobacco, etc. in public places is prohibited.

(h) The Government has also issued additional directives for workplaces such as:

(i) Obligation of Heads of Offices: All offices, Government and Private, must ensure adherence to the SOP on preventive measures to contain spread of COVID-19 in offices issued by Department of H&FW, Government of Odisha dated 30thJune 2020. Non-adherence to these guidelines will invite action under appropriate provisions of Disaster Management Act, 2005.
(ii) Work from home (WfH): As far as possible the practice of WfH should be followed.
(iii) Staggering of work/ business hours will be followed in offices, workplaces, shops, markets and industrial & commercial establishments.
(iv) Screening& hygiene: Provision for thermal screening, hand wash and sanitizer will be made at all entry and exit points and common areas.
(v) Frequent sanitization of entire workplace, common facilities and all points which come into human contact e.g. door handles, etc., will be ensured, including between shifts.
(vi) Physical distancing: All persons in charge of workplaces will ensure adequate distance between workers, adequate gaps between shifts, staggering the lunch breaks of staff, etc.

(i) The Government has allowed unrestricted movement of persons and goods. No Permission/ approval/ permit/ Passes will be required for such movements.

For a detailed read, please refer to the appended Order.
MandatoryAll31-07-2020No
OdishaOdisha Government rolls out  preventive measures to contain the spread of the pandemic COVID 1930-06-2020In an Order dated 30th June, 2020 the Government of Odisha has notified preventive measures to contain the spread of the pandemic COVID 19.

Offices and other workplaces are a relatively closed setting, with shared spaces like corridors, elevators ad stairs, parking places, cafeteria, meeting rooms and conference halls.

Thus, in order to prevent the infection in workplace settings and to respond in a timely and effective manner, these guidelines have been issued.

Basic Preventive Measures:

1. Physical distancing of at least 6 feet at all times;
2. use of face covers is mandatory;
3. practice frequent handwashing;
4. Respiratory etiquette has to be strictly followed.

Preventive Measures for Office:

1. It must be ensured that any staff suffering from respiratory illness does not attend office and seeks medical advice;
2. Any staff requesting home quarantine based on the containment zone activities in their residential areas should be permitted to work from home;
3. Guidelines issued by the Government of Odisha with respect to organizing meetings, coordinating visitors to be scrupulously followed.

Closure of workplaces:

If there are one or two cases reported, the disinfection procedure will be limited to places/area visited by the patient in the last 48 hours.
There is no requirement to close the entire office building/ halt work in other areas of the office and work can be resumed after the disinfection procedure.
However, incase there is a larger outbreak, the entire building has to be closed for 48 hours after thorough disinfection.
Please Note:
1. The Order further lays down the measures that have to be taken on occurrence of COVID cases.

2.The disinfection procedure is available on https://mohfw.gov.in.pdf/Guidelinesondisinfectionofcommonpublicofficesincludingoffices.pdf
MandatoryAllNo end date specifiedNo
West BengalGovernment of West Bengal extends lockdown in the Containment Zones till 31st July, 2020; restricts movement of individuals between 10:00pm to 5:00am except for essential activities 30-06-2020In an Order dated 30th June, 2020 the Government of West Bengal has notified the  extension of lockdown measures in Containment Zones (Affected Areas) of the State up to 31st July, 2020.

Activities prohibited till 31st July, 2020:

i. Schools, ICDS centres, colleges, educational / training /coaching institutions etc.

ii. Cinema halls, gymnasiums, swimming pools, entertainment parks, theatres, bars, auditoriums and assembly halls.

iii. Social, political, sports, entertainment, academic, cultural, religious and other large congregations.

Additional Activities Permitted:

ln partial modification of this office Memo No 232-CS/2020 dated 08/06/2020, the following additional relaxations allowed strictly following the norms of physical distancing and wearing of masks:

i. Up to 50 guests for marriage related gatherings outside the Affected Area.

ii. Morning walk in parks outside the Affected Area from 5:30 AM to 8:30 AM.

General Directives:

i. Norms of physical distancing, wearing of masks, health and hygiene protocol must be strictly followed.

ii. Management bodies / owners / in-charge of the institutions, organizations, shops and establishments and work places etc. will be responsible for compliance of stated norms and directives.

Any violation in compliance of norms of physical distancing, wearing of masks and health & hygiene protocol and other directives will attract penal action as per law.

Movement restriction at night:

i. Movement of individuals will remain strictly prohibited between 10:00PM to 5:00AM except for essential activities including operation of industrial units in shifts; movement, loading & unloading of goods and travel of persons to destinations after disembarking from buses, trains and airplanes.

ii. District administration and local authorities shall issue orders under appropriate provisions of law to enforce this and shall ensure its strict compliance.

Please note:

The existing restrictions and interventions as notified under Memo No 177-CS/2020 dated 18/05/2020 read with Memo No 218-CS/ 2020 dated 30/05/2020 will continue to be in force for the areas designated as Affected Area (Category -A) as per the containment plan.
MandatoryAll31-07-2020No
MaharashtraThane Municipal Corporation declares lockdown in municipal area till 12.7.2020; specifies guidelines in this regard30-06-2020In an Order dated June 30, 2020, the Municipal Corporation, Thane has, declared lockdown in the municipal corporation area from July 2, 2020 from 7.00 am to July 12, 2020 till 7.00 am.

In this regard the following are specified:

(1) Except transportation of most essential and perishable items for all other purposes the lockdown would be applicable within the limit of Thane Municipal Corporation.

(2) No permission would be given to Inter-City, MSRTC Buses and inclusive Metros to all Public Transport Services. There would be no permission to Taxies and Auto-Rickshaws. However, for taking/giving the emergency medical services there would be permission for transportation of passengers. Under this order other than permission for driver, a permission only for one passenger to private vehicles is allowed for work related to essential services, health services and the activities permitted under above Act.

(3) Operations of all inter-state buses and passenger transport services (including private vehicles) as well as operations by private persons would not be allowed. However, the Tourist Vehicles who are coming from outside or going outside would be allowed.

(4) When a person is required to be quarantined in house, its strict observance is to be done failing which that person would be liable for strict penal action and that person would be shifted to Quarantine Centre of Municipal Corporation.

(5) All residents will have to remain in the house only and would be required to strictly observe social permissions and by way of observing the conditions laid down in above and would be allowed to go out of the house for the permissible work.

(6) At public place for purchase of essential commodities a crowd of more than 5 persons must not be allowed to come together.

(7) All offices of commercial establishments, factories, workshops, godowns etc and all shops would keep their work closed. However, the pharmaceuticals who need continuous process and other manufacturing units who need continuous process would be permitted. Further the manufacturing units engaged in manufacture of pulses, rice mills, industries related to eatables, diaries and fodder would be allowed to run their units.

(8) The Government Offices would be permitted to operate with minimum possible employees and they would be required to ensure 3 feet distance near check counter as well as amongst each other for which they would take necessary steps. They would arrange availability of proper cleanliness and sanitizing/hand washing facilities.

(9) The following shops and establishments handling essential commodities and services are  excluded from this prevention:

a. Banks, ATM’s, Insurance and concerned things

b. Print and Electric Media

c. Inclusive of services of IT, ITES, Telecom, Post, Internet and Data.

d. For transportation and availability of supply chain and essential commodities.

e. Import and export of agricultural commodities and products and all other articles.

f. E Commercial Distribution of food, pharmaceuticals and medical equipments.

g. Bakery and veterinary establishments for pet animals.

h. Transportation for hospitals, pharmacies, optical stores, pharmaceutical manufacturing and their traders.

i. Transportation for petrol pump, LPG, Gas, Oil Agency, their godowns and their concerned works and pass holders for essential services only.

j. All security and facility management services as well as essential services that are being supplied to institutions by private institutions.

k. Private establishments and supporting services for essential services for control of Covid-19.

l. Above concerned supply chain

m. All concerned officers doing implementation have to keep it in mind that the fundamentally strict prohibitions are related to movements of the people.

n. In case of liquor shops only the home delivery would be permissible.

o. The industrial units that are presently working would continue working further in the same manner.

p. As stated in the order dated 23/6/2020 there would be permission to organize the program of marriage function subject to limitation of participants to the tune of 50 Nos. only.

(10) The Departments/Offices and Service Providers of State Government as well as Public Sector Undertakings would work only to the extent of providing essential services.

(11) For making available the health services to patients of Covid-19 in all private and Government hospitals all alternative surgeries are to be planned.

With reference to the concerned institutions, organizations and establishments the Officers working under Police Commissioner, Officers of Municipal Corporation and other Competent Authorities for proper implementation of above rules with authentic, human and justified way will have to conduct all requisite remedies.

Against any person, institution violating any provision of the above rules necessary action would be initiated under the provisions of Epidemic Diseases Act 1897, Disaster Management Act 2005 and other concerned laws and rules.

All orders passed earlier by different Authorities and Implementation Machineries would be superseded by this order. 
MandatoryAll12-07-2020No
Himachal PradeshDistrict Magistrate of Sirmaur District, Nahan in Himachal Pradesh issues fresh Orders under Section 144 of CrPC30-06-2020The District Magistrate of Sirmaur at Nahan, exercising his powers under Section 144 CrPC, 1973 has ordered the following in the District of Sirmaur, Nahan, Himachal Pradesh; effective since 1st July, 2020.

1. Movement of individuals to be 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 and travel of persons to their destinations after disembarking from buses, trains and airplanes;

2. Inter-State movement of industrial workers, industrialist, traders, raw material supplies, service providers, inspecting authorities will be regulated by SOPs issued by the State. The Tehsildar Nahan & Paonta Sahib are the competent authorities to issue passes to such units/traders, raw material suppliers, service providers, inspecting authorities;

3. All inter-state movement into the district will be regulated through passes/permits issued by the District Magistrate;

4. The guidelines of lockdown will remain enforced in Containment zones / buffer zones till 31st July, 2020 and in these zones, only essential activities will be allowed;

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

6. Aarogya Setu App to be installed by all employees having compatible mobile phones and they should regularly update their health status on the app;

7. Face masks/cover and strict social distancing to be followed;

8. Marriage related gathering to have not more than 50 guests;

9. Not more than 20 people to be present for funeral/last rites related gatherings;

10. Spitting in public places punishable with fine;

11. Staggering of work / business hours to be followed in offices, work places, shops, markets and industrial and commercial establishments;

12. Any person not following these orders will be liable for prosecution under IPC and the Disaster Management Act, 2005;

For a detailed read, please refer to appended Order
MandatoryAllNo end date specifiedNo
RajasthanRajasthan issues Guidelines for Unlock 2; effective from 01.07.2020 up to 31.07.202030-06-2020The Home Department, Government of Rajasthan, in an Order dated 30th June, 2020, has issued Unlock 2 Guidelines effective from 1st July, 2020 to 31st July, 2020.

Key Highlights:
1. Containment Zones:
Containment Zones will be detected by District Collectors and notified on the website of the Government of Rajasthan for information. In the notified Containment Zones, Guidelines and protocols issued by the Ministry of Home Affairs ("MHA") and Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Government of India, will have to be strictly followed. Only essential activities will be allowed in these Containment Zones. Entry and exit in these zones will be allowed only for medical emergencies and for maintaining supply of essential services.

2. Night Curfew:
Movement of individuals for non-essential activities is prohibited between 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. However this restriction/prohibition is not applicable on the following:
i. Police/District Administration/Government employees on duty.
ii. Medical and para-medical staff.
iii. Staff of IT and ITeS companies.
iv. Industrial establishments/construction activities, where work is done in shifts.
v. Movement due to any medical or other emergency.
vi. Owners and staff of medical shops.
vii. Travel on State and National Highways.
viii. Movement for travelling home from airports, railway stations and bus stands.
ix. Trucks or good carriers (including loading and unloading of goods).

3. Prohibited activities:
i. International air travel, except as permitted by the MHA, Government of India.
ii. Metro rail services.
iii. Schools, colleges, training and coaching institutes shall remain closed till 31st July, 2020. Online/distance learning are allowed and encouraged.
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.
vi. Marriages and funerals have been allowed with certain conditions/restrictions.

4. Common Safety Precautions in public places:
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.
iii. Spitting in public places is prohibited and will be punishable with fine.
iv. Consumption of liquor, pan, gutka, tobacco, etc. in public places is prohibited.
v. All individuals have been advised to clean their hands with soap and water or sanitizer after touching areas/things which usually come in contact with a lot of people, like door handles.

5. Common Safety Precautions at workplaces:
i. As far as possible, the practice of work-from-home should be followed.
ii. Staggering of work/business hours has to be followed in offices, workplaces, 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., will be ensured, including between shifts.
v. All persons in charge of workplaces will ensure adequate distance between workers, adequate gaps between shifts, staggering the lunch breaks of staff, etc., for the purpose of social distancing.
vi. All employers have been asked to encourage their employees to install and use the Aarogya Setu application in their mobile phones.

6. Safety Advisory for vulnerable people:
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.

7. Permitted activities:
It has been said that all activities which have not been mentioned in this Order, but was restricted/allowed by Orders dated 31st May, 2020 and 6th June, 2020, will continue to operate as per the restrictions/permissions provided in those Orders.

8. Movement/transport/passes:
i. There will be no restriction on inter-state and intra-state movement of persons and goods.
ii. People travelling by trains/shramik special trains/flights, must follow the Standard Operating Procedure issued by the MHA, Government of India.

Caveat: Please note that the Order attached is in Hindi. 
MandatoryAll31-07-2020No
TelanganaGeneral Administration Department, Government of Telangana issues orders related to calibrated reopening of activities in the state and extension of lockdown in the containment zones till 31st July 202030-06-2020The General Administration Department, Government of Telangana (“Government”) has extended the provisions of Order dated 4th June, 2020 in the State till 31st July, 2020 with the following modifications:

1. Restriction on movement of persons (other than for emergency medical care), between 10 pm and 5 am. However, movement of persons for operation of industrial units in multiple shifts, movement of persons on National and State Highways, loading and unloading of cargo and travel of persons to their destinations after disembarking from buses, trains and airplanes will be permitted during this period.

2. The Government has prohibited shops and establishments to remain open after 9:30 pm, except for hospitals and pharmacies.

For a detailed read, please refer to the appended Order.
MandatoryAll31-07-2020NO
SikkimGangtok Municipal Corporation further extends timeline to renew Trade Licenses up to 31.07.202030-06-2020The Gangtok Municipal Corporation, Sikkim, has informed all Trade License holders under Gangtok Municipal Corporation that the renewal period of Trade Licenses has been further extended upto 31st July, 2020 without any late fee. All licensees have been requested to login to www.gmcsikkim.in and submit their request for renewal.

Background:
In a Press Release dated 4th May, 2020, the Government of Sikkim had extended the renewal timeline of all Trade licenses up to 30th June, 2020, without any late fee.

The Gangtok Municipal Corporation is now extending that timeline for all licensees under Gangtok Municipal Corporation, up to 31st July, 2020.
AdvisoryAll31-07-2020No
SikkimSikkim Unlock II - state guidelines: rules for entry in the state, movement of persons and vehicles, and commercial and private establishments.30-06-2020Home Department, Government of Sikkim on 30th June, 2020 has issued fresh guidelines for phased re-opening of lockdown (unlock 2) in the State which will be effective from 1st July to 31st July, 2020.

Guidelines for phased opening are -

1. The following activities will continue to remain prohibited/closed across the state from 1st July, 2020 -
i. Inter-state transport by all modes except with specific permission issued by concerned District Magistrate;
ii. All educational training, coaching institutions etc. except online/distance teaching;
iii. All cinema halls, swimming pools, entertainment parks, theatres, auditoriums, assembly halls and similar places;
iv. All social/political/sports/entertainment/academic/cultural/religious functions and other gatherings;
v. All religious places/places of worship are closed for public. Religious congregations are strictly prohibited.

2. Following activities are permitted with restrictions w.e.f. 1st July, 2020 -
i. Inter-district and intra-district movement of persons are allowed subject to odd-even stipulations (i.e., registration numbers ending with odd number will ply on odd days and similar for even numbers). In order to maintain social distancing small vehicles will carry only 3 passengers, one in the front seat next to driver and two at the back. Similarly contract carriages/luxury taxis/SUVs can carry 5 passengers.
ii. Taxi syndicates, agents and taxi stands are not allowed to operate.
iii. Two wheelers are allowed to ply on all days but without pillion rider.
iv. Two wheelers engaged for delivery of food by restaurants/fast food centres/sweet-shops/bakeries are allowed to operate between 8 AM to 8:30 PM.
v. Only officers/employees of Central/State Government, Factory/project/construction site staff of private companies/central government/state government and persons who are domicile of Sikkim are allowed to enter into the State through either Rangpo or Melli checkposts.
vi. Persons entering the State will have to undergo quarantine as per Health Department guidelines. Also, they must download Aarogya Setu App on their mobile phones.
vii. Passes issued by the authorities will continue to remain valid.
viii. Inter-state movement of goods (including hardware and construction materials) is allowed, however, restrictions on inter-state movements of light transport vehicles will continue. All trucks registered outside the state will return on the same day, if they are unable to do so, the driver and helpers will stay at Transit camps identified by the District Magistrates.
ix. Goods vehicles to have one driver and one helper only.
x. An empty truck/goods carrier will be allowed to ply after delivery of goods or for pick up of goods.
xi. All licensed shops which are standalone shops including vehicle showrooms, auto garages and tyre repair shops, barber, spas etc. (except shops in shopping complexes and multi-brand and single-brand malls) will remain open with 50% strength of workers.
xii. Shops will remain open from 8 AM till 6 PM. Proper wearing of masks and social distancing will have to be followed strictly.
xiii. All hotels/restaurants/fast food centres/ sweet shops/bakeries will operate from 8 AM till 9 PM with 50% room/seating capacity.
xiv. Weekly closure of markets in town areas stands restored as before.
xv. Gymnasiums will be allowed to operate with condition that occupancy at any given time is only 50% the total capacity and the timings for it is from 7 AM till 6 PM.

3. All other activities not covered above will be allowed.
4. There will be no vehicular movement including private/taxis between 10 Pm to 6 AM except for emergency purposes and vehicles on Government duty.
5. Persons above 65 years of age, persons with co-morbidities, pregnant women and children below the age of 10 years will stay at home except for meeting essential requirements and for health purposes.
6. Any person violating these lockdown measures will be liable to be prosecuted under provisions of the Disaster Management Act, 2005, IPC, and Sikkim Public Health (COVID-19) Regulations, 2020.
MandatoryAll31-07-2020Yes
Himachal PradeshDistrict Magistrate, Lahaul and Spiti District, extends Prohibitory Order under Section 144 of Cr.PC in the District till 31st July 2020;30-06-2020The District Magistrate of Lahaul and Spiti, Government of Himachal Pradesh (“Authority”), has issued an Orders to extend the prohibitory Order under Section 144 of Cr.PC in the District till 31st July 2020. The Authority has revised the night curfew timings from 9 pm till 5 am. Earlier, the night curfew hours were from 8 pm to 6 am.

The Order has been in effect since 1st July 2020.

Background

Previously, the Authority had issued the prohibitory order on 24th March 2020 for effect in the Lahaul and Spiti district. The Order was extended till 30th June 2020 by virtue of Order issued by the Government dated 23rd May 2020. On 30th June 2020, the Home Department of Himachal Pradesh had authorised the Authority to extend the effect of prohibitory Order till 31st July 2020.

The Authority has now issued the extension order for enforcing the prohibitory Order in the District of Lahaul and Spiti till 31st July 2020.

For a detailed read, please refer to the appended Order.
MandatoryAll31-07-2020No
PuducherryDM, Puducherry issues prohibitory Order under Section 144 of CrPC restricting movement of people between 10 pm and 5 am; effective from 3rd July, 202030-06-2020The District Magistrate of Puducherry (“DM”) has issued prohibitory Order under Section 144 of the CrPC in consonance with the Unlock 2.0 Order issued by the Ministry of Home Affairs (“MHA Order dated 29th June, 2020”), to prohibit the movement of individuals for non-essential activities between 10:00 pm and 5:00 am.

In order to enforce the prohibition on movement, the following restrictions in Puducherry region (except Mahe and Yanam) have been enforced:

1. All shops, establishments (including petrol pumps, Restaurants) shall function from 6.00 am to 8.00 pm only;

2. The liquor shops shall open as per the license condition and shall close by 8.00 pm;

3. Milk Booths shall operate upto 10:00 pm;

4. The whole sale and retail medical shops / pharmacy are permitted to be open without any restriction;

These restrictions will become effective from 3rd July, 2020 i.e. today and remain in force till further orders.

Penalty:
Any violation of the above instructions will attract penalties under the relevant provisions of the Disaster Management Act, 2005and Epidemic Act, 1897.

Please note:
The present order will not apply to agencies / officials of the Government involved in the enforcement of Law and Order, duty relating to containment of corona virus and the maintenance of essential services.
MandatoryAllNo end date specifiedNo
Dadra and Nagar Havelli & Daman and DiuUT of Dadra and Nagar Haveli and Daman and Diu implements lockdown in the containment zones upto 31st July, 2020; follows the Guidelines issued by the Central Government 30-06-2020In an Order dated 30th June, 2020 the Union Territory Administration of Dadra and Nagar Haveli and Daman and Diu (“Union Territory”) has extended the lockdown in the containment zones till 31st July, 2020. Further, more activities will be re-opened outside the containment zones in the Union Territory in a calibrated manner.
The SOP and the Guideline issued by the Ministry of Home Affairs on 29th June, 2020 will be implemented in the Union Territory.
MandatoryAll31-07-2020No
HaryanaHaryana implements Unlock 2 Guidelines issued by the Ministry of Home Affairs on 29th June, 2020, effective till 31st July, 202030-06-2020In an Order dated 30th June, 2020 the Haryana State Disaster Management Authority (“Authority”) has notified that the Unlock 2 Guidelines issued by the Ministry of Home Affairs on 29th June, 2020 will be strictly implemented in Haryana and will remain in force till 31st July, 2020.

The Authority has further directed that no activities shall be allowed in the districts of Gurugram and Faridabad in religious places and places of worship in view of the large number of COVID-19 positive cases. Furthermore, detailed Standard Operating Procedure (“SOP”) issued by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare have also been notified in respect of religious places, places of worship, hotels, restaurants and other hospitality services and shopping malls within the territory of Haryana.

For a detailed read, please refer to the appended Order.
MandatoryAll31-07-2020No
CentralBIS relaxes manufacturing norms for PPEs like filter half masks, surgical face masks and eye protectors29-06-2020The Bureau of Indian Standards (“BIS”) has granted relaxation in its norms of having in-house testing facilities for manufacturers of the following types of PPEs:

i. Filter Half Masks to Protect against particles of Class FFP2 as per IS 9473:2002
ii. Surgical Face Masks as per IS 16289:2014
iii. Eye Protectors as per IS 5983:1980

The above-mentioned relaxation has been granted to enable more manufacturers to be brought in the ambit of BIS product certification scheme; resulting in greater quantity of BIS certified PPEs being made available to the users.
 
However, for such manufacturers, testing of samples for conformity to the specified requirements is being done in laboratories of BIS licensees who have in-house testing facilities, or in BIS recognized or empanelled private/government labs.

Domestic manufacturers who are interested in applying for a BIS licence may register themselves and submit their application online through BIS website ‘www.bis.gov.in’.

For a detailed read, please refer to the attached document.
MandatoryHealthcareNo end date specifiedNo
MaharashtraMaharashtra Government further extends lockdown owing to COVID pandemic till 31st July, 2020, allows certain activities in the State29-06-2020The Government of Maharashtra, in an Order dated 29th June, 2020, has further extended the lockdown in the entire State till 31st July, 2020. By exercising its powers under the Epidemic Diseases Act, 1897 and Disaster Management Act, 2005, the lockdown has been extended along with introduction of "Mission Begin Again" for easing of restrictions and phase wise opening till 31st July, 2020 for containment of COVID-19 epidemic in the State.

Under this order, movement of persons for the purpose of non-essential activities like shopping and outdoor exercises will be restricted within the neighbourhood limits with mandatory precautions like wearing of masks, social distancing and personal hygiene. In addition to this, unrestricted movement is permitted only for attending place of work which are open (as mentioned in this order) and bonafide humanitarian requirement including medical reason. Further, the National Directives of COVID-19 Management (Annexure I) will have to be followed in the State of Maharashtra.

Activities permitted in the State are as follows -
 
A. In Municipal Corporations of MMR Region including MCGM, Municipal Corporations of Pune, Solapur, Aurangabad, Malegaon, Nashik, Dhule, Jalgaon, Akola, Amravati and Nagpur following activities are permitted with restrictions as specified in the Orders issued from time to time:-

1. All essential shops will are allowed before this order will continue to do so.

2. All non-essential shops will be allowed to continue as per relaxations and guidelines issued earlier. Such non-essential markets, market areas and shops excluding malls and market complexes will remain open from 9 AM to 5 PM. Liquor shops will continue to operate if permitted, home-delivery or otherwise.

3. E-commerce activity for essential as well as non-essential items & material.

4. All the industrial units which are presently open will continue to operate.

5. All construction sites (Public/Private) which are allowed to remain open and operational. All such pre-monsoon works (Public and Private) which are allowed.

6. Home delivery restaurants / Kitchen.

7. On-line/ distance learning and related activities.

8. All Government offices excluding Emergency, health & Medical, treasuries, disaster management, police, NIC, food & Civil Supply, FCI, N.Y.K., Municipal Services to function with 15% strength or 15 persons whichever is higher.

9. All private offices can operate up to 10% strength or 10 people, whichever is more.

10. Movement of people is allowed by taxi/cab/aggregator, rickshaw and four wheeler in one essential with two persons manner. For two wheelers only rider is allowed, pillion is not allowed.

11. Activities related to self-employed people like plumbers, electricians, pest-control and technicians.

12. Garages to mend vehicles and workshops with prior appointments.

13. Long distance travel for non-essential items is not permitted. The inter-district movement of persons within the area of Mumbai Metropolitan Region is allowed for essential activities and office purposes.

14. Marriage related gatherings in open spaces, lawns, non air conditioned halls as mentioned in previous order.

15. Outdoor Physical Activities with restrictions.

16. Printing and Distribution of newspapers (including home delivery).

17. The offices/staff of Educational institutions (Universities/ Colleges/ Schools) for the purpose of non-teaching purposes including development of e-content, evaluation of answer sheets and declaration of results.

18. Barber Shops, Spas, Saloons, Beauty Parlors with conditions as permitted by State
Government.

B. In the rest of State except the areas covered in above A, all activities, which are not explicitly prohibited or banned, shall continue to be permitted, with restrictions as specified in the Orders issued from time to time:-

1. All public and private transport will follow 1+2 passenger layout for four and three wheelers. For 2 wheelers only rider is allowed, pillion  not allowed.

2. Inter-district movement will continue to be regulated and intra-district bus service will be allowed with maximum 50% capacity per bus with physical distancing and sanitation measures.

3. All non-essential markets/shops will remain open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

4. Marriage related gatherings in open spaces, lawns, non air conditioned halls as mentioned in previous order.

5. Outdoor Physical Activities with restrictions.

6. Printing and Distribution of newspapers (including home delivery).

7. The offices/staff of Educational institutions (Universities/ Colleges/ Schools) for the purpose of non-teaching purposes including development of e-content, evaluation of answer sheets and declaration of results.

8. Barber Shops, Spas, Saloons, Beauty Parlors with conditions as permitted by State Government.

Any person violating these above mentioned measures will be liable to be punished as per provisions of the Disaster Management Act, 2005 besides legal action under Indian Penal Code, 1860 and other legal provisions (Annexure III).

For a detailed read, please refer the attached order.
MandatoryAll31-07-2020Yes
CentralMHA issues letter to Chief Secretaries of States and the Administrators of UTs on MHA Unlock 2.0 Order extending lockdown in the Containment Zones up to 31.7.2020 with calibrated un-locking of activities in non-Containment Zones29-06-2020The Ministry of Home Affairs, Government of India (MHA), has issued a Letter dated June 29, 2020 addressed to the Chief Secretaries of all States and the Administrators of all Union Territories.

The Letter is in pursuance of the MHA Order (Unlock 2.0 Order) notified on June 29, 2020 whereby lockdown has been extended in the Containment Zones up to July 31, 2020 along with re-opening of more activities in Non-Containment Zones in a phased manner. It also refers to the earlier Unlock 1.0 Order where certain activities, had been permitted outside the Containment Zones from June 8, 2020 (relevant SOPs have been issued for the same).

Now, under Unlock 2.0, which will come into effect from July 1, 2020, the process of phased re-opening of activities has been extended further. However, lockdown shall continue to be implemented strictly in the Containment Zones till 31 July, 2020 with strict perimeter control along with enforcement of containment measures as per guidelines of the Ministry of Health & Family Welfare.

The Letter further states that the Unlock 2.0 Order has been issued in view of the suggestions received from the State Governments through consultations held with the related Central Ministries and Departments. The Order specifies the activities permitted outside containment zones as well as the restrictions with regard to specified activities.

The Letter reiterates that the State Governments and Union Territory Administrators cannot dilute restrictions imposed under the Unlock 2.0 Order issued by MHA. States and Union Territories, based on their assessment of the situation, may prohibit certain activities in areas outside containment zones, or impose such restrictions as they deem necessary. 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.

For a detailed read, please refer to the appended Letter.
MandatoryAll31-07-2020No
CentralMinistry of Home Affairs notifies guidelines on Unlock 2.0; extends Lockdown in Containment Zones till 31st July, 2020; un-locking of more activities outside Containment Zones to take place in a calibrated manner29-06-2020Ministry of Home Affairs, Government of India, has issued guidelines under the Disaster Management Act, 2005 for re-opening of more activities in areas outside the Containment Zones in a calibrated manner, while extending the Lockdown in Containment Zones upto 31st July, 2020.  For more details please refer to the appended documents. MandatoryAll31-07-2020No
CentralSEBI extends timeline for implementation of the Guidelines for Portfolio Managers till 1st October, 202029-06-2020In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Securities and Exchange Board of India (“SEBI”) has, in a Circular dated 29th June, 2020, extended the timeline for implementation of the Guidelines for Portfolio Managers (“Guidelines”) till 1st October, 2020.

Background:

SEBI had, in a Circular No. SEBI/HO/IMD/DF1/CIR/P/2020/26 dated 13th February, 2020, issued the Guidelines effective 1st May, 2020.

Subsequently, in light of the market events due to COVID-19 pandemic, SEBI had issued another Circular No. SEBI/HO/IMD/DF1/CIR/P/2020/57 dated 30th March, 2020 extending the timeline for implementation of the Guidelines till 30th June, 2020. 

In light of the requests received from portfolio managers and the prevailing business and market conditions, SEBI issued the current Circular to further extend the timeline for implementation of the Guidelines by 3 months.

Please refer to the appended documents for details.

Source: Securities and Exchange Board of India
MandatoryAll01-10-2020No
CentralRecommencement of domestic air travel w.e.f. 25.05.2020- Updation of guidelines29-06-2020In an Office Memorandum dated 29th June, 2020 the Ministry of Civil Aviation, Government of India (“Ministry”) has updated the Guideline regarding “Recommencement of Domestic air travel w.e.f. 25.05.2020”.

With regard to evolving COVID-19 situation, where new cases that have been cured are in large numbers, for travelling, passengers have to now declare that they have not tested COVID -19 positive in the last three weeks. Further, COVID-19 recovered persons fulfilling this condition will be allowed to travel upon showing a COVID-19 recovered/discharged certificate from any institution dealing with COVID19 subjects.

Background:

The Ministry in an Order dated 21.05.2020 had issued general instructions, detailed guidelines and Specific Operating Guidelines (SOP) for stakeholders, in connection with the recommencement of domestic air travel from 25th May, 2020.

In its Order dated 21st May, 2020, passengers had to declare that they have not tested COVID 19 positive in the last 2 months. Now, with the present Order, the said time period of 2 months is being reduced to 3 weeks.
MandatoryAllNo end date specifiedNo
CentralAmendment in export policy of PPE Kits allowing restricted import of PPE Medical Coveralls for COVID-1929-06-2020The Directorate General of Foreign Trade (DGFT) in a Notification dated 29th June, 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 export on the following were prohibited under the Export Policy 2018 -

1. Surgical Masks/Disposable Masks

2. All Masks except non-surgical/non-medical masks of all types(cotton, silk, wool, knitted)

3. PPE exported either as part of kits or as individual items -
i. Medical Coverall of all classes/categories
ii. Medical Goggles
iii. All Masks except non-surgical/non-medical masks of all types(cotton, silk, wool, polyester, nylon, rayon, viscose-knitted, woven or blended)
iv. Nitrile/NBR Golves
v. Face Shield

Now, with the 29th June, 2020 Notification export of all PPE Medical Coveralls for COVID-19 will have restricted export. A monthly export quota of 50 Lakh PPE Medical Coveralls for COVID-19 units has been fixed for issuance of export policies to the eligible applicants to export PPE Medical Coveralls for COVID-19 as per criteria seperately issued in a Trade Notice on 29th June, 2020.

The Trade Notice on 29th June, 2020 has specified the Procedure and Criteria for submission and approval of applications for export of  PPE Medical Coveralls for COVID-19. (Refer to the attachment for details).

All items defined under point 3 above continue to remain prohibited for export and monthly quota will not be applicable on export of such items.


 
MandatoryExportersNo end date specifiedNo
NagalandGovt of Nagaland extends the operation of existing lockdown guidelines in the State till July 15, 202029-06-2020Government of Nagaland has in an Order dated 29th June, 2020, informed that the existing guidelines with regard to lockdown issued under Order dated 4th May, 2020 (reported in trail) will continue to remain operative in Nagaland till 15th July 2020.

However, the existing guidelines will be subject to the following relaxations that were issued subsequently:

Order Dated June 10, 2020 – Allowed opening of religious places/places of worship outside Containment Zones subject to certain specified conditions. These included mandatory wearing of mask, maintaining minimum distance of 6 feet, number of persons (in place of worship) to not exceed 30% of the capacity of building and keeping open for worship between 5 am to 5 pm only, among other restrictions.

Order Dated June 20, 2020 – Allowed plying of local taxis and auto rickshaws in all the 14 (fourteen) border administrative sub-divisions and its subordinate administrative circles. The local taxis and auto rickshaws were permitted to ply with certain conditions, which among others, required that they carry not more than two and one passenger(s) respectively, and both the driver and passengers must wear masks. The local taxis and auto rickshaws are also not to cross Inter-District and Inter-State boundaries.
MandatoryAll15-07-2020No
MeghalayaDistrict Magistrate, East Khasi Hills in Meghalaya issues Prohibitory Orders under Sec 144 CrPC w.e.f. 30th of June upto 6th of July, 202029-06-2020The District Magistrate, East Khasi Hills District, Shillong has issued prohibitory order under Section 144 CrPC from 30th June, 2020 upto 6th July, 2020 for timings 5 AM to 9 PM each day in all East Khasi Hills District including Shillong Urban Agglomeration, Civil Sub-Division of Sohra/Pynursla and C&RD Blocks.

The following activities are prohibited -

1. Inter-state movement;
2. Any assembly whatsoever;
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 stadia;
7. Operation of Educational Institutions, training centers and coaching classes (tuitions) 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;
9. All forms of large public gathering and congregation including social, political, entertainment, academic, cultural, religious functions, etc.
10. Moving in public, work places and during transport without a Mask.
11. Spitting in public places;
12. Consumption of liquor, paan, gutka, tobacco, etc in public places.
13. Operation of Cyber Café, Gaming Parlours, Jackpot Parlours and Lottery Counter.
14. Additional workforce from outside the District is prohibited except for skilled, highly skilled, specialized professionals and technicians regulated by SOP of Labour Department, Meghalaya.

In addition to the above-mentioned restrictions, general instructions have also been issued. They are as follows-

1. Individuals to maintain minimum distance of 6 feet/2 metres in public places.
2. Number of guests for marriage related gatherings should not exceed 50 and weddings/receptions in Hotel Halls will be allowed via reviewing on a case to case basis.
3. Number of people at funeral/last rites related gathering should not exceed 20.
4. Persons above 65 years, person with co-morbidities, pregnant women and children below the age of 10 years in public places to stay at home except for meeting essential requirements and for health purposes.
5. Operation of supply chains/wholesalers and retail outlets, shops, services and other establishments will be regulated as per scheduled timings and dates which will be released in advance from time to time. In addition to that, these activities will have to strictly adhere with SOPs released by the Government along with National Directives of Government for COVID-19 Management.
6. Employers for all form of activities including shops, services, establishments etc. will ensure that Aarogya Setu Application is installed by all their employees.
7. All Residents in the District to install Aarogya Setu App on their phones and regularly update their health status on the app for containment of COVID-19 pandemic.
8. Passes for all forms of outward inter-state movement from East Khasi Hills District will be issued by the District Magistrate.

For a detailed read, please refer to the attached Order.
MandatoryAll06-07-2020No
CentralExtension in time limit to issue an order on GST refund application which falls within the period 20th March, 2020 to 30th August, 202027-06-2020 Central Board of Indirect Taxes and Customs (CBIC) has issued a Notification No. 56/2020 dated 27th June, 2020 to notify that for cases where notice for rejection of refund claim has been issued, in full or in part, and time limit to issue refund order by the proper officer ( i.e. within 60 days from the receipt of refund application complete in all respects) falls during the period from 20th March, 2020 to 30th August, 2020, then the time limit to issue the refund order by the officer shall be extended to fifteen days after the receipt of reply of notice from the registered person or the 31st day of August, 2020, whichever is later. Mandatory Allfifteen days after the receipt of reply of notice from the registered person or 31st August - which ever is laterNo
CentralExtension in last date for filing of appeal, furnishing of return, statements, applications, reports, any other documents, time limit for certain compliances under GST till 31st August, 202027-06-2020Central Board of Indirect Taxes and Customs (CBIC) has issued a Notification No. 56/2020 dated 27th June, 2020  to notify that the due date for issue of notice, approval order, sanction order, filing of appeal, furnishing of return, statements, applications, reports, any other documents, time limit for completion of such compliance under GST is expiring between 20th March 2020 to 30th August, 2020 shall be extended to 31st August, 2020 except for the following:
a) Time limit for time and value of supply;
b) Application for registration;
c) Obtaining certificate of registration for casual taxable person and non-resident taxable person;
d) Issuance of Tax invoice;
e) Furnishing details of outward supplies in GSTR-1 ; summary return in GSTR-3B
f) Inspection of goods in movement.
Mandatory AllPermanent Change for this periodYes
AssamDistrict Magistrate, Kamrup prohibits various activities in all areas in Kamrup, effective from 28th June, 2020 (7pm) to 12th July, 2020 (6pm)26-06-2020In an order dated 26th June, 2020 the District Magistrate, Kamrup (“DM”) has prohibited the following activities in all areas in Kamrup:

The Order will become effective from 28th June, 2020 (7pm) and will remain in force till 12th July, 2020 (6pm)

1. Movement of individuals shall remain strictly prohibited in the specified area.

2. All Government Offices, Offices of Autonomous/Subordinate Offices and Private Offices shall remain closed;

3. All business/commercial establishments, shops and trade activities shall remain closed:

 4. All Industrial establishments shall remain closed;

 5. All public transport services shall remain suspended;

6.Movement of all Private vehicles is banned:

7. All hospitality services shall remain suspended;

8.Alt educational, research, training, coaching institutions shall remain closed;

9.All places of worship shall remain closed for public. No religious congregation will be permitted  without any exception.

10. All social/political/sports/entertainment/academic/cultural/religious functions, gathering shall be barred;

11.Not more than 20 persons will be permitted in case of funerals;

12.All non-essential and avoidable movement of people shall be banned;

13.Spitting in public places is banned and will be punishable with fine, as may be prescribed by the local authority in accordance with its laws, rules or regulations.

14. Consumption and sale of liquor, pawn, gutka, tobacco etc.in public places are prohibited.

Exceptions:

1. Defence. Central and State Police forces, Establishment of the District Magistrate, Commissioner of Police, Home Guards, Civil Defence, Fire & Emergency Services, Disaster Management, Electricity. Water, Sanitation. Municipal bodies (only staff required for essential services like sanitation, water supply etc.) will be allowed to function;

2. Hospitals and retail medical establishments:

3. Only 10 (ten) % of Bank branches in the District with skeletal attendance and ATMs shall operate. Highest Authority of the Banks shall determine the specific branches and give wide publicity of open bank branches;

4. Print and electronic media including newspaper distribution are allowed However, it is advised that minimum number of persons shall only come out in the open;

5. Telecommunications, Internet services, broadcasting and cable services, IT and IT enabled services to continue. However, personnel engaged in these services are allowed to work from home only. Only emergency repair crew would be allowed movement subject to prior permission/ pass from appropriate authority:
6. Power generation, transmission and distribution units and services shall continue with persons with specifically assigned duties being allowed to come out;

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

8. All transport services and movement of people from other districts shall remain suspended except that connected to COVID functions. inter-state movement shall also remain suspended except with prior permissions! pass;

9. People (Interstate and inter District movement) holding train/air tickets to and from Guwahati as well to Guwahati shall be allowed to move only on production of such tickets at check points:

10. Hotels which are accommodating quarantined persons, medical and emergency staff, air crew shall operate with skeletal service;

11. Establishments used /earmarked for quarantine facilities shall operate;

12. All officers of the rank of Joint Secretary and above shall attend office in Assam Secretariat regularly. Other officers and employees shall be asked to attend office on need based instruction issued by the senior-most secretary of the Department. Directors shall decide on the number of skeletal officers and staff to attend for functioning of Directorates.

13. Government officers and employees who are directed specifically by their Controlling Officers will only be allowed with documentary evidence of such permission / orders. Rest of Government functionaries shall work from home, only those Government officers and employees connected with the aforementioned exempted categories would be allowed to come to office/ workplaces.

14. Milk, baby food, medicines and water supply are allowed on specific areas and time;

15. Railway offices and persons directly linked with operation of passenger and goods trains shall be allowed to operate on being so assigned;

16. Continuous process industries would be allowed to function, subject to workforce staying in the premises and outwards/ inwards movement during the period of lockdown shall not be allowed;

17. Only identified Petrol pumps, gas agencies would be allowed to be operational during Lockdown. LPG agencies shall distribute products at home Customers' homes only.

18. Agricultural and Tea garden activities shall continue with social distancing.

19. Lockdown permissions/ passes issued earlier stand cancelled. Fresh permissions /passes shall have to be obtained from competent authority,

20. No person(s) shall be allowed to venture out simply on the ground of being employed in the exempted category of services.

21. The permissions granted to persons/ services/ activities as given above may be withdrawn at any time without assigning any reason and for advance notice. The extent of validity of this order may be modified depending on analysis of ground reality as and when required.

Please note:
1. All other activities other than specified as exempted above shall remain prohibited in the entire area until further orders;
2. Provision for thermal scanning. hand wash and sanitizer will be made at all entry and exit points and common areas.
3. Wearing of face cover is compulsory in public places, in workplaces and during transport etc.
4. District Magistrates of all other Districts of Assam must enforce total prohibition of movement of persons between 7pm and 7am (Night Curfew) in all areas of their respective jurisdiction under relevant provisions of CrPC including rural areas from 7 PM of 27th June 2020.
5. Contraventions of the provisions of the Order will attract strict penalties under the provisions of the Disaster Management Act, 2005 and the Indian Penal Code, 1860.

Background:
Considering the large scale spread of the pandemic COVID 19 occurring in almost the entire District of Kamrup Metropolitan which has posed as a major threat to public health, hygiene and safety of the general population; and the need to implement stringent measures the present Order has been issued



MandatoryAll12-07-2020No
CentralDue to COVID-19, FSSAI extends time till 1st January, 2021 for Distribution Agencies and FBOs to comply with FSS (Recovery and Distribution of Surplus Food) Regulations, 201926-06-2020The Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (“FSSAI”), in light of the COVID-19 pandemic has extended the timeline for distribution agencies and Food Business Operators(FBOs) to comply with Food Safety and Standards (Recovery and Distribution of Surplus Food) Regulations, 2019 (2019 Regulation).

In a Notification dated 26th July, 2019, FBOs were given time till 1st July, 2020  to comply with the 2019 Regulation and ensure food safety and quality in the food donation ecosystem. Now, in a Letter dated 25th June, 2020 the timeline for compliance has been extended till 1st January, 2021. 
AdvisoryFBOs01-01-2021No
CentralSEBI extends earlier relaxation in time gap between two Board / Audit Committee meetings of listed entities till July 31, 2020 owing to continued impact of COVID-19 pandemic26-06-2020The Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI) has in a Circular dated June 26, 2020, granted further relaxation on the maximum time gap to be maintained between two Board / Audit Committee meetings.

In an earlier Circular dated March 19, 2020, SEBI had relaxed the requirement of the maximum stipulated  time gap of 120 days between two meetings of the Board and Audit Committees of listed entities. This relaxation was provided for the meetings held/proposed to be held between the period December 1, 2019 and June 30, 2020 in view of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Now, SEBI has extended this relaxation till July 31, 2020 keeping in mind the continued impact of the pandemic.

However, the board of directors and audit committees of listed entities must ensure that they meet at least four times a year, as stipulated under Regulations 17(2) and 18(2)(a) of the SEBI (Listing Obligations and Disclosure Requirements) Regulations, 2015.
MandatoryAll31-07-2020Yes
West BengalWest Bengal Health Department caps the prices of COVID tests, PPE and consultation fees for indoor patients in private hospitals and laboratories26-Jun-20The Department of Health and Family Welfare, Government of West Bengal (“Department”) has capped the prices of certain services and products offered by Private Hospitals and Laboratories.

Background

COVID-19 had been declared a global pandemic. Considering the situation, the West Bengal Epidemic Disease, COVID – 19 Regulations, 2020 has been in force since 16th March 2020. The Department had previously issued advisories for private hospitals relating to their preparedness in dealing with the patients infected with COVID-19 and certain private laboratories had been allowed by the Indian Council of Medical Research to conduct COVID 19 tests.

The Department had received information on private hospitals and laboratories overcharging on PPEs, Consultation fees and testing charges normally levied.

In view of the above-mentioned, the Department has revised and capped the prices in the following manner:

a. Cost of COVID test: Capped at Rs. 2250/-.

b. Cost of PPE and other protective gear for indoor patients: Rs. 1000/- per day.

c. Consultation fees for indoor patients: Rs. 1000/- per day.

The Department has stated violations to the above-mentioned will be liable to be penalised under the West Bengal Epidemic Disease COVID-19 Regulations, 2020, the West Bengal Clinical Establishments (Registration, Regulation and Transparency) Act, 2017 and the West Bengal Clinical Establishments (Registration, Regulation and Transparency) Rules, 2017.

For a detailed read, please refer to the appended Order.
MandatoryHealthcareNo end date specifiedNO
AssamAssam imposes total lockdown in areas under Kamrup Metropolitan District from 7 p.m. of 28th June, 2020 upto 6 p.m. of 12th July, 202026-06-2020The State Disaster Management Authority, Government of Assam, in an Order dated 26th June, 2020, has imposed a total lockdown in all the areas under the Kamrup Metropolitan District.

The lockdown will be in force from 7 p.m. of 28th June, 2020, up till 6 p.m. of 12th July, 2020.

Key Highlights:

A. Prohibited activities:

1. Movement of individuals will be strictly prohibited.
2. All private offices shall remain closed.
3. All business/commercial establishments, shops and trade activities shall remain closed.
4. All public transport services will remain suspended.
5. All non-essential and avoidable movement of people shall be banned.
6. Spitting in public places is banned and will be punishable with fine.
7. Consumption and sale of liquor, paan, gutka, tobacco, etc., in public places are prohibited.

B. Exceptions:

1. Hospitals and retail medical establishments.
2. Only 10% of the bank branches in the district with skeletal attendance and ATMs shall operate.
3. Print and electronic media including newspaper distribution is allowed. However, it is advised that minimum number of persons shall only come out in the open.
4. Telecommunications, internet services, broadcasting and cable services, IT and ITeS to continue. However, personnel engaged in these services are allowed to work from home only. Only emergency repair crew would be allowed movement subject to prior permission/pass from appropriate authority.
5. Power generation, transmission and distribution units and services shall continue with persons with specifically assigned duties being allowed to come out.
6. Transportation of essential goods, vehicles of Health, Fire, Law and Order and Emergency Services, are allowed.
7. All transport services and movement of people from other districts shall remain suspended, except those connected to COVID functions. Inter-state movement shall also remain suspended, except with prior permission/pass.
8. People (inter-state and inter-district movement) holding air/train tickets to and from Guwahati, shall be allowed to ove only on production of such tickets at check points.
9. Hotels which are accomodating quarantined persons, medical and emergency staff, air crew, shall operate with skeletal staff.
10. Establishments used/earmarked for quarantine facilities shall operate.
11. Milk, baby food, medicines and water supply allowed in specific areas and time.
12. Continuous process industries would be allowed to function, subject to workforce staying in the premises and outward/inward movement during the period of period shall not be allowed.

It has been further stated that the lockdown permissions/passes issued earlier, stand cancelled. Fresh permissions/passes will have to be obtained from competent authority.
 
All other activities other than the ones mentioned in the Order remain prohibited in the entire area until further orders.

Further, the following have been stated:

1. Provision for thermal scanning, hand wash and sanitizer will be made at all entry and exit points and common areas.

2. Wearing of face cover is compulsory in public places, in workplaces and during transport, etc.

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

District Magistrates of all other districts of Assam have been directed to enforce total prohibition of movement of persons between 7 p.m. to 7 a.m. from 27th June, 2020. Also, they have been directed to pass necessary Orders to impose a total lockdown of all Municipal and Town Committee areas under their jurisdiction on all Saturdays and Sundays w.e.f. 27th June, 2020, until further orders. 
MandatoryAll12-07-2020No
CentralDirector General of Civil Aviation extends suspension of Scheduled International Commercial Passenger Services from or to India till 2359 hours of 15th July, 202026-06-2020The Director General of Civil Aviation (“DGCA”) has extended the suspension of Scheduled International Commercial Passenger Services from or to India till 2359 hours of 15th July 2020. DGCA has exempted international all-cargo operations and flights specifically approved by it.

Background

Previously, on 14th April 2020, DGCA had issued a notification, closing all scheduled International Commercial Passenger Services till 1830 hours of 3rd May 2020. This suspension was extended further by virtue of another notification issued on 30th May 2020, till 2359 hours of 30th June 2020.

Now, DGCA has extended the suspension till 2359 hours of 15th July 2020.

For a detailed read, please refer to the appended Order.
MandatoryAviation15-07-2020No
MeghalayaMeghalaya allows hotels to re-open from 1st July, 2020; subject to compliance with SOPs of social distancing26-06-2020The Political Department, Government of Meghalaya, in an Order dated 26th June, 2020, has permitted hotels to re-open in the State of Meghalaya from 1st July, 2020.

The re-opening is however subject to compliance with the Standard Operating Procedure ("SOP") being issued by the Tourism Department, Government of Meghalaya.

The hotels should obtain specific permission from the Deputy Commissioner and enure that the SOP for social distancing are in place and strictly followed.
MandatoryAccommodation and food service activitiesNo end date specifiedNo
CentralIRDAI makes it mandatory for Insurance Companies to provide "Corona Kavach Policy" on or before 10.07.2020; Guidelines issued for uniform application of the policy 26-06-2020The Insurance Regulatory and Development Authority of India ("IRDAI"), in view of the global pandemic of COVID-19, has decided to mandate all general and health insurers to offer Individual Covid Standard Health Policy with the following objectives:

1. To have a Covid specific product addressing basic health insurance needs of insuring public related to Covid.
2. To have a standard product with common policy wordings across the industry.

Key Highlights
The Covid Standard Health Policy shall offer the following:

A. Base Cover:
1. Covid hospitalization expenses- The Hospitalization expenses incurred by the insured person for the treatment of Covid on Positive diagnosis of Covid in a government authorized diagnostic centre. This section shall cover the following:
a. Room, Boarding, Nursing Expenses as provided by the Hospital/Nursing Home.
b. Surgeon, Anesthetist, Medical Practitioner, Consultants, Specialist Fees (including consultation through telemedicine as per Telemedicine Practice Guideline of 25th March 2020) whether paid directly to the treating doctor/surgeon or to the hospital.
c. Anesthesia, blood, oxygen, operation theatre charges, surgical appliances, ventilator charges, medicines and drugs, costs towards diagnostics, diagnostic imaging modalities, PPE Kit, gloves, mask and such other similar expenses.
(Expenses on Hospitalization for a minimum period of 24 hours are admissible.)
d. Intensive Care Unit (ICU)/Intensive Cardiac Care Unit (ICCU) expenses.
e. Expenses incurred on road Ambulance subject to a maximum of Rs.2000/- per hospitalization.

2. Home Care Treatment Expense- Insurer shall cover the costs of treatment of Covid incurred by the Insured person on availing treatment at home (maximum up to 14 days per incident provided that:
a. The Medical practitioner advices the Insured person to undergo treatment at home.
b. There is a continuous active line of treatment with monitoring of the health status by a medical practitioner for each day through the duration of the home care treatment.
c. Daily monitoring chart including records of treatment administered duly signed by the treating doctor is maintained.
d. Insured shall be permitted to avail the services as prescribed by the medical practitioner. Cashless or reimbursement facility are offered under homecare expenses subject to claim settlement policy disclosed in the website of the Insurer.
e. In case the insured intends to avail the services of non-network provider, claim shall be subject to reimbursement, a prior approval from the Insurer needs to be taken before availing such services. Insurer shall respond to approval request within 2 hrs of receiving the last necessary requirement.
f. the following shall be covered if prescribed by the treating medical practitioner and is related to treatment of Covid:
i. Diagnostic tests undergone at home or at diagnostics centre
ii. Medicines prescribed in writing
iii. Consultation charges of the medical practitioner
iv. Nursing charges related to medical staff
v. Medical procedures limited to parenteral administration of medicines
vi. Cost of Pulse oximeter, Oxygen cylinder and Nebulizer

3. AYUSH treatment- The Medical expenses incurred on hospitalization under AYUSH (as defined in IRDAI (Health Insurance) Regulations, 2016) systems of medicine for the treatment of Covid on Positive diagnosis of Covid in a government authorized diagnostic centre shall be covered up to the sum insured without any sub-limits.

4. Pre-Hospitalization- Medical expenses incurred for a period of 15 days prior to the date of hospitalization/home care treatment following an admissible claim under this policy shall be covered. Pre-hospitalization expenses shall also cover the costs of diagnostics towards Covid.

5. Post-Hospitalization- Medical expenses incurred for a period of 30 days from the date of discharge from the hospital/completion of home care treatment, following an admissible claim under this policy shall be covered.

B. Optional Cover:
Hospital Daily Cash- The Company will pay 0.5% of sum insured per day for each 24 hours of continuous hospitalization for treatment of Covid following an admissible hospitalization claim under this policy.
The benefit shall be payable maximum up to 15 days during a policy period in respect of every insured person.

Other Highlights
1. All general and health insurers shall offer the Covid Standard Health Policy by duly complying with these guidelines.

2. The insurer may determine the price, keeping in view the covers proposed to be offered subject to complying with the norms specified in the IRDAI (Health Insurance) Regulations, 2016 and Guidelines notified there under.

3.  The Base Cover of Covid Standard Health Policy shall be offered on Indemnity basis whereas Optional Cover shall be made available on Benefit Basis.

4. The Covid Standard Health Policy shall offer a policy tenure of three and half months (3.5 months), six and half months (6.5 months), and nine and half months (9.5 months) including waiting period.

5. General and Health Insurers shall ensure that this product is compulsorily offered on or before 10th July, 2020.

6. The nomenclature of the product shall be Corona Kavach Policy, succeeded by name of insurance company, "(Corona Kavach Policy, )". No other name is allowed in any of the documents.

For a detailed read, please refer to the attached document.
MandatoryInsuranceNo end date specifiedNo
Central Guidelines on COVID Standard Health Policy for all general and health insurers (except ECGC & AIC)26-06-2020The Insurance Regulatory and Development ("IRDAI") on 26th June, 2020 has issued Guidelines on COVID Standard Health Policy for all general and health insurers (except ECGC & AIC).

In view of the global pandemic COVID-19, IRDAI has decided to mandate all general and health insurers to offer Individual Covid Standard Health Policy to address basic health insurance needs of the public w.r.t. to COVID and to have a standard product with common policy wordings across the industry.

Key Highlights -

1. All general and health insurers will offer the Covid Standard Health Policy by duly complying with the these guidelines.

2. The Covid Standard Health Policy will have One Basic mandatory cover as specified in these Guidelines which will be uniform across all General and Health Insurers.

3. The Insurer may determine the price keeping in view the covers proposed to be offered subject to complying with the norms specified in the IRDAI (Health Insurance) Regulations, 2016.

4. The Base Cover of Covid Standard Health Policy shall be offered on Indemnity basis whereas Optional Cover shall be made available on Benefit Basis.

5. The COVID Standard Health Policy will offer a policy tenure of three and half months, six and half months and nine and half months including waiting period.

6. The Covid Standard Health Policy shall comply with all the provisions of Insurance Regulatory and Development Authority of India (IRDAI) (Health Insurance) Regulations, 2016 all all other applicable Regulations and Guidelines laid down by IRDAI.

7. The COVID Standard Health Policy will offer a base cover which will include hospitalization expenses, home care treatment, AYUSH treatment, pre and post hospitalization expenses. In addition to this an optional cover will also be offered .

8. The nomenclature of the product will be Corona Kavach Policy, succeeded by name of insurance company, (Corona Kavach Policy, ). No other name is allowed in any of the documents.

9. General and Health Insurers will ensure that this product is compulsorily offered on or before 10th July, 2020.

10. Every insurer offering Corona Kavach Policy shall provide a certificate of insurance to the policyholder indicating the availability of health insurance coverage. The certificate shall have a reference to access detailed terms and conditions of the policy contract. Insurers shall also clearly mention policy period (Policy Start Date to Policy End Date), effective policy period (from end of waiting period to end of policy period), waiting period (policy start date to end of policy period) in the Certificate of Insurance.

For a detailed read on the guidelines, please refer to the attached circular.
MandatoryGeneral and Health InsurersNo end date specifiedNo
JharkhandHome, Prison and Disaster Management Department, Government of Jharkhand extends the lockdown restrictions currently imposed till 31st July 202026-06-2020The Home, Prison and Disaster Management Department, Government of Jharkhand (“Department”), has extended the existing lockdown restrictions till 31st July 2020.

Background
Previously, considering the adverse impacts that were brought about due to COVID 19 pandemic, the lockdown had been extended in the Containment Zones up to 30th June 2020, by virtue of Order dated 1st June 2020. At the same time, activities which were prohibited earlier, had started to re-open in a phased manner outside the Containment Zones. While the Order issued by the Ministry of Home Affairs on 30th May, 2020 (“MHA Unlock 1.0 Order”) is being strictly implemented in the State, however, taking into consideration the fact that many migrants have entered the State, a cautious approach was required while opening up the economic activities to ease out the hardship of the people. Considering the situation, few more activities were allowed by the Department, pursuant to order dated 25th June 2020.

Key highlights from the present Order are as follows:
I. General

The following activities will continue to be prohibited:

(a) Religious places, places of worship for public;
(b) Social, political, Sports, entertainment, academic, cultural, religious functions, fairs and large congregations;
(c) Schools, Colleges, educational, training, coaching institutions etc.
(d) Cinema halls, gymnasiums, swimming pools, entertainment parks, theatres, bars and auditoriums assembly halls and similar places;
(e) Interstate and Intrastate transport by bus;
(f) Shopping malls;
(g) Hotels, Lodges, dharamshalas, restaurants (dine in) and other hospitality services;
(h) Spas, salons and barber shops;
(i) Prohibitions on movement of individuals between 9:00pm to 5:00am throughout the state, except for essential activities.
(j) Requirement to:

• Wear face cover/ face mask in public areas, workplaces and when in public transport.
• Maintain a distance of minimum 6 feet in public places;
• Carry e-pass for movement of individuals into the State by private vehicles/ taxi. The E-pass will not be required for any other movement of individuals within the state or for leaving the State.

II. Work Places

(a) All persons in charge of workplaces are required to ensure adequate distance between workers, adequate gaps between shifts, staggering of lunch breaks etc.
(b) Staggering of work/ business hours should be followed in workplaces;
(c) Ensure that Aarogya Setu app is installed by all employees having compatible mobile phones;
(d) Provision for thermal scanning, hand wash and sanitizer should be made at all entry and exit points and common areas in workspaces;
(e) Ensure frequent sanitisation of the entire workspace, common facilities and all points which frequently come into human contact, for example, door handles;

III. Shops

(a) Shops should not allow more than 5 persons at one time;
(b) Provision for sanitizer should be made at all entry points;
(c) Person in charge of the shops are required to ensure adequate distance between workers as well as customers;
(d) Wearing of facemasks to be made compulsory for both workers and customers;
(e) Ensure frequent sanitisation throughout the day of all points which come into human contact for example: Door handles, counters etc.
For a detailed read, please refer to the appended Order.
MandatoryAll31-07-2020NO
West BengalWest Bengal Govt. caps prices for COVID-19 test at Rs. 2250/-, also caps prices of PPEs charges and consultation fees for indoor patients; effective immediately 26-06-2020In view of several complaints received regarding overcharging of Personal Protective Equipment ("PPE"), consultation fee and testing charges by different laboratories and hopitals,  the Health and Family Welfare Department, Government of West Bengal has in a recent Order dated 26th June, 2020 (Order) capped prices of the following  tests/charges:

1. COVID-19 test Rs. 2250/-
2. Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and other protective gear charges for indoor patients  Rs. 1000/- per day
3. Consultation fee for indoor patients Rs. 1000/- per day

This Order is effective immediately.

Any violation of this Order will attract penalty under the West Bengal Epidemic Disease COVID-19 Regulations, 2020; the West Bengal Clinical Establishments (Registration, Regulation and Transparency) Act, 2017; and the West Bengal Clinical Establishments (Registration, Regulation and Transparency) Rules, 2017.
MandatoryPathological Laboratories; HospitalsNo end date specifiedNo
CentralSEBI further extends timeline for submission of Annual Secretarial Compliance Report by listed entities till July 31, 2020 due to the continuing impact of the Covid-19 pandemic25-06-2020In light of the representations received by the Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI) from the Institute of Company Secretaries of India (ICSI), industry bodies and listed entities requesting extension of time for submission of the Annual Secretarial Compliance (ASC) Report, SEBI has issued a Circular dated June 25, 2020 further extending the timeline for submission of the ASC Report by one more month i.e. to July 31, 2020.

SEBI had earlier extended the timeline for compliance from May 31, 2020, to June 30, 2020 in view of the difficulties and challenges faced by listed entities and Practicing Company Secretaries due to COVID-19.

Now, in view of the continuing impact of the CoVID-19 pandemic, a further extension has been granted.
MandatoryAll31-07-2020Yes
MaharashtraMaharastha Government allows opening of barber shops/salons/spas from 27.06.2020 and 28.06.2020 onwards25-06-2020The Department of Revenue and Forest, Disaster Management, Relief and Rehabilitation, Government of Maharashtra, in an Order dated 25th June, 2020, has introduced Mission Begin Again Phase IV, to its earlier Order dated 31st May, 2020.

The following activities have been permitted as a part of Mission Begin Again Phase IV in the Municipal Corporations of MMR Region including MCGM, Municipal Corporations of Pune, Solapur, Aurangabad, Malegaon, Nashik, Dhule, Jalgaon, Akola, Amravati and Nagpur, except in containment zones, from 28th June, 2020:
1. Barber shops, Salons and Beauty Parlours with restricted entry and prior appointments only, and on the following conditions:
i. Only select services such as haircut, dyeing hair, waxing, threading, etc. are allowed. Skin related services will not be permitted presently. This should be prominently displayed on the shop.
ii. Employees must put on protective gear including gloves, masks and aprons.
iii. All workspace (chair) must be sanitized after each service. All common areas and floors must be sanitized after every 2 hours.
iv. Disposable towels/napkins must be used on customers. Non-disposable equipment should be sanitized and sterilized after each service.
v. Each shop will put up a notice on all the precautions mentioned above for the information of customers.

The above activities will be allowed in the rest of the areas of the State from 27th June, 2020. 
MandatorySalons and SpaNo end date specifiedNo
ChhattisgarhChhattisgarh Government notifies new guidelines w.r.t re-opening of additional activities25-06-2020The Government of Chhattisgarh has notified fresh guidelines regarding permitting / re-opening of additional activities during the lockdown:

1. Clubs, shopping malls, restaurants, hotels will be permitted to function subject to following the SOPs issued by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare. Additionally, strict social and physical distancing to be maintained by these places;

2. cinema halls, gyms, swimming pools, amusement parks, theatre, bars, auditoriums, assembly halls and such similar places to remain closed;

3. gaming arcades and playing area for children inside the shopping malls shall remain closed;

4. sporting activities may be conducted in sports complexes and stadiums but visitors will not be allowed;

5. the earlier restrictions on crowded public events to continue.

Furthermore, if an area is declared as a containment zone, then only essential activities will be permitted and additional activities will not be allowed in that zone.

For a detailed read on the SOPs, please refer to the order.

Please note that the Order is in Vernacular and we have translated it to the best of our understanding. Once an official translation is available, we will update in case there is a requirement.
MandatoryAllNo end date specifiedNo
JharkhandJharkhand Government permits additional activities outside Containment Zones; online sale of essential and non-essential items by e-commerce permitted25-06-2020In an Order dated 25th June, 2020 the Jharkhand Government has permitted the following additional activities outside the containment zones:

1. Online sale of essential and non-essential items by e-commerce

2. Stadium and sports complex (without spectators).

3. Walking / jogging / running / exercises in open areas.

All activities allowed earlier, remain permitted.

Background:

In light of the pandemic COVID 19, lockdown has been extended in the containment zones upto 30th June, 2020. At the same time, activities which were prohibited earlier started to re-open in a phased manner outside the Containment Zones. While the Order issued by the Ministry of Home Affairs on 30th May, 2020 (“MHA Unlock 1.0 Order”) is being strictly implemented in the State, however, taking into consideration the fact that many migrants have entered the State, a cautious approach was required while opening up the economic activities to ease out the hardships of the people. Therefore only the abovementioned activities have been allowed by the Jharkhand Government in the present Order.

For a detailed read, please refer to the appended Order.
MandatoryE-CommerceNo end date specified No
West BengalDepartment of Health and Family Welfare, Government of West Bengal re-issues the Guidelines for Bar Code System for Effective Management of Bio-Medical Waste25-06-2020The Department of Health and Family Welfare, Government of West Bengal (“Department”) has re-issued the Guidelines for Bar Code System for Effective Management of Bio-Medical Waste (“Guidelines”). The Department has instructed all stakeholders to initiate necessary actions required under the Guidelines.

These Guidelines are applicable to Healthcare facilities, Quarantine Camps, Home care, Sample Collection Centres, Laboratories and Common Bio-Medical Waste Treatment Facilities (“CBWTF”).

Background

The Bio-Medical Waste Management Rules, 2016 (“Principal Rules”), stipulate that it is the duty of every Health Care Facility (“HCF”) to establish a bar code system for bags or containers containing bio-medical waste to be sent out of premises for any purpose by 27th March 2019. Rule 5 of the Principal Rules stipulates that it is the duty of every Common Bio-Medical Waste Treatment Facility operator to establish a bar code system for handling of bio-medical waste.

Key Highlights

The Guidelines have stipulated several responsibilities for the Occupiers. Some of the key responsibilities have been listed below:

(a) Procure the Bar-coded Labels or Pre-printed colour coded Bags and containers fulfilling the specification as given under these Guidelines from the vendors or the operator of CBWTF on charge basis.

(b) Intimate the authority about the bar-coded labels or pre-printed bar-coded bags or containers as and when procured.

(c) A representative of HCF is required to ensure that all the bags and containers are scanned at waste collection point. The representative is also required to collect waste collection receipt generated by waste picker (CBWTF Operator).

(d) For Health Care Facility with less than 30 beds or clinics or laboratories, concerned HCF/ Clinic/ Laboratory is not required to pre-scan the bags, the same needs to be carried out by waste picker after arrival at site.

(e) For Health Care Facility with more than 30 beds, it is the responsibility of the Occupier to scan the bags containing bio-medical waste.

For a detailed read of the Guidelines, please refer to the document appended.
MandatoryHealthcareNo end date specifiedNO
OdishaOdisha Transport Authority allows further extension to temporary discontinuance of use of vehicles (off road) subject to online submission of Form-H by vehicle owners25-06-2020The State Transport Authority, Odisha in an Office Order dated 25th June, 2020 has allowed vehicle owners to declare their vehicles off road for further period after 30th June, 2020 (upto maximum period of six months) as prescribed under the Orissa Motor Vehicle Taxation Act, 1975.

This is in view of the ongoing pandemic conditions of COVID-19. The vehicle owners who wish to temporarily discontinue the use of their vehicles ("off road") are required to fill out Form-H and undertaking (provided in the official Order) and send it to the e-mail id of the concerned Regional Transport Officer on or before 29th June, 2020. The entry in VAHAN-4 will not be ensured if the application is not received through email on or before the mentioned date. In such cases the vehicle owner will have to visit the RTO office for physical submission of the off road intimation.

For further details, please refer to appended document. 
Mandatory Vehicle owners 29-06-2020No
CentralIn view of COVID-19 pandemic, SEBI announces temporary relaxations and approves amendments to certain SEBI Regulations25-06-2020The Securities and Exchange Board of India ("SEBI") conducted a Board Meeting on 25th June, 2020 where the Board decided to provide temporary relaxation owing to COVID-19 and approved Amendments pertaining to the following Regulations -

1. Securities   and   Exchange   Board   of   India   (Substantial Acquisition of Shares and Takeovers) Regulations, 2011

2. Securities   and   Exchange   Board   of   India (Prohibition of Insider Trading) Regulations, 2015

3. Securities  and  Exchange  Board  of  India  (Settlement  Proceedings)(Amendment) Regulations, 2020

A. Pricing of preferential issues –Temporary relaxation due to COVID 19

The  Board  has  decided  to  provide  an  additional  option  to  the  existing  pricing methodology for preferentialissuance as under:

i.In case of frequently traded shares, the price of the equity shares to be allotted pursuant to the preferential issue shall be not less than higher of the following:

a.the average of the weekly high and low of the volume weighted average price  of  the  related  equity  shares  quoted  on  the  recognised  stock exchange during the twelve weeks preceding the relevant date; or

b.the average of the weekly high and low of the volume weighted average prices of the related equity shares quoted on a recognised stock exchange during the two weeks preceding the relevant date.

ii.The specified securities allotted on preferential basis using the above pricing formula shall be locked-in for a period of three years.

The said option in pricing shall be available for the preferential issues made between July 1, 2020 and December 31, 2020

B. Amendments   to   the   SEBI (Substantial Acquisition of Shares and Takeovers) Regulations, 2011 -
i.Acquisition through stock exchange settlement process through bulk and/or block deals shall be permitted during the open offer, subject to conditions mentioned in regulation 22(2A) of Takeover Regulations.

ii.In case of indirect acquisitions where public announcement of an open offer has been made, an amount equivalent to 100% of the consideration payable under the open offer must be deposited 2 working days before the date of detailed public statement.  The  escrow  account  shall  be  in  the  form  of  cash  and/  or  bank guarantee.

iii.In  case  of  delays  in  making  open  offer  attributable  to  the  acts  of  omission  or commission  of  the  acquirer,a  simple  interest  of  10%  shall  be  paid  to  all  the shareholders who have tendered the shares in the open offer.

C. Amendments to SEBI (Prohibition of Insider Trading) Regulations, 2015

The  amendments  include  maintaining  a  structured  digital database containing nature of unpublished price sensitive information and the names of persons who have shared the information; automation of process of filing disclosures to stock   exchanges,   restriction   on   trading   window   not   to   be  made   applicable  for transactions  as  prescribed  by  SEBI,  entities  to  file  the  non-compliances  of  Code  of Conduct  with  the  stock  exchanges  and  amounts  if  any  collected  for  such  non compliances  shall  be  credited  to  Investor  Protection  Education  Fund  administered  by Board under the SEBI Act.

D. Securities  and  Exchange  Board  of  India  (Settlement  Proceedings)(Amendment) Regulations, 2020

The  Board  approved  some  amendments  to  the  Settlement Regulations including -Promoters to be included along with the Principal Officer for the purpose  of  calculation  of  the  base  amount  in  terms  of  Table  X  of  Schedule  II;  Base Amount for  alleged  defaults  relating  to  open offer  violations,  where  the making  of  the open offer has become infructuous, to be rationalised and benchmark for certain Base Amount in Schedule II to be suitably amended; In order to save time, instead of issuing settlement notice under Regulation 18, a paragraph shall be included in the show cause notice, informing the noticee about the option to file a settlement application; etc.
MandatoryListedNo end date specified No
Delhi Registrar of Co-operative Societies, Delhi extends timeline for holding General Body meeting by cooperative societies between 20.11.2020. and 31.12.2020.; also allows the societies to convene virtual meetings25-06-2020The Office of the Registrar of Co-operative Societies, Delhi (“Registrar”) has issued two Notifications both dated 25th June, 2020, relaxing the requirement of holding meetings by the Co-operative Societies in Delhi in light of the prevailing COVID-19 pandemic.

The Registrar has, in one Notification (please refer to page 3 of the attached document “Delhi Gazette Notification by Office of the Registrar Cooperative Societies dt 25th June, 2020”), exempted all cooperative societies, which could not convene the prescribed meetings of the committee during 1st March, 2020 - 15th June, 2020, from the requirement of holding a meeting  at least once in every month in case of primary co-operative societies and once in three months in case of federal co-operative societies and financing bank as per the Delhi Co-operative Societies Rules, 2007.

In another Notification (please refer to page 2 of the attached document “Delhi Gazette Notification by Office of the Registrar Cooperative Societies dt 25th June, 2020”), the Registrar had extended the time limit of conducting the General Body meeting of members by Co-operative Societies in Delhi, required to be held within 180 days from the date fixed for making up accounts for the year, up to 31st December, 2020. However, subsequently, in a corrigendum Notification dated 9th July, 2020, the Registrar has directed cooperative societies to conduct their General Body meetings between 20th November, 2020 and 31st December, 2020.

The Registrar has also permitted cooperative societies to convene meetings and pass resolutions either by video conference or by circulation or through email during the period from 16th June, 2020 to 15th November, 2020, provided that a notice of such meeting is given to each member through email:

i.          at least 5 days prior to the date of the meeting and
ii.          in case of emergent meetings, at least 24 hours prior to the time of the meeting and each member must also be notified through telephonic call.

The draft of the Minutes of the meeting, convened in such virtual manner, has to be circulated to all members through e-mail and in case of any dissent note from any member the same must be incorporated in the minutes and a print out of the same must be pasted in the book maintained for the purpose.  A copy of the final minutes after incorporating the dissent note must be forwarded to each member.

Please refer to the attached documents for further details.

Source: Office of the Registrar of Co-operative Societies, Delhi
MandatoryAll31-12-2020No
DelhiAnnual Audit of accounts of Co-operative Societies in Delhi can be conducted by 31st October, 2020 on account of Covid-19 pandemic 25-06-2020The Lieutenant Governor of National Capital Territory of India has modified the conduct of audit of co-operative society for the financial year 2019-2020 in light of the guidelines and restrictions enforced on account of COVID-19 pandemic.
Under the Delhi Co-operative Societies Act, 2003 (“Act”) and the Delhi Co-operative Societies Rules, 2007 (“Rules”), the accounts of the co-operative society must be audited annually and the audit report must be presented for consideration in annual general body meeting of the co-operative society. The annual audit must be conducted one hundred twenty days from the prescribed date for making up its account for the year i.e. 120 days from 30th April of each year.
In a Notification issued on 25th June, 2020, the annual audit of co-operative societies under the Act and  Rules must now be conducted by 31st October, 2020 instead of 29th August, 2020.
This extension will apply irrespective of the timelines prescribed for various steps and compliances. 
MandatoryNorthern Arc31-10-2020No
Chandigarh Chandigarh Administration fixes maximum rate of RT-PCR for COVID-19 testing in private laboratories at ₹ 2,200/-24-06-2020The Chandigarh Administration has has fixed the maximum rate RT-PCR test of COVID-19 in private laboratories at ₹ 2000/- (inclusive of GST/all taxes). This cost will include pick up, packing and transportation of samples. In addition to that private laboratories will report to the authority subject to the following conditions -

1. Private laboratories will have to follow all testing protocols laid down by the ICMR and Government of India from time to time;

2. The results of COVID-19 tests will have to be shared with Chandigarh Administration and ICMR on real time basis through ICMR portal;

3. At the time of sampling, the identification, address and verified mobile number of the person, who is being tested, must be noted for record, as per sample referral form (SRF). The data should be uploaded on the RT-PCR app at the time of taking the sample. The test report should be communicated to the patient immediately after the testing is complete;

4. A positive test report should be immediately communicated to the Health Department, UT Chandigarh through e-mail;

5. Information of the patient will be confidential and all private COVID-19 testing laboratories will have to preserve RT-PCR machine data and graphs for future verification by Chandigarh Administration;

6. The laboratories should display the rates in a visible manner;

These rates will be enforced strictly and will come into force with immediate effect.
MandatoryHuman health and social work activitiesNo end date specifiedNo
CentralSEBI further extends timeline for submission of financial results for the quarter/half year/financial year ending 31st March, 2020 till 31st July, 202024-06-2020In light of the prevailing COVID-19 pandemic, the Securities and Exchange Board of India (“SEBI”) has, in a Circular dated 24th June, 2020, further extended the timeline for submission of financial results under Regulation 33 of the Securities and Exchange Board of India (Listing Obligations and Disclosure Requirements) Regulations, 2015 [“SEBI (LODR) Regulations”], dealing with financial results, till 31st July, 2020.

SEBI has also extended the timeline for submission of half yearly and/or annual financial results for the period ending 31st March, 2020 for entities that have listed Non Convertible Debt Securities, Non-Convertible Redeemable Preferences Shares, Commercial Papers, Municipal Debt Securities till 31st July, 2020.

The current Circular is effective 24th June, 2020.

Background:

SEBI had, in circular [No. SEBI/HO/CFD/CMD1/CIR/P/2020/38] dated 19th March, 2020
and circular [No. SEBI/HO/DDHS/ON/P/2020/41] dated 23rd March, 2020, extended
the timeline for submission of financial results under the SEBI (LODR) Regulations till 30th June, 2020.

SEBI had received representations from listed entities, Chartered Accountant firms, and industry bodies / associations seeking further extension of time for preparation, finalization and submission of financial results for listed entities for the quarter / half year / financial year ending 31st March, 2020.
Hence, the present circular has been issued.

Please refer to the appended documents for further details.

Source: Securities and Exchange Board of India
MandatoryAll31-07-2020Yes
Tamil NaduTamil Nadu makes it mandatory to obtain e-passes for inter-district travels, even within a particular zone24-06-2020In a Notification dated 24th June, 2020, the Revenue and Disaster Management (DM-II) Department, Government of Tamil Nadu ("State Government"), has notified that e-passes will be mandatory for all inter-district travel, including within the zones. Further, public transport will run only within the districts from 25th June, 2020 to 30th June, 2020.

Background:
The State Government had, in an earlier Notification dated 31st May, 2020, had divided the entire State of Tamil Nadu into 8 zones and stated that all inter-district movement within those respective zones and intra-district movement within Greater Chennai Police jurisdiction, would be permitted without an e-pass.

Thus, the State Government has made it mandatory to obtain e-passes for inter-District travel, even if those districts are within one zone.
MandatoryTransportation & Storage30-06-2020No
CentralFor taxpayers having aggregate annual turnover up to Rs. 5 crore in the preceding financial year late fees has been waived off and  lower rate of interest shall be applicable for delay in filing  of Form GSTR-3B for the months of February, March, April, May, June and July, 202024-06-20201. CBIC has waived the late fees payable  for registered taxpayers having aggregate turnover of up to  Rs 5 crore during the preceding financial year for the months of February, 2020 to July, 2020 if the return in GSTR-3B is filed within  the due dates specified against each months pertaining to their respective principal place of business in different States .


2. For taxpayers having an aggregate turnover of up to INR 5 crore rupees in the previous financial year, whose principal place of business is in the States of Chhattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh, Gujarat, Maharashtra, Karnataka, Goa, Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Telangana, Andhra Pradesh, the Union territories of Daman and Diu and Dadra and Nagar Haveli, Puducherry, Andaman and Nicobar Islands or Lakshadweep, the  rate of interest to be paid in case of failure to pay tax  has prescribed on monthly basis from  February , 2020 till July, 2020

 For taxpayers having an aggregate turnover of up to INR 5 crore rupees in the previous financial year, whose principal place of business is in the States of Himachal Pradesh, Punjab, Uttarakhand, Haryana, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Sikkim, Arunachal Pradesh, Nagaland, Manipur, Mizoram, Tripura, Meghalaya, Assam, West Bengal, Jharkhand or Odisha, the Union territories of Jammu and Kashmir, Ladakh, Chandigarh or Delhi, the  rate of interest to be paid in case of failure to pay tax  has prescribed on monthly basis from  February , 2020 till July, 2020 
Mandatory AllPermanent Change for this periodNo
CentralWaiver of  late fees in filing  of Form GSTR-3B  for the period July, 2017-January, 2020 for taxpayers who failed to file their NIL return  or if the late fees payable is in excess of two hundred and fifty rupees and return not filed 24-06-20201. CBIC has waived the total amount of late fee payable for a tax period,  which is in excess of an amount of two hundred and fifty rupees for the registered person who failed to furnish the return in FORM GSTR-3B for the months of July, 2017 to January, 2020, by the due date but furnishes the said return between the period from 01st day of July, 2020 to 30th day of September, 2020.
2. CBIC has also waived the total amount of late fee payable for a tax period for the registered person who's return is nil  and who has failed to furnish the return in FORM GSTR-3B for the months of July, 2017 to January, 2020, by the due date but furnishes the said return between the period from 01st day of July, 2020 to 30th day of September, 2020. 
Mandatory AllPermanent Change for this periodYes
CentralExtension of due date for filing of GSTR-3B for the month of August, 2020 basis of class of registered persons having annual turnover up to Rs. 5 Crore  in the preceding financial year and  on the basis of principal place of business24-06-2020CBIC has extended the due date for furnishing of return in Form GSTR-3B for the month of August, 2020 for the class of registered persons as mentioned in the table below:
1) For taxpayers having an aggregate turnover of up to INR 5 crore rupees in the previous financial year, whose principal place of business is in the States of Chhattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh, Gujarat, Maharashtra, Karnataka, Goa, Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Telangana, Andhra Pradesh, the Union territories of Daman and Diu and Dadra and Nagar Haveli, Puducherry, Andaman and Nicobar Islands or Lakshadweep - the due date has been extended till  1st day of October, 2020 instead of 22nd September, 2020 .

2) For taxpayers having an aggregate turnover of up to rupees five crore rupees in the previous financial year, whose principal place of business is in the States of Himachal Pradesh, Punjab, Uttarakhand, Haryana, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Sikkim, Arunachal Pradesh, Nagaland, Manipur, Mizoram, Tripura, Meghalaya, Assam, West Bengal, Jharkhand or Odisha, the Union territories of Jammu and Kashmir, Ladakh, Chandigarh or Delhi - the due date has been extended till  3rd  day of October, 2020 instead of 24th  September, 2020 .
Mandatory AllPermanent Change for this periodNo
CentralWaiver of  the amount of late fees payable for delay in filing of Form GSTR-1 for the tax periods March, 2020 to June, 202024-06-2020CBIC has waived the amount of late fees payable for the registered persons who fail to furnish the details of outward supplies in FORM GSTR-1 by the due date for their months/Quarter but has furnished the return on or  before the dates mentioned below:

Sl No. Tax period                                                           Dates
1 For the month of March, 2020                         10th day of July, 2020
2 For the month of April, 2020                        24th day of July, 2020
3 For the month of May, 2020                         28th day of July, 2020
4 For the month of June, 2020                         5th day of August, 2020
5 For quarter January- March, 2020 17th day of July, 2020
6 For quarter April- June, 2020                          3rd day of August, 2020
Mandatory AllPermanent Change for this periodYes
CentralCBDT extends the last date for completion of various compliances under Income Tax Act, 196124-06-2020Ministry of Finance has issued Notification No. 35/2020 dated 24th June, 2020 to extend the various due dates, which were extended, till June 30, 2020, by the Taxation and Other Laws (Relaxation of Certain Provisions) Ordinance, 2020.
Key points of the Notification are:
1. The time limit for filing of any appeal, reply or application or furnishing of any report, document, return, statement or such other record under specified Act ( as mentioned in the trail mail) which is due during the period within 20th March, 2020 to 31st December, 2020 has been extended to the 31st March, 2021.
2. In cases where the specified Act is Income Tax Act, 1961 the following extension of dates has been specified:
(a) For furnishing of income tax return for the Assessment Year 2019-20 the end date has been extended till 31st day of July, 2020.
(b) For furnishing of income tax return for the Assessment Year 2020-21 the end date has been extended till 30th day of November, 2020.
(c) For furnishing of report of audit for the Assessment Year 2020-21 the end date has been extended till 31st day of October, 2020.
(d) For furnishing of TDS and TCS returns in Forms 24Q and 26 Q for quarter ending March, 2020 of Financial Year 2019-20 the end date shall be extended to the 31st day of July, 2020.
(e) For furnishing of Form 26QB/QC/QD,TDS u/s 194 IA/IB/M for February and March 2020, the end date shall be extended to the 31st day of July, 2020.
(f) Form 16 for FY 19-20 and Form 16A for FY 19-20 for the Quarter 4 , the end date has been extended to 15th day of August, 2020.
(g) For Section 54 or 54GB referred to in item (I) of sub-clause (i) of clause (c) of sub-section (1) of section 3 of the Ordinance or sub-clause (ii) of the said clause, the end date in respect of the time limit for the completion or compliance and the end date for making the said completion or compliance, shall be the 29th day of September, 2020 and the 30th day of September, 2020 respectively;
(h) any provisions of Chapter VI-A under the heading “B.- Deductions in respect of certain payments” thereof, referred to in item (I) of sub-clause (i) of sub-section (1) of section 3 of the Ordinance, the end date in respect of the time limit for the completion or compliance and the end date for making the said completion or compliance, shall be the 30th day of July, 2020 and the 31st day of July, 2020 respectively;
3. The end date of payment to be made under Direct Tax Vivad se Vishwas, 2020 has been extended till 31st December, 2020.
This Notification shall come into effect from 30th day of June, 2020.
Mandatory AllPermanent Change for this periodYes
CentralSEBI extends temporary relaxations in processing of documents pertaining to FPIs owing to COVID-19 till 31st August, 202023-06-2020SEBI in a circular dated 23rd June, 2020 has further extended relaxation to Foreign Portfolio Investors (“FPI”), who apply for registration, continuance, KYC, etc. from providing the certified documents (including KYC) required under the provisions of the SEBI (FPI) Regulations, 2019.

The relaxations have been extended from 30th June, 2020 to 31st August, 2020, post which the FPIs have to provide certified copies of such documents within 30 days. In case the required documents are not received after 30 days post 31st August, 2020, the accounts of such FPIs will be blocked for any fresh purchase.
MandatoryFPI31-08-2020No
CentralGuidelines for all Insurers to issue short-term health insurance policies providing coverage for COVID-19 disease 23-06-2020The Insurance Regulatory and Development Authority of India (“IRDAI”) has through a Circular dated 23rd June, 2020 issued Guidelines on introduction of short term health insurance policies providing coverage for COVID-19 disease.

The Guidelines have been implemented to make insurance protection available to various sections of people in the prevailing COVID-19 pandemic. Accordingly, all insurers (Life, General and Health Insurers) are allowed to offer COVID – 19 specific short term health insurance policies subject to the following conditions -
i)        Short term health insurance policies are permitted to be devised offering health insurance cover specific to only COVID-19.
ii)        Short term policies are permitted to be offered both as individual or group products.
iii)        Short term policies may be issued for a minimum term of three months to a maximum term of eleven months. In between three months and eleven months, the policy term shall be in multiples of completed months.
iv)        A policy term less than three months is not permitted.
 v)        Where the term of policy is fixed as 12 months, the same is not considered as short term health policy.
 vi)        Optional covers that enhance the health insurance coverage are permitted to be offered for the same policy duration.
 vii)        No separate add-ons are permitted.
 viii)        Insurers are advised to devise inclusive short term health insurance products. Where waiting periods are part of the product, such waiting period shall not exceed fifteen days.
 ix)        In light of the provisions of Regulation 3 (b) of IRDAI (Health Insurance) Regulations, 2016 life insurers are permitted to offer only benefit based short term health insurance policies.
 x)        General and Health Insurers are permitted to offer both indemnity based and benefit based short term health insurance policies.
 xi)        Lifelong renewability, migration and portability stipulated under Regulation 13 and 17 of IRDAI (Health Insurance) Regulations, 2016 respectively are not applicable to the short term health policies offered by general and health insurers.
 xii)        Insurers shall ensure that short term health insurance products comply with the norms on pricing stipulated in IRDAI (Health Insurance) Regulations, 2016 and Guidelines on Product Filing in Health Insurance Business (Ref: IRDA/HLT/REG/CIR/150/07/2016) dated 29th July, 2016.
xiii)        Short term health insurance products shall be filed as per Chapter III (File and Use Procedure) of Guidelines on Product Filing in Health Insurance Business (Ref: IRDA/HLT/REG/CIR/150/07/2016) dated 29th July, 2016 and shall be launched only after prior approval of the Authority.

These guidelines will remain valid for issue of short term policies till 31st March, 2021
AdvisoryInsurance31-03-2021No
GoaRestrictions imposed on movement of individuals for non-essential activities and all shops and establishments  between 9.00 p.m. to 5.00 a.m. in North Goa District; Additional ban/restrictions on other specific activities23-06-2020The District Magistrate, North Goa District, has imposed restriction/ban on movement of all individuals for all non-essential activities and all shops and establishments (except essential shops, establishments) between 9.00 p.m. to 5.00 a.m. in North Goa District.

Similarly, restrictions have been imposed on the following:
1. Hotels, except those permitted by the Department of Tourism,
2. Gymnasium,
3. Auditoriums,
4. Community halls, assembly halls and similar places,
5. Bars,
6. Schools, colleges, educational, training, coaching institutions,
7. Cinema halls, theatres,
8. Swimming pools,
9. Social, political, entertainment, academic, cultural, religious functions and other large congregations,
10. Casinos,
11. River cruises,
12. Multiplexes,
13. Consumption of liquor in public places,
14. Entertainment parks,
15. Spa, massage parlours, and
16. Sale and consumption of pan, gutkha and tobacco in public places.
MandatoryArts, entertainment and recreation | Hotels, Cinema, SalonsAllNo
ChandigarhChandigarh Government issues Order  to regulate the movement of persons coming to Chandigarh from outside the Tri-city and staying in the city for more than three days23-06-2020In an Order dated 23rd June, 2020 the Chandigarh Government has directed the following to regulate the movement of persons who are coming to the Union Territory of Chandigarh from outside the Tri-city and staying in the city for more than three days.

1. The visitors who are coming to Chandigarh from areas outside Tri-city and staying there for more than three days must mandatorily register themselves on Chandigarh Administration website: http://admser.chd.nic.in/visitregis/;

2. visitors to mandatorily download Arogya Setu App and regularly update their health status on the same;

3. There will be random screening/checking at entry points/check posts as well as railway stations and bus stands;

4. Incase of visitors who are visiting Chandigarh and staying as house guests or with friends/relatives etc., it is mandatory for the person hosting the visitors to register their details on portal (http://admser.chd.nic.in/visitregis/) immediately, on the same day of their arrival, if the visitors have not already done so;

5. Management of hotels/guest houses / corporate guest houses / govt. rest houses/ dharamshalas etc. must register the details of visitors from outside Chandigarh staying with them on the portal mentioned above immediately as soon as they check-in, if the visitors have not already done so. They should not be allowed accommodation unless they have downloaded Aarogya Setu Application;

Further, the quarantine norms for both symptomatic and asymptomatic persons have been prescribed in the Order.

Exceptions:
1. All persons visiting Chandigarh for a period of less than 72 hours for business/business related activities, will not be subject to quarantine, upon production of return journey plan.

2. Regular monitoring of the quarantined persons will be done by the District Administration, through specially constituted teams.

Please note:
1. Any person violating these guidelines/ protocols will be liable for action as per order bearing No.. F-2071/F-II(GMSH)/2020/7905, dated 5.6.2020 and as per the relevant  provisions of the Disaster Management Act, 2005 which includes fine and imprisonment;

2. This order will supersede all previous order issued in this regard by Chandigarh Administration. However the SOP/guidelines issued vide order No. F-2071/FII(GMSH)/2020/6183, dated 13/05/2020 for quarantine of foreign returnees amended by Order bearing No.F-2071/FII(GMSH)/2020/6839, dated 27.05.2020 would remain applicable.
MandatoryTransportation and storage | Public TransportNo end date specified 
PunjabGovernment of Punjab issues guidelines for normal opening of restaurants, hotels and other hospitality services23-06-2020The Government of Punjab (“Government”) has issued guidelines for normal opening of restaurants, hotels and other hospitality services.

Background

Earlier, the Government had issued guidelines for phased reopening of places of worship, hotels, restaurants, other hospitality services and shopping malls. In these guidelines, the State government had relaxed the conditions for opening of all types of hospitality services.

Key Highlights

1. The Government has now allowed restaurants with 'dine-in' facility to operate till 8 pm with 50% occupancy or 50 guests, whichever is less. The management is required to comply with the Standard Operating Procedures under which restaurants in hotels are allowed to serve food including buffet meals up to 50% of their seating capacity or 50 guests, whichever is less.

2. The restaurants will 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 8 pm. However, the bars in the hotels will remain closed but liquor could be served in the rooms and restaurants, as permitted under the excise policy of the State.

3. Marriages other social functions and 'Open-Air' parties in banquet halls, marriage palaces, hotels and open venues could be organised with up to 50 persons. The number of guests exclusive of catering staff should not exceed 50 persons. The size of banquet hall and venue for 50 persons should be at least be 5,000 sq. feet based on requirement of 10' x10' area for a person for the purpose of maintenance of adequate social distancing.

4. The bars would continue to remain closed in banquet halls/ marriage palaces. However, liquor can be served in the function as per the excise policy of the State. The Standard Operating Procedures for hotels and other hospitality services would be strictly followed.

5. The management of hotels and other hospitality services are required to comply with the Standard Operating Procedures of Union Health Ministry. District authorities have also been directed to ensure compliance of guidelines and other Standard Operating Procedures depending upon the local situation. The district authorities could also impose additional restrictions as deemed necessary.

For a detailed read, please refer to the document appended.
MandatoryAccommodation and food service activitiesNo end date specifiedNO
GoaGoa PCB informs that CTO/CTE applications will be processed with internal reports (without carrying out inspections) in light of the COVID-19 pandemic23-06-2020In a Circular dated 23rd June, 2020, the Goa State Pollution Control Board (“GSPCB”) has informed that for all the units, irrespective of the categories, the consent applications will processed with internal reports (without carrying out inspections) wherever applicable and consents will be granted with certain conditions (as the case may be) in the following manner:

1. Units that have applied for fresh Consent to Operate:
For units that have applied for fresh Consent to Operate, the consent may be granted for a period of 6 months with a condition to inform the Board on resumption of the operation and / or apply for renewal on expiry of the Consent validity/consider site inspection on resumption of normal situation.

2. Units that have applied for Renewal of the Consent to Operate and have no complaints/ Court matter/ non-compliance history:
i. The consent for full eligible validity with a condition to inform the Board on resumption of the operation and on issue of the Consent the file is to be forwarded for carrying out performance study of the STP and / or emission monitoring and/ or noise level monitoring wherever applicable.

ii. In case the unit is having complaints/ Court matter/ non-compliance history, etc., then the Consent will be granted for 6 months validity with a condition to Inform the Board on resumption of the operation and / or apply for renewal on expiry of the Consent validity.

3. Applications for fresh CTO from green category industries:
i. Applications received for fresh Consent to Operate from the unit of small green category industries like guest house having rooms upto 10 nos. may be granted Consent for full validity.
ii.  The application received for obtaining authorization under the various rules may be processed and granted with full validity.

4. For Consent to Establish applications for temporary structures:
In case of Consent to Establish applications for temporary structures like shacks and cottages, restaurants and guest houses having rooms upto 10 nos. and where the units are in Industrial Estate, the applications will be processed with internal reports and the Consent may be granted.

5. For all other CTE applications the site will be inspected.

6. The complaints received under various matters are to be inspected provided that it falls under the purview of the Board, with intimation to the complainant to remain present and accompany the inspection team for the said inspection. In view of the vague and incomplete complaints or complaint not related the Board, the same may be forwarded to the concerned departments / authorities, etc. with an intimation to the complainant.

Background:
In light of the situation caused due to the pandemic COVID-19, most of the industries/ units in the State are temporarily not in operation. Some of these have applied for consents to establish/operate. However, the applications are on hold as the inspection could not be conducted . As a result of this, the applications are getting piled up resulting in backlogs.

Further, the on-site inspection of the operational industries are not recommended in view of the current situation caused due to the pandemic COVID-19.

Therefore the present Order has been issued.
MandatoryAllNo end date specifiedYes
PuducherryPuducherry notifies additional measures to be implemented in Karaikal District in view of increasing COVID-19 cases23-06-2020The District Collector cum District Magistrate, Karaikal, Puducherry, in an Order dated 23rd June, 2020 has notified additional measures to be implemented in Karaikal district during the extended lockdown period.

Due to relaxation of lockdown there has been a sudden increase in COVID-19 cases. Therefore, after elaborate discussion with Health, Police, Revenue and Disaster Management Authorities, the following measures have been implemented in Karaikal District with effect from 23rd June, 2020 -

1. All passengers arriving from hotspot districts like Chennai, Mumbai, Pune, Delhi etc. will be tested and sent to district hospital for treatment if they are found COVID-19 positive. The persons will have to undergo either paid institutional quarantine or community quarantine till the time their test results are received.

2. People who test negative will have to undergo home quarantine for 14 days. If they don't have facilities for home quarantine then they will have to undergo paid institutional quarantine or community quarantine.

3. Passengers who are already tested negative at their place of origin/travel are exempted from institutional quarantine. They can claim exemption by uploading the negative test result while applying for e-pass and they should also carry a copy of the report with them and produce it at the border point of entry at Karaikal District. However, such persons to undergo home quarantine for 14 days.

4. People violating home quarantine norms will be shifted to paid institutional quarantine. In addition to that, they will be booked by the Police for violating norms.

5. All persons entering/leaving the District, including residents will have to carry e-pass issued by the Karaikal District Administration. They will have to register their details online at epass.py.gov.in to obtain e-pass. No person will be allowed to enter/leave Karaikal District without an e-pass.

6. Any person violating the above mentioned instructions will be liable for prosecution as per the provisions of Disaster Management Act, 2005, Epidemic Diseases Act, 1897 and Indian Penal Code, 1860 and other applicable legal provisions.

For further details, please refer to appended Order
MandatoryAllNo end date specifiedNo
AssamAssam Government mandates wearing of mask and maintaining social distancing; violators to be punished under IPC and Disaster Management Act23-06-2020In an Order dated 23rd June, 2020, the Assam Government has directed the Commissioner of Police and all Deputy Commissioners to strictly enforce social distancing and wearing of face masks in public places in order to contain the spread of the pandemic COVID-19.

Violators will be penalised under the relevant provisions of the Disaster Management Act, 2005 and the Indian Penal Code, 1860.
MandatoryAllNo end date specifiedNo
AssamAssam Imposes total lockdown in specified areas of the Kamrup Metropolitan District from 9 p.m. of 23rd June, 202023-06-2020The Assam State Disaster Management Authority, Government of Assam, in an Order dated 23rd June, 2020, had enforced a total lockdown in the following areas of the Kamrup Metropolitan District from 9 p.m. of 23rd June, 2020:

1. Ward No. 2 of Guwahati Municipal Corporation- Ferry Ghat Colony No. 3, 4, 5 and 6; New Railway Colony, Institute Colony, Triangular Colony; LOCO Colony; B.B.C. Colony; Part of Sadilapur; Garpandu, Jaymati Nagar.

2. Ward No. 3- Rest Camp Colony; Water Works Railway Colony; Temple Ghat Colony; Maligaon Baripara area; Garpandu area; Adabari; Adabari Railway Colony, Green Park Colony; Anandanagar; Maligaon area.

3. Ward No. 4- Kamakhya Temple; Kamakhya Colony Area; Pandu Nath Basti and Kalipur area and rest of Maligaon area.

4. Ward No. 5- Maligaon Railway Colony (East and West); Gotanagar Railway Colony (West, Central and East), Gosala Railway Colony, Durgasarobar and Santipur, Bhutnath.

5. Ward No. 6- Dhirenpara; Ganeshpara; Manpara; Datalpara; Kotahbari; Gorchuk and Jyotikuchi (Part).

6. Ward No. 7- Gotanagar (Part), Gotanagar NC, Maligaon NC, Fatasil NC, Durgasarobar, Fatasil, Dhirenpara Hill Side.

7. Ward No. 8- Kumarpara, Machkhowa, Athgaon (Part), Bharalumukh.

8. Ward No. 9- Chatribari, Krishna Nagar, Tokobari, Fancybazar, Athgaon (Part).

9. Ward No. 10 (Part)- Panbazar, Fancybazar (Part), Solapara.

10. Ward No. 15- Bishnupur, Natunbasti, Bimalanagar, Mahendra Nagar, Sankarpur, Fatasil (Part).

11. Ward No. 16- Bhaskar Nagar, Barsapara, Dhirenpara (Part), Anandanag, Rongpathar.

Key Highlights:

A. Prohibited Activities:

1. Movement of individuals will be strictly prohibited in the specified areas.

2. Private offices. Government offices and offices of autonomous / subordinate offices shall remain closed.

3. All business/commercial establishments, shops and trade activities shall remain closed.

4. All industrial establishments shall remain closed.

5. All public transport services shall remain suspended.

6. Movement of private vehicles is banned.

7. All hospitality services shall remain suspended.

8. Educational establishments to remain closed.

9. Social/ political/ sports/ entertainment/ academic / cultural / religious functions, gatherings shall be barred.

10. More than 20 people to be not allowed in funerals.

11. Spitting in public places is banned and will be punishable with fine.

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

B. Exceptions:

1. Hospitals and other related medical establishments including their manufacturing and distribution units both in public and private sector such as dispensaries, chemists and medical equipment shops, laboratories, clinics, nursing homes, ambulances, etc., will continue to remain functional. the transportation of medical personnel, nurses, paramedical staff, other hospital support services is permitted.

2. Shops dealing with groceries, fruits and vegetables, dairy and milk booths, animal fodder, will remain open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

3. Banks, Insurance and ATMs shall operate.

4. Print and electronic media including newspaper distribution, is allowed.

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

6. Delivery of essential goods including, food, pharmaceuticals, medical equipment through e-commerce is allowed.

7. Power generation, transmission and distribution units and services shall continue.

8. Cold storage and warehousing services shall continue.

9. Manufacturing units of essential commodities is allowed.

10. Production units which require continuous process are allowed after obtaining required permission from District Collector.

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

12. Hotels which are accomodating quarantined persons, medical and emergency staff, air crew, shall operate with skeleton service.

13. Establishments used/earmarked for quarantine facilities shall operate.

14. Persons associated with supply of milk, baby food, medicines and water supply are allowed.

All other activities other than the ones mentioned in the Order remain prohibited in the entire area until further orders.

Furthermore, the following needs to be ensured:

1. Provision for thermal scanning, hand wash and sanitizer to be made at all entry and exit points and common areas.

2. Wearing of face cover is compulsory in public places, in workplaces and during transport, etc.

3. Persons above 65 years of age, persons with co-morbidities, pregnant women and children below 10 years, are advised to stay at home, except for essential and health purposes.
MandatoryAllNo end date specifiedNo
PuducherryStricter Lockdown measures to curb the fast spread of covid-19 virus caused owing to the relaxation of lockdown in Puducherry22-06-2020The Department of Revenue and Disaster Management, Puducherry on 22nd June, 2020, has issued stricter measures in the Union Territory to curb the fast spread of the covid-19 virus caused by the relaxations of lockdown.

The following measures will be effective from 23rd June, 2020 -

1. All shops, establishments (including liquor shops, petrol pumps) will function from 6.00 am to 2.00 pm only.

2. Milk Booths to  operate upto 6.00 pm.

3. The medical shops / pharmacy are permitted to be open without any restriction.

4. Dining in Restaurants are permitted upto 2.00 pm. Restaurants are permitted to operate upto 8.00 pm for take away only.

5. The beach road in Pondicherry is closed for 10 days with effect from 23-06-2020
The above restrictions are not applicable to Industrial/Agricultural / Fishing activities, Government Offices and Hospitals.

Violation of the above instructions will be punishable under the provisions of Disaster Management Act, 2005 and Epidemic Act, 1897. 
MandatoryAllNo end date specifiedNo
PuducherryStricter Lockdown measures to curb the fast spread of covid-19 virus caused owing to the relaxation of lockdown in Karaikal District of Puducherry22-06-2020The District Magistrate, Karaikal, Government of Puducherry  on 22nd June, 2020 has issued stricter measures in the District to curb the fast spread of the covid-19 virus caused by the relaxations of lockdown.

The following measures will be effective from 23rd June, 2020 -

1. All shops, establishments (including liquor shops, petrol pumps) will function from 6.00 am to 2.00 pm only.

2. Milk Booths to operate from 6.00am to 6.00 pm.

3. The medical shops / pharmacy are permitted to be open without any restriction.

4. Dining in Restaurants are permitted upto 2.00 pm. Restaurants are permitted to operate upto 8.00 pm for take away only.

5. The beach in Karaikal is closed for 10 days with effect from 23-06-2020

6. 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 meeting essential requirements and for health purposes.

The above restrictions are not applicable to Industrial/Agricultural / Fishing activities, Government Offices and Hospitals.

Violation of the above instructions will be punishable under Sections 51 to 60 of Disaster Management Act, 2005, Epidemic Act, 1897 and Section 188 of the Indian Penal Code, 1860.
MandatoryAllNo end date specifiedNo
CentralMCA further extends validity of approved names for incorporation of new companies or LLPs and change of existing names; also relaxes period of Resubmission of forms22-06-2020The Ministry of Corporate Affairs has rolled out a document stating period/days of extension for names reserved and resubmission of Forms. The present document further relaxes the earlier extended timelines.

The following extensions have been granted:

1. Names reserved for 20 days for new company incorporation. SPICe+ Part B needs to be filed within 20 days of name reservation: - Names expiring any day between 15th March 2020 to 30th June 2020 would be extended by 20 days beyond 30th June 2020.

2. Names reserved for 60 days for change of name of company. INC-24 needs to be filed within 60 days of name reservation:- Names expiring any day between 15th March 2020 to 30th June 2020 would be extended by 60 days beyond 30th June 2020.

3. Extension of RSUB validity for companies: SRNs where last date of Resubmission (RSUB) falls between 15th March 2020 to 30th June 2020, additional 15 days beyond 30th June 2020 would be allowed. However, for SRNs already marked under NTBR, extension would be provided on case to case basis.

[Note: Note: Forms will not get marked to (Not to be taken on Record)’NTBR’ due to non-re-submission during this extended period as detailed above. It also includes IEPF Non-STP e-Forms (IEPF3, IEPF-5 and IEPF-7)]

4. Names reserved for 90 days for new LLP incorporation/change of name. FiLLiP/Form 5 needs to be filed within 90 days of name reservation: Names expiring any day between 15th March 2020 to 30th June 2020 would be extended by 20 days beyond 30th June 2020.

5. RSUB validity extension for LLPs - SRNs where last date of resubmission (RSUB) falls between 15th March 2020 to 30th June 2020, additional 15 days would be allowed from 30th June 2020 for resubmission. However, for SRNs already marked under NTBR, extension would be provided on case to case basis.

[Note: Forms will not get marked to (Not to be taken on Record)’NTBR’ due to non-re-submission during this extended period as detailed above.]

6. Extension for marking IEPF-5 SRNs to ‘Pending for Rejection u/r 7(3)’ and ‘Pending for Rejection u/r 7(7) : SRNs where last date of filing e-Verification Report (for both Normal as well as Resubmission filing) falls between 15th March 2020 to 30th June 2020, would be allowed to file the form till 30th September 2020. However, for SRNs already marked under ‘Pending for Rejection u/r 7(3)’ and ‘Pending for Rejection u/r 7(7)’, extension would be provided on case to case basis.
[Note: Status of IEPF-5 SRN will not change to ‘Pending for Rejection u/r 7(3)’ and ‘Pending for rejection u/r 7(7)’ till 30th September 2020.]

For a detailed read of the Notification, please refer to the appended document.
MandatoryAllDifferent timeline for separate actionsYes
Tamil NaduTo control spread of COVID-19, Tamil Nadu extends lockdown in specified areas of Madurai Corporation and its adjoining areas till 30.06.2020.22-06-2020The Revenue and Disaster Management Department, Tamil Nadu (“Department”) has, in an Order dated 22nd June, 2020, declared complete lockdown for 7 days from early morning 00 hrs on 24th June, 2020 till midnight 12.00 hrs on 30th June, 2020 in the following areas in the State:

i. Madurai Corporation
ii. Paravai Town Panchayat
iii. All village Panchayats of Madurai East, Madurai West and Thiruparankundram blocks of Madurai district

The Department has permitted only certain essential services to operate during such lockdown. However, the Department has informed that complete lockdown, without any relaxation, will be enforced on the Sunday (28th June, 2020) falling during the lockdown and no activity except the following essential activities will be allowed:

i. Milk distribution
ii. Hospitals
iii. Pharmaceutical shops
iv. Hospital vehicles
v. Ambulance and hearse vehicle services
vi. Private vehicles will be allowed to ply only for medical emergencies

The department has further clarified that no activities will be permitted in the containment zones during the lockdown and the restrictions in the containment zones will be intensified.

Please refer to the appended document for further details.

Source: Revenue and Disaster Management Department, Tamil Nadu
MandatoryAll30-06-2020No
MaharashtraMaharashtra exempts employers, failing to pay profession tax and file returns for any period till June, 2020, from payment of late fee subject to certain conditions22-06-2020The Finance Department, Maharashtra has, in a Notification dated 22nd June, 2020, exempted employers, who could not pay the profession tax  or upload the returns, for any period upto June, 2020, due to the COVID-19 pandemic , from the whole of the late fee payable in respect of such returns subject to the following conditions:

i. such return is filed on or before 31st July, 2020 on the website of Maharashtra Goods and Services Tax Department
ii. the profession tax is paid before the filing of the return
iii. the interest accrued on such tax is paid before the filing of the return

Please refer to the appended document for detail.

Source: Finance Department, Maharashtra
MandatoryAll31-07-2020Yes
RajasthanRajasthan Government fixes maximum rate of RT-PCR for COVID-19 testing in private laboratories at ₹ 2,200/- and issues conditions for the same20-06-2020The Rajasthan Government through an Official Gazette dated 20th June, 2020 has fixed the maximum rate RT-PCR test of COVID-19 in private laboratories at ₹ 2,200/- (inclusive of GST/all taxes).

In India, there 20 state medical institutions where testing for COVID-19 is done free of cost and 4 private laboratories are approved by NABL (accredited) and ICMR for testing. Earlier by ICMR circular dated 17th March, 2020, the price of testing was fixed at ₹ 4,500/- per investigation. The Rajasthan Government exercising its powers under the Rajasthan Pandemic Ordinance, 2020 in view to provide RT-PCR testing easily available in the state at low prices to the public has revised the new the rate of testing.

COVID-19 testing by private laboratories approved by NABL (accredited) and ICMR in the state will have to adhere with the following conditions -
1. Protocol by Government of India and IMCR will be followed for sample collection for RT-PCR test of COVID-19 by private laboratories.
2. COVID-19 samples will not be taken from OPD under any circumstances.
3. After taking samples, the complete information of the concerned person (address, phone number) will have to be uploaded on the RT-PCR app and the details of the information will be confidential.
4. The results of the investigation can also be uploaded on the RT-PCR app and will be shared to ICMR portal on real time basis.
5. The results of the investigation should be reported immediately to the patient.
6. If the patient is found COVID-19 positive then it should be immediately reported to the Chief Medical and Health Officer concerned.
7. All data and graph generated from the RT-PCR machine to be kept by private labs so that they can be verified in the future if required by the state government.
8. The above mentioned rates for testing should be displayed prominently in a comfortable visual space by the management of the testing labs.
9. The management of the private lab should appoint a Nodal Officer and its information to be given to the concerned Collector and Chief Medical and Health Officer.
10. In private labs located in private hospitals, after examining a person for COVID-19, if the person is found COVID-19 positive then that person will be treated at that hospital and will not be referred to a government hospital.
11. The work of testing of COVID-19 in the state will be done only by private labs approved by ICMR for the state of Rajasthan. COVID-19 test will not be conducted in the state by private labs approved by ICMR in other states.

These orders will be strictly followed. Violation of these will attract penal action against the concerned under the Rajasthan Epidemic Ordinance, 2020.

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 Private laboratoriesNo end date specifiedNo
RajasthanRajasthan Government fixes rates for COVID-19 treatment in private hospitals20-06-2020In wake of COVID-19 pandemic, it has come to the notice of Rajasthan Government that private hospitals which are identified/authorized/permitted to treat COVID-19 patients are referring COVID-19 positive patients to state hospitals after they are found positive. These actions are inhumane in this severe phase of global pandemic.  These private medical institutions are charging for tests and for treatment that are not financially viable for all citizens.

Therefore on 20th June, 2020 the State of Rajasthan exercising its powers under the Rajasthan Pandemic Ordinance, 2020 has fixed treatment rates of common people (non AB-MGRSBY Beneficiary) for COVID-19 in private hospitals. The rates for different packages with specific inclusions and exclusions are as follows -
1. General Ward per day will be at ₹ 2000/-
2. ICU with ventilator (per bed) will be at ₹ 4000/- per day

These packages will include - bed charges, meals, consultation charges, PPE kit and monitoring. Investigations like CBC, urine routine, Serum Creatinine, Chest X-ray, procedures like Ryle tube insertion, urinary tract catheterization, IV cannula.

These packages will not include - Investigations like HIV spot, Anti HCV, Hbs Ag, LFT, USG, 2D ECHO, ECG, CT Scan, MRI, PET Scan etc; Medicines; Interventional procedures like but not limited to Central line insertion, chemo port insertion, bronchoscopic procedures biopsies, ascitic/pleural tapping etc; individual rooms/isolations.

These orders will be strictly followed. Violation of these will attract penal action against the concerned under the Rajasthan Epidemic Ordinance, 2020.

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 Private HospitalsNo end date specifiedNo
CentralAmidst COVID-19 pandemic, MCA extends timelines for compliance requirements, relating to creation of deposit repayment reserve and investment of debentures, till 30.09.2020
 
19-06-2020In light of the prevailing COVID-19 pandemic, the Ministry of Corporate Affairs (“MCA”) has, in General Circular dated 19th June, 2020, further extended the timeline for compliance with the following till 30th September, 2020:

i. Requirement of creation of deposit repayment reserve of 20% of deposits maturing during the financial year 2020-21
ii. Requirement to invest or deposit at least 15% of amount of debentures maturing in specified methods of investments or deposits

Background:

The MCA, in a previous General Circular dated 24th March, 2020, in order to support and to reduce the compliance burden of Companies and Limited Liability Partnerships, had provided time extension for a number of compliances, including the above-mentioned requirements, till 30th June, 2020.

The MCA had received requests from different stakeholders seeking extension of timeline for such compliances. Hence the MCA has issued this General Circular.

Please refer to the appended documents for details.

Source: Ministry of Corporate Affairs
MandatoryAll30-09-2020Yes
CentralSEBI grants further extension of timelines for compliance with different regulatory requirements by Trading Members / Clearing Members / Depository Participants;  extends timeline for updating PAN of  Key Management Personnel / Directors and issuing Annual Global Statement to clients for 3 months19-06-2020In view of the prevailing situation due to Covid-19 pandemic and representations received from the Stock Exchanges, the Securities and Exchange Board of India (“SEBI”) has, in Circular dated 19th June, 2020, further extended the timelines for compliance with different regulatory requirements by Trading Members / Clearing Members / Depository Participants.

SEBI has extended the timeline for compliance with most of the regulatory requirements till 31st July, 2020. However, for the following requirements, the time has been extended till 3 months from the due date:

i. Updating of Income Tax Permanent Account Number of Key Management Personnel / Directors.
ii. Issuance of Annual Global Statement to clients

Background:

In light of the COVID-19 pandemic and the lockdown imposed by the Government, SEBI had provided relaxations in timelines for compliance with various regulatory requirements by the trading members / clearing members / depository participants. SEBI had received representations from the Stock Exchanges for further extension of such timelines for compliance. Accordingly, SEBI has issued this Circular.

Please refer to the appended document for further details.

Source: Securities and Exchange Board of India
MandatoryAllNo end date specifiedNo
CentralFSSAI extends the validity of Orders issued earlier (to give relaxations to the Food Business Operators during the period of lockdown) to 31st July, 202019-06-2020The Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (“FSSAI”) has extended the validity of various orders which were issued to give relaxations to the Food Business Operators till 31st July, 2020.

Background

Previously, in order to facilitate the Food Business Operators and ensure smooth operation of supply chains across the country during the national lockdown due to COVID-19, the Government of India had issued the following orders:

(a) Order dated 31st March, 2020 related to processing of the FSSAI license/ Registration applications during the lockdown situation by way of e-inspections.

(b) Order/ Direction under Section 16(5) of the Food Safety and Standards Act, 2006 dated 31st March, 2020 regarding allowing food business operators to temporarily operate their food business on the basis of application for license or registration made during the period of lockdown.

(c) Specific Dispensation orders dated 13th April, 2020 and 17th April, 2020 with respect to compliance to the requirements of Food Safety and Standards Regulations.

The Ministry of Home Affairs on 30th May, 2020 had issued orders to extend lockdown in the containment zones till 30th June, 2020.

Now, by virtue of the present notification, FSSAI has extended the date of validity of the above-mentioned Orders till 31st July, 2020.

For a detailed read, please refer to the appended Order
MandatoryAccommodation and food service activities31-07-2020No
CentralCompanies allowed to furnishing GSTR-3B and GSTR-1   through electronic verification code (EVC) till 30th September, 202019-06-2020Central Board of Indirect Taxes and Customs (CBIC) has issued Notification No. 48/2020 – Central Tax to further amend Rule 26(1) of Central Goods and Services Tax Rules, 2017 relating of method of authentication, in order to allow the registered person who are registered under the provisions of the Companies Act, 2013 to furnish the return in Form GSTR-3B for the period from the 21st day of April, 2020 to the 30th day of September, 2020 through electronic verification code (EVC).

Also, such registered person shall be allowed to furnish the details of outward supplies in FORM GSTR-1 for period from the 27th day of May, 2020 to the 30th day of September, 2020 verified through electronic verification code (EVC).

Prior to this amendment, a registered person who are registered under the provisions of the Companies Act, 2013 were allowed to furnish the documents or application, verified through digital signature certificate only.
MandatoryAll30-09-2020Yes
KeralaSOP for NRKs who return to Kerala by Air19-06-2020In an Order dated 19th June, 2020 the Government of Kerala has rolled out the Standard Operating Procedure (“SOP”) which has to be observed by all Non-Resident Keralites (“NRK”) who return to Kerala through Air India and Chartered flights to avoid delay in arrival and to facilitate proper quarantine returnees.
The SOP for international travellers reaching Kerala will be followed as per the following Orders:
1. GO(Rt)No.241/2020/NORKA dated 06.05.2020
2. GO(Rt)No.256/2020/NORKA dated 07.05.2020
For a detailed read of the present SOP, please refer to the attached document
MandatoryAllNo end date specified 
CentralAmidst pandemic , SEBI extends timeline of validity of regulatory measures introduced in light of abnormally high market volatility  till 30th July, 2020 18-06-2020The Securities and Exchange Board of India (“SEBI”) has, in a Press Release dated 18th June, 2020, informed that following regulatory measures introduced in light of the abnormally high volatility in the stock markets owing to the prevailing COVID-19 pandemic, by the SEBI Press Release dated 20th March, 2020, will continue to be in force till 30th July, 2020.

i. The Market Wide Position Limit (MWPL) have been revised to 50% of the existing levels for the purpose of introducing ban period on fresh positions and not for determining the enhanced eligibility criteria for derivatives stocks.

ii. The current penalty structure adopted by the stock exchanges / clearing corporations have been enhanced to 10 times of the minimum and 5 times of the maximum penalties specified by the stock exchanges / clearing corporations, to function as an effective deterrent in the current market context.

iii. The margin for stocks has been increased for meeting the above-mentioned criteria for MWPL.

iv. Margin for Non-F&O Stocks in Cash Market has been increased.

v. Position limits in equity index derivatives (futures and options) have been revised.

vi. The dynamic price bands can now be flexed only after a cooling-off period of 15 minutes from the time of meeting the existing criteria specified by stock exchanges for flexing.

Please refer to the appended documents for further details.

Source: Securities and Exchange Board of India
MandatoryAll30-07-2020No
CentralFSSAI extends grace period for renewal of licenses or registrations till 31st July, 202018-06-2020The Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (“FSSAI”) has extended the grace period for applying for renewal of licenses or registrations which have expired or are expiring during the period of 22nd March, 2020 to 31st July 2020.

Background

Previously, in order to facilitate food business during the existing emergency situation in the country due to COVID-19, FSSAI had granted a grace period till 30th June 2020 for food businesses to apply for renewal of licenses or registrations, which were expiring or had expired between 22nd March 2020 to 31st May 2020 (in case of Union Territories of Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh, between 1st August 2019 and 31st May 2020).

Now, FSSAI has decided to extend the grace period till 31st July 2020 for the Food Business Operators to apply for renewal of their licenses and registration without any late fee. In the interim, FSSAI Licenses/ Registration shall be deemed to be valid.

For a detailed read of the Notification, please refer to the appended Order.
MandatoryAccommodation and food service activities31-07-2020No
CentralFSSAI issues directions under Food Safety and Standards Act, 2006 providing relaxation w.r.t compliance with provisions relating to six monthly testing report of food products during nation-wide lockdown18-06-2020In an Order dated 18th June, 2020, the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (“FSSAI”) has issued directions under Food Safety and Standards Act, 2006 providing certain relaxation with regard to compliance with provisions relating to six monthly testing report of food products during nation-wide lockdown as stipulated under the Food Safety and Standards (Licensing and Registration of Food Businesses) Regulations, 2011.

Considering the difficulties faced by the food business operators in six monthly testing of food products and maintenance of records, FSSAI has decided that food business operators will not be penalized if they have not maintained the records during the lockdown period.  However, the said compliance has to be ensured within 2 months after the lockdown is over.
MandatoryFood businessesNo end date specifiedYes
CentralExtension of timeline dated 18th June 2020 for the compliance of Food Safety and Standards (Food Product Standards and Food Additives) Fourth Amendment Regulations, 2019 dated 30th October 2019 related to the standards of Packaged Drinking Water (other than Mineral Water)18-06-2020The Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (“FSSAI”) has, in an order dated 18th June, 2020, extended the timeline under Food Safety and Standards (Food Product Standards and Food Additives) Fourth Amendment Regulations, 2019 dated 30th October, 2019 relating to standards of packaged drinking water (other than mineral water).

Under the said Amendment, certain changes had been brought in by the with regard to General parameters concerning substances undesirable in excessive amounts in packaged drinking water:

a. the permissible limit for Calcium, had been revised to 20 mg/l to 75 mg/l, instead of 75 mg/l which was the previous permissible limit.

b. the permissible limit for Magnesium, had been revised to 10 mg/l to 30 mg/l instead of 30 mg/l which was the previous permissible limit.

Now, the timeline for compliance with the revised parameters has been extended till 1st January, 2021.
MandatoryFood businessesNo end date specifiedNo
RajasthanGovernment of Rajasthan amends regulations made under the Rajasthan Epidemic Diseases Ordinance, 2020; mandates display of poster at the entry point of the premises stating the importance of wearing face masks and maintaining physical distancing18-06-2020The Home Department, Government of Rajasthan (“Department”) has notified amendments to the Regulations made under the Rajasthan Epidemic Diseases Ordinance, 2020 (“Principal Regulations”).

Background

The Department had issued the Principal Regulations on 3rd May 2020. The Principal Regulations were amended by virtue of notification dated 26th May 2020.

The Department has now made additions to the Principal Regulations.

The key highlights are:

a. The Department has made it mandatory for every head of the office or workplace like Government, Private, Educational Institutions, Factories, Shopping malls, banks, showrooms etc. to display a poster (in Hindi or English) at the entry point of the premises stating the importance of wearing face masks and maintaining physical distancing (do gaz ki doori).

b. The Department has also made mandatory for the business associations (vyapar mandal) and Mandi Association to display a poster in a prominent place in the market or mandi concerned.

The format of the above-mentioned posters (to be displayed) has been provided in the attached Notification.

For a detailed read, please refer to the appended Notification.
MandatoryAll industriesNo end date specifiedYes
CentralMCA introduces Scheme for relaxation of time for filing forms related to creation or modification of charges under the Companies Act, 2013; effective immediately 17-06-2020In a Circular dated 17th June, 2020 the Ministry of Corporate Affairs (“MCA”) has rolled out the “Scheme for relaxation of time for filing forms related to creation or modification of charges under the Companies Act, 2013” (“Scheme”).

The scheme has been introduced with the purpose of condoning the delay in filing certain forms related to creation/modification of charges and has become effective immediately.

Applicability:

The Scheme is applicable in respect of filing Form CHG-1 and Form CHG-9 by a company or charge holder where the date of creation/modification of charge :

1. Is before 1st March, 2020 but the timeline for filing such form had not expired under *Section 77 of the Companies Act (“Act”)  as on 1st March, 2020:

A. Relaxation of time- The period beginning from 1st March, 2020 and ending on 30th September, 2020 will not be reckoned for the purpose of counting the number of days under section 77 or **section 78 of the Act.
In case, the form is not filed within such period, the first day after 29th February, 2020 will be reckoned as 1st October, 2020 for the purpose of counting the number of days within which the form is required to be filed under section 77 or section 78 of the Act. 
B. Applicable Fees- If the form is filed on or before 30th September, 2020, the fees payable as on 29th February, 2020 under the Fees Rules for the said form shall be charged.
If the form is filed thereafter, the applicable fees will be charged under the Fees Rules after adding the number of days beginning from 1st October, 2020 and, ending on the date of filing plus the time period lapsed from the date of the creation of charge till 29th February, 2020.

2. Falls on any date between 1st March, 2020 to 30th September, 2020 (both dates inclusive):
A. Relaxation of time- The period beginning from the date of creation/ modification of charge to 30th September, 2020 will not be reckoned for the purpose of counting of days under section 77 or section 78 of the Act. In case, the form is not filed within such period, the first day after the date of creation / modification of charge shall be reckoned as 1st October, 2020 for the purpose of counting the number of days within which the form is required to be filed under section 77 or section 78 of the Act.
B. Applicable Fees- If the form is filed before 30th September, 2020, normal fees shall be payable under the Fees Rules.
If the form is filed thereafter, the first day after the date of creation/modification of charge will be reckoned as 1st October, 2020 and the number of days till the date of filing of the form shall be counted accordingly for the purposes of payment of fees under the Fees Rules.
The Scheme will not apply in the following cases:
1. The forms i.e.CHG-1 and CHG-9 had already  been filed before the date of issue of this Circular.
2. The timeline for filing the form has already expired under section 77 or section 78 of the Act prior to 1st March, 2020.
3. The timeline for filing the form expires at a future date, despite exclusion of the time provided under the “applicability” of the Scheme.
4. Filing of Form CHG-4 for satisfaction of charges.

Background:
The companies are required to file forms related to creation or modification of charges within the timelines provided in section 77 of the Act i.e. a total of 120 days of the creation or modification of charge. In case, the company fails to register the charge within the period of thirty days referred to in sub-section ( 1) of section 77 , the charge holder may file the form related to creation or modification of charges under section 78.
In light of the pandemic, MCA has received representations requesting that the timelines related to filing of certain charge related forms may be suitably relaxed so as to provide a window of compliance for the registration of charges. Further, under the Companies Fresh Start Scheme, 2020 the benefit of waiver of additional fees was not extended to the charge related documents.
Therefore, the present Scheme has been introduced.
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* Section 77 of the Companies Act deals with Registration of charges

** Section 78 of the Companies Act deals with Application for Registration of Charge
MandatoryAllNo end date specifiedYes
Tamil NaduTamil Nadu amends order enforcing lockdown in certain areas of Tamil Nadu till 30.06.2020.; allows specified additional activities to operate17-06-2020Further to the Order dated 16th June, 2020, declaring complete lockdown in certain areas in Tamil Nadu, the Revenue and Disaster Management Department, Tamil Nadu (“Department”) has allowed some more activities to operate as essential services during the lockdown.

The Department has informed that:

i. Prepaid autos, taxis and private vehicles will be allowed to ferry passengers from railway stations and airports. For this purpose, the e-pass issued to passengers from the TNeGA would be sufficient

ii. Headquarters of banks and financial institutions will be permitted to function with minimal staff only. From 20th June, 2020 to 26th June, 2020, bank branches are allowed to operate with minimal staff from 10 am till 2pm for cash transactions relating to distributors and retail dealers of essential items viz. petroleum products and LPG.

No direct services to public will be permitted.

iii. Workers, already staying within the premises of Industries, are not required to be tested for RTPCR.

Managerial and supervisory categories of industries will be issued e-pass by the industries Department for movement in and out of the Greater Chennai Police Commissionerate areas and other areas enforcing lockdown to their industrial units. Such e-passes will be valid for the entire lockdown and must be used properly.

iv. Sea ports will be allowed to handle cargo of essential commodities, medical equipment and other medical services with minimal staff.

v. Telecommunication, essential IT/ITeS will also be permitted to function with minimal staff. E-passes will be provided only to the workers list provided by the Tele-communication and essential IT/ITeS companies.

vi. In light of distribution of LPG cylinders and other petroleum products being allowed during the lockdown, the LPG/petroleum tankers, trucks carrying LPG Cylinders, Lubricants and other petroleum products, will be permitted without hindrance.

The LPG delivery persons, attendants in petrol pumps, drivers transporting petroleum and petroleum products and the contract labour working in oil companies will be allowed to travel from their homes to work spots during the lockdown provided they carry identity cards/ authorization letters given by the Oil companies and gas agencies. Such persons must wear face masks and sanitize/wash their hands.

vii. Vehicles for milk distribution and drinking water supply will also be permitted.

For further details please refer to the appended document.

Source: Revenue and Disaster Management Department, Tamil Nadu 
MandatoryAll30-06-2020No
Bihar State level and district level committee to create opportunities to workers in the State of Bihar17-06-2020In view of nationwide lockdown where all industries were closed and workers became unemployed and returned back to Bihar. As gradually industries started working a large number of unemployed workers  were still in Bihar, therefore, the Industries Department, Bihar Government in a notification dated 17th June, 2020 has constituted a state level and district level committee for migrant workers of Bihar to provide them with opportunities and livelihood in the state. A District level Counselling Centre is also being established and its core function will be to contact workers that are in quarantine centres who have arrived from other states and will advise them about the employment opportunities available in the state as per their skills.

Employment opportunities will be created in the broad areas for skilled and unskilled labourers for Government construction work, MNREGA, agriculture, animal husbandry and fisheries, MSME industries, handloom etc. The Counselling Centre will derive means to generate employment of workers in the state by contacting various industries (inside or outside Bihar). It will also identify competent entrepreneurs and connect them to banks to provide loans so that they can establish their own units. The District Officer will review the progress of the consultative centre and will weekly send a report to the State Level Advisory Committee. The State level committee will review the progress of the district level committee and will ensure that large number of workers in the state get employment.

In addition to that Department of Industry will advise on increasing the investment opportunities in the state so that more employment can be generated for workers. Further, Investment Advisors will be appointed who will collect data from units from where large number of skilled workers have come to Bihar. Investment Advisors will identify large investment opportunities and will plan to outsource or re-establish industries in Bihar by giving some additional relaxation and they will also ensure that these industries do not face any difficulty in establishing industry in the state by obtaining clearance from single windows.
Mandatory All IndustriesNo end date specifiedNo
West Bengal Government of West Bengal extends the date for filing Profession Tax Return of FY 2019-20, upto 30th September, 202017-06-2020The Office of the Commissioner of Commercial Taxes and Profession Tax, Government of West Bengal has extended the last date of filing of return in Form-III under the West Bengal State Tax on Professions, Trades, Callings and Employments Act, 1979 (which was required to be furnished by 31st March, 2020).

Earlier, in an Order dated 13th April, 2020 the last date of transmission of data electronically of the return in Form-III was extended till 30th June, 2020 but now it has been extended further till 30th September, 2020 and the last date of furnishing paper form of the same has been extended till 7th October, 2020.
MandatoryAll30-09-2020No
NagalandNagaland Government issues SOP  for people visiting Nagaland for essential/unavoidable work to follow17-06-2020In Nagaland, there have been increasing cases of persons like skilled labourers, mechanics, technicians, engineers etc), who need to enter the State for short durations, or Government Servants who  have to report to the State from outside, and immediately  start performing his/her duties. The mandatory 14 days facility quarantine followed by 14 days home quarantine which is the standing guideline acts as a deterrent/ obstacle for such people.

The Government of Nagaland has, accordingly, issued a Notification dated June 17, 2020 specifying the Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) for such special categories of people entering Nagaland for urgent essential works or for unavoidable reasons.

a. In the case of Government Servants, both State and Central, intending to return/come to the State, the permission will be obtained from the Home Department in advance which on being satisfied of the essential nature of the duties of the Government servant requiring him/her to immediately start functioning will inform the concerned Deputy Commissioner & Chairman District Task Force.

b. In the case of any person, other than a Government Servant desirous of entering the State, the permission will be sought from the Deputy Commissioner & Chairman District Task Force of the destination district, mentioning the purpose of the visit and detailed itinerary: point of entry, the places to visit, with date and time, till the date of departure. Application for entry permit should be submitted at least 5(five) days before the intended date of travel. The Deputy Commissioner on being satisfied of the urgency and unavoidability of the proposed visit will submit with clear recommendations to the Home Department, for seeking its clearance. After obtaining the clearance of the Home Department, the Deputy Commissioner will give permission and wherever applicable, the Inner Line Permit, mentioning clearly the duration of visit and other details.

c. The Government Servant/person, entering the State after obtaining the requisite permission
will be subject to thermal screening along with other returnees to the State at the designated point of entry.
i) If symptomatic, the Government Servant/person will not be allowed to proceed further and the usual SOP for the returnees to the State will be followed.
b) If asymptomatic, on producing the permit, the Government Servant/person may proceed to the destination district for sample collection and testing using TrueNat.

d. Transportation within the State has to be arranged by the Government Servant/person concerned. The driver and all occupants should wear mask at all times with distance maintained between occupants in the vehicle. Stopping by the roadside at restaurants and shops will not be allowed.

e. On reaching the destination district sample collection centre, the Government Servant/person will be tested using TrueNat. For persons on official Government Duty the testing will be free, whereas other will be charged at Rs. 1,500/- per test.
i) If tested negative, only then the Government Servant/person can proceed to his/her place of work, while following all safety precautions of wearing mask at all times, frequently sanitizing hands, and maintaining physical distancing.
ii) If tested positive, the Government Servant/person will be placed in an appropriate COVID facility and due protocol will be followed.

f. The District Task Force will issue the number of permission/permit per day considering the per day testing capacity of TrueNat in the district. The permission/permit will also contain information on location of the designated sample collection centre (s) and other information guide as required. The District Task Forces of the other districts which the Government Servant/person will pass through will also be informed beforehand.

g. The Government Servant/person must mandatorily register in the nCOVID Nagaland Visitors App at the point of entry and submit status of symptoms twice daily till 14 (fourteen) days, or till the time of departure from the State, whichever is earlier.

The Notification also specifies that in the case of a Government Servant as mentioned in points 1 and 2 above, the immediate family members accompanying Government Servant while entering the State will also be covered by the provisions of the SOP.

For a detailed read, please refer to the appended document.
MandatoryAllNo end date specifiedNo
MizoramThe Mizoram Government has allowed certain non-essential commodities to be transported into the State without separate permission from Home Department
16-06-2020The Mizoram Government has allowed certain non-essential commodities to be transported into the State without separate permission from Home Department. However, mPASS registration on mCOVID-19 application (app or website - mcovid19.mizoram.gov.in) and submission of self-declaration at the entry point is required.

The above-mentioned exemption has been allowed for the following:

1. Agricultural and Horticultural items and equipment such as seeds and seedlings, fertilizers, plant protection chemicals & equipment, machineries & equipment for agriculture and horticulture, greenhouse materials, irrigation equipment.

2. Building and road construction materials such as cement/bricks/steel/rods, water supply, sanitary fittings and roofing materials, construction tools made from plastic, wood saw, steel or other metals, road construction materials / machinery and spare parts, steel structure for baily bridges and bridges, hume pipes etc.

3. Industrial raw materials for industries established within Mizoram.

4. Carpentry and furniture materials for making kitchen and other interior furniture, varnish, paints, veneer, furnishing cloth etc. along with materials for cushion, sofa etc.

5. Textile and Clothing materials such as yam (acrylic, dyed), threads, cotton cloths, woollen and silken cloths, other textile goods excluding readymade cloths and second-hand goods.

6. All stationary items and goods.
MandatoryAllNo end date specifiedNo
Tamil NaduTamil Nadu extends lockdown in specified areas in the State till 30.06.2020 amidst COVID-19 pandemic 16-06-2020The Revenue and Disaster Management Department, Tamil Nadu (“Department”) has, in an Order dated 16th June, 2020, declared complete lockdown for 12 days from early morning 00 hrs on 19th June, 2020 till midnight 12.00 hrs on 30th June, 2020 in the following areas in the State:

1. Greater Chennai Police Commissionerate areas

2. Thiruvallur District:

i. Greater Chennai Police Commissionerate areas in Thiruvallur districts
ii. Thiruvallur Municipality
iii. Gummindipoondi
iv. Ponneri and Minjur Town Panchayat
v. All village panchayats in Poovirundhavalli,
vi. Eekadu and Sholavaram blocks

3. Chengalpattu District

i. Greater Chennai Police areas in Chengalpattu District
ii. Chengalpattu and Maraimalai Nagar Municipalities
iii. Nandhivaram - Guduvanchery Town Panchayat
iv. All Village Panchayats of Kattankulathur Block

4. Greater Chennai Police Commissionerate areas in Kancheepuram districts

The Department has permitted only certain essential services to operate during such lockdown. However, the Department has informed that complete lockdown, without any relaxation, will be enforced on the two Sundays (21st June, 2020 and 28th June, 2020) falling during the lockdown and no activity except the following essential activities will be allowed:

i. Milk distribution
ii. Hospitals
iii. Pharmaceutical shops
iv. Hospital vehicles
v. Ambulance and hearse vehicle services
vi. Private vehicles will be allowed to ply only for medical emergencies

The Department has further clarified that no activities will be permitted in the containment zones during the lockdown and the restrictions in the containment zones will be intensified.

Please refer to the appended document for further details.

Source: Revenue and Disaster Management Department, Tamil Nadu
MandatoryAll30-06-2020No
CentralMinistry of Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution extends the regulation on prices of hand sanitizers and raw materials involved in manufacture of hand sanitizers, till 31st December, 202016-06-2020The Ministry of Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution (“Ministry”) has extended the validity of the following Notifications till 31st December, 2020:

1. Gazette Notification S.O. 1197(E) dated 21st March, 2020: for fixing the retail price of hand sanitizer at Rs. 100 per bottle of 200ml; and

2. Gazette Notification S.O. 1169(E) dated 19th March 2020: for inclusion of raw materials for manufacture of hand sanitizer as essential commodity and regulation of prices thereof.

The above-mentioned Notifications were valid till 30th June, 2020. Now, their validity has been extended till 31st December, 2020.

Background:

As the lockdown conditions have been relaxed, it is expected that the demand for hand sanitizer will increase further. Keeping in view the role of hand sanitizer in the fight against COVID 19, continued availability of the hand sanitizer must be ensured in the market, at affordable rates.

For a detailed read, please refer to the appended document
MandatoryManufacturers of hand sanitizers, pharmaceuticals31-12-2020No
AssamAssan Health Department specifies additional categories of air passengers exempted from institutional quarantine16-06-2020Pursuant to the SOP dated May 28, 2020, issued by the Health and Family Welfare Department, Assam ("Department") and subsequent addendum dated June 1, 2020, the Department has issued an Order dated June 16, 2020 specifying the additional categories of air passengers exempted from institutional quarantine.

The Order exempts the following persons from such quarantine:

1. Husband and wife who travelled to Assam together;

2. Husband, wife and their children who travelled to Assam together;

3. Husband, wife and their parents who travelled to Assam together;

The above mentioned exemption is subject to the following conditions:

a. All persons mentioned in points 1 to 3 are asymptomatic;

b. Such persons should undergo 14 days home quarantine after compliance with health protocols such as collection of swab samples for COVID-19 test, hand stamping, conversion of residence into containment zone, etc.

c. The mode of travel for all such persons is by air;

The Order also clarifies that above exemptions from institutional quarantine will not be applicable if the flight in which the persons travelled has been found to have a high incidence of COVID-19 positive cases or has been contaminated in some way.
MandatoryTransportation and storage | Public TransportNo end date specifiedNo
CentralFSSAI extends timeline for compliance of Food Safety and Standards (Prohibition and Restriction on sales) Second Amendment Regulations, 2019, imposing restrictions on sale of common salt; up to 1st January 202116-06-2020The Food Safety and Standards Authority of India ("FSSAI") in a Notification dated 16th June, 2020 has extended the timeline for compliance of the provisions mentioned in the Food Safety and Standards (Prohibition and Restriction on sales) Second Amendment Regulations, 2019 ("Amendment Regulations"), which imposes restrictions on sale of common salt. The timeline for compliance has been extended up to 1st January, 2021.

Background:

In a Notification in the Gazette of India dated 27th June, 2019 ("Notification 1"), the FSSAI introduced the Amendment Regulations which imposed restrictions on "sale or offer or expose for sale or have in the premises for the purpose of sale, common salt for direct human consumption or for use as an ingredient in a food product unless the same is iodized". Notification 1 brought this restriction into place from 27th June, 2019.

However, in a Notification dated 22nd August, 2019 ("Notification 2"), the FSSAI stated that the Amendment Regulations imposing the restrictions can be complied with by 1st July, 2020.

Now, in light of the COVID-19 crisis, FSSAI has come up with a latest Notification extending the timeline for compliance to the Amendment Regulations till 1st January, 2021.
AdvisoryAccommodation and food service activities01-01-2021No
Himachal PradeshDistrict Magistrate, District Sirmaur, Nahan, Himachal Pradesh specifies directions with regard to movement of persons between "Night Curfew" as well as quarantine requirements15-06-2020The District Magistrate, Sirmaur, Nahan, Himachal Pradesh (DM) has, in an Order dated June 15, 2020 issued certain directions with regard to movement of persons between "Night Curfew".

The Order mandates that movement of individual(s) must remain strictly prohibited between 08:00 PM to 06:00 AM (Night Curfew) throughout the District except for essential activities. This restriction, however, does not apply to -

a. instances of loading/unloading of goods (as part of supply chains and logistics);

b. buses carrying persons and trucks and goods carriers plying on State and National Highways; or

c. persons travelling to their destinations after disembarking from buses, trains and flights.

The Order also reiterates the State Government order dated 14.06.2020, amending an earlier order dated 31.05.2020 regarding quarantine requirements. The amendments are as follows:

1. The persons covered under SOPs issued dated 23rd May, 2020 for inter-state movement of industrial workers, industrialists/factory owners, traders, raw material suppliers, service providers, inspecting authorities will be exempted from purview of Home Quarantine.

2. The persons visiting the State for bonafide purpose of trade, business, job, project, service purpose, commission agents and artihyas with supporting documents and entering the State with valid permit/e-pass and not coming from high COVID-19 case load cities and other containment zones from rest of the country will also be exempted from the purview of quarantine.

3. The management, incharge or head of any NGO of any charitable organization, which has branches in the State and travels to the State of Himachal Pradesh in connection with its affairs or for an official meeting, for a short duration not exceeding 48 hours and don't mix with general masses, follows all social distancing and other Covid-19 prevention protocols/norms, does not organize any social/cultural or any other gathering of any sort, shall be exempted from quarantine requirement.

4. The use of Aarogya Setu app shall be mandatory in all cases,  including the above exempted categories.

Further, Quarantine Requirements under the order dated 30.06.2020 have been amended as under:-
a. Point No. (i) - All persons coming from high case load COVID-19 infected cities will be institutionally quarantined. Only for exceptional and compelling reasons such as cases of human distress, pregnancy, death in family, serious illness, persons above 65 years of age with co-morbidities and parent(s) accompanied by children below 10 years may be permitted to be home quarantined, instead of institutional quarantine for 14 days provided that such home quarantine facility is available to follow all covid protocols.
b. Point No. (viii) - The migrant labourers coming in the State can be sent directly to the work site of the Orchardist/Agriculturist/Contractor/Project Proponents. The labour can start working at these sites immediately subject to observing all the due precautions including social distancing/isolation 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.

Any person(s) contravening the present Order will be liable for prosecution under Sections 269, 270 and 188 of IPC and Section 51. to 60 of the Disaster Management Act, 2005.

The Order is effective since June 15, 2020 and will remain in force until further orders are issued.
MandatoryAllNo end date specifiedNo
CentralMCA further extends timeline allowing companies to conduct EGM through video conferencing or other audio visual means till 30th September, 202015-06-2020The Ministry of Corporate Affairs (“MCA”) has, in a Circular dated 15th June, 2020, allowed companies to conduct Extraordinary General Meetings (“EGMs”) through video conferencing (“VC”) or other audio visual means (“OAVM”) or by passing certain items through postal ballot till 30th September, 2020.

Background:

The MCA had in Circulars dated 8th April,2020 (General Circular No. 14/2020) and dated 13th April (General Circular No. 17/2020), allowed companies to hold EGMs through VC or OAVM or by passing of certain items only through postal ballot and provided the framework for the same, valid upto 30th June, 2020.

Requests were received from the stakeholders for extending the period upto which the framework provided in the aforesaid Circulars may be utilized by the companies.

Hence, MCA has issued the current circular for further extending the date till which companies will be allowed to conduct their EGMs through VC or OAVM or transact items through postal ballot.
MandatoryAll30-09-2020YES
GujaratGovernment of Gujarat authorizes certain police personnel to collect fines for failure to wear face mask in public places, workplace, transport and for spitting in public places15-06-2020The Government of Gujarat has authorized Police personnel, not below the rank of Head Constable, to collect fine for not wearing a face cover in all public and work places and during transportation and for spitting in public places.

Background:

In an earlier Order dated 30th May, 2020, the Government of Gujarat had prescribed a fine of Rs. 200/- for not wearing a face cover in all public places, work places and during transport and for spitting in public.

For further details, please refer to the appended Order
MandatoryNoneNo end date specifiedNo
AssamAssam Health Department issues Standard Operating Procedures for the operation of various establishments frequented by truckers and logistics carriers15-06-2020The Health and Family Welfare Department, Government of Assam (“Government”) has issued Standard Operating Procedures (“SOP”) for the operation of various establishments frequented by truckers and logistics carriers.

The SOPs have been in effect from 15th June 2020.

Background

Truckers travel between States before coming and staying in Assam. Some cases have recently been discovered in some of the Districts, where the source of COVID-19 infection has been traced back to the truckers and logistics carriers travelling from other States.

The Government has therefore laid down strict hygiene and social distancing protocols that need to be implemented by shops and establishments frequented by truckers and logistics carriers.

Key Highlights:

Some of the specific protocols have been listed below:

1. Truck Parking Stations:

i. Maintain detailed record of all vehicles entering the parking stations and share the same with District Administration on a daily basis;

ii. Once the vehicle enters the parking lots, ensure that the drivers and handymen do not leave the premises other than for loading and unloading of goods;

iii. Ensure that requirements of the truckers – vegetables, provisions, newspapers, medicines, soaps and mobile recharges etc. are procured and provided from neighbouring shops.

iv. Earmark dedicated spaces for truckers to cook food;

v. Ensure sufficient barricading around the parking lot with controlled entry and exit to the lot;

2. Weigh bridges and Petrol Pumps:

i. The employees working on weigh bridges and petrol pumps to have limited interactions with the driver and handymen of the truck, and maintain adequate social distance;

ii. The truck driver and the handymen should be earmarked separate toilets in the weigh bridges and petrol pumps and the same needs to be sanitized frequently using 1% sodium hypochlorite in addition to all the frequently touched surfaces (doorknobs, handrails, benches, washroom fixtures etc).

3. Loading and Unloading Centres/ Godowns:

i. Maintain detailed record of all trucks and large goods carriers entering the loading and unloading centres and share the same with District Administration on a daily basis.

ii. Once the vehicle enters the loading and unloading centres, godowns, the management to ensure that the drivers and handymen do not leave the premises;

iii. Management to ensure that requirements of the truckers – vegetables, provisions, newspapers, medicines, soaps and mobile recharges etc. are provided.

4. Dhabas

i. Maintain detailed record of all trucks and long-distance vehicles entering the dhabas and share the same with District Administration on a daily basis;

ii. Encourage takeaways instead of dine-in and employees should not handover food packet directly to the customers;

iii. Allow only asymptomatic staff and patrons;

5. Motor Vehicle Garages:

i. Maintain detailed record of all trucks and long-distance vehicles entering the garages and share such records with District Administration on a daily basis;

ii. Once the vehicles enter the premises, management should ensure that interiors and exteriors of the vehicles including the part which needs repairs, are sanitized using 1% sodium hypochlorite solutions before the employees start repairing the vehicles;

iii. The truck driver and the handymen should be earmarked separate toilets in the garages and the same needs to be sanitized frequently using 1% sodium hypochlorite along with all the frequently touched surfaces (doorknobs, handrails, benches, washroom fixtures etc.).

6. General preventive measures:

i. Posters/ standees on preventive measures about COVID-19 should be displayed prominently.
ii. Maintain physical distancing of at least 6 feet as far as feasible;
iii. Mandatory use of face/ cover masks;
iv. Provide sufficient drinking water facilities to the truckers;
v. Spitting should be strictly prohibited;
vi. Ensure self-monitoring of health and reporting any illness at the earliest to the state helpline (104).

For a detailed read, please refer to the appended document
MandatoryTransportation and storageNo end date specifiedNo
Madhya PradeshDirective related to permitted activities in Madhya Pradesh - inter-state transportation closed till June 3015-06-2020Ministry of Home Affairs, Government of Madhya Pradesh on 15th June, 2020 has issued instructions for prevention of COVID-19 infection. The instructions issued are as follows -
1. Inter-state buses will be closed till 30th June, 2020.
2. In all districts of Indore, Ujjain and Bhopal all passenger bus services will operate normally with 50% passenger capacity till 30th June, 2020.
3. All types of shops in Bhopal Municipal Corporation area will open 5 days a week and all shops outside municipal limits will remain open in normal condition.
4. Schools, colleges, educational institutions will remain closed till further orders.
5. Government, Divisional and District offices and private offices in Indore, Bhopal and Ujjain Municipal Corporation areas will remain open with 50% staff and full capacity in other places.
6. All activities except essential services will be restricted from 9 AM to 5 PM.

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 All No end date specifiedNo
TelanganaGovernment of Telangana fixes ceiling on rates chargeable by Private Hospitals and Private Laboratories for treatment and testing of COVID-19 patients15-06-2020The Health Medical and Family Welfare Department, Telangana has fixed the  ceiling on rates chargeable  by  Private  Hospitals  and  Private  Laboratories  for  testing and treatment services to COVID-19 patients.

Package per day.
1. Charges for Routine ward + Isolation - Rs. 4,000.
2. Charges for ICU without ventilator + Isolation  - Rs. 7,500
3. Charges for ICU with ventilator + Isolation - Rs. 9,000
Inclusions:
This includes Monitoring and Investigations like CBC, Urine routine, HIV spot, Anti HCV, Hbs Ag, Serum Creatinine, USG, 2D ECHO, X-Ray, ECG, Drugs, Consultations, Bed Charges, meals. Procedures like Rylestube insertion, urinary tract catheterization.
Exclusions:
1.PPE
2.Interventional procedures like, but not limited to, Central line insertion, Chemoport insertion, bronchoscopic procedures, biopsies, ascitic / pleural tapping, etc, which may be charges at a rack rate as on 31st Dec 2019.
3.COVID-19 testing – to be done as per actual cost as fixed by the state Government i.e., Rs.2,200.
4.High end investigations like CT-SCAN, MRI, PET scan or any lab investigation not included in the previous column – to be charged at rack rates of hospital as on 31stDecember 2019.

Guidelines for Private Hospitals and Laboratories -
1. The rates that are fixed must be displayed by private hospitals at prominent places in their premises.

2. All  private  hospitals must follow Guidelines issued by the Ministry of Health & Family Welfare, Government of India pertaining to Asymptomatic  and  mild  symptom  cases requiring home isolation.

3. Private  laboratories  must  test  strictly  following  the  testing  protocols  issued  by  the  ICMR  as  updated  from  time  to  time.
The Maximum Rates Chargeable for RT-PCR TEST are fixed at -
i. Samples which are collected at the Labs/Hospitals - Rs. 2,200
ii. Samples which are collected from home - Rs. 2,800

4. All  private  health  care  providers  must enter  the real time data on the digital platform developed by the Government of Telangana @ www.chfw.telangana.gov.in.

5. Permission must be obtained from  Director  Public  Health for permission to treat COVID-19 patients.

6. As and when a positive  case  is  detected,  case  detail  have  to  be  immediately  entered  into  the  portal  by the private laboratories.

7. All  private  health  care  providers  shall  strictly  follow  the  guidelines  issued  by  ICMR on testing and clinical management & discharge guidelines issued by Ministry of Health  &  Family  Welfare,  GoI  as  updated  from  time  to  time.
MandatoryPrivate Hospitals  and  Private  LaboratoriesNo end date specifiedYes
KeralaDepartment of Health and Family Welfare, Government of Kerala issues Standard Operating Procedure for Healthcare in COVID-19 First Line Treatment Centres14-06-2020The Department of Health and Family Welfare, Government of Kerala (“Department”) has issued Standard Operating Procedure (“SOP”) for Healthcare in COVID-19 First Line Treatment Centres.

The SOP has been issued with the objective to provide quality primary COVID care to all citizens of Kerala and optimize healthcare resources.

Background

In view of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Department had previously issued advisory on the three tier patient management system, namely COVID Care Centre (“CCC”), COVID First Line Treatment Centre (“CFLTC”) and COVID Hospitals (“CH”) vide order no 31/F2/220/ H&FW dated 28th March and reference guide for converting hospitals into dedicated COVID hospitals.

Though the Department has established enough COVID hospitals and there are plans to upscale the facilities since it might not be sufficient to manage all COVID patients in the context of worst-case scenario of community spread.

Key Highlights:

1. The Superintendent / Block Medical Officer and the Nodal officer of the CFLTC should co-ordinate with district health authorities and with the corresponding Local Self Government Institution for the smooth functioning of the CFLTC;

2. A multilingual display board should be placed in front of the entry gate as “COVID First Line Treatment Centre”;

3. Board should also specify that entry is restricted to COVID patients and staff on duty only;

4. Poster on hand washing methods to be displayed;

5. 24 x 7 security service of Watchman/ Gatekeeper should be provided;

6. Facility should be able to accomodate at least 50 patients at a time;

7. Electricty and communication facilities like internet and telephone should be available;

8. Spacious waiting area with adequate lighting and ventilation and 5-10 easily cleanable chairs arranged at a minimum distance of two meters apart should be provided;

9. If facilities permit all Covid patients should be managed in separate rooms with attached toilet facilities;

10. If managed in wards, separate male and female wards should be provided.

11. Hospital infection control is of prime importance and should be observed at all times. Transmission based precautions should be taken.

12. CFLTC should provide basic laboratory services through the existing nearby Govt. health care institutions. This can be operated as hub and spoke method.

For a detailed read, please refer to the appended SOP
Mandatory Healthcare, HospitalsNo end date specifiedNo
KeralaGovernment of Kerala issues SOPs and health advisories for short visit to the State; exempts persons on short visits from undergoing mandatory quarantine subject to obtaining entry passes14-06-2020Pursuant to the Ministry of Home Affairs Unlock 1.0 Order, which allowed functioning of various sectors from June 8, 2020 onwards, the Government of Kerala has issued an SOP for short visit to the State.

As per the guidelines issued from time to time, stranded persons in other States and nations have had to undergo room /institutional quarantine. However, there are instances of people visiting the State for a shorter duration for purposes like business, official, trade, medical, court cases, property management or similar purposes.

As placing such persons in home/ institutional quarantine is not feasible, the State Government has, through the present Order allowed such persons to visit for a period of up to 7 days without mandatory quarantine, after obtaining entry passes through covid19jagratha portal. Students who visit the State for attending exams or academic related purposes can stay for a period of 3 days before the start of exam and 3 days after the exam is over.

The detailed SOP for such travellers (annexed to the Order) must be observed during their visit in the State. The Order further clarifies that the permission for short visit is granted subject to the strict following of this SOP and other social distancing norms.

Key Points of the SOP:

i. The duration of visit should not last for more than 7 days;

ii. Requirement for registration of travellers on the covid19jagratha portal and obtaining of entry pass for a short visit;

iii. Travelers to provide  details of local itinerary along with the purpose of visit and local accommodation and contact person. Deviations from this to be informed to authorities with valid reasons;

iv. Refrain from coming in contact with the elderly and people with children below 10 years;

v. Traveller to follow all COVID -19 advisories and precautions including social distancing, frequent hand-washing and wearing face masks;

vi. Traveller to carry hand sanitizer and extra face mask while travelling;

District Collectors, District Police Chiefs and other Heads of Departments have also been directed to ensure that such visitors follow the SOP scrupulously and they leave the State after the permitted period.

For a detailed read, please refer to the appended Order
MandatoryAllNo end date specifiedNo
CentralIndian Council of Medical Research issues an advisory on use of Rapid Antigen Detection Test for COVID-1914-06-2020The Indian Council of Medical Research (“ICMR”) has issued an advisory on the use of Rapid Antigen Detection Test for COVID-19.

Background

Real time RT-PCR is the gold standard frontline test for diagnosis of COVID19. Various open and closed RT-PCR platforms (Open systems RT-PCR machines, TrueNat and CBNAAT) are currently being used for COVID19 diagnosis in India. All these platforms require specialized laboratory facilities in terms of equipment, biosafety & biosecurity. Minimum time taken for the test varies between different systems with a minimum of 2-5 hours including the time taken for sample transportation. These specifications limit the widespread use of the RT-PCR test and also impedes quick augmentation of testing capacity in various containment zones and hospital settings. In view of this, there is urgent need of a reliable point-of-care rapid antigen detection test with good sensitivity and specificity for early detection of the disease.

There are no reliable antigen detection tests available worldwide, which could be used as rapid point of care tests for quick detection of COVID-19 positive patients. Such tests would help in proper implementation of the Govt. strategy to test, track and treat. Such tests will also help in allaying the anxiety and fear of healthcare workers and aid in better clinical management of the patients. In view of this, an independent two site evaluation of the only available or standalone antigen detection assay: Standard Q COVID-19 Ag detection kit, was conducted with an aim to evaluate its sensitivity, specificity and feasibility of use as a point-of-care test for early detection of SARS-CoV-2.

Key Highlights

1. Standard Q COVID-19 Ag detection kit is a rapid chromatographic immunoassay for qualitative detection of specific antigens to SARS-CoV-2. has been developed by SD Biosensor, a South Korea based company, having its manufacturing unit in Manesar, Gurugram, India.

2. Each test kit comes with an inbuilt COVID antigen test device, viral extraction tube with viral lysis buffer and sterile swab for sample collection.

3. Once the sample is collected in the extraction buffer, it is stable only for one hour. Therefore, the antigen test needs to be conducted at the site of sample collection in the healthcare setting. Transportation to the lab is not recommended.

4. The test can be interpreted as positive or negative after 15 minutes of putting the sample into the well by appearance of test and control lines, which can be read with a naked eye, requiring no specialized equipment. Maximum duration for interpreting a positive or negative test is 30 minutes. After that the test strip should be discarded.

5. In view of its high specificity while relatively low sensitivity, ICMR recommends the use of Standard Q COVID-19 Ag detection assay as a point of care diagnostic assay for testing in the following settings in combination with the gold standard RT-PCR test:

i. Containment zones or hotspots (to be performed onsite under strict medical supervision and maintaining kit temperature between 2° to 30° C.):
ii. All symptomatic Influenza Like Illness (ILI).
b. Asymptomatic direct and high-risk contacts with co-morbidities (lung disease, heart disease, liver disease, kidney disease, diabetes, neurological disorders, blood disorders) of a confirmed case to be tested once between day 5 and day 10 of coming into contact.
ii. Healthcare settings (to be performed onsite under strict medical supervision and maintaining kit temperature between 2° to 30° C):

a. All symptomatic ILI patients presenting in a healthcare setting and are suspected of having COVID19 infection.
b. Asymptomatic patients who are hospitalized or seeking hospitalization, in the following high-risk groups:

• Patients undergoing chemotherapy
• Immunosuppressed patients including those who are HIV+;
• Patients diagnosed with malignant disease;
• Transplant patients;
• Elderly patients (> 65 years of age) with co-morbidities (lung disease, heart disease, liver disease, kidney disease, diabetes, neurological disorders, blood disorders).

iii. Asymptomatic patients undergoing aerosol generating surgical / non-surgical interventions:

a. Elective/emergency surgical procedures like neurosurgery, ENT surgery, dental procedures;
b. Non-surgical interventions like bronchoscopy, upper GI endoscopy and dialysis;
MandatoryHealthcareNo End date specifiedNo
MeghalayaDM, East Khasi Hills District, Meghalaya, issues Prohibitory Order to ensure elimination of COVID-19 pandemic.13-06-2020The Office of the District Magistrate, East Khasi Hills District, Government of Meghalaya, has issued a Prohibitory Order ("Order") dated 13th June, 2020, to ensure elimination of COVID-19 by observance of strict protocols.

The prohibitions in the Order have been enforced from 15th June, 2020 up to 22nd June, 2020, between 5 a.m. and 9 p.m.

Prohibitions in all of East Khasi Hills District including Shillong Agglomeration, Civil sub-division of Sohra/Pynursla and C&RD Blocks:

1. Inter-state movement;

2. Any assembly whatsoever;

3. Operation of major markets (iew heh/iew die lang) and unregulated shopping complexes in all commercial locations;

4. Opening of barber shops, beauty parlours, salons, spa and other similar rejuvenating centres;

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. Hotels and hospitality services, other than those used as quarantine facilities and housing of returnees, stranded persons and tourists;

8. Operation of educational institutions, training centres and coaching classes (tuitions) barring online/distance learning;

9. Opening of religious places/places of worship of all faiths to the public including religious gatherings and congregation;

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

11. Moving in public, work places and during transport without a mask;

12. Spitting in public places;

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

Additional prohibitions only in Shillong Agglomeration including areas falling under Umshyrpi bridge up to 7th Mile Upper Shillong of Mylliem C&RD Block, all areas falling under Census town of Mawlai C&RD Block and all areas falling under Census Town of Mawpat C&RD:

1. Operation of cyber cafe, gaming parlours, jackpot parlours and lottery counter.

2. Opening of restaurants, cafes, food outlets, dairy stalls, tea and food stalls. However, home delivery and takeaway is allowed up to 10 p.m.

3. Incoming additional labour force from outside the district to in-situ construction activities. In-situ workers shall include labourers, supervisors, contractors, etc., working in the construction site coming from their residence within the same district. Construction in urban areas to continue with in-situ workers on site while maintaining social distancing, wearing of masks, respiratory etiquette and other protocols and advisories of the Government.

General Instructions:

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

2. Marriage related gatherings: Number of guests cannot exceed 50;

3. Weddings and/or receptions in hotel halls on  a case to case basis, within the overall maximum limit of 50 persons, as per Guidelines of the Ministry of Home Affairs and subject to observance of social distancing norms, will be allowed;

4. Funeral/last rites related gatherings: Number of guests cannot exceed 20;

5. Persons above 65 years of age, persons 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. Operation of supply chains / wholesalers and retail outlets, shops, services and other establishments, in the whole of East Khasi Hills District, to be regulated as per timings and dates released in advance from time to time by the Government of Meghalaya;

7. Operation of permitted shops, services, establishments, agricultural, industrial and commercial activities shall strictly adhere to the prescribed Standard Operating Procedures ("SOPs") and National Directives of Government for COVID-19 management of public places and work places including mandatory compliance to the advisories of the Health and Family Welfare Department, without fail;

8. Employers for all form of activities, including shops, services, establishments, agricultural, industrial, etc., shall ensure that Aarogya Setu application is installed by all their employees having compatible mobile phone, without fail;

9. SOP dated 4th June, 2020, by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare on preventive measures to contain spread of COVID-19 in offices (public and private) to be duly complied;

10. Border trade with Bangladesh through Land Customs Stations is permitted, subject to strict compliance of the SOP issued by the Government of Meghalaya. Trade through Border Haat however is still prohibited;

11. All residents of the district to install Aarogya Setu application on compatible mobile phones and regularly update their health status on the app;

12. 50% of private and public transport will operate in the district as per the Orders attached in "Annexure-D", "Annexure - E" and "Annexure - F" of the Order;

Further, the Order contains the following:

1. Annexure A - SOPs for engaging skilled/highly skilled labourers/workers from outside the State, dated 9th June, 2020.

2. Annexure B - Health Protocol post relaxation of the lockdown for entry into Meghalaya, dated 2nd June, 2020.

3. Annexure C - SOP on preventive measures to contain spread of COVID-19 in offices, dated 4th June, 2020.

4. Annexure D - Arrangement for plying of vehicles in the district, dated 2nd June, 2020.

5. Annexure E - Seating arrangement in vehicles, dated 3rd June, 2020.

6. Annexure F - Exemption from the arrangement for plying of vehicles in the district, dated 4th June, 2020.

For a detailed read, please refer to the attached Order.
Mandatory All22-06-2020No
MeghalayaDistrict Magistrate, East Khasi Hills in Meghalaya promulgates night curfew upto 22nd June, 2020; exempts essential commodities13-06-2020In an order dated 13th June, 2020 the Office of the District Magistrate, East Khasi Hills District, Meghalaya has promulgated night curfew in the District from 9pm- 5am. The curfew timings have become effective since 15th June, 2020 and will remain in force till 22nd June, 2020.

The night curfew shall not apply to:
1. Essential services including healthcare, hospitals, laboratories, veterinary clinics;
2. Online/food delivery;
3. security forces;
4. medical teams on duty;
5. wholesale and retail pharmacies;
6. Police and armed forces;
7. fire and emergency service;
8. MeCL, NEEPCO and power grid;
9. food and civil supply department;
10. FCI;
11. Public Works Department;
12. Public Health Engineering Department;
13. Shillong Municipal Board;
14. Postal service, telecom, communication and IT Services;
13. Press , Print and Electronic media;
14. Petrol pumps;
15.Authorised workshops and designated fair price dealerships of Health and Family Welfare Department, Government of Meghalaya;
18. Government officials on duty;
19. Movement of vehicles, essential goods, security forces, medical equipments and shops for repair of trucks on highways.

However, these services must strictly comply with all protocols and procedures including social distancing, limiting of field staff to bare minimum and other advisories of the Government.

Please note:
Curfew passes for timings falling between 9:00pm and 5:00am w.e.f 15th June, 2020 to 22nd June, 2020 have to be obtained online via online application at eastkhasihills.gov.in. 
MandatoryAll22-06-2020No
DelhiDelhi Disaster Management Authority (DDMA) issues the Delhi Epidemic Diseases, (Management of COVID-19) Regulations, 2020; imposes penalty for violation of guidelines/ directives pertaining to COVID-19 for a deterrent effect13-06-2020In view of the rising numbers of COVID-19 cases in NCT of Delhi, and realizing the need for stricter compliance with the various directives issued by the Central Government and the Government of NCT Delhi from time to time, the Delhi Disaster Management Authority (DDMA) has issued the Delhi Epidemic Diseases, (Management of COVID-19) Regulations, 2020 ("Regulations") in a Notification dated June 13, 2020.

These Regulations empower Authorized Persons to impose a fine of Rs. 500 for the first time and a further fine of Rs. 1000/- for repeated offences, respectively for violating the directives/guidelines pertaining to the following:

a. Observation of quarantine rules.
b. Maintaining of social distancing.
c. Wearing of Face mask/cover in all public places /workplaces.
d. Prohibition of spitting in public places.
e. Prohibition on consumption of paan, gutka, tobacco etc in public places.

For the purpose of these Regulations, the Authorised Persons include:
a. Secretary (Health & FW),GNCTD;
b. Director General Health Services (DGHS),GNCTD;
c. District Magistrate,
d. Chief District Medical Officer (CDMO),
e. Sub Divisional Magistrate (SDM) and District Surveillance Officer (DSO);
f. And such officers as may be authorized by Department of Health & Family Welfare, Government. of NCT of Delhi, District Magistrates and Zonal Deputy Commissioners of respective Municipal Corporations of Delhi;
g. The officers of the rank of Sub Inspector and above of Delhi Police.

If a person fails to pay the penalty on the spot, action under Section188 IPC shall be taken against him by the authorised police officer on receipt of a complaint from any Authorised Persons or on his own.

The Regulations have come into force since June 13, 2020 and will remain valid for a period of 1 year till June 12, 2021.

For a detailed read, please refer to the appended document.
MandatoryAll12-06-2020No
CentralEmployers and employees can negotiate on full payment of wages irrespective of MHA Order directing full payment in lockdown; no coercive action against employers till July end for failure to make full payment says SC12-06-2020In a recent development, the Supreme Court today passed an Order directing negotiations between establishments and workers regardless of the Ministry of Home Affairs’ (MHA) directive dated 29th March, 2020 on payment of full wages during the lockdown period.

The SC observed that industries cannot survive without workers and, therefore, employers and employees need to negotiate and settle the matter among themselves failing which, the concerned labour authorities need to be approached.

The SC in its Order directed that a date for conciliation and settlement may be effectuated by the MHA. Further, for participation of employees for effectuating this settlement the same may be publicised. State Governments have also been directed to facilitate such settlements and initiate the process for the same and submit reports before the concerned Labour Commissioners.
Additionally, the SC directed that workers who are willing to work should be allowed to work irrespective of disputes regarding wages.
The MHA has always contended that the MHA Order was intended to prevent human suffering in view of the lockdown and was a temporary measure. It was also argued that financial incapacity should not be a ground for challenging the same.

The Petitioners on the other hand challenged the MHA Order itself contending that it is beyond the scope of Disaster Management Act, 2005 and therefore, does not hold good.

Earlier, on June 4, 2020, the SC had passed an interim order in the matter stating that no coercive action should be taken against employers for failing to comply with the MHA Order requiring employers to pay full wages to employees, without making any deduction, during the lockdown period. Now, the SC has informed that this direction against coercive action will continue to apply till July end which is when the matter will next be taken up.

Please note that we have come across this information from news reports, the official copy of the order is awaited.

Background:

The Ministry of Home Affairs’ (MHA) had issued an Order on March 29, 2020 directing employers to pay wages to workers without making any deductions even while their businesses remained closed during the lockdown.

This was however met with resistance and several business owners and employers approached the Supreme Court for relief as the MHA order threatened action against those found in violation. Industry bodies had also opposed the MHA order citing their own cash flow issues as the reason behind their inability to make timely wage payments.
Following multiple petitions on the matter, the Supreme Court on May 15 restrained the government from taking any coercive action against such companies.
On May 18, the Centre withdrew its earlier order directing employers to ensure payment of wages to workers even if their businesses remain shuttered during the ongoing lockdown – as a temporary measure for 54 days.
AdvisoryAll31-07-2020No
PunjabPunjab imposes additional restrictions on weekends and gazetted holidays during Lockdown 5.0/ Unlock 1.012-06-2020The Department of Home Affairs and Justice, Government of Punjab, has imposed following restrictions in the State on weekends (Saturdays and Sundays) and other gazetted holidays till further orders:

1. All shops/ shopping malls/ stand-alone shops (other than shops dealing with essential commodities and services), shall remain closed on Sundays (or such other day in the week as decided by the District Magistrate in consultation with respective market associations). However, these shops and shopping malls may remain open on Saturdays and gazetted holidays till 5pm. Shops dealing with essential commodities/services will be allowed to remain open till 7pm.

(Note: During weekdays, the existing guidelines dated 31st May, 2020 and 6th June, 2020 shall continue to apply) 

2. During weekends and on gazetted holidays, inter-district movement will be allowed against e-pass, which will be issued only for essential work. However, no e-pass will be required for medical emergencies;

3. Restaurants (for take home/home delivery only) and liquor shops may remain open on all days till 8pm;

4. Marriage functions upto fifty (50) persons will be permitted against e-pass which will be issued for upto fifty (50) specific persons on all days;

For further details please refer to the appended document.
MandatoryAll30-06-2020No
Delhi Govt of NCT of Delhi provides one time relaxation to Hotels / Clubs / Restaurants (holding excise license) to transfer unexpired beer stock to retail licensee of Excise of Excise Department12-06-2020The Department of Excise, Entertainment and Luxury Tax of National Capital Territory of Delhi has provided a one time relaxation to Hotels / Clubs / Restaurants (holding excise licence in Form L-15/ L-15F, 16/L-16F, L-17/L -17F, L-18/L-18, L-19/L-19F, L-28/L-28F and L-29/L -29F), to transfer their unexpired beer stock (expiring upto 30th June), 2020 to any other retail licensee of the Excise Department.

Background:
Number of representations were received from licensees (holding excise licence in Form L-15/ L-15F, 16/L-16F, L-17/L -17F, L-18/L-18, L-19/L-19F, L-28/L-28F and L-29/L -29F) for allowing them to transfer/ sale the stock of beer which is lying unsold and will expire soon in Hotels/ Clubs / Restaurants, leading to financial losses (as re-starting of bars will be decided as part of Phase III).
Mandatory Accommodation and food service activities30-06-2020No
CentralIt is not mandatory for a citizen to provide evidence of downloading the Arogya Setu App as a condition of travel; says Karnataka High Court 12-06-2020This is a quick update to inform you that that while hearing a petition filed by a cyber security activist Anivar A. Aravind, the Hon’ble High Court of Karnataka, today has recorded in its Order that it is not mandatory for a citizen to provide evidence of downloading the Arogya Setu App (“app”) as a condition of travel.

The Order was passed by the division bench comprising of Chief Justice Abhay Oka and Justice E.S Indiresh after the Central Government through the Additional Solicitor General, submitted before the Court that the app is not mandatory for a person travelling by air and rail. It is the passenger’s choice to have the app downloaded in his phone. He can opt not to download the app. However, it was also submitted by the Additional Solicitor General that it is advisable to download the app.

Now, matter has been posted for further hearing on 10th July, 2020 wherein the Central Government is directed to file their statement of objection on the following issues raised by the petitioner:

1. Whether the Central Government is introducing the application supported by law.

2. Whether the Central and State Governments can make the app mandatory as a condition for accessing public offices.
Further, the petitioner has also submitted that mandating the use of the app is violative of the constitutional rights of the citizens.
AdvisoryAllNo end date specifiedNo
Himachal PradeshDistrict Magistrate of Chamba in Himachal Pradesh partially amends earlier Order; allows shops to remain open from 9 am to 6 pm12-06-2020The Office of the District Magistrate, Chamba (“Office”) has, through an Order dated 12th June, 2020, partially modified earlier Order dated 2nd June, 2020 and directed that the shops (which have been allowed to remain open) from now onwards will be permitted to operate from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. till 30th June, 2020.

Background:

Through an earlier Order dated 2nd June, 2020, the Office allowed certain shops to remain open from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.

For further details, please refer to appended documents.
MandatoryAll30-06-2020No
Central Movement of individuals between 9 PM to 5 AM is prohibited throughout the country but not persons and vehicles plying on the highway between these hours to ensure essential services is not hindered; clarifies  Home Secretary 12-06-2020The Home Secretary, Government of India, in an Order dated 12th June, 2020, has clarified to all Chief Secretaries and Administers of all States regarding prohibiting movement of individuals between 9 PM to 5 AM throughout the country but not restricting persons and vehicles plying on the highway between 9 PM to 5 AM so that the transportation of essential services is not hindered.

The Night Curfew does not apply to instances of loading/unloading of goods (as a part of supply chains and logistics); buses carrying persons and trucks and goods carriers plying on State and National Highways; or persons travelling to their destinations after disembarking from buses, trains and flights.
MandatoryAllNo end date specifiedNo
OdishaOdisha Govt. permits dhabas along National Highways and State Highways in the State for providing takeaway service during night curfew and weekend shutdowns12-06-2020In partial modification of its earlier order dated 1st June, 2020, the Office of Special Relief Commissioner, Government of Odisha has in an Order dated 12th June, 2020 permitted dhabas along National Highways and State Highways in the State for providing takeaway service during night curfew and weekend shutdowns. The order also allows procurement of paddy, delivery of rice and procurement of groundnut and pulses during the weekend shutdown.MandatoryFood30-06-2020No
Uttar Pradesh Chief Secretary of Uttar Pradesh issues directions to set up sample collection center for COVID-19 testing by private laboratories12-06-2020The Chief Secretary of Uttar Pradesh has issued a letter dated 12th June, 2020 to all District Magistrates and all Chief Medical Officers for setting up of sample collection center for COVID-19 testing by private laboratories in all Districts of the State.

Furthermore, it has been noticed that authentic information on the tests conducted by private laboratories were not being made available to the Chief Medical Officer in the District concerned. There have been instances when samples were collected by private laboratories situated in other States due to the absence of proper collection centres in the Districts.

Therefore in this regard, it has been decided that private laboratories will need to establish their sample collection centres in the Districts and the information regarding such sample collection centres will have to be made available to the District Magistrate/Chief Medical Officer of the District. The samples collected by such labs need to be immediately recorded on UP Government Portal "upcovid19tracks.in" and the test results uploaded on the Portal once the results are out. Information on the results of the samples to be shared with the Chief Medical Officer as well as the State Surveillance Officer.
Mandatory Private Laboratories No end date specifiedNo
PunjabPunjab Govt. directs all non-essential shops to remain closed on Sundays and close by 5 pm on Saturdays, no inter-district movement except for essential/medical needs, marriage functions allowed with e-passes for 50 persons12-06-2020In order to check community spread of COVID-19, the Directorate of Information and Public Relations, Punjab (“Directorate”) has issued an Order dated 12th June, 2020, approving detailed weekend and holiday restriction guidelines for the State.

The Directorate has informed that

i. only shops, dealing with essential commodities and services, will be allowed to operate on all days of the week till 7 pm.

ii. Shops, whether standalone or in shopping malls, will be required to remain closed on Sundays, while on Saturdays they can operate only till 5 p.m.

In addition to the Sunday closure, the District Magistrates can, in consultation with the respective market associations, order closure of the non-essential shops on any other day of the week also, especially in the high-risk areas where the cases are high.

iii. Restaurants (for take home/home delivery only) and liquor shops will be allowed to remain open till 8.00 P.M on all days.

iv. Inter-district movement will be allowed only against e-pass, which will be issued only for essential work. However, the Directorate has clarified that no pass will be required for such travel in case of medical emergency.

v. E-pass will also be required for marriage functions and such passes will be issued only for 50 specific persons.
Mandatory AllNo end date specifiedNo
CentralFSSAI extends the date for mandatory food safety audit of Food Businesses under the FSS (Food Safety Auditing) Regulations, 2018 up to 30.09.202012-06-2020The Food Safety and Standards Authority of India has, in a Notification dated 12th June, 2020, extended the last date for mandatory food safety audit of Food Businesses under the Food Safety and Standards (Food Safety Auditing) Regulations, 2018 up to 30th September, 2020.

Accordingly, the food businesses have been directed to get such mandatory audits of their premises conducted by 30th September 2020.
MandatoryFood Businesses30-09-2020Yes
Andhra PradeshAndhra Government republishes ICMR's advisories for Government / Private NABL Labs for conducting COVID-19 tests12-06-2020The Health, Medical and Family Welfare Department, Andhra Pradesh (“Department”) has, in an order dated 12th June, 2020, republished the advisories issued by the ICMR for Government / Private NABL Labs for conducting COVID-19 tests and to fix rate for COVID testing for the Private NABL and ICMR approved Labs.

Key highlights:

1. In view of the large number of foreign returnees, other migrants to the State, the Private NABL Labs are encouraged to apply for ICMR for getting recognized for conducting COVID-19 tests.

Interested Private Labs can submit their proposals to the mail Ids: ceoap@ysraarogyasri.ap.gov.in & ap_c405@ysraarogyasri.ap.gov.in.

2. All the Private NABL & ICMR approved Labs must submit their details to the Government and start conducting COVID tests only after obtaining permission from the Government.

3. Managements of Private NABL & ICMR approved Labs must appoint a Nodal officer and submit their details to the Government. They should accept the samples sent by the Government, as and when required, and should update the results of the COVID testing (both Govt. Samples & Private individual samples) in both ICMR and State Portals on daily basis without fail.

4. The Government has fixed the following rates (per sample) for COVID-19 testing for both Government samples and also for Private samples, in the ICMR approved Private NABL Labs:

i. For Samples sent by the Government (including pooled samples*) – Rs. 2400/-

(*One pool sample consists of 5 individual samples, if any pool is found to be positive, the same batch has to be tested individually, and payment will be given treating them as individual samples, apart from payment to pooled sample.)

ii. Individuals approaching ICMR approved NABL labs for COVID testing – Rs. 2900/- Including all charges (Test cost + VTM +PPE)

The rates prescribed above will not be applicable to private labs, with whom there is separate agreement with Government. The rates are subject to change, as and when the State Government revises.

5. All the Private NABL & ICMR approved Labs are instructed to maintain information of the patients with utmost confidentiality. All the Private COVID-19 testing Labs are required to preserve the RTPCR machine generated data and graphs for future verification by the State Government and they must enter the sample data and result data in both the State Portal and ICMR Portal. The Hospitals/Institutes/Labs are also required to display the rates in visible manner.

Please refer to the appended document for further details.
MandatoryDiagnostic LabsNo end date specifiedNo
DelhiRestriction on movement between 9 pm and 5 am does not apply to movement of persons and vehicles plying on highways in the NCT of Delhi12-06-2020The Delhi Disaster Management Authority has clarified that the restriction on movement of individuals between 9 pm and 5 am (prescribed by DDMA Order No. 212 dated 1st June, 2020), does not apply to movement of persons and vehicles plying on highways between 9 pm and 5 am.

Delhi Disaster Management Authority has directed all concerned authorities to not prevent such movement. The District Magistrates and District DCPs have been asked to ensure compliance with the same.

Background:

This is pursuant to MHA DO letter dated 12th June, 2020 clarifying that restriction on movement from 9 am to 5 am is to ensure social distancing and is not applicable to instances of loading of goods (as part of supply chains and logistics) and buses carrying persons and trucks and goods carriers plying on State and National Highways; or persons travelling to their destinations after disembarking from buses, trains and flights.

For a detailed read, please refer to the appended Order.
MandatoryAll30-06-2020No
ChhattisgarhChhattisgarh Government permits shops and commercial establishments to operate from 5 AM to 9 PM12-06-2020Chhattisgarh Government has made partial amendments to earlier Order dated 30th May, 2020 to now permit the shops and commercial establishments in Chhattisgarh to operate from 5 am to 9 pm.

Earlier, the shops and commercial establishments in Chhattisgarh were allowed to operate from 7 am to 7 pm.

Please note that the Order is in Vernacular and we have translated it to the best of our understanding. Once an official translation is available, we will update in case there is a requirement.
MandatoryAllNo end date specifiedNo
KarnatakaProtocol for Restaurants during Unlock 1.0 in Bangalore12-06-2020The Commissioner of Bruhat Bangalore Mahanagar Palika (BBMP), has issued an Advisory for Restaurants, to contain the spread of COVID-19 pandemic at Restaurants in the city on 12th June, 2020.

Background - The Ministry of Home Affairs had on 30th May, 2020 issued Guidelines for Phased Re-opening . Phase I included re-opening of Hotels, Restaurants and other hospitality services. 

In light of the phased re-opening BBMP has issued an Advisory for which restaurants must follow, such as -
1. Physical Distancing
2. Sanitization
3. Use of Masks and face Covers

For details of the directives refer to the attached document.
The Government has provided FAQs in connection with these advisories and other advisories at the link - http://covid19.bbmpgov.in
MandatoryRestaurantsNo end date specifiedNo
CentralESIC issues instructions to ensure that ESI beneficiaries are able to avail required medical services in light of the pandemic COVID 1911-06-2020In an Order dated 11th June, 2020, the Employees’ State Insurance Corporation (“ESIC”) has issued information relating to providing prompt medical services to ESI beneficiaries at ESIC hospitals during COVID pandemic.

The following instructions have been issued to ensure that the required medical services are available to ESI beneficiaries in a hassle-free  and swift manner:

1. All patients must be provided with emergency /initial line of treatment irrespective of whether they are suspected /confirmed case of COVID 19.

2. In this regard, isolation beds may be made functional at select departments / emergency / ICU /labour room facilities for managing COVID suspected/confirmed cases requiring COVID or other emergency medical/surgical treatment.

3. When needed, referring ESIC hospital should pre-ensure/reserve availability of required treatment/bed/ventilatory support etc. in the selected referred hospital, before actually referring and transporting sick patients.

4. Adequately equipped Ambulance/patient transport service (in-house or hired) must be readily available in all ESIC Hospitals on 24*7 basis along with due backup arrangement. Further, It is to be constantly ensured that ambulance services are functional and available for transfer of sick patient on very short notice.

5. Utilization of medical services of nearby intra-state/inter-state ESIC Dedicated COVID Hospital may be considered for management of COVID patients, in consultation with respective State health authority, if needed.

6. For cases requiring COVID testing, it must be ensured that there is no delay in patient management. Further, for critically sick patients, rapid diagnosis test for COVID (CB NAAT) may also be judiciously used through private empanelled labs (in case there is delay in report from govt lab) so that further treatment is not put on hold, pending RT PCR report for COVID)

Background:

It has come to the notice of the competent authority that some sick ESI patients are being referred to empanelled/government Hospital without being provided with emergency/initial line of treatment or proper work-up for Covid in suspected cases, thereby adding to the agony of the patient. Further, difficulty is being faced by some ESI patients in availing medical services from empanelled hospitals at certain locations, once being referred.

In light of these difficulties faced by the patients, the present order has been issued.
MandatoryAllNo end date specifiedNo
KarnatakaKarnataka Government withdraws earlier notification granting extension of work hours in “essential factories”  in the State 11-06-2020The Karnataka Government has, in a recent Notification dated June 11, 2020, withdrawn  its earlier direction issued on May 22, 2020  exempting all factories in the State from the provisions of Section 51 (weekly hours) and Section 54 (daily hours) of the Factories Act, 1948 (Act), extending working hours for adult workers to 10 hours a day and 60 hours a week till August 21, 2020.

Now, with the withdrawal of the previous notification, the exemption stands revoked with immediate effect and factories must comply with Section 51 and Section 54 of the Act and ensure daily hours of work does not exceed 9 hours and weekly hours of work does not exceed 48 hours.
MandatoryManufacturingNo end date specifiedYes
CentralExtension in time limit to issue an order on GST refund application which falls within the period 20th March, 2020 to 29th June, 202010-06-2020 Central Board of Indirect Taxes and Customs (CBIC) has issued a Notification No. 46/2020 dated 9th June, 2020 to notify that for cases where notice for rejection of refund claim has been issued, in full or in part, and time limit to issue refund order by the proper officer ( i.e. within 60 days from the receipt of refund application complete in all respects) falls during the period from 20th March, 2020 to 29th June, 2020, then the time limit to issue the refund order by the officer shall be extended to fifteen days after the receipt of reply of notice from the registered person or the 30th day of June, 2020, whichever is later. MandatoryAllfifteen days after the receipt of reply of notice from the registered person or 30th June - which ever is laterNo
Haryana Haryana allows Hotels, Restaurants and other Hospitality units/ Services to open with effect from 10.06.2020 as per Standard Operating Procedure (SOPs) issued by the State Disaster Management Authority10-06-2020The District Magistrate, Rewari in an Order dated 10th June, 2020 has allowed Hotels, Restaurants and other hospitality services to open with effect from 10th June, 2020. Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) issued by the State Disaster Management has to be followed so that COVID-19 virus is contained and the spread is stopped. The activities will remain open between 9 AM to 8 PM so that night curfew is properly observed. Hotels and restaurants inside containment zones will remain closed and only outside such zones can open up.

Restaurants will open for the time limit given above and with only 50% seating capacity. Also, no buffet service will be allowed and only ala carte will be allowed. Further, no bars will be allowed to and all workers will wear masks and gloves. Strict social distancing to be observed at all times.

For a detailed read on the SOPs, please refer to the order.
MandatoryHotels, Restaurants, Hospitality services /unitsNo end date specifiedNo
CentralFSSAI issues Food Hygiene and Safety Guidelines for Food Businesses to follow during COVID-19 Pandemic10-06-2020The Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) has published guidelines for food businesses to follow in view of COVID-19 pandemic.

These guidelines aim at guiding food businesses, including their personnel involved in handling of food and otherwise in order to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in the work environment and any incidental contamination of food/food packages.

Key highlights:

1. Responsibility of Food Business Operator/Manager – This includes practices such as screening all personnel entering the premise, mandatory hand hygiene (sanitiser dispenser) for employees/ customers/visitors, encouraging self-declaration of symptoms amongst employees, Regular monitoring of the employees.

2. Personal Hygiene of Food Handlers - Food Business shall ensure that their hygiene standards are in line with established Food Safety Management Systems (FSMS). Proper hand hygiene, frequent use of alcohol-based sanitizers, good respiratory hygiene, frequent cleaning/disinfection of work surfaces and surfaces touched frequently, use of gloves, masks/ face covers are emphasized among other instructions.
Proper disposal of masks and gloves and any other form of PPE is also instructed.

3. Practice Social Distancing – To ensure social distancing, FBOs must take measures such as limiting the number of people on a production floor or a kitchen or a shop, use spacing measures at tills or queues, space out/stagger workstations/food preparation areas, seating areas and reducing the speed of production lines to ensure two meters gap between food handlers, use physical barriers, prohibit sharing of lockers by employees, encourage takeaways, etc.

4. Cleaning and Sanitation - Food premise shall be always well maintained and cleaned thoroughly and sanitized daily. Cleaning and sanitation requirements mentioned in Schedule 4 of FSS (Licensing & Registration of Food Businesses) Regulations 2011 (“Schedule 4”) must be strictly followed. Various areas of Food Establishment, office space, transport vehicle must be cleaned with soap and water, followed by disinfection. High touch points must be cleaned twice daily. Toilets and Washrooms shall be cleaned after every shift using water and detergent.
The Annexure to the Guidance Note also has instructions on preparation of disinfectants.

5. Special Instructions for following food sectors:
a. Food Service/Delivery/Takeaways
b. Food Retail
c. Food Transportation or distribution

6. Food Packaging- Food businesses are required to ensure that food handlers involved in food packaging maintain a high level of personal hygiene, social distancing and implement GHPs as per Schedule 4. All measures shall be adopted to ensure that food packaging is kept clean and away from sources of contamination.

7. Guidelines for customers is also detailed out.

8. The Guidance Note also lists out the following specific practices:
a. guidelines to be followed by the management of food establishment on identification of COVID-19 positive case,
b. guidelines for cleaning and disinfection of premise accessed by COVID-19 positive person and
c. guidelines for Food Handled by COVID-19 suspect or positive employee

The practices outlined in these guidelines are to be adopted in conjugation with Schedule 4 requirements.

For a detailed read, please refer to the appended Order.
AdvisoryFood BusinessesNo end date specifiedNo
RajasthanRajasthan Government issues Order regulating inter-state movement of persons10-06-2020In view of the unprecedented upsurge in COVID-19 positive cases in the State since the phased opening up of Lockdown with effect from June 1, 2020, Government of Rajasthan has issued certain directions with regard to inter-state movement of persons in an Order dated June 10, 2020.

Regulation of Movement / Entry of Persons into the State from another State-

1. By International Flights: As per the SOP for movement of Indian Nationals stranded outside the country dated May 24, 2020 issued by Ministry of Home Affairs.

2. By Scheduled Domestic Commercial Flights / Train / Bus: Such persons have already been through various safety protocols before boarding. They may be screened again on arrival at the destination airport / railway station / bus stand within Rajasthan.

3. By Road (private bus/ taxi / personal transport): Such persons will be screened at the check post to be established on the border and personal IDs will also be checked.

Regulation of Movement of Persons out of the State-

All persons who are moving outside the State must obtain a pass for travel outside the State from either one of the following :

(1) Collector & District Magistrate
(2) Commissioner Police / DCP / District Superintendent of Police
(3) Sub Divisional Magistrate
(4) Dy. Superintendent of Police
(5) Local Police Station

As per the Order, district administration must also set up counters at the airport, railway station and bus stand to provide on-the spot passes after due verification of IDs.
Persons applying for passes at such counters must reach the airport / railway station / bus stand well ahead of time of departure. Screening at such places before boarding will continue to be done as prescribed earlier.
For persons travelling outside the State by road (other than by scheduled Bus (RSRTC etc.) screening of persons and verification of pass / IDs etc. shall be ensured at the check posts to be set up at the border.

Exemption has been granted to the following category of persons from the requirement of a pass for travel outside the State, subject to verification of travel / other documents:
(1) Those who are travelling by Scheduled Flight / Train / RSRTC Bus on June 10th, 2020 with prior reservation.
(2) Persons facing personal emergency (death, accident in immediate family or immediate rushing for hospitalization), after due verification.
MandatoryAllNo end date specifiedNo
CentralCPCB issues third revision to guidelines for Handling, Treatment and Disposal of Waste Generated during Treatment/Diagnosis/ Quarantine of COVID-19 Patients10-06-2020The Central Pollution Control Board ("CPCB") has issued the revised version (3rd revision) to Guidelines for Handling, Treatment and Disposal of Waste Generated during Treatment/Diagnosis/ Quarantine of COVID-19 Patients ("Original Guidelines").

The Original Guidelines were issued by CPCB on 19th March, 2020, and subsequently revised on 25th March, 2020 and 18th April, 2020. Presently, the CPCB has issued the third revision to the Original Guidelines dated 10th June, 2020.

This revision ("3rd revision") has been issued in order to incorporate guidance on segregation of general solid waste and biomedical waste. Further, the 3rd revision also addresses safety of waste handlers/sanitation workers associated with healthcare facilities, local bodies (ULBs) and CBWTFs in handling of biomedical waste and solid waste generated from quarantine centers/home-care/healthcare facilities treating COVID-19 patients.

Key additions are as follows:

With regard to COVID-19 Isolation Wards:

a. The seperate colour coded bins which are kept in wards, to have foot operated lids;

b. Examples of general solid waste have been introduced (wrappers of medicine/syringes etc., fruit peel offs, empty juice bottles or tetra packs, empty water bottles, discarded papers, carton boxes of medicines etc. which are not contaminated by the patient's secretions) to be collected as per Solid Waste Management Rules, 2016;

c. Non-disposable items to be used in order to minimize waste generation. However, such items need to be handled with appropriate precaution and cleaned / disinfected as per hospital guidelines;

d. Wet and dry solid waste bags to be securely tied and handed over to authorized waste collector of ULB’s on daily basis;

e. Items like left over food, disposable plates, used masks etc used by COVID-19 patients needs to be treated as biomedical waste and segregated in yellow bags, while the used gloves and plastic bottles are to be disposed off in red bags;

f. Designated nodal officer for biomedical waste management in hospitals to provide training to Waste handlers about infection prevention measures such as Hand hygiene, Respiratory etiquettes, social distancing, use of appropriate PPE, etc. via videos and demonstration in local language;

With regard to persons operating Quarantine Camps/ Homes or Home-Care facilities:

a. Waste contaminated with blood / body fluids of COVID-19 patients to be collected in yellow bag;

b. General waste should not be stored in yellow bags. General solid waste (household waste) generated from quarantine centers or camps should be handed-over to municipal solid waste collector identified by Urban Local Bodies or as per the prevailing local method of disposing general solid waste;

(Note: General waste may comprise of the waste generated from kitchen, packaging material for groceries, food material, waste papers, waste plastics, floor cleaning dust, etc. generated and handled by patient care-takers or the suspected quarantined persons)

c. Designated nodal person of the Quarantine Centre/Camp shall register the Centre/Camp on CPCB’s biomedical waste Tracking App ‘COVID19BWM’ (available on Google play store) and update the details of waste generated on daily basis;

Clarifications:

a. General waste such as like fruit/vegetable peel offs, left-over food, empty juice bottles or tetra packs, empty water bottles, packaging material, discarded papers, carton boxes, and any other items which were not contaminated by secretions or body fluids of COVID-19 positive person should be disposed-off as general solid waste. This waste shall not be collected in yellow bag; However, General waste contaminated with blood or body fluids from persons infected with COVID-19 shall be segregated in yellow bag along with masks and gloves used by them.

For a detailed read, please refer to the attached document.
Mandatory Healthcare Facility/Providers, testing centers, laboratories, including the following: Healthcare Facilities Home-care Isolation wards Quarantine centresNo end date specifiedYes
TelanganaTelangana adopts CPCB's third revision to Guidelines for Handling, Treatment and Disposal of Waste Generated during Treatment / Diagnosis / Quarantine of COVID-19 Patients10-06-2020The Telangana Pollution Control Board has rolled out the third revision to the Guidelines for Handling, Treatment and Disposal of Waste Generated during Treatment/Diagnosis/ Quarantine of COVID-19 Patient reiterating the Central Guidelines.

Key additions are as follows:

With regard to COVID-19 Isolation Wards:

a. The separate colour coded bins which are kept in wards, to have foot operated lids;

b. Examples of general solid waste have been introduced (wrappers of medicine/syringes etc., fruit peel offs, empty juice bottles or tetra packs, empty water bottles, discarded papers, carton boxes of medicines etc. which are not contaminated by the patient's secretions) to be collected as per Solid Waste Management Rules, 2016;

c. Non-disposable items to be used in order to minimize waste generation. However, such items need to be handled with appropriate precaution and cleaned / disinfected as per hospital guidelines;

d. Wet and dry solid waste bags to be securely tied and handed over to authorized waste collector of ULB’s on daily basis;

e. Items like left over food, disposable plates, used masks etc used by COVID-19 patients needs to be treated as biomedical waste and segregated in yellow bags, while the used gloves and plastic bottles are to be disposed off in red bags;

f. Designated nodal officer for biomedical waste management in hospitals to provide training to Waste handlers about infection prevention measures such as Hand hygiene, Respiratory etiquettes, social distancing, use of appropriate PPE, etc. via videos and demonstration in local language;

With regard to persons operating Quarantine Camps/ Homes or Home-Care facilities:

a. Waste contaminated with blood / body fluids of COVID-19 patients to be collected in yellow bag;

b. General waste should not be stored in yellow bags. General solid waste (household waste) generated from quarantine centers or camps should be handed-over to municipal solid waste collector identified by Urban Local Bodies or as per the prevailing local method of disposing general solid waste;

(Note: General waste may comprise of the waste generated from kitchen, packaging material for groceries, food material, waste papers, waste plastics, floor cleaning dust, etc. generated and handled by patient care-takers or the suspected quarantined persons)

c. Designated nodal person of the Quarantine Centre/Camp shall register the Centre/Camp on CPCB’s biomedical waste Tracking App ‘COVID19BWM’ (available on Google play store) and update the details of waste generated on daily basis;

Clarifications:

a. General waste such as like fruit/vegetable peel offs, left-over food, empty juice bottles or tetra packs, empty water bottles, packaging material, discarded papers, carton boxes, and any other items which were not contaminated by secretions or body fluids of COVID-19 positive person should be disposed-off as general solid waste. This waste shall not be collected in yellow bag;

b. General waste contaminated with blood or body fluids from persons infected with COVID-19 shall be segregated in yellow bag along with masks and gloves used by them;

Duties of Common Biomedical Waste Treatment Facility (CBWTF):

a. Common Biomedical waste treatment facility operator to register on ‘COVID19BWM’ Tracking App developed by CPCB and also ensure registration of Waste Handler (with vehicle) for entering the data of COVID-19 biomedical waste received and disposed.

b. Provide training to Waste handlers on infection prevention measures, hand hygiene, respiratory etiquettes, social distancing, use of PPE, etc. via videos and demonstrations etc. translated in local language. Sanitation workers more than 50-yr of age should be posted for management of non-COVID waste.
MandatoryHealthcare Facility/Providers, testing centers, laboratories, including the following: Healthcare Facilities Home-care Isolation wards Quarantine centresNo end date specifiedNo
KeralaKerala adopts CPCB's third revision to Guidelines for Handling, Treatment and Disposal of Waste Generated during Treatment / Diagnosis / Quarantine of COVID-19 Patients10-06-2020The Government of Kerala has adopted the Central Pollution Control Board's ("CPCB") revised version (3rd revision) to Guidelines for Handling, Treatment and Disposal of Waste Generated during Treatment/Diagnosis/ Quarantine of COVID-19 Patients ("Original Guidelines").

The Original Guidelines were issued by CPCB on 19th March, 2020, and subsequently revised on 25th March, 2020 and 18th April, 2020. Pursuantly, the CPCB issued the third revision to the Original Guidelines dated 10th June, 2020.

This revision ("3rd revision") was issued in order to incorporate guidance on segregation of general solid waste and biomedical waste. Further, the 3rd revision also addressed safety of waste handlers/sanitation workers associated with healthcare facilities, local bodies (ULBs) and CBWTFs in handling of biomedical waste and solid waste generated from quarantine centers/home-care/healthcare facilities treating COVID-19 patients.

Key additions are as follows:

With regard to COVID-19 Isolation Wards:

a. The separate colour coded bins which are kept in wards, to have foot operated lids;

b. Examples of general solid waste have been introduced (wrappers of medicine/syringes etc., fruit peel offs, empty juice bottles or tetra packs, empty water bottles, discarded papers, carton boxes of medicines etc. which are not contaminated by the patient's secretions) to be collected as per Solid Waste Management Rules, 2016;

c. Non-disposable items to be used in order to minimize waste generation. However, such items need to be handled with appropriate precaution and cleaned / disinfected as per hospital guidelines;

d. Wet and dry solid waste bags to be securely tied and handed over to authorized waste collector of ULB’s on daily basis;

e. Items like left over food, disposable plates, used masks etc used by COVID-19 patients needs to be treated as biomedical waste and segregated in yellow bags, while the used gloves and plastic bottles are to be disposed off in red bags;

f. Designated nodal officer for biomedical waste management in hospitals to provide training to Waste handlers about infection prevention measures such as Hand hygiene, Respiratory etiquettes, social distancing, use of appropriate PPE, etc. via videos and demonstration in local language;

With regard to persons operating Quarantine Camps/ Homes or Home-Care facilities:

a. Waste contaminated with blood / body fluids of COVID-19 patients to be collected in yellow bag;

b. General waste should not be stored in yellow bags. General solid waste (household waste) generated from quarantine centers or camps should be handed-over to municipal solid waste collector identified by Urban Local Bodies or as per the prevailing local method of disposing general solid waste;

(Note: General waste may comprise of the waste generated from kitchen, packaging material for groceries, food material, waste papers, waste plastics, floor cleaning dust, etc. generated and handled by patient care-takers or the suspected quarantined persons)

c. Designated nodal person of the Quarantine Centre/Camp shall register the Centre/Camp on CPCB’s biomedical waste Tracking App ‘COVID19BWM’ (available on Google play store) and update the details of waste generated on daily basis;

Clarifications:

a. General waste such as like fruit/vegetable peel offs, left-over food, empty juice bottles or tetra packs, empty water bottles, packaging material, discarded papers, carton boxes, and any other items which were not contaminated by secretions or body fluids of COVID-19 positive person should be disposed-off as general solid waste. This waste shall not be collected in yellow bag; However, General waste contaminated with blood or body fluids from persons infected with COVID-19 shall be segregated in yellow bag along with masks and gloves used by them.

For a detailed read, please refer to the attached document.
Mandatory Healthcare Facility/Providers, testing centers, laboratories, including the following: Healthcare Facilities Home-care Isolation wards Quarantine centresNo end date specifiedNo
BiharBihar adopts CPCB's third revision to Guidelines for Handling, Treatment and Disposal of Waste Generated during Treatment/Diagnosis/ Quarantine of COVID-19 Patients10-06-2020The Bihar Pollution Control Board has rolled out the third revision to the Guidelines for Handling, Treatment and Disposal of Waste Generated during Treatment/Diagnosis/ Quarantine of COVID-19 Patient reiterating the Central Guidelines.

Key additions are as follows:

With regard to COVID-19 Isolation Wards:

a. The separate colour coded bins which are kept in wards, to have foot operated lids;

b. Examples of general solid waste have been introduced (wrappers of medicine/syringes etc., fruit peel offs, empty juice bottles or tetra packs, empty water bottles, discarded papers, carton boxes of medicines etc. which are not contaminated by the patient's secretions) to be collected as per Solid Waste Management Rules, 2016;

c. Non-disposable items to be used in order to minimize waste generation. However, such items need to be handled with appropriate precaution and cleaned / disinfected as per hospital guidelines;

d. Wet and dry solid waste bags to be securely tied and handed over to authorized waste collector of ULB’s on daily basis;

e. Items like left over food, disposable plates, used masks etc used by COVID-19 patients needs to be treated as biomedical waste and segregated in yellow bags, while the used gloves and plastic bottles are to be disposed off in red bags;

f. Designated nodal officer for biomedical waste management in hospitals to provide training to Waste handlers about infection prevention measures such as Hand hygiene, Respiratory etiquettes, social distancing, use of appropriate PPE, etc. via videos and demonstration in local language;

With regard to persons operating Quarantine Camps/ Homes or Home-Care facilities:

a. Waste contaminated with blood / body fluids of COVID-19 patients to be collected in yellow bag;

b. General waste should not be stored in yellow bags. General solid waste (household waste) generated from quarantine centers or camps should be handed-over to municipal solid waste collector identified by Urban Local Bodies or as per the prevailing local method of disposing general solid waste;

(Note: General waste may comprise of the waste generated from kitchen, packaging material for groceries, food material, waste papers, waste plastics, floor cleaning dust, etc. generated and handled by patient care-takers or the suspected quarantined persons)

c. Designated nodal person of the Quarantine Centre/Camp shall register the Centre/Camp on CPCB’s biomedical waste Tracking App ‘COVID19BWM’ (available on Google play store) and update the details of waste generated on daily basis;

Clarifications:

a. General waste such as like fruit/vegetable peel offs, left-over food, empty juice bottles or tetra packs, empty water bottles, packaging material, discarded papers, carton boxes, and any other items which were not contaminated by secretions or body fluids of COVID-19 positive person should be disposed-off as general solid waste. This waste shall not be collected in yellow bag;

b. General waste contaminated with blood or body fluids from persons infected with COVID-19 shall be segregated in yellow bag along with masks and gloves used by them;

Duties of Common Biomedical Waste Treatment Facility (CBWTF):

a. Common Biomedical waste treatment facility operator to register on ‘COVID19BWM’ Tracking App developed by CPCB and also ensure registration of Waste Handler (with vehicle) for entering the data of COVID-19 biomedical waste received and disposed.

b. Provide training to Waste handlers on infection prevention measures, hand hygiene, respiratory etiquettes, social distancing, use of PPE, etc. via videos and demonstrations etc. translated in local language. Sanitation workers more than 50-yr of age should be posted for management of non-COVID waste.
MandatoryHealthcare, bio medical waste facilities, home care facilitiesNo end date specifiedNo
KarnatakaCommissioner, BBMP issues advisory for phased re-opening of Offices/workplaces in Bangalore10-06-2020The Commissioner of Bruhat Bangalore Mahanagara Palike (“BBMB”) has issued an Advisory to contain the spread of the pandemic COVID 19 during the phased re-opening of offices/ workplaces in the city.
The Advisory should be implemented during the phased re-opening (Unlock 1) to prevent the spread of the virus COVID 19 in workplaces which are relatively closed settings with shared spaces like work stations, corridors, elevators and stairs, parking spaces, cafeteria, meeting rooms, conference halls etc and are likely places for the spread of COVID 19 infection among officials, staffs and visitors.
Key Takeaways:
1. Main directions to be followed at Offices / Workplaces are:
• Offices / Workplaces in containment zones shall remain closed;
• Persons above 65 years of age, persons with comorbidities, pregnant women, and children below the age of 10 years are advised to stay at home, except for essential and health purposes. Office Management to advise accordingly;
• Work from Home (WFH) shall be encouraged for the above-mentioned persons and also, in general, to reduce the movement of persons;
• Usage of video-conferencing and Work from Home options to employees to be considered as much possible
• Staggering of office hours, lunch hours/coffee breaks to be looked at for adoption in the office schedule, as far as possible.
• Large gatherings/congregation continue to remain prohibited.
2. Physical Distancing for a minimum of 6 feet, wearing of the mask at the premises is mandatory and respiratory etiquettes to be strictly followed. Further, the employer must ensure staggering of work hours to the maximum extent. The employer should ensure specific markings in the seating arrangement inside the premises. Separate entry and exit of visitors, workers, goods/supplies must be organized.
3. There shall be restrictions on the number of people in the lift areas to ensure physical distancing norms. The demarcation of space must be made inside the lifts.
4. The employer must ensure to provide sanitizers at entrances and further ensure that handwashing with soap is done.
5. All offices should have hand hygiene and conduct thermal screening provisions at the entrance to all its employee and temporary visitors and only asymptomatic staff/visitors must be allowed;
6. Frequent cleaning and disinfection of floors, doorknobs, elevator buttons, handrails, benches, escalators, etc. are mandatory;
7. Effective sanitization within the premises must be maintained with particular focus on lavatories, drinking, and handwashing stations/areas at all times. Deep cleaning of all washrooms shall be ensured at regular intervals;
8. Proper disposal of face covers/masks/gloves leftover by visitors and/or employees should be ensured;
9. The Advisory also lays down directions to be followed at cafetaria, canteen and dining halls;
10. All workers/customers/visitors will be allowed entry only if using face covers/masks. The face covers/masks have to be worn at all times inside the offices/workplaces.
11. It must be ensured that the temperature setting of all air conditioning devices is in the range of 24°C - 30° C, relative humidity is in the range of 40 % - 70 %, in-take of fresh air should be as much as possible and cross ventilation should be adequate.
Further, the Advisory also lays down what has to be done in case of a suspect or confirmed case in the premises.
For a detailed read, please refer to the attached Advisory.
MandatoryAllNo end date specifiedNo
CentralValidity period of e-way bill generated on or before 24th March, 2020 extended till 30th June, 202009-06-2020Central Board of Indirect Taxes and Customs (CBIC) has issued Notification No.47/2020 dated  9th June, 2020 to extend the validity period  till the 30th day of June, 2020 for all those e-way bill which has been generated on or before the 24th day of March, 2020 and its period of validity expires on or after 20th day of March, 2020.MandatoryAll30-06-2020Yes
DelhiDelhi HC Order temporarily suspending physical service of summons and documents09-06-2020The Delhi High Court in an order dated June 9, 2020 has temporarily amended the procedure with regard to service of notice/ summons/ daks as prescribed in its earlier order dated 3.6.2020. The order has been passed in view of the spurt of COVID cases in Delhi.
As per the Order all service of all such documents through physical mode has been dispensed with unless there is a specific order of the Court permitting the same. All such service must be done through email/fax/whatsapp.

The necessary email address and other details will be required to be furnished by the concerned party seeking to effect the service.
The conventional process of physical summons will be restored once the normalcy is restored in the UT.
MandatoryAllNo end date specifiedNo
Madhya PradeshOffice of District Magistrate of Indore in Madhya Pradesh divides the area under the Indore Municipal Corporation into three zones; permits additional activities in a zone-wise basis09-06-2020The office of the District Magistrate of Indore in Madhya Pradesh has through an Order dated 9th June, 2020 divides the area under the Indore Municipal Corporation into three zones. Activities permitted have been divided in a zone-wise basis:

a. Zone 1: Comprises the central area of the city of Indore: the outer boundary and the specific part of the central city has also been detailed in the Order.

b. Zone 2: Comprises 29 villages along with the central area under the Indore Municipal Corporation.

c. Zone 3: Comprises of villages under the Indore Municipal Corporation area which were covered in the year 2014-2015, such as the villages of Nipania, Kanariya, Limbodi, Bilabali, Nihalpur Mundi etc.

The Order further lays down in details the various activities permitted in each zone.

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

Please note that the Order is in Vernacular and we have translated it to the best of our understanding. Once an official translation is available, we will update in case there is a requirement.
MandatoryAllNo end date specifiedNo
PunjabAmendments kick in to the Punjab Epidemic Diseases, COVID-19 Regulations, 2020; Now, hospitals have to additionally inform history of coming in contact with another suspected or confirmed case of COVID-19 to the concerned Civil Surgeon 09-06-2020The Department of Health and Family Welfare, Government of Punjab, in a Notification dated 9th June, 2020, has made amendments to the Punjab Epidemic Diseases, COVID-19 Regulations, 2020 ("Principal Regulations").

The following changes have been made:

1. For Private and Government Hospitals:

In the Principal Regulations, Government and private hospitals were required to do the following while screening any suspected case of coronavirus-

i. While screening such cases, history of travel had to be recorded to ascertain if he/she has travelled to any country or area where COVID-19 has been reported. Additionally, the history of coming in contact with a suspected or confirmed case of COVID-19 was to be recorded.
ii. In case the person with such history in last 14 days is asymptomatic, the person was to be kept in home quarantine for 14 days from the day of exposure.
iii. In case the person had any such history in last 14 days and is symptomatic as per case definition of COVID-19, the person was to be isolated and tested for COVID-19 as per hospital protocol.
iv. Information of all cases to Office of Chief District Medical Officer (CDMO) of the respective District was to be provided immediately.

With the amendments, the Guideline has become more concise for the hospitals-
Now, the hospitals, during screening of suspected cases of COVID-19 has to record the travel history of that person. In addition to this, all private hospitals have to immediately inform about the history of coming in contact with another suspected or confirmed case of COVID-19, to the concerned Civil Surgeon.

2. In the Principal Regulations, Private Laboratories were not authorized to take or test samples for COVID-19 in the state of Punjab. With the amendments now, all the government and private laboratories authorized by ICMR can now take samples and test them for COVID-19, in the State of Punjab. The ICMR and the Guidelines of the Government of Punjab regarding taking and testing of such samples have to be followed. All private laboratories (in case they test such samples) must share the results with the Civil Surgeon of the district.

3. The Principal Regulations ordered persons with a history of travel in last 14 days to a country or area from where COVID-19 has been reported, to report to the nearest government hospital or call the toll-free number "104" so that necessary measures could be initiated by the government, if required. However, with the amendment now that has been removed and now, any person who travels to a location outside his usual residence should meticulously follow the instructions of the government including that of precautions and health protocols.

4. In the Principal Regulations, persons with a history of travel to a country or area from where COVID-19 had been reported in last 14 days, but who do not have any symptoms of cough, fever, difficulty in breathing, were asked to isolate at home. This requirement has been modified and with the amendment now, any person who may have travelled to any location, district, state or country (as may be specified), may be required to quarantine at home or at any designated place for a prescribed period. During such quarantine, if imparted, the person should take all required COVID-19 precautions, hygiene measures, sanitization precautions and isolation measures as required and shall also utilize such digital equipment, mobile phone, mobile app, software system, telecommunication system, etc., as may be prescribed.
MandatoryHospitals, Pathological LaboratoriesNo end date specifiedYes
CentralRelaxations from certain provisions of the SEBI (Issue of Capital and Disclosure Requirements) Regulations, 2018 in respect of Further Public Offer09-06-2020The Securities and Exchange Board of India (“SEBI”) in a Circular dated 9th June, 2020, has granted relaxations in the eligibility conditions related to Fast Track Further Public Offer (FPO) as contained in the SEBI (Issue of Capital and Disclosure Requirements) Regulations, 2018 (“ICDR Regulations”)

Such relaxations will be applicable for FPOs that open on or before 31st March, 2021.

SEBI has clarified that such relaxation will not be applicable for issuance of warrants.

Background:

In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, SEBI had in a Circular dated 21st April, 2020 introduced temporary relaxation in eligibility conditions related to Fast Track Rights Issue. In continuation, SEBI has now issued the relations in the current circular.

Please refer to the attached document for further details.
MandatoryAllNo end date specifiedYes
CentralSpices Board extends the validity of existing Licences of Exporters of Spices/Dealer/Auctioneer for the Block Period 2017-2020 till 31.12.202009-06-2020In view of the national lockdown and partial disruptions due to COVID 19 pandemic, the Spices Board (Ministry of Commerce & Industry Govt. of India), has extended the validity of the existing Certificate for Registration as Exporter of Spices (CRES), Cardamom Dealer Licence (CDL) and Cardamom Auctioneer Licence (CAL) for the Block Period 2017-2020 from 31st August, 2020 to 31st December, 2020.

For further details, please refer to appended Circular
MandatoryExporters of Spices/Dealer/Auctioneer31-12-2020No
DelhiDelhi HC orders NCT Delhi to file reply regarding concerns of  treatment for patients in hospitals, the status of vacancy of beds and publication of data on COVID-19 testing 09-06-2020The Delhi High Court (Court) has issued an Order dated 9.06.2020, in the matter of Rakesh Malhotra (Petitioner) vs NCT of Delhi & Others (Respondents), [W.P.(C) 3031/2020].

The Order has been issued in pursuance of an application filed by the Petitioner seeking the following directions to be issued to the Respondents:

1. To enlarge the number of laboratories that can undertake tests for COVID-19
2. To make arrangement of proper treatment for COVID/non-COVID patients in hospitals
3. To publish the correct data on their websites, in terms of the order dated 04.05.2020 passed in the petition.

Additionally, it was submitted by the Petitioner that hospitals/nursing homes who have been permitted to treat COVID-19 patients, must publish on their websites, the status of vacancy of beds on a daily basis so that patients are aware of the same beforehand.

For the first concern, the Court did not address any relief since the issue of testing of asymptomatic patients was already pending consideration.

With regard to other contentions, the Respondent was directed to file its response on the treatment for patients in hospitals, the status of vacancy of beds and publication of data on COVID-19 testing on its websites. 
AdvisoryHospitals/ Nursing Homes/ HealthcareNo end date specifiedNo
TelanganaGovernment of Telangana extends lockdown restrictions in containment zones till 30th June 2020 09-06-2020The Government of Telangana ("Government"), has, in a Notification effective 9th June, 2020 extended the restrictions imposed by notification dated 20th May, 2020. These were previously given effect up to 7th June, 2020. This has been enforced in the areas declared as containment zones.

The Government has extended the restrictions imposed by the above-mentioned notification up to 30th June 2020. However, the extension is subject to relaxations that have been allowed by the notification dated 4th June 2020.

The Government has further stated that no shops or establishments, except hospitals and pharmacies, will remain open after 8.30 PM.
MandatoryAll30-06-2020No
TelanganaTelangana permits post-production work for films and stalled shooting for films and tv to re-commence; issues SOPs to be followed09-06-2020The Government of Telangana has allowed the following activities with regard to films with immediate effect:

1. Post-production works of the films which have completed shooting process; and

2. Shooting for all films/ TV shoots, which are already halfway through and were stalled due to lockdown.

Standard Operating Procedures ("SOPs") have been issued and need to be followed scrupulously while carrying on the above-mentioned (permitted) activities.

However, cinema halls/ theatres will continue to be closed till further orders.

SOPs on post-production works of films:

Key Compliance Obligations:

1. Activities like editing, dubbing, sound mix, visual effects, computer graphics, digital intermediate (colour correction), script sessions or production planning, are all permitted subject to strict adherence to the SOPs. A minimum of 2 and a maximum of upto 10 persons should be used for these activities at any given time.

2. Before resuming/ re-starting work at office/ studio premises post lockdown period, mandatory medical checkup to be arranged for all personnel; 

3. Daily morning briefing session meetings to review and ensure office protocols ensuring social distancing norms; health and safety officers on location to inform everyone about the safety guidelines and important updates;

4. Identification of hospitals/ clinics authorized to treat COVID-19 patients and list should be displayed at all work places at all times. Medical declaration should be collected from all individuals working;

5. mandatory thermal scanning of everyone entering and exiting Office / Studio premises;

6. Provisions to be made for water and soap/ handwash and sanitizer at the entry/ exit points;

7. Face-mask to be mandatorily worn by everyone entering the work are while hand gloves to be used by Support staff who are responsible for cleaning and maintenance of office/studio premises;

8. Total ban on non-essential visitors; 

SOPs on shooting for films / TV shoots which are halfway through and were stalled due to lockdown:

Key Compliance Obligations:

1. Social distancing measures to be implemented in the workplace. 6-feet distance between team members to be maintained;

2. Avoid handshakes and other physical greetings;

3. Practice of wearing non-medical grade masks to be made compulsory and hand sanitizers and gloves to be given to crew members;

4. Do not leave used masks unattended and dispose them off in the bins provided on location;

5. Provide hand cleaning facilities at entrance and exits. This should be soap and water wherever possible or hand sanitizer if water is not available;

6. Keep the make up / rest rooms clean and sanitized at all times;

7. Daily fumigation of locations / studios;

8. Regularly clean/sanitize common contact surfaces in workplace, like cameras, lights, equipment, set properties, etc.

9. Before entering the shooting premises, check people for mild cough or low-grade fever using infrared thermometer and isolate or advise them to stay at home (if required).

11. Producer to obtain self-declaration forms (on history of certain ailments), from people on sets on a daily basis.

12. Encourage usage of Arogya Setu app.

13. Any cast/crew member less than 10 years old or above the age of 60 years should not be allowed on sets without medical clearance.

14. Production houses to ensure minimum crew (ideally less than 40 persons) should be present on shooting locations.

15. Wherever possible, staff should travel using their own/company provided transport rather than public transport to maintain social distancing. The cars would be sanitized first and then shall be sent for pick-up. Drivers should remain in their vehicles and must wash or clean hands before and after use regularly.

16. Containment Zones not to be considered for shooting.

For a detailed read, please read the attached document.
MandatoryArts, entertainment and recreationNo end date specifiedNo
DelhiGovt of NCT of Delhi withdraws 'special corona fee' levied earlier on all categories of liquor09-06-2020The Lt. Governor of the National Capital Territory of Delhi, through a Notification dated 9th June, 2020, has amended the Delhi Excise Rules, 2010 to remove the special corona fee with effect from 10th June, 2020.

Background:
The Government of the National Capital Territory of Delhi, in an earlier Notification dated 4th May, 2020, had introduced a special corona fee of 70% of the maximum retail price on all categories of liquor sold through retail licensees for consumption “off” the premises.

For a detailed read, please refer to the appended Notification
MandatoryBeverageNo end date specifiedYes
PuducherryLockdown measures in containment zones of Karaikal District, Puducherry to continue to be implemented  till 30.06.2020; prohibited activities will be re-opened in a phased manner in areas outside containment zones09-06-2020In pursuance of the Ministry of Home Affairs order dated May 30, 2020, the Government of Puducherry has in an Order dated June 9, 2020, informed that the lockdown measures will continue to be implemented in containment zones of Karaikal District upto 30.06.2020.
The prohibited activities will be re-opened in a phased manner in areas outside Containment Zones.

Further, the Karaikal beach  would be open for use by the general public provided the following directives are adhered to for COVID-19 management:
1. Wearing of face cover is compulsory.
2. Spitting in public places shall be punishable with fine, as may be prescribed in accordance with its laws, rules or regulations by the UT / Local Authority.
3. Social distancing shall be followed by all persons in public places and in transport
4. Consumption of liquor, paan, gutka, tobacco etc in public places is strictly prohibited_
5. Shops will ensure minimum six feet distance among customers and shall not allow more than 5 persons at the shops.
6. Parking of two wheelers / cars strictly should be in parking area only with adequate physical distancing.
7. Persons above 65 years of age, persons with co-morbidities, pregnant women and children below the age of 10 years are advised to stay at home.
8. Beach Park shall be closed.
9. No contact games or coaching shall be held.
10. Assembling in Groups of more than 5 persons / Large gatherings are not allowed.

The Order reiterates that all activities must be consistent with the Government guidelines issued regarding health, social distancing and hygiene. Municipal authorities are directed to sanitise the public places periodically.

A violation of the above mentioned measures will be liable to be proceeded against under 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.
MandatoryAll30-06-2020No
CentralBA-BE Study for Export purpose must continue to be conducted in accordance to approved protocol despite challenges posed by the outbreak of COVID-1909-06-2020The Central Drugs Standard Control Organisation (CDSCO) reiterates that Bioavailability and Bioequivalence (BA-BE) Study of new drug in human subject must continue to be conducted in accordance with approved protocols, Good Clinical Practice Guidelines and under the provisions of the New Drugs and Clinical Trial Rules,  despite the challenges faced due to outbreak of COVID-19.

Additional responsibilities lie with the sponsor, investigator and Ethics Committee to ensure rights, safety and well being of trial subjects.
MandatoryPharmaceuticalNo end date specifiedNo
CentralMinistry of Road transport and highways extends validity of documents under Motor Vehicles Act, 1988 till 30th September 202009-06-2020The Ministry of Road Transport and Highways ("Ministry") has extended the validity of fitness certificate, all types of Permit, Learner’s license, Driver’s license, Registration certificate or any such document whose extension of validity could not or is not likely to be granted due to restrictions imposed during the lockdown (may have expired since 1st February 2020 or will expire at any time till 30th September 2020), till 30th September 2020.

Background:

In light of the difficulty faced by people in renewal of validity of various documents related to Motor Vehicles Act, 1988 and allied Rules, the Ministry had issued an advisory to the States and Union Territories stating that the certificate of fitness, all types of permits, driving license, registration certificates which were valid till 1st February 2020 or would expire by 30th June 2020, be treated as valid till 30th June 2020.

Additionally, in order to facilitate the citizens during COVID-19, the Ministry had issued a Notification prescribing that the fees paid for any of the activities mentioned under Rule 32 and Rule 81 (for example: Issue of learner’s license; Issue of driving license; Renewal of license etc), including the renewals, and if the activities are not completed due to COVID-19, the fees that were paid would continue to remain valid. Also, additional or late fees are not be charged for delay in payment of fees till 31st July, 2020.

The Ministry has requested the States and Union Territories to consider provisions available under the Motor Vehicles Act, 1988 or under other Acts for considering relaxation in requirement of permit, or fees or taxes for renewal/ penalty for permits etc.

For a detailed read, please refer to the appended document
AdvisoryAll30-09-2020No
ChandigarhChandigarh Government grants conditional exemption to shops and commercial establishments in the UT from the provisions of the Punjab Shops and Commercial Establishment Act, 1958 (as applicable to UT of Chandigarh), for a period of 3 months starting 9th June 202009-06-2020In a Notification dated 9th June, 2020, the Labour Department, Chandigarh (“Department”) has informed that the employers of the shops and commercial establishments in Chandigarh will be allowed to open their outlets on all days of the week, thereby exempting all shops and commercial establishments from the provisions of the Punjab Shops and Commercial Establishments Act, 1958 (as applicable to Chandigarh) (“Act”), for a period of 3 months.

The said exemption has been granted subject to the following conditions:

1. All provisions of the Act and the Rules relating to employment, working conditions, rest, interval, weekly off days and other restrictions must be complied with;

2. Opening and closing hours of all these shops and commercial establishments will remain the same on all 7 days of the week.

3. Rotation of employees should be done so that mandatory weekly rest is given to the employees.

4. The Order issued separately under the Disaster Management Act regarding odd-even formula in selected markets will continue to remain in force.

Background:

In view of the outbreak of the pandemic COVID 19 and its adverse effect on the economy, there is a need to boost up the economy. In light of this, the exemptions have been issued through the present Order.
MandatoryAll09-09-2020Yes
DelhiDelhi Government directs bars in Hotels, Clubs and Restaurants to remain non-operational, till further Orders08-06-2020In an order dated 8th June, 2020 the Government of NCT Delhi (“Government”) has issued the following directions:

1. Bar licenses in Hotels, Clubs and Restaurants granted in form of L-15/L-15F, L-16/L-16F, L-17/L-17F, L-18/L-18F, L-19/L-19F, L-20/L-20F, L-28/L-28F and L-29/L-29F shall remain non operational till further orders.

2. All L-10 vends (located in shopping malls) are not allowed to open their shops without conducting MSR Activity.

3. All L-10 licensees (located in shopping malls) must conduct MSR Activity between 8th Jun and 9th June, 2020. Thereafter, the licensees have to submit a compliance report to AC (L-10) , Excise Department along with the undertaking that the shop does not fall in the containment zone.

(Note: Only after submission of MSR compliance report and the undertaking from the licensee, the shops shall be allowed to be opened), subject to strict compliance of National Directives of COVID-19 Management and Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) on preventive measures in shopping malls to contain the spread of COVID-19)

4. All L-10 Vends that are permitted to operate may open on a daily basis from 9:00 am to 8:00pm.

5. In case any L-10 vend located in a shopping mall is opened on the basis of false information, the license of the shop is liable to be cancelled.

6. If an L-10 vend which is permitted to operate, comes under the containment zone in future, it must be closed immediately.

For a detailed read, please refer to the appended document
MandatoryAccommodation and food service activitiesNo end date specifiedNo
HaryanaShopping malls will be allowed to open with effect from 08.06.2020 in Haryana according to SOP issued by the State Disaster Management Authority, Haryana08-06-2020District Magistrate, Rewari in an Order dated 8th June, 2020 has allowed shopping malls to remain open from 8th June, 2020 onwards but only between 9 AM till 8 PM only. SOPs have been issued as well with regard to sanitization / cleanliness in all areas inside shopping malls including food courts at regular intervals.

Social distancing to be strictly followed. Along with that gaming arcade and children play areas along with cinema halls have to remain closed and people/visitors to wear masks at all times. 
MandatoryShopping MallsNo end date specifiedNo
CentralRelaxation from compliance with certain provisions of the SEBI (Issue and Listing of Debt Securities) Regulations, 2008 and SEBI (Non-Convertible Redeemable Preference Shares) Regulations, 2013 and certain SEBI Circulars due to the COVID -19 virus pandemic08-06-2020The Securities and Exchange Board of India (“SEBI”) has, in a Circular No. SEBI/HO/DDHS/CIR/P/2020/ dated 8th June, 2020, further extended the relaxation period for disclosure of financial results by issuers, who intend/propose to list their Non- Convertible Debentures (NCDs) / Non-Convertible Redeemable Preference Shares (NCRPS) / Commercial Papers (CPs), for another month from 31st May, 2020 to 30th June, 2020.

This extension is effective immediately i.e. 8th June, 2020.

Background:

SEBI had, in a Circular no. SEBI/HO/DDHS/ON/P/2020/41 dated 23rd March, 2020 specified guidelines for relaxation from compliance with certain provisions of the SEBI (Issue and Listing of Debt Securities) Regulations, 2008 and other SEBI Circulars due to the COVID -19 virus pandemic.

Now, SEBI has partially amended the Circular dated 23rd March, 2020 to extend the cut-off date for issuance of NCDs/NCRPS /CPs by issuers intending/proposing to list their NCDs/NCRPS /CPs.

Please refer to the attached documents for details.
MandatoryAll30-06-2020Yes
OdishaOdisha Government orders all religious places, shopping malls, places of public entertainment to remain closed till 30.6.2020.08-06-2020The Office of Special Relief Commissioner, Odisha (“Office”) has in an Order dated 8th June, 2020 partially modified the Office’s Order No.3255/R&DM(DM) dated 7th June, 2020 and directed that

• All religious places/ places of worship for public will continue to remain closed till 30th June, 2020.
• All shopping malls will continue to remain closed till 30th June, 2020.
• All cinema halls, gymnasiums, swimming pools, entertainment parks, theatres, bars, auditoriums, assembly halls and similar places will continue to remain closed till 30th June, 2020.

The Office has further clarified that, as per the guidelines regarding hotels and restaurants contained in the Office’s order No.3057/R&DM(DM) dated 1st June, 2020,

i. Hotels will be allowed to operate up to 30% capacity.
ii. Restaurant service will be open only for in-house guests.
iii. Restaurants and Hotels will be permitted for home delivery/ takeaways of food.

Please refer to the attached documents for details.
MandatoryAll30-06-2020No
Jammu and KashmirJammu and Kashmir issues SOP for operating Saloons, Barber Shops and Parlors08-06-2020In pursuance of the UT Government Order allowing Salons/ Barber Shops and Parlors to remain open from 8.6.2020 onwards, the government of Jammu and Kashmir has now issued the SOP to be followed by such establishments.

The SOP includes instructions for both:

a. Owners/ workers at Saloons/ Barber Shops and Parlours

b. Customers at Saloons/ Barber Shops and Parlours

For a detailed read of the SOP, please refer to the appended document.
MandatorySaloons/ Barber Shops and ParloursNo end date specifiedNo
ChandigarhStarting of Long Route Bus Operation from 08.06.2020 by Chandigarh Transport Undertaking08-06-2020 Through a Press Release the general public has been intimated that Chandigarh Transport Undertaking plans to start its Long Route Bus Operation from 08.06.2020.
Buses will be operated from point to point i.e. source to destination station only with 50% passengers capacity and no boarding/de-boarding of passengers en-route the journey will be allowed.
As a preventive measure to spread the pandemic of COVID-19 following measures will be taken:-
1.Thermal screening will be done at ISBT-43.
2.Buses will be operated with 50% occupancy only.
3.Sanitization of the buses will be done twice at start of trip and end of the trip.
AdvisoryAllNo end date specifiedNo
TelanganaGreater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation adopts MHA SOPs on preventive measures to contain the spread of COVID-19 in offices08-06-2020The Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation through Circular dated 8th June, 2020 has adopted the  Ministry of Home Affairs SOP to prevent and contain the spread of COVID-19 in offices.

The SOP has been segregated into:

1. Generic preventive measures to be followed at all times;
2 Measures specific to offices;
3. Measures to be taken on occurrence of case(s) and;
4. Disinfection procedures to be implemented in case of occurrence of suspect/confirmed case.

Key Highlights -

1. Minimum distance of 6 feet;
2. Spitting shall be strictly prohibited;
3. Installation & use of Aarogya Setu App by employees;
4. Mandatory hand hygiene and thermal screening at entrance;
5. Residents of containment zones must inform supervisory officer and refrain from attending office till containment zone is de-notified and be permitted to work from home (WfH) without being considered to be on leave;
6. Encourage meeting through video conferencing;
7. Prominently display Posters/standees/AV media on preventive measures about COVID-19;
8. Stagger office hours, wherever possible;
9. Mandatorily use face covers / masks along with frequent hand washing and /or use of alcohol-based hand sanitizer. Respiratory etiquettes should be strictly adhered to while sneezing or coughing. Supervisory officer should be informed about any illness at the earliest;
10. Arrange hand sanitisers, soap and running water in washrooms;
11. Maintain adequate social distancing while making seating arrangements;
12. Restrict number of people and maintain social distancing in elevators;
13. Properly dispose face covers / masks / gloves used by all;
14. Maintain social distancing norms in cafeteria/canteen/dining halls. Make staff / waiters wear mask, hand gloves and take other required precautionary measures. Seating arrangement should ensure minimum 1 meter between patrons;
15. Drivers living in containment zones should not attend work. Disinfect common surfaces in cars using 1% sodium hypochlorite solution/ spray;

For a detailed read of the guidelines, please refer to the document. 
MandatoryAllNo end date specifiedNO
CentralFSSAI operationalizes the Food Safety and Standards (Food Product Standards and Food Additives) Amendment Regulations, 2020 relating to standards for fortified atta, fortified maida, iodized salt and Iron fortified iodized Salt 08-06-2020The Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (“FSSAI”) has, in a Notification dated 8th June, 2020, operationalised the Food Safety and Standards (Food Product Standards and Food Additives) Amendment Regulations, 2020 (“Amendment Regulations”) with immediate effect.

Background:

Standards for iodized salt, iron fortified iodized salt (double fortified salt) when fortified with iron and iodine, fortified Atta and fortified maida are prescribed under both the Food Safety and Standards (Fortification of Foods) Regulations, 2018 (“Fortification Regulations”) and the Food Safety and Standards (Food Product Standards and Food Additives) Regulations, 2011 (“Food Additives Regulations”). Hence, to avoid duplication, the standards for these food products were proposed to be removed from the Food Additives Regulations and the draft of the Amendment Regulations was issued and is currently under finalisation.

However, representation have been received from stakeholders on facing legal actions by the State Food Authorities due to the standards under the Fortification Regulations and the Food Additives Regulations being in variance of each other.

Hence, in light of the above and as the finalisation of the Amendment Regulations would take time due to the pandemic COVID-19 situation, the FSSAI has operationalised the Amendment Regulations.
MandatoryFood industriesNo end date specifiedNo
UttarakhandGovt. of Uttarakhand issues Standard Operating Procedures for passengers of Domestic Flights08-06-2020The Uttarakhand State Disaster Management Authority, Government of Uttarakhand, has issued Standard Operating Procedures for passengers of Domestic Flights.
Key Highlights:
1) People who desire to travel by flight have to mandatorily get themselves registered on the web portal (https://dsclservices.in/uttarakhand-migrantregistration.php).
2) All passengers will be kept in institutional quarantine for a time period, as specified by the health authorities/ state government unless they show symptoms which require keeping them in medical facilities.
3) All inbound passengers will be given a choice to select quarantine centre on their own. Complete list of quarantine centres, on payment basis, will be available at the help desk. The rate contract will be fixed in advance as per the State government / district administration guidelines.
4) Only earmarked vehicles exempted by District Administration will be used for transportation of such passengers to quarantine centres.
5) Earmarking of separate vehicles for movement of symptomatic passengers to the identified health facilities will be done, keeping in mind all norms of safety and social distancing.
6) At the time of discharge of such people from quarantine centre, travel permits will be issued to them by the District Nodal Officers only on submission of relevant medical documents and information of such permits issued will be shared with the concerned District Nodal Offices and the satellite control rooms, on a daily basis.
7) Movement to/ from containment zones is completely prohibited.

For a detailed read of the Standard Operating Procedures, please refer to the attachment provided.
Mandatory AllNo end date specifiedNo
Himachal PradeshGovernment of Himachal Pradesh adopts MoHFW SOP on preventive measures to contain spread of COVID-19 in offices08-06-2020The Government of Himachal Pradesh, has adopted the Standard Operating Procedures ("SOPs") issued by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MoHFW) to prevent and contain the spread of COVID-19 in offices.

The SOP has been segregated into:

1. Generic preventive measures to be followed at all times;
2. Measures specific to offices;
3. Measures to be taken on occurrence of case(s) and;
4. Disinfection procedures to be implemented in case of occurrence of suspect/confirmed case.

Key Highlights:

1. Minimum distance of 6 feet;

2. Spitting shall be strictly prohibited;

3. Installation & use of Aarogya Setu App by employees;

4. Mandatory hand hygiene and thermal screening at entrance;

5. Residents of containment zones must inform supervisory officer and refrain from attending office till containment zone is de-notified and be permitted to work from home (WfH) without being considered to be on leave;

6. Encourage meeting through video conferencing;

7. Prominently display Posters/standees/AV media on preventive measures about COVID-19;

8. Stagger office hours, wherever possible;

9. Mandatorily use face covers / masks along with frequent hand washing and /or use of alcohol-based hand sanitizer. Respiratory etiquettes should be strictly adhered to while sneezing or coughing. Supervisory officer should be informed about any illness at the earliest;

10. Arrange hand sanitisers, soap and running water in washrooms;

11. Maintain adequate social distancing while making seating arrangements;

12. Restrict number of people and maintain social distancing in elevators;

13. Properly dispose face covers / masks / gloves used by all;

14. Maintain social distancing norms in cafeteria/canteen/dining halls. Make staff / waiters wear mask, hand gloves and take other required precautionary measures. Seating arrangement should ensure minimum 1 meter between patrons;

15. Drivers living in containment zones should not attend work. Disinfect common surfaces in cars using 1% sodium hypochlorite solution/ spray;

16. Upon occurrence of cases among employees, take the following measures:
a. Isolate unwell person from others.
b. Inform nearest medical facility or call State or District doctor.
c. Steps for closure/disinfection of office spaces in the event an employee tests positive:
d. For one or two cases, disinfect places/areas visited by the patient in the last 48 hours. Do not close the entire office building/halt work in other offices of the building.
e. For larger outbreaks, close the entire building/block for 48 hours after thorough disinfection. Allow staff to WfH till adequate disinfection of building/block is carried out and is declared fit for re-occupation.

For a detailed read, please refer to the attached document.
MandatoryAllNo end date specifiedNo
LadakhUnion Territory of Ladakh issues precautionary measures/ SOPs along with the guidelines annexed to MHA Unlock 1.0 Order to be followed till 30th June, 202008-06-2020The Administration of Union Territory of Ladakh has issued precautionary measures along with the guidelines annexed to MHA Unlock 1.0 Order, to be followed in the Union Territory till 30th June, 2020, with immediate effect. In the areas categorised as Containment Zones, the provisions of lockdown shall continue to apply.

Key Points:

1. All offices and workplaces in the Union Territory to be sanitized on daily basis and in accordance with the SOP of the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (dated 4th June, 2020);

2. The office in charge/ head of the office will formally nominate an officer/ employee to ensure hand sanitization and mask related compliance by every visitor;

3. All officers/ employees/ officials to maintain sanitization facility outside their rooms and waiting areas, for each and every visitor and ensure compulsory wearing of face masks by each visitor. Offices to have thermal temperature screening at the gate;

4. Emoployers to ensure on a best effort basis that Aarogya Setu app is installed by all employees having compatible mobile phones;

5. Night curfew: movement of individuals for non-essential activities strictly prohibited between 9:00 pm to 5:00 am;

6. Hotels and Hospitality services permitted to open with fifty (50) percent capacity, subject to the SOP of MOHFW dated 4th June, 2020; Hotels and Guest Houses which accept bookings to maintain details of guests along with their travel history and report any guests who is symptomatic to the District Surveillance Officer;

7. Owners of the Hotels/ Guest Houses / Home stays to ensure social distancing and availability of hand sanitizers at lobbies, restaurants, lawns and business centers; and ensure frequent sanitation of common areas and spaces;

8. All shops and restaurants (including hotels) will open in the Orange and Green categorized districts, including barber - shops, saloons and beauty parlours, subject to SOPs issued by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare;

9. In Red category Districts, the shops in the market complex/ area will operate on the basis of the roster to be notified by the Deputy Commissioner concerned. Hotels and restaurnats may operate for take-away only (subject to SOPs of MOHFW dated 4th June, 2020) . 

10. Intra-district movement by private vehicles and taxi/ cabs will be regulated by the existing SOPs issued by the District Magistrate. Public transport will be available only in the Orange and Green category districts barring containment zones. Passenger transport vehicles (buses and mini buses) will be permitted with upto 50% seating capacity;

11. Only approved movement of individuals permitted between Red and Orange/ Green category districts;

12. Religious places to remain closed for congregtations and prayers; may be open for tourism purposes subject to strict protocols for prevention of COVID-19.

13. Passengers arriving by air and road in Ladakh and are found to be symptomatic upon screening, will undergo mandatory quarantine after which they will be tested for COVID-19; Such persons to be released only after their test report is found to be negative;

14. All asymptomatic passengers arriving by air are required to self-monitor their health for 14 days or the duration of their stay in quarantine (if less than 14 days for any COVID-19 related symptoms). In case they develop any symptoms, they are required to inform the District Surveillance Officer;

For a detailed read, please refer to the appended Order
MandatoryAll30-06-2020No
HaryanaDistrict Magistrate of Sonipat in Haryana issues Order extending lockdown in containment zones till 30.6.2020; specifies measures to reopen places of worship, hotels, restaurants, other hospitality services and shopping malls outside containment zones08-06-2020The District Magistrate-cum-Chairperson, District Disaster Management Authority, Sonipat, Haryana has in an Order dated June 8, 2020 extended the lockdown in Containment Zones in Sonipat District upto 30th June , 2020.

Re-opening of all hotels, restaurants & other hospitality services, shopping malls and religious places/places of worship, for the general public in district Sonipat has been permitted w.e.f. June 8, 2020 subject to strict compliance with all generic preventive measures and SOPs, issued by Ministry of Home Affairs and Ministry of Health and Family Welfare.

The Order specifies that the religious places/places of worship, hotels, restaurants & other hospitality services and shopping malls in containment zones shall remain closed and only those outside the containment zones will be allowed to open.

All such places / establishments must be opened with the generic preventive measures including simple public health measures, maintaining social distancing (2 gaz ki doori). Wearing of face covers/masks need to be observed by all (workers and visitors) in these places at all times.

Some of the additional conditions for opening such places/ establishments in Sonipat District are listed below.

Hotels, Restaurants and other Hospitalities Units/Services:
1. Banquet Halls with approximate size of around 2000 sq. ft. and above shall be allowed to operate with maximum of 50 guests at a time by following the formula of social distancing i.e. 2 gaz ki doori.
2. Restaurants shall be allowed to take orders from customers from 09.00 am to 08.00 PM and operate only with the 50°/0 seating capacity.
3. No Bars in the restaurants shall be allowed.
4. Room services or take away for dine in rooms shall be allowed.
5. Gaming Arcades and Children Plan Areas (Wherever applicable) shall remain closed.
6. All workers should wear Masks & gloves.
7. Sanitization should be done at regular intervals

Restrictions for operation of Restaurants:
1. Restaurants shall be allowed to take orders from customers from 09.00 AM to 08.00 PM and operate only with the 50% seating capacity.
2. No Buffet services shall be allowed. Only ala crate (Ordering individually on the menu) services are allowed.
3. No Bars in the restaurants shall be allowed.
4. All workers should wear masks and gloves.
5. Sanitization should be done at regular intervals.

Further conditions for Hotels and Restaurants is specified at Annexure II and Annexure III respectively.

Shopping Malls:
1. Gaming Arcades and Children Play Areas (Wherever applicable) and cinema halls shall remain closed.
2. Sanitization should be done at regular intervals.
3. All workers should wear masks.

Further conditions for Shopping Malls are specified at Annexure IV.

Religious places/places of worship for public.
1. No aarti, congregation or mass & collective gathering for prayers shall be allowed. Only individual prayers shall be allowed;

2. Physical offering like Prasad/Langars etc. distribution or sprinkling of holy water etc. inside the religious place should not be allowed. However, Community kitchens already running should continue to operate by following physical distancing norms while preparing and distributing food.

3. Sanitization should be done at regular intervals.

4. All workers should wear masks.

Further conditions for Religious places/places of worship is specified at Annexure I.

The Order mandates that timings for all the above activities must remain between 9:00 AM to 8:00 PM so as to ensure compliance of night curfew i.e. between 9:00 PM to 5:00 AM.

Any person violating the stated measures will be liable to be proceeded as per provisions of Section 51 to 60 of Disaster Management Act, 2005 besides legal action U/s 188 of the I.P.C. and other legal provisions of the Epidemic Disease Act, 1897 etc.

For a detailed read, please refer to appended Order 
Mandatory Accommodation and food service activities| Places of worship | Shopping malls30-06-2020No
UttarakhandUttarakhand Govt. rolls out Guidelines for opening of Hotels and Hospitals Services, restaurants, Malls, Religious Place/ Places of Worship07-06-2020The Uttarakhand State Disaster Management Authority in an Order dated 7th June, 2020 has issued guidelines for reopening of hotels / hospitality services, restaurants, shopping malls, religious places / places of worship.

Key Highlights -

1. All hotels are allowed to open in the state but hotels in containment zones will remain closed till further orders.

2. Restaurants, religious places/places of worship and shopping malls to remain open from 7 AM to 7 PM only. However, places inside containment zones will remain closed till further orders.

3. Travelling by helicopter and fixed wing is permitted under UDAN scheme. The passengers after deboarding have to follow guidelines prescribed by the state government.

4. Hotel owners will have to take a self declaration form filled by customers that say that the customer cannot visit any tourist place during his/her stay in the hotel.

5.Shopping malls and restaurants to follow guidelines issued by the Tourism Department.

6. Pilgrims from places outside the state are not allowed till further orders.
MandatoryHotels/Hospitality services, Restaurants, Malls, Religious places/places of worshipNo end date specifiedNo
GoaNorth Goa issues restrictions under Section 144 of Code of Criminal Procedure, 1973 with immediate effect07-06-2020The District Magistrate, North Goa District, has issued a prohibitory Order dated 7th June, 2020 under Section 144 of Code of Criminal Procedure, 1973.

The present Order is in supersession of earlier Order dated 3rd May, 2020 and is effective immediately.

Pursuant to the Order, ban has been imposed on the following:

1. Movement of all individuals for all non-essential activities between 9.00 p.m. to 5.00 a.m.

2. All shops / establishments except essentials from 9.00 p.m. to 5.00 a.m;

3. Gymnasiums;

4. Sports complexes;

5. Auditoriums/ community halls, assembly halls and similar places;

6. Bars;

7. Schools, colleges, educational/ training/ coaching institutions;

8. Cinema Halls/Theatres;

9. Swimming pools;

10. Social/ political/ entertainment/ academic/ cultural/ religious functions and other large congregations;

11. Casinos;

12. River Cruises;

13. Multiplexes;

14. Consumption of liquor in public places;

15. Entertainment parks;

16. Spa / Massage parlours;

17.Sale and consumption of pan, Gutkha and Tobacco in public places.

Persons contravening the above-mentioned will be punishable under Section 188 of the Indian Penal Code.
MandatoryAllNo end date specifiedNo
ChhattisgarhDantewada in South Bastar District of Chhattisgarh issues guidelines for permitting additional activities from 8th June, 202007-06-2020Dantewada in South Bastar District of Chhattisgarh has issued guidelines for permitting additional activities from 8th June, 2020:

a. Public parks / gardens have been permitted to open;

b. Religious / places of worship to operate as per the guidelines mentioned in the SOP issued by Ministry of Health and Family Welfare.

c. Outdoor activities can be conducted in the clubs and sporting complexes;

d. Restaurants to allow only take away;

e. Hotel operation only for the predetermined usage subject to adherence to SOP issued by Ministry of Health and Family Welfare;

(Note: Shopping malls are not allowed to open and operate).

For a detailed read of the order and the related SOP with regard to religious /places of worship, please refer to the appended document.
MandatoryRestaurants/ Hotels/ Places of Worship/ Recreational facilities/ Shopping mallsNo end date specifiedNo
DelhiGovernment of NCT Delhi orders all hospitals and nursing homes in DelhI to only admit bone fide residents of Delhi07-06-2020The Health and Family Welfare Department, Delhi (“Department”) has in an Order dated 7th June, 2020 ordered all Government and Private hospitals and nursing homes, operating in Delhi, to ensure that only bona fide residents of National Capital Territory (“NCT”) of Delhi, holding any of the specified valid proof of residence, are admitted for treatment in these hospitals.

The Department has however, clarified that treatment for the following will continue for all patients irrespective of their place of residence:
i. Transplantation
ii. Oncology
iii. Neurosurgeries
iv. Victims of road accidents, acid attacks happening within the NCT of Delhi
Mandatory HealthcareNo end date specifiedNo
DelhiDelhi Disaster Management Authority allows restaurant, malls and religious places and places of worship to open; also removes restriction on movement of personnel and goods07-06-2020The Delhi Disaster Management Authority (“Authority”) has issued a notification by virtue of which restrictions relating to certain activities have been removed.

Previously, on 1st June 2020, the Authority had issued guidelines for extension of Lockdown and for Unlock 1, by virtue of which certain activities like restaurants, shopping malls and religious places and place of worship were prohibited in order to prevent further spread of COVID-19. Additionally, this notification allowed free movement of people within the National Capital Territory of Delhi without need of any separate pass or permission or approval or e-permit. However, inter-state movement of non-residents was allowed only on production of e-passes issued for essential service or in case of emergent situations.

Now, pursuant to the current notification, the following activities are allowed:

(a) Restaurants
(b) Shopping Malls
(c) Religious places and places of worship.
(d) Unrestricted movement of personnel and goods without requirement of any separate pass or permission or approval or e-permit.
MandatoryAllNo end date specifiedNo
GujaratStandard Operating Procedure (SOP)/ Protocol for repatriation of foreign seafarers from Alang port, Gujarat07-06-2020The Directorate General of Shipping, Mumbai ("Directorate"), has in an Order dated 7th June, 2020, issued the Standard Operating Procedure ("SOP")/Protocol for repatriation of foreign seafarers from Alang Port, Gujarat.

The Ministry of Home Affairs vide Office Memorandum dated 06th June, 2020 permitted repatriation of
foreign seafarers from Alang port as per the SOP proposed by the Ministry of Shipping. Accordingly, the Directorate has through this Order prescribed the following SOP for sign-off and repatriation of foreign seafarers from ship breaking yards for compliance by all stakeholders.

SOP for controlled crew change for seafarer sign-off at Indian Ship Breaking Yards:
1. Ensure Directorate Order dated 22nd April, 2020 is complied with as applicable.
2. Ship owner/Recruitment and Placement Services ("RPS")/Ship breaking yards to ensure that the
validity of passport and sticker visas (EV, BV and X-entry) issued to foreign seafarer is having a minimum validity of three months and is adequate for their stay in India till they board International flights for travel outside India.
3. The foreign seafarers arriving with valid passport but with an expired Indian visa would be allowed to sign-off after granting chargeable Temporary Landing Permit (TLP) for one month.
4. The foreign seafarers arriving with expired passport, would be isolated and kept in preventive custody in identified centres till the revalidation of their passport through local embassies. The onus of revalidation of passport will be on the shipping company or RPS.
5. The master of a vessel, before arrival at its port of call in Indian Ship yard shall ascertain the state of health of each person on board the vessel and submit the Maritime Declaration of Health to the health authorities of the port and to the port authorities. In addition, the information required by the local health authorities of the port, like temperature chart, individual health declaration, etc. shall also be provided by the master as per the directives of the health authorities of the port. Port health authorities shall grant pratique to the vessel prior to beaching as per necessary health protocols.
6. Foreign seafarer to wear necessary PPE (masks, hand gloves) on arrival.
7. All the luggage and personal effects of the foreign seafarers has to be disinfected at time of disembarkation.
8. Foreign seafarer will be cleared by Immigration authority at the nearest immigration center (e.g.
Bhavnagar in case of Alang) and custom authorities for luggage clearances, etc. after arrival at the port/breaking yard.
9. Foreign seafarer arriving from a vessel would need to undergo the COVID-19 test to confirm that he/she is negative of COVID-19. After disembarking and till the time the seafarer reaches the testing facility, it will be ensured by the shipowner/RPS that all safety precautions as per standard health protocols are observed.
10. Till the time test reports are received, the seafarer shall be kept under quarantine facility by the
Port/State Health Authorities.
11. Foreign seafarer tested as “positive” for COVID-19, will be required to comply as per the procedures laid down by Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Government of India.
12. Till such time international flights are available for the desired location/country, ship owner/RPS agency to arrange for boarding and lodging of the foreign seafarer at a safe location.
13. Upon a foreign seafarer tested as “negative”, the Ship owner/RPS agency/Ship breaking yard to ensure completion of the following processes:
a. Seafarer’s travel route post sign-off is to be identified;
b. Details of the Seafarer, vehicle and driver or the mode (flight, etc.) of proposed travel to be
uploaded by Ship Recycler on Directorate website “e-pass for foreign seafarers" link for generation
of e-pass, if needed.
14. Ship Recycler to download the e-pass and share it with local agents, seafarers and driver for the travel, if needed.
15. The transit pass (to and fro) will be issued for a fixed route and with specified validity and will have to be adhered to strictly.
16.  Ship owner/RPS/Ship breaking yard to ensure the following for taking seafarer to airport:
a. Vehicle being used for travel is properly sanitized and PPE (masks, hand gloves) and sanitizers made available for driver and seafarer;
b. Driver and seafarer to maintain the social distancing requirements as per the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare Guidelines.
17. On reaching the airport, seafarer to abide by the quarantine/isolation and health protocols as desired by airport authorities.
18. In addition to above, seafarer to abide and fully comply by all the concerned flag state Orders pertaining to COVID-19 at all times.
Mandatory Dock/Port OperationsNo end date specifiedNo
Jammu and KashmirOrder/Guidelines/Instructions on lockdown measures in the Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir wef 08-06-202007-06-2020The Department of Disaster Management, Relief, Rehabilitation and Reconstruction, Government of Jammu and Kashmir, in an Order dated 7th June, 2020, has issued Guidelines for allowing certain activities with regulations in the Union Territory (“UT”) of Jammu and Kashmir, from 8th June, 2020.

Prohibited activities in Jammu and Kashmir from 8th June, 2020, until further orders:

1) Inter-UT/State, inter-province and inter-district buses for public transport and private vehicles, except those allowed under this Order.
2) Schools, colleges, universities, educational/training/coaching institutions (including Anganwadi centres), etc. Online/distance learning however, is permitted.
3) All cinema halls, gymnasiums, swimming pools, entertainment parks, spas, theatres, bars, auditoriums, assembly halls and similar places.
4) All social/political/sports/entertainment/academic/cultural/religious functions and other large gatherings and congregations. Religious places will continue to remain closed until further orders.
5) No inter-province or inter-state/UT movement of individuals allowed except after obtaining permissions or in permitted public transport, after following prescribed health protocols.
6) Movement of all individuals for non-essential activities between 8 p.m. to 5 a.m.
7) Persons above 65 years of age, persons with co-morbidities, pregnant women and children below the age of 10 years, must stay at home, except for meeting essential requirements or for health purposes.

Protocol to be followed for all Returnees/Travellers coming into Jammu and Kashmir:

All passengers/travellers/returnees coming to Jammu and Kashmir, whether by road, rail or air, will have to compulsorily a COVID-19 RTPCR test, following which they will be under a 14-day administrative/institutional quarantine, till the test result is negative, in which case they will be released for home quarantine, or if found positive, they will be sent to a COVID hospital for treatment.

Highlights of Containment Zone Protocol:

1) Ensuring 100% coverage of Aarogya Setu app among the residents of Containment Zone.
2) Private clinics and OPDs not permitted.

Key Highlights of Activities permitted in the UT of Jammu and Kashmir with permissions:

1) Normal functioning of private hospitals, clinics and nursing homes (including OPD services).
2) All e-commerce and courier services.
3) All restaurants, including hotels, can operate for home delivery and take-away only (without dine-ins), subject to the Standard Operating Procedure (“SOP”) of the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (“MOHFW”).
4) Hotels and Hospitality services can operate with 50% capacity, subject to the SOP of the MOHFW, with particular focus on-
i) Full protection gear and equipment for hotel staff.
ii) Details of guests with entire travel history to be maintained.
iii) Only room-service of food should be done instead of dine-in restaurants.
iv) Frequent sanitization of common areas and spaces.
v) Necessary health precautions for guests and staff.
5) All Shopping Malls can open, subject to the SOP of the MOHFW, except in Red Zones. Special focus is required on the following-
i) Timing- 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.
ii) Special markings for social distancing, wherever needed.
iii) Air conditioning in malls- 24-30 degree Celsius; Relative Humidity 40-70%; Adequate cross ventilation and intake of fresh air.
iv) Food courts and dining facilities in malls are not allowed for dine-in purposes. However, take-away or home delivery is permitted.
v) Children’s gaming zones, gaming arcades and cinemas inside malls will remain closed.
vi) All railings and door knobs to be frequently sanitized with sodium hypochlorite solution.
6) Banks and financial services.
7) Liquor shops and manufacturing units.
8) Barber shops, saloons and parlours, subject to SOPs issued for such establishments separately.
9) Self-employed service providers such as plumbers, technicians, electricians, etc.
10) Intra-district movement of individuals in vehicles is allowed, with a maximum of 2 passengers besides the driver (in 4-wheelers) and with no pillion rider (in case of 2-wheelers). Passes are required in Red Districts.

Highlights of Additional Activities permitted in Orange Districts (No passes required):

1) All shops, including in market areas/bazaars/market complexes, subject to certain conditions.
2) All private offices with 100% strength. SOP of the MOHFW is to be followed.
3) Inter-district movement of individuals in private vehicles between Orange and Green districts (without crossing a Red district). Maximum of 4 passengers besides the driver is allowed for 4-wheelers and no pillion rider is allowed for 2-wheelers.
4) Taxi and cab aggregators are permitted to operate only within the district (Maximum of one driver and two passengers).

Highlights of Additional Activities permitted in Green Districts (No passes required):

1) All activities permitted in Orange districts.
2) Taxi and cab aggregators allowed to operate only within the district (Maximum of one driver and two passengers).

Highlights of Restrictions in Red Districts:

Private offices are allowed to operate with 100% strength, with passes required for staff. The SOP of the MOHFW needs to be followed.

Highlights of Industrial and Service Activities:

1) Industrial activities can resume at all industrial estates with 100% workforce, in Green, Orange and Red districts.
2) Industrial activities can resume in all rural areas outside municipal limits with 100% workforce.
3) In urban areas in Red and Orange districts, for industries within municipal limits, industrial activities can resume with 75% workforce with the permission as laid down in “Attachment B” of this Order.
4) All industries will have to comply with the health, safety and other instructions in “Attachment B” of this Order.

Highlights of Construction Activities:

1) For construction projects within municipal limits, the labour/construction workers will have to stay at the construction site.
2) In construction projects in rural areas, the labourers have to stay in the areas adjoining the construction site. There cannot be huge scale daily movement of labourers over long distances.
3) Private construction activities will be allowed in all Green and Orange districts, without any need for permissions. The labour in all projects within urban municipal limits have to be kept in-situ only. In Red districts, District Magistrates will assess the ground situation and issue permissions as necessary both for construction and any related activity.

Further, this Order provides for the following:
1) Complete prohibition on inter-district movement of individuals between (except after following prescribed procedure at “Attachment A” in this Order)-
i) Green/Orange districts and Red districts.
ii) Between two Red districts.
iii) Crossing a Red district.
2) Measures to be taken on occurrence of positive cases of COVID-19 in offices, hotels, restaurants and shopping malls.
Mandatory All IndustriesNo end date specifiedNo
Jammu and KashmirClassification of districts in Jammu and Kashmir as RED ORANGE and GREEN for the purpose of implementing the lockdown wef 08-06-202007-06-2020In an Order dated 7th June, 2020, the Department of Disaster Management, Relief, Rehabilitation and Reconstruction, Government of Jammu and Kashmir, has categorized the following districts under Red, Orange and Green:

1) Red- All districts of Kashmir province except Ganderbal and Bandipora; Ramban district of Jammu province.
2) Orange- Kathua (except the Lakhanpur Containment Zone on the National Highway, which will be a Red/Containment Zone with a 500 metres buffer), Samba, Bandipora, Ganderbal, Reasi, Udhampur, Poonch, Rajouri and Jammu.
3) Green- Doda and Kishtwar.
Mandatory AllNo end date specifiedNo
RajasthanRajasthan issues Standard Operating Procedure for Hotels and Hospitality services, Restaurants, Clubs and Shopping malls to follow while re-starting operations from 8th June, 202006-06-2020Rajasthan has permitted activities pertaining to Hotels and Hospitality services, Restaurants and Clubs along with Shopping Malls to re-open from 8th of June 2020, subject to their adherence to conditions prescribed for re-opening in the Standard Operating Procedures issued by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Govt. of India:

Key Compliance Obligations:

Generic measures:

i. Physical distancing of at least 6 feet to be followed as far as feasible;
ii. use of face covers/masks to be made mandatory;
iii. frequent hand washing with soap (for at least 40-60 seconds) even when hands are not visibly dirty. Use of alcohol-based hand sanitizers (for at least 20 seconds) wherever feasible;
iv. respiratory etiquettes to be strictly followed; involves strict practice of covering one’s mouth and nose while coughing/sneezing with a tissue/handkerchief/flexed elbow and disposing off used tissues properly.
v. self-monitoring of health by all and reporting any illness at the earliest to State and District helpline;
vi. spitting strictly prohibited; and
vii. installation and use of Aarogya Setu app shall be advised to all;

Key (specific) measures for re-opening of Hotels and other Hospitality Units:

Ensure:

1. hand hygiene (sanitizer dispenser) and thermal screening provisions at entrance; separate entry and exit for staff and guests and goods;

2. that only asymptomatic staff and guests are allowed;

3. that staff and guests are allowed entry only if they wear face cover/masks;

4. that adequate manpower is deployed by ensuring social distancing norms;

5. that staff to wear gloves and take required precautionary measures; 

6. that employees at higher risk i.e. older employees, pregnant employees and employees who have underlying medical conditions, to take extra precautions. They should preferably not be exposed to any front-line work requiring direct contact with the public. Hotel management to facilitate work from home wherever feasible;

7. proper crowd management with social distancing norms;

8. that valet parking (if available) wears face covers/ masks and gloves as appropriate;

9. that physical distancing is maintained while people queue-up for entry and inside the hotel as feasible;

10. restriction on number of people in the elevator with social distancing norms, use of escalators with one person on alternate steps;

11. that details of guest (travel history, medical condition etc.) along with ID and self-declaration  form provided by the guest at the reception;

12. Prominent display of posters/ standees/ AV media on preventive measures about COVID-19;

13. to keep hand sanitizer at the reception for guests;

14. adoption of contactless processes like QR online forms, digital payments like e-wallet etc. for both check-in and check-out;

15. availability of appropriate personal protection gears like face covers/masks, gloves and hand sanitizers etc. by hotel to the staff as well as the guests;

16. that for air-conditioning/ventilation, the guidelines of CPWD is followed which inter alia emphasises that the temperature setting of all air conditioning devices should be in the range of 24-30, relative humidity should be in the range of 40 to 70%, intake of fresh air should be as much as possible and cross ventilation should be adequate;

17. effective and frequent sanitation within the premises shall be maintained with particular focus on lavatories, drinking and hand washing stations/areas;

18. cleaning and regular disinfection (using 1% sodium hypochlorite) of frequently touched surfaces (door knobs, elevator buttons, hand rails, benches, washroom fixtures, etc.) in all guest service area and common areas;

19. proper disposal of face covers / masks / gloves left over by guests and/or staff;

20. sanitization of rooms and other service areas each time a guest leaves;

21. that the kitchen staff follows social distancing norms at the work place and kitchen is sanitized at regular intervals;

22. In case of a suspect or confirmed case in the premises:

a. Place the ill person in an isolation room or area;

b. Provide a mask/face cover till such time he/she is examined by a doctor;

c. Immediately inform the nearest medical facility (hospital/clinic) or call the state or district helpline;

Key measures specific to re-opening of Restaurants and Clubs:

1. Table seating arrangement will ensure a distance of at least six (6) feet between them;

2. fast food restaurants, with standing table arrangement to ensure a distance of eight (8) feet between tables and not more than two (2) guests on each table;

3. takeaways to be encouraged instead of dine-in; Food delivery personnel to leave the packet at the customer's door and not hand over the food to customer directly;

4. staff for home delivery to be screened thermally prior to allowing home delivery;

5. mandatory hand sanitizer dispenser at the entrance;

6. only asymptomatic staff and patrons to be allowed; staff and patrons to be allowed entry only if using face cover/masks; face covers/ masks to be worn at all times inside the restaurant;

7. prominent display of Posters/standees/AV media on preventive measures about COVID-19;

8. adequate manpower shall be deployed by restaurant management for ensuring social distancing norms;

9. additional patrons to be seated in a designated waiting area with norms of social distancing;

10. seating arrangement to be made in such a way that adequate social distancing is maintained. In restaurants, not more than 50% of seating capacity to be permitted;

11. for air-conditioning/ventilation, the guidelines of CPWD shall be followed which inter alia emphasises that the temperature setting of all air conditioning devices should be in the range of 24-30 degrees, relative humidity should be in the range of 40 to 70%, intake of fresh air should be as much as possible and cross ventilation should be adequate;

12. effective and frequent sanitation within the premises shall be maintained with particular focus on lavatories, drinking and hand washing stations/areas;

13. cleaning and regular disinfection (using 1% sodium hypochlorite) of frequently touched surfaces (door knobs, elevator buttons, hand rails, benches, washroom fixtures, etc.) in all guest service area and common areas;

14. proper disposal of face covers / masks / gloves left over by patrons and/or staff should be ensured. 

15. deep cleaning of all washrooms shall be ensured at regular intervals;

16. staff / waiters should wear mask and hand gloves and take other required precautionary measures;

17. contactless mode of ordering and digital mode of payment (using e-wallets) to be encouraged;

18. tables to be sanitized each time customer leaves;

19. in the kitchen, the staff should follow social distancing norms at work place; kitchens area must be sanitized at regular intervals;

20. gaming Arcades/Children play areas (wherever applicable) shall remain closed;

21. in case of suspected or confirmed case of COVID-19 within the premises:

a. place the ill person in a room or area isolated from others;

b. provide a mask/face cover till such time he/she is examined by a doctor;

c. immediately inform the nearest medical facility (hospital/clinic) or call the state or district helpline.

Key measures specific to re-opening of Shopping Malls:

Ensure:

1. provision of hand sanitizer dispenser and thermal screening provisions at the entrance;

2. that only asymptomatic customers and visitors/ workers allowed; everyone to wear face masks;

3. to prominently display AV media on preventive measures about COVID-19;

4. deployment of adequate manpower to ensure social distancing;

5. that any shops, stalls, cafeteria etc., outside and within the premises to follow social distancing norms at all times;

6. thermal screening of staff  for  home  deliveries prior to allowing home deliveries.

7. that number of people in the elevators shall be restricted, duly maintaining social distancing norms;

8. large gatherings/congregations continue to remain prohibited;

9. cleaning  and  regular  disinfection  (using  1%  sodium  hypochlorite) of  frequently touched surfaces (door knobs, elevator buttons, hand rails, benches, washroom fixtures, etc.)

10. that food courts to ensure social distancing norms; contactless mode of payment to be preferred; tables to be sanitized after customers leave;

11. that gaming arcades and children play areas continue to remain closed;

For a detailed read, please refer to the appended Order
MandatoryAllNo end date specifiedYes
Arunachal PradeshClosure of places of worship till 30th June, 202006-06-2020Invoking powers under the Arunachal Pradesh Epidemic (Prevention of Covid-19) Regulations, 2020, the Directorate of Health Services, Arunachal Pradesh in an order dated 6th June, 2020 has stated all religious institutions / places of worship will remain closed in the State till 30th June, 2020.MandatoryReligious Institutions/Places of worship30-06-2020No
PuducherrySOPs for reopening of various Sectors after Lock down as part of the phased re-opening of activities06-06-2020The Department of Revenue and Disaster Management, Puducherry on 6th June, 2020 has released Standard Operating Procedures (“SOPs”) on preventive measures to contain the spread of COVID-19 in offices and allowing Religious Places / Places of worship for public / Hotels, Restaurants and other hospitality services / shopping malls from 8th June, 2020.

The Puducherry Government has adopted the SOPs laid down by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Government of India for the following activities –

• Religious places / places of worship for public

• Hotels, restaurants and other hospitality services

• Shopping malls

Key Highlights –

Generic measures:
i. Physical distancing of at least 6 feet to be followed as far as feasible;

ii. use of face covers/masks to be made mandatory;

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

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

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

vi. Spitting strictly prohibited;

vii. Installation and use of Aarogya Satu app shall be advised to all;

Key specific measures for Offices:
i. Mandatory hand hygiene and thermal screening at entrance;

ii. Only asymptomatic staff/ visitor allowed; residents of Containment Zones to inform supervisory officer and refrain from attending office till containment zone is de-notified and be permitted to work from home (WfH) without being considered to be on leave;

iii. Encourage meeting through video conferencing;

iv. Prominently display Posters/standees/AV media on preventive measures about COVID-19;

v. Stagger office hours, wherever possible;

vi. Mandatory use of face covers / masks along with frequent hand washing and /or use of alcohol-based hand sanitizer. Respiratory etiquettes should be strictly adhered to while sneezing or coughing. Supervisory officer should be informed about any illness at the earliest;

vii. Arrange hand sanitisers, soap and running water in washrooms;

viii. Maintain adequate social distancing while making seating arrangements;

ix. Restrict number of people and maintain social distancing in elevators;

x. Properly dispose face covers / masks / gloves used by all;

xi. Maintain social distancing norms in cafeteria/canteen/dining halls. Make staff / waiters wear mask, hand gloves and take other required precautionary measures. Seating arrangement should ensure minimum 1 meter between patrons;

xii. Drivers living in containment zones should not attend work. Disinfect common surfaces in cars using 1% sodium hypochlorite solution/ spray;

xiii. Upon occurrence of cases among employees, isolate unwell person from others and inform nearest medical facility or call State or District doctor.

xiv. Steps for closure/disinfection of office spaces in the event an employee tests positive:
a. For one or two cases, disinfect places/areas visited by the patient in the last 48 hours. Do not close the entire office building/halt work in other offices of the building.
b. For larger outbreaks, close the entire building/block for 48 hours after thorough disinfection. Allow staff to WfH till adequate disinfection of building/block is carried out and is declared fit for re-occupation.

Key points specific to re-opening religious places:
1. Entrance to have hand sanitizer dispenser and thermal screening provisions;

2. Asymptomatic persons to be allowed;

3. Audio  and  Video  clips  to  spread  awareness on preventive measures for COVID-19 should be regularly played;

4. Shoes/ footwear  to  be  preferably  taken  off  inside  own  vehicle. If needed  they  should  be  kept  in   separate  slots  for  each  individual/family by the persons themselves;

5. Maintain physical distancing of a minimum of 6 feet at all times when queuing up for  entry;

6. People should wash their hand and feet with soap and water before entering the premises;

7. Seating arrangement to be made in such a way that adequate social distancing is  maintained;

8. Touching of statues/idols / holy books etc. not allowed;

9. Avoid physical contact while greeting each other;

10. Common prayer mats should be avoided and devotees should bring their own prayer mat or piece of cloth which they may take back with them;

11. No physical offerings like Prasad/distribution or sprinkling of holy water, etc. to be allowed inside the religious place;

12. Frequent cleaning and disinfection to be maintained by the management;

Key (specific) measures for re-opening of Hotels and other Hospitality Units:
Ensure:
1. hand hygiene (sanitizer dispenser) and thermal screening provisions at entrance; separate entry and exit for staff and guests and goods;

2. that only asymptomatic staff and guests are allowed;

3. that staff and guests are allowed entry only if they wear face cover/masks;

4. that adequate manpower is deployed by ensuring social distancing norms;

5. that staff to wear gloves and take required precautionary measures; 

6. that employees at higher risk i.e. older employees, pregnant employees and employees who have underlying medical conditions, to take extra precautions. They should preferably not be exposed to any front-line work requiring direct contact with the public. Hotel management to facilitate work from home wherever feasible;

7. proper crowd management with social distancing norms;

8. that valet parking (if available) wears face covers/ masks and gloves as appropriate;

9. that physical distancing is maintained while people queue-up for entry and inside the hotel as feasible;

10. restriction on number of people in the elevator with social distancing norms, use of escalators with one person on alternate steps;

11. that details of guest (travel history, medical condition etc.) along with ID and self-declaration  form provided by the guest at the reception;

12. Prominent display of posters/ standees/ AV media on preventive measures about COVID-19;

13. to keep hand sanitizer at the reception for guests;

14. adoption of contactless processes like QR online forms, digital payments like e-wallet etc. for both check-in and check-out;

15. availability of appropriate personal protection gears like face covers/masks, gloves and hand sanitizers etc. by hotel to the staff as well as the guests;

16. that for air-conditioning/ventilation, the guidelines of CPWD is followed which inter alia emphasises that the temperature setting of all air conditioning devices should be in the range of 24-30, relative humidity should be in the range of 40 to 70%, intake of fresh air should be as much as possible and cross ventilation should be adequate;

17. effective and frequent sanitation within the premises shall be maintained with particular focus on lavatories, drinking and hand washing stations/areas;

18. cleaning and regular disinfection (using 1% sodium hypochlorite) of frequently touched surfaces (door knobs, elevator buttons, hand rails, benches, washroom fixtures, etc.) in all guest service area and common areas;

19. proper disposal of face covers / masks / gloves left over by guests and/or staff;

20. sanitization of rooms and other service areas each time a guest leaves;

21. that the kitchen staff follows social distancing norms at the work place and kitchen is sanitized at regular intervals;

22. In case of a suspect or confirmed case in the premises:
a. Place the ill person in an isolation room or area;
b. Provide a mask/face cover till such time he/she is examined by a doctor;
c. Immediately inform the nearest medical facility (hospital/clinic) or call the state or district helpline;

Key measures specific to re-opening of Restaurants:
1. Takeaways to be encouraged instead of dine-in; Food delivery personnel to leave the packet at the customer's door and not hand over the food to customer directly;

2. Staff for home delivery to be screened thermally prior to allowing home delivery;

3. Mandatory hand sanitizer dispenser at the entrance;

4. Only asymptomatic staff and patrons to be allowed; staff and patrons to be allowed entry only if using face cover/masks; face covers/ masks to be worn at all times inside the restaurant;

5. Prominent display of Posters/standees/AV media on preventive measures about COVID-19;

6. Adequate manpower shall be deployed by restaurant management for ensuring social distancing norms;

7. Additional patrons to be seated in a designated waiting area with norms of social distancing;

8. Seating arrangement to be made in such a way that adequate social distancing is maintained. In restaurants, not more than 50% of seating capacity to be permitted;

9. For air-conditioning/ventilation, the guidelines of CPWD shall be followed which inter alia emphasises that the temperature setting of all air conditioning devices should be in the range of 24-30 degrees, relative humidity should be in the range of 40 to 70%, intake of fresh air should be as much as possible and cross ventilation should be adequate;

10. Effective and frequent sanitation within the premises shall be maintained with particular focus on lavatories, drinking and hand washing stations/areas;

11. Cleaning and regular disinfection (using 1% sodium hypochlorite) of frequently touched surfaces (door knobs, elevator buttons, hand rails, benches, washroom fixtures, etc.) in all guest service area and common areas;

12. Proper disposal of face covers / masks / gloves left over by patrons and/or staff should be ensured. 

13. Deep cleaning of all washrooms shall be ensured at regular intervals;

14. Staff / waiters should wear mask and hand gloves and take other required precautionary measures;

15. Contactless mode of ordering and digital mode of payment (using e-wallets) to be encouraged;

16. Tables to be sanitized each time customer leaves;

17. In the kitchen, the staff should follow social distancing norms at work place; kitchens area must be sanitized at regular intervals;

18. Gaming Arcades/Children play areas (wherever applicable) shall remain closed;

19. In case of suspected or confirmed case of COVID-19 within the premises:
a. Place the ill person in a room or area isolated from others;
b. Provide a mask/face cover till such time he/she is examined by a doctor;
c. Immediately inform the nearest medical facility (hospital/clinic) or call the state or district helpline.

Key measures specific to re-opening of Shopping Malls:
Ensure:
1. Provision of hand sanitizer dispenser and thermal screening provisions at the entrance;

2. Asymptomatic customers and visitors/ workers allowed; everyone to wear face masks;

3. Prominently display AV media on preventive measures about COVID-19;

4. Deployment of adequate manpower to ensure social distancing;

5. Any shops, stalls, cafeteria etc., outside and within the premises to follow social distancing norms at all times;

6. Thermal screening of staff  for  home  deliveries prior to allowing home deliveries.

7. Number of people in the elevators shall be restricted, duly maintaining social distancing norms;

8. Large gatherings/congregations continue to remain prohibited;

9. Cleaning  and  regular  disinfection  (using  1%  sodium  hypochlorite) of  frequently touched surfaces (door knobs, elevator buttons, hand rails, benches, washroom fixtures, etc.)

10. Food courts to ensure social distancing norms; contactless mode of payment to be preferred; tables to be sanitized after customers leave;

11. gaming arcades and children play areas to remain closed; 
MandatoryHotels/other hospitality services, restaurants, shopping malls, religious and other places of worshipNo end date specifiedNo
PunjabPUNJAB ALLOWS ALL PRIVATE (NON–TRANSPORT) AND PUBLIC SERVICE VEHICLES TO OPERATE FROM 5 AM TO 9 PM, SUBJECT TO STRICT RIDERS06-06-2020In a bid to provide much needed respite to the citizen of the state to travel from one place to other to discharge their duties, the Punjab Government has allowed all private (non–transport) and public service vehicles to operate from 5 AM to 9 PM, except in the containment zones declared by competent authority, subject to strict riders to stomp out the spread of deadly coronavirus. Earlier e-Rickshaws and Auto Rickshaws, Maxi Cab/ Motor Cab and Private Vehicles (non-transport) were prohibited from plying between 9PM to 5AM upto 30 June 2020 but now the government has decided to provide some relief to the citizens so that they can commute but with only 1 Driver and 2 Passenger and the vehicles must be santized after each trip.

All Public Service Vehicles holding a Stage Carriage Permit shall be allowed to operate on their designated route only with not more than 50% passengers and passengers must wear masks masks.

In case of 2 wheelers 1 Driver along with a maximum of ONE Pillion Rider, who is a minor child or spouse of the driver, is allowed. In case of four-wheelers 1 Driver along with a maximum of TWO Passengers are allowed. Higher occupancy up to the maximum capacity of a vehicle is permitted only in case all the occupants belong to a single family (parents, spouse and children only).

People violating the abovementioned guidelines will be prosecuted under relevant Provisions of National Disaster Management Act 2005, IPC and Motor Vehicle Act 1988.
MandatoryAll No end date specifiedNo
GujaratCM announces Rs.14,000-crore ‘Gujarat Atmanirbhar Package’ for farmers, traders, industry to revive economy from COVID-19 crisis06-06-2020
In a Press Release dated 6th June, 2020 the Gujarat Government has announced a Rs.14,000-crore ‘Gujarat Atmanirbhar Package’ to make farmers, traders, self-employed, professionals, industrialists self-reliant and to revive the state’s economy from the COVID-19 crisis evolved due to lockdown.
The package intends to make various contributors of economy self-reliant in the form of assistance and incentives, subsidy, exemptions, payment of taxes, including GST and VAT, extension of dates of payment, arrears of electricity and water bills, property tax, moratorium, etc.
AdvisoryAllNo end date specifiedNo
ChhattisgarhChandigarh Govt. allows public parks / gardens / places of worship/ religious places / take-aways in restaurants to open in non-containment zones since 8th June, 2020 06-06-2020The General Administration Department, Chhattisgarh in an Order dated 6th June, 2020 has permitted the following additional activities in the State from 8th June, 2020 onwards -

1. Public parks / gardens.

2. Places of worship/ Religious places as per SOP issued by the Government.

3. Only outdoor activities in clubs allowed.

4. Outdoor sporting activities allowed.

5. Hotels allowed by following SOPs issued by the Government.

6. No permission will be given to open and operate shopping malls.

7. Only take-aways allowed in restaurants by obtaining prior permission.
 
If any area is declared as a containment zone, then the above mentioned activities will be stopped and only essential services will be allowed.
MandatoryAmusement and HospitalityNo end date specifiedNo
MeghalayaMeghalaya Gov issues SOP to prevent the spread of COVID 19 in religious places/places of worship06-06-2020In an Order dated 6th June, 2020 the Political Department of Government of Meghalaya (“Department”) has issued Standard Operating Procedure (“SOP”) on preventive measures to contain the spread of COVID 19 in religious places/places of worship.

The present Order is issued in suppression of a previous Order No. POL.85/2020/Pt I/111 dated 5th June, 2020.

Considering the fact that religious places/places of worship are frequented by a large number of people for spiritual solace, the present Order outlines various generic precautionary measures which have to be adopted in addition to specific measures to be taken at particular places in order to prevent the spread of the pandemic.

Key Highlights:

1. Entrance to have sanitizer dispenser and thermal screening provisions;

2. Only asymptomatic persons shall be allowed in the premises;

3. Persons entering should use face covers/ masks;

4. Shoes/ footwear to be taken off inside own vehicle;

5. Any shops, stalls, cafeteria etc, outside and within the premises to follow social distancing norms at all times;

6. Maintain physical distancing norms of 5 feet at all times while queuing up to enter;

7. People to wash their hands with soap and water before entering;

8. Seating arrangement to be made in a way to ensure adequate social distancing;

9. Touching of holy books/ statutes not allowed;

10. Common prayer mats should be avoided and devotees to bring their own prayer mat or piece of cloth;

11. No physical offerings like Prasad/ distribution or sprinkling of holy water etc. should be allowed inside the religious place;

12. As far as practicable, live streaming of services, prayers and other rituals can be adopted by all religious organisations to cater to older people, children and persons with co-morbidities;

For a detailed read, please refer to the attached Order.
MandatoryReligious places/ places of worshipNo end date specifiedNo
MeghalayaMeghalaya Government permits re-opening of religious places /places of worship from 14th June, 202006-06-2020In an Order dated 6th June, 2020 the Political Department, Government of Meghalaya (“Department”) has permitted religious places/places of worship to re-open in the State from 14th June, 2020.

Please note:

1. The permission is subject to adherence of Guidelines prescribed by the Ministry of Home Affairs, Government of India.

2. All religious organisations must intimate the Deputy Commissioner and adhere to the Standard Operating Procedure issued by the Department on 6th June, 2020.
MandatoryReligious places/ places of worshipNo end date specifiedNo
PuducherryDepartment of Revenue and Disaster Management, Government of Puducherry issues SOPs for operation of hotels, religious places and shopping malls06-06-2020The Department of Revenue and Disaster Management, Government of Puducherry (“Department”) has adopted the Standard Operating Procedures (“SOPs”) issued by Ministry of Health and Family Welfare Department for operation of the following:

a. Hotels and other Hospitality units and Restaurants,
b.Shopping Malls, and
c. Religious and other places of worship

Key Highlights:
SOPs for Hotels and other Hospitality Units:

1. Persons above 65 years of age, persons 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. The hotel management has to advise such people accordingly;
2. Physical distancing of at least 6 feet to be followed as far as possible;
3. Use of face covers/masks, mandatory;
4. Entrance to have mandatory hand hygiene (sanitizer dispenser) and thermal screening provisions;
5. Only asymptomatic staff and guests shall be allowed;
6. Staff should wear gloves and take other required precautionary measures;
7. Number of people in the elevators shall be restricted, duly maintaining social distancing norms. Use of escalators with one person on alternate steps may be encouraged;
8. Details of the guest (travel history, medical condition, etc.) along with ID and self-declaration form must be provided by the guest at the reception;
9. Adopt contactless processes like QR Code, online forms, digital payments like e-wallet, etc. for both check-in and check-out;

SOPs for Shopping Malls:
1. Shopping malls in containment zones will remain closed. Only those outside the containment zones is allowed to open;
2. Physical distancing of at least 6 feet to be followed as far as possible;
3. Use of face covers/masks, mandatory;
4. Installation and use of Aarogya Setu app shall be advised to all;
5. Entrance to have mandatory hand hygiene (sanitizer dispenser) and thermal screening provisions;
6. Only asymptomatic customers/visitors shall be allowed;
7. Any shops, stalls, cafeteria, etc., outside and within the premises shall follow social distancing norms at all times;
8. Preferably separate entry and exits for visitors, workers and goods/supplies shall be organized;
9. The staff for home deliveries shall be screened thermally by the shopping mall authorities prior to allowing home deliveries;
10. Number of people in the elevators shall be restricted, duly maintaining social distancing norms;
11. Use of escalators with one person on alternate steps may be encouraged;
13.Large gatherings/congregations prohibited;

SOPs for Religious places/ places of worship:
1. Mandatory hand hygiene (sanitizer dispenser) and thermal screening provisions;
2. Only asymptomatic persons allowed in the premises;
3. Persons to be allowed entry with face masks;
4. Seating arrangement to be made while ensuring social distancing;
5. Touching of statutes/ idols/ holy books etc not allowed;
6. Large gatherings and congregations prohibited;
7. Frequent cleaning and disinfection to be maintained.

For a detailed read, please refer to the appended Order
MandatoryAccommodation and food service activities | Arts, entertainment and recreationNo end date specifiedNO
CentralMinistry of Law and Justice promulgates IBC Ordinance 2020; Bars initiation of Corporate Insolvency Resolution process for a period of 6 months starting 25th March, 202005-06-2020The Ministry of Law and Justice has through a Gazette Notification dated 5th June, 2020 promulgated the Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code (Amendment) Ordinance, 2020. The Ordinance has inserted a new Section 10A along with an Amendment to Section 66 to the Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code, 2016 which essentially bars the initiation of any corporate insolvency resolution process by a Corporate Debtor under Section 7,9 and 10 of the Code along with the appointment of a resolution professional for any defaults committed for a period of six month starting on and from 25th March, 2020.

For a further read of the Ordinance, please refer to the associated document.
MandatoryAllNo end date specifiedNo
NagalandRevised Discharge Policy for COVID19 Confirmed Cases05-06-2020The Directorate of Health and Family Welfare, Nagaland has revised the discharge policy for COVID-19 confirmed cases in the state.
The Policy covers discharge policy for both Asymptomatic and Symptomatic cases.
Please refer to the attachment for details.
MandatoryHospitalsNo end date specifiedNo
ChandigarhList of fines by Chandigarh Administration for violation of guidelines05-06-2020The Health Department, Chandigarh Administration in a notification dated 5th June, 2020 has issued a list of violations along with their respective fines in a view to prevent the spread of COVID-19 infection.

The violations with their fines are mentioned below –

1. For violating home quarantine instructions – Rs. 2000/-

2. For spitting in public place – Rs. 500/-

3. For violating social distancing norms by owners of Shops / Commercial Places – Rs. 500/-

4. For violating social distancing norms by vehicle owners –

a. Buses – Rs. 3000/-
b. Cars – Rs. 2000/-
c. Auto-rickshaw / two wheelers – Rs. 500/-

NOTE – Non payment of the fines by violator will attract proceeding sunder Section 188 of IPC.
MandatoryAll No end date specifiedNo
Central In partial modification of the office order of even number dated 03-05-2020 regarding attending the office05-06-2020The Indian Council of Medical Research (IMCR) in an order dated 5th June, 2020 has directed IMCR officials residing within Delhi to attend office by following all social distancing norms. In addition to that officials appointed as Consultants/Advisors after retirement who are 60 years of age or above need not attend office and should be allowed to work from home along with employees employees with co-morbidities, pregnant women and children below age of 10.
In addition to that heads/scientists/project staff involved in emergency team COVID-19 will continue to attend office
Mandatory IMCRNo end date specifiedNo
Kerala Advisory on COVID-19 community surveillance using rapid antibody tests05-06-2020The Health and Family Welfare Department, Kerala in a notification dated 5th June, 2020 has issued an advisory regarding conducting Rapid Antibody Testing ina view to stop the spread and infection of COVID-19. Detailed guidelines w.r.t. these tests have been issued where groups of community surveillance have been identified along with management of community surveillance using antibody testing among different population groups.MandatoryAll No end date specifiedNo
ChandigarhSOPs to prevent COVID-19 in offices and allowing religious places for public, malls, other hospitality services etc. from 08.06.202005-06-2020The Health Department, Chandigarh Administration on 5th June, 2020 has released Standard Operating Procedures (“SOPs”) on preventive measures to contain the spread of COVID-19 in offices and allowing Religious Places / Places of worship for public / Hotels, Restaurants and other hospitality services / shopping malls from 8th June, 2020.MandatoryAll No end date specifiedNo
PuducherryValidity of all e-passes and duty passes till the end of lockdown period in Puducherry05-06-2020Puducherry has confirmed the extension of the period of lockdown in Containment Zones of Karaikal District up to 30th June, 2020, while re-opening certain activities in a phased manner outside the Containment Zones.

In order to maintain smooth flow of essential services and supplies and public services during such period, the validity of all “Duty Passes / e-Passes for duty purposes” issued by the District Administration has been extended till 30th June, 2020
MandatoryAll 30-06-2020No
Himachal PradeshOrders issued under S. 144 by DM in Sirmaur05-06-2020The District Magistrate, Sirmaur, Himachal Pradesh has issued an Order dated 5th June, 2020 and rolled out the following instructions for implementation:
1. Dakra Village of Gram panchayat, Burma has been indicated as a hotspot/containment zone.
2. Except chemist shops, all shops and establishments will remain closed inside the cordoned off areas.
3. Banks and all business institutions within the containment zones will remain closed.
4. All essential commodities will be supplied door to door inside the containment zone.
5. Persons residing in the areas will not be assemble/gather /congregate in this place.
6. No person will participate/ organize any function/demonstration.
7. Access to road Burma will remain  open but parking of vehicle will not be allowed.
8. No person/vehicle will be allowed to travel inside the containment zone except for authorized/permitted vehicles.
9. Sanitisation will be carried on in a regular basis.
10. Contravention to the Order will attract penalties under the provisions of the Indian Penal Code, 1860 and the Disaster Management Act,2005.
Mandatory All30-06-2020No
Karnataka Karnataka issues SOPs to be implemented by Hotels and Hospitality services, Restaurants, Shopping malls and religious places as part of phased re-opening of activities05-06-2020The Government of Karnataka has adopted the MoHFW Standard Operating Procedures for re-opening of hotels and other hospitality services, restaurants, shopping malls and religious places/ places of worship.

Key highlights of the SOPs -

1. Physical distancing of at least 6 feet to be followed as far as feasible;

2. Only asymptomatic people to be allowed;

3. Frequent cleaning and effective sanitation of frequently touched surfaces and premises;

4. Mandatory use of face covers/ masks;

5. Frequent hand-washing and use of alcohol-based sanitizers.

6. Following of respiratory etiquettes;

In case the concerned departments prepares own protocol as per assessment of the situation, such SOP needs to be stricter than the ones released by MoHFW.

For a detailed read, please refer to the appended Order.
Mandatory Accommodation and food service activities | Arts, entertainment and recreationNo end date specifiedNo
CentralSupreme Court orders stay on coercive action against employers on MHA order for full payment of wages till 12th June, 202004-06-2020A bench of Supreme Court comprising of Justices Ashok Bhushan, S K Kaul and M R Shah has in an order dated 4th June, 2020 ordered an extension on the stay of any coercive action against employers against failures to make payment of wages in full to their workers by virtue of the MHA order of 29th March, 2020.The stay order will be operative till June 12, 2020 and all concerned parties to the matter have been given the liberty to make their submissions within the next three days.

Background:

The original stay order was going by the Supreme in a matter filed by the Hand Tools Manufacturers Association and Jute Mills Association on 15th May, 2020. Thereafter, the same had been extended again on 26th May, 2020.

The MHA Order of 29th March was challenged as it was seen as unreasonable and arbitrary on the part of the employer since due to the lockdown, all businesses were shut down and it was not possible for employers to continue to bear the burden of paying full salaries to their employees. 
MandatoryAll12-06-2020No
CentralMinistry of Health and Family Welfare (MoHFW) issues SOP on preventive measures to contain the spread of COVID-19 in office spaces04-06-2020The MoHFW has released SOP to prevent and contain the spread of COVID-19 in offices as an outcome of nationwide lockdown till 30th June, 2020 by Ministry of Home Affairs on 30th May, 2020.

The SOP has been segregated into –
(i) Generic preventive measures to be followed at all times;
(ii) Measures specific to offices;
(iii) Measures to be taken on occurrence of case(s) and;
(iv) Disinfection procedures to be implemented in case of occurrence of suspect/confirmed case.

Key Highlights –
i. Minimum distance of 6 feet;
ii. Spitting shall be strictly prohibited;
iii. Installation & use of Aarogya Setu App by employees;
iv. Mandatory hand hygiene and thermal screening at entrance;
v. Residents of containment zones must inform supervisory officer and refrain from attending office till containment zone is de-notified and be permitted to work from home (WfH) without being considered to be on leave;
vi. Encourage meeting through video conferencing;
vii. Prominently display Posters/standees/AV media on preventive measures about COVID-19;
viii. Stagger office hours, wherever possible;
ix. Mandatorily use face covers / masks along with frequent hand washing and /or use of alcohol-based hand sanitizer. Respiratory etiquettes should be strictly adhered to while sneezing or coughing. Supervisory officer should be informed about any illness at the earliest;
x. Arrange hand sanitisers, soap and running water in washrooms;
xi. Maintain adequate social distancing while making seating arrangements;
xii. Restrict number of people and maintain social distancing in elevators;
xiii. Properly dispose face covers / masks / gloves used by all;
xiv. Maintain social distancing norms in cafeteria/canteen/dining halls. Make staff / waiters wear mask, hand gloves and take other required precautionary measures. Seating arrangement should ensure minimum 1 meter between patrons;
xiv. Drivers living in containment zones should not attend work. Disinfect common surfaces in cars using 1% sodium hypochlorite solution/ spray;
xv. Upon occurrence of cases among employees, take the following measures:
(a) Isolate unwell person from others.
(b) Inform nearest medical facility or call State or District doctor.
xvi. Steps for closure/disinfection of office spaces in the event an employee tests positive:
(a) For one or two cases, disinfect places/areas visited by the patient in the last 48 hours. Do not close the entire office building/halt work in other offices of the building.
(b) For larger outbreaks, close the entire building/block for 48 hours after thorough disinfection. Allow staff to WfH till adequate disinfection of building/block is carried out and is declared fit for re-occupation.

For a detailed read, please refer to the associated document.
MandatoryOfficesNo end date specifiedNo
TelanganaTelangana Government Lockdown Orders04-06-20201. With a view to phased reopening of prohibited activities in areas outside
Containment Zones and to consolidate the measures related to lockdown in the state,
the following guidelines are hereby issued in line with those issued by MHA -

The activities below shall remain prohibited throughout the state:
i. Schools, colleges, educational/training/coaching institutions etc.
ii. Metro rail
iii. Cinema halls, gymnasiums, swimming pools, entertainment parks, sports
complexes, theatres, bars and auditoriums, assembly halls and similar places.
iv. Social, political, sports, entertainment, academic, cultural and religious
functions and other large congregations.

2. In areas outside Containment Zones, all other activities permitted prior to
introduction of lockdown measures will be allowed. However, the following activities
shall be allowed with effect from 8th June 2020 with the stipulation of following
Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs)as prescribed by government from time to
time:
i. Religious places/places of worship for public.
ii. Hotels, restaurants and other hospitality services.
iii. Shopping malls (other than gaming centres and cinema halls)

3. There shall be restriction on movement of persons (other than for accessing
emergency medical care) from 9 PM to 5 AM. No shops/establishments, except
hospitals and pharmacies, will remain open after 8.30 PM.

4. There shall be no restriction on inter-state and intra-state movement of persons
and goods. No separate permission will be required for such movements.

5. Wearing of face cover/mask shall be compulsory in public places, in workplaces
and in means of transport. Individuals must maintain social distancing in public
places. Frequent sanitization of workplaces including common facilities and points that come into human contact will be ensured.

6. Large public gatherings/congregations shall remain prohibited. However,
marriage related gatherings shall be permitted with a maximum of 50 participants.
Funeral/last rites related gatherings shall be permitted with a maximum of 20
participants.

7. 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.

8. In respect of Containment Zones, strict lockdown shall be in force till 30th June
2020. Only essential activities shall be permitted. 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.
MandatoryAll30-06-2020No
CentralSEBI by a Circular dated June 4, 2020, further extends the timelines for regulatory filings by all AIFs and VCFs for the months ending March, April, May and June 2020, as applicable by August 07, 202004-06-2020SEBI by a recent Circular dated June 4, 2020, further extended the timelines for regulatory filings for Alternative Investment Funds (AIFs) and Venture Capital Funds (VCFs).
 
This Circular states that in the light of COVID-19, a need has been felt to further extend the timelines for regulatory filings for AIFs and VCFs and therefore SEBI extends timelines stating that AIFs and VCFs may submit the regulatory filings for the months ending March, April, May and June 2020, as applicable, on or before August 07, 2020.

In this Circular, SEBI referred to its earlier Circular No.SEBI/HO/IMD/DF1/CIR/P/2020/58, dated March 30, 2020, by which SEBI had extended the due date for regulatory filings for AIFs and VCFs for the periods ending March 31, 2020 and April 30, 2020 by two months, over and above the timelines prescribed under SEBI (Alternative Investment Funds) Regulations, 2012 and circulars issued thereunder.

The Circular has been issued under Section 11(1) of the Securities and Exchange Board of India Act, 1992 and has come into force with immediate effect.

This Circular is available on SEBI website at www.sebi.gov.in under the categories “Legal Framework” and under the drop down “Circulars” and "Info for - Alternative Investment Funds”.
MandatoryAll AIFs and VCFsMultiple timelines for different actionablesYes
CentralMinistry of Health and Family Welfare (MoHFW) issues SOP on preventive measures to contain the spread of COVID-19 in Restaurants04-06-2020The MoHFW has released SOP to prevent and contain the spread of COVID-19 in Restaurants as an outcome of nationwide lockdown till 30th June, 2020 by Ministry of Home Affairs on 30th May, 2020.
The SOP provides for generic and specific preventive measures to be followed the restaurants outside the containment zones which have been allowed to operate. Restaurants inside containment zones will not be allowed to open.
Key Highlights –
i. Takeaways to be encouraged, instead of Dine-In
ii. Mandatory hand hygiene and thermal screening at entrance;
iii. Only asymptomatic staff and patrons shall be allowed.
iv. Prominently display Posters/standees/AV media on preventive measures about COVID-19;
v. Cleaning and regular disinfection (using 1% sodium hypochlorite) of frequently touched surfaces (door knobs, elevator buttons, hand rails, benches, washroom
fixtures, etc.) to be made mandatory in all guest service area and common areas
vi. Stagger office hours, wherever possible;
vii. Minimum distance of 6 feet;
viii. Spitting shall be strictly prohibited;
x. Installation & use of Aarogya Setu App by employees;
xi. Mandatorily use face covers / masks along with frequent hand washing and /or use of alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
xii. Respiratory etiquettes should be strictly adhered to while sneezing or coughing.

For further details please refer the attached document titled “SOP for  Restaurants”
MandatoryRestaurantsNo end date specifiedNo
CentralIRDAI extends timeline for Insurers for making Public Disclosures on the Company websites04-06-2020IRDAI issued Circular dated 4th June 2020 extending the timeline for Insurers to make Public Disclosures on financial and other matters (Balance Sheet, Profit & Loss Account, Revenue Account and Key Analytical Ratios) on the Organisation's website for Quarter ending March 2020 as required by previously issued Circular No. IRDA/F&I/CIR/F&A/012/01/2010 titled "Public Disclosures by Insurers" (attached). It is clarified that the time limit for ensuring quarterly compliance with the Circular No. IRDA/F&I/CIR/F&A/012/01/2010 regarding Public Disclosures on websites by Insurers for the period ending 31st March 2020 has been extended by 30 days. MandatoryInsurers14-06-2020Yes
CentralSOP on preventive measures to contain spread of COVID-19 in Religious Places/Places of Worship04-06-2020 The Ministry of Health and Family Welfare has issued a SOP on preventive measures to contain spread of COVID-19 in religious places/places of worship.
The document outlines various generic precautionary measures to be adopted in addition to specific measures to be taken at particular places to prevent spread of COVID-19.
Person above 65 years of age, persons with comorbidities, pregnant woman and children below the age of 10 years are advised to stay at home. Organisations managing the religious institutions to advise accordingly.
There are a list of measures mentioned in the document
MandatoryNoneNo end date specifiedNo
CentralThe Ministry of Health and Family Welfare issues SOP For Preventing COVID-19 Spread In Shopping Malls04-06-2020The Ministry of Health and Family Welfare has through an Order dated 4th June, 2020 issued a Standard Operating Procedure to be followed by shopping malls as they are set to restart operations in non-containment zones across the country from June 8. The Health Ministry stressed that social distancing and other preventive measures were necessary to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in malls, that are frequented by a large number of people.

Further Persons above 65 years of age, pregnant women, persons with co-morbidities, and children less than 10 years of age have been advised not to visit malls. The installation and the use of the Aarogya Setu app have been encouraged as well.

The key highlights for some of arrangements that are required to be put in place by shopping malls have been listed below:

i. Entrance to have mandatory hand hygiene (sanitizer dispenser) and thermal screening provisions.
ii. Only asymptomatic customers/visitors shall be allowed.
iii. All workers/customers/visitors to be allowed entry only if using face cover/masks. iv. The face cover/masks have to be worn at all times inside the shopping mall.
v. Posters/standees/AV media on preventive measures about COVID-19 to be displayed prominently.
vi. Staggering of visitors to be done, if possible.
vii. Gaming Arcades shall remain closed.
viii.Children Play Areas shall remain closed.
ix. Cinema halls inside shopping malls shall remain closed.
x. Deep cleaning of all washrooms shall be ensured at regular intervals.
MandatoryAllNo end date specifiedNo
CentralRBI extends timeline for compliance with various payment system requirements in view of COVID 19 pandemic; also defers coming into force of circular on Enhancing Security of Card Transactions04-06-2020In a Notification dated June 04, 2020 directed to All Scheduled Commercial Banks, including Regional Rural Banks / Urban Co-operative Banks / State Co-operative Banks / District Central Co-operative Banks / Payments Banks / Small Finance Banks / Local Area Banks / Non-Bank PPI issuers / Authorised Payment System Participants / Operators, the Reserve Bank of India has granted extension of timeline for compliance with various payment system requirements.

The relaxations have been granted in view of the prevailing COVID 19 pandemic situation.
MandatoryAll Scheduled Commercial Banks, including Regional Rural Banks / Urban Co-operative Banks / State Co-operative Banks / District Central Co-operative Banks / Payments Banks / Small Finance Banks / Local Area Banks / Non-Bank PPI issuers / Authorised Payment System Participants / OperatorsNo end date specifiedYes
CentralMoHFW issues SOP on preventive measures to be adopted  in Hotels and Other Hospitality Units to contain the spread of COVID-1904-06-2020Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, GOI has issued Standard Operating Procedures to prevent and contain the spread of COVID-19 in Hotels and other hospitality units to contain the spread of COVID-19, while re-opening in consonance with the MHA Unlock 1.0 Order:

Key Highlights -

1. All hotels and other hospitality units must take suitable measures to restrict any further transmission of COVID-19 while providing accommodation and other tourist services;

2. Hotels in containment zones shall remain closed. Only those outside containment zones will be allowed to open up;

3.  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.  Hotel management to advise accordingly;

4. Generic measures:
i. Physical distancing of at least 6 feet to be followed as far as feasible;
ii. use of face covers/masks to be made mandatory;
iii. Frequent hand washing with soap (for at least 40-60 seconds) even when hands are not visibly dirty. Use of alcohol-based hand sanitizers (for at least 20 seconds) wherever feasible;
iv. Respiratory etiquettes to be strictly followed;  involves strict practice of covering one’s mouth and nose while coughing/sneezing with a tissue/handkerchief/flexed elbow and disposing off used tissues properly.
v. Self-monitoring of health by all and reporting any illness at the earliest to State and District helpline;
vi. Spitting strictly prohibited;
vii. Installation and use of Aarogya Setu app shall be advised to all;

5. Hotels to ensure:
i.  hand hygiene (sanitizer dispenser) and thermal screening provisions at entrance; seperate entry and exit for staff and guests and goods;

ii. that only asymptomatic staff and guests are allowed;

iii. that staff and guests are allowed entry only if they wear face cover/masks;

iv. adequate manpower to be deployed by ensuring social distancing norms;

v. staff to wear gloves and take required precautionary measures; 

vi. employees at higher risk i.e. older employees, pregnant employees and employees who have underlying medical conditions, to take extra precautions. They should preferably not be exposed to any front-line work requiring direct contact with the public. Hotel management to facilitate work from home wherever feasible;

vii. proper crowd management with social distancing norms;

viii. valet parking (if available) with face covers/ masks and gloves as appropriate;

ix. physical distancing while queing up for entry and inside the hotel as feasible;

x. restriction on number of people in the elevator with social distancing norms, use of escalators with one person on alternate steps;

xi. details of guest (travel history, medical condition etc.) along with ID and self-declaration  form provided by the guest at the reception;

xii. Prominent display of posters/ standees/ AV media on preventive measures about COVID-19;

xiii. Keep handsanitizer at the reception for guests;

xiv. Adoption of contactless processes like QR online forms, digital payments like e-wallet etc. for both check-in and check-out;

xv. Disinfection of luggage before sending the same to rooms;

xvi. that guests at higher risk  i.e. those who are older, pregnant or those who have underlying medical conditions are advised to take extra precautions;

xvii. that guests are advised not to visit Containment Zones, areas;

xviii. availablity of appropriate personal protection gears like face covers/masks, gloves and hand sanitizers etc. by hotel to the staff as well as the guests;

xix. that inside restaurants:
a. seating arrangement is made considering social distancing;

b. disposable menus are used;

c. good quality disposable paper napkin is used instead of cloth napkins;

d. contactless mode of ordering and digital mode of payment (using e-wallets) is encouraged;

e. Buffet service with social distancing norms;

xx. room service or takeaways to be encouraged instead of dine-in;

xxi. room service, communication between guests and in-house staff should be through intercom/ mobile phone and room service (if any) should be provided while maintaining adequate social distance;

xxii. gaming Arcades/ Children play areas (wherever applicable) remains closed;

xxiii. that for air-conditioning/ventilation, the guidelines of CPWD is followed which inter alia emphasises that the temperature setting of all air conditioning devices should be in the range of 24-30, relative humidity should be in the range of 40 to 70%, intake of fresh air should be as much as possible and cross ventilation should be adequate;

xxiv. effective and frequent sanitation within the premises shall be maintained with particular focus on lavatories, drinking and hand washing stations/areas;

xxv. cleaning and regular disinfection (using 1% sodium hypochlorite) of frequently touched surfaces (door knobs, elevator buttons, hand rails, benches, washroom fixtures, etc.) in all guest service area and common areas;

xxvi. proper disposal of face covers / masks / gloves left over by guests and/or staff;

xxvii. deep cleaning of washrooms at regular intervals;

xxviii. sanitization of rooms and other service areas each time a guest leaves;

xxix. that the kitchen staff follows social distancing norms at the work place and kitchen is santized at regular intervals;

6. In case of a suspect or confirmed case in the premises:

a. Place the ill person in an isolation room or area;

b. Provide a mask/face cover till such time he/she is examined by a doctor;

c. Immediately inform the nearest medical facility (hospital/clinic) or call the state or district helpline;

For a more detailed read, refer to the appended document
MandatoryHospitalityNo end date specifiedNo
Andhra PradeshAndhra Pradesh issues Standard Operating Procedures to be implemented during the phased re-opening of activities04-06-2020Andhra Pradesh has issued Standard Operating Procedures to be implemented (in order to prevent and contain the spread of COVID-19), as part of the phased re-opening of activities (outside Containment Zones), in consonance with the MHA Unlock 1.0 Order; starting 08th of June, 2020:

Key Highlights:

Generic measures:

i. Physical distancing of at least 6 feet to be followed as far as feasible;
ii. use of face covers/masks to be made mandatory;
iii. Frequent hand washing with soap (for at least 40-60 seconds) even when hands are not visibly dirty. Use of alcohol-based hand sanitizers (for at least 20 seconds) wherever feasible;
iv. Respiratory etiquettes to be strictly followed; involves strict practice of covering one’s mouth and nose while coughing/sneezing with a tissue/handkerchief/flexed elbow and disposing off used tissues properly.
v. Self-monitoring of health by all and reporting any illness at the earliest to State and District helpline;
vi. Spitting strictly prohibited;
vii. Installation and use of Aarogya Setu app shall be advised to all;

Key specific measures for Offices:

1. Mandatory hand hygiene and thermal screening at entrance;

2. Only asymptomatic staff/ visitor allowed; residents of Containment Zones to inform supervisory officer and refrain from attending office till containment zone is de-notified and be permitted to work from home (WfH) without being considered to be on leave;

3. Encourage meeting through video conferencing;

4. Prominently display Posters/standees/AV media on preventive measures about COVID-19;

5. Stagger office hours, wherever possible;

6. Mandatory use of face covers / masks along with frequent hand washing and /or use of alcohol-based hand sanitizer. Respiratory etiquettes should be strictly adhered to while sneezing or coughing. Supervisory officer should be informed about any illness at the earliest;

7. Arrange hand sanitisers, soap and running water in washrooms;

8. Maintain adequate social distancing while making seating arrangements;

9. Restrict number of people and maintain social distancing in elevators;

10. Properly dispose face covers / masks / gloves used by all;

11. Maintain social distancing norms in cafeteria/canteen/dining halls. Make staff / waiters wear mask, hand gloves and take other required precautionary measures. Seating arrangement should ensure minimum 1 meter between patrons;

12. Drivers living in containment zones should not attend work. Disinfect common surfaces in cars using 1% sodium hypochlorite solution/ spray;

13. Upon occurrence of cases among employees, take the following measures:
a. Isolate unwell person from others.
b. Inform nearest medical facility or call State or District doctor.

14. Steps for closure/disinfection of office spaces in the event an employee tests positive:
a. For one or two cases, disinfect places/areas visited by the patient in the last 48 hours. Do not close the entire office building/halt work in other offices of the building.
b. For larger outbreaks, close the entire building/block for 48 hours after thorough disinfection. Allow staff to WfH till adequate disinfection of building/block is carried out and is declared fit for re-occupation.

Key (specific) measures for re-opening of Hotels and other Hospitality Units:
Ensure:

1. hand hygiene (sanitizer dispenser) and thermal screening provisions at entrance; separate entry and exit for staff and guests and goods;

2. that only asymptomatic staff and guests are allowed;

3. that staff and guests are allowed entry only if they wear face cover/masks;

4. that adequate manpower is deployed by ensuring social distancing norms;

5. that staff to wear gloves and take required precautionary measures; 

6. that employees at higher risk i.e. older employees, pregnant employees and employees who have underlying medical conditions, to take extra precautions. They should preferably not be exposed to any front-line work requiring direct contact with the public. Hotel management to facilitate work from home wherever feasible;

7. proper crowd management with social distancing norms;

8. that valet parking (if available) wears face covers/ masks and gloves as appropriate;

9. that physical distancing is maintained while people queue-up for entry and inside the hotel as feasible;

10. restriction on number of people in the elevator with social distancing norms, use of escalators with one person on alternate steps;

11. that details of guest (travel history, medical condition etc.) along with ID and self-declaration  form provided by the guest at the reception;

12. Prominent display of posters/ standees/ AV media on preventive measures about COVID-19;

13. to keep hand sanitizer at the reception for guests;

14. adoption of contactless processes like QR online forms, digital payments like e-wallet etc. for both check-in and check-out;

15. availability of appropriate personal protection gears like face covers/masks, gloves and hand sanitizers etc. by hotel to the staff as well as the guests;

16. that for air-conditioning/ventilation, the guidelines of CPWD is followed which inter alia emphasises that the temperature setting of all air conditioning devices should be in the range of 24-30, relative humidity should be in the range of 40 to 70%, intake of fresh air should be as much as possible and cross ventilation should be adequate;

17. effective and frequent sanitation within the premises shall be maintained with particular focus on lavatories, drinking and hand washing stations/areas;

18. cleaning and regular disinfection (using 1% sodium hypochlorite) of frequently touched surfaces (door knobs, elevator buttons, hand rails, benches, washroom fixtures, etc.) in all guest service area and common areas;

19. proper disposal of face covers / masks / gloves left over by guests and/or staff;

20. sanitization of rooms and other service areas each time a guest leaves;

21. that the kitchen staff follows social distancing norms at the work place and kitchen is sanitized at regular intervals;

22. In case of a suspect or confirmed case in the premises:

a. Place the ill person in an isolation room or area;

b. Provide a mask/face cover till such time he/she is examined by a doctor;

c. Immediately inform the nearest medical facility (hospital/clinic) or call the state or district helpline;

Key measures specific to re-opening of Restaurants:

1. Takeaways to be encouraged instead of dine-in; Food delivery personnel to leave the packet at the customer's door and not hand over the food to customer directly;

2. Staff for home delivery to be screened thermally prior to allowing home delivery;

3. Mandatory hand sanitizer dispenser at the entrance;

4. Only asymptomatic staff and patrons to be allowed; staff and patrons to be allowed entry only if using face cover/masks; face covers/ masks to be worn at all times inside the restaurant;

6. Prominent display of Posters/standees/AV media on preventive measures about COVID-19;

7. Adequate manpower shall be deployed by restaurant management for ensuring social distancing norms;

8. Additional patrons to be seated in a designated waiting area with norms of social distancing;

9. Seating arrangement to be made in such a way that adequate social distancing is maintained. In restaurants, not more than 50% of seating capacity to be permitted;

10. For air-conditioning/ventilation, the guidelines of CPWD shall be followed which inter alia emphasises that the temperature setting of all air conditioning devices should be in the range of 24-30 degrees, relative humidity should be in the range of 40 to 70%, intake of fresh air should be as much as possible and cross ventilation should be adequate;

11. Effective and frequent sanitation within the premises shall be maintained with particular focus on lavatories, drinking and hand washing stations/areas;

12. Cleaning and regular disinfection (using 1% sodium hypochlorite) of frequently touched surfaces (door knobs, elevator buttons, hand rails, benches, washroom fixtures, etc.) in all guest service area and common areas;

13. Proper disposal of face covers / masks / gloves left over by patrons and/or staff should be ensured. 

14. Deep cleaning of all washrooms shall be ensured at regular intervals;

15. Staff / waiters should wear mask and hand gloves and take other required precautionary measures;

16. Contactless mode of ordering and digital mode of payment (using e-wallets) to be encouraged;

17. Tables to be sanitized each time customer leaves;

18. In the kitchen, the staff should follow social distancing norms at work place; kitchens area must be sanitized at regular intervals;

19. Gaming Arcades/Children play areas (wherever applicable) shall remain closed;

20. In case of suspected or confirmed case of COVID-19 within the premises:

a. Place the ill person in a room or area isolated from others;

b. Provide a mask/face cover till such time he/she is examined by a doctor;

c. Immediately inform the nearest medical facility (hospital/clinic) or call the state or district helpline.

Key measures specific to re-opening of Shopping Malls:
Ensure:
1. Provision of hand sanitizer dispenser and thermal screening provisions at the entrance;

2. Asymptomatic customers and visitors/ workers allowed; everyone to wear face masks;

3. Prominently display AV media on preventive measures about COVID-19;

4. Deployment of adequate manpower to ensure social distancing;

5. Any shops, stalls, cafeteria etc., outside and within the premises to follow social distancing norms at all times;

6. Thermal screening of staff  for  home  deliveries prior to allowing home deliveries.

7. Number of people in the elevators shall be restricted, duly maintaining social distancing norms;

8. Large gatherings/congregations continue to remain prohibited;

9. Cleaning  and  regular  disinfection  (using  1%  sodium  hypochlorite) of  frequently touched surfaces (door knobs, elevator buttons, hand rails, benches, washroom fixtures, etc.)

10. Food courts to ensure social distancing norms; contactless mode of payment to be preferred; tables to be sanitized after customers leave;

11. gaming arcades and children play areas to remain closed;

Key points specific to re-opening religious places:

1. Entrance to have hand sanitizer dispenser and thermal screening provisions;

2. Asymptomatic persons to be allowed;

3. Audio  and  Video  clips  to  spread  awareness on preventive measures for COVID-19 should be regularly played;

4. Shoes/ footwear  to  be  preferably  taken  off  inside  own  vehicle. If needed  they  should  be  kept  in 
separate  slots  for  each  individual/family by the persons themselves;

5. Maintain physical distancing of a minimum of 6 feet at all times when queuing up for  entry;

6. People should wash their hand and feet with soap and water before entering the premises;

7. Seating arrangement to be made in such a way that adequate social distancing is  maintained;

8. Touching of statues/idols / holy books etc. not allowed;

9. Avoid physical contact while greeting each other;

10. Common prayer mats should be avoided and devotees should bring their own prayer mat or piece of cloth which they may take back with them;

11. No physical offerings like Prasad/distribution or sprinkling of holy water, etc. to be allowed inside the religious place;

12. Frequent cleaning and disinfection to be maintained by the management;

For a detailed read, please refer to the appended Order
MandatoryAllNo end date specifiedYes
MeghalayaMeghalaya Government issues Standard Operating Procedure for border trade with Bangladesh through Land Customs Stations04-06-2020Meghalaya Government issues Standard Operating Procedure for border trade with Bangladesh through Land Customs Stations.
i. Exporters to submit the list of vehicles alongwith the registration numbers of the vehicles and the names and mobile number of the drivers to be used for export of goods to Bangladesh to respective Deputy Commissioner/Sub Divisional Officers (Civil) in advance.
ii. Vehicles are permitted to have only 1 driver per vehicle.
iii. Drivers must ensure hand and respiratory hygiene as well as mandatorily wear a mask
iv. During Loading of products, exporters must ensure all protocols prescribed by MoHFW are strictly adhered to, including wearing of mask, social distancing, hand hygiene and cough etiquette.
v. Each vehicle is to have a label affixed n the windshield indicating the name of the exporter, nature of goods, quantity being transported and route being followed.
vi. Drivers are to carry packed food so that the vehicle does not have to halt anywhere enroute.
vii. Proper sanitisation of the vehicle is to be ensured before entering Bangladesh and on returning back to India.
viii. Unloading of products at the destination is to be done by Bangladeshi counterparts and the Indian driver must strictly remain inside the vehicle.
ix. Exporters to ensure that the drivers used in the border trade move strictly between  the workplace and residence.
MandatoryLogisticsNo end date specifiedNo
DelhiSOP for all hospitals04-06-2020In  an order dated 4th June, 2020 the Health and Family Welfare Department, Delhi (“Department”) has issued guidelines for streamlining the standard operating procedure for handling COVID 19 positive/suspected patients in COVID hospitals.
The Guidelines lay down the Standard Operating Procedure (“SOP”) for the following:
1. Reception of COVID 19 patients in the hospitals
2. Training/Admission of a patient
3. Treatment and tests at the hospital.
4. Discharge of patient after treatment.
For a detailed read of the SOP, please refer to the attached document.
MandatoryHospitalsNo end date specifiedNo
DelhiCategorisation of beds in the hospitals04-06-2020In an order dated 4th June, 2020 the Health and Family Welfare Department, Government of Delhi (“Department”) has issued a process of categorisation in which the beds in the hospitals have to categorised.
The beds will be categorised in the following categories:
1. Level 4 Beds- equipped with a ventilator.
2. Level 3 beds- equipped with HFNO machine for oxygen supply at 50+Lts/min
3. Level 2 beds- equipped with oxygen supply at 10-15lts per minute
4. Level 1 beds- equipped with normal oxygen supply upto 5lts/min.
5. Level 0 beds- Recover/observation beds, the ordinary hospital beds.

The designated COVID hospitals must upgrade their beds as per the categorisation issued by the Government.
MandatoryHospitalsNo end date specifiedNo
CentralTea Board allows Moratorium of Six (06) months for SPTF borrowers as per RBI  guidelines04-06-2020On account of COVID-19 pandemic, the Tea Board of India in view to reduce burden on Board's SPTF borrowers and to ensure continuity of viable business has allowed a moratorium of 6 months between 1st March, 2020 and 31st August, 2020 on the repayment of half-yearly instalments and payment of monthly interests on their term loans availed by them from the board under the SPTF scheme. This decision has been taken in line with Government of India's initiative and guidelines issued by the RBI. MandatoryTea 31-08-2020No
DelhiCompliance for hospitals w.r.t tracking COVID cases04-06-2020In light of the fact that tracking and monitoring of COVID-19 patients is extremely crucial towards curbing the spread of the COVID-19 virus, the NCT of Delhi has shared a standard reporting format with all nodal officers of COVID-19 hospitals:

Key Compliance Obligations:

The hospitals must ensure:

1. to add the daily admission of positive patients, discharges and changes in bed availability on the reporting portal on a real time basis;

2. to share details of test samples taken and results on the same day that the event takes place against each patient’s details on the reporting portal;

3. that there is no discrepancy in database management;

4. that COVID suspect admissions are kept in separate wards and number of isolation beds dedicated for COVID patients must not be allocated to any suspect patients;

5. that mild or asymptomatic patients are discharged within 24 hours of admission and concerned District Surveillance Officer (DSO) be informed regarding the same;

For a detailed read, please refer to the appended Order.
MandatoryHospitalsNo end date specifiedNo
DelhiCertain hospitals in Delhi directed to reserve beds for Covid positive/ Non-Covid EWS patients04-06-2020The Directorate general of Health Services has in continuation of its earlier Orders, issued a fresh Order dated June 4, 2020, requiring hospitals with a bed strength of fifty (50) or more and which were allotted land at concessional rates, to provide subsidised services and reserve beds for EWS patients.

As per the present Order, such hospitals must-

1. Provide 10% IPD and 25% of total OPD completely free of any charges to eligible patients of EWS category.

2. Earmark/ reserve specified number of beds for EWS patients who are infected with COVID or otherwise. 

The hospitals have been directed to send a compliance report with regard to the number of Covid-19 free beds and Covid-19 and Non-Covid-19 free beds, within 3 days of receipt of the Order.

For the list of hospitals and number of beds specified for reservation, please see the appended order.
MandatoryHospitalsNo end date specifiedNo
CentralGUIDELINES FOR VALIDATION AND BATCH TESTING OF COVID-19 DIAGNOSTIC KITS04-06-2020The Indian Council of Medical Research has taken out GUIDELINES FOR VALIDATION AND BATCH TESTING OF COVID-19 DIAGNOSTIC KITS. Please refer to the Guidelines for the details. AdvisoryDiagnosticsNo end date specifiedNo
West BengalEastern Railways suspends regular train services till 30.6.2020.; goods train and special trains allowed04-06-2020The Eastern Railway has, in a notification dated 4th June, 2020, informed that all mail, express trains and suburban trains have been suspended till 30th June, 2020. However, the Eastern Railways have informed that Railways, being classified as essential services, the running of goods trains and Shramik and Special trains for movement of passengers is permitted. Mandatory All30-06-2020No
Central Ministry of Finance directs penal interest at 1% per month for delayed payment to vendors by buyer organization i.e., not within 10 days after generation of CRAC; applicable to all procurements made from 1st October, 2020.03-07-2020The Government of India in order to promote discipline and timeliness in payment to vendors specially MSME vendors has decided that whenever a Consignee Receipt and Acceptance Certificate (CRAC) is auto generated or issued to buyer and payment is not made under 10 days then the buyer organization will be required to pay penal interest at 1% per month for the delayed payment beyond the prescribed timeline till the date of such payment. Also, the charge of interest will be prorated for the period of delay (Month may be taken as 30 days in all cases).

Further, the amount collected in this regard will be deposited in an account maintained by GeM and the interest will not be paid to the vendor and will be kept by GeM in a separate account which will be used for the education of sellers/buyers etc. or for any other purposes related to GeM.

NOTE - These conditions will be applicable for all procurements made from 1st October, 2020.
Mandatory Organization dealing with MSME vendorsNo end date specified No
MeghalayaPolitical Department, Government of Meghalaya expands list of permitted acitivties w.e.f 8th June, 202003-06-2020The Political Department, Government of Meghalaya has through a notification dated 3rd June, 2020 expanded the list of permitted activities w.e.f 8th June, 2020. The newly added activities include:

1. Border trade with Bangladesh through Land Customs Stations subject to strict compliance of the SOP being issued by the State Government. (Trade through Border Haat not permitted).

2. Opening of shops in shopping complexes/malls (alternate shops on rotation basis).
MandatoryAll30-06-2020No
DelhiDelhi Disaster Management Authority releases additional guidelines for passengers arriving at Delhi via Air/Train/Inter-state bus travel03-06-2020The Delhi Disaster Management Authority has through a notification dated 3rd June, 2020 released additional guidelines for passengers arriving to Delhi via Air/Train/Inter-state bus travel. The additional guidelines state that:

1) All asymptomatic passengers who enter/de-board in NCT of Delhi shall home quarantine themselves for 07 days (in place f 14 days self monitoring of health as mentioned in point no. 9 of the aforesaid guidelines of MoHFW, GoI).

2) In this regard, concerned airport authorities, railway authorities (General Manager, Northern Railway) and transport authorities {Secretary-cum-Commissioner (Transport), GNCTD and MD,DTC} shall provide passenger manifest to the Office of Pr. Secretary (Revenue)-cum-Divisional Commissioner, GNCTD on a daily basis.

3) The office of Pr. Secretary (Revenue)-cum-Divisional Commissioner, GNCTD shall forward the passenger manifest to the respective District Magistrates under whose jurisdiction the passenger resides/stays.

4) The District Magistrates shall ensure that the passengers residing in their jurisdiction remain in home quarantine for 07 days.

5) Sh. K.S. Meena, Spl CEO, DDMA (Mob: 9212034395) is designated as Nodal Officer for this work. 
MandatoryAllNo end date specifiedNo
CentralMinistry of Labour and Employment extends the validity of licenses granted under Contract Labour (R&A) Act, 1970 and  the Inter-State Migrant Workmen (CS&RE) Act, 1979 up to 30th June, 202003-06-2020In light of the continued COVID-19 related lockdown, the Ministry of Labour and Employment (“Ministry”) has extended the validity of licenses granted under Contract Labour (Regulation and Abolition) Act, 1970 and Inter-State Migrant Workmen (Regulation of Employment and Conditions of Service) Act, 1979 till 30th June, 2020.

Previously, the Ministry had extended the validity of licences granted under the above-mentioned Acts up to 31st May, 2020 (for licenses whose renewal fell due in the months of March, April & May 2020).

Now, the Ministry has further extended the validity of the licenses, whose renewal fell or will fall due in the months of March, April, May and June 2020, under the above-mentioned Acts, up to 30th June 2020.

For a detailed read, please refer to the appended Order
MandatoryAll30-06-2020No
CentralMinistry of Labour and Employment grants further extension to the last date of filing Unified Annual Return under 8 Labour Laws for 2019, till 30th June, 202003-06-2020The Ministry of Labour and Employment (“Ministry”) has granted a further extension to the last date for filing Unified online Annual Return (“Annual Return”) under the following labour laws:

a. The Payment of Wages Act, 1936

b. The Minimum Wages Act, 1948

c. The Contract Labour (Regulation & Abolition) Act, 1970

d. The Inter-State Migrant Workmen (RE&CS) Act, 1979

e. The Maternity Benefit Act, 1961

f. The Industrial Disputes Act 1947

g. Payment of Bonus Act, 1965, and

h. The Building and Other Construction workers (Regulation of Employment & Conditions of Service) Act, 1996

Previously, the Ministry had extended the date of filing Annual Return up to 30th April, 2020. Now, the last date for filing the Annual Return has been extended upto 30th June, 2020.

For a detailed read, please refer to the appended Order
MandatoryAll30-06-2020No
ChandigarhChandigarh Administration exempts factories from limits on working hours; allows up to 12 hrs a day and 72 hrs a week; No woman to work between 7 p.m. to 6 a.m03-06-2020The Labour Department, Chandigarh Administration, in an Order dated 3rd June, 2020, has exempted factories registered under the Factories Act, 1948 from the limitations of daily and weekly working hours for a period of 3 months.
Under normal circumstances, a factory registered under the Factories Act, 1948 can make a worker work as per the following conditions:

1. Not more than 9 hrs a day;
2. Not more than 48 hours a week; and
3. On a given working day a worker cannot be made to work more than 5 hours continuously, before a break of at least half an hour is provided.

With this Order, the Chandigarh Administration has exempted such factories from the above limitations in the Union Territory of Chandigarh, subject to the following conditions:

1. No worker can be allowed or required to work for more than 12 hours in any day;

2. No worker can be allowed or required to work for more than 72 hours in any week;

3. The periods of work shall be so set that no worker works for more than 6 hours continuously without a break of at
least half an hour; and

4. No female worker can be allowed or required to work between 7 p.m. to 6 a.m. 
AdvisoryFactories02-09-2020Yes
Gujarat Gujarat Government grants more relaxations to economic activities and daily life activities in Unlock-1 guidelines02-06-2020The Government of Gujarat, in a Press Release, has informed that, in a meeting of core group chaired by the Chief Minister, it has taken the following important decisions in line with the Central Government Order dated 30th May, 2020 and the Guidelines issued by the State Government:

1. No relaxations will be given in the Containment zone except for essential goods and essential services.

2. In areas other than the containment zone, trade and offices can be continued from 8 am to 7 pm.

3. Curfew will be enforced in the entire state from 9 pm to 5 am in the state.

4. ST buses will run with 60% seating capacity across the state instead of regional.

5. Odd even system complete closure for shops across the state.

6. Permission to start offices with rules of social distance.

7. Motorcycles and scooters now allow two people to ride with a family member, wearing a mask is mandatory.

8. Large vehicles-four wheel-SUV can carry driver plus three persons.

9. Permission to start city bus service in the entire state with 50% capacity.

10. Secretariat and government offices will start working normally from Monday 1st June.

11. Banks across the state, including the containment zone, will also be doing full-fledged work from 1st June.

11. Hotels, restaurants, religious places, malls will not be operational till June 8 as per Government of India guidelines.

12. The Health Department will finalize and announce the state’s containment zones.

13. The decision to start educational institutions-schools-colleges-coaching classes, tuition classes will be taken in the month of July as per the guidelines of the Central Government.
MandatoryAll30-06-2020No
MizoramMizoram extends lockdown order till 30th June, 202002-06-2020The Mizoram Government has extended the lockdown in the state till 30th June, 2020. In the Order issued, it has been stated that the International and Inter State borders will remain closed. Entry points at Bairabi, Vairengte and Kanhmun shall be open for movement of vehicles carrying essential commodities and non essential commodities permitted by Home Department. Entry into the state without Government permission as been strictly prohibited.
It has further been mentioned that permits will not be required for the movement of essential commodities and other non essential commodities specifically notified by Home Department.
Shops, business and other establishments have been permitted to operate under  strict adherence to the ‘Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) for Social Distancing’ and are to close by 5PM, except pharmaceutical shops.
Educational & religious institutions and training institutes are to remain closed during this period.
MandatoryAll30-06-2020Yes
HaryanaThe Government of Haryana, Office of the District Magistrate, Rewari issued an Order dated June 2, 2020 prohibiting certain activities as given in the Order in the interest of maintenance of public health, hygiene and safety in view of the COVID-19 pandemic02-06-2020The Government of Haryana, Office of the District Magistrate, Rewari referred to the MHA Government of India Order No. 40-3/2020-DM-1(A) dated 30.05.2020 extending the lockdown period upto 30th June, 2020 in containment zones w.e.f. June 1, 2020 and issued an Order dated June 2, 2020 prohibiting certain activities as given in the Order in the interest of maintenance of public health, hygiene and safety in view of the COVID-19 pandemic, such as the following:
1. The movement of individuals shall remain strictly prohibited between 9-00 PM to 5-00 AM, except for essential activities.
2. Persons above 65 years of age, persons with co-morbidities, pregnant women, and children below the age of 10 years, shall stay at home, except for essential and health purposes.
Further, the Order states that the compliance of this order must be strictly enforced and ensured by all Executive Magistrates and Police Officials on duty and any violation of the same must be strictly dealt with as per Sections of 188, 269 and 270 of the Indian Penal Code, 1860 and Sections 51 to 60 of the Disaster Management Act, 2005.
MandatoryIndividualsNo end date specifiedNo
West BengalNabadiganta Industrial Township Authority releases memo seeking intimation from business owners who intend to re-open their office from 8th June onwards02-06-2020The Nabadiganta Industrial Township Authority has through a memo dated 2nd June, 2020 sought intimation from business owners who intend to re-open their offices from 8th June, 2020 onwards in view of the phase-wise relaxation by the Government of West Bengal. Business owners are required to inform the Nabadiganta Industrial Township Authority through email at info@ndita.org so that NDITA can make necessary arrangement for sanitization of office premises upto the lift lobby.MandatoryAllNo end date specifiedNo
Uttar PradeshUttar Pradesh extends validity of permission for manufacturing alcohol based sanitizers till 31st July, 202002-06-2020Uttar Pradesh Pollution Control Board permitted existing Distillery/ Industrial units to apply on "Nivesh Mitra Portal" for obtaining Consent to Operate and start manufacturing of alcohol based sanitizers through an office Order dated 30th March 2020.

The validity of the earlier office Order was till 31st May, 2020.

The present Order dated 2nd June, 2020 has extended the validity of the existing Consent letter/ certificate to manufacture alcohol based sanitizer till 31st July, 2020.

For a detailed read, please refer to the appended document
MandatoryManufacturing | Human health and social work activities31-07-2020No
OdishaWeekend Shutdown of Government Offices during the month of June for specified Districts in Odisha02-06-2020The General Administration & Public Grievance Department in Odisha has through a Notification dated 2nd June, 2020 directed 11 districts on Odisha to keep the Government Offices closed during weekends i.e. Saturday and Sunday for the month of June.
However essential and emergency services including Medical, Police, fire, telecom and sanitation will not be restricted.
Please refer to the official Notification for further details. 
MandatoryGovernment30-06-2020No
OdishaModification of Odisha Order on Lockdown 5.0.02-06-2020Office of Special Relief Commissioner has modified the Order on Lockdown 5.0.
The following have been partially modified -
1. Weekend Shutdown:
The General Administration & Public Grievance Department in Odisha has through a Notification dated 2nd June, 2020 directed 11 districts on Odisha to keep the Government Offices closed during weekends i.e. Saturday and Sunday for the month of June.
However essential and emergency services including Medical, Police, fire, telecom and sanitation will not be restricted. Only the following activities shall be allowed:
. All medical establishments including hospitals, cllnics, nursing homes,
including medicine stores. Movement of Ambulance and all medical
personnel.
. District and Municipal Administration/ Police/ Fire Services
. Central & State Government officials on emergenry duty
. Telecom services
. Petrol pumps
. PrintandElectronic Media identified by Commissionerate/ District Police
. Water Supply, sanitation and sewerage workers
. Electricity supply and distribution
. Movement of goods and good carriers, whether loaded or unloaded
.  Industrial establishments, factories and construction activities
. Service sector industries, including IT/ ITeS, Hotel & Hospitality units
. AII Agriculture, Hotticulturc & Allied activities
. All Dairyr Fisheries, Animal Husbandry and Allied activities
. Movement of rail and air transport
. Road transport on highways, road movement of transiting vehicles
. Movement of Public Transport, private vehicles and taxis (including cabs by aggregators like Ola, Uber, etc.) to and from airpofts, railway station and bus terminals/ standsl stops, for facilitating movement of
passengers by air, rail and road.
. Marriages and Funerals, with permission of local authority
2. Schools, colleges, other educational training coaching institutions, etc. will remain closed till 31st July,2020. Howeveq conduct of examinations shall be pemitted.
3. The following category of people are advised against outdoor movement, except for essential and health purposes till 30th June, 2O2O.
a. Persons above 65 years of age
b. persons with co-morbidities
c. pregnant women
d. children below the age of 10 years
MandatoryIT/ ITeS, TelecomNo end date specifiedNo
DelhiEnhancing the capacity of CATS Ambulance services as well as Taxi Ambulance services in Delhi02-06-2020In light of the urgent requirement to enhance the capacity of CATS Ambulance and Taxi Ambulance for Covid  and non-Covid patients in the state, the Delhi Disaster Management Authority, in an order dated 2nd June, 2020 has issued the following information under the provisions of the Disaster Management Act, 2005:

1. 328 ambulances along with connected equipments and manpower are requisitioned with immediate effect. The ambulances will e utilised by operators for transporting patients except when required by GNCT of Delhi.

2. All agencies providing taxi ambulances like OLA, Uber, Prakriti have to arrange maximum number of taxi ambulances to cope up with the regularly increasing number of calls to CATS Command Centre, in the interest of public.

3. CATS have to ensure that no call is refused/unanswered.

For a detailed read of the Notification, please refer to the document.
AdvisoryAllNo end date specifiedNo
MeghalayaGovernment of Meghalaya issues order regarding relaxation and prohibition of certain activities02-06-2020The Office of the Deputy Commissioner, East Khasi Hills District, Shillong, Government of Meghalaya, in an Order dated 2nd June, 2020, has allowed certain shops operating from Fixed Premises to open from 3rd June, 2020 (9 a.m. to 6 p.m.), in the Shillong Urban Agglomeration for the following areas:
1) Police Bazaar,
2) G.S.Road,
3) Keating Road,
4) Jail Road,
5) Cantonment Area, and
6) Mortphran.

The shops have been allotted numbers between "1-4" and have been allowed to open on various days as mentioned in the Order.
However, shopping complexes, malls, barber shops, beauty parlours, salons, cyber cafes, gaming parlours, jackpot parlours, teer counter and lottery counter, will remain closed until further orders.

Further, the following have been allowed to remain open daily in the above mentioned areas:
1. Only in-situ construction works including only in-situ workers which shall include labourers, supervisors, contractors, etc., working in the construction site, coming from their residence within the same district. A permission needs to be obtained along with an undertaking.
2. Private Office Establishments with 33% strength. They shall obtain permission and submit an undertaking  and mandatorily comply to the National Directives/SOPs of the Government of India for COVID-19 management and to all the Advisories of the Health and Family Welfare Department.
Mandatory AllNo end date specifiedNo
HaryanaHaryana Labour Welfare Board further extends timeline to deposit Labour Welfare Fund Contribution for the year 2019, up to 30th June, 202002-06-2020The Haryana Labour Welfare Board ("Board"), in a Notification dated 2nd June, 2020, has extended the last date for depositing the Labour Welfare Fund Contribution for the year 2019, up to 30th June, 2020.

Background:
The date as prescribed under the law for payment of the labour welfare fund is 31st December of every year, pertaining to amounts due for that particular year. In a Notification dated 21st January, 2020, the Board had extended the timeline to deposit the amount due for welfare fund for the year 2019 till 31st March, 2020.

Therefore, in this current Notification, the Board has further extended the timeline till 30th June, 2020.
AdvisoryAll30-06-2020Yes
StatesAnalysis of activities permitted post MHA Unlock 1.0 Guidelines dated 30th May, 202001-06-2020This is a State-wise compilation of activities which have been permitted post the MHA Order dated 30th May, 2020 (Unlock 1.0) along with State-specific Guidelines for ease of reference.MandatoryAll30-06-2020No - As this an analysis
OdishaOdisha extends lockdown till June 30th 202001-06-2020The Odisha Government has announced through an Order dated 1st of June, 2020 that the ongoing coronavirus-forced lockdown will continue to remain in effect till June 30,2020 in containment zones.

The Order stated that the movement of individuals shall remain strictly prohibited between 7.00 pm to 5.00 am throughout the State. However, the people associated with the delivery of essential activities are exempted.

The religious places/places of worship to remain closed till June 30. Hotels will be allowed to operate up to 30 per cent capacity and Shopping Malls to remain closed till June 30.

In an attempt to contain the coronavirus outbreak, 11 districts - Ganjam, Puri, Kendrapara, Jajpur, Cuttack, Jagatsinghpur, Nayagarh, Khurda, Bhadrak, Balasore and Balangi will remain shut on Saturdays and Sundays.

The administration will impose fine on people found without masks and sitting in public places.
MandatoryAll30-06-2020Yes
Himachal PradeshThe Government of Himachal Pradesh, has issued guidelines on interstate and intra state movement of persons and goods.01-06-2020The Government of Himachal Pradesh, vide an order dated 01-06-2020, has issued guidelines on interstate and intra state movement of persons and goods.

The key highlights of the update are as follows:

1. Only interstate check post shall be utilised for regulated interstate movement of individuals.
2. An pamphlet with instructions/methods of home quarantine must be distributed to all individuals entering the state at these interstate check posts.
3. District authorities to maintain the list of all individuals who have returned to their districts.
4. No quarantine for asymptomatic travellers who have  undertaken a short duration visit to other state with permit. However if they are symptomatic, they would be tested for covid-19.
5. All interstate travellers must undergo mandatory 14 day period of quarantine and a further 14 day period of surveillance.
6. All interstate travellers who have a travel history from infected cities shall be institutionally quarantined.
7. The list of the infected cities has been provided, included Mumbai, Chennai, Ahmedabad, Kolkata etc.
MandatoryAllNo end date specifiedNo
CentralIncrease in the duration of validity of MEIS/SEIS scrips for the duty credits issued between 01.03.2018 and 30.06.201801-06-2020Directorate General of Foreign Trade (DGFT) has issued Public Notice 08/2015-20 dated 1st June, 2020 to increase the duration of validity of MEIS/SEIS scrips by providing that Duty Credit Scrips issued between 01.03.2018 and 30.06.2018 shall be valid till 30th day of September, 2020.

Also, in MEIS applications which attracted a late cut as on 01.03.2020, the period between 01.03.2020 and 30.06.2020 shall not be counted and the last date for submission of various categories of applications attracting that late cut and the applicable cuts will be accordingly suitable redetermined.

Further for SEIS applications :
I. For the services rendered in FY 2016-17-  the last date of application with 10% late cut would be 30th day of June, 2020 and after that date it would become time barred.
ii.For the services rendered in the FY 2017-18 - 5% late cut as was applicable on 31st March, 2020, shall continue to be applicable for applications submitted till 30th day of June, 2020, and thereafter 10% late cut would be applicable for applications submitted till 31st day of March, 2020.
MandatoryAll30-09-2020Yes
Madhya PradeshE- pass not required in Madhya Pradesh while travelling from one district to another. 01-06-2020Madhya Pradesh Government on it website for information on COVID-19 virus has under it "Latest Updates" has mentioned that E- pass is not required in Madhya Pradesh while travelling from one district to another starting from 1st June 2020. MandatoryAllNo end date specifiedNo
HaryanaHaryana extends lockdown in containment zones to 30th June, 202001-06-2020The Haryana Government has extended the lockdown in containment zones till 30th June, 2020 and open restricted areas in a phased manner. Shops have been permitted to remain open between 9am and 7pm. Large public gatherings or congregations continue to be prohibited. Inter state and intra state buses have been permitted as per schedule whereas taxis and cabs have been permitted to ply in accordance with the existing SOPs.
Please refer to the attached Order for a detailed read.
MandatoryAll30-06-2020Yes
AssamAssam issues fresh guidelines for Unlock 101-06-2020The Government of Assam has through an order dated 1st June, 2020 issued fresh guidelines for Unlock 1 and allowed certain activities with strict compliance of social distancing, hygiene and all other protocols as directed by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare for containment of Covid-19 epidemic across the country.

The new guidelines has allowed the opening of hotels, restaurants and other hospitality services, shopping malls from June 8 by maintaining social distancing with 50 per cent of total capacity at a time.

Has further allowed religious places, places of worship for the public from June 8, 2020, subject to a gathering of maximum 20 (twenty) persons per hour. However, if any religious place has only a small area, the management committee of such religious institutions shall downsize the number of attendees accordingly. (All religious institutions shall issue disposable paper tokens to regulate the number of visitors per hour and ensure safe disposal of tokens before entering the religious places)

Open spaces and public parks for Yoga, morning walk, jogging etc. without sitting arrangements will be open from June 15, 2020. Persons entrusted with the responsibility of maintenance of such areas shall be responsible for maintaining social distancing and hygiene norms. Film and video shooting for both Government and private in open spaces and studios by maintaining social distancing from June 15, 2020 will be allowed.

The State Government has allowed to open barbershops and parlours for hair trimming purposes only from June 1 by maintaining social distancing and strict use of masks and gloves with very frequent sanitization.
MandatoryAll30-06-2020Yes
PuducherryDRDM - COVID-19 - Scaling down of Lock Down Measures- Reg.01-06-2020This is to inform you that in an Order dated 1st June, 2020, the Government of Puducherry has allowed the following activities in the Union Territory in line with the Central Government Order dated 30th May, 2020:

• Parks

• Botanical Garden

• Museum

• Chunnambar Boat House

• Thengaithittu Boat House

• Beach Road- Only for walking purpose, and no events/ congregation of persons permitted

• Other Tourist Locations (Excluding religious places)

The above activities are allowed subject to the strict adherence of the National directives to Covid-19 management such as compulsory wearing of masks, maintaining social distancing, no spitting & consumption of Liquor in Public Places etc.
MandatoryAll30-06-2020No
Himachal PradeshDistrict Magistrate of Lahaul and Spiti in Himachal Pradesh issues fresh prohibitory Order under Section 144 of CrPC01-06-2020Pursuant to the MHA Order dated 30th May, 2020, and subsequent Order issued by the Chief Secretary cum Chairman of Himachal Pradesh regarding the extension of lockdown, and re-opening of prohibited activities; the District Magistrate of Lahaul and Spiti has in an Order dated 1st June, 2020, directed as follows:

i. Relaxation in curfew hours shall be available from 6 am to 8 pm; movement of individuals to remain prohibited between 8pm to 6 am throughout the district except for essential activities;

ii. The inter-district and intra-district movement during the curfew relaxation period will be without any permit;

iii. inter-State movement into the State to be regulated through passes/ permits through passes issued by the District Magistrate concerned or Nodal Officers appointed for inter-State movement of migrants and other stranded persons, as the case may be;

With regard to the Order no. Rev (DMC) (C) 20 -2/2020-COVID-19 issued the Chief Secretary on 31st May, 2020, the following needs to be implemented in Lahaul and Spiti:

a. Religious places be opened to the local residents only after necessary SOPs have been issued by the Department of Language, Art and Culture;

b. Hotels will be opened for use of guests for non-tourism purposes such as housing of persons visiting for official, business purposes only. Local residents of Himachal may also staying Hotels;

c. Restaurants/ dhabas can serve food by operating at sixty (60) percent of the seating capacity and in accordance with the SOPs issued by the Department of tourism;

(Note:
1. Orders with regard to operation of Government offices to be issued by the Department of Personnel, Government of Himachal Pradesh separately;

2. State department of Health and Family Welfare will issue detailed instructions and SOPs about quarantine)

d. SOPs have been issued with regard to:
i. movement of trains;
ii. movement of travellers through domestic flights and trains; and
iii. Inter-State movement of industrial workers, industrialists, Traders, Raw material suppliers, Service Providers, Inspecting Authorities.

(Note: For a detailed read of the SOPs, please refer to the appended document);
 
e. All inter-State movement to be regulated through passes / permits;

f. Inter-State movement of people to be regulated on a need basis subject to possession of valid passes;

g. Daily/ weekend commuters through Inter-State barriers can be issued passes without any quarantine requirement; however, it will be the individual's personal responsibility to report in case of flu or ILI symptoms;

h. Residents of Himachal Pradesh can exit the State without permit;

i. Intra-District and Inter-District movement shall be without any permit;

j. Inter-State movement of public transport bus shall remain prohibited;

k. Taxis may ply with permission from of Deputy Commissioners;

l. Pass free inter-District movement of public transport buses, private vehicles, taxis and autos shall be allowed;

m. Stage Carrier Public Transport (HRTC and Private Buses) allowed to operate with maximum 60 percent capacity;

n. The public transport taxis and private vehicles may ply on roads during the permitted hours;

o. Persons coming from high load COVID-19 infected cities will be institutionally quarantined;

p. All asymptomatic persons coming from other States / cities/ abroad will be home quarantined as per MoHFW guidelines;

q. Symptomatic persons with ILI symptoms to be kept at institutional quarantine facilities;

r. Persons jumping home quarantine shall be taken to institutional quarantine facilities;

r. Educational institutions may not be used as quarantine centres;

s. Those asking for better facilities may be quarantined in paid facilities;

Along with the above-mentioned modifications, the MHA Unlock 1.0 Order dated 30.05.2020 shall be applicable.

For a detailed read, please refer to the appended document.
MandatoryAll30-06-2020Yes
MeghalayaGovt of Meghalaya vide order dated 1st June 2020 lifts restrictions on certain business activities in the state.01-06-2020The Government of Meghalaya vide order dated 1st June 2020 lifts restrictions on certain business activities in the state. The following activities are allowed in the state from 1st June 2020: -

1. All shops including barber shops /  beauty parlours / salons.
2. Courier services for all goods.
3. E-commerce operations in all goods.
4. 50% private and public transport to operate on rotation basis. It will be further decided by the authorities.
5. All public transport shall utilize 50% seating capacity.
6. Inter-district movement allowed. Intra-state movement restricted. 
MandatoryShops, E-commerce, private transport, courier services No end date specifiedNo
ChandigarhChandigarh extends lockdown till 30.06.202001-06-2020Chandigarh extends lockdown till 30.06.2020. Some key highlights of the lockdown order are given below:
i. shops will be open from 10 AM to 8 PM, except for shops selling essential items to which such restriction does not apply.
ii. No mandatory pass will be required for enter Chandigarh from other states with random screening on borders and advise to visitors to self-monitor for 14 days.
iii. Private offices have been allowed to call 75% of their staff and with effect from 8.6.2020 they will be free to call 100% work force. Sanitisation and social distancing norms have to be maintained.
iv. Barbers and hair salons have been allowed to operate from 2.6.2020 by following hygiene and social distancing norms. Spas, massage centres and swimming pools will remain closed till further orders.
v. Restaurants will be allowed to operate takeaways from 8.6.2020.

Please read the order for more details. 
MandatoryAll30-06-2020Yes
MeghalayaHealth & Family Welfare Department, Government of Meghalaya releases health protocol for Shopkeepers01-06-2020The Health & Family Welfare Department, Government of Meghalaya has through a notification dated 1st June, 2020 released a set of health protocol for shopkeepers. The protocol is divided into (a) General Protocol for all Shopkeepers and, (b) Additional protocol for shopkeepers of medium-and large-sized standalone shops.

For All Shopkeepers:
1. All shopkeepers/staff-members will have to compulsorily wear face masks during operation of business/shop. Mask should be worn in a correct manner and not removed while talking.
2. Shopkeepers should compulsorily follow social distancing while conduct of business.
3. Shopkeepers must ensure that customers coming to their shops should wear a face mask and maintain social distancing.

Additional protocol for shopkeepers of medium- and large-sized standalone shops:
1. Shopkeepers must provide hand sanitizers at the entrance.
2. Shopkeepers must ensure that there is minimum 1-2 meter distance among customers as well as the staff members inside the shop.
3. Shopkeepers must ensure that not more than 5 persons are inside the shop.
4. For those items that need to be checked before buying, shopkeepers should ensure that customers sanitizer their hands before touching them. For example, in case of optical stores, it is advised that frames once tried should be sanitized before they are placed back.
5. Frequent sanitization of the entire shop and especially points that frequently come into contact with humans, for example door handles/knobs, should be ensured.
MandatoryShopsNo end date specifiedNo
NagalandHome Department, Government of Nagaland issues revised SOP for returnees to Nagaland01-06-2020The Government of Nagaland has issued Standard Operating Procedure for people entering Nagaland.
 Key points:
A. Chennai Special train returnees on 22nd of May 2020
1. The persons who returned to the State on 22/05/2020 by the Special Train from Chennai and are still in Kohima and Dimapur quarantine centres will continue to remain until the COYID-19 test are done on all such persons.
2. Those persons who test negative will be sent to their home district.
3. As regard to those who test positive but do not require hospitalization and are fit to travel, they will also be sent to their home districts to be kept at the COVID-19 Hospitals for treatment; under special transportation after following all the necessary health protocols.
4. Those persons tested positive and showing symptoms requiring hospitalization and not fit for travel will be shifted to the CO YID Hospitals of Dimapur and Kohima as the case may be for treatment.
B. Returnees from NE States before 18th of May 2020
1. All the returnees who have arrived in the State from the Green Zones of the North East states, before 18th of May 2020, and have completed 14 days institutional quarantine at a centre in Dimapur or Kohima or in any other District, and not exhibiting any symptoms will be immediately released for undergoing home quarantine for another 14 days without the mandatory testing.
2. Those returnees who are still in Kohima or Dimapur quarantine centres will be released to their respective district task force for undergoing 14 days in home quarantine.
C. All returnees other than the above two categories
1. All the returnees reaching the State at Dimapur either by train/ air/ road will be segregated district-wise at the entry point/Agri Expo site, thermally screened and all found asymptomatic will be transferred to the Quarantine Centers in the respective districts.
2. As regard the persons entering the State through Khuzama, the District Task Force Kohima will make similar arrangements as mentioned in paragraph C1.
3. All the returnees showing symptoms will be subjected to medical protocol at Dimapur and Kohima; and based on the fitness, will be retained or transported to the respective home districts.
4. In case the Quarantine Centers in any particular district gets fully filled up, and if the district is unable to take anymore returnees, then arrangements will be made to keep the returnees inbound for such districts in the quarantine centers at Dimapur or Kohima or vice versa wherever space is available at that point of time.
5. The sample of all the returnees will be taken in the respective districts and tested for COVID-19 in the BSL 3 Lab at Kohima or in the labs in Assam /Manipur or in the upcoming BSL 2 Lab at Dimapur, when functional, or in the TrueNat machines wherever available.
6. Those whose test is positive will be shifted to the respective district COVID Hospital. Positive cases will be managed within the respective district COVID hospital until the facilities are saturated, after which the cases will be shifted to the nearest available COVID Hospital.
7. After 14(fourteen) days institutional quarantine, the returnee, if tested negative and found asymptomatic will be released for undergoing another 14 (fourteen) days home quarantine.
8. In respect of persons above the age of 60 years, children below the age of 10 years and parents, and pregnant women and accompanying spouse, and patients, they shall be thoroughly screened and on the advice of the Medical Team at the Entry point/ Screening Centre will be sent for 28 (twenty eight) days Home Quarantine.
MandatoryAllNo end date specifiedNo
West BengalHealth and Family Welfare Department, Government of West Bengal releases SOP for proper demarcation and implementation of containment measures for Containment Affected Area (Containment Category – A)01-06-2020The Health and Family Welfare Department, Government of West Bengal has through a notification dated 1st June, 2020 released an SOP for proper demarcation and implementation of containment measures in both Urban and Rural areas. The Health and Family Welfare Department has further stated that the restrictions which are imposed shall remain for a period of 14 days from the date of the last reported case in the affected area followed by a further strict surveillance for another 14 days. For further details please refer to the associated document.MandatoryAll15-06-2020No
PunjabPunjab Gov on inter district movement of persons01-06-20201. As per Clause 10 in para 3 of Home Department letter No. SS/ACSH/2020/456 dated 31.05.2020, for Inter-State movement of persons either by air or rail or road, downloading of Cova-app on their compatible mobile phones and self-generation of 'e pass' has been made mandatory.

2. It has been decided that similar process as in the case of Inter-State movement of persons would also be followed for Inter-District movement of persons.

3. Accordingly, all the persons be directed that while moving from one district to another district of the State, they must download cova-app on their compatible mobile phones and self-generate 'e-pass' which would be issued automatically in the app. 
MandatoryPublic Transport30-06-2020No
DelhiExtension of lockdown orders from 1st June01-06-2020The Delhi Government has introduced it guidelines for extension of Lockdown and for Unlock 1. Containment zones continue to be completely locked down till 30th June while other zones have several permitted activities now. All details available in the link.MandatoryAll30-06-2020No
ManipurManipur extends lockdown till 30.06.202001-06-2020Manipur extends lockdown till 30.06.2020. Some key highlights of the lockdown order are given below:
i. complete lockdown and curfew in containment zones as notified by Deputy Commissioners till 30.06.2020.
ii. Curfew in Imphal city and other district headquarters from 2 PM to 5 AM till 15.6.2020 subject to further review depending on the situation. In all other areas there shall be curfew from 5 PM to 5 AM till 30.6.2020.
iii. All inter-state bus services and inter-state public transport except for activities permitted by MHA shall be prohibited. Auto rickshaws and taxis, shopping malls, gymnasiums, swimming pools etc., all religious places shall be prohibited.
iv. All activities related to essential services such as health related activities, activities in social sector, movement of cargo and goods, financial sector, public utilities, etc., are permitted to operate. 
MandatoryAll30-06-2020Yes
Uttar PradeshUttar Pradesh extends validity of Consent to Operate for manufacture life saving medical equipments, personal protective equipment and oxygen cylinders till 31st July, 202001-06-2020Through an earlier Office Order dated 10th April, 2020, Uttar Pradesh Pollution Control Board permitted existing Industrial Units engaged in the manufacture of life saving Medical Equipment, Personal Protective Equipment and Oxygen cylinders to apply on "Nivesh Mitra Portal" for obtaining Consent to Operate for manufacturing at expanded capacity.

The validity of the earlier Order was till 31st May, 2020.

The present Order dated 1st June, 2020 has extended the validity of the existing Consent letter/ certificate to manufacture such life saving Medical Equipment, Personal Protective Equipment and Oxygen cylinders till 31st July, 2020.

For a detailed read, please refer to the appended document
MandatoryManufacturing | Human health and social work activities31-07-2020No
JharkhandLockdown 5 Notification01-06-2020In an Order dated 1st June, 2020, the Jharkhand Government has ordered a strict implementation of the Order dated 31st May, 2020 issued by the Ministry of Home Affairs in light of the pandemic COVID-19.
Further, the following activities are permitted outside the containment zones:
1. Service centres of mobiles, watches, consumer electronics like television, IT Products, consumer electrical products like air conditioner, refrigerator, air coolers etc in municipal corporation areas.
2. Call centres of private companies.
3. IT Hardware products/networking equipment, software/ telecom products.
4. Electrical products like switchgear, lights, fans, air coolers etc.
5. Automobiles/cycles/tractors.
6. Jewellery
7. spectacles/ contact lenses
8. Kitchen ware/furniture/utensils
9. Garages/motor workshops
10. Intra-district plying of public transport by auto/rickshaw/tempo etc.
Note:
1. All activities permitted before remain permitted in the State.
2. The Order has become effective 1st June, 2020
Mandatory All30-06-2020No
MeghalayaActivities permitted in Meghalaya along with instruction of night curfew in the districts from 9:00 PM to 5:00 AM01-06-2020The Government of Meghalaya in an Order dated 1st June, 2020, has permitted the following activities in the State including Shillong Urban Agglomeration Area with immediate effect -

1.   E-commerce operations in all goods.

2. All shops from fixed premises excluding barber shop/beauty parlours/salons.

3. Courier Service for all goods.

4. 50% public and private transport to operate on rotation basis. Public transport vehicles to only utilize 50% seating capacity. Four wheelers will have maximum 2 persons besides the driver and for two wheelers, one pillion rider restricted only to female or child below the age of 12 years.

5. Inter-state movement of persons will continue to be restricted.

6. Any person who wants to commence any of abovementioned activities will have to submit an undertaking to the Deputy Commissioner confirming adherence to guidelines of MHA.

7. Night curfew in the districts from 9 PM to 5 PM will have to be strictly followed.
MandatoryAllNo end date specifiedNO
KeralaKerala introduces additional measures over and above the Guidelines of the MHA Order dated 30.05.2020 01-06-2020The Government of Kerala, has introduced the following additional measures over and above the Guidelines of the Ministry of Home Affairs Unlock 1.0 Order:

1. No inter-state public transport by road is allowed. Inter-state movement of persons by all modes of transport would be regulated only through pass issued under the COVID-19 jagratha platform.

2. Inter-district movement of buses would be limited to adjoining districts only. Passengers shall wear masks mandatorily and sanitize their hands before boarding the buses. No standing passengers shall be permitted. Permits will be cancelled for those in violation.

3. The number of persons allowed in auto-rickshaws is limited to two (other than the driver) and in case of 4-wheelers, number of persons allowed has been limited to three (other than the driver).

4. Indoor shooting of cinema in a studio or indoor setting is allowed, subject to a maximum of 50 persons observing all health protocols, provided all of them have tested COVID-negative. Shootings for TV serials have been permitted on same conditions, with a maximum limit of twenty five (25) persons.

5. Business travels, technical/professional person coming for work and those returning from Kerala within a week are exempted from the provisions of quarantine.

6. Counter sale of liquor will be allowed in bar attached hotels which are currently being used as quarantine centres.
MandatoryNoneNo end date specifiedNo
HaryanaHaryana Govt. issues Standard Operating Protocol for inter-state travel in buses of Haryana Roadways01-06-2020The Department of State Transport, Government of Haryana, has issued Standard Operating Protocols ("SOP") for inter-state travel in buses of Haryana Roadways.

Key highlights of the SOP:

1. Buses must be fully sanitised inside out;

2. Sanitiser bottles to be keot inside the buses and must be used by bus staff from time to time;
 
3. The wearing of masks by everyone aboard the bus and on bus stands is compulsory. All passengers must carry sanitizers with them;

4. The passengers intending to undertake travel must carry their identity proofs and tickets, in either electronic mode or physical form;

5. The bus staff as well as passengers must have Aarogya Setu app downloaded in their mobile phones while they travel with all relevant details filled in. The app should be functional at all times;

6. It must be ensured that the staff and passengers are free from any COVID-19 symptoms. If any such person is aboard, he or she must be immediately de-boarded and sent home and the people in contact with the person must be home quarantined for 14 days;

7. While passengers are boarding, their thermal screening must be ensured by the staff deployed there. No passenger should be allowed to board if he or she is running high temperature;

8. The number of passengers aboard one bus shall not exceed 30-35 depending upon extent of purchase of multiple tickets;

9. The passengers shall ensure following the COVID-19 protocol and shall maintain physical distancing at the bus stand and in the bus, not spit inside the bus or outside and at bus stands and other public places, cover their faces while coughing and sneezing.
MandatoryTransportation and storage | Public TransportNo end date specifiedNo