Regulatory Changes Due to Covid 19 (November)

Regulatory Changes Due to Covid 19 (November)

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Central / StateDocument TitleDate IssuedSummaryMandatory or AdvisoryIndustry(ies) ImpactedValid TillDoes it Impact Komrisk Database?
MeghalayaNight Curfew implemented in East Khasi Hills District in Meghalaya from 11:00 pm to 5:00 am on a daily basis; effective till 6th December, 202030-11-2020The District Magistrate of East Khasi Hills District in Meghalaya has extended night curfew in East Khasi Hills District of Meghalaya upto 6th December, 2020, between 11:00 p.m  to 05:00a.m each day.

The night curfew shall not apply to the following:

i. medical teams and officials on COVID-19 duty,

ii. police, security and armed forces,

iii. civil defence and home guard volunteers, wholesale and retail pharmacies, Fire and Emergency service, Information and Public Relations Department.

iv. wholesale and retail pharmacies;

v. fire and emergency service;

vi. MeECL, NEEPCO and Power Grid, FCI vehicles;

vii. officers and staff of corona care centres;

viii. press (print and electronic), Information and Public Relations Department;

ix. National Highway and Infrastructure Development Corporation Ltd.,

x. Shillong Municipal Board and telecom service.

However, strictly compliance needs to be ensured with regard to all protocols and procedures including social distancing, limiting of field staff to the barest minimum and other advisories of Government in the Health and Family Welfare Department.

The exemption from night curfew will also be applicable to movement of vehicles carrying essential goods, security forces, medical equipment and shops for repair of vehicles on highways. However, drivers and attendees of vehicles shall be subjected to medical screening as per the protocol.
 
Curfew passes for might curfew timings may be obtained via online application at eastkhasihills.gov.in.
MandatoryAllNo end date specifiedNo
DelhiHealth and Family Welfare Department, Government of NCT Delhi revises rates of Covid-19 testing in Delhi30-11-2020In an Order dated 30.11.2020, Health and Family Welfare Department, Government of National Capital Territory of Delhi (“Department”) has directed private laboratories in the State to adhere to the following minimum rates for COVID 19 testing inclusive of Taxes,  in the NCT Region-

1. Samples that are collected by Govt. teams and collected from the collection sites by Private sector Labs as requisitioned by the Districts/Hospitals - Rs.800/-
2. Samples that are collected at the Labs/Hospitals/Collection facilities (including all charges-sample collection & testing cost at the site) -  Rs. 800/-
3. Samples that are collected through Home visits (including all charges-visit, samples collection & testing cost) - Rs. 1200/-

The new rates are in suppression of the earlier rates specified.

The Private Laboratories are also directed to:
a. Mandatorily collect the samples from the testing sites as requisitioned by Govt. team (District CDMO Office or Hospital)
b. Process samples, share the reports with the client (Govt. or individual) and update all reports on ICMR Portal  latest within 24 hours of collection of samples.
c. Display the revised rates at a prominent place latest within 24 hours of this order.
MandatoryPrivate Testing LaboratoriesNo end date specifiedNo
Tamil NaduGovernment of Tamil Nadu implements restrictions in the State to curb the spread of COVID-19; effective till 31st December, 202030-11-2020Pursuant to the Guidelines on Surveillance, Containment and Caution issued by the Ministry of Home Affairs on 25th November, 2020, the Government of Tamil Nadu has issued an Order to implement such restrictions in the State, with a view to curb the spread of COVID-19.

Key Highlights:

Permitted Activities in areas outside Containment Zones:

1. All medical colleges and (UG), Masters (PG) classes are allowed to open from 7th December, 2020 while adhering to standard guidelines;

2. Swimming pools have been permitted to operate only for sports training, subject to compliance with standard guidelines;

3. Beaches will be allowed for public use from 14th December, 2020 subject to adherence with the standard guidelines in the coming days, depending on the status of the pandemic;

4. Tourist sites have been permitted for public use in adherence to standard guidelines;

5. Exhibition halls have been permitted to be used only for business to business purposes, subject to adherence with standard guidelines, in indoor arenas only with a maximum of 50% seats (50% capacity);

6. Social, political, recreational and religious gatherings have been permitted in indoor arenas only, with a maximum of 50% capacity or a maximum of 200 persons, in accordance with standard guidelines on the same;  however, prior permission from the relevant District Administrators and the Commissioner of Police will be required before organising such meetings. Depending on the severity of the infection in the coming days, appropriate decisions will be taken with regard to concessions for open-air meetings; 

7. The present requirement for e-registration for entering Tamil Nadu from other States (except Pondicherry, Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka) will continue to be implemented;

The restrictions which are already in force, will remain effective, until further notice -

a. the ban will continue as the Central Government has extended the ban on international air traffic, except for routes permitted by the Union Ministry of Home Affairs;

b. In the Containment Zones throughout Tamil Nadu, curfew will be observed without any relaxation.

c.  People must wear a masks when going out and in public places;

c. People should be vigilant and avoid crowding in public;

Note: Concerned officials should ensure that all the standard guidelines are strictly complied with.

Spread of the COVID-19 may be controlled through the following:

i. Use of soap in the workplace;

ii. Maintaining social distancing norms;

iii. Not stepping out without need;

Please note that the Order is in Vernacular and we have translated it to the best of our understanding. Once an official translation is available, we will update in case there is a requirement
MandatoryAll31-12-2020No
CentralMOHFW issues SOP on preventive measures in markets to contain spread of COVID-1930-11-2020With gradual opening of economic activities, the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare in a Notification dated 30th November 2020 has issued the SOP on preventive measures in markets to contain spread of COVID-19.

Key Takeaways-

1. Protecting vulnerable populations- Persons above 65 years of age, persons with comorbidities, pregnant women, and children below the age of 10 years are advised to stay at home, except for essential and health purposes.

2. Promoting COVID Appropriate Behaviour- Simple public health measures are to be followed to reduce the risk of COVID-19. These measures include:

• Physical distancing of at least 6 feet to be followed as far as feasible.
• Use of face covers/masks to be made mandatory.
• Practice frequent hand washing with soap (for at least 40-60 seconds) even when hands are not visibly dirty. Use of alcohol-based hand sanitizers (for at least 20 seconds) can be made outside shops and other places wherever feasible.
• Respiratory etiquettes to be strictly followed. This involves strict practice of covering one’s mouth and nose while coughing/sneezing with a tissue /handkerchief / flexed elbow and disposing off used tissues properly.
• Self-monitoring of health by all and reporting any illness at the earliest to state and district helpline.
•Spitting shall be strictly prohibited.
• Installation & use of Aarogya Setu App shall be advised to all.

3. Maintaining healthy environment at marketplaces- To prevent the risk of transmission of COVID, it is crucial that healthy environment is maintained at marketplaces. This includes:

• All work areas inside the shop shall be sanitized (using 1% Sodium Hypochlorite solution) by shop owners.
• Cleaning and regular disinfection of frequently touched surfaces (door knobs/handles, elevator buttons, hand rails, chairs, table tops, counters, etc.) and floors, walls, etc. to be done before opening of shops, at the end of the day and at other appropriate times.
• Entrance to the shops to have mandatory hand hygiene (sanitizer dispenser) arrangement.
• Where cars are repositioned by parking lot employees, proper disinfection of steering, door handles, keys, etc. of the vehicles should be undertaken by the owner before the vehicle is used again.
• Public utility areas and open spaces shall be sanitized with 1% Sodium Hypochlorite solution. This shall be done on a regular basis.
• Deep cleansing of the toilets, hand washing and drinking water stations shall be done at least 3-4 times daily.
4. Planning for COVID related appropriate behaviour at marketplaces
• Self-regulating COVID appropriate behaviour in marketplaces COVID appropriate behaviour in marketplaces may be self-regulated by Market Associations through a number of measures such as creation of a Sub-Committee for each market to facilitate and monitor implementation of COVID appropriate behaviour in marketplaces, provision of distribution of free masks for those who cannot afford. Further, establishing hand washing stations in public utility areas and ensuring availability of soap and water. Furthermore, use of foot operated taps and contactless soap dispensers is recommended.

• Planning for ensuring COVID appropriate behaviours by shop owners/utilities operating in the market where owners shall ensure physical distancing of a minimum of 6 feet inside and outside the shops/utilities, specific markings on the floor may be made. Queue management inside and outside the shops/utilities. They shall deploy sufficient personnel to monitor the queue as per physical distancing norms. Thermal screening provisions, to the extent feasible, for monitoring of body temperature of workers and clients.

• Ensuring ventilation- As far as feasible, natural ventilation must be ensured and use of small enclosed spaces must be discouraged. For air-conditioning/ventilation, of closed enclosures, the guidelines of CPWD shall be followed which emphasizes that the temperature setting of all air conditioning devices should be in the range of 24-300 C, relative humidity should be in the range of 40-70%, intake of fresh air should be as much as possible and cross ventilation should be adequate, however, air handling unit needs to be cleaned prior to switching on.

• Crowd management include engaging Civil Defence volunteers/ Home Guards/ volunteers etc to regulate crowd, access control at parking lots for limiting vehicle entry, separate entry and exit, if feasible, with unidirectional flow of visitors. Strict penal action against illegal parking on market roads may be taken by law enforcing authorities.

• Awareness shall be created by display of Posters/standees/AV media on preventive measures against COVID-19 at prominent places in the market area. Do’s and Don’ts also to be displayed at vantage points. Further, recorded messages on precautionary measures and COVID appropriate behaviour may be played through AV systems installed in the market premises. Furthermore, the mobile application or website of the shops, if available, must display preventive measures for COVID-19 at their landing page. The website/ Mobile application shall inform the visitors on self-monitoring of health and not to visit the market if suffering from symptoms of Covid-19.
5. Maintaining healthy operations at marketplaces
• Shop owners, employees and visitors living in containment zones shall not be allowed entry into marketplaces.
• At the entry point of shops, all employees/ visitors to undergo mandatory hand hygiene (sanitizer dispenser) and thermal screening. Only asymptomatic employees /visitors shall be allowed inside shops.
• All employees/visitors to be allowed entry only if using face cover/masks. The face cover/mask has to be worn at all times inside and outside shops.
• Staggering of visitors to be done for maintaining physical distancing of a minimum of 6 feet, when queuing up at the time of entry.
• Number of customers inside the shop to be kept at a minimum, to maintain the physical distancing norms.
• Seating arrangement inside shops, if any, to ensure 6 feet between chairs, benches etc. as far as feasible.
• Number of people in the elevators shall be restricted, duly maintaining physical distancing norms.
• Use of escalators with one person on alternate steps may be encouraged. ix. The shop keeper/ staff to perform handwash / use of hand sanitizer frequently
MandatoryAllNo end date specifiedNo
Jammu and KashmirGuidelines/Instructions on lockdown measures in the Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir w-e-f 01-12-202029-11-2020The Department of Disaster Management Relief, Rehabilitation & Reconstruction, Jammu and Kashmir has issued Guidelines/instructions on lockdown measures in the Union Territory of Jammu & Kashmir in line with the Government of India Order dated 25.11.2020, these will be in effect from 01.12.2020 till 31.12.2020.

With this Order dated 29.11.2020 all the SOPs and instructions issued earlier has been extended till 31.12.2020.

1. The following activities shall continue to remain prohibited across the entire Union Territory of J&K, irrespective of the categorization of the districts –

(i) All schools, colleges, higher educational institutions(including Anganwadi centers), etc., will continue to remain closed till 313t December,2020, except training institutions run by the Central/State government. However, the following will be permitted:
a. Online/distance learning shall be permitted
b. 50% Of teaching and non-teaching Staff shall be permitted to be called to Schools for online teaching/ telecounselling and related work, in areas outside containment zones only.
c. Students of classes 9 to 12 are permitted to Visit their schools, in areas outside the Containment Zones only, on voluntary basis, for taking guidance from their teachers. This shall, however, be permitted subject to written consent of their parents/ guardians, as per the SOP already issued in this regard by the MOHFW.
d) Skill or Entrepreneurship training Will be permitted in National Skill Training Institutes, ITIs or other training centres registered with the National Skill Development Mission or JK Skill Mission. National Institute for Entrepreneurship and Small Business Development (NIESBUD), Indian Institute of Entrepreneurship (IIE) and their training providers will also be permitted, as per the SOP already issued in this regard by the MoHFW, Govt.  India.
e) Higher Education Institutions will be permitted only for research scholars (Ph.D.) and PG students in Science and technical streams requiring jab/experimental works. The Head Of Higher Education Institutions will satisfy herself / himself that there is a genuine requirement of research scholars (Ph.D.) and PG students in science and technology stream for laboratory / experimental works.
f) Coaching Centers / institutions shall be permitted to run classes, outside the containment zones only, up to 50 percent capacity of the centers, strictly as per the SOP issued by Ministry of Education, GOI.
(ii) Swimming Pools being used for training Of sportspersons will be permitted, strictly as per the SOP issued by the Ministry Of Youth Affairs and Sports (MoYA&S).

(iii) Cinemas / theatres / Multiplexes will be permitted, upto 50% of their seating capacity, in areas outside the Containment Zones only, strictly as per the SOP issued by the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting.

(iv) Bars in restaurants / Hotels etc., shall be permitted to open, in areas outside containment zones only subject to norms of social distancing and health precautions.
(v)  Entertainment Parks and similar places will be permitted to open, in areas outside the Containment Zones only strictly as per the SOP issued by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare.

(vi) Business to Business (B2B) Exhibitions will be permitted. in areas outside the containment zones only strictly as per the SOP issued by Ministry of Commerce.
(vii) Social/political/sports/entertainment/academic/cultural/religious functions and other gatherings and congregations have already been permitted with a ceiling of 100 persons, outside containment zones only, subject to norms Of social distancing and other precautions.
(viii) Religious places/ places of worship shall continue to remain open for public, subject to the SOP already issued in this regard. Religious processions and large religious gatherings shall, however. continue to remain strictly prohibited.
(ix) The movement of individuals for all non-essential activities between 10 pm to 5 am. District Magistrates shall issue specific prohibitory orders in this regard under Section 144 Of CrPC.
2. There shall be no restrictions on entry of passengers, returnees travellers coming to Jammu & Kashmir, whether by road, rail or air. However, they will have to compulsorily undergo a COVID-19 antigen test through any or the prescribed methods as per the protocol of the Government of J&K. The protocol for management of COVID positive persons will be followed for all positive cases.

3. Activities permitted in the entire UT of Jammu & Kashmir with PERMISSIONS needed only in such areas where indicated against an activity
i. Normal functioning of private hospitals, clinics and nursing homes (including OPD services),
ii. All E-commerce and Courier services,
iii. All agriculture, horticulture, animal husbandry and related activities
iv. Canteens/Eateries at Bus stands, Railway stations and Airports, with necessary permissions in Red districts.
v. All restaurants, including in hotels, can operate for home delivery, take away and dining-in with up to 50 % capacity. subject to the SOP of Ministry Of Health & Family Welfare, Government of India, dated 4th June, 2020.
vi. Hotels and hospitality services, Can operate at 100% (full) capacity. subject to the SOP of Ministry of Health & Family Welfare, Government of India, dated 4th June, 2020, with particular focus on:
a) Full protection gear and equipment should be provided to Hotel staff-
b) Details of guests with entire travel history to be maintained
c) Only Room service of food should be done instead of in dine-in restaurants.
d) Frequent sanitization of common areas and spaces to be done.
e) Necessary health precautions for guests and staff.
vii. All Shopping Malls can open subject to the SOP Of Ministry of Health & Family Welfare, Government of India, dated 4th June, 2020, except in Red  districts where they will operate with 50% of shops open on alternate days to be regulated by the Deputy Commissioners concerned. There will be particular focus on:
a) Shops in Malls Can open from 9 am till 9 pm.
b) Special markings for social distancing, wherever needed.
c) Air conditioning of Malls to follow guidelines of CPWD (temperature range of 24-30 degree Celsius, relative humidity in the range of 4070% with adequate cross ventilation and intake of fresh air.
d) Food Courts and dining facilities in Malls can operate for home delivery, take away and dininq in with up to 50 % capacity.
e) Children's gaming zones, gaming arcades inside Mallscan open with 50% capacity.
f) All railings and door knobs to be frequently sanitized with sodium hypochlorite solution.
g) District Magistrates will regulate the above to ensure that there is no congestion and social distancing is maintained.
viii. Gymnasium and Yoga centres.
ix. Sports activities in Stadia and sports complexes, with spectators upto 50% capacity in case of indoor halls/complexes and with physical distancing in open complexes.
x. Banks and Financial services
xi. Liquor shops and manufacturing units.
xii. Self-employed Service providers such as Plumbers, technicians, electricians etc.
xiii. Auto-rickshaws with a maximum of two passengers, only intra-district.
xiv. Intra-district movement of individuals in vehicles is allowed, with a maximum of 2 passengers, besides the driver, in four Wheeler vehicles, and with no pillion rider in case of two wheelers.

xv. Intra-district public passenger transport vehicles. running on routes (buses, mini-buses and maxi-cabs) can operate, by any operator, at full capacity. on routesto be notified by the Transport Department.
xvi. Inter-district public passenger transport vehicles (buses and mini-buses only and not maxi-cabs) can operate between Red Districtsat full capacity, by JKSRTC only. on routes to be notified by the Transport Department. All inter-district public passenger transport vehicles(buses and mini-buses and not maxi-cabs) can operate between Green and Orange districts at full seating capacity on all routes.
xvii. Marriage related functions, with not more than 100 persons maintaining social distancing, with permission required for the function in Red Districts.
xviii. Funeral / last rites related rituals with not more than 100 persons  maintaining social distancing
4. Closure of workplace:
 If there is just one case reported, the disinfection procedure will be limited to places/areas visited by the patient in the past 48 hours. There is no need to close the entire office building/halt work in other areas of the office and work can be resumed after disinfection as per laid down protocol.
 However, if there is a larger outbreak with 2 or more positives, the entire building will have to be closed for 48 hours for thorough disinfection. All the staff will work from home, till the building is adequately disinfected and is declared fit for re-occupation.
5. Industrial and Service activities
i. Industrial activities can resume at all industrial estates These activities can resume with 100% work force in Green, Orange and Red districts in industrial estates.
ii. Industrial activities can resume in all rural areas outside municipal limits, with 100% of work force.
iii. In Urban areas in Red and Orange Districts, for Industries Within Municipal Limits, industrial activities can resume with the permission as laid down in Attachment A and with 75 % workforce,
iv. All workshops, service centers and home workshops can operate with not more than 5 persons working on site/ inside premises.
v. All Industries will have to comply With the health, safety and other  instructions in Attachment A.
6. Construction activities
i. In construction projects in municipal limits, the labour/construction workers shall have to stay. at the construction site (inside). The concerned contractor in coordination with the Executive Engineer shall make sufficient arrangement for their stay, providing of masks/sanitation to the labourers and keep the social distance norms in place While carrying on the construction works.
ii. In construction projects in rural areas. the labour has to stay in the areas adjoining the construction site. There shall be no huge scale daily movement of labourers/long distances. The contractor in consultation with engineering staff shall make arrangement for their stay, providing of masks/ sanitation to the labourers and keep the social distance norms in place while carrying the construction works.
7. For Private Projects:
i. Private construction activities shall be allowed in all Green and Orange districts, Without any need for permission. The labour in all projects in urban Municipal limits have to be kept in-situ only. Health precautions and instructions as mentioned at para 40-44 below will be strictly required to be followed. In Red Districts, District Magistrates will assess the ground situation and issue permissions as necessary both for construction and any related movement,
ii. Construction activities for government projects Will be regulated as per the SOP laid down in Attachment B.
Mandatory   
RajasthanRajasthan Government issues guidelines for surveillance, containment and caution for the period December 1st to December 31st, 2020; night curfew from 8 pm to 6 am in 13 districts of the State29-11-2020Government of Rajasthan by an Order dated 29th November, 2020 has issued guidelines for surveillance, containment and caution for the period 1st December to 31st December, 2020.

Key highlights of the guidelines :

1. Lockdown in containment zones will remain in force till 31st December, 2020 and strict containment measures will be followed as prescribed by MoHFW.

2. There will be night curfew from 8 pm to 6 am within the urban limits of the District Headquarter towns of Kota, Jaipur, Jodhpur, Bikaner, Udaipur, Ajmer, Alwar, Bhilwara, Nagore, Pali, Tonk, Sikar and Ganganagar. All markets, work places and commercial complexes etc. will remain closed during night curfew, however, this will not be applicable for the following and no separate pass will be required -
a. Factory with production of continuous nature;
b. Factories having night shift;
c. IT and IT companies;
d. Chemist shops;
e. Offices related to essential emergency services;
f. Marriage related gatherings;
g. Any workplace related to medical services;
h. Passengers coming / going to bus stand, railway station and airport;
i. Movement of all trucks and other goods carrier vehicles and persons employed for loading and unloading goods.

3. In workplaces (private offices, autonomous etc.) located in municipal limits of the 13 cities mentioned above and having more than 100 employees, 75% of employees will come to attend offices and rest will work from home.

4. Aarogya Setu app to be installed by all employees in offices and workplaces. Further, organization and business entities with 50 or more employees are encouraged to avail the Aarogya Setu Open API Service.

5. Schools, colleges, educational and coaching institutions outside containment zones will remain closed for students and regular class activity till 31st December, 2020.

6. Cinema halls/theatres/multiplexes, entertainment parks and similar places will remain closed till 31st December, 2020.

7. Social/political/sports/entertainment/academic/cultural/religious functions and other large congregations will not be permitted till 31st December, 2020. However -
i. Marriage related gatherings will be allowed after taking prior permission of the Sub-Divisional Magistrate and maximum number of guests allowed will not be more than 100. All COVID-19 protocols to be strictly observed at all times;
ii. Funeral/last rites related gatherings will not have more than 20 persons with mandatory wearing of masks, social distancing etc.;
iii. If any person/institution/organisation makes an application to the District Collector and District Magistrate for any function along with a seating plan, the permission will be issued only if maximum number of 100 persons are allowed, maximum of 50% hall capacity in closed spaces. In addition to this, in open spaces a ceiling of 100 persons keeping the size of ground/space in view.

8. Exhibition halls for only business to business (B2B) purposes in permitted outside containment zones with maximum of 50% hall capacity is allowed with ceiling of 100 persons.

9. There if no restriction on inter-state and within state movement of people. No separate permission/e-permit will be required for movement.

10. Vulnerable people (persons aged 65 and above, pregnant women, children below 10 years etc.) are advised to stay at home and move out only for essential and health purposes.

11. Common safety directives in public spaces, work places and shops to be strictly followed in all Districts of the State.

For a detailed read on the guidelines along with penalties for different violators, please refer to the attached guidelines. 
Mandatory All31-12-2020No
RajasthanRajasthan Government reduces the rate of RT-PCR diagnostic tests for COVID-19 in private laboratories; fixes it at Rs.80028-11-2020Through a tweet, Chief Minister of Rajasthan Shri Ashok Gehlot has informed that rate for RT-PCR diagnostic tests for COVID-19 infections conducted by private laboratories has been fixed at Rs. 800, as against the earlier position of Rs. 1,200.

[Note for reviewr - I have also referred to the news report https://www.thehindu.com/news/national/other-states/coronavirus-rajasthan-slashes-rt-pcr-test-rate-for-private-labs/article33204009.ece for translation purpise ]
MandatoryPrivate LaboratoriesNo end date specifiedNo
CentralGovt issues amendment to the EIA Notification for grant of environmental clearance for new construction projects27-11-2020In a Gazette Notification dated 27th November, 2020 the Ministry of Environment, Forest And Climate Change (“Ministry”) has amended the Notification No S.O. 1533 (E), dated the 14th September, 2006 (“Notification”).

Through the present amendment,  a new provision (Paragraph 9A) has been inserted wherein the validity of prior environmental clearances granted under the provisions of the Notification in respect of the projects or activities whose validity is expiring in the Financial Year 2020-2021 is deemed to be extended till the 31st March, 2021 or six months from the date of expiry of validity, whichever is later.

However, such extension is subject to same terms and conditions of the prior environmental clearance in the respective clearance letters, to ensure uninterrupted operations of such projects or activities which have been stalled due to the outbreak of Corona Virus (COVID-19) and subsequent lockdowns (total or partial) declared for its control.

Background:

The Notification mandates all new projects or activities listed in the Schedule to the said notification, their expansion and modernization and/or change in product mix, as the case may be, before any construction work or preparation of land by the project management except for securing the land to take prior environmental clearance from the concerned regulatory authority.

Owing to the pandemic COVID 19 due to which lockdowns have been implemented in the country, the projects and activities have been affected. The Ministry has received a number of requests for extension of the validity of prior environmental clearances beyond the maximum period allowed in the said Notification, as the COVID19 pandemic has not yet come to an end.

In light of these, the present amendment has been issued to grant the extension.
No end date speficiedAllNONA
ChhattisgarhChhattisgarh Government adopts MHA Guidelines on Surveillance, Containment and Caution for containing the spread of COVID-1926-11-2020Pursuant to Guidelines on Surveillance, Containment and Caution (“Guidelines”) for containment of COVID-19 by the Ministry of Home Affairs on 25th November, 2020, the Chhattisgarh Govt. has issued an Order directing adoption and strict implementation of the Guidelines in the State.

Key Takeaways:

1. All activities remain permitted outside Containment Zones, barring few activities which have been permitted with restrictions; necessary SOPs issued for movement by passenger trains, air travel, metro trains, schools, hotels and restaurants etc. in order to contain the spread of COVID-19;

2. State or Union Territory Governments to take measures to promote COVID-19 appropriate behaviour and enforce wearing of face masks and ensure hand hygiene and social distancing; States and Union Territories may consider administrative actions, including imposition of appropriate fines;

3. State or Union Territory Governments may use the provisions of Section 144 of the Criminal Procedure Code (CrPC) of 1973 for enforcement of social distancing; States and Union Territories may also impose local restrictions such as night curfew. However, State or Union Territory Governments shall not impose local lockdown outside Containment Zones at State/ District / sub-division/ City-level, without prior consultation with the Central Government;

4. States or Union Territory Governments shall not dilute the Guidelines;

5. In cities where weekly Case Positivity Rate is more than 10 percent, States and Union Territories to consider implementing staggered office timings and other suitable measures, to ensure social distancing (by reducing the number of employees attending office at the same time);

6. Employers to ensure (on best effort basis) that Aarogya Setu App is installed by all employees with compatible mobile phones;

7. Organisations and business entities with 50 or more employees urged to avail the Aarogya Setu OpenAPI Service (https://openapi.aarogyasetu.gov.in);

8. States and Union Territories shall issue necessary guidelines for regulating travel in modes of public transport, e.g., buses, boats etc., and ensure strict compliance of the same; SOPs for regulating travel in aircrafts, trains and metro rails are already in place;

9. No restriction on inter-State and intra-State movement of persons and goods including those for cross land-border trade under Treaties with neighbouring countries; separate permission/ approval/ permit shall not be required for such movement;

10. Containment Zones to be demarcated by district authorities; with strict perimeter control, intensive house to house surveillance, testing, tracking and listing of contacts of COVID-19 positive persons, quick isolation of COVID-19 positive patients and surveillance of ILI/ SARI cases as per guidelines of the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MoHFW);

11. List of Containment Zones to be shared with the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MoHFW) and notified on websites by respective District Collectors and by the States / Union Territories;

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

13. The following has to be complied with in Containment Zones:

a. Only essential activities allowed in Containment Zones;
b. Movement of people in or out of these zones is prohibited (except for medical emergencies and for maintaining supply of essential goods and services);
c. Intensive house-to-house surveillance by surveillance teams;
d. Awareness shall be created in communities on COVID-19 appropriate behaviour;
e. Testing shall be carried out as per prescribed protocol;
f. Listing of contacts to be carried out in respect of all persons found positive, along with tracking, identification, quarantine and follow up of contacts for 14 days (80% of contacts to be traced in 72 hours);

14. Outside Containment Zones:
a. International air travel of passengers, as permitted by MHA.
b. Cinema halls and theatres, with upto 50% capacity.
c. Swimming pools, only for training of sports persons.
d. Exhibition halls, only for business to business (B2B) purposes.
e. Social/ religious/ sports/ entertainment/ educational/ cultural/ religious gatherings, upto a maximum of 50% of the hall capacity, with a ceiling of 200 persons in closed spaces; and on the basis of the size of the ground/ space in view, in open spaces. State/ UT Governments may reduce the ceiling to 100 persons or less, in closed spaces.

15. National Directives for COVID-19 management:
a. Face coverings: Wearing of face cover is compulsory in public places; in workplaces; and during transport;

b. Social Distancing: Individuals must maintain a minimum distance of 6 feet (2 gaz ki doori) in public places; shops to ensure physical distancing among customers;

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

16. Additional directives for Workplaces:
a. Work from home (WFH): As far as possible the practice of WFH should be followed;

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

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

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

e. Social distancing: All persons in charge of workplaces to ensure adequate distance between workers, adequate gaps between shifts, staggering the lunch breaks of staff etc.

For a detailed read, please refer to Order
MandatoryAll31-12-2020NO
CentralIn light of the COVID -19 pandemic prevailing throughout India the Dept of Health and Family Welfare has Notified that existing import licence will be valid until orders are passed on the
application
26-11-2020The Department of Health and Family Welfare has Notified that if an existing valid import licence holder under the Drugs and Cosmetics Act, 1940, makes an application for a fresh import licence before the expiry of the existing licence, the existing import licence will be valid until orders are passed on the application and will be deemed to be valid for all purposes.

This order has come into force from 26th November, 2020 and will  remain valid for a period of six months.
MandatoryPharmaceutical26.05.2021Yes
GujaratGujarat Government decides to regulate the production, supply and distribution of oxygen from production units in light of COVID-19 pandemic26-11-2020In light of COVID-19 pandemic in the State, the Health and Family Welfare Department, Gujarat has decided to regulate the production, supply and distribution of oxygen from production units in the State.

Therefore, in view of this, the oxygen production units in the State of Gujarat have been directed to:

1. Ensure that production of oxygen is uninterrupted and at their maximum production capacity;

2. Use 50% of production only for medical oxygen and supply the same to the hospitals in State of Gujarat;

3. Divert only up to 50% of oxygen to the industries for industrial use;

4. Give priority to supply the oxygen to hospitals vis -a- vis industries in case need arises even if the proportion of medical oxygen goes beyond 50%.

The above mentioned directions will remain in force in the State till 31st December, 2020. 
MandatoryOxygen production units31-12-2020No
CentralDirectorate General of Civil Aviation extends ban on international flights till 31st December, 202026-11-2020The Directorate General of Civil Aviation ("DGCA") by a Circular dated 26th November, 2020 has extended the international flights ban till 31st December, 2020 in light of ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

This restriction will not apply to international all-cargo operations and flights approved by DGCA. However, DGCA may allow few flights on select routes on case to case basis. 
Mandatory International flights31-12-2020No
Central SEBI reviews regulatory measures introduced vide SEBI Press Release dated 20th March, 202025-11-2020Securities and Exchange Board of India ("SEBI") by a press release dated 25th November, 2020 has reviewed the  regulatory measures introduced vide SEBI Press Release dated 20th March, 2020  keeping in view the objective of ensuring orderly trading and settlement, effective risk management, price discovery and maintenance of market integrity.

Based on market feedback and changed market environment, the regulatory measures have been reviewed and the same will stand revised w.r.t. stocks in derivatives segment (F&O stocks), increase in margin for Non-F&O Stocks in Cash Market and Index Derivatives.

The measures issued earlier has been amended by the present press release and the same will be in force till further Orders.

For a detailed read on the amendments, please refer to the attachment. 
MandatoryListed CompaniesNo end date specifiedNo
Chhattisgarh District Collector Balod, Chhattisgarh introduces fine for people not wearing masks in public places; violators to be charged Rs. 200/- 25-11-2020District Collector Balod District, Chhattisgarh in an Order dated 25th November, 2020 has introduced fine for people who don't wear masks / face cover in public places. The Order is in continuation to the Order of the Chhattisgarh Government where penalty for violation of face masks has been introduced.

Now, people in public places who do not wear face masks/cover will be fined Rs. 200/-.

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
StateDirectorate of Information and Public Relation, Punjab imposes Night curfew in all Punjab Towns and Cities from 1st December25-Nov-20The Directorate of Information and Public Relation, Punjab has ordered a fresh series of instructions regarding re-imposition of night curfew in all towns and cities as well as doubling of fine for not wearing masks or following social distancing norms, anticipating a second wave in the State. The Order shall gain effect from 1st December 2020.

Key Highlights-

• Opening timings of all hotels, restaurants and marriage palaces shall be restricted till 9.30 p.m.
• Night curfew will remain in force from 10 p.m. and 5 a.m.
• The fine for not following COVID appropriate behaviour shall be hiked from Rs 500 to Rs 1000.
• The number of beds available for the influx of patients from Delhi shall be reviewed and optimised in the state’s private hospitals.
• It has been further decided by the management to further strengthen the availability of oxygen and ICU beds.
• The Chief Minister has also directed the Health and Medical Education departments to make emergency appointments of specialists, super-specialists, nurses and paramedics, to further augment the manpower which was recently strengthened with the recruitment of myriad doctors and specialists in the medical field.
• The management stressed that the District Hospitals must have 24 x 7 testing available, and the same must also be made available at other convenient locations where people can easily access the same.
MandatoryAllNo end date specifiedNo
CentralMHA issues letters to Chief Secretaries of States and the Administrators of UTs on implementing Guidelines for Surveillance, Containment and Caution in light of spike in COVID-19 cases25-11-2020The Union Home Secretary, Government of India (“MHA”), has written to the Chief Secretaries of all States and the Administrators of all Union Territories, in pursuance of MHA Order dated 25th November, 2020 which provides Guidelines for Surveillance, Containment and Caution. The present Order will gain effect from 1st December, 2020 and remain effective till 31st December, 2020.

The letter highlights that while the active cases are decreasing, some States and Union territories are facing a spike in the number of COVID-19 cases which may aggravate in view of the ongoing festival season and the onset of winter which are favourable for the spread of the virus. Further, there is a laxity in following the guidelines issued by the MHA and the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MoHFW);

It will be the responsibility of local district, police and municipal authorities to ensure that the prescribed containment measures are strictly followed. State/ UT Governments shall ensure accountability of the officers concerned in this regard;

Covid-19 appropriate behaviour is also not being fully adhered to by the people. States/ UTs have been urged to take all necessary measures to promote Covid-19 appropriate behaviour. For implementing the basic requirement of wearing face mask, States/ UTs should take appropriate administrative measures, including imposition of suitable penalties;
It is also necessary to regulate crowds in markets, public transport and various gatherings. MoHFW will be issuing SOPs to regulate crowds in market places and public transport, which needs to be strictly enforced by States and UTs;

Furthermore, various gatherings are allowed upto a maximum of 50% of the hall capacity subject to a ceiling of 200 persons. Based on the assessment of the situation, State / UT Governments may reduce this ceiling to 100 persons or less in closed places. Moreover, in States/ UTs where the weekly case positivity rate is more than 10%, States / UTs may consider implementing staggered office timings and other suitable measures in order to reduce the number of employees attending offices;
It has been emphasized that the essence behind the graded re-opening and progressive resumption of activities is to move ahead. However, there is a concomitant need to exercise due care. States and UTs, based on their assessment of the situation, may impose local restrictions such as night curfew (with a view to contain the spread of COVID-19);

However, States/ UTs shall not impose local lockdowns outside the Containment Zones without prior consultation with the Central Government and 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.
MandatoryAll31.12.2020NO
CentralMHA rolls out fresh Guidelines in light of spike in new COVID-19 cases; States to consider staggered office timings in cities where weekly Case Positivity Rate (CPR) is above 10%; effective 1.12.202025-11-2020Further to the MHA Order dated September 30, 2020, which extended the COVID -19 restrictions till 30.11.2020, the Union Home Secretary has issued an Order dated 25th November, 2020 prescribing Guidelines for Surveillance, Containment and Caution (Guidelines) with a view to curb the spike in COVID-19 cases owing to several factors such as:

• Festivals
• Onset of winter and
• Laxity of observing COVID-19 guidelines issued by MHA

The said Guidelines will be in force upto 31.12.2020.

Please find enclosed the summary on the latest Order issued by Ministry of Home Affairs, dated 25th November, 2020.
MandatoryAll31.12.2020NO
Karnataka Karnataka Government publishes on its website a "Rapid Hospital Readiness Checklist" for hospitals25-11-2020The Government of Karnataka has issued on its website the Rapid hospital readiness checklist Interim Guidance Document dated 25th November, 2020 which has been originally issued by the World Health Organisation (“WHO”).

Objectives of this module: Rapid hospital readiness checklist for COVID-19:

The Rapid hospital readiness checklist for COVID-19 assesses hospitals’ governance, structures, plans and protocols to help countries rapidly determine their current capacities and gaps in services necessary to respond to the COVID19 pandemic, to help them identify major areas that require investment and action, and to develop plans to improve hospital readiness. The tool can be used periodically to monitor the development of hospitals’ capacity and operational readiness for emergencies. Although the Checklist's main focus is to assess hospital readiness, it can be adapted for use in long-term care facilities. In this document, the term hospital also applies to certain types of longterm care facilities. The Section on Using the Checklist describes the types of long-term care facilities for which this Checklist can be adapted.

General objective:

The WHO Rapid hospital readiness checklist for COVID-19 primarily assists hospitals in preparing to effectively respond to the pandemic by assessing existing capacities and identifying those areas that need further strengthening.

Specific objectives

The specific objectives of the Checklist are to:
• assess the capacities of a hospital against a set of requirements for effectively managing COVID-19 risks;
• identify gaps in a hospital’s readiness for the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as determine how it will maintain continuity in other essential health services (i.e. business continuity); and
• engage hospital personnel and stakeholders in the process of applying findings from the Checklist to strengthen coordination mechanisms by adapting existing hospital emergency management mechanisms, plans or procedures to manage the COVID-19 pandemic.

For a detailed read of the Checklist, please refer to the corresponding attached document.
MandatoryHospitalsno end date specifiedNO
NagalandGovernment of Nagaland issues revised SOP for travellers and returnees entering Nagaland25-11-2020The Government of Nagaland in a Notification dated 25th November, 2020 has issued a revised SOP for returnees and travellers entering Nagaland. The present SOP has been issued in supersession of the earlier SOP issued by the Government.

There are no restrictions on the entry of returnees and travellers into the State by flight, train, or road at any entry point except the normal Inner Line permit (ILP) restrictions.

The Key Highlights of the SOP are as follows -

1. It is mandatory for every returnee/inbound traveller to install and register in the nCOVID Nagaland Visitors App and Aarogya Setu before entering Nagaland.

2.  Every returnee/inbound traveller will be required to submit "Self Declaration Form" and for those opting for Home Quarantine the "Undertaking for Home quarantine" needs to be submitted. The declaration forms can be submitted via nCOVID Nagaland Visitors App or online at covid19.nagaland.gov.in or by WhatsApp to the respective district's helpline number. Travellers should complete the declaration forms in advance before arrival.

3. Any returnee which is found symptomatic on arrival will have to mandatorily report to the concerned district health authority.

4. Returnee/traveller who produces a negative report of COVID-19 test done not earlier than three (3) days prior to arrival in Nagaland through RT-PCR/TrueNaT/CBNAAT will be exempted from quarantine. The returnee/traveller should carry the soft/hard of the negative test report and produce it whenever asked by the competent authority. Returnees without negative test report and asymptomatic will undergo quarantine for 10 days.

5.  If a person in quarantine remains asymptomatic throughout the 10 days quarantine period, no testing will be required for release from quarantine.

6. Returnees/travellers if symptomatic on arrival, will be immediately tested.

7. If the duration of stay of any person entering the State by Air or in self-arranged conveyance is less than 48 hours, no advance testing will be required, and he/she will not be required to quarantine. The person concerned before his/her entry should however, install and register on Aarogya Setu, and during the period of stay will follow all the health safety protocols and in case of night-halt in the State will stay in a single room accommodation with attached bathroom.

8. Any person who goes out of the State by road in self arranged conveyance and returns within 24 hours without night halt, and asymptomatic on arrival at the point of Entry, will be exempted from quarantine and will carry on with his/her normal routine following all the health safety protocols. The concerned person before commencing the journey should obtain movement permit from the concerned DTF in which the point of exit falls.

9. Violators of the SOP will be penalized as per the relevant section of the Disaster Management Act 2005, and the Nagaland Epidemic Disease (COVID-19) Regulations, 2020.

For a detailed read, please refer to the attached SOP.
MandatoryAllNo end date specifiedNo
CentralMinistry of Health and Family Welfare directs National Institute of Biologicals to perform the function of Central Drugs Laboratory in order to meet the emergency requirements arisen owing to the COVID-19 pandemic24-11-2020The Ministry of Health and Family Welfare in a Notification dated 24th November 2020 has directed the National Institute of Biologicals to perform the function of Central Drugs Laboratory as an additional facility in respect of COVID-19 vaccine by virtue of the powers conferred under Sections 6 and 26B  read with section 33P of the Drugs and Cosmetics Act, 1940 and Rule 3 of the Drugs and Cosmetics Rules, 1945. 

Under circumstances of any inconsistency between this notification and any rule made under the afore-stated Act and Rule, the provisions of this notification shall prevail over such Act and Rule in public interest in order to meet the emergency requirements arisen owing to the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Please note that the notification shall remain in force up-to a period of 30th November, 2021.
MandatoryAllNo end date specifiedNo
JharkhandJharkhand Government promulgates Jharkhand Mineral Bearing Lands (Covid-19 Pandemic) Cess Act, 202024-11-2020The Government of Jharkhand by a Gazette Notification dated 24th November, 2020 has promulgated the Jharkhand Mineral Bearing Land (Covid-19 Pandemic) Act, 2020 ("Act"), which is repealing the Jharkhand Mineral bearing lands (Covid-19 Pandemic) Cess Ordinance, 2020.

The Act throws light on cess that has to be levied on mineral  bearing  land  for  the rehabilitation  / employment of labourers / migrant labourers, creating infrastructures in the  field  of  cottage/village  industries,  meme,  creating  employment  opportunities, mitigating the hardships caused due to loss of jobs, augmenting the existing health infrastructures and for other necessary purposes in the state of Jharkhand arising out of disaster by way of COVID-19 pandemic.

Under the Act, all the cess levied will be stored in a separate account which will be used for the following -

1. To mitigate the impact of disaster and epidemic; 
2. To provide the rehabilitation/employment to labourers; 
3. To create all such infrastructures in the field of Cottage/village Industries, MSME generating employment and mitigating the hardships caused due to loss of jobs due to the pandemic; 
4. To augment the existing health infrastructures;
5. To establish the community shelters/dormitories/kitchens/food securities etc;
6. To meet the expenses for transporting the migrating labourers; 
7. To provide support/compensate all such persons/families who have lost their lives, on account of this epidemic and or during their movement from other states into the state; 
8. To provide all such necessary help/logistic support for proper cultivation to the Agriculturist; 
9. To  provide  necessary  logistic  support  for  marketability  of  Agriculture produces; 
10. To  provide  all  necessary  assistance/support  to  all such  labourers, casual/migrant labourers, persons, who suffered loss of employment or suffered pecuniary losses during this epidemic or and for all such other purposes as the Government may specify, from time to time in the state of Jharkhand.

For a detailed read on the Act, please refer to the attached document.
MandatoryMineral bearing landNo end date specifiedNo
MaharashtraSOPs notified for persons travelling to Maharashtra; RT-PCR negative test report mandated for passengers travelling from NCR of Delhi,  Rajasthan, Gujarat and Goa23-11-2020In continuation to earlier Orders for implementing phase-wise opening of lockdown and easing of restrictions, the Government of Maharashtra has issued SOPs for the persons travelling to Maharashtra by Air, Trains or Roads; the SOPs have gained effect since 25th November, 2020.

Key Highlights:

Domestic Air Travel:

1. All domestic passengers travelling from airports in NCR of Delhi, States of Rajasthan, Gujarat and Goa are required to carry RT-PCR negative test report with them before boarding and also show it on arrival at the airport;

2. The sample collection for the above-mentioned RT-PCR should have been done within 72 hours of scheduled time of landing at Airports in Maharashtra;

3. Passengers not having RT-PCR test reports will need to undergo compulsory RT-PCR test at the concerned airports, at their own cost;

4. The passengers will only be allowed to proceed after undertaking the test as per protocol;

5. Passengers whose report comes positive will be contacted and treated as per existing protocol.

Railways:

1. All passengers travelling to Maharashtra in trains originating or having halt / stop at stations in the NCR of Delhi, States of Rajasthan, Gujarat and Goa will carry with them RT-PCR negative test report before entering Maharashtra;

2. The RT-PCR sample collection should have been done within 96 hours before the scheduled arrival in Maharashtra;

3. Passengers not having the RT-PCR test negative report will be screened for symptoms and body temperature at the alighting railway stations and the asymptomatic passengers may be allowed to go home;

4. Symptomatic passengers will be segregated and made to undergo Antigen Test. If the Antigen test is negative, the
passengers will be allowed to go home;

5. Passengers not testing / found COVID-19 positive, will be sent to COVID Care Centre (CCC) for further care. The cost of the same will be borne by the passenger themselves.

Road Travel:

1. All passengers coming from the NCR of Delhi, States of Rajasthan, Gujarat and Goa will be tested for symptoms including body temperature at State border;

2. passengers without symptoms will be allowed entry. Passengers with symptoms will have the option of turning back and go home to recuperate;

3. Passengers who display symptoms will be segregated and made to undergo Antigen Test. If the Antigen test comes back as negative, the passengers will be allowed to travel further into Maharashtra;

4. Passengers not testing / found COVID-19 positive will be sent to COVID Care Centre (CCC) for further care. The cost of the same will be borne by the passenger themselves.

For a detailed read, please refer to the Order.
Mandatory AllNo end date specifiedNo
MaharashtraMaharashtra Govt. permits racing activities at the Pune Race Course without any spectators23-11-2020In continuation to earlier Orders on easing of restrictions and phase wise re-opening of Lockdown (Mission Begin Again), the Government of Maharashtra has allowed racing activities at the Pune Race Course without any spectators (public) provided that the same is conducted outside the Containment Zone. The Standard Operating Procedure “SOP” with regards to the same will be issued by the Home Department.

Please note that all norms of social distancing and precautions to prevent Covid-19 as prescribed in the earlier Orders issued by the Department have to be followed.
MandatoryAllNO end date specifiedNA
MeghalayaEast Khasi Hills District, Meghalaya issues fresh prohibitory orders that will have to be followed till 30th November, 2020; night curfew introduced between 11:00 PM to 5:00 AM each day in the District 22-11-2020In light of COVID-19 pandemic in the State of Meghalaya, the District Magistrate, East Khasi Hills District in order to contain the pandemic has promulgated night curfew in East Khasi Hills District that is in force since 23rd November, 2020 upto 30th November, 2020 only for timings falling between 11:00 PM to 5:00 AM each day.

Key highlights pertaining to night curfew -

1. The order will not apply to medical teams and officials on COVID-19 duty, police, security and armed forces, Civil Defence and Home Guard volunteers, wholesale and retail pharmacies, Fire and Emergency service, MeECL, NEEPCO and Power Grid, FCI vehicles, officers and staff of corona care centres, press, print and electronic, Information and Public Relations Department, National Highways & Infrastructure Development Corporation Ltd, Shillong Municipal Board and Telecom service.

2. Movement of vehicles carrying essential goods, security forces, medical equipments and shops for repair of trucks on highways are also exempted. However, drivers and attendants of the vehicles will be subject to medical screening as per laid down protocols.

3. Curfew passes for timings falling between 11:00 PM to 5:00 AM upto 30th November, 2020 can be obtained via online application at eastkhasihills.gov.in.

In addition to the above, there is a prohibition of any assembly or gathering without due permission in all of East Khasi Hills District upto 30th November, 2020 only for timings falling between 5:00 AM to 11:00 PM each day. The following has been Ordered in this regard -

1. Operation of unregulated markets are prohibited and separate permission is needed from the office of the District Magistrate, East Khasi Hills District for operation of all cinema halls, swimming pools, theatres, auditoriums and similar recreational places, all forms of contact sports, competitive sports events and spectators in sports grounds and stadia.

2. All forms of large public gathering and congregation including social, political, entertainment, academic, cultural etc. are prohibited without permission from the Office of the District Magistrate, East Khasi Hills.

3. Moving in public, work places and during transport without a mask is prohibited along with spitting and consumption of liquor, paan, gutka, tobacco, etc. in public places.

4. General COVID preventive measures are to be followed such as maintaining social distancing of at least six feet, wearing of masks, respiratory etiquette etc.

5. Any individual or organization seeking to organize any function, meeting, ceremony or event will have to apply to the office of the District Magistrate, East Khasi Hills subject to a ceiling limit of 50 attendees or one-third the capacity of the hall/venue, whichever is less

6. Religious places/places of worship of all faiths are permitted to re-open subject to strict compliance to the SOP as laid down by the Government.

7. Schools will be permitted to open for activities such as teacher-student counselling, clearing doubts, addressing hard spots, sharing unit/lesson plans, assignments, submission of works, students assessment programme etc., as per guidelines issued by the Education Department, Government of Meghalaya.

8. For funeral and last rites related gatherings, the number of attendees must not exceed 50 or one-third the capacity, whichever is less. Wedding ceremonies will be allowed in compliance with the SOP issued by the Health and Family Welfare Department. However, the number of guests shall not exceed one-third the seating capacity of the place of worship/hall, while for reception the number of guests shall not be more than 50.

9. 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.

10. All residents of the District have to install Aarogya Setu Application and Behavioural Change Management App and regularly update their health status on the apps for containment of COVID-19 pandemic.

11. Private and public transport will operate in East Khasi Hills District as per the Order of the Transport Department, Government of Meghalaya. Further, movement of vehicles and other traffic arrangement will be regulated by the Police.

12. Inter-District movement of persons is permitted and inter-State movement of persons will be strictly monitored as per instruction of the Government of Meghalaya and all persons entering Meghalaya will have to mandatorily register for testing at http://meghalayaonline.gov.in/covid/testing.htm and they will have to strictly follow the testing and quarantine protocols issued by the Health Department.

Mandatory All30-11-2020No
DelhiDelhi Govt. prescribes fine of Rs. 2,000/- for violating guidelines on quarantine rules, social distancing, spitting in public places and consumption of paan and tobacco products in public places20-11-2020The Lt. Governor of National Capital Territory of Delhi has prescribed a fine of Rs. 2000/- for violation of guidelines prescribed under the Delhi Epidemic Diseases, (Management of COVID-19) Regulations, 2020 ("Regulations"), with regard to any of the following:

i. Observation of quarantine rules;
ii. maintaining social distancing;
iii. wearing of Face mask/ cover in all public places;
iv. prohibition of spitting in public places; and
v. prohibition on consumption of paan, gutkha, tobacco etc. in public places.

Background:

The above-mentioned has been made effective by amending Section 3(h) of the Regulations (which prescribe the power of authorised persons). Earlier, authorised persons could impose a fine of Rs. 500 for first violation and Rs.1000 for repeated violation of the above-mentioned guidelines. The same has been amended to enhance the penalty to Rs. 2000/-
MandatoryAllno end date specifiedNO
ChandigarhChandigarh Administration revises rates for COVID-19 test by private laboratories; maximum prices for RT-PCR and Rapid Antigen test to cost Rs. 900/- and Rs. 500/- respectively

20-11-2020The Health Department, Chandigarh (Department) has in an Order dated 20.11.2020 issued the revised rates for COVID-19 testing in Chandigarh.
The maximum rates chargeable for testing by private laboratories are fixed as follows:
1.  RT-PCR Testing - Rs. 900/- (Reduced from earlier fixed rate of Rs. 1200/-)
2. Rapid Antigen Test - Rs.500/- (Reduced from earlier fixed rate of Rs. 650/-)
The test rates are inclusive of GST/Taxes alongwith pick-up cost, PPE, packing, transportation of samples, and documentation and reporting within Chandigarh.

Additionally, all laboratories conducting COVID-19 tests have been instructed to follow the guidelines issued by ICMR from time to time.
MandatoryPrivate LaboratoriesNo end date specifiedNo
GujaratGujarat Government implements complete curfew in Ahmedabad from 20th November, 2020 to 23rd November, 202019-11-2020With a view to control the spread of COVID-19, the Government of Gujarat has declared complete curfew in Ahmedabad from 20th November, 2020 to 23rd November, 2020. Night curfew from 9:00 pm to 6:00 am to continue thereafter.
Only shops selling milk and medicines are permitted to open during the period of complete curfew.
Mandatoryall23-11-2020No
PunjabPunjab Govt. fixes rates for RT-PCR test for COV ID-19; issues directions for private labs and private diagnostic centres19-11-2020The Department of Health and Family Welfare, Punjab (“Department”) has directed that no Private laboratory should charge any amount more than Rs. 900/- for RT-PCR test for COV ID-19, inclusive of GST/Taxes, documentation and reporting in the State of Punjab. Any additional cost for home collection of samples is to be fixed by individual laboratory. The lab shall adhere to the following conditions:-

a. All the testing protocols as laid down by ICMR and the Government of India and the State Government from time to time shall he followed by the Private Laboratories

b. The Private Laboratories shall share the data pertaining to the results of tests for COV I D-19 with State Government and uploaded on ICMR portal on timely basis

c. At the time of sampling, the identification. address and verified mobile number of the person. who is being tested. must he noted for record, as per sample referral form (SRI:).

d. The data should he 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

e. All test results should he immediately communicated to the Civil Surgeon of the concerned district through e-mail with a copy to State IDSP cell of Punjab

f. All the private NABI. R ICMR approved laboratories arcs instructed that. information of the patient should be maintained with utmost confidentiality. All the private COVID- 19 testing laboratories must preserve the RT-PCR machine generated data and graphs for future verification by the State Government.

g. The laboratories arc also instructed to display rates in visible manlier. Further, in another Order, the Department has directed that no private diagnostic centre should charge any amount more that Rs.2000/- for CT Scan/HRCT Chest (inclusive of GST/Taxes, documentation and reporting in the state of Punjab. Further the diagnostic centres should adhere to the specific conditions-

1. All private diagnostic centres conducting CT Scan have to share their data with the district Civil Surgeon and they should not declare any COVID Positive or Negative report on the basis of  CT Scan without confirmation from COVID laboratory.

2. The diagnostic centres should also display the rates in visible manner.
MandatoryPrivate laboratories and private diagnostic centresNo end date specifiedNO
PuducherryGovernment of Puducherry dispenses with the requirement for night curfew; allows industries, establishments, shops etc. to open / function as per normal permissible timings; effective since 18th November, 202018-11-2020Pursuant to Unlock guidelines issued by the Ministry of Home Affairs and earlier guidelines on re-opening of more activities in a phased manner in areas outside Containment Zones (notified in earlier Order dated 30.09.2020 and 23.10.2020); the District Collector of Government of Puducherry has relaxed the following restrictions:

1. all industries, establishments, shops, hotels, restaurants, theatres and bars will remain open / function as per normal permissible times subject to the conditions mentioned in their licenses under relevant Shops and Establishment Act, Municipality Act, Excise Act etc.;
2. there shall be no night curfew;
3. time restrictions imposed in the Beach Road has been revoked with immediate effect.

The other guidelines will remain the same for the time being and the above-mentioned relaxations have been effective since 18th November, 2020.
MandatoryAllNo end date specifiedNo
TelanganaGovernment of Telangana revises rates chargeable by Private Hospitals and Private Laboratories for COVID-19 testing

18-11-2020The Health, Medical and Family Welfare Department, Telangana (Department) has in an Order dated 18.11.2020 issued the revised rates for COVID-19 testing in the state of Telangana.

The maximum rates chargeable for testing (RT-PCR) by private NABL & ICMR approved laboratories are fixed as follows:

1. Samples which are collected at the Labs / Hospitals (including all charges – test cost +PPE etc.,)- Rs. 850
2. Samples which are collected from home (including all charges – test cost + VTM + PPE etc.,)  - Rs. 1200.

This is a reduction from the earlier rates of Rs. 2,200 for samples which are collected at the Labs/Hospitals and Rs. 2,800 for samples collected from home.

Additionally, all private NABL & ICMR approved labs have been instructed to follow the guidelines issued by ICMR from time to time. All  Hospitals, Institutes and Labs  must also display the revised tariffs prominently and strictly comply with the same. Non-compliance shall attract action as per the law.
MandatoryPrivate laboratories, HospitalsNo end date specifiedYes
DelhiDelhi Govt notifies that the maximum persons allowed in marriage related gatherings have been reduced from 200 persons to 50 persons18-11-2020The Delhi Government has notified that the number of persons allowed in marriage related gatherings in NCT of Delhi, outside the Containment Zones, shall be subject to following conditions:
 
a. In closed spaces, a maximum of 50% of the hall capacity will be allowed, with a ceiling of 50 persons.

b. requirement of wearing face masks, maintaining social distancing, provisions for thermal scanning and use of hand wash or sanitizer will continue;

c. In open spaces, keeping the size of the ground /space in mind and subject to a ceiling of 50 persons, strict observance of social distancing, mandatory wearing of face masks, provision for thermal scanning and use of hand wash or sanitizer needs to be ensured.

All conditions/protocols, except number of persons allowed, as stipulated in earlier SOP dated 31st October, 2020 (attached) shall continue to apply in all marriage related gatherings in NCT of Delhi.

Background:

The situation of COVID-19 in Delhi has been reviewed and in view of the sudden surge in the number of COVID-19 cases, further aggravated due to rising pollution levels and various other contributing factors, the ceiling for maximum persons allowed in marriage related gatherings in NCT of Delhi outside the Containment Zones have been reduced from 200 to 50 persons only.

For a detailed read, please refer to the appended Order
Mandatoryallno end date specifiedNo
DelhiGovernor of NCT of Delhi extends timelines pertaining to expulsion of members and disputes referred to the Registrar for arbitration under the Delhi Cooperative Societies Act, 2003 till 30th November, 202018-11-2020The Office of the Registrar Cooperative Societies, Government of NCT of Delhi by Notifications dated 18th November, 2020, in view of COVID-19 pandemic has issued certain Orders.

The Governor of NCT of Delhi exercising its powers under the Delhi Cooperative Societies Act, 2003 ("Act") in light of various guidelines and restrictions imposed due to COVID-19 has Ordered the following -

1. All proceedings related to the proposals of expulsion of members referred by the committee of a cooperative housing society under the Act will be disposed off by 30th November, 2020 subject to the condition where the prescribed time limit of 180 days has expired and the final orders are yet to be passed.

2. All proceedings related to the question whether dispute referred to the Registrar under the Act for Arbitration and is not a dispute which is touching the constitution, management or the business of the cooperative society which are pending decision will now be decided by 30th November, 2020. 
Mandatory Cooperative societies30-11-2020No
DelhiGovernor of NCT of Delhi extends the timeline for election and nominations of members of committee; tenure of existing committees of certain societies has been extended till election of the new committee18-11-2020The Office of the Registrar Cooperative Societies, Government of NCT of Delhi by Notification dated 18th November, 2020, in view of COVID-19 pandemic has issued Order pertaining to election of and nomination of members of committee.

The Governor of NCT of Delhi exercising its powers under the Delhi Cooperative Societies Act, 2003 ("Act") in light of various guidelines and restrictions imposed due to COVID-19 has Ordered that in the case of cooperative societies, other than housing cooperative societies, whose membership exceeds One Thousand and where the election for constituting the new committees of the societies could not be conducted so far, the existing committees will arrange election of the new committee alongwith their AGM to be held between 20/11/2020 and 31/12/2020. The tenure of the existing Committees of these societies have been extended till the election of the new committees.

By earlier Order of the Department it was stipulated that General Body Meeting ("GBM") of members of the society can be convened between 20th November and 31st December, 2020 and under the prevailing condition of COVID-19 it would not be expedient to hold separate GBMs for election. 
Mandatory Cooperative societiesNo end date specified No
RajasthanSchools, colleges and educational and coaching institutions in Rajasthan to remain closed till 30th November, 2020 in light of COVID-19 pandemic17-11-2020The Home Department, Government of Rajasthan by an Order dated 17th November, 2020 has extended the closure Ordered for schools, colleges and educational and coaching institutions till 30th November, 2020.

By earlier Order dated 1st November, 2020, schools, colleges and educational and coaching institutions were Ordered to remain closed for students and regular class activities till 16th November, 2020 but by the present Order, this has been extended till 30th November, 2020. 
Mandatory Schools, colleges and educational and coaching institutions30-11-2020No
TelanganaTelangana Government modifies the Unlock 5 Order permitting a maximum of 100 people for social / academic / sports / entertainment / cultural / religious / political functions16-11-2020Government of Telangana partially modifies its Unlock 5 Order previously issued on 07.10.2020. With this modification the Government has specified the following conditions under which social / academic / sports / entertainment / cultural / religious / political functions and other gatherings can be held beyond the limit of 100 persons, outside Containment Zones.

1. In closed spaces, a maximum of 50% of hall capacity will be allowed, with a ceiling of 200 persons. Wearing of face masks, maintaining social distancing, provision for thermal scanning and use of hand wash or sanitizer will be mandatory.

2. In open spaces, keeping the size of the ground / space in view, and with strict observance of social distancing, mandatory wearing of face masks, provision for thermal scanning and hand wash or sanitizer more number of people may be permitted by District Collector(s) / Commissioner(s) of Police / Superintendent(s) of Police / Local bodies
MandatoryIndividualsNo end date specifiedNo
MeghalayaDM of East Khasi Hills in Meghalaya notifies guidelines for opening of shops in East Khasi Hills; shops to ensure compliance with the advisories issued by the Health and family Welfare Department16-Nov-20The District Magistrate of East Khasi Hills in Meghalaya has directed the following with regard to opening of shops in Khasi hills:

i shops with serial numbers 5, 6, 1 and 2 will be open on 16th, 19th, 25th and 28th November 2020 respectively;

ii. shops with serial numbers 3, 4, 5 and 6 will open on 17th, 20th, 23rd and 26th November 2020;

iii. shops with serial numbers 1, 2, 3 and 4 will open on 18th, 21st, 24th and 27th November 2020 .

The Incident Commander, Magistrates and Police shall regulate the operation of such shops and ensure that such shops ensure compliance with the advisories issued by the Health and family Welfare Department with special emphasis on maintaining social distance.

The public has been requested to maintain social distancing of at least 6 feet and not overcrowd in one area or shop.

Wearing of masks has been mandated in shops and non-compliance thereof will entail closure of shops.
MandatoryAllNo end date specifiedNo
MaharashtraReligious places allowed to open in Maharashtra since 16th November, 2020; SOPs notified for measures to contain the spread of COVID-19 in such places14-11-2020The Government of Maharashtra has allowed religious places and places of worship for public to open outside Containment Zones (as per  timings decided by the trust/board/authority of the respective religious places), since 16th November, 2020, and notified guidelines/SOPs on preventive measures to contain the spread of COVID-19 in such places:

Key Highlights:

1. Basic COVID-19 precautions such as wearing face masks, maintaining 6 feet distance, frequent washing of hands with soap and proper respiratory etiquettes, etc.;

2. mandatory hand hygiene (sanitizer dispenser) and thermal screening provisions at the entrance;

3. only asymptomatic to be allowed inside the premises;

4. Posters/ standees on preventive measures to curb the spread of COVID-19 to be displayed;

5. Visitors should be provided staggered entry;

6. Large gatherings and congregations remain prohibited;

 7. Specific markings may be made with sufficient distance to manage the queue and ensure social distancing in the premises;

8. there must be separate entry and exit points;

9. Touching of statues/idols/holy books etc. are not allowed;

10. Physical offerings like prasad and distribution or sprinkling of holy water not allowed inside the premises;

11. The premises must be frequently sanitized along with proper disinfection of frequently touched surfaces;

For a detailed read, please refer to the appended Order
Mandatory Religious places/places of worshipNo end date specifiedNo 
DelhiIn light of the festivals, onset winter, marriage season, pollution effects on health, Government of Delhi issues directions for directions for strict compliance in the NCR Region13-11-2020In an Order dated 13th November, 2020, the Health and Family Welfare Department, Government of Delhi (“Department”) has issued the following directions for strict compliance in the State-

1. All cases of symptomatic negatives of Rapid Antigen Tests should be Re¬tested with a follow-up RT-PCR tests.

2.  Tracing should be paid proper attention and it should be ensured that the contacts traced should be subjected to immediate testing and be kept under effective isolation till the test outcome.

3. Patients under home isolation should be regularly evaluated and physically visited by health teams to ensure proper adherence to isolation standards,

4. Analysis of cases emerging from entertainment areas, markets, workplaces and metro like services should be immediately conducted to identify possible clusters and immediate containment measures should be initiated.

5. More human resource such as civil defense volunteers and municipal sanitary inspectors should be identified and deployed for enforcing COVID appropriate behaviour and to prevent Fatigue amongst frontline workers.

6. People must be urged to celebrate festivals inside their homes, with their families and avoid gatherings.

7. Timely data updation on ICMR and COVID India portal.

Background-

The above instructions have been issued in light of the festivals, onset winter, marriage season, pollution effects on health, continuing return of migrants, and general increase of social, religious and economic activities due to the unlock implemented in the State.
MandatoryAllNo end date specifiedNO
Karnataka Health Department of Karnataka issues revised guidelines for international returnees into the State (Version 5)13-11-2020The Health Department of Karnataka has issued revised guidelines for international returnees to Karnataka (Version 5).

The guidelines are in line with recent revision of guidelines for international arrivals which were rolled out by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Government of India.

The guidelines are as follows:

1. Before planning for travel:

a. travellers to submit self-declaration form on the online portal https://www.newdelhiairport.in/airsuvidha/apho-registrationat least 72 hours before the scheduled date of travel;

b. before being allowed to undertake the journey, travellers to provide an undertaking on the portal or Ministry of Civil Aviation through the concerned airline that they would abide by the decision of the appropriate government authority to undergo facility quarantine or home quarantine or self monitoring of health for 14 days;

c. international passengers arriving in Karnataka will have to undergo a mandatory 14 days of home quarantine. However, they may seek exemption from home quarantine by submitting a negative RT-PCR test report. This test should have been conducted within 72 hours prior to undertaking the journey and the test report should be uploaded on the online portal;

d. international passengers arriving without an RT-PCR negative certificate and seeking exemption from home quarantine may also avail the facility available at the airports to undergo RT-PCR testing;

e. international passengers arriving without RT-PCR negative certificate and not opting for RT-PCR test at airport (if facility is available) / arriving at an airport where testing facility is not available will have to undergo mandatory 14 days of home quarantine;

f. only for compelling reasons / cases of human distress such as pregnancy, death in family, serious illness and parents with children of the age of 10 years or below and not having a negative RT-PCR report will be permitted to self-monitor their health for 14 days from date of arrival in India.

2. Before Boarding:

a. the tickets provided to the passengers will have Do's and Don'ts about COVID-19 quarantine, testing, etc.;

b. all passengers are advised to download Arogya Setu app, Quarantine watch app and Apthamitra App on their mobile devices. (https://covid19.karnataka.gov.ininew¬page/softwaresien);

c. At the time of boarding, only asymptomatic travellers will be allowed after thermal screening;

3. During Travel:

a. Travellers who had not filled the self-declaration form on the portal will have to fill the same in duplicate in the flight/ship and a copy of the same provided to health and immigration officials present at the airport/seaport. However, such travellers may also submit self-declaration form on the portal -(https://www.newdelhiairport.in/airsuvidha/apho-registration) at arriving airport/ seaport;

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

4. On Arrival:

a. De-boarding to be ensured by physical distancing of 2 meters;

b. Proper screening to be ensured of all passengers and self-declaration form to be obtained from each passenger;

5. International passengers arriving at seaports:

a. International Passengers arriving through seaports will also have to undergo the same protocol as mentioned above, except that facility for online registration is not available for such passengers currently;

b. Passengers to submit self-declaration form to the concerned authorities at seaports on arrival;

6. International passengers of other states arriving in Karnataka, if asymptomatic will be allowed to go to respective states with advice of home quarantine for 14 days;

7. Business travellers, short-term travellers and students who are writing exams in Karnataka will carry a negative RT-PCR test report which should have been conducted within 72 hours prior to undertaking the journey, will be exempted from home quarantine. However, they will undertake self-monitoring of their health for 14 days from date of arrival in India;

8. The cost of COVID-19 test if done, will be paid by the passengers themselves as per guidelines issued by Government of Karnataka from time to time;

9. Appropriate actions to be taken by the authorities if the passengers are found COVID-19 positive upon arrival;

10. Symptomatic passengers with fever, cough, cold, sore throat, loss of taste, loss of smell, weakness, body ache, diarrhoea, difficulty in breathing shall be segregated from other passengers and sent to dedicated COVID Health Centre for COVID testing for further action on the basis of test results;

11. Asymptomatic passengers opting for exemption from home quarantine shall undertake self monitoring of health for 14 days and be exempt from home quarantine;

12. International passengers arriving without RT-PCR negative certificate and not opting for RT-PCR test at airport / arriving at an airport where facility is not available, will have to undergo mandatory 14 days of home quarantine;

For a detailed read, please refer to the corresponding guidelines.
Mandatory AllNo end date specifiedNo
KarnatakaKarnataka issues Guidelines on sample collection and packaging by pooling for shifting the sample to lab for COVID testing13-11-2020The  Health Department of Karnataka has issued guidelines to be followed while moving samples to laboratories for COVID-19 testing.

1.Inform all the swab collectors if their Taluka / Zone is notified for pooling based on the last one week's positivity rate (should be <5%).

2.Train the swab collectors to segregate the samples at the point of collection as provided below:

a.Category A: should include the samples from all symptomatic individuals, dead patients and primary contacts of known positives.

(Note: Only close contacts like family members should be considered in this category).

b.Category B, should include samples from all other asymptomatic individuals.

3.Box containing Category B samples should be labelled as below:
"Samples for Pooling"
"Name of the Taluk: XYZ"

The spreadsheet for sharing the data of both taluk wise sample collection with number of proposed samples for pooling and testing details at COVID lab must be updated on daily basis on the weblink - https://drive.google.comlfile/d/1VlBuuDjpE0uOjoGx4DKnTb2XRzbFHNYH/view?usp=sharing 
MandatoryLaboratoriesNo End date SpecifiedNo
MaharashtraMaharashtra Govt. issues Mumbai Municipal Corporation (Amendment) Ordinance, 2020; informs that property tax of any building or land for the year 2020-2021 will be the same as 2019-202013-11-2020The Urban Development Department, Maharashtra, has issued the Mumbai Municipal Corporation (Amendment) Ordinance (“Ordinance”) in order to further amend the Mumbai Municipal Corporation Act, 1888 (“Act”).
The Ordinance has gained immediate effect.

A new provision has been inserted in *Section 154 which deals with “Rateable value or capital value how to be determined”.

Notwithstanding anything mentioned in **subsection 1(C) of the abovementioned section, the following subclauses have been inserted -

• Due to the spread of the pandemic, the capital value of a building/ land which has been fixed as per subsection 1(A) will not be revised for the year 2020-21.
• The property tax of any building or land for the year 2020-2021 will be the same as 2019-2020.
• The capital value of any building or land will be revised in 2021-2022.
• The next revision of the capital value of any building or land will be done in 2025-2026 and will thereafter be done as per subsection 1(C).

Background:

Owing to the pandemic and the lockdown that has been implemented, small scale industries, educational institutions, factories, development work have suffered adverse economic effects. Various owners, institutions and people’s representatives have made the representation for exemption of payment of property tax or concession with respect to it.

In light of the prevailing situation and the representations received, the present Ordinance has been promulgated.
____________________________
*Section 154 of the Act deals with Rateable value 8[or capital value] how to be determined.
**Section 154 (1C)-  The capital value of any building or land fixed under sub-section (1A) shall be revised every five years :
Provided that, the Commissioner may, for reasons to be recorded in writing, revise the capital value of any building or land any time during the said period of five years and shall accordingly amend the assessment book in relation to such building or land under section 167.
MandatoryAllNo end date specifiedno
Karnataka

Karnataka allows re-opening of water based activities in entertainment parks subject to conditions; swimming pools to remain closed
12-11-2020The Commissionerate, Health and Family Welfare Services, Karnataka (Department) has, in a Circular dated November 12, 2020 permitted the water based activities and water rides in Entertainment Parks to be opened subject to ensuring adequate and regular water filtration and chlorination. However, it is clarified that swimming pools will continue to remain closed.

The present Order is in continuation of the earlier issued guidelines on implementing preventive measures in Entertainment Parks and other similar places to contain the spread of COVID-19.
MandatoryEntertainment parksNo End date SpecifiedNo
HaryanaHaryana Govt. reduces the rate of TrueNAT Testing in the state; applicable to all private laboratories

12-11-2020In continuation to its previous Orders, the Department of Health and Family Welfare, Government of Haryana (“Department”) in an order dated 12th November, 2020 the has directed private laboratories in the State to adhere to the following rates for COVID 19 testing inclusive of GST/ Taxes (if any), cost involved in pick up, PPE , packing, transportation of samples, documentation, reporting in the state of  Haryana-

1. CBNAAT Testing – Rs. 2,400/- (already fixed)
2. TrueNat Testing – Rs. 1,250 (Earlier Rs.2,000/-)
3. RtPCR Testing- Rs. 900/- (already fixed)
4. Rapid Antigen Testing- Rs. 500/- (already fixed)
5. IgG based ELISA Testing- Rs. 250/- (already fixed)

It is reiterated that, all the laboratories conducting COVID-19 testing have been directed to adhere to the guidelines and SOPs mentioned in the earlier Orders, and follow all testing protocols laid down by ICMR and MoHFW, Govt. of India from time to time.
Mandatorylaboratoriesno end date specifiedNO
HaryanaHaryana allows bursting of only green crackers on specified festivals from 08.00 pm till 10.00 pm only11-11-2020In an Order dated November 11, 2020 the Deputy Commissioner, Panchkula, Haryana has prohibited the bursting of crackers in District Panchkula subject to the followings exemptions:-
1. Only green crackers are permitted .
2. Bursting of crackers shall be allowed on Diwali days or on any other festivals like Gurupurab etc. from 08.00 pm till 10.00 pm only.

The step is taken as a measure of precaution in view of COVID-19 pandemic and considering the health of citizens.

It is observed that amidst the COVID-19 pandemic through which the State of Haryana is passing and the onset of winter season, the elderly, children, persons with co-morbidities and others, may develop respiratory problem.

Further, during the approaching festive season of Diwali, Gurupurab and Kartik Purnima, people usually burst crackers which can adversely affect the respiratory health of vulnerable groups, besides, aggravating health condition of COVID-19 positive persons and persons staying in home isolation. In view of this and pursuant to the Hon'ble NGT order dated 09.11.2020 the present Order is issued.

The Regional Officer, Haryana State Pollution Control Board, Panchkula has been directed to strictly monitoring in the District, Panchkula for 14 days for air quality parameters proposed by CPCB with regard to bursting of firecrackers.

The Deputy Commissioner of Police, Panchkula Sub Divisional Magistrate and all Executive Magistrates and SHOs are responsible for enforcement of the prohibitory orders.

A violation the Order will invite immediate penal action under Section 51 to 60 of Disaster Management Act, 2005 besides legal action under Section 188 of the IPC and others provisions as applicable.
MandatoryIndividualsNANo
Jammu and KashmirState Executive Committee, Jammu and Kashmir issues directions regarding activities related to sale and use of fire crackers in the capital cities of Jammu and Srinagar10-11-2020In light of approaching festive season of Diwali, Gurupurab, Kartik Purnima, Christmas and New Year, the Department of Disaster Management, Relief, Rehabilitation and Reconstruction, Jammu and Kashmir has issued directions regarding activities related to sale and use of fire crackers in the capital cities of Jammu and Srinagar.

As the festival season is approaching, the use of fire crackers during the COVID-19 pandemic and the approaching winters can affect the respiratory health of vulnurable groups, besides aggravating the health condition of COVID-19 patients/persons staying in home isolation.

Therefore the State Executive Committee has decided to issue the directions in continuation to the Hon'ble National Green Tribunal ("NGT") Order dated 9th November, 2020 which instructed the States/UTs about the sale and use of crackers during the festive season. The following directions will have to be followed in the capital cities of Jammu and Srinagar -

1. Only green crackers will be permitted for sale and use in the cities of Jammu and Srinagar;

2. The use/bursting of these green crackers will be restricted to only two hours during the festivals. The timing will be 8 pm to 10 pm on Diwali and Gurupurab, from 6 am to 8 am on Chatt and from 11:55 pm to 12:30 am on eve of Christmas and New Year;

Any violation of the above mentioned directions will attract immediate penal action under Section 51 to 60 of Disaster Management Act, 2005 besides legal action under Section 188 of the IPC and other provisions as applicable. 
Mandatory AllNo end date specifiedNo
KarnatakaKarnataka Government issues guidelines to be followed in the State while celebrating Diwali10-11-2020In consonance with the Order dated 9th November, 2020 issued by the Hon’ble Green Tribunal, the Government of Karnataka has rolled out guidelines to be followed in the State while celebrating Diwali:
• Green firecrackers are allowed;
• Temporary green fireworks stores are permitted to open;
• Further, such stores to display a copy of license issued by the concerned Authority;
• The green fire work stores have to ensure daily santization and maintain 6 feet social distancing;
• There should not be any crowding while purchasing fireworks;
Central Pollution Control Board, Regional Directorate, Bangalore and Karnataka State Pollution Control Board will monitor the quality of air throughout the State and display the reports on their websites and send reports to the Central Pollution Control Board, New Delhi.
The above-mentioned guidelines will remain in force till 30th November, 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
mandatoryAllNo end date specifiedNO
CentralICMR issues evidence based advisory on molecular testing of COVID-1910-11-2020The Indian Council of Medical Research has on 10th November, 2020 issued an evidence based advisory on molecular testing of COVID-19 along with  availability of testing platforms and their recommended use, as follows -
i. Molecular diagnosis of SARS-CoV-2 is considered to be the best diagnostic modality for early detection of infection.
ii. Amongst molecular diagnostics, open system real-time reverse transcriptase polymerase chain reaction (rRT-PCR) was the first approach to be adopted globally.
iii.  Given the need for rapidly implementing large scale testing for SARS-CoV-2, the field of molecular diagnostics for SARS-CoV-2 has evolved rapidly. Now other technologies like closed system RT-PCR i.e., CBNAAT platforms, RT-LAMP assays and CRISPR-based diagnostics have also become available.
iv. All these platforms are validated with open system rRT-PCR test as gold standard and are approved for use only if they have sensitivity and specificity comparable to the open system rRT-PCR.
v. In view of this, the closed system RT-PCR i.e., CBNAAT platforms like TrueNat, GeneXpert, USFDA approved cartridge based systems like Abott and other platforms like RT-LAMP assay, CRISPR based tests etc. are considered equivalent to the open system rRT-PCR.
vi. The available newer molecular assays as well as other evolving molecular technologies, if validated and found comparable to open system rRT-PCR, can be equally considered for use.
AdvisoryPharmaceutical and Laboratories  
CentralMCA allows belated filings due till 30.11.2020 to be filed under the LLP Settlement Scheme, 2020; statement of account and solvency for FY 2019-20 signed beyond the period of 6 months from end of FY but not later than 30.11.2020 not to be considered as non-compliance

09-11-2020The Ministry of Corporate Affairs (MCA) has in a Circular dated November 9, 2020 issued further relaxation with regard to the applicability of the LLP Settlement Scheme 2020 (Scheme) to a defaulting LLP.

As per the Scheme any defaulting LLP was permitted to file belated documents which were due for filing till 31st August 2020 in accordance with the provisions of the Scheme. Now, this date has been extended to 30th November 2020, and accordingly, belated filings due till then can be filed under this Scheme.

Additionally,  the Circular specifies that if a statement of account and solvency for the financial year 2019-2020 has been signed
beyond the period of 6 months from the end of financial year but not later than 30th November, 2020, the same will not be deemed as non-compliance.

For a detailed read, please refer to the appended document.
MandatoryLLP31-12-2020Yes
Madhya PradeshMadhya Pradesh Govt. issues Order for controlling the spread of the pandemic COVID 19 during winter season09-11-2020The Health Department of Madhya Pradesh (“Department”) has issued the following guidelines with a view to control the spread of COVID-19 during winter:

A. Precautions to be taken at workplace:
• Workplaces  to ensure regular disinfection of open areas such as gardens, food courts, etc. with 1% sodium hypochlorite solution;

• Workplaces to ensure that the handles, lift buttons, hand rails, swings,  slips - straps, chairs, tables, benches, toilet taps, etc. and wall and floor are cleaned with 1% sodium hypochlorite solution before opening the office;
 
• Adequate arrangement of soap or hand sanitizer should be made at hand washing places at workplaces; 

• Cleanliness of drinking water and hand washing stations, toilets, showers etc. should be ensured.  Dustbins with lid should be placed in public places so that the face cover / mask used by the employees and staff can be safely disposed; 

B. General instructions for the control of COVID 19:
• Proper protection to be ensured from exposure to cold by using long sleeved clothing and woollen clothes or multi-layered garments;

• Awareness to be ensured with regard to measures for protecting head and feet from cold alongwith preventive measures against sudden change in body temperature;

• During the winter season, smoke or polluted air tends to accumulate downwards, which may cause problems for people with respiratory / heart disease as well as the elderly. Therefore, such persons should avoid stepping out of the house;
 
• People should avoid going to closed and crowded places like markets, amusement parks, theatres, religious events, wedding ceremonies etc.

• Social distancing of 6 feet to be ensured;

• Use of face cover / mask is mandatory;

C. The Order further provides administrative directions stating that adequate arrangements should be made for clean and washed quilt blankets in hospitals, essential medicines for management of respiratory problems, oxygen supply, etc.

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 specifiedNA
HaryanaDM, Rewari prohibits the use of any type of crackers in the territorial limits of District Rewari06-11-2020In an Order dated 6th November, 2020 the District Magistrate, Rewari has prohibited the use of any type of crackers in the territorial limits of District Rewari.

Violation of the Order will attract penalties under the provisions of the Indian Penal Code, 1860 and Explosives Act, 1884 and Explosives Rules, 2008.

The Order has gained effect immediately and will remain in force till 15th November, 2020.

The Superintendent of Police, DMs and other officers are directed to ensure strict compliance of the Order.  They are further directed to conduct raids along-with the SHO concerned and initiate penal action.
MandatoryNA15-11-2020NA
ChandigarhChandigarh imposes complete ban on sale or use of firecrackers; violation to attract penalty 06-11-2020In an Order dated November 6, 2020 the State Disaster Management Authority, Chandigarh has imposed a complete ban on the sale or use of firecrackers of any kind throughout the union territory in order to prevent the risk of spreading Covid-19 due to pollution resulting from bursting of such firecrackers.

The Order also states that a violation in this regard would attract penalty  under section 51 to 60 of the Disaster Management Act, 2005.
MandatoryFire crackers manufacturing/ selling,, IndividualsNo end date specifiedNo
DelhiDelhi Pollution Control Committee imposes complete ban on bursting and sale of all kinds of firecrackers in the NCT of Delhi06-11-2020In the wake of the crisis caused by the COVID-19 pandemic along with high air pollution in Delhi, the Delhi Pollution Control Committee ("DPCC") has imposed a complete ban on bursting and sale of all kinds of fire crackers with effect since 7th November, 2020 upto 30th November, 2020 in the NCT of Delhi.

Background:

In an earlier Notification dated 29th October, 2020, DPCC had prohibited the bursting of fire crackers and restricted Licensed Traders from selling / storing firecrackers except those with reduced  emission and in compliance with PESO prescribed standards.

The present Notification is in supersession of the earlier directions and imposes a complete ban on selling and bursting of firecrackers.

For a detailed read, please refer to the corresponding Notification
MandatoryAll30.11.2020No
Karnataka Karnataka Labour Dept. issues advisory to employers regarding grant of leave to employees infected with COVID-19 for the period of quarantine; move aimed at containment of COVID-19 and ensuring safety of employees06-11-2020In light of the fact that COVID-19 infected persons are required to be under quarantine, the Karnataka Labour Department has issued an advisory to employers of private establishments with regard to grant of leaves to employees who have been infected with COVID-19 and are quarantined:

Key Highlights:

1. The period for which an employee needs to be quarantined owing to COVID-19 infection shall not be treated as unauthorised leave;

2. Allow COVID-19 infected employees to utilize their quota of leaves for the period during which they are required to be under quarantine;

3. The employees not covered under the purview of ESIC and not entitled to leaves, to be granted leave for quarantine upon being infected by COVID-19;

4. In case some employees do not have leaves on their account, employers have been advised to facilitate transfer of leave from the account of other employees in order for them to undergo quarantine;

5. If employees have utilized their leaves, employers have been advised to provide advance leaves for the COVID-19 positive employees to be able to quarantine themselves;

6. When employers are unable to grant leave to employees and if such employees do not have any leave in their quota, employers and employee may consult with each other regarding granting of special leaves for such period and reach an amicable solution;

The above-mentioned guidelines have been prescribed to ensure containment of COVID-19 and safety of employees.

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.
Advisory Private Offices No end date specifedNo
RajasthanRajasthan State Assembly passes the Rajasthan Epidemic Diseases (Amendment) Bill, 2020; mandates wearing masks /face cover in public places including workplaces, private/public transport, gatherings etc.05-11-2020The Government of Rajasthan has introduced the Rajasthan Epidemic Diseases (Amendment) Bill, 2020 (“Bill”) in the Rajasthan Legislative Assembly on 31st October, 2020 which was subsequently passed on 2nd November, 2020. The Bill proposes amendments to the Rajasthan Epidemic Diseases Act, 2020.

Through this Bill, the Government has proposed to add a new clause to prohibit the movement of any person in public place, public transport, private transport, workplace or any social, political, general function or gathering without properly covering his mouth and nose with face mask or face cover.

The amendment will be effective upon being published in the Official Gazette.
Mandatory AllNo end date specifiedNo
West BengalCalcutta High Court issues order specifying COVID-19 protocol to be followed during Kali Puja; imposes restrictions on bursting/selling of firecrackers 05-11-2020The Calcutta High Court (Court) has in an Order dated November 5, 2020 issued certain guidelines/ protocols to be followed with regard to the upcoming Kali Puja celebrations.

Taking a cue from the earlier orders issued with regard to Durga Puja, the Court has issued the present Order in the matter of Ms. Anasua Bhattacharya Vs. State of West Bengal & Ors.

1. All pandals will continue to be No-Entry Zones, including an area of 5 metre beyond the pandals on all the open sides. Only dhakis will be permitted to occupy the space beyond the pandals and within the 5 metre zone. Except for dhakis, the 5 metre zone must be kept completely free at all times.

2. For the smaller pandals, where the covered area excluding the dais is upto 150 square metre, only 10 persons are allowed be in such covered area at any given point of time. For pandals with a covered area between 150 square metre and 300 square metre excluding the dais, the number of persons at any point of time may be 15. For bigger pandals, in excess of 300 square metre in area excluding the dais, a maximum of 45 persons can be within the pandals at any given point of time.

3. Sanitisers must be available at the puja pandals and wearing of masks is mandatory within and around the pandal area. Distancing norms must be maintained at all times both within the pandals and in an around the pandals.

4. Immersions to be low-key affairs. Processions for such purpose to not be permitted. The use of bands and lights at the time of immersion is prohibited. Local police may provide for staggered timings so that the immersion ghats are not overcrowded.

The Court also directed the State to ensure that there is no use or display or bursting of firecrackers at all during the Kali Puja and Diwali celebrations. Only wax or oil-based diyas would have to suffice in view of the larger public interest. It was clarified that this direction pertaining to firecrackers will be effective all over West Bengal and will also extend to Chhat Puja, Jagadhatri Puja and Guru Nanak’s birthday celebrations coming up.

The Court further directed that the police must maintain a strict vigil to ensure that there is no sale or purchase of firecrackers of any form in the State between now and the end of the month. Every effort must be made to confiscate firecrackers and any kind of like material which have the potential to pollute the air. Immediate appropriate measures must be taken by the police against those seeking to act in contravention of these directions and the State must ensure that no firecrackers of any kind are brought into the State, except for immediate transit to another State.

The Order clarifies that the word “firecrackers” used in the Order will include all types of sparklers and the like, whether or not the use or burning thereof involves any sound or light being generated.

For a detailed read of the Order, please refer to the attached file. 
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CentralMoHFW revises Guidelines for international arrival; International passengers arriving without an RT-PCR negative certificate can undergo RT-PCR testing at the airport 05-11-2020The Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (“Ministry”) has, in an Order dated 5th November, 2020 issued Guidelines for international arrivals (“Guidelines”) in supersession of the earlier Guidelines dated 2nd August, 2020.

A. Before Planning for Travel
i. All travellers must submit self-declaration form on the online portal (www.newdelhiairport.in) at least 72 hours before the scheduled travel or physically after arrival at the respective health counters.
ii. Give an undertaking on the portal or otherwise to Ministry of Civil Aviation, Govt. of India, through concerned airlines before they are allowed to undertake the journey that they would abide by the decision of the appropriate government authority to undergo facility / home quarantine/ self-monitoring of their health for 14 days, or as warranted.
iii. Only for compelling reasons/ cases of human distress such as pregnancy, death in family, serious illness and parent(s) with children of the age of 10 years or below, home quarantine may be permitted for 14 days. If you wish to seek for exemption apply to the online portal (www.newdelhiairport.in) at least 72 hours before boarding. The decision taken by the government as communicated on the online portal will be final.
iv. Travelers may also seek exemption from institutional quarantine by submitting a negative RT-PCR test report. This test should have been conducted within 72 hrs prior to undertaking the journey. The test report should be uploaded on the portal for consideration. Each passenger shall also submit a declaration with respect to authenticity of the report and will be liable for criminal prosecution, if found otherwise. The test report could also be produced upon arrival at the point of entry airport in India.
v. International passengers arriving without an RT-PCR negative certificate and wishing to seek exemption from institutional quarantine may also avail the facility available at the airports to undergo RT-PCR testing (where such provisions exist)
vi. All such passengers opting for exemption from institutional quarantine as in para (iv) & (vi) must undertake self-monitoring of their health and will be exempted from quarantine. viii. International passengers arriving without RT-PCR negative certificate and not opting for RT PCR test at airport (if facility is available) /arriving at an airport where testing facility is not available will have to undergo mandatory 7 days’ institutional quarantine and 7 days’ home quarantine.
B. Before Boarding
i. Dos and Don'ts shall be provided along with ticket to the travellers by the airlines/agencies concerned.
ii. All passengers shall be advised to download Aarogya Setu app on their mobile devices.
iii. At the time of boarding the flight, only asymptomatic travellers will be allowed to board after thermal screening.
iv. Suitable precautionary measures such as environmental sanitation and disinfection shall be ensured at the airports.
v. During boarding all possible measures to ensure physical distancing are to be ensured.
C. During Travel
i. Travellers who had not filled in self-declaration form on the portal shall fill the same in duplicate in the flight and a copy of the same will be given to Health and Immigration officials present at the airport.
ii. Suitable announcement about COVID-19 including precautionary measures to be followed shall be made at airports and in flights and during transit.
iii. While on board the flight, required precautions such as wearing of masks, environmental hygiene, respiratory hygiene, hand hygiene etc. are to be observed by airline staff, crew and all passengers.
D. On Arrival
i. Deboarding should be done ensuring physical distancing.
ii. Thermal screening would be carried out in respect of all the passengers by the Health officials present at the airport. The self-declaration form filled online shall be shown (or a copy of physical self-declaration form to be submitted) to the airport health staff.
iii. The passengers found to be symptomatic during screening shall be immediately isolated and taken to medical facility as per health protocol.
iv. Post thermal screening, the passengers who have been exempted from institutional quarantine will show the same to the respective State Counters on their cell phones/other mode before being allowed home quarantine for 14 days.
v. Post thermal screening, the passengers who have RT-PCR negative certificates already with them will be exempt from quarantine and shall be allowed to leave and undertake self-monitoring of their health for 14 days.
vi. All such passengers will also be provided the list of the national and state level surveillance officers and the respective call centre numbers, so as to inform state/national Call Centre in case they develop symptoms at any time during the quarantine or self-monitoring of their health.
vii. The remaining passengers shall be taken to suitable institutional quarantine facilities, to be arranged by the respective State/ UT Governments to undergo mandatory 7 days’ institutional quarantine and 7 days’ home quarantine.
viii. These passengers shall be kept under institutional quarantine for a minimum period of 7 days.
a. They shall be tested as per ICMR protocol.
b. If they are assessed as asymptomatic / pre-symptomatic/ very mild cases, they will be allowed home isolation or isolated in the Covid Care Centre (both public & private facilities) as appropriate.
c. Those having mild/ moderate/ severe symptoms will be admitted to dedicated Covid Health facilities and managed accordingly.
d. If found negative, they shall be advised to self-monitor their health for additional 7 days.
E. International passengers arriving at seaports/land ports
i. International Passengers arriving through seaports/land ports will also have to undergo the same protocol as above, except that facility for online registration is not available for such passengers currently.
ii. Such passengers shall submit the self-declaration form to the concerned authorities of Government of India at seaports/land ports on arrival.
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Tamil NaduIf the Govt communicates the Order granting/ refusing layoff within the stipulated period of 60 days, the petitioner does not have the benefit of deemed approval; says TN Labour Department 05-11-2020If the Government communicates the Order granting/ refusing layoff within the stipulated period of 60 days, the petitioner applying for a lay off does not have the benefit of deemed approval as per *Section 25M of the Industrial Disputes Act, 1947.

In an Order dated 5th November, 2020 the Labour and Employment Department, Government of Tamil Nadu (“Department”) has issued the Order to M/s. Ambattur Fashion India Private Limited (“Petitioner”) allowing them to lay off their employees upto 31st March, 2021.

Background:

Facts-

The Management the Petitioner, through a letter dated 29th June, 2020 had requested the Department to grant permission to lay-off their workmen w.e.f 1st June, 2020. The said request had arisen as the order for manufacture of readymade garments were cancelled due to the outbreak of the pandemic COVID 19.

The Department , on 16th June, 2020 had returned the application for re-submission providing sufficient time for examining the request.

Subsequently, in another letter dated 18th June, 2020 the management of the petitioner requested the Government to grant them the permission of lay off. As the application was received by the Government on 20th June, 2020 the 60 days period is completed by 19th August, 2020.

However, the Department had rejected the application within the stipulated period of 60 days. Therefore, the petitioner does not have the benefit of deemed approval as per Section 25M of the Industrial Disputes Act, 1947.

Aggrieved by the rejection, the Petitioner filed an application before the Madras High Court to quash the Order of the Department dated 18th August, 2020.

The Madras High Court, while setting aside the Order dated 18th August, 2020 asked the Department to re-consider the application in light of the subsequent reports of the Officers of the Labour Department and Advocate Commissioner regarding the consent of the workmen for lay off in the establishment.

Report on Enquiry-

On an enquiry done by the Commissioner of Labour it was ascertained by that 316 employees of the Petitioner had agreed to the layoff. Further, as the COVID 19 restrictions have been eased in the State, the petitioner company continues to work for one shift even after applying for lay- off. More than 54% of the employees have resigned from their jobs and they have been paid their legal dues and a sizeable number of workers have already been reduced. Hence considering the present scenario, the Government may decide on the permission of lay off that the petitioner has applied for.

What was held-

Thereafter, the Department conducted personal hearing with the Management and workers representative of the Petitioner on 29th October, 2020 and heard the contentions of both the parties. The Petitioner contended that though they continue to work during the present COVID 19 situation, they find it difficult to manage and requested for a lay off till July, 2021.

Owing to the fact that 316 employees have agreed to the lay off and that the COVID 19 situation is improving and economies are opening, the Department has now granted the petitioner the permission to lay off its employees till 31st March, 2021.

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*Section 25M of the Industrial Disputes Act, 1947 deals with Prohibition of lay- off:

(1) No workman (other than a badli workman or a casual workman) whose name is borne on the muster rolls of an industrial establishment to which this Chapter applies shall be laid- off by his employer except 1 with the prior permission of the appropriate Government or such authority as may be specified by that Government by notification in the Official Gazette (hereinafter in this section referred to as the specified authority), obtained on an application made in this behalf, unless such lay- off is due to shortage of power or to natural calamity, and in the case of a mine, such lay- off is due also to fire, flood, excess of inflammable gas or explosion].

(2) An application for permission under sub- section (1) shall be made by the employer in the prescribed manner stating clearly the reasons for the intended lay- off and a copy of such application shall also be served simultaneously on the workmen concerned in the prescribed manner.

(3) Where the workman (other than badli workmen or casual workmen) of an industrial establishment, being a mine, have been laid- off under sub- section (1) for reasons of fire, flood or excess of inflammable gas or explosion, the employer, in relation to such establishment, shall, within a period of thirty days from the date of commencement of such lay- off, apply, in the prescribed manner, to the appropriate Government or the specified authority for permission to continue the lay- off.

(4) Where an application for permission under sub- section (1) or sub- section (3) has been made, the appropriate Government or the specified authority, after making such enquiry as it thinks fit and after giving a reasonable opportunity of being heard to the employer, the workmen concerned and the persons interested in such lay- off, may, having regard to the genuineness and adequacy of the reasons for such lay- off, the interests of the workmen and all other relevant factors, by order and for reasons to be recorded in writing, grant or refuse to grant such permission and a copy of such order shall be communicated to the employer and the workmen.

(5) Where an application for permission under sub- section (1) or sub- section (3) has been made and the appropriate Government or the specified authority does not communicate the order granting or refusing to grant permission to the employer within a period of sixty days from the date on which such application is made, the permission applied for shall be deemed to have been granted on the expiration of the said period of sixty days.

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GujaratGujarat Govt. rescinds its Notification dated 20.07.2020 granting exemption to all factories registered under the Factories Act, 1948; directs factories to pay overtime wages to all eligible workers05-11-2020This is to inform you that in a Notification dated 5th November, 2020 the Labour and Employment Department, Government of Gujarat (“Department”) has rescinded its earlier Notification dated 20th July, 2020 granting exemption to all factories registered under the Factories Act, 1948 ) and has further directed all factories to pay overtime wages to all eligible workers who have been working since the issuance of the abovementioned Notification in accordance with *Section 59 of the Factories Act, 1948.
Background:
The Department, in its previous Notification dated 20th July, 2020 had exempted all factories registered under the Factories Act, 1948 ("Act") from various provisions relating to weekly hours, daily hours, intervals for rest etc. of adult workers from 20th July, 2020 till 19th October, 2020.
Thereafter, the Gujarat Mazdoor Sabha and Ors. filed a Writ Petition challenging the Notification before the Hon’ble Supreme Court of India wherein the Hon’ble Supreme Court had allowed the Writ Petition had quashed the abovementioned Notification dated 20th July, 2020  and directed that overtime should be paid to all eligible workers.
In light of the said judgment of the Hon’ble Supreme Court, the Department has issued the present Notification.
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*Section 59 of the Factories Act, 1948 deals with Extra wages for overtime
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Madhya PradeshMinistry of AYUSH issues the National Clinical Management Protocol based on Ayurveda and Yoga for management of COVID-19 05-11-2020The Ministry of AYUSH has, in a notification dated 5th November, 2020, issued the National Clinical Management Protocol based on Ayurveda and Yoga for management of COVID-19 ("Protocol").

In light of the understanding that good immune system is vital for the prevention and safeguard from disease progression, the Protocol based on Ayurveda and Yoga is believed to play a pivotal role to augment preventive measures provided by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare for containing the spread of COVID-19.

The Protocol prescribes general physical  measures as well as dietary measures for precaution against COVID-19. The Protocol also lists down specific measures for

i. Prophylactiv care
ii. Asymptomatic  patients who have tested COVID-19 positive
iii. for mild COVID - 19 posiitve patients
iv. Post COVID management

Please refer to the appended document for details.
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MaharashtraMaharashtra Govt. grants tax exemption to Transport Vehicles due to Covid-19 Situation.

04-11-2020In light of the pandemic, the Government of Maharashtra has decided to give tax exemption to the contract vehicles paying annual tax in the state.
Further, if the vehicle owner has paid the tax for the period April 2020 to September, 2020, it will be adjusted in the tax payable for the next period i.e. from October, 2020 to March, 2021.
Please note that the Notification is in vernacular and has been translated to the best of our understanding.
For a detailed read please refer to the attached document.
MandatoryAllNo end date specifiedNO
SikkimSikkim Government imposes ban on bursting of firecrackers in the State04-11-2020In an Oder dated November 4, 2020, the Home Department, Sikkim has imposed a complete ban on bursting of firecrackers in the state till further orders.
The Order states that COVID-19 cases in the state are on a decline and bursting of firecrackers will increase the level of air pollution which will be hazardous for both recovered as well as active patients in the state. Accordingly, the present Order is passed. District Magistrates and Police Superintendents have also been directed to take necessary measures/ action to ensure compliance with this Order.
MandatoryIndividualsNo end date specifiedNo
Gujarat Gandhinagar District Collector extends lockdown in Containment Zones till 30th November, 2020; prescribes fines for people violating COVID-19 preventive measures03-11-2020District Collector of Gandhinagar has issued lockdown related restrictions in light of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic in the Gandhinagar District of Gujarat.

Lockdown in Containment Zones has been extended till 30th November, 2020 and activities allowed outside Containment Zones are on the basis of earlier Orders issued by the Government and MHA.

In addition to the extension of lockdown measures, the following have been prescribed -

1. Requirement of adhering to common safety directives for COVID-19 management like wearing of masks, maintaining social distancing of 6 feet, not spitting at public places and during transport;

2. As far as possible, Work from Home to be followed in all workplaces;

3. Staggering of work/ business hours to be followed as per instructions of Ministry of Home Affairs, Govt, of India in all offices, shops, markets and commercial and industrial units;

4. Provisions for thermal scanning, hand wash and sanitizer to be made at all entry and exit points and common areas;

5. Entire workplace, places of general convenience, common facilities and all points which come into human contact shall be frequently sanitized;

6. Individuals in workplace shall maintain social distancing, adequate gap between shifts and maintain proper distance between the staff during lunch breaks;

7. Shops to maintain social distancing of six feet between customers;

8. If any person pollutes the public place/roads in Gandhinagar District, he/she will be fined Rs. 1000/- by the local authorities;

9. If a person is not using face mask/cover in a public area / roads in Gandhinagar District, that person will be liable to be penalised with fine of Rs. 1000/-

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.

For a detailed read, please refer to the attached Order.
Mandatory All30-11-2020No
MaharashtraMaharashtra Govt. issues directions for the State Authorities to ensure that citizens wear masks at all times

02-11-2020The Maharashtra Government has issued a Circular with the following directions to the Authorities to create awareness among citizens about the use of masks in order to ensure that citizens do not go out without wearing masks:

1. All Municipal Corporations / Municipal Councils / Nagar Panchayats should carry out special campaigns.  This includes spreading the word about the use of masks through various means, such as putting up banners in various places. 

2. In order to make this campaign a success, the Commissioner / Chief Officer should take special care to implement this campaign.  Innovative ideas should be adopted to increase the participation of all ordinary citizens in this campaign.  Nor should the above-mentioned citizens who are negligent in taking lethal or preventive measures be punished as per the rules.  A special campaign should be launched in this regard. 

Please note that the Circular is in Vernacular and has been translated to the best of our understanding
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Andaman District Magistrate South Andaman rolls out guidelines for implementing Unlock 5.0; Containment Zones under lockdown till 31st October, 202001-11-2020The District Magistrate, South Andaman District in view to contain the spread of COVID-19 in South Andaman District has issued Orders in continuation of Unlock 5 Order issued by the Ministry of Home Affairs.

Lockdown in Containment Zones will remain in force till 31st October, 2020.

Key Highlights of the Unlock Order are -

1. All Private offices, workplaces, shops, markets, industrial and commercial establishment rendering services/activities like nursing homes, clinics, hospitals, pharmacies, hotels, petrol pump etc. in South Andaman District will function from 0700 hours to 2130 hours.

2. Business to Business (B2B) exhibitions allowed to open from 15th October, 2020 and separate SOP will be issued by the Government in this regard;

3. Cinemas, theatres, multiplexes, entertainment parks and similar places along with swimming pools for training sportspersons are permitted to open from 15th October, 2020. Separate SOPs will be issued by the Government in this regard.

4. Social, academic, sports, entertainment, cultural, religious, political functions and other congregations are permitted outside Containment Zones with a ceiling of 100 persons while following health protocol with mandatory wearing of face masks, social distancing, provision for thermal scanning and hand wash or sanitizer;

5. Marriage related gatherings will be permitted with a maximum of 100 participants and funeral or last rites related gatherings permitted with number of persons not exceeding 100. However, in closed spaces, a maximum of 50% of hall capacity will be allowed with a ceiling of 200 persons and in open spaces, keeping the size of the ground/space in view with strict observance to social distancing, mandatory wearing of masks, provision of thermal scanning and hand wash or sanitizer.

6. Separate Orders regarding date of opening of schools and coaching institutes will be issued by the Government. However, online /distance learning to continue to be the preferred mode of teaching and must be encouraged;

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. All incoming passengers from mainland will be tested with RAPID Antigen Test at a cost of Rs. 500 per head except medical patients along with attendant. The cost of test will be borne by passengers themselves.
i) Passengers destined for Nicobar, Rangat Tehsil, Little Andaman will be tested under RT-PCR and will be compulsorily kept under institutional quarantine till they test Negative for COVID-19 or for 7 days, whichever is earlier.
ii) In case of passengers destined for Tribal areas (Nicobars District, Rangat Tehsil and Little Andaman) they will be also tested for COVID-19.
iii) All drivers and helpers of cargo vehicles/persons requiring emergency movement on the ATR and moving to the North and Middle Andaman will be tested first and allowed to move only if they test Negative for COVID-19.

9. All establishments will ensure strict adherence of COVID-19 protocols like wearing of masks and maintenance of social distancing. It will be the responsibility of the owner/in-charge to ensure strict compliance to COVID-19 norms, failing which in addition to criminal proceedings, the shops/business establishments will be sealed for 14 days.

10. Any person violating these guidelines will be liable to be proceeded against as per provisions of the Disaster Management Act, 2005 besides legal action under Section 188 of IPC and other legal provisions as applicable. They will also be liable to pay fines as per the Orders in force. 
Mandatory All31-10-2020No 
CentralMoHFW issues guidelines on managing mental illness in hospital settings during COVID-1901-11-2020Ministry of Health and Family Welfare has notified guidelines on managing mental illness in hospital settings during COVID-19.  The guidelines have been prepared keeping in mind the challenges brought forth by mental health issues apart from the infection itself.

Key highlights -

1. Challenges:

a. Difficulty in isolating / quarantining patients with active symptoms of mania and acute psychosis, as well as people with mental health emergencies;

b. Non-cooperation of patients with psychiatric disorders during swabbing and testing. The patient may have to be sedated, and some of the procedures and appropriate tests may get delayed; provisions of the Mental Healthcare Act, 2017 have to be complied with—particularly those related to assessment of capacity, supported admission, etc.

c. Homeless persons with mental illnesses are brought (including those with intellectual disabilities) to Mental Health Establishments (MHEs). Such patients often fail to provide proper history and no reliable informants would be available in most cases. Also the lack of ID Proof and valid phone number for the COVID testing (pre requisite as per the ICMR guidelines) are commonly seen in this population;

It is important to develop a strategic plan to provide safe and appropriate mental health care with all the necessary safety precautions to control the spread of COVID-19 infection.

2. Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) to be chalked out by the establishments so that it aligns with the policies of the government w.r.t. safety of frontline healthcare workers;

3.  A hotline can also be established between an MHE and a nearby COVID designated hospital to facilitate easy transfer across facilities;

4. Training of all cadres of healthcare workers in frequent hand washing, disposal of waste, sanitizing the establishment, importance of maintaining social and physical distancing, donning and doffing of Personal Protective Equipment (PPEs), etc.

5. Patients and caregivers need to be encouraged not to visit OPDs of MHEs unless any emergency arises. In case of difficulty in procuring medications locally, they can contact the local / State / national helpline number services for further assistance;

6. Services like Home visits for patients who are unable to visit the OPDs, but require clinical consultation need to be initiated. Such visits can be used for administering Long Acting Injectables (LAIs) to the persons with SMI;

7. Screening of all patients and caregivers for ILI symptoms at the entry point of respective facilities, compulsory wearing of masks and physical distancing by all patients and caregivers, adequate hand sanitization with (70 % alcohol based) sanitizer during the entry, exit points and wherever necessary and encourage family members to  utilize technology such as free use of video calls or mobile phones to stay in contact with patients rather than personal visit;


8. Guidelines have been laid out to protect persons with mental illness in mental health establishments from COVID 19 infection such as:

a. ensuring adequate human resources and other resources  (including testing facilities and equipment like thermometers or pulse oximeters)  for following the precautionary measures, 

b. prudent roster/duty system needs to be developed for health care workers (including Group D staff);

c. adequate stock of masks, hand sanitizers, face shields, gloves, PPE kits, etc) need to be made available for use as appropriate;

d. All personnel need to be trained on hand hygiene, physical distancing, donning and doffing of the complete PPE kit;

e. Disinfection of  equipment and surfaces that patients come in contact with (include stethoscope, blood pressure cuffs, stretchers and examination couch)need be disinfected after every use with 1% sodium hypochlorite solution or alcohol (70% alcohol based) solution;

f. Other surfaces which are frequently touched such as doorknobs, waiting areas, chairs used by patients and table surfaces in the outpatient or clinic have to be disinfected frequently (recommended at least once in 4 hours));

g. All the locations for patients care (inpatient, outpatient, emergency) have to be disinfected mandatorily at the end of the day;

h. The bio-medical waste generated such as the PPE has to be disposed in yellow bags, the inside of which is sprayed with 1% sodium hypochlorite solution;  the exterior of the bag also needs to be sprayed after tying. This must be disposed as per the hospital biomedical waste management protocols. Hand sanitization must be followed after disposal;

9. The COVID-19 facility should have a facility for consultation with a Psychiatrist either in person or by tele-consultation, while admitting a person with mental illness;

10. Ensure mental status examination within 24 hours of admission either in-person or by tele- consultation;

11. The windows should be well boarded and there shall be no access to instruments to harm self / others;

12. All medications must be supervised and medical care (eg: wound care) reviewed;

13. Information about PPE and social distancing can be provided using simple language and visual depictions or videos.

14. Contact with caregivers should be maintained via video-call facility at set times in the day;

15. IEC materials such as symptoms of COVID-19, hand hygiene techniques, precautions to be taken to prevent the spread of COVID-19 have to be on displayed at prominent areas in all the patient care locations (eg. in the waiting halls of OPD, etc.)

16. Outpatient Facility:

a. Encourage only appointment-based OPD consultations to prevent crowding;

b. Make seating arrangements at the waiting hall ensuring physical distancing norms;

c. Designate separate areas for patients screened positive and negative for ILI symptoms;

d. Ensure dedicated entry and exit points separately for patients and health care workers;

e. Adequate ventilation is available in the building especially in the waiting hall and doctor’s chamber or outpatient examination rooms;

f. For patients with ILI symptoms, arrange a separate area for examination by medical staff using appropriate protective equipment. After consultation, the patient if Covid-positive, ensure to refer the patient to COVID centre for further management;

g. Referring patients to nearby DMHP hospital should be encouraged alongside tele-consultations follow ups for reducing footfalls;

h. In addition, provision for telemedicine/tele-psychiatry services shall be utilized for reducing the footfalls further;

17. Emergency Facility:

a. Screening for ILI symptoms for both patient and the caregiver to be carried out by the Casualty Medical Officer/Duty Medical Officer/Officer In-charge/Duty Psychiatrist;

b. An interim standby or holding ward for patients or their caregivers who have been swabbed and are awaiting the COVID test result may be established;

c. Liaison with nearby COVID designated hospital to be established in order to avoid delay in referral after a patient has tested COVID positive; Provision of a dedicated area for donning and doffing of PPE near the entry and exit points, respectively. A separate area must be identified for swab collection within the ward as per ICMR protocol;

d. All patients and caregivers screened positive for ILI symptoms to undergo Rapid Antigen test/ RT-PCR testing as per the hospital protocol. If COVID positive, then the patient can be shifted to the interim standby ward for stabilization/until referral to COVID designated hospitals;

e. A standby Ambulance/108 Ambulance services with safety precautions must be made available for shifting COVID positive patient to the COVID designated hospital;

f. In the case of a patient / care giver or health professional testing Covid-positive, the Hospital Infection Committee must be contacted for contact tracing, risk assessment and advise on quarantine;

g. Food, ideally as food packets to be provided for the patients and caregivers bedside in order to ensure restricted movements in and out of the ward;

18. Inpatient Facility:

a. Wards providing single rooms with all facilities should encourage patients to remain inside their rooms as much as possible;

b. Wards providing single rooms without toilet or shower facilities should plan proactively to manage personal hygiene. This may include planned bathe and showers, usage of commodes and routine cleaning of equipment. All such plans need to be clearly communicated to the patients;

c. All patients and caregivers screening positive for ILI symptoms during their inpatient care shall be swabbed for RT-PCR testing. If COVID positive, then the patient alone (excluding caregiver) to be shifted to the interim standby ward until referral to COVID designated hospitals;

19.  During clinical care, mental health examination to continue as usual in addition to monitoring of ILI symptoms and vital signs twice daily. The vital signs should include temperature and SpO2;

20. Limit interactions with the patient at a minimum and avoid interventions like face-to-face psychotherapy as much as possible. Any mental health professional needing to see a patient face-to-face should wear adequate protective equipment or schedule tele-psychotherapy sessions;

21. All precautions to be taken by healthcare workers and there must be rotation of staff in such a way that minimum number of staff has the risk of exposure.

22. The guidelines also throws light on management of COVID-19 for elderly with mental illness, Peri-natal Women with Mental illness, Children and Adolescents with Mental Illness along with management of substance use disorder (alcohol, tobacco).

23. These guidelines need to be carried out as per the provisions of the Mental Healthcare Act, 2017 and the corresponding Rules.

For a detailed read, please refer to the corresponding document provided for reference.
Mandatory Healthcare institutionsNo end date specifiedNo
MeghalayaIn order to prohibit the spread of COVID -19, Meghalaya Government releases Prohibitory Order prohibitting any assembly or gathering, operation of unregulated major markets and shopping complexes from 1st November, 2020 upto 7th November, 2020 in all of East Khasi Hills District01-11-2020In order to prohibit the spread of COVID -19, the Department of Information and Public Relations, Meghalaya ("Department") , released a Prohibitory Order on its website prohibitting any assembly or gathering without due permission, operation of unregulated major markets and shopping complexes with effect from 1st November, 2020 upto 7th November, 2020, only for timings falling between 5:00 AM to 10:00 PM each day, in all of East Khasi Hills District including Shillong Urban Agglomeration, Sohra and Pynursla Civil Sub-Divisions and C&RD Blocks.

Key Highlights:

1. The Order has prohibited :

i. operation of all cinema halls, swimming pools, entertainment parks, theatres, auditorium, assembly halls and similar recreational places, all forms of contact sports, competitive sports, events and spectators in sports grounds and stadia.

However, the Department has clarified that permission for training etc., as per standard operating procedures of Sports and Youth Affairs Department, may be granted after due application to the Office of District Magistrate, East Khasi Hills and satisfaction of all conditions.

ii. all forms of large public gathering and congregation including social, political, entertainment, academic, cultural, etc, without permission from the Office of District Magistrate, East Khasi Hills

Any individual, organisation seeking to organise any function, meeting or event may applied to the Office of the District Magistrate, East Khasi Hills District and subject to the ceiling limit of 50 attendees or one third the capacity of the hall or venue whichever is less.

iii. moving in public, work places and during transport without a mask, spitting and consumption of liquor, paan, gutka, tobacco, etc. in public places.

The general instruction of the Order states that every individual must mandatorily maintain social distancing of at least six feet, wearing of masks, respiratory etiquette and strictly follow without fail the various protocols and advisories of the Government in the Health and Family Welfare Department at all times.

2. Religious places and places of worship of all faiths are permitted to reopen subject to compliance to the SOP laid down by the Government.

3. Schools will be permitted to open for activities such as teacher- student counseling, clearing doubts, addressing hard spots, sharing unit, lesson plans, assignments, submission of works, students assessment programme etc., as per guidelines issued by the Government.

4. For funeral and last rites related gatherings, the number of attendees must not exceed 40. Wedding ceremonies will be allowed in compliance with SOP issued by the Health and Family Welfare Department and the number of guests shall not exceed one-third of the seating capacity or 50 guests, whichever is less.

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

6. All residents of the District are required to install Aarogya Setu Application and Behavioral Change Management App and regularly update their health status on the app for containment of COVID-19 pandemic.

7. Inter-District movement of persons is permitted and interstate movement of persons will be strictly as per instruction of the Government of Meghalaya.

All persons entering Meghalaya are required to mandatorily register for testing at http://meghalayaonline.gov.in/covid/testing.htm and follow the testing and quarantine protocols issued by the Health and Family Welfare Department, Government of Meghalaya.

Please refer to the appended document for details.

Source: Department of Information and Public Relations, Meghalaya
MandatoryAll07-11-2020No
West Bengal West Bengal Government notifies guidelines to extend implementation of certain lockdown measures in the State till 30th November, 202001-11-2020The Government of West Bengal has notified guidelines for extended implementation of certain lockdown provisions in the State till 30th November, 2020.

Key Highlights:

1. Social / academic / sports / entertainment / cultural / Jatras / plays / musical / dance / recital / religious / political functions and other congregations may be allowed outside Containment Zones subject to usual permissions required to be obtained from appropriate authorities along with observance of SOP issued earlier by the State Government along with the following conditions –

a. In closed spaces, a maximum of 50% of the hall capacity will be allowed with a ceiling of 200 persons;

b. In open spaces, the assembly size will be fixed keeping in mind the size of ground / space and with strict observation of social distancing, mandatory wearing of masks, provision for thermal scanning and hand wash or sanitizer;

2. Swimming pools (except for use of training of sports persons) will continue to remain closed;

3. Teaching – learning physical assemblies in school (including Anganwandi centres), colleges and universities have not been permitted;

4. Cinema / theatres / multiplexes will operate with upto 50% of their seating capacity in areas outside the Containment Zones only;

Norms of physical distancing, wearing of masks, health and hygiene protocol must be strictly adhered to at all times. Any violation of the abovementioned instructions will attract penal action as per law. 
Mandatory All 30-11-2020No
RajasthanRajasthan Government notifies guidelines for COVID-19 management for the period since 1st November, 2020 upto 30th November, 2020; extends lockdown in Containment Zones till 30th November, 202001-11-2020Pursuant to MHA Order dated 27th October, 2020, Rajasthan Government (“Government”) has notified guidelines to be followed in the State from 1st November, 2020 till 30th November, 2020. Lockdown has been extended in Containment Zones till 30th November, 2020 without any relaxations.

Key Highlights:

1. All activities have been permitted in areas outside Containment Zones, except the following:
a. Schools, colleges, educational and coaching institutions will remain closed for students till 16th November, 2020. Online/distance learning will continue;
b. 50 percent of teaching and non-teaching staff may be called to schools for online teaching/ tele-counselling and related work, subject to SOP issued by Ministry of Health and Family Welfare;
c. Students of classes 9 to 12 have been allowed to visit schools in areas outside Containment Zones only, on voluntary basis subject to written consent from parents/ guardians;
d. Government to take decision on opening educational institutes in a graded manner, in consultation with respective school / institution management, based on assessment of situation;
e. Government to issue SoP on health and safety precautions for re-opening of schools/ institutions;
f. Swimming pools, cinema halls / theatres / multiplexes / entertainment parks and similar places to remain closed for activities till 30th November, 2020;
g. International air travel of passengers, except as permitted by MHA;
h. Social / religious / sports / political and other large congregations will not be permitted till 30th November, 2020.
2. All persons are required to adhere to common safety directives for COVID-19 management like wearing of masks, social distancing, not spitting at public places and workplaces etc. at all times
3. Additional safety precautions for workplaces (Offices, Establishments, Factories, Shops etc):
a. As far as possible, Work from Home to be followed;
b. Staggering of work / business hours to be followed in offices, work places, shops, markets and industrial and commercial establishments;
c. Provisions for thermal scanning, hand wash and sanitizer to be made at all entry and exit points and common areas;
d. Entire workplace, common facilities and all points which come into human contact shall be frequently santitized;
e. Social Distancing to be maintained;
f. Employers to encourage and motivate the employees to install and use Arogya Setu for common and personal safety;
g. Intensive communication and training on good hygiene to be taken up
4. While gatherings are not permitted till 30th November, 2020 the following have been permitted in areas outside Containment Zones:

a. Marriage related gatherings, subject to providing prior information to the concerned Sub-Divisional Magistrate and with maximum number of guests not more than 100. No Mask No Entry policy to be followed. Proper COVID-19 precautionary measures will have to be taken for such functions;

b. Funeral / last rites related gatherings with mandatory wearing of masks, social distancing etc. with maximum number of persons not above 20;

c. Upon an application made to the District Collector and District Magistrate for any function along with a seating plan, permission may be granted subject to following:

• in closed spaces, the number of guests shall not be more than 50% of the hall capacity with a ceiling of 200 persons;

• in open spaces, keeping in size of the ground / space in view with a ceiling of 250 persons;

• social distancing to be ensured (distance of 6 feet).

• No Mask No Entry policy to be followed along with Screening and Hygiene and frequent sanitation of seats and common areas subject to human contact;

d. All gatherings to comply with COVID-19 norms at all times.

5. Vulnerable people (persons above the age of 65, persons suffering from chronic disease / co-morbid conditions, pregnant women and children below 10 years of age) are advised to stay at home and move out only for essential and health purposes;
6. There is no restriction on inter-State and within State movement of persons and goods;
7. All commercial passenger transport vehicles (buses, taxis, cabs etc.) are permitted to ply subject to proper sanitization of seats and touch points before and after each journey.
8. Public (City) Transport, Metro Rail will be allowed to operate as per SOPs issued;
9. The passengers travelling in any vehicle (personal or commercial) will not exceed the permitted seating capacity of the registered vehicle.
10. Movement by train, domestic air travel etc. will continue to be regulated as per SOPs issued by MHA.

In addition to the above mentioned, all other activities which were permitted through earlier Orders of the Government will continue to remain permitted with restrictions/ precautions prescribed thereof;
Mandatory All 30-11-2020No
PuducherryPuducherry Govt extends the implementation of guidelines for phased re-opening of more activities in a calibrated manner in the State till 30th September, 2020

01-11-2020The Department of Revenue And Disaster Management, Puducherry (“Department”), has, in an Order dated 1st November, 2020 informed that in pursuance of the Order No. 40-3/2020-DM-I(A) dated 27.10.2020 issued by the Ministry of Home Affairs, Government of India, the following Orders issued by the Department will remain in force till 30th November, 2020.
1. Order No.1703/DRDM/DM/D2/2020/108 dated: 30.09.2020
2. Order No. 1703/DRDM/DM/D2/2020/114 dated: 23.10.2020

Background:
Through the Order dated 30th September, 2020 the Department had issued guidelines for phased re-opening of more activities in a calibrated manner in areas outside containment zones. Thereafter, vide another order dated 23rd October, 2020 the Department had permitted private offices, shops, hotels, restaurants, bars and liquor shops to operate till 10:00 p.m. with effect since 23rd October, 2020.

Now, with the present Order, The Department has informed that the abovementioned Guidelines will remain in force till 30th November, 2020.
MandatoryAll30-11-2020NO
Uttar Pradesh Chief Secretary of Uttar Pradesh issues guidelines to curb the spread of COVID-19 during festivals / public events at various places in the State during the festive season from October to December01-11-2020The Chief Secretary of Uttar Pradesh has issued guidelines to be followed with regard to COVID-19 precautions during festival time in the State from October to December.

As October to December is the time of festivals in the State in which many people gather for worship, fair, cultural events etc. In this context, special vigilance is required so that the COVID-19 infection may be contained. In light of this, certain instructions have been issued:

1. Chewing and spitting of tobacco and its products is prohibited in public places;

2. COVID-19 protocols for social distancing, use of masks and number of persons in public events have to be enforced;

3. There should be proper publicizing of awareness by means of loudspeakers / posters of the precautions (what to do, what not to do) for prevention of COVID-19 infection at venues;

4. Persons with COVID-19 like symptoms, the elderly and high risk individuals are advised not to attend such events;

5. Cultural programs are not to be held in Containment Zones. Also, people living in Containment Zones are not allowed to attend such programs and they are advised to celebrate at their homes;

6. There should be proper recording of mass cultural events by CCTV / cameras and their footage should be preserved for a minimum period of one month;

Violation of these instructions will attract strict penalties under Uttar Pradesh Epidemic Disease,Covid-19 Regulations, 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.
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HaryanaHaryana Health Department issues guidelines on managing mental illness in hospital settings during COVID-19 01-11-2020The Health Department, Haryana Government has notified guidelines on managing mental illness in hospital settings during COVID-19 in continuation of the guidelines issued by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Government of India. The guidelines have been prepared keeping in mind the challenges brought forth by mental health issues apart from the infection itself.  Key highlights -

1. Challenges: 
a. Difficulty in isolating / quarantining patients with active symptoms of mania and acute psychosis, as well as people with mental health emergencies; 
b. Non-cooperation of patients with psychiatric disorders during swabbing and testing. The patient may have to be sedated, and some of the procedures and appropriate tests may get delayed; provisions of the Mental Healthcare Act, 2017 have to be complied with—particularly those related to assessment of capacity, supported admission, etc.  
c. Homeless persons with mental illnesses are brought (including those with intellectual disabilities) to Mental Health Establishments (MHEs). Such patients often fail to provide proper history and no reliable informants would be available in most cases. Also the lack of ID Proof and valid phone number for the COVID testing (pre requisite as per the ICMR guidelines) are commonly seen in this population;  It is important to develop a strategic plan to provide safe and appropriate mental health care with all the necessary safety precautions to control the spread of COVID-19 infection. 

2. Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) to be chalked out by the establishments so that it aligns with the policies of the government w.r.t. safety of frontline healthcare workers;  

3.  A hotline can also be established between an MHE and a nearby COVID designated hospital to facilitate easy transfer across facilities; 

4. Training of all cadres of healthcare workers in frequent hand washing, disposal of waste, sanitizing the establishment, importance of maintaining social and physical distancing, donning and doffing of Personal Protective Equipment (PPEs), etc. 

5. Patients and caregivers need to be encouraged not to visit OPDs of MHEs unless any emergency arises. In case of difficulty in procuring medications locally, they can contact the local / State / national helpline number services for further assistance; 

6. Services like Home visits for patients who are unable to visit the OPDs, but require clinical consultation need to be initiated. Such visits can be used for administering Long Acting Injectables (LAIs) to the persons with SMI; 

7. Screening of all patients and caregivers for ILI symptoms at the entry point of respective facilities, compulsory wearing of masks and physical distancing by all patients and caregivers, adequate hand sanitization with (70 % alcohol based) sanitizer during the entry, exit points and wherever necessary and encourage family members to  utilize technology such as free use of video calls or mobile phones to stay in contact with patients rather than personal visit;  

8. Guidelines have been laid out to protect persons with mental illness in mental health establishments from COVID 19 infection such as: 
a. ensuring adequate human resources and other resources  (including testing facilities and equipment like thermometers or pulse oximeters)  for following the precautionary measures,   
b. prudent roster/duty system needs to be developed for health care workers (including Group D staff); 
c. adequate stock of masks, hand sanitizers, face shields, gloves, PPE kits, etc) need to be made available for use as appropriate; 
d. All personnel need to be trained on hand hygiene, physical distancing, donning and doffing of the complete PPE kit; 
e. Disinfection of  equipment and surfaces that patients come in contact with (include stethoscope, blood pressure cuffs, stretchers and examination couch)need be disinfected after every use with 1% sodium hypochlorite solution or alcohol (70% alcohol based) solution; 
f. Other surfaces which are frequently touched such as doorknobs, waiting areas, chairs used by patients and table surfaces in the outpatient or clinic have to be disinfected frequently (recommended at least once in 4 hours)); 
g. All the locations for patients care (inpatient, outpatient, emergency) have to be disinfected mandatorily at the end of the day; 
h. The bio-medical waste generated such as the PPE has to be disposed in yellow bags, the inside of which is sprayed with 1% sodium hypochlorite solution;  the exterior of the bag also needs to be sprayed after tying. This must be disposed as per the hospital biomedical waste management protocols. Hand sanitization must be followed after disposal; 

9. The COVID-19 facility should have a facility for consultation with a Psychiatrist either in person or by tele-consultation, while admitting a person with mental illness; 

10. Ensure mental status examination within 24 hours of admission either in-person or by tele- consultation; 

11. The windows should be well boarded and there shall be no access to instruments to harm self / others; 

12. All medications must be supervised and medical care (eg: wound care) reviewed; 

13. Information about PPE and social distancing can be provided using simple language and visual depictions or videos. 

14. Contact with caregivers should be maintained via video-call facility at set times in the day; 

15. IEC materials such as symptoms of COVID-19, hand hygiene techniques, precautions to be taken to prevent the spread of COVID-19 have to be on displayed at prominent areas in all the patient care locations (eg. in the waiting halls of OPD, etc.) 

16. Outpatient Facility: 
a. Encourage only appointment-based OPD consultations to prevent crowding; 
b. Make seating arrangements at the waiting hall ensuring physical distancing norms; 
c. Designate separate areas for patients screened positive and negative for ILI symptoms; 
d. Ensure dedicated entry and exit points separately for patients and health care workers; 
e. Adequate ventilation is available in the building especially in the waiting hall and doctor’s chamber or outpatient examination rooms; 
f. For patients with ILI symptoms, arrange a separate area for examination by medical staff using appropriate protective equipment. After consultation, the patient if Covid-positive, ensure to refer the patient to COVID centre for further management; 
g. Referring patients to nearby DMHP hospital should be encouraged alongside tele-consultations follow ups for reducing footfalls; 
h. In addition, provision for telemedicine/tele-psychiatry services shall be utilized for reducing the footfalls further; 

17. Emergency Facility: 
a. Screening for ILI symptoms for both patient and the caregiver to be carried out by the Casualty Medical Officer/Duty Medical Officer/Officer In-charge/Duty Psychiatrist; 
b. An interim standby or holding ward for patients or their caregivers who have been swabbed and are awaiting the COVID test result may be established; 
c. Liaison with nearby COVID designated hospital to be established in order to avoid delay in referral after a patient has tested COVID positive; Provision of a dedicated area for donning and doffing of PPE near the entry and exit points, respectively. A separate area must be identified for swab collection within the ward as per ICMR protocol; 
d. All patients and caregivers screened positive for ILI symptoms to undergo Rapid Antigen test/ RT-PCR testing as per the hospital protocol. If COVID positive, then the patient can be shifted to the interim standby ward for stabilization/until referral to COVID designated hospitals; 
e. A standby Ambulance/108 Ambulance services with safety precautions must be made available for shifting COVID positive patient to the COVID designated hospital; 
f. In the case of a patient / care giver or health professional testing Covid-positive, the Hospital Infection Committee must be contacted for contact tracing, risk assessment and advise on quarantine; 
g. Food, ideally as food packets to be provided for the patients and caregivers bedside in order to ensure restricted movements in and out of the ward; 

18. Inpatient Facility:  
a. Wards providing single rooms with all facilities should encourage patients to remain inside their rooms as much as possible; 
b. Wards providing single rooms without toilet or shower facilities should plan proactively to manage personal hygiene. This may include planned bathe and showers, usage of commodes and routine cleaning of equipment. All such plans need to be clearly communicated to the patients; 
c. All patients and caregivers screening positive for ILI symptoms during their inpatient care shall be swabbed for RT-PCR testing. If COVID positive, then the patient alone (excluding caregiver) to be shifted to the interim standby ward until referral to COVID designated hospitals; 

19.  During clinical care, mental health examination to continue as usual in addition to monitoring of ILI symptoms and vital signs twice daily. The vital signs should include temperature and SpO2; 

20. Limit interactions with the patient at a minimum and avoid interventions like face-to-face psychotherapy as much as possible. Any mental health professional needing to see a patient face-to-face should wear adequate protective equipment or schedule tele-psychotherapy sessions; 

21. All precautions to be taken by healthcare workers and there must be rotation of staff in such a way that minimum number of staff has the risk of exposure.  

22. The guidelines also throws light on management of COVID-19 for elderly with mental illness, Peri-natal Women with Mental illness, Children and Adolescents with Mental Illness along with management of substance use disorder (alcohol, tobacco). 

23. These guidelines need to be carried out as per the provisions of the Mental Healthcare Act, 2017 and the corresponding Rules.  

For a detailed read, please refer to the corresponding document provided for reference.
Mandatory Healthcare institutionsNo end date specifiedN/A
PunjabPunjab State Power Corporation Limited requests consumers to pay their electricity bills by digital payment mode in light of COVID-19 pandemic01-11-2020In view of COVID-19, the Punjab State Power Corporation Limited has made an appeal to consumers to stay at home and to payments of their electricity bills online in order to save their precious time, cost and energy.

The payments may be made through digital payment modes like PSPCL website and mobile apps, namely UMANG, BHIM, Paytm, BBPS channels like PhonePe, Just Dial, Google Pay, Amazon, Payzapp and others.

Furthermore, consumers who have no internet access have been advised to wear masks and follow social distancing while visiting at the bill collection centres for making payments of their bills.
Advisory AllNo end date specifiedNo