Regulatory Changes Due to Covid 19 (October)

Regulatory Changes Due to Covid 19 (October)

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Central / StateDocument TitleDate IssuedSummaryMandatory or AdvisoryIndustry(ies) ImpactedValid TillDoes it Impact Komrisk Database?
CentralSEBI extends period of Settlement Scheme, 2020 till December 31, 2020 from October 31, 202031-10-2020In view of the large scale disruption caused by the Covid-19 pandemic, the Securities and Exchange Board of India (“SEBI”) in a Public Notice dated 31st October, 2020  has extended the period of the Settlement Scheme 2020 (“Scheme”) till December 31, 2020 from October 31, 2020 .

SEBI  had on 27th July, 2020 introduced the Settlement Scheme 2020 (“Scheme”), in terms of SEBI (Settlement Proceedings) Regulations 2018, which proposes to provide a one-time settlement opportunity to entities which have executed trade reversals in the stock options segment of Bombay Stock Exchange (“BSE”) during the period 1st April 2014 to 30th September 2015 against whom any proceedings are pending.

With a Public Notice dated 31st October the period of the Scheme has been extended till December 31, 2020 from October 31, 2020.
MandatoryAll Listed31-12-2020No
ManipurManipur Govt. issues the Guidelines for ensuring Covid Appropriate Behaviour at localities, villages and community level
31-10-2020The Health Department, Government of Manipur (“Department”) has issued the Guidelines for ensuring Covid Appropriate Behaviour at localities, villages and community level (“Guidelines”).

Key Takeaways:
1. The Guidelines lay down the penalties for violating the guidelines and restrictions issued by the Government under the Manipur Epidemic Diseases (Enforcement of Covid 19 Guidelines) Regulations, 2020 .

2. The Guidelines state that there will be Covid Awareness cum Enforcement Committees at the State, Assembly, District and Local level and provide the constitution of the Committee.

3. The Authorities for imposing penalties are DC/ADC/ SDO/ SP/ Addl SP/ SDPO/ Inspector/ SI/AI and Revenue Inspector.

Further, Annexure 1 of the Guidelines provide the SOP for COVID Appropriate Behaviour at Local/ Village / Community Level.
For a detailed read of the Guidelines, please refer to the corresponding document.
MandatoryAllNo end date specifiedNO
Jammu and Kashmir J&K Government issues Guidelines/instructions on lockdown measures in the Union Territory; does away with the requirement of travellers to undergo 14 day Home Quarantine30-10-2020The Department of Disaster Management, Relief, Rehabilitation & Reconstruction Jammu and Kashmir, (“Department”) in an Order dated 30th October, 2020 has issued the Guidelines/instructions on lockdown measures in the Union Territory.

The Department has informed that guidelines/ instructions issued vide Order No.84 and 85-JK-(DMRRR) of 2020 dated 08.10.2020 will continue to remain valid till 30.11.2020, subject to the following modifications:

1. The upper limit for permissible number of pilgrims to SMVD Shrine, Katra, shall be 15000 instead of the previous position of 7000, w.e.f. 01.11.2020.

2. The travellers will no more be required to undergo 14 day Home Quarantine.

All other protocol/ instructions will continue to remain valid till 30.11.2020.

Background:
The Ministry of Home Affairs, in its Order dated 27th October, 2020 has issued guidelines for implementation of the extended lockdown in Containment Zones (Red Zones) till 30.11.2020 and continuation of unlock guidelines outside Containment Zones (Red Zones).

In this light, the Department has issued the present Order.

Please refer to the attached documents for both the Order issued by the Department.
MandatoryAll30-11-2020No
CentralCBDT extends due date for furnishing of Income Tax Return and Tax Audit Report for AY 2020-2129-10-2020Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT) has issued a Notification No. 88/2020 dated 29th October, 2020 to further extension of due date in furnishing of Income Tax Return and Audit Report for A.Y 2020-21 under Income Tax Act, 1961.

Key points of the Notification are:

1. Due date for furnishing of Income Tax Returns in cases where the assessee is a company, a person (other than a company) including the partner of a firm whose accounts are required to be audited under the said Act for whom the due date as per the Act is 31st October, 2020 has been further extended to 31st day of January, 2021 instead of 30th day of November, 2020.
2. Due date for furnishing of Income Tax Returns for the assessee who are required to furnish report in respect of international/specified domestic transactions for whom the due date as per the Act is 30th November, 2020 has been extended to 31st day of January, 2021.
3. Due date for furnishing of Income Tax Returns for all other assessee (other than those mentioned above) has been extended to 31st day of December, 2020 instead of 30th day of November, 2020.
4. The due date for furnishing of various audit reports under the Act including tax audit report and report in respect of international/specified domestic transaction has also been extended to 31st day of December, 2020.
5. For taxpayers whose self-assessment tax liability is up to INR 1 lakh the due date for payment of self-assessment tax has been extended to 31st day of January, 2021 for the taxpayers mentioned in point 1 and 2 above and to 31st day of December, 2020 for the taxpayers mentioned in point 3 above.
MandatoryAllPermanent change in lawYes
MaharashtraMaharashtra Government extends validity of existing provisions / guidelines of the 'Mission Begin Again' Order till 30th November, 202029-10-2020
With a view to contain the Covid-19 pandemic, the Department of Revenue and Forest, Disaster Management, Maharashtra ("Department")  has notified that earlier guidelines dated 30th September, 2020 and 14th October, 2020 to operationalize 'Mission Begin Again' for easing of restrictions and phase-wise opening will remain in force till 30th November, 2020.
The Department has further clarified that the activities already allowed and permitted from time to time during the lockdown will continue to be permitted.
Background:
In continuation to Mission Begin Again Order dated 30th September, 2020 the Department had issued an Order dated 14th October, 2020 to permit the following activities in the State after careful consideration of planning of Containment areas and availability of health infrastructure, for strict implementation:
1. Business to Business (“B2B”) Exhibitions:
B2B exhibitions have been permitted, in areas outside Containment Zones since 15th October, 2020; subject to SOP for the same issued by the Industries Department.
2. Shops:
With an objective to control / reduce crowding, the markets / shops have been permitted to open for 2 additional hours and can function from 9 am to 9 pm in areas outside the Containment Zones since 15th October, 2020;
3. Schools, colleges, educational and coaching institutions:
Schools, colleges, educational and coaching institutions will continue to remain closed for students and regular class activity up to 31st October, 2020. However, Online / distance learning will continue to be permitted and shall be encouraged; 
Please note that permission has been granted for upto 50% of teaching and non-teaching staff to be called to the schools at a time for online teaching / tele-counselling and related works, in areas outside the Containment Zones; with effect since 15th October, 2020;
4. Metro Rail:
Metro Rail has been allowed to operate since 15th October, 2020 in a graded manner;  
5. Marriage, other personal family functions:
Marriage and other personal family functions and related gatherings with number of guests not exceeding 50 and funeral / last rites related gatherings with number of persons not exceeding 20 will continue to be allowed;
6. Gardens, Parks and public open spaces:
Gardens, Parks and public open spaces for recreational purposes will continue to remain open;
7. Local weekly bazaars (including that of the animals):
Local weekly bazaars (including that of the animals) permitted to open, in areas outside the Containment Zones since 15th October, 2020;  
8. International Air travel of passengers remains prohibited, except as permitted by Ministry of Home Affairs 
9.The domestic passengers arriving at different Airports shall be checked for COVID symptoms. However, stamping with indelible ink shall be immediately discontinued;
10. The health check-up and stamping of the passengers at the railway stations arriving by trains in the State of Maharashtra will be discontinued. However, these passengers should follow all the COVID-19 protocols of social distancing and sanitation;
11. Any other allowed and permitted activity by any specific/ general order would continue to operate.

Following National Directives for COVID-19 Management shall continue to apply:
1. Face coverings- wearing of face cover is compulsory in public places, in workplaces and during transport;
2. Social distancing- Individuals must maintain a minimum distance of 6 feet (2 Gaz Ki doori) in public places;
3. Shops have to ensure physical distancing among customers and will not allow more than five persons at one time;
4. Gatherings - large public gatherings / congregations continue to remain prohibited.
Marriage related Gatherings — Number of guests not to exceed 50.
Funeral / last rites related Gatherings — Number of persons not to exceed 20;
5. Spitting in public places will be punishable with fine, as may be prescribed by the concerned authority in accordance with its laws, rules or regulations;
6. Consumption of liquor, Paan, gutka, tobacco, etc in public places is prohibited.

Additional directives for work places:
1.Work from Home (WFH)- as far as possible the practice of WFH should be followed. Staggering of work / business hours will be followed in offices, workplaces, shops. markets and industrial & commercial establishments;
2. Screening and Hygiene- provision for thermal screening, hand wash and sanitizer will be made available at all entry and exit points and common areas;
3. 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;
4. Social Distancing- All persons in charge of workplaces will ensure adequate distance between workers, adequate gaps between shifts, staggering the lunch breaks of staff etc.

Please note:
1. Easing of restrictions and opening up of the activities which remain prohibited across the State will be done in phased manner along-with Standard Operating Procedures / Guidelines.
2. Violation of the lockdown measures will attract penalties under the provisions of the Disaster Management Act, 2005 and Indian Penal Code (detailed in Annexure III of the present Order).
Please refer to the attached documents for further details.
Source: Department of Revenue and Forest, Disaster Management, Maharashtra
MandatoryAll30-11-2020No
PunjabPunjab State Power Corporation Limited extends validity period for NOCs of colonies by one year from the date of expiry of NOCs29-10-2020With a view to provide relief to the Real Estate Sector of Punjab, the Punjab State Power Corporation Limited has extended the validity period for all NOCs of colonies (whose validity period is expiring between 23rd March, 2020 to 31st March, 2021), by one year from the date of expiry of respective NOC on same terms and conditions as the original NOC.

However, if total connectivity charges and supervision charges are not deposited within the extended validity period along with erection of LD system (complete or partial along with required BG); revised NOC should be applied by the respective developer.

Background:

This is pursuant to a representation received from a developer indicating that developers are facing problems in completing the LD system in colonies with validity of NOC owing to COVID-19 pandemic.
Mandatory Real Estate Sector 31-03-2021No 
HaryanaHaryana Health Department reduces testing rates for RtPCR Testing and Rapid Antigen Testing  in continuation of its earlier notification29-10-2020The Department of Health and Family Welfare Haryana (“Department”) has, in an Order dated October 29, 2020, further revised the rates for conducting COVID-19 tests charged by private laboratories.

The present Order has been issued taking into consideration the advice of experts as well as the cost of kits and consumable and the consent of leading private laboratories.

Under the present Order the Department has reduced the rates of COVID testing for the following 2 categories:

1. RtPCR Testing - Rs 900/ - (Earlier was Rs.1200/-)
2.  Rapid Antigen Testing - Rs. 500/- (Earlier was Rs. 650/-)

The rest of the rates remain the same as follows:
1. CBNAAT Testing - Rs. 2400/-
2. TrueNat Testing - Rs. 2000/-
3. IgG based ELISA Testing - Rs. 250/-

It is reiterated that, all the laboratories conducting COVID-19 testing have been directed to adhere to the guidelines and SOPs mentioned in the earlier Orders, and follow all testing protocols laid down by ICMR and MoHFW, Govt. of India from time to time.
MandatoryPrivate LaboratoriesNo End date specifiedNo
CentralExtension in due date for furnishing of Annual Return in Form GSTR-9 and Audit Report in Form GSTR-9C for F.Y 2018-1928-10-2020Central Board of Indirect Taxes & Customs (CBIC) has issued a Notification No. 80- Central Tax dated 28th October, 2020 to further extend the due date for furnishing the GST Annual Return in FORM GSTR-9 for the period from 1st April, 2018 to 31st March, 2019 from 31st day of October, 2020 to 31st day of December, 2020.

Wherever copy of audited annual accounts and reconciliation statement duly certified, in FORM GSTR-9C, needs to be submitted along with GST Annual return, the same shall also stand extended till 31st day of December, 2020 for the period 1st April, 2018 to 31st March, 2019.
MandatoryAllPermanent change in lawYes
MaharashtraSEEPZ Special Economic Zone directs all stakeholders to strictly comply to all safety guidelines and measures / precautions issued by the Government of India / Maharashtra Government28-10-2020In light of the surging positive cases in SEZ Units,  the Office of the Development Commissioner, SEEPZ Special Economic Zone, through a Public Notice dated 28th October, 2020 has directed all stakeholders to strictly comply to all safety guidelines and measures / precautions issued by the Government of India / Maharashtra Government.
Further, Nodal Officers are appointed so that no case of infection goes undetected and / unattended.
MandatorySEZ UnitsNo end date specifiedNO
CentralMinistry of Consumers, Food and Public Distribution permits manufacturers or packers to utilise the existing packaging material or wrapper up to 31st march 2021 ; applies to manufacturers or packers who declare the month and year of manufacturing packing under Legal Meteorology (Packaged Commodities) Rules 201128-Oct-20In a Notification dated 28th October 2020, the department of Ministry of Consumers, Food and Public Distribution has permitted the manufacturers or packers to utilise the existing packaging material or wrapper up to 31st march 2021 or till the date such materials are exhausted whichever is earlier by declaring the correct month and year of manufacturing by way of putting sticker, stamping or online printing, as the case may be.

Such relaxation has been brought about owing to the prevalent condition of COVID-19 leading to the lockdown of the whole country.
The aforesaid relaxation applies to manufacturers or packers who have to declare the month and year of manufacturing packing under Legal Meteorology (Packaged Commodities) Rules 2011. 
MandatoryAllNo end date specifiedNo
MaharashtraMaharashtra Govt. issues Ordinance to amend Maharashtra Co-operative Societies Act, 1960; effective immediately28-10-2020In a Gazette Notification dated 28th October, 2020 the Co-Operation, Marketing and Textiles Department, Maharashtra (“Department”) has issued the Maharashtra Co-operative Societies (Second Amendment) Ordinance, 2020 (“Ordinance”) in order to further amend the Maharashtra Co-operative Societies Act, 1960 (“Principal Act”).

The Ordinance has gained effect immediately.

Background:

Due to the outbreak of pandemic Covid-19, social and economic activities have suffered a setback since 24th March 2020, in the light of the declaration of lockdown in the Country. Due to lockdown, functioning of the co-operative societies in the State have also been adversely affected.

As per the provisions of the Maharashtra Co-operative Societies Act, 1960 and the rules framed thereunder, the societies are required to undertake their election, annual general meeting and audit within the stipulated period. However, considering the prevailing situation, the Ordinance is being issued in order to amend the Principal Act suitably.

Implications-
1. The said section 27 provides for voting powers of members. Sub-section (1A) provides that a member who is not an active member will not be entitled to vote. In order to be an active member, the member of the society should participate in the affairs of the society and should avail minimum services of the society as specified in the bye-laws of the society.

In view of the pandemic, in order to enable member to be an active member and be eligible to cast his vote in the election of the society, for the year 2020¬21, it is considered expedient to amend sub-section (1A) of section 27, suitably.

2. Section 75 of the Act provides for annual general meeting of the society. Sub-section (1) thereof provides that every society must within a period of four months after the close of the financial year, get its books of accounts audited and within six months after the close of the financial year, call the annual general meeting of its members.

In view of the pandemic Covid -19, the provision is amended to provide for the financial year 2019 - 2020, the society may get its books of accounts audited within nine months from the close of its financial year and call the annual general meeting within twelve months from the close of the financial year.

3.In light of the pandemic, the present amendment is made to extend the period for the conduct of the audit of society for the financial year 2019-2020

4. Due to the prevailing situation , section 73AAA of the Act has been amended by the Maharashtra Co-operative Societies (Amendment) Ordinance, 2020 providing that, where the elections to the existing society cannot be held for any reason not attributable to the members of such Committee, the existing members of the Committee shall be deemed to have continued till new Committee is duly constituted.
MandatoryCo- operative societiesNo end date specifiedNO
MeghalayaMeghalaya Govt. fixes rates of various COVID-19 tests conducted in the State; effective immediately28-10-2020The Health and Family Welfare Department, Government of Meghalaya (“Department”), in an Order dated 28th October, 2020 has fixed the following rates of various COVID-19 tests conducted in the State:
1. Rapid Antigen Test (RAT)- Rs.500/-
2. RT-PCR Test- Rs.1000/-
3. TruNat Test- Rs.1500/-
4. CBNAAT Test- Rs.3000/-
Please note-
1. All those who require to be tested at the Entry Points will be charged as per approved rates.
2. Those who belong to Below Poverty Line (BPL) Households (Yellow & Pink NFSA Cardholders) on medical advice can avail the testing for free at any of the Government Facilities only. The testing slots shall be subject to availability.
However, testing in Private Facility will be on payment basis only.
3. All those who have been identified as High Risk contact in the containment zones and those advised by the Health Department officials, will be tested free of cost.
4. Any person (including MHIS Cardholders) who desires to get tested with RT PCR/CBNAAT/TruNAT on their own without a medical advice shall approach facilities for getting tested on payment of the relevant cost of the test.
The above mentioned rates have gained effect since 29th October, 2020.
MandatoryLaboratoriesNo end date specifiedNO
CentralMHA extends applicability of existing provisions under Unlock 5.0 Order dated 30th September, 2020, till 30th November, 202027-10-2020The Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) has notified that guidelines for re-opening of activities issued under the MHA Order dated September 30, 2020 will remain in force till November 30, 2020. With this extension, the existing guidelines under MHA Unlock 5.0 needs to be adhered to and the lockdown in Containment Zones will continue to be effective till November 30, 2020.

We are re-sharing our analysis of the MHA Unlock 5.0 Order dated 30.09.2020 for reference.

For a detailed read, please refer to the attached Orders.
MandatoryAll30-11-2020No
CentralMHA issues letters to Chief Secretaries of States and the Administrators of UTs on implementing guidelines issued under the Disaster Management Act 2005; reiterates need to exercise caution in view of the ongoing pandemic27-10-2020The 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 27th October, 2020 which has extended the applicability of existing provisions under Unlock 5.0 Order dated 30th September, 2020, till 30th November, 2020.

The letter highlights that since the first Order on lockdown measures by MHA on 24th March 2020, almost all activities have been gradually opened up in areas outside the Containment Zones. While most of the activities have been permitted without restrictions, some of the activities involving large number of people, have been allowed with a certain degree of restriction and subject to SOPs regarding health and safety precautions being followed. These include - metro rail; shopping malls; hotel, restaurants and hospitality services; religious places; yoga and training institutes; gymnasiums; cinemas; entertainment park etc.

State / Union Territory Governments have also been permitted to take decisions for the re-opening of certain activities which have a relatively higher degree of risk of COVID infection, based on the assessment of the situation and subject to SOPs. These activities include - schools and coaching institutes; State and private universities for research scholars; allowing gatherings above the limit of 100 etc.

It has been reiterated that the essence behind the graded re-opening and progressive resumption of activities is to move ahead. However, it does not mean that the pandemic has come to an end. The need to exercise abundant caution by adopting COVID-19 appropriate behaviour by every citizen in their daily routine has been emphasised.

Attention is drawn to the 'Jan Andolan', launched by the Prime Minister on 8th October, 2020 on COVID-19 appropriate behavior to follow three mantras, namely, wearing face mask, washing hand frequently, and maintaining safe distance of 6 feet.

It has also been pointed out that during the ongoing festival season, people are ignoring the cardinal safety requirements, such as wearing face masks and maintaining physical distance in various gatherings and that such behaviour poses a serious threat to public health, at a time when the number of active cases in the country is witnessing a downward trend.

The urgent need to instill a sense of discipline and ownership amongst citizens so that the resumption of activities is successful and gains made in the management of the pandemic are not diluted. Accordingly, States and Union Territories have been directed to promote COVID-19 appropriate behavior extensively at the grass root level and take measures to enforce the wearing of mask while ensuring hand hygiene and social distancing. Further, State/ UT Governments have been advised to regulate various gatherings of people and strictly enforce the same as per SOPs.

It has been reiterated that the State Governments and Union Territory Administrators cannot dilute the guidelines issued by MHA under the Disaster Management Act 2005. States and Union Territories have been advised against imposing any local lockdown outside the Containment Zones, without prior consultation of the Central Government. There shall also be no restriction on inter-State and intra-State movement of persons and goods including movement for cross land-border trade under Treaties with neighbouring countries.

For a detailed read, please refer to the appended documents.
MandatoryAll30-11-2020No
Andhra PradeshAndhra Pradesh Govt. extends the implementation date of Restart Scheme; all units can apply for eligibility under the Scheme till 31.10.2020 instead of 31.08.2020.26-10-2020In a Notification dated 26th October, 2020, the Industries and Commerce (P&I) Department,  Andhra Pradesh Government (“Department”) has provided a window for those Industries which have not utilised the benefits under the Re-START scheme.

Now, all units can apply for eligibility under Re-START on or before 31st October 2020 instead of 31st August, 2020.

Background:

The Department had earlier extended support to industrial sector especially Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) in wake of COVID-19 crisis, by issuing guidelines for the Re-START programme vide G.O.R.T No. 104 dated 19th May, 2020.  All MSME/large/mega units, which were functional before the lockdown, i.e before February 2020 and previously, will be eligible to avail the benefits under ReSTART.

With the present Notification, the units are being given a window to utilise the benefits under the Re-START Scheme by extending the time for applying under the Scheme till 31st October, 2020.
MandatoryAll31-10-2020NO
CentralRBI issues the Scheme for grant of ex-gratia payment of difference between compound interest and simple interest for six months to borrowers in specified loan accounts (1.3.2020 to 31.8.2020)26-10-2020The Reserve Bank of India, in a Circular dated 26th October, 2020 has issued the Scheme for grant of ex-gratia payment of difference between compound interest and simple interest for six months to borrowers in specified loan accounts (1.3.2020 to 31.8.2020).

The Government of India has announced the Scheme for grant of ex-gratia payment of difference between compound interest and simple interest for six months to borrowers in specified loan accounts (1.3.2020 to 31.8.2020) (the ‘Scheme’) on October 23, 2020, which mandates ex-gratia payment to certain categories of borrowers by way of crediting the difference between simple interest and compound interest for the period between March 1, 2020 to August 31, 2020 by respective lending institutions.

All lending institutions are advised to be guided by the provisions of the Scheme and take necessary action within the stipulated timeline.
MandatoryLending institutionsNo end date specifiedNA
StatePuducherry Govt. allows private offices, shops, hotels, restaurants, bars and liquor shops to operate till 10 pm23-10-2020Pursuant to Unlock 5.0 Order for phased re-opening of activities, the Government of Puducherry (“Government”) has permitted all private offices, shops, hotels, restaurants, bars and liquor shops to operate till 10:00 p.m. with effect since 23rd October, 2020Mandatoryprivate office, shops, hotels, restaurants, bars and liquor shopsNo end date specifiedNo
CentralBIS certification exemption for solar PV module manufacturers having an annual production capacity less than 50 MW extended in view of COVID-19 pandemic23-10-2020The Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) has in a Notification dated October 23, 2020 extended the BIS certification exemption for solar PV module manufacturers having an annual production capacity less than 50 MW. As per the present notification these manufacturers will now be exempted from such certification till they have valid IEC certificates for their products (SPV Modules).

Background:

The Central Government had issued “Solar Photovoltaics, Systems, Devices and Components Goods (Requirements for Compulsory Registration) Order, 2017 in a notification dated 5th September 2017 for specified products included in the Schedule and the same was to gain effect from 5th September 2018. However, after having discussions with the various stakeholders the date of coming into force of the said Order was advanced to 16th April 2018 on 30th May 2018. A further extension in this regard was further granted in a notification dated 13.07.2018. Additionally, the module manufacturers having annual module production capacity is less than 50MW were also exempted for BIS certification for two years till 4.09.2020 provided they had a valid IEC Certificate.

Now, in view of the disruption caused by COVID 19 and the serious challenges faced  by the domestic solar industry, MNRE has extended the BIS certification exemption till the validity of IEC certificates for their products provided the IEC certificates for SPV Modules had been obtained before 16.04.2018. These manufacturers will be required to go compulsorily for BIS registration after the validity of IEC Certificates is over.
Mandatorysolar PV module manufacturers No end date specifiedNo
CentralAmidst pandemic, SEBI further extends timeline of validity of regulatory measures introduced in light of abnormally high market volatility till November 26, 2020

22-10-2020The Securities and Exchange Board of India (“SEBI”) has, in a Press Release dated 22nd October, 2020, informed that the following regulatory measures which were introduced in light of the abnormally high volatility in the stock markets owing to the prevailing COVID-19 pandemic, by the SEBI Press Release dated 20th March, 2020, will continue to be in force till 26th November, 2020. 

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

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

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

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

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

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

Please refer to the attached documents for further details.  
MandatoryAll26-11-2020No
PuducherryPuducherry Govt. directs implementation of Standard Operating Procedures on preventive measures to contain spread of COVID-19 during festivities21-10-2020With a view to implement necessary preventive measures to contain the spread of Covid-19 during the upcoming festivities where a large gathering of people in specific locations is anticipated, the Puducherry Government has directed strict adherence to the Standard Operating Procedures to contain the spread of COVID-19 during festivities which were issued earlier by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare.

Key Highlights:

1. The months of October to December witnesses large gathering of people in specified locations for religious worship, fairs, rallies, exhibitions, cultural functions, processions etc. which may last for more than a day and extend to a week. In order to prevent the spread of COVID-19, it is important that necessary preventive measures are followed during such events.

2. Persons above 65 years of age, persons with co-morbidities, pregnant women and children below the age of 10 years have been advised to stay at home. This applies to the event managers and staff as well. Additional measures may be implemented by the competent authority within their jurisdiction as per their local assessment and in line with activities permitted by Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) as per MHA Orders issued under Disaster Management Act, 2005.

3. Festive events shall be permitted only outside the Containment Zones. Organizers / staff / visitors from Containment Zones shall not be permitted.

4. People residing inside Containment Zones may be encouraged to observe all festivals inside their homes and not move out.

5.  Festivals, fairs, rallies, exhibitions, cultural functions, processions and plays/ concerts should ensure:

i. identification of spatial boundaries and prepare detailed site plan  which would facilitate compliance with thermal screening, physical distancing, sanitization etc;

ii.  plan should be prepared well in advance about conduct of each activity (religious places, rallies, processions, cultural shows, fairs etc.), with all relevant stakeholders including event organizers, business owners, market associations, etc.

iii. event sites to have adequate floor area and proper markings at all locations which are likely to be visited by public;

iv. Adequate number of ticket counters shall be planned to facilitate compliance with physical distancing norms;

v. Posters/standees/AV media on preventive measures from COVID-19 must be displayed prominently at the event sites

vi.  rallies and immersion processions to ensure that number of people does not exceed the prescribed limit and that proper physical distancing and wearing of masks is ensured;

vii. events lasting days should ensure  ensure a cap on physical numbers. Staggered timings and restricted entry may be considered along with making arrangement for ambulance service and linkages to nearest hospitals for health emergencies;

viii. volunteers should be stationed to ensure thermal scanning, physical distancing and wearing of masks;

ix. adequate supply of sanitizers, thermal guns and physical distancing floor markings to be ensured;

x. Close circuit cameras etc. may be considered to monitor compliance of physical distance norms, wearing of masks;

3. Preventive measures include simple public health measures to reduce the risk of COVID-19. These measures need to be observed by all, including the event managers, organizational staff and the public visiting the festivities:

i. maintaining a minimum distance of 6 feet in public places; use of face covers/masks;  frequent hand washing with soap, use of alcohol-based hand sanitizers;

ii. following respiratory etiquettes such as covering one’s mouth and nose while coughing / sneezing with a tissue / handkerchief / flexed elbow and disposing off used tissues properly and not spitting;

iii. Self-monitoring of health by all and reporting any illness at the earliest to State and District Helpline.

vii. Installation & use of Aarogya Setu App shall be advised to all.

4. Multiple entry and exit to the event site to be arranged.

i. multiple and separate entry and exits for visitors shall be ensured. The structure/space/venue for the event must also ensure adequate natural cross-ventilation;

ii. entrances to have mandatory hand hygiene and thermal screening provisions;

iii. Anyone found symptomatic during thermal screening should be politely refused entry and advised to seek immediate medical care;

5. Movement within event venue:

i. Seating arrangement in the pandaals, food courts, shows etc. to ensure adequate physical distancing;

ii. Shops, stalls, cafeteria etc., outside and within the premises too shall follow physical distancing norms at all times;

iii. Arrangements for safe drinking water, if required, should be made (preferably with provision for disposable cups/glasses) in the event premises;

iv. recorded devotional music/songs may be played and choir or singing groups should not be allowed;

v. Community kitchens/langars / “Ann-daan”, etc. at event venue should follow physical distancing norms while preparing and distributing food while ensuring highest levels of personal and environmental hygiene;

6. Sanitation and Hygiene

i. Effective and frequent sanitation to be ensured within the premises with particular focus on commonly touched surfaces/areas including lavatories, drinking and hand washing stations/areas;

ii. Cleaning and regular disinfection (using 1% sodium hypochlorite) of frequently touched surfaces;

iii. Visitors and staff should be advised to dispose of used face covers / masks in covered bins available at the premises

7. SOP to be followed in case of a suspect case or person who develops symptoms during the conduct of the event:

i. Place the ill person in a room or area where they are isolated from others till the time person is examined by a doctor;

ii. If symptoms deteriorate, inform the nearest medical facility;

iii.  Disinfection of the premises to be taken up if the person is found positive.

For a detailed read, please refer to the corresponding Order
MandatoryAllNo end date specifiedNO
Tamil NaduTN Govt. directs all shops and businesses including vegetable shops, grocery stores, food and tea shops to follow standard guidelines issued by the Government in light of the pandemic21-10-2020The Tamil Nadu Government ("Govt") has directed all shops and businesses including vegetable shops, grocery stores, food and tea stalls to adhere to the standard guidelines issued by the Government in areas outside Containment Zones across Tamil Nadu.

The Govt. has additionally requested people to wear masks and adhere to the social distancing norms of maintaining distance of at least 6 feet between each other and wash their hands frequently with soap.

Please note that the document is in Vernacular and we have translated it to the best of our understanding. Once an official translation is available, we will update in case there is a requirement.

For a detailed read, please refer to the corresponding document
Mandatoryvegetable shops, grocery stores, food and tea shopsNo end date specifiedNO
MizoramCertain private hospitals in Mizoram allowed to carry out screening of COVID-19 by Rapid Antigen Test (RAT), subject to compliance with SOPs for sample collection, management of Bio-Medical Waste etc.21-10-2020The Health Department of Mizoram has authorized following Private Hospitals to carry out screening of COVID-19 by Rapid Antigen Test (RAT), in the interest of public service:

The hospitals authorized to carry out RAT are -

1. Synod Hospital, Durtlang, Aizawl

2. Ebenezer Medical Centre, Chawnpuri, Aizawl

3. B.N Hospital, Kulikawn, Aizawl

4. Trinity Hospital, Silai Mual, Aizawl

The above mentioned hospitals have to strictly comply with all the SOPs issued by the Government from time to time with regard to sample collection, data management, management of Bio-Medical Wastes etc. 
Mandatory Private HospitalsNo end date specifiedNo
MaharashtraMaharashtra Government fixes maximum selling price for masks in the State; applies to all mask manufacturing companies/distributors/ retail sellers in the State20-10-2020
In an Order dated 20th October, 2020 the Public Health Department, Government of Maharashtra (“Department”) has fixed the maximum selling price for masks in Maharashtra as per the following:

Sr. No Description of the Masks MRP per piece
+ GST in Rs.
1 *NIOSH certified N-95 V Shape (Including *Magnum N-95 V Shape Mask) Rs. 19

2 **NIOSH certified N-95 3D Mask (Including *Magnum N-95 3D Mask) Rs. 25

3 ***NIOSH certified N-95 without valve (Including #Venus 14488 V4400-N-95 mask without valve) Rs. 28

4 ****NIOSH certified N-95 cup shape without valve

a. *Magnum N-95 MH Cup Rs. 49

b. #Venus CN95+N-95 Cup Shape mask without valve Rs. 29

c. #Venus 713W-N-95-6WE Cup Style without valve Rs. 37

d. #Venus 713W-N-95-6RE Cup Style without valve Rs. 29

5 ÕFFP2 Mask: ISI certified (Including #Venus 14491 V-4420+FFP2 mask) Rs. 12

6 2 Ply surgical with loop or tie Rs. 3

7 3 Ply surgical with Melt Blown (Including #Venus 14520-3 Ply Mask) Rs. 4

8 Doctors Kit of 5N-95 masks + 53Ply melt blown mask (including #Venus doctors kit) Rs. 127


The maximum selling price prescribed for above different quality masks would remain in force till the Epidemic Act is applicable. Further, the abovementioned maximum selling price limit would be applicable to all mask manufacturing companies/distributors/ retail sellers in the State.

While making supply of masks to Government and Private Hospitals, Nursing Homes, Covid Care Centres, Dedicated Covid Hospitals etc in the State of Maharashtra it would be required to make them available the same at 70% of prescribed maximum selling price. When the private hospitals would purchase the masks they cannot charge amount to patients more than 110% of purchase price.

Please note that the Order is in Vernacular and we have translated it to the best of our understanding.

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*NIOSH- National Institute for Occupational Safety & Health, USA
**Magnum- Magnum Health & Safety Pvt. Ltd
***Venus- Venus Health & Safety Pvt. Ltd
****FFP-  Filtering Face piece
Mandatorymanufacturing companies/distributors/ retail sellers of masksno end date specifiedNO
CentralIn light of COVID-19 pandemic, MCA further extends exemption from requirement of a minimum residency period of 182 days in a year in India by at least one director of a company for the financial year 2020-21 as well
20-10-2020In light of the prevailing COVID-19 pandemic, the Ministry of Corporate Affairs ("MCA") has, in a Circular dated 20th October, 2020, extended the exemption from the requirement of a minimum residency period 182 days in a year in India, by at least one director of a company, also for the financial year 2020-2021.

Background:

The MCA, in a  General Circular No. 11 /2020, had introduced Special Measures under Companies Act, 2013 (CA-2013) and Limited Liability Partnership Act, 2008 in view of COVID-19 outbreak. Pursuant to which non-compliance of minimum residency in India for a period of at least 182 days by at least one director of every company, under Section 149 of the Companies Act, 2013 was not to be treated as a non-compliance for the financial year 2019-20.

Now, MCA has extended the exemption.

Please refer to the appended document for details.

Source: Ministry of Corporate Affairs
MandatoryAll31-03-2021Yes
Chhattisgarh District Magistrate of Durg in Chhattisgarh relaxes closing times for shops and similar business establishments along with delivery and take away timings for hotels / restaurants; Petrol pumps and medical stores can now function outside the specified timings19-10-2020The District Magistrate, Durg District, Chhattisgarh, has relaxed the existing restriction on timings for closing of shops and other businesses in the District. Also, the timings for hotels/restaurants for take away and home delivery have also been relaxed.

Earlier the shops and other establishments were only allowed to operate till 8 pm and hotels / restaurants were allowed to remain open till 10 pm only for take away and home deliveries.

In addition to this, petrol pumps and medical stores have now been permitted to operate outside their designated opening and closing times.

Note: The Order is in Vernacular and we have translated it to the best of our understanding. Once an official translation is available, we will update in case there is a requirement.
Mandatory Shops, Hotels/restaurants, Petrol pumps, medical storesNo end date specified No
CentralFSSAI further extends the date for mandatory food safety audit of Food Businesses under the FSS (Food Safety Auditing) Regulations, 2018 up to 31.12.202019-10-2020In furtherance to the earlier extension granted, and in view of the ongoing impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India has, in a Notification dated October 19, 2020, further extended the last date for mandatory food safety audit of food businesses under the Food Safety and Standards (Food Safety Auditing) Regulations, 2018 up to 31st December, 2020. Earlier, the extension had been granted till 30th September, 2020

Accordingly, the food businesses have been directed to get such mandatory audits of their premises conducted by 31st December, 2020.
MandatoryFood Business31-12-2020Yes
StateParliamentary Affairs and legislation Secretariat issues the Karnataka Epidemic Diseases Act 2020, effective 22.04.202019-Oct-20The Karnataka Epidemic Diseases Act, 2020 has gained the assent of the Governor on 16.10.2020. While the Regulations are yet to be framed, the Act lays down contraventions with respect to "act of violence".

“act of violence” includes any of the following acts committed by any person against a public servant serving during an epidemic, which causes or may cause,-
(i) harassment impacting the living or working conditions of such public servant and preventing him from discharging his duties;
(ii) harm, injury, hurt, intimidation or danger to the life of such public servant, either within the premises of a clinical establishment or
otherwise;
(iii) obstruction or hindrance to such public servant in the discharge of his duties, either within the premises of a clinical establishment or otherwise; or
(iv) loss or damage to any property or documents in the custody of, or in relation to, such public servant;

The Act gives power to the Government of Karnataka to notify any disease as epidemic disease.

Section 14 relating to offence by companies where an offence under this Act has been committed by a Company will be considered guilty of the offence and will be punished under the provisions of the Act

The Act has come into force on 22.04.2020, by repealing the Karnataka Epidemic Diseases Ordinance 2020.
MandatoryAllNo end date specifiedNo
KarnatakaKarnataka Govt. issues Standard Operating Procedures for management of COVID-19 in factories; provides common area norms at Manufacturing Locations and safe transportation guidelines17-10-2020The Government of Karnataka has issued the Standard Operating Procedures for management of COVID-19 in factories (“SOP”) which must be displayed in the factory. The occupier shall ensure that the same is followed to comply with the provisions of *Section 7A(1) of the Factories Act, 1948.
Policy and procedure

Develop an Infectious Disease Preparedness and Response Plan:

• Develop a COVID-19 taskforce in the workplace, so that this taskforce can lead protective actions against COVID-19. Members of participation committee, safety committees, safety officers, and the medical staff of the factory should be in the committee.

• Ensure proper representation from every section in the taskforce.

• The developed policy should clearly define the accountability and responsibility of committee members in writing so that the entire workforce is made aware of their responsibility (who is In-charge, who does what?) in terms of prevention, controlling mechanism, and handling suspected COVID-19 cases in the workplace.

• Communicating and implementing COVID-19 related policies and procedures with relevant parties in the factory through worker training, and targeted interventions relevant to assigned tasks.

• Regular review, coordination, and updates to the plan as COVID-19 outbreak conditions change, including as new information about the virus, its transmission, and impacts become available.

• Prepare a SOP related to receipt of raw materials, accessories, machines, tools, accessories, and any other goods into factory premises, including what is imported from outside the country. This policy should include a quarantine and checking area for what is brought into factory premises.
Develop, Implement, and Communicate about Workplace Protections:

• Provide workers with a list of referrals to essential health services including health care facilities treating COVID-19, sexual and reproductive health care (including maternal health care services), and counseling, legal, medical, and shelter services for workers experiencing domestic violence. Ensure that the medical officers and welfare officers are trained to support workers in accessing these services if required.
Prepare factory medical staff with resources on COVID-19:

• Have a detailed meeting with the medical staff if available to identify the gap in existing medical facility.

• Take immediate action to procure what's missing.

• Encourage all medical staff to educate themselves on COVID-19 guidelines from Ministry of Health and Family Welfare.

Preventive measures:
• The best way to control COVID-19 is to systematically prevent it from entering the workplace in the first place. In factories where it may not be possible to eliminate the COVID-19 outbreak due to the high density of workers in a small place, the most effective protection measure will be to use the "hierarchy of controls" to select ways of controlling workplace hazards. There are advantages and disadvantages to each type of control measure.

• In most cases, a combination of control measures will be necessary to protect workers from exposure to COVID19
Administrative Controls:
Preventive measures before starting operation
· Establishing hand wash stations at the main gate with adequate number of liquid soaps; ensuring hand wash/sanitization for all the visitors and employees while entering into the factory.
· Ensure at least two meters distance from one tap to another.
· Hand washing stations should have clean, dry cloth, single-use towel or hand drier ¬avoid reusable towels
· Checking workers and any visitor's temperature by using infrared thermometer/thermal scanning/ necessary health check-up of every employee who is entering into the factory by the factory medical team.
Disinfection Processes:
· Factory should be completely disinfected prior to workers' entry to the factory.
· Using personal protective equipment (PPEs) such as disposable gloves protective suit and mask is mandatory when disinfection processes are implemented.
· Spraying disinfectant throughout the factory; routine cleaning is being continued with more attention to disinfect stairs' handrail, lift button, inside of lift, exit doors' handle, fire doors' handle, photocopy machines, first aid boxes, dining tables, pantry and production tools and equipment (such as trolleys, WIP storage shelves, baskets etc.
· The bottom of shoes should be sprayed with disinfectant while entering to the factory and ensure workers do not remain in bare foot in the production floor. If necessary, provide spare sandals for the production floor.
· All vehicles must be disinfected upon entry
COVID-19 Management Guidance:
· HR and administrative initiatives to reduce risk of COVID-19
· Allowing all employees to visit in-house doctors if available for any COVID-19 symptom, sending workers away from factory premises with leave if they have fevers.

· Ensuring social distancing is maintained during visits to the medical room/doctor, and facilities are disinfected after each worker visits.
· Establishing more hand wash stations throughout the factory with an adequate number of water taps and soap to facilitate frequent hand wash.
· Ensuring hand wash items in all the toilets always and encouraging to wash hands very frequently.
· Divide the lunch/dinner/prayer break into several shifts to avoid the large number of workers who gather at a time and place the same simultaneously.
· Change the working time to shift work; shift work schedules should take into consideration of workers with family responsibilities and their availabilities to take on certain shifts. Depending in safety and security circumstances related to commuting to and from work, factories should ensure that workers, specifically women workers, are not put at risk of violence and harassment.
· Change the attendance system of the fingerprint to the use of punch card attendance. If temporary registers are used, then the pens used should be wiped with hand sanitizers after each use.
· Ensure each worker carry individual drinking water bottles and maintain gap between the water tap and bottle.
Further, the SOP also states:
1. Factory should provide the following PPE and support structures for staff
2. Safe Transportation guideline
3. Common area norms at Manufacturing Locations
4. Adaptation for team members &contractors
5. Update policy and communicate with all personal
Please refer to the hyperlink provided below for a detailed read of the SOP.
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*Section 7A deals with “General duties of the occupier”
MandatoryMnaufacturingNO end date specifiedNO
Rajasthan Rajasthan Government prescribes fine of Rs. 10,000/- for gatherings (except marriage or funerals) organized without prior permission of District Magistrate and District Collector17-10-2020Rajasthan Government has authorized all Executive Magistrates, Chief Executive Officers of Zila Parishad and Block Development Officers within their respective jurisdiction to compound offences committed under the Rajasthan Epidemic Diseases Act, 2020.

Now, if any person organises any social, religious, political or any other kind of public or general function or gathering, other than marriage or funeral/last rites without prior permission (in writing) from the District Collector and District Magistrate or even if permission for such function is granted but:

i. social distancing is not maintained,
ii. face masks not worn or
iii. not worn properly by participants,
iv. no arrangements of screening and hygiene is made and
v. number of participants turns out to be more than the prescribed limit of 100;

then a fine of Rs. 10,000/- will be imposed upon the organiser.

In addition to the above-mentioned, amendments have been made to the Regulations issued earlier by the Department.

Regulation 9 has been substituted as follows:

"9. No person shall organise any social, religious, political or any kind of public or general function or gathering other than marriage or funeral/last rites, without prior permission in writing of the District Collector and District Magistrate. In such function or gathering organised with prior permission of the District Collector and District Magistrate, the organiser shall ensure that -
a. social distancing should be maintained,
b. every participant shall wear face masks properly,
c. screening of every participant shall be done and proper hygiene shall be maintained, and
d. total number of participant should not be more than 100."
Mandatory AllNo end date specified Yes
MaharashtraGovernment of Maharashtra requests Central Railway and Western Railway regarding opening of trains service for ladies in Mumbai and MMR Region16-10-2020Government of Maharashtra ("Government") has requested the Central and Western Railways for local trains to be made available for all ladies from 11 am to 3 pm and again from 7 PM onwards till end of local services for the day in Mumbai and MMR Region.

The Government has further requested that during this period, all ladies with valid tickets be allowed entry. In addition to this, QR codes will to not be required for travelling during the above-mentioned time period and that the frequency of local trains be increased as per the increase in demand.
Advisory AllNo end date specifiedNo
KarnatakaKarnataka Government fixes fresh ceiling rates for Different COVID-19 tests; revokes earlier orders in this regard16-10-2020The Government of Karnataka (State Government) has issued an Order dated October 16, 2020 specifying fresh rates for different COVID-19 tests to be charged by the private laboratories in the State. The present Order is in suppression of all previous orders specifying rates for COVID-19 testing issued by the State Government.

1. The newly specified rates per test are as follows:

a. Sample collection and transportation of Government and private samples to the testing lab - Rs.400/-
b. RT-PCR test for Government referred samples to private labs - Rs.800/-
c. RT-PCR test for privately given samples to private labs when samples are given at labs - Rs.1200/-
d. RT-PCR test for privately given samples to private labs when the samples are collected by the labs at home/residence - Rs.1600/-
e. TRU-NAT test for privately given samples at private labs - Rs.2200/-
f. TRU-NAT test for privately given samples to private labs when the samples are collected by the labs at home/residence - Rs.2600/-
g. CB-NAAT test for privately given samples at private labs - Rs.3800/-
h. CB-NAAT test for privately given samples to private labs when the samples are collected by the labs at home/residence - Rs.4200/-
i. Rapid Antibody Test/ELISA for privately given samples at private labs - Rs.500/-
j. Rapid Antigen Test for privately given samples at private labs - Rs.700/-

2. The ceiling rates fixed includes screening and confirmatory tests as well as the cost of PPE kit.
The Order also clarifies that only for RT-PCR test Government samples shall be given to private labs.

3. Such testing can be done only in the ICMR approved laboratories and all other conditions laid down by the ICMR and the State Government shall apply.
MandatoryPrivate Laboratoriesno end date specifiedNo
CentralAlcohol Based Hand Sanitizers in containers with dispenser pumps made freely exportable with immediate effect15-10-2020The Directorate General of Foreign Trade through a Notification dated 15th October, 2020 has amended the Export Policy of Alcohol based Hand Sanitizers.

With the Amendment the Export of Alcohol based Hand Sanitizers in container with dispenser pumps is free, making export of
Alcohol based Hand Sanitizers in any form/packaging freely exportable from 15th October, 2020.
Mandatory    
CentralMinistry of Culture issues detailed SOPs for cultural functions and programs to facilitate organization of cultural events during the COVID pandemic15-10-2020Ministry of Culture based on Ministry of Home Affairs Unlock 5.0 guidelines by a Press Release dated 15th October, 2020 has issued a detailed SOP for “Cultural Functions & Programs” on preventive measures to contain spread of COVID-19.

Key highlights of the SOP
1. The SOP contains guidelines that have to be followed by the management of theatres and performance spaces, as well as the entertainment/creative agencies, artists and crew or any other persons who hire the auditoria or any other open/closed performance spaces, whether on payment or gratis.
2. Guidelines w.r.t. Artists & Crew, management of Green Rooms, Stage management, Costume and make up trials, Sanitization of venue including stage, Open area seating etc. have been provided under the SOP.
3. Cultural activities are continued to be prohibited inside containment zones.
4. Basic COVID preventive measures have to be followed at all times like wearing of face masks/cover, washing/sanitizing hands at regular intervals, practicing respiratory etiquettes etc.
5. The occupancy of auditoriums/closed performance spaces will not be more than 50% of total seating capacity, subject to a ceiling of 200 persons.
6. Proper crowd control management to be ensured with strict physical distancing.
7. Staggered timings for performances to be followed to avoid crowding at the venue.
8. Frequent sanitization of the entire premises, common facilities, and all points which come into human contact, e.g. handles, railings, etc. to be ensured.
9. Dos and Don’ts shall be communicated at prominent access points: Online sale points, digital tickets, public areas like lobbies, washrooms, etc.
10. Guidelines w.r.t. air-conditioning/cooling as laid down by the Government to be followed.

For a detailed read, please refer to the attached document. 
Mandatory Cultural Functions & ProgramsNo end date specifiedNo
CentralRBI issues FAQs on Resolution Framework for Covid-19 related stress15-10-2020The Reserve Bank of India had on August 6, 2020 issued the "Resolution Framework for COVID-19-related Stress" which aims to facilitate revival of real sector activities and mitigate the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on the ultimate borrowers.

Now, the RBI has on its website issued the FAQs with responses in this regard to provide clarity on certain aspects of the Resolution Framework.

For a detailed read, please refer to the appended document.
AdvisoryFinancial InstitutionsNo end date specifiedNo
MaharashtraGovt. of Maharashtra rolls out guidelines to implement easing of restrictions in the State in continuation to Mission Begin Again; permits B2B Exhibitions outside Containment Zones14-10-2020In continuation to Mission Begin Again Order dated 30th September, 2020 the Department of Revenue and Forest, Disaster Management, Relief and Rehabilitation, Government of Maharashtra (“Department”), has issued another Order dated  14th October, 2020 to permit the following activities in the State after careful consideration of planning of Containment areas and availability of health infrastructure, for strict implementation:
1. Business to Business (“B2B”) Exhibitions:
• B2B exhibitions permitted to open, in areas outside the Containment Zones since 15th October, 2020;

• The SOP for the same will be issued by the Industries Department. The Industries Department will take into consideration the SOP issued by the Department of Commerce, Government of India.
2. Shops:
• With an objective to control / reduce crowding, the markets / shops have been permitted to open for 2 additional hours and can function from 9 am to 9 pm in areas outside the Containment Zones since 15th October, 2020;
3. Schools, colleges, educational and coaching institutions:
• Schools, colleges, educational and coaching institutions will continue to remain closed for students and regular class activity up to 31st October, 2020. However, Online / distance learning will continue to be permitted and shall be encouraged;

• Please note that permission has been granted for upto 50% of teaching and non-teaching staff to be called to the schools at a time for online teaching / tele-counselling and related works, in areas outside the Containment Zones; with effect since 15th October, 2020;

• The SOP regarding health and safety precautions for the same will be issued by the School Education Department. The School Education Department will take into consideration the SOP issued by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare and the Department of School Education and Literacy, Ministry of Education, Government of India.
4. Metro Rail:
• Metro Rail has been allowed to operate with effect since 15th October, 2020 in a graded manner;

• The SOP for the same will be issued by the Urban Development Department. The Urban Development Department will take into consideration the SOP issued by the Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs
5. Marriage, other personal family functions:
• Marriage and other personal family functions and related gatherings with number of guests not exceeding 50 and funeral / last rites related gatherings with number of persons not exceeding 20 will continue to be allowed;
6. Gardens, Parks and public open spaces:
• Gardens, Parks and public open spaces for recreational purposes will continue to remain open.
7. Local weekly bazaars (including that of the animals):
• Local weekly bazaars (including that of the animals) permitted to open, in areas outside the Containment Zones since 15th October, 2020.

• The SOP for the same will be issued by the concerned Rural / Urban Local Bodies and all the protocols of the COVID-19 shall be followed;
8. International Air travel of passengers prohibited, except as permitted by Ministry of Home Affairs
9.The domestic passengers arriving at different Airports shall be checked for COVID symptoms. Stamping with indelible ink shall be immediately discontinued;
10. The health check-up and stamping of the passengers at the railway stations arriving by trains in the State of Maharashtra will be discontinued. However, these passengers should follow all the COVID-19 protocols of social distancing and sanitation;
11. Any other allowed and permitted activity by any specific/ general order would continue to operate.
National Directives for COVID-19 Management
1. Face coverings- wearing of face cover is compulsory in public places, in workplaces and during transport;
2. Social distancing- Individuals must maintain a minimum distance of 6 feet (2 Gaz Ki doori) in public places;
3. Shops have to ensure physical distancing among customers and will not allow more than five persons at one time;
4. Gatherings- large public gatherings / congregations continue to remain prohibited. Marriage related Gatherings — Number of guests not to exceed 50. Funeral / last rites related Gatherings — Number of persons not to exceed 20;
5. Spitting in public places will be punishable with fine, as may be prescribed by the concerned authority in accordance with its laws, rules or regulations;
6. Consumption of liquor, Paan, gutka, tobacco, etc in public places is prohibited.
Additional directives for work places:
1.Work from Home (WFH)- as far as possible the practice of WFH should be followed. Staggering of work / business hours will be followed in offices, workplaces, shops. markets and industrial & commercial establishments.
2. Screening and Hygiene- provision for thermal screening, hand wash and sanitizer will be made available at all entry and exit points and common areas.
3. 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.
4. Social Distancing- All persons in charge of workplaces will ensure adequate distance between workers, adequate gaps between shifts, staggering the lunch breaks of staff etc.
Please note:
1. Easing of restrictions and opening up of the activities which remain prohibited across the State will be done in phased manner along-with Standard Operating Procedures / Guidelines.
2. Violation of the lockdown measures will attract penalties under the provisions of the Disaster Management Act, 2005 and Indian Penal Code (detailed in Annexure III of the present Order).
Background:
The Maharashtra Government, in its Order dated 30th September, 2020 has extend the lockdown measures up to 31st  October, 2020 and issued revised consolidated guidelines from time to time vide above mentioned orders to contain the spread of COVID-19.
Now, that the State Government is of the view to re-open certain activities in areas outside the Containment Zones, the present Order has been issued to permit the re-opening of more activities in the State in consonance with its earlier Order dated 30th September, 2020.
MandatoryAll31-10-2020NO
KarnatakaKarnataka Government notifies guidelines on implementing preventive measures in Entertainment Parks and other similar places to contain the spread of COVID- 1914-10-2020The Health Department of Karnataka has issued Guidelines on preventive measures to be followed in Entertainment Parks and other similar places to contain the spread of COVID- 19 (“Guidelines”)

Scope-

These Guidelines outline various generic precautionary measures which have to be adopted (in addition to specific measures) and  ensured at Entertainment Parks and similar places to prevent spread of COVID-19. Entertainment Parks and similar places in Containment Zones will remain closed. Only those outside Containment Zones shall be allowed to reopen.

Promoting COVID appropriate behaviour:
Simple public health measures are to be promoted to reduce the risk of spread of COVID-19 infection. These measures are to be observed by all (staff and visitors) in these places at all times.

These include:

1. Physical distancing of at least 2 meters (6 feet) to be followed as far as feasible.

2. Compulsory use of face covers/masks shall be enforced.

3. 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) are recommended wherever feasible.

4. Cough etiquettes shall 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 the used tissues in closed bins.

5. Self-monitoring for COVID-19 symptoms like fever, cough, cold, throat pain, headache, loss of taste, loss of smell, difficulty in breathing, etc. by all and shall report to Apthamitra helpline 14410.

6. Spitting is strictly prohibited.

7. Installation & use of Arogya Setu App is recommended by all.

Protecting the vulnerable population:

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. The management entertainment park shall advise its visitors accordingly.

Providing and maintaining healthy environment within the premises:

1. Cleaning and regular disinfection of frequently touched surfaces like door knobs, handles, elevator buttons, hand rails, slides, chairs, table tops, benches, washrooms, fixtures etc. has to be done before opening of the entertainment parks, at the end of the day and at regular intervals.

2. Provisions have to be made for multiple hand washing stations and hand sanitizers for the use of public. Provision of liquid soap in toilets and hand sanitizers in common areas in sufficient quantity shall he ensured.

3. Deep cleaning of all drinking and hand washing stations , washrooms, showers, laboratories,  etc has to be ensured.

4. Visitors and employees should be advised to dispose of used face covers, masks in separate covered bins placed in appropriate areas.

5. Swimming pool and water based activities will remain closed till further orders.

6. Staggered timing and regulation of physical members of the visitors on the rides must be ensured.

7. Theatres will only allow a seating capacity of 50%.

8. The general recommendations for number of persons in open spaces/areas, etc. Is 3.25 sq. meters/person. This excludes free space needed for easy movement of people, putting up of barricades, etc.

Planning for operations, scheduling, and monitoring of activities:

Physical distancing

1. For ensuring physical distancing inside and outside the premises, specific markings on the floor shall be made. Similarly, physical distancing shall also be maintained in office areas and common utility areas.

2. There shall be queue management inside and outside the premises. Enough personnel shall be deployed to monitor the queue and physical distancing.

3. Lockers for staff and visitors shall remain in use; physical distancing and regular disinfection shall be done.

Crowd management:

1. The crowd density shall not remain the same throughout and usually peaks on weekends and holidays. Planning should specifically factor-in requirement for these peak days.

2. Online tickets shall be encouraged.

3. The number of tickets sold shall be commensurate with the floor area per person that is required for fulfilling the physical distancing norms. Accordingly, entry to the entertainment park shall be regulated.

4. Entry of visitors with tickets shall be monitored to ensure that the number of visitors inside the entertainment park at any given time doesn't exceed the permissible limit.

5. CCTV monitoring shall be ensured to detect crowding at any rides, food court, etc. and appropriate public announcements shall be made.

6. For those who reach the entertainment park without online ticket or where facility of online ticketing does not exist, adequate number of ticket counters shall be planned duly ensuring physical distancing norms and by marking on the floor at the ticket counters

7. The management of the entertainment park shall make suitable provisions for contact-less payment.

Ensure proper ventilation:

1. Natural ventilation to be ensured and use of close spaces to be discouraged;

Providing COVID-19 related supplies:

1.  Appropriate arrangements for personal protection devices like face covers/masks, face-shield, hand-gloves, hand sanitizers, liquid soap, 1% sodium hypochlorite solution, etc. Shall be made available by the management for their employees as per requirements;

2. Provide an adequate supply of calibrated thermal scanner

3. Ensure availability of covered dustbins and trash cans in sufficient numbers to manage waste as per CPCB guidelines (available at:
https: cpcb.nic.ini uploads / Projects / Bio-Medical¬Waste / BMW-GUIDELINES-COVID 1.pdf)

Creating awareness:

1. The mobile application or web site of the entertainment park should display preventive measures for COVID-19.

2. The website/ mobile application shall inform the visitors on self-monitoring for COVID-19 like symptoms and if suffering, to seek medical consultation and not to visit the park

3. Provisions shall be made for display of posters/standees/AV media on preventive measures against COVID-19 at prominent places in the entertainment park.

4. Recorded AV messages on precautionary measures and COVID appropriate behaviour shall be played.

5. Display State helpline numbers (Apthamitra 14410) and also numbers of local health authorities (District health authorities/ BBMP) at prominent places.

Maintaining Healthy operations:

1. At the entry point and exit

a. Entrance shall have mandatory hands-free sanitizer dispenser and thermal screening provisions. Those having body temperature of above 99.5° F (37.5° C) shall not be allowed and referred to seek medical consultation immediately.

b. Multiple gates/separate gates, if feasible, should be used for entry and exit

c. Only asymptomatic persons (managerial staff, employees, visitors) should be allowed in the premises.

d. Management staff, employees and visitors living in containment zones should not be allowed entry in Entertainment Park and other similar places.

e. All employees/visitors shall be allowed entry only if wearing face cover/masks. The face cover/mask has to be worn at all times inside the entertainment park.

f. Staggering of visitors shall be done for maintaining physical distancing of a minimum of 2 meters/6 feet, when queuing up at the time of entry and for rides, etc.

g. Proper queue management shall be followed at the ticket counters, the parking lots, in corridors and inside elevators - duly following physical distancing norms by marking boxes on the floor

h. Valet parking, if available, shall be operational with operating staff wearing face covers/ masks as appropriate. A proper disinfection of steering, door handles, keys, etc. Of the vehicles should be taken up, before receiving and handing over of the vehicle.

2. Within the premises of the entertainment park Complex:
a. Seating arrangement shall be done to ensure a distance of 2 meters/6 feet between chairs, benches, etc.

b. Staggering of visitors for different rides shall be done, to allow for adequate physical distancing. Number of people in the elevators shall be restricted, duly maintaining physical distancing norms.

c. Use of escalators with one person on alternate steps shall be encouraged.

3. During rides:
a. Disinfect the commonly touched surfaces of the ride equipment, before commencing the ride. Visitors shall sanitize their hands before and after using the rides. For such purpose hand sanitizer should he provided at the entry and exit of ride stations etc.

b. Ensure physical distancing in rides.

3. Activities in common areas - souvenir shops, stalls, cafeteria, food courts, changing rooms, showers, etc.
a. Adequate crowd and queue management shall be ensured.

b. In food courts and restaurants, not more than 50% of seating capacity shall be permitted.

c. The seating arrangement should ensure adequate physical distancing.

d. Food court staff / waiters should wear mask, face-shield and hand gloves and take other required COVID-19 precautionary measures.

e. Contactless mode of ordering, delivery and digital mode of payment shall be encouraged.

f. Tables to be sanitized each time customer leaves.

g. In the kitchen, the staff should follow physical distancing norms and other COVID appropriate behaviours at workplace.

Further, all suspect/ confirmed cases in the premises should be reported as per the procedure mentioned in the Guidelines.
MandatoryEntertainment parksno end date specifiedNO
Madhya Pradesh Madhya Pradesh Government notifies SOPs on Entertainment / Amusement Park and other equivalent places for curb the spread of COVID-1913-10-2020Madhya Pradesh Health Department in a Notification dated 13th October, 2020 has notified SOPs for measures to be followed in Entertainment / Amusement Parks and similar places to contain the spread of COVID-19.

Key highlights:

1. Entertainment / Amusement parks and other such venues located in Containment Zones shall be kept closed and only parks outside Containment Zones will be allowed to open;

2. Staffs and visitors to the parks will need to strictly follow basic COVID-19 precautions like wearing masks, following respiratory etiquettes, washing hands at regular intervals etc.

3. Spitting in public places is prohibited;

4. Persons above the age of 65, pregnant women and children below the age of 10 have been advised to stay at home. Staff falling within this category should not come in direct contact with the visitors;

5. Before starting the recreational activities in the park, all open areas and common places should be disinfected in accordance with the SOPs issued by the Government of India;

6. Frequently touched surfaces along with washrooms and drinking water areas have to be regularly disinfected as per protocol;

7. In water parks, staff to ensure that the water is properly filtered and treated. Further, rides will be operated at intervals and after every 2 individuals;

8. Theatres to allow only 15% of the seating capacity;

9. Proper crowd control measures to be adopted for holidays and weekends in parks and theatres;

10. Tickets to be sold online;

11. Number of tickets to be limited in order to control the number of visitors;

11. There must be proper CCTV surveillance for contact tracing purposes;

12. Tickets should have instructions written on them about what to do and what not to do;

13. Entry points to have thermal screening and hand sanitizers and if possible there should be more than one entry / exit points;

14. An isolation room / area to be set up at the park / theatre where suspected COVID infected persons can be kept;

15. Eateries inside the park to admit not more than 50% of the seating capacity.

Please note that the SOP 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 corresponding document provided for reference.
Mandatory Amusement parks, TheatresNo end date specified No
ChhattisgarhDistrict Magistrate Durg notifies amounts of fines for violation of COVID-19 guidelines13-10-2020In light of the upcoming festive season, the District Magistrate of Durg District in Chhattisgarh  has notified fines for violation of COVID-19 guidelines.

This is being done keeping in mind that in the next 100 days, lots of festivals will be celebrated and there are high chances of increase in the number of COVID-19 positive cases. Therefore, to curb this increase, the District Magistrate has listed out fines for the following offences:

1. Not wearing masks / face cover in public places - Rs. 100/-

2. Violation of home isolation guidelines - Rs. 1000/-

3. Spitting in public places - Rs. 100/-

4. Violation of social distancing norms by shop owners / business establishments - Rs. 200/-

In addition to this, if a person does not pay fine and not follow the guidelines even after issuing a warning, then that person will be liable to be penalised under the Indian Penal Code, 1860 and the Epidemic Diseases Act, 1897 along with an FIR under Section 188 of the IPC. If a shop / business establishment is found violating COVID-19 norms for the second time, then that shop / business will be sealed for 15 days.

Please note that the Order is in Vernacular and we have translated it to the best of our understanding. Once an official translation is available, we will update in case there is a requirement.
Mandatory AllNo end date specified No
Central Ministry of Health and Family Welfare rolls out guidelines for management of co-infection of COVID-19 with other seasonal epidemic prone diseases13-10-2020With a view to provide clear guidelines on prevention and treatment of co-infections of COVID-19 along with diseases like Dengue, Malaria, Seasonal Influenza (H1N1), etc. the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare has issued Guidelines for Management of co-infection of COVID-19 with other seasonal epidemic prone diseases.

Epidemic prone diseases are observed in our country every year with diseases like Dengue, Malaria, Seasonal Influenza, Leptospirosis, Chikungunya, Enteric fever, etc. affecting many individuals. This poses challenges in clinical laboratory diagnosis of COVID-19.

The main aim of these guidelines is to provide clear guidelines on prevention and treatment of co-infections of COVID-19 with diseases like Dengue, Malaria, Seasonal Influenza (H1N1), Leptospirosis, Chikungunya etc.

Key highlights -

1. The guidelines provide symptoms of all epidemic prone diseases along with procedure to be follow while diagnosing such co-infections;

2. Tests recommended by ICMR (for COVID-19) and the ones recommended by the concerned programme divisions (NVBDCP for vector borne diseases [Malaria, Dengue, Chikungunya]) and NCDC (Seasonal Influenza, Leptospirosis, Scrub Typhus)] needs to be followed. Also, availability of rapid diagnostic kits for malaria, dengue, scrub typhus should be ensured in COVID treatment facilities.

3. Management of co-infection of COVID-19 with dengue, Influenza and bacterial co-infections are provided in detail in the guidelines including specific laboratory testing for samples to ascertain the specific co-infection;

4. If a patient is in a primary care setup, the following criteria is to be monitored to assess patients clinical progress. Early warning signs for referral to higher centre are:

i. Altered Mental Status (AVPU)

ii. Systolic blood pressure: <90mmHg or <20% of baseline in hypertensive patients

iii. Heart Rate/ Pulse Rate: <50 or >120 bpm

iv. SpO2: <94 % on room air

v. Respiratory Rate: <10 or >30 bpm

vi. Temperature: persistently >38ºC

vii. Urine Output: <0.5 ml/Kg/Hr for consecutive 2 hrs

viii. Spontaneous bleeding / haematuria

ix. Platelet count <50.000/cumm

5. Proper prevention techniques are to be followed as the basic preventive strategies of COVID-19 and seasonal influenza are different from other diseases discussed under the guidelines. Generic measures like avoiding large gatherings, maintaining physical distance, hand hygiene and cough etiquette must be ensured at all times;

6. Community support must be garnered and community awareness drives on COVID-19 and other seasonal diseases must be ensured to spread awareness among the public;

7. A concerted effort is required in prevention, surveillance, behaviour change communication and management of cases mentioned in the guidelines pertaining to COVID-19 and co-infections. Alert vigil, a high index of suspicion and constant awareness of the possibility of co-infections can help physicians avert the adverse outcome of cases with coinfection and improve clinical outcomes.

8. Salient features (Onset, symptoms, signs, warning signs, complications) of COVID-19, Dengue, Malaria, Chikungunya, Leptospirosis, Seasonal Influenza are also provided in the guidelines.

For a detailed read, please refer to the corresponding Guidelines
Advisory Hospitals, COVID care centresNo end date specified No
Central Employees' Provident Fund Organisation launches WhatsApp helpline to resolve grievances under Nirbadh initiative; ease of raising query and grievance on WhatsApp will reduce the need to physically visit EPFO’s offices13-10-2020With a view to enhance the ease of living experience for members, and to further strengthen the direct channel of communication between EPFO and its subscribers amid the pandemic, Employees' Provident Fund Organisation ("EPFO") has launched a WhatsApp based helpline-cum-grievance redressal mechanism, as part of its series of Nirbadh initiatives aimed at ensuring seamless and un-interrupted service delivery to subscribers during the COVID-19 pandemic.

This facility has been provided in addition to various other means of grievance redressal forums of EPFO like web-based EPFiGMS portal, CPGRAMS, social media pages (Facebook & Twitter) and a dedicated 24x7 call centre. The helpline aims to further strengthen the direct channel of communication between EPFO and its subscribers amid the pandemic, thereby enhancing EPFO’s responsiveness and facilitating timely delivery of services to subscribers.

Currently, WhatsApp helpline is functional in all the 138 regional offices of EPFO. Any stakeholder may simply file grievance or seek guidance on any queries relating to services provided by EPFO, by sending a WhatsApp message on the helpline number of the concerned regional office where the PF account is maintained. Dedicated WhatsApp Helpline numbers of all regional offices are available at homepage of EPFO’s official website.

As WhatsApp is emerging as a popular platform for communication in India, EPFO has taken this initiative to use this platform to reach and communicate directly with all its stakeholders. This will also allow the PF subscribers to interact directly with EPFO’s regional offices at a personalized level adhering to one-to-one guidance principle. It will further ensure prompt and secure services to the subscribers from the comfort of their homes. The ease of raising query and grievance on WhatsApp will drastically reduce the need for the subscribers to physically visit EPFO’s offices. This in turn will help maintain social distancing in EPFO’s workplace during COVID-19 pandemic. 
Advisory AllNo end date specified No
Central  IRDAI allows renewal, migration and portability, for COVID specific standard health products subject to norms13-10-2020Insurance Regulatory and Development Authority of India ("IRDAI") while partially modifying the Guidelines on Covid Standard Health Policy has provided Insurers the choice to allow renewal, migration and portability, for COVID specific standard health products subject to conditions.

Norms for renewal, migration and portability of “Corona Rakshak Policy”, “Corona Kavach Policy” and “Group Corona Kavach policy” –

1. Renewal :

a) ‘Corona Kavach’ and ‘Corona Rakshak’ policies of any tenure may be renewed for further terms of three and half months (3 ½ months), six and half months (6 ½ months) or nine and half months (9 ½ months) as per the option exercised by the policyholder. The renewal shall be subject to the underwriting policy of the insurer.

b) Renewals, if any, may be done before the expiry of the existing policy contract.

c) Where policy is renewed, additional waiting period of 15 days shall not be imposed and the coverage shall be continued seamlessly.

d) During renewal, sum insured may be allowed to be changed by the policyholder. For any increase in the sum insured, the waiting period shall start afresh only for the enhanced portion of the sum insured.

e) Corona Kavach and Corona Rakshak policies are permitted to be renewed till 31st March,2021 complying with clause 5 of Guidelines on introduction of short term health insurance policies providing coverage for COVID-19 disease (Circular Ref No: IRDAI/HLT/REG/ CIR/156/06/ 2020 dated 23.06.2020).

2. Migration :

a) In respect of Corona Kavach individual policies, insurers have the choice to offer migration to any other indemnity based health insurance product offered by them as per the option exercised by the policyholder.

b) In respect of Corona Kavach Group policies, insurers have the choice to provide migration to the members insured to any other individual indemnity based health policy at the point of exit of the member insured from the group policy or the cessation of coverage of the underlying group policy.

c) Where migration is allowed, the accrued gains of waiting period served in the existing Corona Kavach policy (Individual/Group) shall be protected in respect of coverage for Covid-19, in the migrated policy.

3. Portability :

General and Health Insurers are permitted to allow portability of Corona Kavach (individual) policy from one insurer to another. The accrued gains of waiting period served in the existing Corona Kavach policy shall be protected in respect of coverage of Covid-19, by the porting-in insurer.

Where migration/portability from the Corona Kavach policy (Group/Individual, as applicable) is allowed, such migration/portability to any other comprehensive health insurance policy shall also be allowed, till the end of policy period of the existing Corona Kavach policy.
MandatoryInsuranceNo end date specifiedNo
CentralDepartment of Public Enterprises has issued an illustrative guide on appropriate behaviours in view of ongoing COVID-19 pandemic in our country13-10-2020The Department of Public Enterprises by an Order dated 13th October, 2020 has issued an illustrative guide on COVID-19 appropriate behaviours in view of ongoing pandemic in our country.

Key highlights of the guide are -

1. Greet without physical contact;
2. Maintain physical distance of 6 feet;
3. Wear reusable face cover or mask;
4. Avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth;
5. Maintain respiratory hygiene;
6. Wash hands frequently and thoroughly;
7. Do not chew tobacco, khaini etc. or spit in the public places;
8. Regularly clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces;
9. Avoid unnecessary travel;
10. Do not discriminate against anyone;
11. Discourage crowd - Encourage Safety;
12. Do not circulate social media posts which carry unverified or negative information;
13. Seek information on COVID-19 from credible sources;
14. Call National Toll-free helpline 1075 or State helpline numbers for any queries;
15. Seek psychosocial support for any stress or anxiety.
Mandatory AllNo end date specifiedNo
MeghalayaTechnicians frequently visiting Meghalaya (for repair of mobile towers and essential telecommunication infrastructure), to get tested once in every 10 days; restrict movement to their work place12-10-2020With a view to curb the spread of COVID-19, the Health Department of Meghalaya ("Department") has amended the 'Health Protocol post relaxation of lockdown for entry into Meghalaya'.

The exceptions granted to professionals engaged in essential services in the State have been modified to include the following:

Technicians, engaged in repair of mobile towers and other essential telecommunication infrastructure, who are required to visit Meghalaya frequently, will be tested once in every 10 days and it must be ensured that their movement is restricted to their work place.

For a detailed read, please refer to the corresponding document.
MandatoryTelecommunicationNo end date specifiedNo
GujaratIn light of the outbreak of the Covid pandemic, Gujarat Government declares that vehicles permitted for carrying Oxygen for medical purposes to be treated on par with the ambulances during the COVID - 19 disaster12-10-2020In light of the outbreak of the Covid pandemic in the State of Gujarat, in order to provide effective management of disaster, the Gujarat Government has declared that vehicles permitted for carrying Oxygen for medical purposes will be treated on par with the ambulances for carrying oxygen for a period of one year, from 12th October, 2020 i.e. the date of publication of this notification in the Official Gazette, during the COVID - 19 disaster.

The Government has informed that:

i. such vehicles, carrying oxygen for medical purposes, will be treated as the vehicles on emergency and disaster management duties;

ii. such vehicles will be allowed to:

a. use multi-coloured red, blue and white light
b. such sound signals, as used on ambulance or vehicles used for fire fighting or salvage purposes or on vehicles used by police or operators of construction equipment vehicles or officers of the Motor Vehicles Department, and approved by or operators of construction equipment vehicles or officers of the Motor Vehicles Department

Please refer to the appended document for further details.

Source: Gujarat Government
MandatoryTransporters of oxygen for medical purposes12-10-2021No
CentralReserve Bank of India issues measures for the revival of the financial activities, including lending activities, by lending institutions09-10-2020In light of the gradual lifting of restrictions on movement of people and opening of business establishments across the country, the Reserve Bank of India has, in a notification dated 9th October, 2020, issued measures for the revival of the financial activities, including lending activities, by lending insinstitutions.

The measures aim to:

(i) enhance liquidity support for financial markets so as to revive activity in targeted sectors of the economy with linkages to other sectors; (ii) provide a boost to exports;
(iii) provide regulatory support to improve the flow of credit to specific sectors within the ambit of the norms for credit discipline;
(iv) deepen financial inclusion; and
(v) facilitate ease of doing business by upgrading payment system services so as to improve customer satisfaction, while supporting growth

Key measures:

1. On Tap TLTRO :  The focus of liquidity measures by the RBI will now include revival of activity in specific sectors that have both backward and forward linkages, and multiplier effects on growth. Accordingly, it has been decided to conduct on tap TLTRO with tenors of up to three years for a total amount of up to ₹1,00,000 crore at a floating rate linked to the policy repo rate. The scheme will be available up to March 31, 2021 with flexibility with regard to enhancement of the amount and period after a review of the response to the scheme.

2. SLR Holdings in Held to Maturity (HTM) category :  To engender orderly market conditions and ensure congenial financing costs, the
Reserve Bank on September 1, 2020, had increased the limits under Held to Maturity (HTM) category from 19.5 per cent to 22 percent of NDTL, in respect of SLR securities acquired on or after September 1, 2020, up to March 31, 2021. To give more certainty to the markets about the status of these investments in SLR securities after March 31, 2021, the dispensation of enhanced HTM limits of 22 percent has been extended up to March 31, 2022 for securities acquired between September 1, 2020 and March 31, 2021.

3. Open Market operations (OMOs) in State Developments Loans (SDLs):  At present, SDLs are eligible collateral for Liquidity Adjustment Facility (LAF) along with T-bills, dated government securities and oil bonds. To improve liquidity and facilitate efficient pricing, it has been decided to conduct open market operations (OMOs) in SDLs as a special case during the current financial year. The OMOs would be conducted for a basket of SDLs comprising securities issued by states.

4. Round-the-Clock availability of Real Time Gross Settlement System :  To support the ongoing efforts aimed at global integration of Indian
financial markets, facilitate India’s efforts to develop international financial centers and to provide wider payment flexibility to domestic corporates and institutions, it has been decided to make available the RTGS system round the clock on all days.

5. Perpetual Validity for Certificate of Authorisation (CoA) issued to Payment System Operators (PSOs) : To reduce licensing uncertainties and enable PSOs to focus on their business and optimise utilisation of scarce regulatory resources, it has been decided to grant authorisation for all PSOs (both new applicants as well as existing PSOs) on a perpetual basis, subject to certain conditions

6. Review of the Co-origination Model : Based on the feedback received from the stakeholders, to better leverage the respective comparative advantages of the banks and NBFCs in a collaborative effort, and to improve the flow of credit to the unserved and underserved sector of the economy, it has been decided to extend the scheme to all the NBFCs (including HFCs), to make all priority sector loans eligible for the scheme and give greater operational flexibility to the lending institutions, while requiring them to conform to the regulatory guidelines on outsourcing, KYC, etc. The proposed framework will be called as “Co-Lending Model”. The revised guidelines will be issued by end of October 2020.

Please refer to the appended document for details.

Source: Reserve Bank of India
MandatoryLending InstitutionsNo end date specifiedNo
Haryana Haryana Government issues guidelines for re- opening of activities; extends lockdown in Containment Zones till October 31st, 202009-10-2020In consonance with MHA Unlock 5 Order, Government of Haryana  has notified guidelines for implementing reopening of activities in a phased manner in areas outside the Containment Zones while extending lockdown in Containment Zones till 31st October, 2020.

Key Highlights –
  
1. Business to business (B2B) exhibitions permitted to open since 15th October, 2020; detailed SOP to be issued by the Department of Commerce;

2. Aarogya Setu App mandated for all employees carrying compatible phones. Heads of organisations to ensure 100 percent coverage amongst employees;

3. No restriction on inter-State and intra-State movement of persons and goods. No separate permission will be required for such movement;

4. Movement by passenger trains, domestic air travel, movement of persons on Vande Bharat and Air Transport Bubble flights and sign-on and sign-off of Indian seafarers will continue to be regulated as per SOPs issued by the Government;

4. All activities permitted outside Containment Zones except the following, which are to be re-opened in a phased manner -

a. Schools have been allowed to re-open in a graded manner since 15th October, 2020. Online / distance learning will continue to be the preferred mode of teaching and will be encouraged; 

b. Swimming pools used for training of sportspersons allowed to open since 15th October, 2020; 

c. Cinemas / theatres / multiplexes permitted to open with upto 50% of their seating capacity in areas outside the Containment Zones only, since 15th October, 2020;

d. Entertainment parks and similar places will be permitted to open since 15th October, 2020;

e. Social / academic / sports / entertainment / cultural / religious / political functions and other congregations are permitted with a ceiling of 100 persons, outside Containment Zones only. Gatherings beyond the limit of 100 persons are permitted, outside Containment Zones but after 15th October 2020, subject to the following conditions: 

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

ii. In open spaces, keeping the size of the ground/space in view and with strict observance of social distancing and mandatory wearing of face masks, provision for thermal scanning and hand wash or sanitizer. 

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

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

For a detailed read, please refer to the corresponding Order.
Mandatory All31-10-2020No
Uttar PradeshGovernment of Uttar Pradesh amends Factories Uttar Pradesh (Amendment) Act 2020; aims to increase employment opportunities in the State09-10-2020In an Official Gazette issued by the Government of Uttar Pradesh (“Government”), the Factories Uttar Pradesh (Amendment) Act 2020 (“Act”) has been presented. The Act received the assent of the President on 9th October 2020.

Section 5A has been inserted with a view to create more economic and employment opportunities by exempting factories which are established and whose production would starts after a period of 1000 days from 20th October 2020

5A Power to exempt in public interest

When State Government is satisfied to create economic opportunities, it is necessary in public interest to do so, it may be by notification in the gazette exempt new factory or class of new factories which are established and whose commercial production starts after a period of 1000 days after the commencement of Factories (Uttar Pradesh) Amendment Act from all or any provisions of the Act conditionally or unconditionally for a period of 1000 days from the date on which such production starts.

Objective of the amendment

The primary reason for providing relaxation from provisions of labour laws is to give boost to industries, attract investment and thereby increase employment opportunities which has faced a downward slide owing to the pandemic situation, which has also caused a large number of migrant labourers to return to the State. Hence, the Government has decided to provide such relaxation.

Furthermore, Section 5 of the Factories Act 1948 provides that the State Government has the power to exempt the provisions of the Act in the event of public emergency only. The amendment clarifies that the exemption will be temporary and for a limited period of time.

For further details please refer the Order attached.
MandatoryManufacturingNo end date specifiedNo
Chhattisgarh Chhattisgarh Government puts end to mandatory quarantine for people entering the State from other States08-10-2020The General Administration Department, Chhattisgarh Government in an Order dated 8th October, 2020 has scrapped the mandatory quarantine requirement for people entering the State from other States in view of COVID-19 pandemic.

Now, people entering Chhattisgarh will not have to undergo mandatory quarantine, however, they will have to comply with health tests and other precautions as laid down by the State Government and Government of India.

Please note that the Order is in Vernacular and we have translated it to the best of our understanding. Once an official translation is available, we will update in case there is a requirement. 
Mandatory AllNo end date specifiedNo
Tamil NaduTNPCB extends timeline to comply with order regarding retrofitting of emission control equipment in existing DG sets with capacity of 125KVA & above 08-10-2020The Tamil Nadu Pollution Control Board (“TNPCB”) in an Order dated 8th October, 2020 has extended the date of implementation of the Notification to comply with the condition for retrofitting of emission control devices in DG sets with capacity of 125KVA to all the industries and the establishments operating DG sets of capacity 125KVA and above within the state of Tamil Nadu.

The extension has been granted to a further period of 3 months from 11th October, 2020 i.e. till 11th January, 2021.

Background:

In a Previous Order dated 10th June, 2020 the TNPCB had directed all industries and establishments operating DG Sets of capacity 125KVA and above to comply with the following:

1. Retrofit all operational DG sets of capacity 125KVA and above with an Emission Control Device/ Equipment having a minimum specified particulate  matter capturing efficiency of at-least 70% in 5 mode D2 cycle. The Emission Control Device/Equipment must be tested over an ISO 8178 5 mode D2 cycle for equivalent KVA rating by one of the five Central Pollution Control Board, Govt of India, recognized /approved laboratories as given below:

• Automotive Research Association of India, Pune (Maharashtra)
• International Centre for Automotive Technology, Manesar (Haryana)
• Indian Oil Corporation, Research and Development Centre, Faridabad (Haryana)
• Indian Institute of Petroleum, Dehradun (Uttarakhand);or
• Vehicle Research Development Establishment, Ahmednagar (Maharashtra

OR

2. Shifting to gas based generators by employing new gas based generators or retrofitting the existing DG sets for partial gas usage.

The time period of complying with the Notification was a period of 120 days from the date of issuance of the Order.

However, representations have been received from various agencies to extend the limit of retrofitting of emission control devices/ equipments in DG sets in light of the pandemic.

Therefore, through the present Order, the time for complying with the Order has been extended.
MandatoryAll11-01-2021NO
HaryanaHaryana Health Department issues further notification specifying testing rates in the state for CBNAAT Testing and TrueNat Testing in continuation of earlier notification07-10-2020The Health Department of Haryana (“Department”) has issued a notification on the rates for conducting COVID-19 tests charged by private laboratories. The Department had recently, in a notification dated October 2, 2020 revised the rates for COVID-19 testing in the states.  Now, the present notification dated October 7, 2020 is specifying the rates for few more testing categories.

The testing rates are specified as follows:

1. CBNAAT Testing - Rs. 2400/-

2. TrueNat Testing - Rs. 2000/-

3. RtPCR Testing - Rs.1200/- (already fixed)

4. Rapid Antigen Testing - Rs. 650/- (already fixed)

5. IgG based ELISA Testing - Rs. 250/- (already fixed)

The above-mentioned amounts are inclusive of GST/ taxes (if any), cost involved in pickup, PPE, packing, transportation of samples, documents, and reporting.

Furthermore, all the laboratories conducting COVID-19 testing have been directed to adhere to the guidelines and SOPs mentioned in the earlier Orders, and follow all testing protocols laid down by ICMR and MoHFW, Govt. of India from time to time.
MandatoryPrivate LaboratoriesNo End date SpecifiedNo
TelanganaGovernment of Telangana issues guidelines for implementing Unlock 5.0; Containment Zones under lockdown till 31st October, 202007-10-2020In continuation to Ministry of Home Affairs Unlock-5 Order, the Telangana Government has issued guidelines for phased re-opening of activities in the State.

Lockdown has been extended in Containment Zones till 31st October, 2020 and only essential activities have been permitted in Containment Zones. ln areas outside Containment Zones, in addition to phased re-opening of few activities, which were prohibited earlier, all activities allowed before introduction of lockdown have been permitted.

Key highlights of the Unlock Order:

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

2. 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.

3. 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;

4. 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;

5. 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;

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

For a detailed read, please refer to corresponding Order.
Mandatory All31-10-2020No
ChandigarhChandigarh Administration revises rates for COVID-19 test by private laboratories; maximum prices for RT-PCR and Rapid Antigen test to cost Rs. 1200/- and Rs. 650/- respectively 07-10-2020In an Order dated 7th October, 2020, the Chandigarh Administration has revised and fixed maximum testing rates for COVID-19 to be charged by private laboratories in the Union Territory of Chandigarh.

The revised rates for COVID-19 testing are as follows -

1. RT-PCR Testing - Rs. 1200/- per test;
2. Rapid Antigen Testing - Rs. 650/- per test.

Note - The test rates are inclusive of GST/Taxes alongwith pick-up cost, PPE, packing, transportation of samples, and documentation.

In addition to this, all laboratories conducting COVID-19 testing must adhere to the guidelines and SOPs issued by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Government of India and ICMR. 
Mandatory Private laboratoriesNo end date specifiedNo
CentralDirector General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) notifies guidelines on refund for cancellation of air tickets during lockdown in consonance with the directions of the Apex Court07-10-2020The Director General Of Civil Aviation has issued guidelines with regard to refund on cancellation of air tickets during COVID-19 Iockdown.

This is pursuant to the judgment passed by the Hon’ble Supreme Court in the matter of Pravasi Legal Cell & Ors Vs. Union of India & Ors. [Writ Petition (C) D.No. 10966 of 2020 with Writ Petition (C) No. 570 of 2020, Writ Petition (C) No. 595 of 2020 and Writ Petition No. 952 of 2020 on 01¬10-2020] relating to refund on cancellation of air tickets during COVID-19 lockdown.

Key Takeaways:

1. In consonance with the directions of the Apex Court, the passengers whose tickets were cancelled due to COVID-19 and are seeking refund may be categorized as follows:
• Passengers who booked tickets during Iockdown for travel during Iockdown i.e. from 25th March, 2020 to 24th May, 2020;
• Passengers who booked tickets any time prior to the Iockdown but journey up to 24th May 2020 and cancelled due COVID-19;
• Passengers who booked ticket anytime but for journey after 24th May 2020.

2.   For passengers under the first category mentioned above, i.e. “Passenger who booked tickets during Iockdown for travel during Iockdown i.e. from 25th March, 2020 to 24th May, 2020” stakeholders shall comply with the following:
• If a passenger has booked a ticket during the Iockdown period (between 25th March, 2020 to 24th May, 2020) for travel during the period of lockdown and the airline has received payment for booking of air ticket for travel during the same period, for both domestic and international air travel and the refund is sought by the passenger against that booking being cancelled, the airline shall refund the full amount collected without any cancellation charges. The refund shall be made within a period of three weeks from the date of cancellation;
• If the tickets have been booked during the lockdown period through a travel agent for travel within the Iockdown period, in all such cases, full refund to be provided by the airlines immediately to the respective travel agent. On such refund by the airline, the amount shall be passed on immediately by the agent to the passengers;

• Even for international travel, when the tickets have been booked on an Indian carrier and the booking is ex-India, if the tickets have been booked during the lockdown period for travel within the lockdown period, immediate refund shall be made;
• If the tickets are booked for international travel on a foreign carrier and the booking is ex-India during the lockdown period for travel within the lockdown period, full refund shall be given by the airlines and said amount shall be passed on immediately by the agent to the passengers, wherever such tickets are booked through agents. In all other cases airline shall refund the collected amount to the passenger within a period of three weeks.
3.   For passengers falling under the second category mentioned above i.e. “Passengers who booked tickets any time prior of Iockdown but journey up to 24th May 2020 and cancelled due COVID-19” stakeholders are directed to strictly comply with the following:
• In all other cases wherein the tickets have been booked for journeys up to 24th May 2020 and have been cancelled due to COVID situation, the airlines shall make all endeavours to refund the collected amount to the passenger within 15 days from today. If on account of financial distress, any airline / airlines are not able to do so, they shall provide credit shell, equal to the amount of fare collected, in the name of passenger when the booking is done either directly by the passenger or through travel agent so as to consume the same on or before 31st March, 2021. It is open to the passenger either to utilize such credit shell up to 31st March, 2021 on any route of his choice or the passenger can transfer the credit shell to any person including the travel agent through whom he / she has booked the ticket and the airlines shall honour such a transfer.
• The credit shell issued in the name of the passenger shall be transferable which can be utilized up to 31st March, 2021 and the concerned airline shall honour such a transfer by devising a mechanism to facilitate such a transfer. It is also made clear that such credit shell can be utilized by the concerned agent through whom the ticket is booked, for third party use. It is also made clear that even in cases where credit shell is transferred to third party, same is to be utilized only through the agent who has booked the ticket at the first instance.
• In cases where passengers have purchased the ticket through an agent, and credit shell is issued in the name of passenger, such credit shell is to be utilized only through the agent who has booked the ticket. In cases where tickets are booked through agent, credit shell as issued in the name of the passenger which is not utilized by 31st March, 2021, refund of the fare collected shall be made to the same account from which account amount was received by the airline.
• In all cases where credit shell is issued there shall be an incentive to compensate the passenger from the date of cancellation up to 30th June, 2020 in which event the credit shell shall be enhanced by 0.5% of the face value (the amount of fare collected) for every month or part thereof between the date of cancellation and 30th June, 2020. Thereafter the value of the credit shell shall be enhanced by 0.75% of the face value per month up to 31st March, 2021.
• However, If the passenger falling in this category have booked ticket for international travel on a foreign carrier and the booking is ex-India, then the airline shall make full refund to the passenger within three weeks from the date of Judgement of Hon'ble Supreme Court. In case such tickets are booked through agents then the airline shall immediately refund the amount to the agent and agent shall immediately pass on the amount to the passenger and the process shall be completed in three weeks from the date of Judgement by the Hon'ble SC.
4.   For passengers falling under the second category mentioned above i.e. “Passengers who booked ticket anytime but for Journey after 24th May 2020” stakeholders are directed to strictly comply to the following:
Passengers, both domestic or international (where booking is Ex —India) who have booked tickets at any period of time but for the travel after 24th May, 2020 ¬refund of fares to such passengers covered under this category shall be governed by the provisions of applicable Civil Aviation Requirements (CAR).
MandatoryAviation IndustryNo end date specifiedNO
CentralMOHFW issues Standard Operating Procedures on preventive measures to contain spread of COVID-19 during festivities06-10-2020In view of the fact that months of October to December are time for festivities which may witness several gatherings, the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare has issued a detailed Standard Operating Procedures on preventive measures to contain spread of COVID-19 during festivities.

The SOP outlines various generic precautionary measures to be adopted in addition to specific measures to be taken at locations to prevent the spread of COVID-19. No festivity events will be allowed in Containment Zones.

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. This applies to the event managers and staff as well.

1. Administrative requirements

The festivals, fairs, rallies, exhibitions, cultural functions, processions and plays / concerts associated with these festivities are mass events. Hence the following administrative requirements are advised:

i. Identify spatial boundaries and prepare a detailed site plan which would facilitate compliance with thermal screening, physical distancing, sanitization etc.

ii. In case of events that run for days or weeks, the crowd density does not remain the same throughout and usually peaks around certain hours of the day and some previously known auspicious days. Planning for the event should specifically factor this so that crowds are regulated and managed to ensure physical distancing and frequent sanitization;

iii. In case of rallies and immersion processions, the number of people should not exceed the prescribed limit and proper physical distancing and wearing of masks must be ensured. In any case, the number of such rallies and the distance covered by them may be kept within manageable limits;

iv. Events such as rallies and processions spread over long distances may require support of ambulance services;

v. Events planned to last for many days or weeks such as exhibitions, fairs, puja pandals, ramlila pandals or concerts and plays should have adequate measures to ensure a cap on physical numbers. Staggered timings and restricted entry may be considered;

vi. Volunteers should be appropriately stationed to ensure thermal scanning, physical distancing and wearing of masks;

vii. The guidelines issued for theatre and cinema artists will apply to stage performers;

viii. Adequate supplies of sanitizers, thermal guns and physical distancing floor markings to be ensured.

ix. Pre-identification of space/ site in each event venue for isolation of suspect cases.

x. Close circuit cameras etc. may be considered to monitor compliance of physical distance norms, wearing of masks at each venue.

xi. In case of rallies and processions, route planning, identification of immersion sites, ensuring cap on numbers, physical distancing etc. must be planned beforehand and measures for enforcement outlined.

xii. All events must plan for medical care arrangements with linkages to nearest hospitals to attend to health emergencies.

2. Generic preventive measures

The following generic measures must be observed by all:

i. Individuals must maintain a minimum distance of 6 feet in public places as far as feasible.

ii. Use of face covers/masks to be mandatory.

iii. 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 wherever feasible.

iv. Respiratory etiquettes to be strictly followed. This involves strict practice of covering one’s mouth and nose while coughing/sneezing with a tissue/handkerchief/flexed elbow and disposing off used tissues properly.

v. Self-monitoring of health by all and reporting any illness at the earliest to State and District Helpline.

vi. Spitting should be strictly prohibited.

vii. Installation & use of Aarogya Setu App shall be advised to all

Additionally, the festivity events must also ensure to adhere to the SOP with regard to the following:

a. Planning of the event

b. Managing the entry and exit to the event site.

c. Restricting and managing the movement within the venue.

d. Maintaining proper sanitation and hygiene.

e. Measures to be taken in case of a suspect case or person who develops symptoms during the conduct of the event.

For a detailed read, please refer to corresponding document
AdvisoryEvent managementNo end date specifiedNO
CentralMinistry of Information and Broadcasting in light of reopening of cinemas/theatres/multiplexes issues SOP on preventive measures to contain the spread of COVID-1906-10-2020Ministry of Information and Broadcasting on 6th October, 2020 has issued SOP for exhibition of films on preventive measures to contain the spread of COVID-19.

Exhibition of Films is a major economic activity that has contributed immensely to the GDP of our country. Given the current COVID – 19 Pandemic, it is crucial to take suitable measures to restrict the transmission of the pandemic, while at the same time resuming/ conduction film exhibition operations and activities.

As cinemas/theatres/multiplexes are going to open from 15th October, 2020 it is necessary for all to follow certain guidelines to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in such areas.

Key highlights of the SOP are -

1. No Exhibition of Film will be allowed in containment zones.
2. All visitors and workers to maintain physical distance of at least 6 feet and must use face masks/cover at all times.
3. Hand sanitizers preferably in touch free mode to be available in all entry and exit points as well as common areas within the premises.
4. People to follow respiratory etiquettes strictly and should cover their mouth and noses while coughing/sneezing.
5. Installation & use of Aarogya Setu App should be advised to all.
6. Thermal screening of visitors/staff is to be carried out at entry points and only asymptomatic individuals will be allowed to enter the premises.
7. Designated queue markers to be made available for entry and exit of the audience from the auditorium and the premises.
8. Exit should be done in a staggered row-wise manner to avoid crowding.
9. Sufficient time interval between successive screenings on a single screen as well as on various screens in a multiplex will have to be provided to ensure row-wise staggered entry and exit of the audience.
10. Not more than 50% seating capacity will be occupied in cinemas/theatres/multiplexes.
11. Seating arrangement inside the auditorium of the cinemas/theatres/multiplexes to be made in such a way that adequate physical distancing is maintained. Seats that are “Not to be occupied” will be marked as such during booking (for both online booking and at the box office sale of tickets).
12. Number of people in an elevator to be restricted and people should avoid overcrowding in common areas (lobbies, washrooms etc.).
13. Show timings to be staggered for multiple screens. Commencement time, intermission period and finish time of a show at any screen will not overlap with timings of a show at any other screen.
14. Digital no-contact transactions to be encouraged for payments (tickets, food etc.).
15. Contact numbers of individual will be taken at the time of booking to facilitate contact tracing.
16. Sufficient number of counters at the box office to be opened and floor should have markers to maintain social distancing.
17. Cinemas/theatres/multiplexes auditorium will have to be sanitized after every screening. In addition to this, frequently touched places will be regularly cleaned and sanitized including washrooms, food areas, back office etc.
18. Staff to follow all COVID-19 precautions and they must have Aarogya Setu App installed on their phones.
19. Public awareness by putting posters, announcements, AV/Media inside and outside the venue.
20. For air-conditioning/ventilation, the guidelines of CPWD will be followed like, setting temperature at 24-30 C, no re-circulation of air and intake of fresh air as much as possible.
21. Food counters to only cater packaged food and beverages.
22. Management will ensure observance of physical distancing and preventing crowds in the food and beverages area along with safe disposal of the food and beverage waste.

For a detailed read, please refer to the attached SOP. 
MandatoryCinemas/theatres/multiplexesNo end date specifiedNo
CentralMinistry of Commerce and Industry permits free export of N95 masks or its equivalent06-10-2020The Ministry of Commerce and Industry (“Ministry”)  with a Notification dated 6th October, 2020 has amended the Export Policy of Personal Protection Equipments / Masks.

With this Amendment the export policy of N-95 / FFP-2 masks or its equivalent has been changed from  "restricted" to "free" thereby making all types of masks freely exportable. 
MandatoryPPE ExportNo end date specifiedNo
GoaMinistry of Health and Family Welfare issues Standard Operating Procedures on preventive measures to contain spread of COVID-19 during festivities 06-10-2020The Ministry of Health and Family Welfare has, in a notification dated 6th October, 2020, issued Standard Operating Procedures on preventive measures to contain spread of COVID-19 during festivities ("SOP").

The SOP outlines the various generic precautionary measures to be adopted in addition to specific measures to be taken at locations to prevent spread of COVID-19 during the festivities.

Key highlights:

Apart from the specific precautionary measures to be taken by the event managers and staff, the SOP lays down the following generic measures to be followed by the event managers, the organizational staff and the public visiting the festivities:

1. No festivity events will be allowed in the containment zones.

2. 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. This will apply to the event managers and staff as well.

3.  Individuals must maintain a minimum distance of 6 feet in public places as far as feasible.

4. Use of face covers/masks will be mandatory.

5. Frequent hand washing with soap (for at least 40-60 seconds) even when hands are not visibly dirty has to be practiced. Use of alcohol-based hand sanitizers (for at least 20 seconds) have to be made wherever feasible.

6. Respiratory etiquettes have to be strictly followed. This will involve strict practice of covering one’s mouth and nose while coughing/sneezing with a tissue/handkerchief/flexed elbow and disposing off used tissues properly.

7. Self-monitoring of health by all and reporting of any illness at the earliest to State and District Helpline has to be ensured.

8. Spitting will be strictly prohibited.

9. Installation & use of Aarogya Setu App has been advised to all.

Please refer to the appended document for details.

Source: Ministry of Health and Family Welfare
MandatoryAllNo end date specifiedNo
HaryanaNow, additional assessment fee as Covid Cess will be levied on Imported Foreign Liquor, at the time of issuance of pass (L-34) for transportation of liquor from L-1 or L-1BF to retail licensees; informs Haryana Government06-10-2020In a Gazette Notification dated 6th October, 2020 the Excise and Taxation Department, Haryana Government (“Haryana”) has issued the Haryana Liquor License (Third Amendment) Rules, 2020 (“Amendment”) in order to further amend the Haryana Liquor License Rules, 1970 (“Principal Rules”).

Key Takeaways:
1. Additional assessment fee as Covid Cess will now be levied on Imported Foreign Liquor, at the time of issuance of pass (L-34) for transportation of liquor from L-1 or L-1BF to retail licensees as mentioned below:
i. Pack greater than 375 ML- Rs. 50 (rate of per unit of pack)
ii. Pack less than or equal to 375 ML- Rs. 25 (rate of per unit of pack)
Further, it has been informed that the proceeds of the above levy will be utilized for expenditure in relation to the Covid-19 pandemic.

2. The additional excise duty and additional assessment fee levied as Covid Cess mentioned above will pass through the minimum retail sale rates as fixed in the Haryana Excise Policy 2020-21 .

For a detailed read of the Amendment, please refer to the attached document.
MandatoryLiquor IndustryNo end date specifiedNO
HaryanaExcise and Taxation Department, Haryana notifies levy of additional excise duty as Covid Cess on sale of liquor06-10-2020The Excise and Taxation Department, Haryana ("Department") has issued the  Punjab Excise Fiscal (Haryana Third Amendment) Orders, 2020 ("Amendment Order") to further amend the Punjab Excise Fiscal Orders, 1932 ("Principal Order").

Key highlights:

The Department has informed that:

i. additional excise duty as Covid Cess will be levied on sale of liquor from wholesale (L-1/L-13) to retail outlets (L-2/L-14A). 

In case the stock of liquor is procured by retail outlet licensees (L-2/L-14A) from sources other than L-1 or L-13, like liquor procured by retail outlet licensee by way of stock transfer from outgoing retail licensees, Covid Cess, as applicable, will be levied at the hands of retail outlet licensee itself (L-2/L-14A);

ii. Retail licensee will have to deposit the amount of Covid Cess as an additional excise duty to be levied at his hands within a day of procurement of such stock;

iii. The retail licensee will also have to submit a statement containing the information about the type of liquor, quantity, Covid Cess as an additional excise duty leviable and amount deposited, in the office of the Deputy Excise and Taxation Commissioner (Excise) concerned.

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

Source: Excise and Taxation Department, Haryana
MandatoryLiquor wholesalers and retailersNo end date specifiedNo
CentralMinistry of Information and Broadcasting notifies Standard Operating Procedure on preventive measures to contain spread of COVID-19 during exhibition of films06-10-2020The Ministry of Information and Broadcasting has notified Standard Operating Procedures ("SOP") on preventive measures to contain spread of COVID-19 during exhibition of films.

The SOP lays down various generic as well as specific precautionary measures to be adopted to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

Key Highlights:

1. Exhibition of Film shall not be allowed in Containment Zones;

2. Guidelines to be followed:

i. Adequate physical distancing of at least 6 feet must be followed outside the auditoriums, common areas and waiting areas at all times.

ii. Use of face covers / masks will be mandatory at all times.

iii. Hand sanitizers, preferably in the touch-free mode, must be made available at entry and exit points as well as common areas within the premises.

iv.  Respiratory etiquettes must be strictly followed.

v. Self-monitoring of health by all and reporting any illness at the earliest to state and district helpline must be ensure.

vi. Spitting will be strictly prohibited.

vii. Installation & use of Aarogya Setu App will be advised to all.

viii. Thermal screening of visitors/staff must be carried out at entry points. Only asymptomatic individuals shall be allowed to enter the premises

ix. The occupancy of the cinemas/theatres/multiplexes must not be more than 50% of their total seating capacity.

x. Staggered show timings must be followed for multiple screens to avoid crowding;

xi. The show commencement time, intermission period and finish time of a show at any screen shall not overlap with the commencement time, intermission period or finish time of a show at any other screen in a multiplex.

xii.Digital no-contact transactions will be the most preferred mode for issue/verification/payments for tickets, food, and beverages, etc. by using online bookings, use of e-wallets, QR code scanners, etc.

xiii. Contact number shall be taken at the time of booking of tickets to facilitate contact tracing.

xiv. For air-conditioning/ventilation, the guidelines of CPWD must be followed which emphasize the following:

a. Temperature Setting of all air conditioning devices must be in the range of 24-30°C.

b. Relative humidity must be in the range of 40-70%.

c. Re-circulation of air to be avoided to the extent possible.

d. Intake of fresh air must be as much as possible.

e. Cross ventilation must be adequate.

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

Source: Ministry of Information & Broadcasting
MandatoryCinemas/theatres/multiplexes No end date specifiedNo
MeghalayaNight Curfew implemented in East Khasi Hills District in Meghalaya from 9:00 pm to 5:00 am on a daily basis; effective till 12th October, 2020
04-10-2020The Department of Information and Public Relations, Government of Meghalaya (“Department”) has notified that the District Magistrate of East Khasi Hills has promulgated night curfew in East Khasi Hills District till 12th October, 2020, between 9:00 PM to 5:00 AM every day.

The night-curfew will 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;
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., Shillong Municipal Board and telecom service.

However, the above-mentioned will need to strictly comply with all protocols and procedures including social distancing, limiting of field staff to the barest minimum and other advisories of Government in the Health and Family Welfare Department.

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 shall be subject to medical screening as per laid down protocols.

Exemption granted to official and non-official emergency and essential services, establishments and agencies will not extend to declared Containment Zones except for exemption granted in those orders. Curfew passes for timings falling between 9:00 PM to 5:00 AM can be obtained via online application at eastkhasihills.gov.in.
MandatoryAll12-10-2020NO
KarnatakaKarnataka Government issues guidelines to implement Unlock 5.0 in the State since 1st October, 2020; more activities to be re-opened outside Containment Zones; lockdown extended in Containment Zones up to 31st October, 202001-10-2020In consonance with the MHA Unlock 5.0 Order issued by the  Ministry of Home Affairs on 30th September, 2020, the Government of Karnataka has issued Guidelines for implementing phased re-opening of activities (Unlock 5), effective since 1st October, 2020 up to 31st October 2020.

1. Activities permitted during Unlock 5 period outside Containment Zones

All activities have been permitted outside Containment Zones, except the following, which are to be re-opened in a phased manner:

(i) Department of Primary and Secondary Education, Government of Karnataka, may take a decision in consultation with respective schools / institution management, in respect of re-opening of schools and coaching institutes, after 15th October 2020, in a graded manner;

Such decision must be based on the assessment of the situation and subject to the following conditions:

• Online / distance learning to continue to be the preferred mode of teaching and must be encouraged;

• Where schools are conducting online classes, and some students prefer to attend online classes rather than physically attend school, they may be permitted to do so;

• Students may attend schools/ institutions only with the written consent of parents;

• Attendance not to be enforced and should be on the basis of parental consent;

• Department of Primary and Secondary Education, Government of Karnataka shall consult with the Department of Health and Family Welfare and prepare standard operating procedure (SOP) regarding health and safety precautions for reopening of schools/ institutions. The SOP to be based on the SOP to be issued by Department of School Education and Literacy (DoSEL), Ministry of Education, Government of India, keeping local requirements in view;

• Schools, which are allowed to open, must follow the SOP to be issued by the Department of Primary and Secondary Education, Government of Karnataka;

(ii) Department of Higher Education, Government of Karnataka, may decide on the timing of opening of Colleges / Higher Education Institutions, in consultation with Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA), based on the assessment of the situation. Online / distance learning shall continue to be the preferred mode of teaching and shall be encouraged.

Higher Education Institutions, (only for research scholars (Ph.D) and post-graduate students in science and technology stream requiring laboratory / experimental works) will be permitted to open from 15th October, 2020, in a manner mentioned below:

a. For Centrally Funded Higher Education Institutions, the Head of Institution will satisfy herself / himself that there is a genuine requirement of research scholars (Ph. D) and post-graduate students in science and technology stream for laboratory/experimental works;

b. For all other Higher Education Institutions e.g. State Universities, Private Universities etc., they may open only for research scholars (Ph. D) and postgraduate students in science and technology stream requiring laboratory / experimental works as per decision to be taken by the Department of Higher Education, Government of Karnataka;

(iii) The following are permitted to open in areas outside Containment Zones, with effect from 15th October, 2020:

• Swimming pools used for training of sports persons; subject to adherence with the SOPs which will be issued by the Department of Youth Empowerment and Sports, Government of Karnataka and Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports (MoYA&S), GOI;

• Cinemas / theatres / multiplexes permitted to open with fifty percent of their seating capacity; SOPs for the same will be issued by the Department of Information and Public Relations, Government of Karnataka and Ministry of Information & Broadcasting, Government of India;

• Entertainment Parks and similar places shall be permitted to open; SOPs for the same will be issued by the Health Department of Karnataka and Ministry of Health & Family Welfare, Government of India;

• Business to Business (B2B) Exhibitions have also been permitted, subject to adherence with SOPs which are to be issued by the Department of Commerce and Industries, Government of Karnataka, and Department of Commerce, Government of India;

• Gatherings beyond the earlier limit of 100 persons to be permitted by BBMP / District Authorities provided that:

a. In closed places, a maximum of fifty percent of hall capacity will be allowed (with a ceiling of 200 persons), with mandatory social distancing, use of face masks, provision of thermal scanning and use of hand sanitizer;

b. In open spaces, considering the size of the ground/ space in view, there shall be strict observance of social distancing, mandatory wearing of face masks along with provision of thermal scanning and use of hand wash or sanitizer;

Department of Health and Family Welfare, Government of Karnataka in consultation with the Home Department of Government of Karnataka will issue detailed SOPs to regulate such gatherings.

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

2. Lockdown limited to Containment Zones

(i) Lockdown shall continue to remain in force in the Containment Zones till 31st October,2020;

(ii) Containment Zones will be demarcated by the BBMP / District authorities after taking into consideration the guidelines of Ministry of Health & Family Welfare (MoHFW) and Department of Health & Family Welfare, Govt. of Karnataka with the objective of effectively breaking the chain of transmission;

(iii) In the Containment Zones, only essential activities will be allowed. There will be strict perimeter control to ensure that there is no movement of people in or out of these zones, except for medical emergencies and for maintaining supply of essential goods and services. In the Containment Zones, there shall be intensive contact tracing, house-to-house surveillance, and other clinical interventions, as required;

(iv) Containment Zones will be notified on the websites by the respective Commissioner, BBMP, Deputy Commissioners and information will be shared with MoHFW;

(v) Activities in the Containment Zones shall be monitored strictly by the BBMP / District authorities, and the guidelines related to containment measures in these zones shall be strictly implemented;

(vi) BBMP / District Authorities shall not impose any local lockdown (BBMP / District / Taluk / ULB / Village level), outside the Containment Zones, without prior consultation with the State Government and Central Government;

3. There shall be no restriction on inter-State and intra-State movement of persons and goods. No separate permission / approval / e-permit will be required for such movements. People coming to Karnataka from other States must strictly adhere to the prevailing Guidelines / SOPs issued by Department of Health and Family Welfare and Revenue Department;

4. Movement by passenger trains, domestic passenger air travel, Vande Bharat and Air Transport Bubble flights and sign-on and sign-off of Indian seafarers will continue to be regulated by SOPs issued by the concerned departments of Government of India;

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

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

7. Commissioner of BBMP / Deputy Commissioners are not permitted to dilute any of the measures mentioned in the guidelines;

8. For enforcement of social distancing, Commissioner of BBMP/ Deputy Commissioners may, as far as possible, impose fines mentioned in Annexure -1 of the attached Guidelines and use provisions of Section 144 of the Code of Criminal Procedure, 1973.

9. National Directives for COVID-19 Management:

• Face covering: Wearing of face cover is compulsory in public places; in workplaces; and during transport. Fine of Rs. 1000 in Municipal Corporation areas and Rs. 500 in other areas shall be imposed for not wearing face cover as required;

• Social Distancing: Individuals must maintain a minimum distance of 6 feet (6 adi doora) in public places; shops to ensure physical distancing among customers;

• Spitting in public places will be punishable with fine (as may be prescribed in accordance with laws, rules or regulations);

10. Additional requirements in all Workplaces:

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

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

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

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

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

Any person violating the above-mentioned measures will be liable to be proceeded against as per the provisions of the Disaster Management Act, 2005, besides legal action under Section 188 of the Indian Penal Code.
MandatoryAll31-10-2020No
MaharashtraMunicipal Corporation, Navi Mumbai, rolls out guidelines to implement lockdown in the Containment Zones (hotspot areas) of the Corporation till 31st October, 202001-10-2020The Commissioner of Navi Mumbai Municipal Corporation (“Corporation”) has declared lockdown in the hotspots of the Municipal area till 31st October, 2020. The hotspots are listed in Annexure A of the attached Order.

Key Highlights:

1. Private establishments to plan work in a manner so that employees are able to work from home;

2. provision for thermal screening and availability of hand sanitisers to be ensured at workplaces;

3. citizens should maintain a distance of 6 feet between each other in public places;

4. large public and private ceremonies are prohibited;

5. shopkeepers to ensure that customers maintain social distancing (distance of 6 feet between each other). Furthermore, they should also ensure that there are not more than 5 people in front of the shop at a time;

6. a maximum of 50 people are allowed to attend wedding ceremonies and up to 20 people have been permitted in funerals;

7. spitting in the public is prohibited and offenders are liable to be penalised by the Corporation;

8. consumption of alcohol, paan, gutka, tobacco in public places is strictly prohibited;

9. wearing of masks have been mandated in public places, work places and while travelling;

Activities restricted/ permitted throughout the State as well as in the municipal area:

1. schools, colleges, other educational institutes, coaching institutes etc. to be closed till 31st October, 2020, but online / distance learning courses to continue and be promoted;

2. cinemas, swimming pools, amusement parks, theatres (including theatres in malls and commercial complexes) will remain closed.  Auditoriums, assembly halls and similar venues will remain closed;

3. international passenger transport will remain closed unless approved by the Union Home Department;

4. metro train service will be closed;
 
5. social / political / sports / entertainment / Cultural activities are also not permitted;

6. permission for religious events and other group events will not be granted;

7. shops for all essential items will continue to operate as per earlier Order;

8. Hotel / Food court, Restaurants and bars have been permitted to operate at 50% capacity since 05th October, 2020;

9. All industrial and manufacturing units in Navi Mumbai Municipal Corporation area will be allowed to start production of non-essential items along with essential items;

10. Vehicles transporting oxygen will be allowed to move on a full time basis in and out of the State. There will be no transportation restrictions on oxygen producers and suppliers. 

Penalties under the provisions of the Indian Penal Code, Disaster Management Act 2005 and Epidemic Diseases Act will be imposed for any violation of the Order.

Please note that the Order is in Vernacular and we have translated it to the best of our understanding. Once an official translation is available, we will update in case there is a requirement.

For a detailed read, please refer to the attached Order.
MandatoryAll31-10-2020NO
KeralaGovernment of Kerala amends Guidelines for health care worker resource management  for centres providing COVID-19 care01-10-2020In the COVID-19 Pandemic the state of Kerala is witnessing a rapid increase in infections and active cases that can potentially affect the health care delivery system in the state. It is important for the health care workers to provide continuous service to the patients.

The Health & Family Welfare Department, Government of Kerala has amended the advisory on Health Care Worker Resource Management Guidelines For Centres Providing Covid-19 Care in the following manner -

1. All health care workers will continue to get their weekly off, duty off and compensatory off as per the existing service rule. (The weekly off, duty off and compensatory off as was in practice prior to the Covid period i.e. prior to the February 2020).
2. The reserve pool and replacement staff must be maintained as per need of individual institutions to avoid total close down of hospital in case of inadvertent infection to the staff.
3. The Principals and Superintendents/COVlD nodal officers of health care institutions providing COVID care must do the needful for reorganization of the human resources as per this amendment.
4. The Principal and Superintendents must ensure rotation of the staff so as to ensure their protection and to give them rest by proper deployment between COVID and Non COVID duties.
5. Refresher training on infection prevention and control (IPC) and use of PPE must be provided to all categories of staff.
6. Buddy system must be continued to ensure adherence to IPC guidelines
7. The Institutional Infection control committee must continue to monitor compliance
8. Exposure to COVID and breach of PPE should be reported to the COVID nodal officer of the institution and head of the concerned department. The Institution medical board to decide about breach of PPE and requirement of quarantine to such staff.
9. Regular quarantine of healthcare workers after performing duty in COVID-19 areas in not warranted. 
AdvisoryHealth Care No end date specifiedNo
CentralMinistry of Education issues guidelines/Standar Operating Procedures for re-opening of schools after 15th October, 202001-10-2020Department of School Education and Literacy , Ministry of Education, has issued guidelines/Standar Operating Procedures ("SOP") for re-opening of schools after 15th October, 2020.

The Guidelines/SOP address the

i.health and safety aspects for reopening schools. These are based on the prevailing instructions of Ministry of Home Affairs and Ministry
of Health and Family Welfare with regard to health and safety protocols, and maybe implemented by adopting/adapting in accordance with the local situation in all states/UTs.

ii. learning with physical/social distancing and the academic aspects related to the delivery of education, such as, curriculum transactions, instructional load, timetables, assessment, etc. These are advisory in nature. States &UTs may use these in the manner deemed fit to prepare their own guidelines.

Please refer to the appended document for further details.

Source: Ministry of Education
Mandatory No end date specifiedNo
Maharashtra Maharashtra Govt. issues SOP for restaurants and bars01-10-2020The Government of Maharashtra, in a recent Order has issued the protocols that have to be followed by the restaurants in the State.
It has stated that restaurants and bars have to specifically follow all the protocols laid down by the State Government, the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare WHO, UNWTO and the Ministry of Tourism.

Additionally, all guidelines such as Food Hygiene and Safety Guidelines for Food Business during COVID 19 issued by the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (“FSSAI”) have to be followed.

Background:

In its Unlock 5 Order, the Maharashtra Government has permitted hotels, food courts, restaurants, bars to operate from 5th October, 2020 with 50% capacity. In order to ensure safety and prevent the spread of the pandemic, the present SOP is issued. 
mandatoryrestaurants, food courtsno end date specifiedno
PunjabPunjab Govt. implements Unlock 5 in the State in consonance with the MHA Unlock 5 Order01-10-2020On 1st October, 2020, the Punjab Government has issued Guidelines on re-opening of more activities in areas outside Containment Zones and extended the lockdown in Containment zones till 31st October, 2020.

Lockdown in Containment Zones:

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

2. Containment Zones will be demarcated by the district authorities at micro level after taking into consideration the guidelines of the MoHFW with the objective of effectively breaking the chain of transmission. Strict containment measures will be enforced in these Containment Zones and only essential activities will be allowed.

3. There will be strict perimeter control to ensure that there is no movement of people in or out of these Zones, except for medical emergencies and for maintaining supply of essential goods and services. In the Containment Zones, there will be intensive contact tracing, house-to-house surveillance, and other clinical interventions as required.

Key Takeaways:

1. No Week-end/ night curfew; effective since 1st October, 2020.

2. There will be no restriction on opening and closing days or timings of Shops. Restaurants. Hotels, Liquor Vends etc. outside Containment Zones on account of Covid-19; effective since 1st October, 2020.

3. Social/ academic / sports/ entertainment! cultural /religious/ political functions and other congregation are allowed; w.e.f 01.10.2020 with a ceiling of 100 persons outside Containment Zones only as per SOP already issued by the Ministry of Health & Family Welfare (MoHFW), Government of India in this regard. Marriage and funeral related events will also be permitted participation upto 100 persons.

4. There will be no restriction on passenger capacity of all type of vehicles including the buses provided the windows are kept open during travel and all passengers wear mask.

National Directives:
The National Directives for Covid-19 Management as specified in Annexure-I to MHA Order dated 30,09.2020 shall be followed throughout the State.

Movement of persons with SOPs:
Movement by passenger trains; domestic passenger air travel; movement of persons on Vande Bharat and Air transport, Bubble flights; and sign-on and sign-off of Indian seafarers will continue to be regulated as per SOPs issued.

Protection of vulnerable persons:
The persons above 65 years of age, persons with do-morbidity, pregnant women and children below the age of 10 years are advised to stay at home except for essential requirements and for health purposes.

Penal provisions:
Any violation of these guidelines and lockdown measures shall be punishable under the provisions of the Disaster management Act, 2005 besides legal action under section 188 of Indian Penal Code (IPC).

Background:
The Ministry of Home Affairs, on 30th September, 2020 has issued the Unlock 5 Guidelines for phased re-opening of activities. In consonance with the Unlock 5 Guidelines, the Punjab Government has rolled out the present Order which will be implemented in the state.




MandatoryAll31-10-2020NO
MaharashtraCommissioner of Pune Municipal Corporation allows hotels, restaurants, food courts and bars (outside Containment Zones) to operate at 50 percent capacity01-10-2020The Pune Municipal Corporation (“Corporation”) has allowed hotels, restaurants, food courts and bars in the areas outside Containment Zones under the Corporation to operate at fifty percent capacity; subject to adhering to the SOPs issued by the Ministry of Tourism, Government of India.

Key Highlights:

i. above-mentioned establishments permitted to be open from 8:00 am to 10:00 pm;

ii. all customers entering the hotels to be checked by thermal screening near the entrance;

iii. employees to mandatorily use masks of N-95 or equivalent grade and change uniforms on a daily basis;

iii. only asymptomatic customers wearing masks to be allowed inside the hotel;

iv. daily records to be maintained with regard to the names and contact details of the customers for contact tracing;

v. hand santizers should be provided to customers near the entrance and also in waiting rooms;

vi. digital payments to be preferred as mode for payment;

vii. rest-rooms and washrooms to be frequently cleaned and sanitized;

viii. doors and windows to be kept open and use of AC to be avoided; and if use of AC is mandatory, the same should be disinfected from time to time; if possible, portable high efficiency air cleaner to be installed;

ix. CCTV system should be functioning and records for the same should be saved;

x. Plates and spoons to be washed in hot water and with disinfectant;

xi. The leftover food should be deposited in the respective buckets and the daily accumulated waste should be disposed of daily;

xii. Posters such as "Customers should use hand sanitizer, use mask in addition to meals" should be displayed near the entrance;

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 corresponding document
MandatoryFood and beverageNo end date specifiedNO