Regulatory Changes Due to Covid 19 (September)

Regulatory Changes Due to Covid 19 (September)

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Central / StateDocument TitleDate IssuedSummaryMandatory or AdvisoryIndustry(ies) ImpactedValid TillDoes it Impact Komrisk Database?
CentralExtension in due date for late filing of Income Tax Return for F.Y 2018-1930-09-2020Central Board of Direct Taxes has issued an Order dated 30th September, 2020 to further extend the due date for furnishing of belated and revised income tax return for Assessment Year 2019-20 till 30th day of November, 2020 instead of 30th day of September, 2020.MandatoryAllPermanent change in lawYes
CentralExtension in due date for furnishing of Annual Return in Form GSTR-9 and Audit Report in Form GSTR-9C for F.Y 2018-1930-09-2020Central Board of Indirect Taxes & Customs (CBIC) has issued Notification No 69 dated 30th September, 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 30th day of September, 2020 to 31st day of October, 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 October, 2020 for the period 1st April, 2018 to 31st March, 2019.
MandatoryAllPermanent change in lawYes
CentralCBIC defers implementation of Dynamic QR Code on B2C invoices till 1st day of December, 202030-09-2020Central Board of Indirect Taxes and Customs (CBIC) has issued Notification No. 71/2020 dated 30th September, 2020 to further amend the Notification No.14-CT dated 21st March, 2020 to defer the date of implementation of requirement to have dynamic QR code on B2C invoices till 1st day of December, 2020 instead of 1st day of October, 2020 and to notify the class of registered person who shall be required to have dynamic quick response code (QR Code) in the invoice issued in respect of supply of goods and/or services to a unregistered person.

According to the amendment in the Notification, the registered persons whose aggregate turnover in any preceding financial year from 2017-18 onwards exceeds five hundred crore rupees shall be required to have dynamic quick response code (QR Code) in the invoice issued in respect of supply of goods and/or services to a unregistered person. Prior to this amendment, “in the financial year” was mentioned which has now been replaced by “in any preceding financial year from 2017-18 onwards” to avoid ambiguity.
MandatoryAllPermanent change in lawYes
CentralMHA rolls out Unlock 5.0 Guidelines; extends lockdown in Containment Zones till 31.10.2020; Business to Business (B2B) exhibitions permitted to open from 15.10. 2020, while adhering to SOPs (to be issued by Dept. of Commerce)30-09-2020Ministry of Home Affairs, Government of India, has issued guidelines under the Disaster Management Act, 2005 for re-opening of more activities in areas outside the Containment Zones in a calibrated manner, while extending the Lockdown in Containment Zones upto 31st October, 2020. For more details please refer to the appended documents.MandatoryAll31-10-2020No
CentralMHA issues letter to Chief Secretaries of States and the Administrators of UTs on implementing the MHA Unlock 5.0 Order extending lockdown in the Containment Zones up to 31st October, 202030-09-2020The Ministry of Home Affairs, Government of India (MHA), has issued a Letter addressed to the Chief Secretaries of all States and the Administrators of all Union Territories in pursuance of MHA Unlock 5.0 Order dated 30th September, 2020 whereby lockdown has been extended in the Containment Zones till 31st October, 2020.

The letter states that as per Unlock 5.0, which has come into effect since 1st October, 2020, the process of phased re-opening of activities has been extended further. However, lockdown shall continue to be implemented strictly in the Containment Zones till 31st October, 2020 with strict perimeter control and enforcement of containment measures as per guidelines notified by the Ministry of Health & Family Welfare.

The Letter further states that the Unlock 5.0 Order has been notified in view of the suggestions received from the State Governments through consultations held with the related Central Ministries and Departments and that the Order specifies the activities permitted outside Containment Zones as well as the restrictions with regard to specific activities.

Specific mention has been made with regard to the following –

1. In areas outside the Containment Zones only, following activities have been permitted from 15th October 2020:

a. Cinemas / theatres / multiplexes with upto 50% of their seating capacity, for which, SOP will be issued by Ministry of Information & Broadcasting;

b. Entertainment parks and similar places will be permitted to open, for which the SOP will be issued by Ministry of Health & Family Welfare (MoHFW);

c. Business to Business (B2B) Exhibitions, for which, SOP will be issued by the Department of Commerce;

d. Swimming pools being used for training of sportspersons, for which the standard operating procedure (SOP) will be issued by Ministry of Youth Affairs & Sports (MoYA & S);

2. For re-opening of schools and coaching institutions, State/ Union Territory Governments have been provided with the flexibility to take decisions after 15th October 2020, in a graded manner. Schools, which are allowed to open, will have to mandatorily follow the SOP regarding health and safety precautions to be issued by Education Departments of States/ UTs;

3. Department of Higher Education (DHE), Ministry of Education may take a decision on the timing of the 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 continue to be encouraged. However, 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;

4. Social / academic / sports / entertainment / cultural / religious / political functions and other congregations have already been permitted with a ceiling of 100 persons, outside Containment Zones only. Now, State or Union Territory Governments have been provided with the flexibility to permit such gatherings beyond the earlier prescribed limit of 100 persons, outside Containment Zones, after 15th October 2020, subject to certain conditions prescribed in the guidelines;

The Letter reiterates that the State Governments and Union Territory Administrators cannot dilute restrictions imposed under the Unlock 5.0 Order issued by MHA. States and Union Territories are prohibited from imposing any local lockdown outside the Containment Zones, without prior consultation with the Central Government. There shall also be no restriction on inter-State and intra-State movement of persons and goods including those for cross land-border trade under Treaties with neighbouring countries. No separate permission / approval / e-permit will be required for such movement.

For a detailed read, please refer to the attached Letter
MandatoryAll31-10-2020No
MaharashtraGovt. of Maharashtra eases restrictions and rolls out guidelines on phase-wise opening of Lockdown (Mission Begin Again); guidelines effective till 31st October, 202030-09-2020In continuation of the earlier Order, the Department of Revenue and Forest, Disaster Management, Relief and Rehabilitation, Government of Maharashtra has issued guidelines on Easing of Restrictions and Phase-wise opening of lockdown (Mission Begin Again). The Guidelines will remain in effect till midnight of 31st October, 2020.

The guidelines have been issued to contain the spread of COVID-19 infection in the State and further easing of these guidelines will notified from time to time.

Key highlights of the Guidelines

1. The following activities will be allowed to operate –

a. All industrial and manufacturing units of non-essential items in Mumbai Metropolitan Region are allowed to operate.
b. Hotels / Food Court / Restaurants and Bars are allowed to operate from 5th October, 2020 with capacity not exceeding 50% or as may be prescribed by the local authorities.

2. The containment zones demarcated by Government in the State will be in force till further Orders.

3. National Directives for COVID-19 management will be strictly followed at all times.

4. Activities which will remain prohibited across the State –

a. Schools, colleges, educational and coaching institutions will remain closed till 31st October, 2020, however, online / distance learning will continue to be permitted.
b. Cinema halls, swimming pools, entertainment parks, theatres (including that in malls and market complexes), auditoriums etc.
c. International air travel of passengers except as permitted by MHA.
d. Metro rail.
e. Social / political / sports / entertainment / cultural and other large congregations.

5. All essential shops which were allowed to open before will continue to do so.

6. There will be free movement of oxygen carrying vehicles within and out of the State without any restriction of timings. Also there will be no restrictions on oxygen manufacturers and suppliers.

7. All train originating and ending their journey within the State will be restarted with immediate effect subject to protocols laid down by the State and Central Government.

8. Dabbawalas in the MMR region will be allowed in local trains after procuring QR codes from the Office of the Commissioner of Police, Mumbai.

9. Local trains in Pune region will be resumed as per protocols and procedures laid down by the Government.

10. Any other allowed and permitted activity by any specific / general Order will continue to operate.

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

For a detailed read on the guidelines, penal provisions and National Directives for COVID-19 management, please refer to the attached Order.
MandatoryAll31-10-2020No
Tamil NaduGovernment of Tamil Nadu extends State-wide lockdown in Containment Zones till 31st October, 2020; notifies list of permitted and prohibited activities in the State30-09-2020The Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu in consultation with the senior ministers has extended the State-wide lockdown till 31st October, 2020.

The following activities will continue to remain prohibited until further Orders, during the lockdown period throughout the State –

1. Schools, colleges, research institutions, educational and coaching institutions will continue to remain closed for students;
2. All cinema halls, swimming pools, entertainment parks, theatres, auditoriums, assembly halls, beaches, zoos, museums, tourist places and similar places will remain closed;
3. All international travel of passengers, except for purposes as permitted by MHA;
4. Sub-urban train services remain prohibited;

5. Religious congregations and all social/ political/ sports/ entertainment/ academic/ cultural/ religious/ political functions and other congregations;

6. Marriage and related gatherings will not have guests more than 50 and funeral and last rites related gatherings will not have more than 20 people.

The earlier permission allowing students studying in standards 10 to 12 in Government / Government Aided / Private Schools to come to schools from October 1, 2020 on voluntary basis for taking guidance from teachers has been kept in abeyance till further orders.

The following activities have been permitted in addition to the existing activities permitted throughout the State –

1. Restaurants and tea shops will function from 6 am to 9 pm. In addition to this, take away (parcel food) will be permitted upto 10 pm;
2. Shooting of films relating to cinema industry is permitted subject to SOP issued. Also, only 100 persons will be allowed to work at a single point of time. Spectators are not allowed;
3. 100 flights from other States are permitted to land in Chennai airport daily as against 50 flights permitted earlier;

4. Government and other Government Department related Training Institutes permitted to function subject to following the SOPs issued;

5. Weekly Shandies in Urban and Rural Areas permitted to operate while adhering to SOPs

Some points to note -
1. Lockdown will continue to remain in force in the Containment Zones till 31st October, 2020. Further, Containment Zones will be demarcated by the District authorities after taking into consideration the guidelines of Ministry of Health & Family Welfare (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. There shall be strict perimeter control to ensure there is no movement of persons in or out of these zones, except for medical emergencies and for maintaining supply of essential goods / services. The Containment Zones will be notified on the website by the respective District Collectors and State.
2. 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;
3. Persons above 65 years of age, persons with co-morbidities, pregnant women, and children below the age of 10 years are advised to stay at home, except for essential and health purposes;
4. With a view to ensuring safety in offices and work places, employers (on best effort basis) should ensure that Arogya Setu is installed by all employees having compatible mobile phones;

5. Gathering of more than 5 persons at a time in public places to remain prohibited under Section 144 of Criminal Procedure Code;

6. No activities to be permitted in Containment Zones.

7. Wearing of mask is mandatory. Repeated washing of hands with soap/ sanitizers and social distancing norms to be strictly enforced;

General 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 in public places; shops to ensure physical distancing among customers;
3. Gatherings: Large public gatherings continue to remain prohibited:

• Marriage related gatherings to not exceed 50 persons
• Funeral/ last rite gatherings to not exceed 20 persons

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

5. Consumption of liquor, paan, guthka, etc in public places is prohibited;

Additional requirements in all Workplaces:
1. Work from home (WFH): As far as possible, the practice of WFH should be followed;
2. Staggering of work / business hours will be followed in offices, workplaces, shops, markets and industrial & commercial establishments;
3. Screening & Hygiene: Provision for thermal scanning, hand wash or sanitizer to be made available at all entry and hand wash or sanitizer to be made available at exit points along with common areas;
4. 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;
5. 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 these measures will be liable to be proceeded against as per the provisions of the Disaster Management Act, 2005, besides legal action under Section 188 of the Indian Penal Code.

For a detailed read, please refer to the attached Order.
MandatoryAll31-10-2020No
CentralVerification and stamping of weights and measures extended till December, 202030-09-2020The Ministry of Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution has provided an extension of three months, upto December, 2020 for verification and stamping of weights and measures during phased re-opening, as the stamping and verification could not be carried out as per normal circumstances owing to COVID-19.

Furthermore, the additional / late fee chargeable on the part of the users of weights and measures for re-verification (due to expiry pf validity of stamp due to postponement of re-verification) has been relaxed for the above-mentioned extended period.

For a detailed read, please refer to corresponding document.
MandatoryAll44196YES
CentralMCA relaxes filing of IEPF forms and e-verification of claims filed in Form IEPF-5 without paying additional fees till 31st December, 202029-09-2020In light of the extension of Companies Fresh Start Scheme till 31st December, 2020 owing  to COVID-19 pandemic, the Ministry of Corporate Affairs ("MCA") has, in a Circular dated 29th September, 2020 allowed relaxation for late filing of the following IEPF e-forms without paying additional fees till 31st December, 2020:

i. IEPF - 1
ii. IEPF - 1A
iii. IEPF - 2
iv. IEPF - 3
v. IEPF - 4
vi. IEPF- 7

The MCA has also provided relaxation towards e-verification of claims filed in e-form IEPF-5 without paying additonal fees till 31st December, 2020.

Please refer to the appended document for further details.

Source:  Ministry of Corporate Affairs
MandatoryAll31-12-2020Yes
CentralAmidst COVID-19 pandemic, MCA extends timelines for compliance requirements, relating to creation of deposit repayment reserve and investment of debentures, till 31st December, 202029-09-2020In a Circular dated 29th September, 2020 the  Ministry of Corporate Affairs (“MCA”) has informed that it has further extended the timeline for compliance with the following till 31st December, 2020:

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

Background:

In a previous circular dated 19th June, 2020, MCA had extended the timeline for the abovementioned compliances till 30th September, 2020. However, in view of the requests and representations received from various stakeholders seeking extension, the present order has been issued.
MandatoryAll31-12-2020yes
CentralSEBI extends relaxations under SEBI (ICDR) Regulations, 2018; issuer can increase/ decrease the fresh issue size by up to 50% of the estimated issue size without filing fresh draft offer till 31st March, 202029-09-2020The Securities and Exchange Board of India (“SEBI”), in a Circular dated 30th September, 2020 has extended the One-time relaxation with respect to validity of SEBI Observations.

Key Highlights:

1. An issuer will be permitted to increase or decrease the fresh issue size by upto 50% of the estimated issue size without requiring to file fresh draft offer till 31st March, 2020.

2. The  validity  of  the  SEBI observations expiring between  October 1, 2020  and March 31, 2021 has been extended till March 31, 2021, subject to an undertaking from lead manager.
AdvisoryAll31-03-2020No
Central ESIC issues Guidelines for COVID-19 Safety Measures at Workplace to prevent the spread of COVID-19 at the work place29-09-2020With a view to reduce the impact of COVID 19 on business, workers and customers, the Employees' State Insurance Corporation has issued safe workplace guidelines for industries and establishments.

The guidelines have been prepared as a comprehensive planning guidance for employers and workers to use it to help identify risk levels of Covid-19 at individual workplace settings in their premises and to determine appropriate control measures.

Key highlights –

1. Every person in the workplace should be considered as a potential source of infection;
2. basic precautions such as wearing of masks, frequently washing hands, social distancing etc. should be followed by all;
3. proper respiratory etiquette should be practiced;
4. air conditioning to be avoided more outdoor ventilation should be ensured by opening doors and windows. Also toilet fans will have to be kept open 24 / 7;
5. visitors to be allowed only with prior appointments and no visitors should be allowed beyond reception area;
6. biometric attendance systems should not be used;
7. workers with COVID-19 like symptoms should stay at home. Also, worker to self-monitor their own health;
8. regular cleaning of frequently touched surfaces, staircase rails, light switches, kitchen etc.
9. discourage people from coming in contact with frequently touched surfaces with their hands and encourage them to use their elbows, shoulders etc. to open doors;
10. replace face to face meetings with virtual meetings;
11. make all documentation and processes like communications, bills, invoices, job cards, filings, trainings etc, online/paperless;
12. lunch breaks to be staggered and people should be discouraged from eating in groups and sharing food;
13. employers to develop a special leave policy with respect to COVID-19;
14. Aarogya Setu App to be used by all in a workplace;

For a detailed read on the Guidelines, please refer to the annexed document.
Mandatory AllNo end date specified No 
Jharkhand Jharkhand Government promulgates Jharkhand Mineral Bearing Lands (COVID- 19 Pandemic) Cess Rules, 2020; land holders to pay cess for the purpose of Rehabilitation/Employment of Labourers/Migrant Labourers in light of COVID-19 pandemc29-09-2020The Revenue, Registration and Land Reforms Department, Government of Jharkhand has issued the Jharkhand Mineral Bearing Lands (COVID-19 Pandemic) Cess Rules, 2020 ("Rules") by exercising its powers under the Jharkhand Mineral Bearing Lands (COVID-19 Pandemic) Cess Ordinance, 2020.

The objective of the Rule is to levy cess from land holders of Mineral Bearing Land for the purpose of Rehabilitation/ Employment of Labourers/Migrant Labourers, creating infrastructures in cotton/village industries, mitigating the hardships caused due to loss of jobs and augmenting the existing health Infrastructures and for other necessary purposes in the State of Jharkhand arising out of COVID-19 Pandemic.

Key Highlights :

1. The holder shall pay the Cess on the mineral bearing land as rates specified in the Schedule. The cess shall become payable and be paid on the same day on which such royalty was payable to the Government.

2. The Cess shall be paid electronically through Jharkhand Integrated Mines and Management System.

3. The holder shall make the required payment towards Cess in the same frequency as the holder is required to pay royalty to the Government.

4. If any holder fails to pay the Cess by the due date, the holder shall be liable to pay interest @ 3% per month or part.
Mandatory Land holders of mineral land No end date specified No 
Telangana Telangana RERA revises the validity of Project Registration and extends the timeline for statutory compliances for a further period of 6 months till 15th March, 2020 in light of COVID-19 pandemic. 29-09-2020Telangana State Real Estate Regulatory Authority by an Order dated 29th September, 2020 has revised the validity of Project Registration and has also extended the timeline for statutory compliances for a further period of 6 months till 15th March, 2020 in light of COVID-19 pandemic.

It has been observed that real estate projects are facing difficulties during the pandemic in procuring raw materials leading to reduced construction activities along with crisis of migrant labourers who have returned to their native places and other pandemic related issues. Therefore, by considering these circumstances for registered projects whose date of completion of project is on or after 15th March, 2020, the authority has decided the following -

1. For all registered projects whose date of completion is expiring on or after 15th March, 2020, the period of validity of registration of such projects has been further extended by another six months i.e., from 15th September, 2020 to 15th March, 2021.

2. In addition to this, the promoters/developers/builders are not liable to pay any fee for the extension of registration of the registered projects as COVID-19 pandemic is a force majeure situation. 
Mandatory Real Estate 15-03-2021No
CentralMCA further extends period allowing meetings w.r.t matters relating to approval of financial statements, board report, takeover etc. to be held virtually till 31.12.2020 28-09-2020In a gazette notification dated September 28, 2020 the Ministry of Corporate Affairs (MCA) has further extended the period during which integral board meetings can be held through video conferencing or other audio visual means instead of requiring physical presence of directors.

The MCA has issued the Companies (Meetings of Board and its Powers) Third Amendment Rules, 2020 (“Amendment Rules”) under which the period for permitting such virtual meetings has been extended till 31st December, 2020.

Background:
In an earlier notification, the MCA through the Companies (Meetings of Board and its Powers) Amendment Rules, 2020 had permitted certain Board Meetings which were otherwise prohibited from being held through Video Conferencing or other Audio Visual means to be held through video-conferencing or other audio-visual means in light of the COVID-19 pandemic till 30th June, 2020.
Subsequently, under the Companies (Meetings of Board and its Powers) Second Amendment Rules, 2020, this relaxation was further extended till September 30, 2020.

The Amendment Rules are effective since September 28, 2020. 
MandatoryAll31-12-2020Yes
CentralIn view of the large scale disruption caused by the COVID-19 pandemic MCA extends the Companies Fresh Start Scheme till 31st December, 2020  28-09-2020In a Circular dated 28th September, 2020 the Ministry of Corporate Affairs (“MCA”) has informed that the Companies Fresh Start Scheme, 2020 (“Scheme”) has been extended till 31st December, 2020.

The said extension has been granted in view of the large scale disruption caused by the COVID-19 pandemic 

All other requirements under the Scheme remain unchanged. 
MandatoryAll31-12-2020YES
CentralMCA extends the LLP Settlement Scheme, 2020 till 31st December, 2020 in light of the large scale disruption caused by the COVID-19 pandemic28-09-2020This is to inform you that the Ministry of Corporate Affairs, through a Circular dated 28th September, 2020 has extended the Limited Liability Partnership (“LLP”) Settlement Scheme, 2020 (“LLP Scheme”) till 31st December, 2020.
The said extension has been granted in view of large scale disruption caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.
All other requirements under the LLP Scheme remain unchanged.
MandatoryLimited Liability Partnerships31-12-2020YES
Central MCA further extends Scheme for relaxation of time for filing forms related to creation or modification of charges under the Companies Act, 2013 till 31st December 202028-09-2020The Ministry of Corporate Affairs, with a Circular dated 28th September, 2020 has extended the time for the Scheme for relaxation of time for filing forms related to creation or modification of charges under the Companies Act, 2013 (detailed in trail) from 30th September, 2020 to 31st December, 2020.

With this extension as the Scheme has been extended till 31st December, 2020 all the dates that were 30th September, 2020 have been substituted by 31st December, 2020 and all the dates that were 1st October, 2020 have been substituted by 1st January, 2020, all other requirements remain unchanged.
MandatoryAll31-12-2020Yes
CentralMCA further extends timeline allowing companies to conduct EGM through video conferencing or other audio visual means till 31st December, 202028-09-2020The Ministry of Corporate Affairs (“MCA”) has, in a Circular dated 28th September, 2020, allowed companies to conduct Extraordinary General Meetings (“EGMs”) through video conferencing (“VC”) or other audio visual means (“OAVM”) or by passing certain items through postal ballot till 31st  December, 2020. 

Background: 

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

Please refer to the appended document for further details.
MandatoryAll31-12-2020Yes
CentralFSSAI extends the date for mandatory food safety audit of Food Businesses under the FSS (Food Safety Auditing) Regulations, 2018 up to 31.12.2020.28-09-2020In light of the prevailing COVID-19 pandemic, the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India has, in a Notification dated 28th September, 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. 

Accordingly, the food businesses have been directed to get such mandatory audits of their premises conducted by 31st  December 2020.

Please refer to the appended document for details.
MandatoryFood Business Operators31-12-2020Yes
West BengalWB Chief Minister announces operation of Jatras, Plays, OATs, Cinemas & all musical, dance, recital & magic shows with 50 participants or less from October 1, 2020; reiterates adherence to physical distancing norms, wearing of masks & compliance to precautionary protocols26-09-2020The West Bengal Government has informed that Jatras, Plays, OATs, Cinemas & all musical, dance, recital & magic shows will be allowed to function with 50 participants or less from October 1, 2020, subject to adherence to physical distancing norms, wearing of masks & compliance to precautionary protocols issued. The step is announced with a view to return the situation to normalcy in the State.

We are sharing this information basis the tweet on the official Twitter Handle of the Chief Minister of West Bengal on September 26, 2020.. 
MandatoryEntertainmentNo end date specifiedNo
ChhattisgarhDistrict Magistrate of Bijapur issues instructions for celebrating Navratri festival in the District26-09-2020With a view to curb the spread of COVID-19 infections, the District Magistrate of Bijapur has issued instructions to be followed in the District during the period of Navratri festival.

The following instructions are to be strictly followed -

1. Height and width of the idol should not exceed 6x5 feet;

2. The size of the pandal for idol installation should not exceed 15x15 feet;

3. There should be at least 3000 square feet open space in front of the pandal and no part of any street should be affected thereof;

4. Distance from one pandal to another should not be less than 250 meters;

5. There should not be a separate pandal for the audience to sit in, no chairs will be installed for audience and organizers;

6. There should not be more than 20 people present at one time in and in front of the pandal;

7. The person / committee who installs the idol will maintain a register in which the name, address, mobile no. etc. will be recorded for all people who are visiting for contact tracing purposes;

8. The person/ committee installing the idol shall be responsible for installation of four (4) CCTV cameras for the purpose of contact tracing;

9. Wearing of masks is mandatory while visiting the idol or offering prayers and people without masks as well as the committee will attract action;

10. The committee will be responsible for ensuring that proper thermal checks, sanitizers, oximeters, head wash and view management system is arranged an that in case thermal screening leads to identification of fever or any other specific or general symptoms of COVID 19, then the committee organising the event needs to ensure that such symptomatic person is not allowed entry;

11. If a person gets affected by COVID-19 owing to visiting the idol, then the committee / person responsible for organising the event will be liable to pay the entire cost of treatment;

12. Idol installation will not be allowed in Containment Zones;

13. Cultural programs including DJ will not be allowed during idol installation and immersion and afterwards;

14.  Prasad or any food/drink will not be distributed during idol installation and immersion;

15. Not more than one vehicle will be allowed for idol immersion;

16. Not more than 4 people will be allowed during idol immersion and in the vehicle carrying the idol;

17. Idol immersion will be not be allowed only after sunset and before sunrise;

18. Idols will be installed only after grant of permission by the Authority.

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

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 Pandal committee/individualNo end date specifiedNo
HaryanaHaryana Government revises rates for COVID-19 testing; Private Laboratories to comply with ceiling limit25-09-2020The Department of Health and Family Welfare, Haryana has, in an Order dated  August 28, 2020 issued the revised rates for COVID-19 testing to be followed by Private Laboratories in the State.

Private laboratories are directed to not charge any amount more than the following:

1. RTPCR Testing - Rs. 1600/- Per test
2. Rapid Antigen Testing - Rs. 650/- Per test
3. IgG Based ELISA testing - Rs. 250/- Per test

The ceiling price is inclusive of GST/ Taxes, cost involved in pick-up, packaging and transportation of samples, documentation and reporting.

The Laboratories conducting the COVID-19 testing are also directed to adhere to the previous guidelines and SOPs in this regard and must also follow the testing protocols laid down by ICMR and Ministry of Health and Family Welfare.
MandatoryHealthcareNo end date specifiedNo
CentralNPPA caps price for Medical Liquid Oxygen and Oxygen Inhalation (Medicinal gas) in Cylinder25-09-2020The National Pharmaceutical Pricing Authority (NPPA) acknowledging  the need to cap the price of Liquid Medical Oxygen ("LMO") and Medical Oxygen in cylinders to ensure uninterrupted availability of Medical Oxygen though cylinders to the hospitals and consumers has specified the maximum price for the same.
Maximum Price (ex-factory) Excluding GST (Rs.)-
1. Liquid Medical Oxygen (LMO)  - Rs.15.22/- per Cubic Meter
2. Oxygen Inhalation (Medicinal gas) in cylinder - Rs.  25.71*/- per Cubic Meter
*Inclusive of inward transportation cost incurred for LMO up to filler

Note :
(a) The ex-factory price specified in respect of the drugs mentioned shall remain in force up to 31st March 2021 or until further orders, whichever is earlier.
(b) The ex-factory price  in respect of the drug mentioned at S. No. 2 of is in supersession of price notified at S. No. 610 of S.O. 1213(E) dated 25.03.2020.
(c) Since the new rates are being notified as an emergency measure only for six months, the existing contracts for supply of Medical Oxygen made in accordance with S.O. 1213(E) dated 25.03.2020 may continue to be valid.
(d) The transport cost as fixed by the State/UT Governments would be in addition to price at (a), (b) and (c) above.
(e) The manufacturers not complying with the price and notes specified hereinabove shall be liable to deposit the overcharged amount along with interest thereon under the provisions of the Drugs (Prices Control) Order, 2013 read with Essential Commodities Act, 1955.
(f) The price as specified in respect of the drugs mentioned in shall be applicable for domestic production and supply
MandatoryPharmaceutical31-03-2021No
CentralNPPA orders manufacturers and re-flliers of medical oxygen to submit information relating to oxygen to the CDSCO Control Room24-09-2020National Pharmaceutical Pricing Authority ("NPPA"), in an Order dated 24th September, 2020, has instructed manufacturers and re-fillers of medical oxygen to submit information on situation of capacity, stocks,production and sales of oxygen to the CDSCO Control Room on a daily basis.

NPPA has informed that such  manufacturers and re-fillers are required to submit such information, in the prescribed format, to the Control Room on email at oxygen-cr@gov.in, by the end of the next day.

Please refer to the appended document for further details. 

Source: National Pharmaceutical Pricing Authority
MandatoryManufacturers and re-fillers of medical oxygenNo end date specifiedNo
CentralMCA suspends the initiation of corporate insolvency resolution proceedings under IBC extended till December 25, 2020

24-09-2020In a Gazette Notification dated 24th September, 2020 the Ministry of Corporate Affairs has informed that it has suspended the initiation of corporate insolvency resolution proceedings under IBC extended till December 25, 2020.MandatoryAll25-12-2020No
KarnatakaGovernment of Karnataka revises rates for RT-PCR and Rapid Antigen testing for COVID-19 done by private laboratories in the State24-09-2020The Government of Karnataka has revised the rates of RT-PCR testing and Rapid antigen testing that are charged by private laboratories for COVID-19 testing.

Earlier the rate for RT-PCR testing for the samples sent by Government in private laboratories was fixed at Rs. 1,500/- and ceiling rates for private samples in private laboratories was fixed at Rs. 2,500/-. Now, the Task Force Committee has decided to revise the rates of RT-PCR test for COVID-19 as follows -

1. Rate of RT-PCR testing for the samples sent by Government in private laboratories including screening test and confirmatory test is now Rs.1,200/- per test inclusive of the cost of PPE kit;

2. Ceiling rate for private samples in private laboratories including screening test and confirmatory test is now Rs.1,600/- per test inclusive of the cost of PPE kit.

Note - Testing can only be done in an ICMR approved laboratory and all conditions laid down by ICMR and State Government will apply. 
Mandatory Private LaboratoriesNo end date specified No
CentralCDSCO rolls out draft  Guidelines for Development of Vaccines with Special Consideration on COVID-19 Vaccines to provide clear understanding of regulatory requirements to vaccine developers23-09-2020In light of the present pandemic situation and with the aim to facilitate early development of safe, effective and quality vaccines especially COVID-19 vaccines in the country, the Central Drugs Standard Control Organization (CDSCO)  has prepared draft Guidelines for Development of Vaccines with Special Consideration of COVID-19 Vaccines ("Guidelines").

The Guidelines are developed under Drugs and Cosmetics Rules,1940 and New Drugs and Clinical Trials Rules,2019 in consideration of WHO, USFDA, and EMA guidelines.

These Guidelines are dynamic and recommendatory in nature and do not override or replace statutory requirements and guidelines. 
AdvisoryPharmaceutical No end date specifiedNo
CentralIn light of Covid 19 pandemic, DPIIT grants permission to PESO to introduce ISO Tank Containers for movement of Liquid Oxygen for domestic transport23-09-2020After a consultation meeting with cryogenic oxygen manufacturers the Department for Promotion of Industry and Internal Trade (DPIIT), has permitted the Petroleum and Explosives Safety Organisation (PESO) to introduce ISO Tank Containers for movement of Liquid Oxygen for domestic transport.

In light of the Covid19 pandemic, and the urgent need felt to move oxygen in sufficient quantity this will allow safe and fast movement of oxygen through road network from surplus areas to deficit areas.

ISO Tank is a tank container built to the ISO standard (International Organisation for Standardisation). ISO tanks are designed to carry liquids in bulk. The tank is made of stainless steel and is surrounded by various types of protective layers.ISO tanker can carry 20 MT of liquid oxygen. Since they can carry huge amount of Oxygen at one go, ISO containers will help to translocate sufficient Oxygen to areas where required.
AdvisoryPharmaceuticalNo end date specifiedNo
PunjabPunjab Health and Family Welfare Department issues price cap for COVID-19 testing by private laboratories23-09-2020The Department of Health and Family Welfare, Punjab (“Department”), has through an Order dated 23rd September, 2020 issued the capping of rates for COVID 19 treatment in private laboratories in the State. The prices are fixed as follows:

i. RT-PCR test for COVID-19:- Not more than Rs. 1600/-, inclusive of GST/Taxes, documentation and reporting in the State of Punjab.
ii. TrueNat Test for COVID-19:- Not more than Rs. 2000/-. inclusive of GST/Taxes, documentation and reporting in the State of Punjab.
iii. Cbnaat test for COVID-19: Not more than Rs. 2400/-,  inclusive of GST/Taxes, documentation and reporting in the State of Punjab

It is also specified that any additional cost for home collection of samples is to be fixed by individual laboratory.

Further, the private laboratories must adhere to the following:
a. All the testing protocols as laid down by ICMR and the Government of India and the State Government from time to time must be followed by the Private Laboratories.
b. The Private Laboratories must share the data pertaining to the results of tests for COVI D-19 with State Government and uploaded on ICMR portal on timely basis.
c. At the time of sampling, the identification, address and verified mobile number of the person, who is being tested, must be noted for record, as per sample referral form (SRF).
d. The data should be uploaded on the RT-PCR app at the time of taking the sample. The test report should be communicated to the patient immediately after the testing is complete.
e. All test results must be immediately communicated to the Civil Surgeon of the concerned district through e-mail with a copy to State IDSP cell of Punjab.
f. All the private NABL & ICMR approved laboratories must ensure that information of the patient is maintained with utmost confidentiality. All the private COVID¬19 testing laboratories must preserve the RT-PCR machine generated data and graphs for future verification by the State Government.
g. The laboratories must also display the specified rates in a visible manner.

The previous Order on price capping for COVID-19 testing in the State is superseded.
MandatoryPrivate LaboratoriesNo end date specifiedNo
Andhra Pradesh Government of Telangana extends validity period for layout plan approvals, building plan approvals and commencement certificate/plinth inspection certificate till 31st March, 2021 23-09-2020The Government of Andhra Pradesh in order to encourage the Real Estate Sector in the State during the difficult times due to COVID-19 pandemic has extended the validity period in respect of layout plan approvals, building plan approvals and commencement certificate/plinth inspection certificate till 31st March, 2021 whose validity has expired on or after 25th March, 2020.

This extension of validity is automatic without payment of any fee/charges and the concerned owner/developer need not file/apply any separate application for extension of validity period. 
Mandatory Real Estate Sector 31-03-2021No
Rajasthan Rajasthan Government amends Unlock 4 Order dated 30th August, 2020; not more than 100 people allowed in gatherings22-09-2020In continuation to the Unlock 4 Guidelines, the Rajasthan Government in an Order dated 22nd September, 2020 has issued guidelines in view of social gathering in the State.

The guidelines are as follows -

1. Not more than 100 people to be present in gatherings;

2. Social Distancing to be strictly followed;

3. Wearing of face masks is compulsory;

4. The organiser of events to ensure that there is proper availability of sanitizers and hand washing facilities;

5. It will be necessary to constantly clean frequently touched surfaces like door handles, etc.

Violation of the above mentioned guidelines will attract heavy fines.

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
MeghalayaMeghalaya Government notifies guidelines for travellers / people who enter the State and stay for upto 3 days22-09-2020The Health and Family Welfare Department of Meghalaya has issued guidelines / protocols for returnees / entrants to the State who wish to stay for upto 3 days in the State.

The instructions are as follows -

1. Persons who enter the State with a planned duration of stay for 3 days or less need to register themselves for COVID ID on www.meghalayaonline.gov.in/covid/testing.htm;

2. Such travellers will be required to possess a valid return ticket (air / rail) and vehicle number of their vehicle if travelling by road; the travellers intending to travel by road shall mention the vehicle number that they shall return in;

Note: If they possess a COVID-19 negative RT-PCR report from a recognized laboratory for which sample collection time is within 72 hours from time of arrival, they will be exempted from rapid antigen testing that is done on all entrants;

3. People will have to stay only at designated Hotels / Guest Houses approved by the government with prior booking before arrival;

4. Travellers need to keep a note of all the places they have visited and they will have to restrict their movement / meet less people;

6. Aarogya Setu App will have to be downloaded and will have to be displayed at all entry points;

7. Travellers will have to arrange their own vehicle for movements during their stay.
Mandatory AllNo end date specified No
CentralIn light of the pandemic, Govt. grants extension to SEZ Units w.r.t filing Quarterly Performance Reports/ Annual Performance Reports; extension granted till 31st December, 202022-09-2020In an Order dated 22nd September, 2020 the Special Economic Zone (“SEZ”) Division, Department of Commerce (“Department”) has granted extension in the last date for filing Quarterly Performance Reports/ Annual Performance Reports by SEZ Units/Developers/ EOUs upto 31st December, 2020.

The said extension is granted in light of the hardships faced during the pandemic COVID 19.

Background:

The present order is issued in continuation to a previous Order dated 30th March, 2020 issued by  the Department in light of the pandemic wherein relaxation was granted to SEZ Units with reference to compliances like filing of SOFTEX Form, Annual Performance Report etc . In continuation to the previous order, the present relaxation is being granted.
Mandatory SEZ Units31-12-2020yes
CentralBIS notifies Indian Standards for safe working of organisation under BIS Rules, 201822-09-2020The Bureau of Indian Standards has on 22nd September, 2020 notified Indian standard for safe working of organisation during COVID-19 Pandemic.

IS 17472 : 2020 is now the Indian Standard for safe working of organisation during COVID-19 Pandemic from 21st September, 2020. 
MandatoryAllNo end date specifiedNo
KeralaTransport vehicles carrying oxygen will not require permits during Novel Corona Virus (COVID-19) Pandemic, upto 31st March, 202121-09-2020The Government of Kerala has notified that transport vehicles used exclusively for carriage of oxygen are exempted from the requirement of obtaining permits for transportation during the period of COVID-19 pandemic, upto 31st March, 2021.

Such transport vehicles have been exempted from the provisions of Section 66 (1) of the Motor Vehicle Act, 1988 (on "Necessity for permits").
Mandatory Transport vehicles carrying oxygen 31-03-2021No
CentralSpice Board resumes mandatory testing of spices  in a phased manner; lifts temporary exemption from testing for ceratin specific products effective October 1, 202021-09-2020The Spices Board (Board) has in a circular dated September 21, 2020 informed that in order to promote exports of quality and safe spices and to facilitate ease of doing business, the Board has further reviewed and streamlined the quality evaluation system for exports of spices and spice products. Accordingly, necessary changes have been incorporated in the Export Support System (ESS) online portal, to provide undisrupted quality evaluation services even during the unforeseen situations that might arise out of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Further, export consignments of Ready to Eat (RTE) products in dried form, such as namkeens, snacks, pappads etc., are exempted from the requirement of mandatory testing by Spices Board. However, in the case of exports to the European Union, RTE products which have a spice content of more than 20%, will require a Health Certificate, for which testing is a pre requisite.

The temporary exemption for mandatory testing of spices during the lock down period has been reviewed and the mandatory sampling and testing of spices for exports have been resumed in a phased manner, taking into consideration the COVID-19 situation. The list of spices and spice products (destination wise), which have to undergo quality evaluation / clearance by Spices Board prior to exports, during the initial phase of resumption, is given at Annexure I of the appended document. Accordingly, consignments of spices and spice products as specified in the Annexure I can be exported only with the clearance from Spices Board, with effect from 01.10.2020.

Background:
The Board had been undertaking mandatory testing of export consignments of select spices to select destinations as part of the Quality Evaluation System for exports. This was in line with the import requirements and regulations of the particular country/region. Such testing ensured that the export consignments of spices conform to the applicable standards and reduced the instances of export rejection, thereby boosting the exports of spices and spice products from India. In view of the COVID-19 pandemic, as a precautionary measure a temporary exemption was granted for mandatory testing of spices during the lock down period under circular No: SRD-SS/03/0002/2019 dated 26th March, 2020. Now, the present circular is resuming the quality testing for certain specified products.
MandatoryFood BusinessNo End date SpecifiedNo
RajasthanRajasthan Government issues Addendum to Unlock 4 Order dated 30th August, 2020; extends prohibition on Social / political / Sports/ Entertainment / Academic / Cultural / Religious functions and large congregations till 31st October, 202020-09-2020Government of Rajasthan has issued an addendum to the Unlock 4 Order dated 30th August, 2020  (“Unlock 4 Guidelines”) implemented in the State for phased re-opening of activities.

Following amendments have been notified to the list of prohibited activities in the Unlock 4 Guidelines:

Activities prohibited outside Containment zones:

The prohibition on social / political / sports / entertainment / academic cultural / religious functions and other congregations have been extended till 31st October, 2020.

In the earlier Order, the above-mentioned functions and other congregations were permitted since 21st September, 2020 subject to a ceiling of 50 persons and mandatory wearing of face masks, social distancing, provision for thermal scanning and hand wash or sanitizer along with providing of prior information to concerned Sub-Divisional Magistrate (regarding such events).

However, the following activities will continue to be permitted in areas outside Containment Zones:

Marriage related gathering -

i. Marriage related gathering have been allowed while wearing face masks and ensuring social distancing along with provisions of thermal scanning and hand wash.

ii. The organizer must:

a. Give prior information to the concerned SDM;

b. Ensure social distancing during the functions;

c. Ensure that only a maximum of 50 guests are allowed.

Funerals:

i. In funeral gatherings, mandatory wearing of masks, social distancing provisions must be ensured;

ii. Only a maximum of 20 persons will be allowed;

Penalty:

Violation of any of the above-mentioned will attract heavy penalties;

Note: DM and other officers must ensure that common safety precautions are ensured through fines and penal actions as per the Disaster Management Act, 2005 and the Rajasthan Epidemic Diseases Act, 2020.

Please note that the concerned District Magistrate may  impose further restrictions by issuing Prohibitory Order under Section 144, CRPC.
MandatoryAll30-09-2020NO
CentralUsed PPEs like face shields, goggles, hazmat suit, plastic coverall, used masks, head cover, shoe cover etc. generated from COVID-19 isolation wards at Healthcare Facilities must be segregated and sent to Common Facilities for disposal as per BMWM Rules, says Govt.20-09-2020The Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, in a Press Release dated 20th September has issued the following information regarding Medical waste management during COVID-19 pandemic:

1. Used PPEs like face shields, goggles, hazmat suit, plastic coverall, used masks, head cover, shoe cover etc. generated from COVID-19 isolation wards at Healthcare Facilities must be segregated and sent to Common Facilities for disposal as per Bio-medical Waste Management Rules, 2016 (“BMWM Rules”).

2. However, used PPEs like masks and gloves generated in Common Households, Commercial Establishments, Institutions, etc., are required to store separately for minimum 72 hours for disposal along with solid waste after cutting or shredding. Such shredded used masks from household can be collected as dry solid waste by Urban Local Bodies (ULBs).

Further, the Central Pollution Control Board (“CPCB”) has developed the COVID-19 waste tracking App named “COVID19BWM”. Both Android Mobile and Web versions of software application were designed for waste generators, CBWTF Operators, SPCBs/PCCs and Urban Local Bodies (ULBs).

Background:

In light of the pandemic, disposal of bio-medical waste including Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) kit worn by healthcare professionals as well as general public became a challenge.

As per BMWM Rules, 2016, waste generated from Healthcare Facilities is required to be treated and disposed as per provisions under said Rules. CPCB has also prepared guidelines, which gives guidance on Handling, Treatment & Disposal of bio-medical waste in line with provisions under BMWM Rules, 2016.        

Further, CPCB issued separate guidelines for ‘Handling, Treatment & Disposal of bio-medical waste generated during Treatment/Diagnosis/Quarantine of COVID-19 patients’ which gives guidance on management of COVID-19 related bio-medical waste including used masks and gloves.
MandatoryHealthcareNo end date specifiedNo
MeghalayaDM, East Khasi Hills promulgates night curfew in East Khasi Hills District till 28th September, 2020, only for timings falling between 9:00 PM to 5:00 am each day20-09-2020In view of the prevailing situation concerning COVID-19 in the state and in order to put in place preventive and mitigation measures so the pandemic of COVID-19 is contained, the  District Magistrate, East Khasi Hills District in a Prohibitory Order dated on 20th September, 2020 has promulgated night curfew in East Khasi Hills District with effect from 21st September, 2020 upto 28th September, 2020, only for timings falling between 9:00 PM to 5:00 AM each day.

The order will not apply to  the following:

1. security forces, medical teams and officials on COVID-19 duty

2. Wholesale and retail pharmacies, police and armed force, fire and emergency service,

3. MeECL, NEEPCO and Power Grid, FCI vehicles,

4. Officers and staff of corona care centres, press, print and electronic, Information and Public Relations Department and National Highway and Infrastructure Development Corporation Ltd.

The above-mentioned services have 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, without fail.

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

Exemption granted to official and non official emergency and essential services, establishments and agencies shall not extend to containment areas declared except for exemption granted in orders.

Curfew passes for timings falling between 9:00 PM to 5:00 AM with effect from 21st September, 2020 upto 28th September, 2020 can be obtained via online application at eastkhasihills.gov.in.
MandatoryAll28-09-2020No
ManipurManipur Government revises SOP for persons returning by Airlines to the State19-09-2020The Manipur Government has issued revised Standard Operating Procedures to be observed by persons returning to the State  by Airlines. The SOP is in suppression of the earlier OMS issued by the State Government.

Key Highlights:

1. Air Passengers arriving with e-Pass will be allowed to leave Airport in their own / hired vehicles to report to the centres designated by the DC of home district;

2. All air passengers arriving in Imphal need to apply to the Deputy Commissioner of their home district for issue of e-Pass by indicating their personal and flight details at least two days in advance;

Note: Deputy Commissioners will notify and publicize the web portal, e-mail addresses etc. where the applications can be submitted. The format to indicate the details required will also be prescribed and the e-Pass will be issued well before the arrival of the passenger. The Deputy Commissioner will also maintain proper record to monitor the arrivals, quarantine and testing;

3. Passengers arriving without the e-Pass will however continue to be ferried by MST buses for reporting to the HRD Academy or any other centre designated by DC(IW) for further dispersal to the districts;

4. Private vehicles including taxies are allowed to enter the Airport and park in the designated parking areas;

5. Vehicles transporting passengers with pre-issued e-Pass are also allowed to leave with the passenger(s);

6. Other vehicles bringing in security force personnel or construction materials are also allowed to enter provided that such vehicles do not park in the parking areas. Trucks are not allowed to be parked inside the Airport;

7. All drivers / passengers should maintain social distancing and park the vehicles with adequate gap between each other.

For a detailed read, please refer to the appended document.
AdvisoryAllNo end date specifiedNo
MizoramDisaster Management and Rehabilitation Department, Mizoram rolls out the Standard Operating Procedure for Schools and Institutions in the State19-09-2020The Disaster Management and Rehabilitation Department, Mizoram, has on 19th September, 2020 rolled out the Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) for Schools and Institutions in the State.

Earlier, in the Unlock 4 Guidelines, it was informed that schools and educational institutions will re-open from 21st September 2020. In light of this, the present SOP has been issued.

Please note that the Order is in Vernacular and has been translated to the best of our understanding.
MandatorySchools and institutionsNo end date specifiedNO
UttarakhandGovernment of Uttarakhand issues guidelines w.r.t. persons entering the State; effective since 21.09.2020; mandates registration for all inbound persons on the smart city web portal prior to travel19-09-2020The Government of Uttarakhand has issued guidelines with regard to movement of individuals with effect since 21st September, 2020 -

Key Highlights:

A. Inter-State Movement of Persons

1. Registration:

a. All inbound persons are required to register on the smart city web portal http://smartcitydehradun.uk.gov.in prior to their travel;

b. All inbound persons need to download Aarogya Setu App;

c. Relevant documents will have to uploaded during the registration process on the smart city web portal;

d. Every person shall follow norms of social distancing and wear masks at all times. All people will be subject to thermal checks at border check posts, airport, railway stations and border district bus stands.

Note: District Adminsitration shall make arrangement for thermal screening of inbound persons at border check posts, Airports, railway stations and border district's bus stands.

2. Quarantine:

a. All inbound asymptomatic persons coming for specific purpose (exam, business, industry, work, personal distress) for a duration less than 7 days can attend to their purpose while closely monitoring their own health and contact the local health authority upon developing symptoms. They will give their home / stay address in registration and the District Authorities can randomly check on such individuals. If the duration of stay is more than 7 days, then they will be placed under home or establishment quarantine for 10 days and self monitor their health. They shall adhere to norms of safety and social distancing as per the guidelines of the MoHFW;

b. All asymptomatic persons who travel outside the State for a maximum duration of 5 days will be exempted from quarantine on return . But if the duration is more than 5 days then 10 day mandatory home quarantine will be required for such persons while monitoring his/ her health closely;

c. All asymptomatic inbound persons will be exempted from home quarantine if they have undergone RT-PCR / TrueNAT / CBNAAT / Antigen test with negative report on return or not earlier than 96 hours before arrival to Uttarakhand border;

3. Inbound person from foreign country will undergo quarantine as per norms of MHA and MoHFW, Government of India.

4. Tourist:

a. Tourists coming into the State by all modes of transportation will have to register on the smart city web portal: http://smartcitydehradun.uk.gov.in  prior to their travel;

b. Minimum two night of reservation is must in the hotels / homestay;

c. Tourists will upload and bring RT-PCR / TrueNAT / CBNAAT / Antigen test (negative report) done not earlier than 96 hours before the arrival to Uttarakhand border. In case they are coming without negative test report they will have the option of paid Antigen testing either at border check post, airport, railway station or any other ICMR authorized COVID testing lab in the State;

Note: Respective hotels may tie-up with the private labs to provide Covid test facility at their hotels on payment basis. It shall be the responsibility of the Hotels to ensure that the Covid test has been done before allowing the guests to check-in. If the person is found Covid positive, then hotel management shall intimate the District Administration immediately.

B. Persons travelling from district to district within Uttarakhand will have to register on the smart city web portal http://smartcitydehradun.uk.gov.in prior to their travel;

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

D. All inbound persons and residents of Uttarakhand will strictly adhere to the norms of safety and social distancing as per MHA guidelines and State Govt. guidelines.

 For a detailed read, please refer to the appended document.
Mandatory AllNo end date specified No
NagalandNagaland Government issues specific instructions for reopening of schools and other institutions in the State18-09-2020In an Order dated September 18, 2020, the Government of Nagaland has issued certain instructions with regard to partial re-opening of schools for students of Classes 9 to 12 on a voluntary basis for taking guidance from their teachers and permission for skill or entrepreneurship training in institutions/centres.

The Order is issued in pursuance of the SOP issued by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare for the partial re-opening of schools.

As per the Order, the following activities in schools, colleges, educational, coaching and training institutions/centres will be permitted w.e.f. 21st September 2020 in the State:

a) Upto 50% of teaching and non-teaching staff may be permitted to be called to the schools at a time for online teaching/ tele counselling and related work. This will be permitted in areas outside the Containment Zones only. This will be subject to strict adherence to all the provisions in the SOP enclosed as Annexure-A

b) Students of classes 9 to 12 may be permitted to visit their schools only in areas outside Containment Zones, on voluntary basis, for taking guidance from their teachers This will be subject to written consent of their parents/ guardians and strict adherence to all the provisions in the SOP enclosed as Annexure-A

c) Skill or Entrepreneurship training will be permitted in National Skill Training Institutes, Industrial Training Institutes (ITIs), Short term training centres registered with National Skill Development Corporation or State Skill Development Missions or other Ministries of Government of India subject to strict adherence to the SOP enclosed as Annexure-B.
National Institute for Entrepreneurship and Small Business Development (NIESBUD), Indian Institute of Entrepreneurship (IIE) and their training providers will also be permitted as per the aforesaid enclosed SOP.

For the SOPs under Annexure A and Annexure B, please refer to the appended document.
AdvisoryEducational InstitutionsNo end date specifiedNo
CentralMinistry of Health and Family Welfare lays down procedure for Research on Vaccine18-09-2020In a Press Release dated 18th September, 2020 Ministry of Health and Family Welfare has issued the procedure for research on vaccine keeping in mind the requirements laid down by the Central Drugs Standard Control Organisation (CDSCO) along with the stages of Vaccine development as informed by the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR). The procedure is as follows -

1. Identification and development of an appropriate vaccine strain which may be safe and immunogenic.

2. Full characterization of the vaccine strain by in-vitro experiments.

3. Pre-clinical studies in small animals like rats, mice, rabbits, guinea pigs, hamsters etc. These are safety and dose determination studies.

4. Preclinical studies in large animals (depending upon feasibility and availability) to determine safety, protective efficacy and potential dose and formulation.

5. Phase I human clinical trials which establish the safety of the product. The numbers are usually < 100.

6. Phase II human clinical trials to determine the immunogenicity or immune protection. The numbers are usually < 1000.

7. Phase III human clinical trials to determine the efficacy. The numbers range in several thousands.
After successful completion of phase III studies, regulatory approval is accorded.

8. Phase IV or post marketing surveillance studies.

As per CDSCO, test license for permission for manufacture of COVID-19 Vaccine for preclinical test, examination and analysis has been granted to the following manufacturers in India:

1. M/s Serum Institute of India Pvt., Ltd., Pune

2. Ms. Cadila Healthcare Ltd., Ahmadabad

3. M/s Bharat Biotech International Ltd., Hyderabad

4. Biological E Ltd., Hyderabad

5. M/s Reliance Life Sciences Pvt Ltd., Mumbai

6. M/s Aurbindo Pharma Limited, Hyderabad

7. M/s Gennova Biopharmaceuticals Limited, Pune

For a detailed read on the current trails being conducted on shortlisted vaccines for COVID-19, please refer to the appended Press Release.
Mandatory Human health and social work activities | Manufacture of pharmaceuticals, medicinal chemical and botanical productsNo end date specified No
CentralIRDAI invites Applications for the 2nd Cohort of the Regulatory Sandbox till 14th October, 2020 especially those relating to minimizing the impact of COVID-19 pandemic18-09-2020The Insurance Regulatory and Development Authority of India (“IRDAI”) through a Press Release dated 18th September, 2020 has invited applications for 2nd Cohort of the Regulatory Sandbox especially those relating to minimizing the impact of COVID-19 pandemic. The proposals relating to COVID pandemic will be processed on fast track basis. All applications must be filed on https://reg.irda.gov.in/sandbox/.AdvisoryInsurance14-10-2020No
CentralAmidst pandemic, SEBI extends timeline of validity of regulatory measures introduced in light of abnormally high market volatility till 29th October, 202018-09-2020The Securities and Exchange Board of India (“SEBI”) has, in a Press Release dated 18th September, 2020, informed that following regulatory measures introduced in light of the abnormally high volatility in the stock markets owing to the prevailing COVID-19 pandemic, by the SEBI Press Release dated 20th March, 2020, will continue to be in force till 29th October, 2020.   

i. The Market Wide Position Limit (MWPL) have been revised to 50% of the existing levels for the purpose of introducing ban period on fresh positions and not for determining the enhanced eligibility criteria for derivatives stocks.  
ii. The current penalty structure adopted by the stock exchanges / clearing corporations have been enhanced to 10 times of the minimum and 5 times of the maximum penalties specified by the stock exchanges / clearing corporations, to function as an effective deterrent in the current market context.  
iii. The margin for stocks has been increased for meeting the above-mentioned criteria for MWPL.  
iv. Margin for Non-F&O Stocks in Cash Market has been increased.  
v. Position limits in equity index derivatives (futures and options) have been revised.  
vi. The dynamic price bands can now be flexed only after a cooling-off period of 15 minutes from the time of meeting the existing criteria specified by stock exchanges for flexing.   

Please refer to the appended documents for further details.   

Source: Securities and Exchange Board of India
MandatoryAll29-10-2020No
CentralGovernment of India allows free inter-state movement of medical oxygen18-09-2020The Government of India, in an Order dated 18th September, 2020, in light of the need of medical oxygen during the prevailing COVID-19 pandemic, informed that:

i. No restriction would  be imposed on the movement of medical oxygen between states and the transport authorities shall be instructed to accordingly allow free inter-state movement of oxygen carrying vehicles.
ii. No restriction or limits would be imposed on oxygen manufacturers and suppliers to limit the supply of oxygen only to the hospitals of the states in which they are located; and
iii. There will no restriction on the movement of oxygen carrying vehicles into the cities, without any restrictions on timings, enabling inter-city supply without restriction

Please refer to the appended document for further details. 
MandatoryOxygen manufacturers and suppliersNo end date specifiedNo
HaryanaHaryana Government issues information regarding capping of rates for COVID 19 treatment in private Medical Colleges and Hospitals of Haryana

18-09-2020The Director General Health Services, Haryana (“Department”), has through a Memo dated 18th September, 2020 issued information regarding capping of rates for COVID 19 treatment in private Medical Colleges and Hospitals of Haryana. The Department has informed that after due consideration, the State Government has decided that the following rates (which were mentioned by the Department in an Order dated 25th June, 2020) will apply to residents of Haryana only.

Hospital rates per patient per day of admission:

1. Non-NABH accredited Hospitals:
 a. Isolation beds (including supportive care and oxygen)- Rs. 8000.
b. ICU without Ventilator care- Rs. 13000/-
c. ICU with Ventilator care (Non-invasive/ invasive)- Rs. 15000/-

2. JCI/NABH accredited (including Entry level NABH) Hospitals:
a. Isolation beds (including supportive care and oxygen)- Rs. 10000/-.
b. ICU without Ventilator care- Rs. 15000/-
c. ICU with Ventilator care (Non-invasive/ invasive)- Rs. 8000/-

Background:
In a previous order dated 25th June, 2020 the Department had determined the Hospital rates per patient per day of admission. Now, with the present Memo, the Department is clarifying that these rates will apply to residents of Haryana only.
MandatoryPrivate Medical Colleges and Hospitals No end date specifiedNO
Central ESIC issues fresh instructions for submission of claims for Unemployment Benefit under Atal Beemit Kalyan Yojana; now claims can be directly submitted to the designated ESIC Branch Office17-09-2020By a Press Release dated 17th September, 2020, ESIC has issued instructions for submission of claims by the affected workers to claim relief under the Atal Beemit Kalyan Yojna in which relief is to be paid to  those ESI members who lost their job during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Claims for relief can be made online at website www.esic.in along with submission of the physical claim with an affidavit, photocopy of Aadhaar Card and Bank Account details to the designated ESIC Branch Office by post or in person. The relief will be paid directly to the bank accounts of the workers.

Under the existing guidelines, claim for the unemployment benefit was required to be submitted through the employer but now it can be directly submitted to the designated ESIC Branch Office.

Background:

The Scheme of Atal Beemit Kalyan Yojana was extended for another one year from 1st July, 2020 to 30th  June, 2021 and the scheme enhanced the rate of unemployment relief to 50% of wages from earlier rate of 25% along with relaxation of eligibility conditions for insured workers who have lost their employment due to COVID-19 pandemic and related lockdown.

The enhanced benefit and relaxed conditions are applicable during the period 24th March 2020 to 31st December 2020
Mandatory Unemployed ESI members31-12-2020No
ChhattisgarhComplete lockdown Orders issued for Urban bodies of Durg, Bhilai, Bhilai Charoda, Risali, Jamul, and Kumhari in Chhattisgarh from 20th September, 2020 till 30th September, 2020; certain activities exempted from lockdown17-09-2020In view of rising COVID-19 cases in Durg District, Chhattisgarh, the District Magistrate Durg District has Ordered complete lockdown in Urban bodies of Durg, Bhilai, Bhilai Charoda, Risali, Jamul, and Kumhari from 20th September, 2020 till 30th September, 2020. The guidelines issued in this respect are as follows -

1. All private offices, semi Government/Government offices under the State and Central Government will continue to function as per existing guidelines.

2. All educational institutions/coaching institutes/tuition will remain closed and only admission process and online classes will be allowed.

3. Cinema halls, swimming pools, amusement parks, tourist spots, clubs, gyms, theatres and other such places will remain closed.

4. Prayers can be performed in religious places as per instructions issued earlier but religious/cultural/social programs will be restricted.

5. Transport services like autos, taxis, rickshaws etc. are restricted.

6. Inter-district and inter-state bus transport services will be operational.

7. Vehicles that transport masks, sanitizers, ATM vehicles, and other essential goods are allowed.

8. All health services (hospitals, clinics, medical colleges) will continue to operate normally.

9. The following shops/establishments will remain open -

a. Shops for vegetables, meat, fruit etc. will remain open from 5 am till 10 am;
b. Dairy shops will remain open from 6 am to 8 am and from 5 pm till 7 pm;
c. Restaurants and hotels (no takeaway) will remain open from 10 am to 10 pm;
d. Diesel/Petrol pump, LPG/CNG will remain open till 3 pm;
e. Drug stores, medical shops and optical stores will have no restrictions.

10. All liquor stores will remain closed, however, home delivery will be allowed.

11. All dhabas located in mentioned Urban Areas of the District will remain completely closed, takeaway is also not allowed. However, home delivery is allowed as per schedule.

12. Milk plants can continue to function and milk vendors distributing milk at home are allowed for all days from 6 am to 9:30 am and 5 pm to 7 pm.

13. Hotels can operate normally.

14. All units operating factories, construction and labour works in the District will continue to operate.

15. Shop keepers to display the time limit for opening and closing of shops.

16. It is mandatory for merchants to keep masks in their shops and distribute them to customers who don't have masks. In addition to this, it is mandatory to keep sanitizer in the shops for use by all customers and staff.

17. Spitting after eating gutka, pan etc. in public places is banned.

18. Ban on any kind of gathering will continue like before.

19. Industrial institutes or factories in the District which have continuous production process will continue to operate by following all norms laid down by the Government.

20. E-commerce supply of medicines and all essential commodities are allowed.

21. IT/ITeS, ATM, internet services, electronic media, transportation/storage facility etc. will continue to operate uninterruptedly.

22. Agricultural activities will continue to operate normally.
 
The authorities have also specified that:

1. All citizens coming from abroad/other states who are under quarantine will have to follow quarantine norms strictly. Not following norms will attract action against violators under Section 188 of IPC, 1860.

2. If any shop/establishment fails to follow the instructions under this Order, that shop/establishment will be sealed for 15 days immediately.

3. Any person violating the instructions will be punished under Section 188 of the IPC, 1860.

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 All30-09-2020No
GujaratGovernment of Gujarat fixes maximum amount for RT-PCR/TrueNAT/CBNAAT tests done by Laboratories; maximum Rs. 1500/- to be charged if patient goes to the lab and Rs. 2000/- if sample is collected from home17-09-2020The Health and Family Welfare Department, Government of Gujarat in an Order dated 17th September, 2020 has revised maximum rates for COVID-19 testing (RT-PCR/TrueNAT/CBNAAT) by laboratories.

Going forward, if a patient goes to a laboratory for COVID-19 testing and gives his sample for testing, then a maximum amount of Rs. 1500/- will be charged. In addition to this, if sample of the patient is collected from his home by laboratory technicians then a maximum amount of Rs. 2000/- will be charged. This amount will include all expenses.

Further, if a laboratory charges more than the amount mentioned in this Order for RT-PCR/TrueNAT/CBNAAT test then that laboratory's license will be revoked.

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 Laboratories No end date specifiedNo
Central Ministry of Civil Aviation permits RT-PCR testing (for COVID-19) at entry points of airports on pilot basis to facilitate transfer of international passengers16-09-2020Ministry of Civil Aviation has permitted RT-PCR testing for COVID-19 at airport entry on pilot basis in order to facilitate transfer of international passengers.

Guidelines for testing are as follows -

1. Airport Operator will create Sample Collection and Waiting Lounge facility for RT-PCR testing;

2. Such Waiting Lounge for RT-PCR testing to be located away from the Operational area and all sanitization and social distancing related guidelines issued by Ministry of Health and Family Welfare will be implemented there. In addition, there should be no unauthorized access and basic necessary amenities will have to be provided to the passengers like Wifi, F&B options, washrooms etc. and it should also have cashless options for making payments with regard to testing and various amenities etc;

3. Airport Operator to provide option to the passengers to either stay at the Waiting Lounge awaiting the test results or proceed to designated Hotels for isolating themselves till the test results are made available;

4. Protocols issued by ICMR and NABL to be strictly followed for sample collection;

5. Passengers to do online booking of the RT-PCR test through respective websites or other appropriate online platforms;

6. Passport of the passenger will be retained by the State authority at the Sample Collection cum Waiting Lounge till the test results are available;

7. If the test result is negative, the passenger will be permitted to exit the Waiting Lounge and proceed towards the Departure area to catch the connecting flight. However, if the result is positive, then the passenger will be processed in line with applicable ICMR protocols by the State authorities;

8. No passenger will be allowed to make an unauthorized exit.
Mandatory Airport Operator No end date specified No 
MaharashtraDCP Greater Mumbai imposes Order u/s 144 Cr.PC to limit the spread of COVID-19 virus; this move is in continuation of Mission Begin Again; Order gains effect from 17.09.2020 till 30.09.202016-09-2020The Deputy Commissioner of Police in Greater Mumbai has issued an Order under Section 144 of the Code of Criminal Procedure, 1973 to restrict any presence or movement in public places or gathering of any sort anywhere with a view to prevent further spread of the COVID-19 virus in the areas under the control of Commissioner of Police, Greater Mumbai; effective from 17th September, 2020 till 30th September, 2020.

The following measures have been implemented with immediate effect:

1. All movement of one or more persons in the areas designated as “Containment Zone” by the Municipal Authorities is prohibited except for essential activities, supply of essential goods and medical emergencies;

2. All movement of one or more persons in the city is prohibited except for medical emergencies and for the following exempted activities:

a. Emergency duties;

b. Establishments providing essential services like:

i. IT and IT enabled Services and Data Centres providing services for Critical National and International Infrastructure;

ii. E-commerce activity for essential and non-essential items and materials;

iii. Services providing home delivery of food, groceries and essential commodities;

iv. Hospital and healthcare institutions, medical / nursing colleges etc.

v. Telephone and internet services;

vi. Ports;

vii. Media;

viii. Banking, stock exchange, clearing corporation, stock brokers etc.;

ix. Food, vegetables, milk, ration / groceries stores;

x. Electricity, petroleum, oil and energy related;

xi. Drinking water supply and maintenance;

xii. Godowns and warehousing including transportation and manpower related services for all of the above-mentioned.

c. Government / Semi Government agencies and their officials on duty.

d. The activities exempted under Government of Maharashtra Order No. DMU/2020/ CR.92/ DisM-1, dated 31st August 2020 (discussed in trailing e-mail) and other such Orders issued for the implementation of COVID-19 lockdown guidelines.

Note – Social distancing (minimum of 6 feet) will be strictly followed at all times.

Please note that we are sharing this information basis news reports. The official copy of the order is awaited to establish the validity and authenticity of the information shared.
Mandatory AllNo end date specified No 
Bihar Bihar PCB revises time period for consent granted to stone crusher units in the State; time period extended based on their daily capacity (c.f.t./day)16-09-2020The Bihar State Pollution Control Board by an Order dated 16th September, 2020 has revised the consent conditions for stone crusher units in the State based on their daily capacity (c.f.t./day).

This is being done in view of COVID-19 pandemic, the stone crusher units are unable to comply by the existing consent conditions and they have demanded for an extension.

The extension granted are as follows -
1. Upto 600 c.f.t./day - till 31st December, 2020;
2. Above 600 c.f.t./day upto 2000 c.f.t./day - till 30th November, 2020;
3. Above 2000 c.f.t./day - till 31st October, 2020.

Please note that the Order is in Vernacular and we have translated it to the best of our understanding. Once an official translation is available, we will update in case there is a requirement. 
Mandatory Stone crusher units Different timeline for separate actionsNo
MaharashtraMaharashtra Labour Welfare Board further relaxes the timeline for accepting online contribution to the Maharashtra Labour Welfare Fund in view of the continued impact of COVID-19 pandemic15-09-2020In light of the continued impact of COVID-19 pandemic, the Maharashtra Labour Welfare Board (Board) has granted further extension with regard to making online contribution to the Maharashtra Labour Welfare Fund for the period ending June 2020.
Earlier the last date for accepting online contribution had been extended to August 15, 2020 and then again to September 15, 2020. Now, the Board has recently in a pop up notice on its home page at  https://public.mlwb.in/public informed that the last date for payment of contribution is extended till September 30, 2020.
The actual date for payment of contribution for the half-year ended June 30 is July 15. 
MandatoryAll30-09-2020Yes
CentralMCA reiterates that the Fresh Start Scheme, 2020 will enable in condoning the delay in timely filing of the Annual Return, Financial Statement, various other statements, documents, returns etc. on the MCA 21 electronic registry within prescribed time limits under the Companies Act, 2013
15-09-2020In a Press Release dated 15th September, 2020, the Ministry of Corporate Affairs (“MCA”) has informed that after considering the various representations of stakeholders and the impact of COVID-19 pandemic, in order to facilitate defaulting companies to make a fresh start on a clean slate by filing documents required to be filed under the Companies Act, 2013 and Rules made thereunder on the  MCA21 registry, MCA vide General Circular no.12/2020 dated 30.03.2020, launched a scheme named “Companies Fresh Start Scheme, 2020 (CFSS-2020)” condoning the delay in timely filing of the Annual Return, Financial Statement, various other statements, documents, returns etc. which are required to be filed on the MCA21 electronic registry within prescribed time limits under the Companies Act, 2013.MandatoryAllNo end date specifiedNo
Central Ministry of Corporate Affairs has taken certain steps to provide incentives/relaxation/concession to companies/LLPs during the COVID-19 Lockdown period
14-09-2020In view to reduce the burden of companies/LLPs during COVID-19 pandemic in our country, Ministry of Corporate Affairs has taken steps to provide several incentives/relaxation/concession during the Lockdown period.

The incentives/relaxation/concession granted are as follows -
1. Introducing Companies Fresh Start Scheme 2020 (CFSS) to enable companies to file documents without additional fees, grating immunity from prosecutions proceeding, etc.
2. Introducing LLP Settlement Scheme, 2020 providing similar benefits as CFSS 2020 for the benefits of LLPs.
3. Introducing Special Provisions for enabling conduct of Board and General Meetings through Video conferences by Corporates.
4. Introducing Special provisions for filings under section 124 &125 r/w IEPFA (Accounting, Audit, Transfer and Refund) Rules 2016.
5. Introducing Special Relaxation in holding of General Meeting by Companies whose Financial Year ended on 31st December 2019 and holding it through Video conferences.
6. Allowing corporates for spending CSR funds for various activities which includes Healthcare, sanitation and disaster management.

In addition to all of the above, a general extension of 3 months to hold Annual General Meeting for the Financial year 2019-2020 beyond 30.09.2020 has been granted to all about 12 lakhs companies without any requirement to file any application of the form and without payment of fee.
Mandatory Companies, LLPsDifferent timeline for separate actionsNo
CentralThe Ministry of Labour and Employment issues information regarding launch of virtual hearing in quasi-judicial cases under EPF & MP Act, 1952
14-09-2020The Ministry of Labour and Employment (“Ministry”), in a Press Release dated 14th September, 2020 has informed that the launch of virtual hearing in quasi-judicial cases under EPF & MP Act, 1952 has now heralded an era of providing expeditious and affordable adjudication.

This is part of a series of initiatives taken by EPFO to improve the ease of doing business, a new facility for conducting virtual hearing in quasi-judicial cases by use of secure IT applications, which was launched by Sh. Santosh Kumar Gangwar,  Minister of State (I/C), Labour and Employment in 227th meeting of Central Board of Trustees, Employees’ Provident Fund, conducted virtually on 9th September 2020.

In order to facilitate this, virtual hearing utilities have been integrated with EPFO’s  e-Court process on Compliance e-Proceedings Portal (https://eproceedings.epfindia.gov.in). This will facilitate issue of e-notices, real time recording of proceedings and communication of orders. Case status including the daily and final orders will now be accessible to all parties on the portal.

Background:

With the outbreak of COVID-19 pandemic and need to practice social distancing restrictions, virtual hearings are being conducted in most of the district and sessions courts. This is as per the guidelines of Hon’ble Supreme Court of India and the concerned High Courts to ensure timely disposal of the cases during pandemic. In the same spirit and with a view to provide expeditious and affordable adjudication to its establishments and subscribers, hearings under sections 7A and 14B of Employees’ Provident Funds & Miscellaneous Provisions Act, 1952, will be conducted in virtual mode.
AdvisoryAllNo end date specifiedNO
TelanganaTelangana Government provides further extension to grace period for payment of motor vehicles advance tax for quarter ending 30th June, 2020 and 30th September, 2020 till 30th September, 202014-09-2020The Transport, Roads and Buildings Department, Telangana Government by an Order dated 14th September, 2020 has provided a further extension to the grace period for payment of Motor Vehicle advance tax for quarter ending 30th June, 2020 and 30th September, 2020 till 30th September, 2020.

No penalty will be levied on Motor Transport Vehicles during this grace period under the Telangana Motor Vehicles Taxation Act, 1963.  
Mandatory All30-09-2020No
CentralBill of the Epidemic Diseases (Amendment) Act, 2020 (“Bill”) which seeks to replace the Epidemic Diseases (Amendment) Ordinance, 2020 (“Ordinance”) has been introduced in the Rajya Sabha14-09-2020In a Gazette Notification dated 14th September, 2020, it has been informed that the Bill of the Epidemic Diseases (Amendment) Act, 2020 (“Bill”) to replace the Epidemic Diseases (Amendment) Ordinance, 2020 (“Ordinance”) was introduced in the Rajya Sabha on the same day (i.e. 14th September, 2020).

The Bill, once gains effect will be deemed to be effective since 22nd day of April, 2020.

Background:

In the light of the emergency situation owing to COVID-19 pandemic, the Ministry of Law and Justice had through a Notification dated 22nd April 2020, promulgated the Epidemic Diseases (Amendment) Ordinance, 2020 (“Ordinance”) to amend the Epidemic Diseases Act 1897 (“Act”).

Now, the Bill to replace the Ordinance has been introduced in the Rajya Sabha.
MandatoryAllNo end date specifiedNO
CentralHaryana Government directs public and private hospitals to dedicate 35% beds for COVID-19 patients14-09-2020The District Magistrate of Gurugram ("Office") has directed all public and private hospitals to ensure that at least 35% of their bed capacity are dedicated for COVID-19 cases with adequate availability of human resources and logistics (drugs, consumables, ICU etc.).

The Office has further directed that such  information regarding patients and no. of beds available, has to be updated  on a daily basis on the link :https://onemapggm.gmda.gov.in/ (HR Heal Tab).

For a detailed read, please refer to the appended Order
MandatoryHospitalsNo end date specifiedNo
MeghalayaDistrict Magistrate of East Khasi Hills District, Meghalaya promulgates Order to implement Night Curfew from 9:00 pm to 5:00 am everyday; effective since 14th September 2020 till 21st September 202013-09-2020The District Magistrate of East Khasi Hills District has promulgated an Order under Section 144 of the CrPC to implement "Night Curfew" between 9:00 pm to 5:00 am in the East Khasi Hills District since 14th September upto 21st September, 2020.

Curfew passes will need to be obtained via online application at eastkhasihills.gov.in.

The Night Curfew Order will not be applicable to the following -

1. Security Forces;

2. Medical Teams and officials on COVID-19 duty;

3. Wholesale and Retail Pharmacies;

4. Police and Armed Forces;

5. Fire & Emergency Service;

6. MeECL, NEEPCO & Power Grid;

7. FCI vehicles;

8. Officers and Staff of Corona Care Centres;

9. Information & Public Relations Department;

10. National Highways & Infrastructure Development Corporation Ltd (NHIDCL).

In addition to this, movement of vehicles carrying essential goods, security forces, medical equipments and shops for repair of trucks on highways are exempted. However, drivers and attendants of the vehicles will have to be screened as per protocols.

All services which are exempted will have to 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. However, exemptions granted to all these services will not extend to Containment Zones (Please refer to Annexure-I for a list of Containment Zones).
Mandatory All21-09-2020No
MeghalayaDistrict Magistrate of East Khasi Hills in Meghalaya notifies guidelines to implement prohibitions on certain activities in the District; effective since 14th September, 2020 up to 21st September, 2020, between 5 am to 9 pm13-09-2020The District Magistrate of East Khasi Hills in Meghalaya has issued an Order to prohibit the following activities upto 21st September, 2020 for timings falling between 05:00 am to 09:00 pm on a daily basis in all of East Khasi Hills District including Shillong Urban Agglomeration and Civil Sub-Divisions of Sohra / Pynursla and C&RD Blocks:

1. Any assembly or gathering without due permission;

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

3. Border Haats and markets located in the inter-State borders;

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

5. All forms of contact sports, competitive sports events and spectators in Sports grounds and stadia;

Note: Permission for training etc as per SOPs of Sports and Youth Affairs Department may be granted after due application to this office and satisfaction of all conditions;

6. Operation of Educational Institutions, training centres and coaching classes (tuitions) barring online / distance learning;

7. Opening of religious places / places of worship of all faiths including religious gatherings and congregation;

8. Marriage Rituals in places of worship as per Government Guidelines is permitted only after obtaining prior permission from this Office.

9. All forms of large public gathering and congregation including social, political, entertainment, academic, cultural, religious functions, etc., without permission from this Office.

10. Moving in public, work places and during transport without a Mask;

11. Spitting in public places;

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

13. Incoming additional workforce from outside the State EXCEPT for skilled highly, skilled, specialized professionals & technicians as regulated by instructions of Political Department, Government of Meghalaya vide various Letters and SOP which are annexed with the present Order.

General Instructions:

1. Employers for all forms of activities including shops, services, establishments, agricultural, industrial, etc must ensure that Aarogya Setu Application and Behavioural Change management App is installed and utilized by all their employees, without fail, with due monitoring;

2. Operation of permitted shops, services, establishments, agricultural, industrial and commercial activities must strictly adhere to the prescribed Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) and National Directives of Government for COVID-19 Management in Public Places and Work Places including mandatory compliance to the Advisories of Health and Family Welfare Department, without fail;

3. Every individual must maintain social distancing of at least six feet, wear masks and follow respiratory etiquette along with other protocols and advisories of the Government in the Health and Welfare Department, at all times;

4. In addition to the prohibitions listed above, the public shall strictly comply, without fail with the measures mandated for Containment Areas (List of Containment Areas with restricted exemptions are provided in Annexure-D);

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

6. Funeral / Last rites related gatherings are permitted, subject to the number of guest not exceeding 20 (twenty);

7. Wedding ceremonies will be allowed in religious places/places of worship and the number of guest shall not exceed one-third of the seating capacity or 50 (fifty) guests, whichever is less inclusive of the host and the Authority/s presiding over the wedding. However wedding receptions are suspended, till further orders;

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

9. 50 % of private and public transport will operate in East Khasi Hills District as per the following Orders:
i. Order No.C&S.7/2020/Vol.VII/78, Dated 2nd June, 2020. (Odd - Even arrangements Annexure-F).
ii. Order No.C&S.7/2020/Vol.VII/91 Dated 3rd June, 2020. (seating capacity at Annexure-G)
iii. Order No.C&S.7/2020/Vol.VII/205, Dated 4th June, 2020. (Exemption from odd- even arrangements at Annexure-H).

10. Movement of vehicles and other traffic arrangements will be prepared and regulated by the office of the Superintendent of Police, East Khasi Hills District, Shillong. Inter-District movement of persons is permitted;

11. Inter-State movement of persons will be strictly as per notifications by the Government of Meghalaya from time to time.

Note: Passes for all forms of all inter-State movement to and from East Khasi Hills district shall only be issued by the District Magistrate.

For a detailed read, please refer to the appended Order
MandatoryAll21-09-2020NO
Tamil NaduPetrol pumps which were permitted to function from 6:00am to 8:00pm in the State are now permitted to function from 6:00am to 10:00pm; informs Tamil Nadu Government12-09-2020In a Notification dated 12th September, 2020, the Revenue and Disaster Management Department, Tamil Nadu (“Department”) has informed that petrol pumps which were permitted to function from 6:00am to 8:00pm in the State are now permitted to function from 6:00am to 10:00pm.

Background:
Previously, through an Order dated 31st August, 2020 the Tamil Nadu Government had implemented lockdown in the State till 30th September, 2020. However, on receiving requests to allow petrol pumps to function till 10:00pm so that more services can be rendered to the people, and avoid crowding at retail outlets, the Department, through the present Notification has added the abovementioned clause to the list of permitted activities in the State.

For a detailed read of the Notification, please refer to the attached document.
Mandatory Petrol pumps30-09-2020No
CentralMoHFW urges States / UTs to ensure that restriction is not imposed on inter-State movement of Medical Oxygen11-09-2020The Ministry of Health and Family Welfare ("Ministry") has urged the States / UTs to ensure that restriction is not imposed on the inter-State movement of medical oxygen and re-iterated that it is every State's responsibility to ensure that all hospitalized COVID patients receive oxygen. The Ministry has also added that medical oxygen is an Essential Health Commodity and therefore supply of the same should be free and without any hindrance.

Background:

The Union Health Ministry found out that some States are trying to curb the free inter-State movement of oxygen supplies by exercising provisions under various Acts and also mandating the manufacturers / suppliers located in the State to restrict their oxygen supplies to only the hospitals of the State. Therefor e, the Government has urged all States to not impose any restriction to the movement of Medical Oxygen between States.
Mandatory Medical Oxygen suppliersNo end date specified No 
CentralDirectorate General of Shipping rolls out FAQs on Certification and Training in COVID Times11-09-2020The Director General of Shipping, has notified a list of Frequently Asked Questions (“FAQs”) regarding “Certification and Training in COVID Times”.

For a detailed read, please refer to the appended FAQs.
Mandatory ShippingNo end date specifiedNo
GujaratGujarat Health Department issues directions to oxygen production units in order to address patient management in terms of Oxygen supply and increasing demand of Medical Oxygen10-09-2020The Health and Family Welfare Department, Government of Gujarat has issued the following directions to the oxygen production units in Gujarat in order to address patient management in terms of Oxygen supply and the increasing demand of Medical Oxygen:

1. Oxygen production units must  ensure that production of Oxygen is uninterrupted and as per their maximum production capacity;

2. 50% of production to be used only for medical Oxygen and to be supplied to the hospitals in Gujarat;

3. Production units can divert only up to 50 % of Oxygen to industrial use;

4. Priority must be given to supply of oxygen to hospitals over  industries in case need arises even if the proportion of Medical Oxygen goes beyond 50%

Please note that the guidelines will be effective till 10th October, 2020.

Background:

In light of the increasing cases of COVID-19, supply of Medical Oxygen is crucial to the management of patients as the consumption of oxygen is going up exponentially. Furthermore, with the nationwide implementation of Unlock, industries are also starting operations which may adversely affect the supply of medical oxygen to hospitals.

In light of the above-mentioned circumstances, in order to regularize the circulation and supply of Oxygen from production units located within the State of Gujarat, the present notification has been issued.
MandatoryOxygen production units10-10-2020NO
West BengalWest Bengal Government lifts 12th September, 2020 lockdown in view of NEET exams; complete lockdown scheduled on 11th September, 2020 will be observed 10-09-2020The West Bengal Government has revoked complete lockdown for September 12, 2020 (Saturday) as was imposed under the previous Order.

The Government had received several requests from the student community to lift the lockdown on September 12, 2020 so that persons travelling to exam centres for the NEET exams do not face any issues. The NEET exams are scheduled to be held on September 13, 2020. Accordingly, the present decision has been taken to lift the lockdown.

It has also been clarified that the state wide lockdown scheduled for September 11, 2020 will remain in place and the restrictions must be observed.

We are sharing this information basis the tweet on the official Twitter Handle of the Chief Minister of West Bengal. We are keeping a close watch on the official website and will apprise you as soon as the order is up in the public domain.
Mandatory All 44086No
CentralMCA relaxes timeline for filing form CRA-4 (cost audit report) for FY 2019-20 in view of continued impact of COVID-19 pandemic10-09-2020Pursuant to various representations being received from stakeholders, the Ministry of Corporate Affairs has in a Circular dated September 10, 2020, provided relaxations with regard to the filing of Form CRA-4 (form for filing of cost audit report) for the Financial Year (FY) 2020 due to the continued impact of COVID-19 pandemic.
1. If the Cost Audit Report for the financial year 2019-20 is submitted by the cost auditor to the Board of Directors of the companies by 30th November, 2020 it would not be considered as violation of the timeline period of 180 days from close of FY (as per Rule 6(5) of Companies (Cost Records and Audit) Rules, 2014*).
Accordingly, the cost audit report in e-form CRA-4 for the financial year ended on 31st March, 2020 can be filed by companies within 30 days from the date of receipt of the copy of the cost audit report by the company.

2. In case a company has availed extension of time for holding their Annual General Meeting then e¬form CRA-4 may be filed within the resultant extended period of filing financial statements.
 
* Rule 6(5) Every cost auditor shall forward his duly signed report to the Board of Directors of the company within a period of one hundred and eighty days from the closure of the financial year to which the report relates and the Board of Directors shall consider and examine such report, particularly any reservation or qualification contained therein.";
Mandatory AllNo end date specified Yes
MizoramPartial lockdown measures will be implemented in the public places in Aizawl Municipal Area with effect from 00:00 hours of 11th September, 2020 till 23:59 hours of 17th September, 2020; informs Mizoram Government10-09-2020In an Order dated 10th September, 2020, the Government of Mizoram has informed that partial lockdown measures will be implemented in the public places in Aizawl Municipal Area with effect from 00:00 hours of 11th September, 2020 till 23:59 hours of 17th September, 2020.

For a detailed read of the Guidelines for partial lockdown, please refer to the attached document.

Please note that the document is in Vernacular and we have translated it to the best of our understanding.
MandatoryAll17-09-2020NA
CentralMinistry of Health and Family Welfare issues revised SOP on preventive measures to be followed while conducting examinations to contain spread of COVID-1910-09-2020The Ministry of Health and Family Welfare has issued revised SOP on preventive measures to be followed while conducting examinations to contain spread of COVID-19.

General Preventive measures -

1. Physical distancing of at least 6 feet to be followed as far possible;

2. Use of face covers/masks to be made mandatory;

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) can be made wherever feasible;

4. Respiratory etiquette to be strictly followed with the practice of covering one's mouth and nose while coughing/sneezing with a tissue / handkerchief / flexed elbow and disposing off used tissues properly;

5. Self-monitoring of health by all and reporting any illness at the earliest;

6. Spitting shall be strictly prohibited;

7. Installation & use of Aarogya Setu App;

All Universities / Educational Institutions / Examination Conducting Authorities / Examination centers to specifically ensure the following arrangements:

1. Only those examination centers which are outside the containment zone shall be allowed to function. Staff/examinees from containment zones shall not be permitted.

2. Universities / Educational Institutions / Examination Conducting Authorities / Examination centers may plan out the examination schedule in a staggered manner so as to avoid overcrowding at any examination center on any day.

3. Institutions to have adequate room capacity to ensure proper social distancing during examination.

4. Appropriate arrangements for personal protection gears like face covers/masks and other logistic like hand sanitizers, soap etc to be made available by the institutions.

5. Exam functionary and examinees will need to submit self-declaration about health status at the time of entrance to the examination centre.

6. Provisions must be made for display of Posters/standees/AV media on preventive measures about COVID-19 prominently at the examination center (outside and inside).

7. The examination center should have a designated isolation room for isolating any person who is found symptomatic at the time of screening or during examination, till such time medical advice may be sough.

8. If any transportation is arranged by educational institutions conducting examinations then proper sanitization of buses/other transport vehicles will have to be ensured.

9. Entrances to have mandatory hand hygiene and thermal screening provisions. If any examination functionary/examinee fails to meet the self-declaration criteria, they shall not be allowed entry.

10. High risk (older employees, pregnant employees and employees who have underlying medical conditions) will not be deployed for invigilation/conduct of examination.

11. Use of spit/saliva for counting/distributing sheets shall not be allowed.

12. Record of all exam functionaries/examinees shall be maintained in the system for future reference and traceability.

13. For online/computer based examination, the systems shall be disinfected using alcohol wipes before and after conduct of examination.

14. Examination hall and other common areas shall be sanitized each time before and after examination.

SOPs to be followed when there is a suspected COVID case or a person who develops symptoms during the conduct of examination

1. Place the ill person in a room or area where they are isolated from others.

2. The person will remain isolated while wearing a mask/face cover till such time he/she is examined by a doctor.

3. If symptoms deteriorate, inform the nearest medical facility (hospital/clinic) or call the state or district helpline.

4. A risk assessment shall be undertaken by the designated public health authority (district RRT/treating physician) and accordingly further action be initiated regarding management of case, his/her contacts and need for disinfection.

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

For a detailed read, please refer to the appended SOP. 
Mandatory Universities, Educational Institutions, Examination Conducting Authorities, Examination centersNo end date specified No 
AssamAssam Health Department exempts requirement for 10 days mandatory quarantine for people travelling to any location outside the State and coming back within 96 hours of departure10-09-2020The Health and Family Welfare Department, Government of Assam (“Government”) has issued an Order to exempt persons from the requirement of 10 days mandatory quarantine, upon travelling to any location outside the State and coming back within 96 hours of departure.

This Order supersedes all the earlier Orders on quarantine of persons arriving in Assam with effect since 10th September 2020.

The Order No. HLB 111/2020/340 dated 8th August 2020 (attached) regarding travel of Hon'ble Ministers/ officials of the Government of Assam will continue to be in force.

The following are the conditions subject to which the exemption will be available:

a. The person will have to undergo Rapid Antigen Test on return;

b. If the Rapid Antigen Test result is positive, he / she will have to undergo home isolation / treatment in COVID Care Centre or hospital, as per protocol;

c. If the Rapid Antigen Test result is negative, his/ her swab sample would be taken for RT-PCR testing and he / she will have to remain in isolation till RTPCR test result is declared, and an undertaking will be submitted by each person to this effect;

d. If the RT-PCR test result is positive, he/ she will have to undergo home isolation/ treatment in COVID Care Centre or hospital, as per protocol;

e. If the RT-PCR test result is negative, the person need not undergo any further quarantine.

f. The person should strictly comply with hygiene and social distancing norms during the stay outside Assam.

For a detailed read, please refer to the appended Order.
MandatoryAllNo end date specifiedNO
CentralIRDAI exempts insurers from requirement of issuing policy document and copy of the proposal in physical form in respect of motor, fire, package policies etc. till 31st March, 2021 10-09-2020In the wake of Covid-19 pandemic and based on representations received from insurers, the Insurance Regulatory and Development Authority of India “IRDAI” has, through a Circular dated 10th September (Refer to attachment-Circular-1) granted exemption to insurers from the requirement of issuing policy document and copy of the proposal in physical form in respect of the following:

Ø All Motor Insurance policies
Ø Fire Insurance policies covering Dwellings and/or contents thereof issued to individuals
Ø All package insurance policies issued to individuals (e.g. package policies for Dwellings)
Ø All Miscellaneous policies issued to individuals where the Sum Insured does not exceed Rs. 5 Crore.

Consequently, through another Circular (Refer to attachment-Circular-2) exemption has been granted to all individual / retail health insurance policies issued by general and health insurance companies (the insurers) from the requirement to issue physical policy document and hard copy of proposal form.
 
The above exemption for issue of electronic policies has been granted subject to certain conditions such as:
 
Ø Insurers shall send the policy document and a copy of the proposal form through digital/electronic mode. The documents shall be sent to the registered e-mail id or mobile number provided by the customer only on the specific consent provided by the policyholder.
Ø Simultaneously the policyholders shall be informed through SMS that policy document /copy of the proposal form have been sent to their e-mail id or any other digital / electronic mode (as may be the case).
Ø Insurers shall put in place proper mechanism to ensure that the documents are delivered to the designated e-mail Id / mobile number of the policyholder and an acknowledgement is appropriately obtained / auto-collected on delivery.
Ø When documents are forwarded by electronic means, the record of policyholder having received the document or the electronic platform having delivered the documents shall be maintained systematically. It shall be clearly informed to the policyholder that the date of delivery of the document is reckoned for the purpose of examining free-look requests, wherever applicable.
Ø Insurers shall preserve the records of such acknowledgements for further reference.
Ø The policy document sent electronically shall contain all the schedules, terms and conditions, benefits etc that are otherwise available in the physical document.
Ø Policyholders shall be also informed that printing of physical policy document and dispatch of the same along with the copy of proposal form may be delayed due to operational difficulties in the wake of ongoing COVID-19 pandemic situation.
Ø Policyholders shall be informed that the policy document sent electronically is as valid as the physical policy contract / document.
Ø Wherever policyholders demand the physical version of the policy document /copy of the proposal, the same shall be made available.

Furthermore, with regard to the requirement under *Regulation 8 (1) of IRDAI (Protection of Policyholders’ Interests) Regulations, 2017 in respect of proposal forms, Insurers have been allowed to obtain the customer’s consent without requiring wet signature on the hard copy of the proposal form subject to certain conditions such as:

Ø The completed proposal form shall be sent to the prospect on his/ her registered e-mail ID or mobile number by means of a message with a link, as the case may be.
Ø If the proposer wishes to give consent to the proposal, the same may be permitted by providing a link for confirmation or through One Time Password (OTP) duly validated.
Ø Insurers shall maintain verifiable, legally valid evidence for the proposer’s consent received for the fully completed proposal form.
Ø Insurers shall be responsible for the providing approved digital sales material to insurance agents/intermediaries and ensure that only that material is used while soliciting the business, authenticating the e-mail IDs / mobile. numbers of the proposers and ensuring the suitability of the product being sold.

The above exemptions granted shall be valid till 31st March 2021.

*Regulation 8 of IRDAI (Protection of Policyholders’ Interests) Regulations, 2017: Proposal for Insurance:

1. Except in case of a marine insurance cover, or such other covers approved by the Authority exempting usage of proposal form, a proposal for grant of insurance cover, either for life insurance business or for general insurance business or for health insurance business, must be evidenced by a document in written or electronic or any other format as approved by the Authority. It is the duty of the insurer to
MandatoryInsurance companies31-03-2021NO
West BengalLicenses issued under Private Security
Agencies (Regulation) Act, 2005 in West Bengal  that were due for renewal after 24th March 2020 automatically extended till 31st October, 2020
10-09-2020In light of the continuing Corona Pandemic, the Controlling Authority under Private Security Agencies (Regulation Act), 2005 ("Act"), West Bengal has decided to auto renew all the licenses under the Act as a measure of relief. Hence, all licences issued under the Act which were due for renewal after 24th March 2020 will continue to have effect until 31st  October 2020.Mandatory 31-10-2020No
RajasthanUnlock-4 guidelines implemented in the State of Rajasthan for month of September, in line with MHA order09-09-2020The State of Rajasthan in line with the Ministry of Home Affairs Order dated 29th August, 2020 has implemented Guidelines for Unlock 4 in the State for the month of September (1st September to 30th September, 2020).
The Guidelines list down activities that are permitted and prohibited in Containment Zones and in the State as a whole. The Containment Zones will be notified on the websites by the District Collector concerned and information will be shared with MoHFW.

Standard SAFETY precautions and restrictions applicable for all areas and all districts :
(1) Face Covering: Wearing of face cover is compulsory in all public and work places and during public transport.
(2) Social distancing: Each person shall maintain a distance of 6 feet - "do gaz ki doori") in public places.
(3) Spitting in public & work places is prohibited and punishable with fine.
(4) Consumption of liquor, paan, gutka, tobacco etc. in public place is prohibited and punishable with fine.
(5) All persons are advised to wash hands with soap & water / use sanitizer after touching any surface that is in public contact.

Additional safety precautions prescribed for WORK PLACES (Offices, Establishments, Factories, Shops etc.):
(1) Work from home (Wfh): As far as possible, the practice of work from home should be followed.
(2) Staggering of work/business hours will be followed in offices, work places, shops, markets and industrial and commercial establishments.
(3) Screening & Hygiene: Provision for thermal scanning, hand wash and sanitizer will be made at all entry and exit points and common areas.
(4) Frequent sanitization of entire workplace, common facilities and all points which come into human contact eg. door handles etc. shall be ensured, including between shifts.
(5) Social Distancing: All persons in charge of work places shall ensure social distancing between workers, through adequate distance between workers, adequate gaps between shifts, staggering the lunch breaks of staff etc.
(6) All employers shall encourage and motivate their employees to install, and use, on their mobile phones, Arogya Setu for common and personal safety.
(7) Intensive communication and training on good hygiene practices shall be taken up.

Movement of people/transport/passes :
(i) There will be no restriction on inter-State and within State movement of persons and goods.
(ii) All commercial passenger transport vehicles - bus, taxi, cab aggregators (OLA/Uber etc.) auto rickshaw, cycle rickshaw   are also permitted to ply subject {ensuring proper sanitization of the seats and touch points before and after each journey and other safety precautions prescribed.
(iii) Public (City) Transport  will continue to remain effective.
(iv) The passengers travelling in any vehicle (personal or commercial) must not exceed the permitted seating capacity of the registered vehicle.
(v) Movement by passengers trains and domestic passengers air travel etc. will continue to be regulated by the SOPs issued by MHA, Government of India.
MandatoryAllNo end date specifiedNo
NagalandNagaland Government notifies revised SOP with regard to returnees/ inbound travellers to Nagaland; orders implementation with immediate effect09-09-2020The Nagaland Government has issued revised SOP for returnees and travellers entering the State.

This SOP has been issued in supersession of earlier Orders and SOP with regard to returnees / inbound travellers. The revised SOP will be implemented in the State with immediate effect -

1. Installation of nCOVID Nagaland Visitors App and Aarogya Setu / Self Declaration -

a. Every returnee / inbound traveller should install and register in nCOVID Nagaland Visitors App and Aarogya Setu App before entering Nagaland;

b. Travellers are required to submit "Self Declaration Form" and those opting for Home Quarantine need to submit "Undertaking for Home Quarantine" through nCOVID Nagaland Visitors App or online at covid19.nagaland.gov.in or hard copy at the point of entry.

2. Designated points of entry:
 
a. Any returnee/traveller will be permitted to enter the State, subject to normal Inner Line Permit (ILP) restrictions (whenever applicable), through Dimapur by  train, air or by road through New Field Check Gate and Dillai Gate; through Khuzama in Kohima district by Road, through Tsutapela and Watiyongpang in Mokokchung District by road, through Naginimora and Tizit in Mon district by Road and through Bhandari in Wokha district by Road.

b. Entry into the State through any other route, or by any other mode of travel will not be allowed, except under special circumstances with approval of the Home Department.

c. Issuance of e-pass has been discontinued and there will not be any requirement of obtaining the same by any person entering Nagaland.

3. Screening at entry points:

a. All travellers will be screened at the points of entry and no one will be allowed to proceed beyond the screening centre without proof of submission of the Self Declaration and Undertaking for Home Quarantine and Registration in the nCOVID Nagaland Visitors App and Aarogya Setu at the time of screening.

b. Returnees with no symptoms will be allowed to proceed to their districts for quarantine as per norms.

c. Returnees with COVID-like symptoms will be subjected to medical protocols.

d. Conveyance from point of entry to the respective districts or place for quarantine will be arranged by the travellers.

e. In case any returnee is unable to get conveyance at Dimapur/Kohima/Mokokchung then that person will be allowed to undergo quarantine in these places.

4. Exemptions on quarantine on entry:

a. Any person who has to immediately attend to essential and urgent work/duties and cannot undergo quarantine due to the nature of the work,  may be exempted from quarantine.

b. The person should apply at least one day prior to his travel at covid19.nagaland.gov.in or through email / WhatsApp to the destination District with all details including travel plans, grounds for seeking exemption from quarantine, duration of stay etc.

c. Installation of Aarogya Setu App will be mandatory.

d. If duration of stay is less than 48 hours then no advance testing is required however, if the stay is more than 48 hours the a soft copy of RT-PCR or TrueNat negative test result done at current location not earlier than two days before arrival into the State.

e. In case a person's stay is likely to go beyond 7 days including date of arrival, then he will have to contact the DTF for getting tested after 4 days of arrival.

f. Any person who goes out of the State by road and returns within 24 hours without night halt through same point of exit will be exempted from quarantine. However, such person will have to obtain a movement permit from the concerned DTF.

g. Truckers and attendants of goods vehicles bound for Nagaland will be subject to screening at the point of entry and will be exempted from quarantine.

h. Persons exempted from quarantine will have to always follow basic precautions like wearing of masks and social distancing at all times.

5. Quarantine Norms

a. Every asymptomatic returnee/traveller who is found asymptomatic will undergo quarantine for 14 days, they can opt for home quarantine or institutional quarantine.

b. Persons above the age of 60 years, children below the age of 10 years and accompanying parents, pregnant women and accompanying spouses and persons with disabilities, unless symptomatic will be allowed to undergo home quarantine for 14 days.

c. People in quarantine will have to wear masks at all times and will have to strictly follow social distancing.

d. All people in quarantine will self monitor their health and update their status in nCOVID Nagaland Visitors App twice daily.

6. Testing

a. If a person in quarantine remains asymptomatic throughout 14 days then no testing will be required and he will be released from quarantine.

b. Returnees/travellers will be tested if found symptomatic on arrival.

c. Persons in quarantine who are asymptomatic and require to be released due to urgent or emergency work will be allowed after completing 4 days in quarantine and testing by TrueNat. The person will be released only after getting a negative test result.

d. COVID testing is chargeable for people entering the state with history of international travel, individuals who wish to get themselves tested, patients undergoing non-COVID treatment in hospitals and people leaving quarantine prematurely due to urgent/emergency work.

7. Release from quarantine

a. A person will be released from quarantine after completion of 14 days and if he is found asymptomatic throughout the period.

b. The medical team will issue a "Release Certificate" on fulfilment of above mentioned condition.

For a detailed read, please refer to the appended Notification.
Mandatory All No end date specified No
Tamil Nadu Tamil Nadu Government amends various SOPs issued earlier w.r.t. change in lockdown guidelines09-09-2020Tamil Nadu Government has issued guidelines for implementing lockdown in Containment Zones in the State till 30th September, 2020 and notified permitted and prohibited activities outside Containment Zones in the State. In an Order dated 9th September, 2020 amendments have been suggested to the SOPs issued earlier.

Some of the modifications are as follows –

1. SOP for social distancing for offices, workplace, factories and establishments -

a. Vehicles used for transportation of staff should carry 60% of the capacity, as opposed to the earlier capacity of 30-40%;

b. Workplaces to have appropriate gap between shifts. Earlier the gap was for an hour;

c. Number of visitors per day may be fixed and entry may be restricted in accordance. Earlier there was a total ban on non-essential visitors at sites.

2. SOP for restarting industries –

a. Earlier, special transportation facility had to be arranged by the company (without any dependency on the public transport system) for workers coming from outside. Now, special transportation of workers by the company is not needed as restrictions have been relaxed;

b. Vehicles used for transportation of staff should carry only 60% of the capacity as opposed to earlier limit of 50% of the maximum capacity;

c. Earlier only 2 people were permitted to travel in car / jeep but now 3 people can travel in a vehicle in addition to the driver;

d. Total ban on visitors have been lifted. Now visitors may be allowed to enter and the same may be restricted as per requirement.

3. SOP for construction industry - 

Vehicles used for transportation of staff should carry only 60% of the capacity, earlier it was 50%.

4. In addition to the above-mentioned, SOP for restaurants, shops / other establishments, gymnasiums, driving schools have been modified w.r.t. cross ventilation and use of air conditioners at temperatures between 24-30 degrees C and to avoid re-circulation of air.

For a detailed read, please refer to the appended Order. 
Mandatory Offices, workplaces, factories, establishments, construction industry, restaurants, shops, gyms and driving schoolsNo end date specifiedNo
CentralDoT issues guidelines for unsafe practices to be avoided at workplace for cyber security09-09-2020Department of Telecommunications ("DOT") in view of COVID-19 pandemic has listed out unsafe practices that have to be avoided at workplace for cyber security.

This is being done as due to the pandemic there has been an increase in cyber attacks including state-sponsored attacks. Attacks such as spreading of virus/botnets/spyware, phishing attacks etc. are on a rise during this period.

Therefore the following measures have been issued by the DOT to stop cyber attacks -

1. There should not be any common password and passwords must not be shared with others;
2. Devices must be locked when not in use. This is to be done as sometimes spies can install malware on unattended devices and download stored information remotely;
3. Software updates to be regularly installed. If the software is not updated regularly, there is a risk of malware attack;
4. Avoid clicking on hyperlinks from unknown sources;
5. All the files should be scanned before downloading them on the system;
6. All the authorised devices will have to be connected to then system and there will be authorised access given to such devices;
7. If any type of open networks are being used, they shall used only after installing the VPN which will protect the devices from the risk of malware;
8. Devices with classified/sensitive information have to be handled carefully;
9. Avoid downloading any kind of unauthorized software on devices;
10. Employees to avoid leaving/writing their passwords on sticky notes as the same can be leaked or stolen and can be used access sensitive information stored on devices. 
Advisory All OfficesNo end date specified No
Central Ministry of Health and Family Welfare notifies SOP for partial reopening of Schools for students of 9th to 12th standard, as part of phase-wise re-opening of activities 08-09-2020Ministry of Health and Family Welfare has issued SOP for partial reopening of Schools from 21st September, 2020 for students of 9th to 12th standard (on a voluntary basis for taking guidance from their teachers). This is in consonance with the phase-wise reopening of activities (MHA Unlock 4.0).

The SOP outlines generic precautionary measures to be followed by the School authorities and all individuals including students, teachers and employees.

Some points to note -

1. General COVID-19 precautions such as social distancing, use of face masks, frequent washing of hands with soap and sanitizers, respiratory etiquettes, self monitoring of health and reporting any illness at the earliest;

2. Online /distance learning will continue to be permitted and encouraged. In addition, students of 9th to 12th standards will be permitted to visit their schools on voluntary basis for taking guidance from their teachers;

3. Only the schools located outside the Containment Zones will be allowed to open. Students, teachers and employees residing in Containment Zones will not be allowed to attend school;

4. Before the opening of schools, all areas intended for teaching will be sanitized with 1% sodium hypochlorite solution with particular attention to frequently touched surfaces;

5. Schools which were used as quarantine centres need to be properly sanitized and deep cleaned before partial functioning is resumed; and the guidelines for disinfection of common public places including offices may be referred to in this regard (https://www.mohfw.gov.in/pdf/Guidelinesondisinfectionofcommonpublicplacesincludingoffices.pdf)

6. Schools may call the concerned teaching and non-teaching employees (up to 50 % of the strength)  for online teaching / tele-counselling and related work;

7. Students from 9th to 12th standards have the option to attend remotely / virtually or physically only on a voluntary basis for guidance from their teachers subject to written permission of parent/guardian;

8. School administration to arrange for contactless attendance instead of biometric attendance;

9. Students and teachers to maintain a physical distancing of 6 feet apart, wherever feasible and the seating arrangements shall be made in accordance;

10. Specific markings on  the floor with a gap of 6 feet to be made to ensure queue management, inside and outside the premises;

11. Assemblies, sports and events that can lead to overcrowding are strictly prohibited;

12. Gymnasiums will follow MoHFW guidelines however, swimming pools will remain closed;

13. Appropriate back-up stock of personal protection items like face covers/masks, visors, hand sanitizers etc. shall be made available by management to the teachers and employee along with adequate supply of thermal guns, sufficient covered dustbins etc.

14. At entry points, there will be mandatory hand hygiene and thermal screening and only asymptomatic persons will be allowed inside the premises. If someone has symptoms, they will be referred to the nearest health centre;

15. There shall be proper crowd management and posters on preventive measures will have to be displayed prominently;

16. Seating arrangement will have minimum 6 feet distance and there will be staggering of activities to be done with separate timing slots;

17. The teaching faculty will ensure that they themselves and students wear masks throughout the conduct of the teaching / guidance activities;

18. Sharing of items like notebook, pens / pencil, eraser, water bottle etc. amongst students should not be allowed;

19. Instructions have also been provided in the SOP in case a student / teacher / employee develops symptoms (fever, cough, difficulty in breathing).

For a detailed read, please refer to the appended SOP.
Mandatory EducationNo end date specifiedNo
CentralMinistry of Health and Family Welfare notifies SOP on preventive measures to contain spread of COVID-19 in skill or entrepreneurship training institutions, higher educational institutions conducting doctoral courses and post graduate studies in technical & professional programs requiring laboratory /experimental work08-09-2020The Ministry of Health & Family Welfare (“Ministry”) has rolled out Standard Operating Procedure on preventive measures to contain spread of COVID-19 in skill or entrepreneurship training institutions, higher educational institutions conducting doctoral courses and post graduate studies in technical and professional programs requiring laboratory / experimental work (“SOP”).

Scope:

This SOP aims to enable safe resumption of teaching/ training activities in skill or entrepreneurship training institutions, higher educational institutions conducting doctoral courses and post graduate studies in technical & professional programs requiring laboratory /experimental work.

This SOP outlines various generic precautionary measures to be adopted in addition to specific measures to be taken at these institutes to prevent spread of COVID-19.

A. Generic Preventive Measures:

1. These measures need to be observed by all (faculty, employees, students and visitors) in these places at all times. These include:

i. Physical distancing of at least 6 feet to be followed as far as feasible;

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

iii. Frequent hand washing with soap (for at least 40-60 seconds) even when hands are not visibly dirty. Use of alcohol-based hand sanitizers (for at least 20 seconds) can be done wherever feasible;

iv. Respiratory etiquettes to be strictly followed, which 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 of any illness at the earliest;

vi. Spitting shall be strictly prohibited;

vii. Installation and use of Aarogya Setu App shall be advised wherever feasible.

B. Institutions conducting skill or entrepreneurship training institutions, higher educational institutions conducting doctoral courses and post graduate studies shall specifically ensure the following arrangements:

i. Online / distance learning shall continue to be permitted and shall be encouraged.

ii. Skill or entrepreneurship training will be permitted with effect from 21st September 2020

iii. Higher educational institutions conducting PhD or technical and professional programs requiring laboratory / experimental works will be permitted by Department of Higher Education in consultation with MHA strictly following guidelines as indicated in the SOP.

C. Before opening up of the institution:

The following have to be ensured before opening of the institution.

i. Planning of reopening of institutions: such as opening of institutions only outside the Containment Zones, sanitization of work areas with 1% sodium hypochlorite solution, facilitate physical distancing, arrange alternate attendance system other than biometric system, arranging of display signages, posters and standees indicating the dos and donts for the staff and students;

ii. Planning and scheduling of activities; the day-wise, time-wise scheduling of teaching / training activities may be done in a staggered manner in order to avoid overcrowding at any one location on any day; all employees who are at higher risk i.e. older employees, pregnant employees and employees who have underlying medical conditions to take extra precautions and not be exposed to any front-line work requiring direct contact with students;

iii. Availability and management of supplies

D. After opening of the teaching/training institutions:

i. Precautionary measures have to be taken at the entry point, while conducting teaching activities in the classrooms, skill based training in workshops/laboratories and activities in common area – library, canteen, common rooms, gymnasium, etc.

ii. Measures will also have to be taken during transportation to and from the institution.

E. Hygiene and Sanitation:

i. Daily cleaning of the floors shall be taken up;

ii. Provision of soap in toilets and hand sanitizers in other common areas in sufficient quantity must be ensured;

iii. Cleaning and regular disinfection (using 1% sodium hypochlorite) of frequently touched surfaces (door knobs, elevator buttons, hand rails, chairs, benches, washroom fixtures, etc.) to be made mandatory in all class rooms, laboratories, lockers, parking areas, other common areas etc. before beginning of classes and at the end of the day;

iv. Teaching materials, computers, laptops, printers, shall be regularly disinfected with 70% alcohol swipe.

v. Deep cleaning of all drinking and hand washing stations, washrooms and lavatories shall be ensured.

vi. Students and staff should be advised to dispose of used face covers / masks in separate covered bins placed in class rooms, work stations and other common areas. The same may remain stored in the bins for 3 days and disposed of as dry general solid waste after cutting / shredding;

vii. Residential buildings, if any, also needs to be sanitized regularly.

Please note the SOP also provides detailed information regarding the following-
1. Risk Communication;
2. Additional considerations for medical post-graduate students.
3. Safe Stay at Hostels, guest houses and other residential complexes
4. SOP to be followed in case a student/faculty/staff develops symptoms (fever, cough, difficulty in breathing)

Background:

The Central Government is following a phase-wise unlocking of activities in consonance with the Unlock 4.0 guidelines. In days to come, this would also involve resumption of activities in skill or entrepreneurship training institutions, higher educational institutions conducting doctoral courses and post graduate studies in technical & professional programs requiring laboratory /experimental work. In light of this, the present SOP has been issued.
Mandatoryskill or entrepreneurship training institutions, higher educational institutions conducting doctoral courses and post graduate studies in technical & professional programs requiring laboratory /experimental work No end date specifiedNo
CentralMCA extends the timeline to hold AGM for FY 2019-20 till December 31st; grants this relief in view of COVID-19 and to meet the requests of various associations for extending time to hold AGM08-09-2020In a Press Release dated 8th September, 2020, the Ministry of Corporate Affairs (MCA) by way of a General order has extended the timeline to hold AGM for FY 2019-20 till December 31st from September 30th.
This relief has been granted by MCA owing to COVID-19 and in light of meeting the demand from various associations for extending time to hold AGM.
With an aim towards implementing this move, the MCA has issued directions to Registrar of Companies(RoCs) to issue orders without filing of formal application and payment of fee. Even applications already filed but not approved or rejected are also covered for this relief.
So far we have been able to locate such extension orders from the RoC Maharashtra and RoC West Bengal (attached for your reference).
MandatoryAll31-12-2020Yes
Tamil NaduTamil Nadu Health Department notifies list of  Officers authorized to collect fines for compoundable offences (Violation of Quarantine measures, Non-wearing of masks, Spitting in public places etc) under Tamil Nadu Public Health Act, 193908-09-2020The Tamil Nadu Health and Family Welfare Department (“Department”) has notified that the State level, District level and Field level officers are authorised to collect fine amounts for contravention of provisions of the Tamil Nadu Public Health Act, 1939 (“Act”).

State Level:
The Joint Director of Public Health and Preventive Medicine (Epidemics) will be the Nodal Officer for monitoring the effective implementation and the reconciling authority for collection of fines at State level;

District Level:
The Deputy Director of Health Services will be the Nodal Officer for monitoring the effective implementation and reconciling authority for collection of fine amounts at a District level;

Field Level:
Public Health Department: Official not below the rank of Health Inspector;

Municipalities, Corporations and other Urban Local Bodies: Officials not below the rank of Sanitary Inspector;

Police Department: Officials not below the rank of Sub-inspector;

Revenue Department: Officials not below the rank of Revenue Inspector;

Background-

In a Gazette Notification dated 4th September, 2020 the Department had declared the following offences as compoundable:

1. Violation of Quarantine measures

2. Non- wearing of masks

3. Spitting in public places

4. Violation of social distancing within the community.

Through the present Notification, the Department has authorized officers to collect fines for the above-mentioned offences.
Mandatory All No end date specified No
Andhra PradeshAndhra Pradesh Govt. notifies guidelines to implement Unlock 4.0 in the State; more activities permitted outside Containment Zones; lockdown extended in Containment Zones up to 30th September, 202007-09-2020In a Notification dated 7th September, 2020 the Government of Andhra Pradesh has informed that lockdown in the State will be implemented as per the MHA Unlock 4 Order (issued by the Ministry of Home Affairs on 29th August, 2020) in order to contain the spread of the pandemic COVID-19 and ensure phased re-opening in the State.

1. Activities permitted during Unlock 4 period outside Containment Zones

In areas outside the Containment Zones, all activities will be permitted, except the following:

i. Schools, colleges, educational and coaching institutions:

Schools, colleges, educational and coaching institutions will remain continue to remain closed for students and regular class activity up to 30th September, 2020. However, following will be permitted:

a. Online/ distance learning shall continue to be permitted and will be encouraged

b. States/ UTs may permit upto 50% of teaching and non-teaching staff to be called to the schools at a time for online teaching/ tele counselling and related work, in areas outside the Containment Zones only, with effect from 21st September 2020 for which, Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) will be issued by the Ministry of Health & Family Welfare (MOHFW)

c. Students of classes 9 to 12 may be permitted to visit their schools, in areas outside the Containment Zones only, on voluntary basis, for taking guidance from their teachers. This will be subject to written consent of their parents/ guardians and will be permitted with effect from 21st September 2020 for which, SOP will be issued by MoHFW

ii. Metro rail

Metro rail will be allowed to operate with effect from 7th September, 2020 in a graded manner, by the Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs (MOHUA) / Ministry of Railways (MOR), in consultation with MHA. In this regard, SOP will be issued by MOHUA.

iii.  Social/ academic/ sports/ entertainment/ cultural/ religious/ political functions

Social/ academic/ sports/ entertainment/ cultural/ religious/ political functions and other congregations with a ceiling of 100 persons, will be permitted with effect from 21st September 2020, with mandatory wearing of face masks, social distancing, provision for thermal scanning and hand wash or sanitizer.

However, marriage 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 upto 20th September 2020, after which the ceiling of 100 persons will apply.

iv. Cinema halls, swimming pools, entertainment parks, theatres:

Cinema halls, swimming pools, entertainment parks, theatres and similar places will remain closed. However, open air theatres will be permitted to open with effect from 21st September 2020.

v. International air travel of passengers, except as permitted by MHA.

2. Lockdown limited to Containment Zones-

i. Lockdown will continue to remain in force in the Containment Zones till 30th September, 2020.

ii. Containment Zones will be demarcated by the District authorities after taking into consideration the guidelines of Ministry of Health & Family Welfare (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.

iii. These Containment Zones will be notified on the websites by the respective District Collectors and by the States/ UTs and information will be shared with MOHFW.

3. State/ UT Governments shall not impose any local lockdown (State/ District/ subdivision/City level), outside the containment zones, without prior consultation with the Central Government.

4. No restriction on Inter-State and intra-State movement:

There must not be any restriction on inter-State and intra-State movement of persons and goods including those for cross land-border trade under Treaties with neighbouring countries. No separate permission/ approval/ e-permit will be required for such movements.

5. 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.

6. Protection of vulnerable persons:

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

7. 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.

8. General Directives for COVID-19 Management:

• Face coverings: Wearing of face cover is compulsory in public places; in workplaces; and during transport. Fine of Rs. 200 in Municipal Corporation areas and Rs. 100 in other areas shall be imposed for not wearing face cover as required.
• Social Distancing: Individuals must maintain a minimum distance of 6 feet (2 gaz ki doori) in public places; shops to ensure physical distancing among customers;
• Spitting in public places will be punishable with fine (as may be prescribed in accordance with laws, rules or regulations);

9. 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 these measures will be liable to be proceeded against as per the provisions of the Disaster Management Act, 2005, besides legal action under Section 188 of the Indian Penal Code. 
MandatoryAll30-09-2020NO
Bihar Bihar Government adopts MHA Unlock-4 guidelines for prevention of COVID-19 in the State; lockdown in containment zones extended till 30th September, 202007-09-2020The Bihar Government has notified guidelines for implementing the phased re-opening of prohibited activities (Unlock 4.0) as issued by the Ministry of Home Affairs Unlock-4 Order dated 29th August, 2020. All guidelines and restrictions under the MHA Unlock-4 Order will be strictly implemented and followed in the State of Bihar.

Key Highlights:

1. All activities have been permitted in Non-Containment Zones, barring a few activities, dates for which have been specified in some cases or will be decided separately for others, and necessary SOPs issued thereof to ensure social distancing and contain the spread of COVID-19;  

2. State or Union Territory Governments shall not impose any local lockdown outside Containment Zones at State/ District / sub-division/ City-level, without prior consultation with the Central Government;  

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

4. Containment Zones to be notified on the websites by respective District Collectors and by the States / Union Territories;  

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

6. Wearing of face cover is compulsory in public places; in workplaces; and during transport; 

7. Additional requirements in all Workplaces: 

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

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

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

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

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

For a detailed read, please refer to the appended Order or the hyperlink provided below.

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 All30-09-2020No
CentralReserve Bank of India issues financial parameters to be considered by lending institutions while finalizing the resolution plans in respect of eligible borrowers under the RBI Resolution Framework for COVID-19-related Stress07-09-2020The Reserve Bank of India ("RBI") has, in a Notification dated 7th September, 2020, informed that all lending institutions must mandatorily consider the following financial parameters while finalizing the resolution plans in respect of eligible borrowers under the RBI Resolution Framework for COVID-19-related Stress ("Resolution Framework"):

i. Total Outside Liabilities / Adjusted Tangible Net Worth (TOL/ATNW)
ii. Total Debt / EBITDA
iii. Current ratio
iv. Debt Service Coverage Ratio (DSCR)
v. Average Debt Service Coverage Ratio (ADSCR)

RBI has clarified that sectors for which the sector-specific thresholds have not been specified, the lending institutions have to make their own internal assessments regarding TOL/ATNW and Total Debt/EBITDA. However, the current ratio and DSCR in all cases shall be 1.0 and above, and ADSCR shall be 1.2 and above.

 RBI has also allowed lending institutions to consider other financial parameters as well while finalizing the resolution assumptions in respect of eligible borrowers apart from the specified mandatory key ratios and the sector-specific thresholds.

In light of the differential impact of the pandemic on various sectors/entities, RBI has informed that lending institutions can, at their discretion, adopt a graded approach depending on the severity of the impact on the borrowers, while preparing or implementing the resolution plan. Such graded approach can also entail classification of the impact on the borrowers into mild, moderate and severe, as recommended by the Expert Committee.

Lending institutions are required to comply with the requirement by 31st March, 2022.

Please refer to the apended document for further details.

Source: Reserve Bank of India
MandatoryAll Commercial Banks (including Small Finance Banks, Local Area Banks and Regional Rural Banks)
All Primary (Urban) Co-operative Banks/State Co-operative Banks/District Central Co-operative Banks
All All-India Financial Institutions
All Non-Banking Financial Companies (including Housing Finance Companies)
No end date specifiedNo
Andhra PradeshAndhra Pradesh Health Department issues guidelines to suppress transmission of corona virus and enforce containment strategy to reduce COVID-19 positive cases07-09-2020The Health, Medical and Family Welfare Department, Government of Andhra Pradesh (“Department”), has issued an Order on implementation of guidelines to suppress transmission of corona virus and enforce the containment strategy vigorously to reduce positive cases.

Key Highlights

Some of the important instructions are enumerated below:

a. Collectors to streamline sample collection and ensure that samples reach the lab within 24 hours of collecting the sample in case of RTPCR and TRUNAT samples;

b. In case of Rapid Antigen Test (wherein test results are obtained in less than 30 minutes):

- update the results immediately in the app provided;

- do not keep test result pending more than three hours;

d. With regard to sample acceptance by the lab, all efforts need to be made to complete the test and declare the result within 24 hours of acceptance of sample. The result needs to be updated on real time basis and not kept pending for updating at a later stage;

e. Every primary and secondary contact of a confirmed COVID-19 positive person should be traced and updated in the portal within 48 hours of the declaration of result of the positive person. This should be completed by 5pm of succeeding day of declaration of positive result for a patient. Such persons should be contacted and put under home quarantine immediately;

f. Every COVID-19 positive person should be triaged either at the hospital or COVID Care Centre or a standalone triaging centre or by the Medical Officer and shall be treated at hospital/ CCC or at home;

g. No Symptomatic or co-morbid person should be kept in Home Isolation;

h. Every person in Home Isolation will be visited by the Auxiliary Nurse Midwife (“ANM”). The medical officer will divide households in his/ her jurisdiction among village/ ward ANM and Sub Centre ANM to ensure that every household is covered by ANM;

i. Only asymptomatic or mild symptomatic should be housed in COVID care centres. Every person in Covid care centre should be medically tested at admission, their vitals should be observed and recorded every day. Doctors should be available round the clock in the Covid Care centres.

j. In hopsitals, the hospital superintendent to ensure that the information regarding admission charges and deaths is updated on real time basis;

For a detailed read, please refer to the appended Order.
MandatoryHealthcareNo end date specifiedNo
MaharashtraIn light of the pandemic, MERC will continue its operation and online delivery of all its services through digital mode07-09-2020In an Office Order dated 7th September, 2020, the Maharashtra Electricity Regulatory Commission (“MERC”)  has informed the following:

1. MERC will continue its operation and online delivery of all its services through digital mode.

2. Matters to be taken up by MERC will be taken up through e-hearing.

3. MERC has already kept its office open for delivery of any documents.

Background:

Lockdown in the State has been extended till 30th September, 2020 with phased re-opening of activities. In light of this situation, the present Office Order has been issued. 
MandatoryAllNo end date specifiedNO
MeghalayaDM, East Khasi Hills issues Prohibitory Order restricting movement at night from 9:00 pm to 5:00 am; valid till 14th September,202006-09-2020Office of DM, East Khasi Hills District has rolled out Prohibitory Order dated 6th September, 2020 to promulgate night curfew in the District till 14th September, 2020 for the timings falling between 9:00pm to 5:00 am.

Some of the services which are exempted from the abovementioned night curfew are mentioned below:
1. Security Forces
2. Medical teams on duty
3. Wholesale and retail pharmacies
4. Police and armed forces
5. Fire and emergency services
6. Food and civil supply
7. Public Works and Public Hearing Department
8. Postal, telecom and IT Services
9. Press, print and electronic media.
10. Essential services including health services, hospitals, clinics, dispensaries, veterinary clinics, labs.
11. Online food delivery.

For a detailed read of the Order, please refer to the appended document. 
MandatoryAll14-09-2020No 
MeghalayaDM, East Khasi Hills issues Prohibitory Order restricting various activities in the District; valid till 14th September, 202006-09-2020Office of DM, East Khasi Hills District has rolled out Prohibitory Order dated 6th September, 2020 to prohibit the following activities in the District including Shillong Urban Agglomeration, Civil Subdivision of Sohra/Pynursala and C&RD Blocks till 14th September, 2020 for the timings falling between 9:00 pm to 5:00 am.

1. Interstate movement
2. Any assembly. While enforcing this, every individual must mandatorily maintain a distance of 6 feet, wear masks and strictly follow the various protocols issued by the Government.
3. Operation of unregulated major markets and unregulated shopping complex.
4. Border haats located at interstate border
5. Operation of educational institution and coaching classes barring online/ distance learning.
6. Opening of religious places.
7. All forms of public gathering including social, political, entertainment, cultural, etc.
8. Operation of cinema halls, swimming pools, entertainment parks etc.
9. All forms of contact sports and spectators in sports.
10. Moving in public place without a mask
11. Spitting in public places
12. Consumption of liquor, paan, gutka.
13. Entry into the District from other entry points in Meghalaya is prohibited other than for emergency purposes
14. Incoming additional workforce have to adhere to other Guidelines issued by the Government which are enclosed as Annexure A, B and C with the present Order.
General Instructions:
1 In addition to the prohibitions listed above, the public has to strictly comply, without fail to the measures listed in this Office Orders for containment areas (provided at Annexure D).
2. Individuals must maintain a minimum distance of 6 fee1/2 metres in public places,
3. Funeral/ Last rites Gatherings: Number of guests must not to exceed 20.
4. Weddings ceremonies will be allowed in religious places, but the number of guests must not exceed one-third of the seating capacity or 50 (fifty) guests, whichever is less inclusive of the host
5. Persons above 65 years of age, persons with co-morbidities, pregnant women and children below the age of 10 years in public places are advised to slay at home, except for meeting essential requirements and for health purposes.
6. Operation of supply chains/wholesalers and retail outlets, shops. services and other establishments in the whole of East Khasi Hills District will be regulated as per scheduled timings and date which will be permitted from time to time.
7. operation of permitted shops, services, establishments, agricultural and industrial and commercial activities must strictly adhere to the SOPs issued by the Government.
8. Movement of vehicles and traffic arrangements will be prepared and regulated by the office of the Superintendent of Police. East Khasi Hills District, Shillong. Inter-District movement of persons is permitted.
9. Inter-State movement of persons will remain restricted.

For a detailed read of the Order please refer to the attached document.
 
MandatoryAll14-09-2020No 
Central ICMR issues advisory on strategy for COVID-19 testing in India04-09-2020The Indian Council of Medical Research has issued an advisory on strategy for COVID-19 testing in India by a notification dated 4th September, 2020.

Appropriate testing will be done by Rapid Antigen Test (RAT) and RT-PCR or TrueNat or CBNAAT for all types of individuals (symptomatic/asymptomatic).

Key Highlights -

1. There will be routine surveillance in containment zones and screening at points of entry of such zones. Rapid Antigen Test (RAT) and RT-PCR or TrueNat or CBNAAT will be done in order for testing symptomatic and asymptomatic individuals in such zones including healthcare/frontline workers, high risk individuals etc.

2. Routine surveillance will also be done in non-containment areas including testing for all symptomatic (ILI symptoms) individuals with history of international travel in last 14 days, contacts of laboratory confirmed case and healthcare/frontline workers. Further, testing will also be done for all returnees and migrants within 7 days of illness including high risk individuals.

3. All patients of Severe Acute Respiratory Infection (SARI) will undergo testing in an hospital including patients with ILI symptoms. Asymptomatic patients undergoing surgical/non-surgical invasive procedures will not to be tested more than once a week during hospital stay and all pregnant women in/near labor who are hospitalized for delivery will be tested by prescribed tests.

4. All individuals undertaking travel to countries/Indian states mandating a negative COVID-19 test at point of entry can undergo testing on demand.

Some points to note -

1. A single RT-PCR/TrueNat/CBNAAT/RAT positive test will be considered confirmatory, without any repeat testing;

2. No re-testing is recommended prior to discharge from a COVID-19 facility after clinical recovery (as per MoHFW guidelines), including for transfer from a COVID area/facility to a non-COVID area/ facility;

3. If symptoms develop following a negative RAT test, a repeat RAT or RT-PCR should be done;

4. Home quarantine for 14 days is recommended for all individuals before undergoing elective surgery to minimise chances of infection before the procedure.

Note - Algorithm for COVID-19 test interpretation using rapid antigen point of care test has been provided in the Advisory.
Advisory COVID Testing authoritiesNo end date specifiedNo
Tamil NaduTN Govt.notifies list of compoundable offences under Tamil Nadu Public Health Act, 1939;includes violation of quarantine measures, non-wearing of masks, spitting in public places etc. in the list04-09-2020The Health Department of Tamil Nadu (“Department”) has notified the following as compoundable offences under the provisions of the Tamil Nadu Public Health Act, 1939 (“Act”) and declared the following amounts as fines for committing such offences:

1. Violation of SOPs in salons, spas, gymnasiums, commercial establishments and other places- Rs.5,000/-

2. Non adherence of Guidelines issued by the Government to be followed in containment zones:

a. in respect of vehicles and commercial establishments - Rs. 5,000/-

b. by individuals - Rs. 500/-

3. Not wearing a mask covering the mouth and nose - Rs.200/-

4. Violation of social distancing norms - Rs. 500/-

5. Spitting in Public - Rs.500/-

6. Violation of Quarantine Measures - Rs.500/-

In a subsequent Notification, the Department has authorised the State level, District level and Field level officers to collect fines for contravention of such provisions of the Act.
MandatoryAllNANA
MaharashtraIn light of the prevailing situation in Mumbai Metropolitan Region and Pune caused due to the pandemic, SEEPZ extends “Work From Home” permission till 31st December, 2020 in Maharashtra04-09-2020The Office of the Development Commissioner Santacruz Electronic Export Processing Zone (“SEEPZ”), Special Economic Zone, through an Order dated 4th September, 2020 has informed that the “Work From Home” permission in terms of *Rule 43 of the Special Economic Zoned Rules, 2006 (“SEZ Rules”) is permitted till 31st December, 2020 in Maharashtra.
Background:
In consonance with the Maharashtra Government’s lockdown Guidelines, the Department has been issuing orders regarding “Work From Home” (“WFH”) as there is no time limit prescribed under Rule 43 of the Rules.
Accordingly, the Specified Officers have also been permitted the clearance of goods.
However, various representations have been received from the Unit Holders as well as Trade Bodies regarding the certainty of the period of WFH so that they can facilitate better planning of their operations. Further, considering the prevailing situation in MMR and Pune caused due to the pandemic COVID 19 the Government of Maharashtra is encouraging working from home.
In light of these, the present extension has been issued.
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*Rule 43 of the SEZ Rules deal with Sub-contracting for Domestic Tariff Area unit for export
MandatorySEZ units31-12-2020NO
DelhiDelhi Disaster Management Authority issues orders to extend lockdown in Containment Zones; calls for opening more activities outside of the Containment Zones03-09-2020The Delhi Disaster Management Authority (“Authority”) has issued an Order to maintain status quo with respect to prohibited and permitted activities in the National Capital Territory of Delhi, till 30th September 2020. The Order also extends the lockdown in Containment Zones and also calls for opening more activities outside of the Containment Zones.

The Department has permitted the following activities:

1. Functioning of one weekly market per day per zone till 13th September 2020.

2. Bars with effect from 9th September 2020 till 30th September 2020, on trial basis.

3. Metro Railway services have been allowed to operate with effect from 7th September 2020, in a graded manner, subject to strict compliance of Broad Guidelines issued by Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs, Government of India (copy enclosed) and SOP issued by DMRC Limited.

Key measures for operationalization of Bars in Hotels/ Restaurants/ Clubs and on preventive measures to contain spread of COVID-19:

1. Bars in Containment Zones to remain closed. Only those outside Containment Zones will be allowed to operate.

2. Entry will only be allowed to persons with face cover/masks. Only asymptomatic staff /customers/guests shall be allowed.

3. Mandatory provisions for hand hygiene (sanitizer dispenser) and thermal screening at the entrance to be made without fail.

4. Not more than 50% of the approved seating capacity should be allowed inside the hotel/ restaurant/ clubs so that social distancing norms may be maintained.

5. No standing customer will be served by the hotel/restaurant/ club.

6. Adequate manpower should be deployed by the licensee for ensuring social distancing norms.

7. Effective and frequent sanitization within the premises should be done at regular intervals with particular focus on lavatories, drinking and hand washing station/ areas. Rooms, other service areas, seats/ tables etc.  should be sanitized each time a customer leaves the premises.

8. Only asymptomatic staff would be allowed for duty in the premises. Staff are required to wear gloves, facemasks and maintain complete health hygiene such as frequent washing of hands, use of sanitizer etc.

Key guidelines for formulation of Standard Operating Procedure for resumption of metro services

1. Metro Operations will resume in a graded manner. The following is the proposal of the same:

(i) Stage 1: Revenue services would be from 0700 hours to 1100 hours in morning and 1600 hours to 2000 hours in evening.

- Phase I:
From 7th September 2020 onwards. Line 2 including Rapid metro Gurgaon will be made operational.

- Phase II:
From 9th September 2020 onwards. Line 3, 4 and 7 would also be made operational.

- Phase III:
From 10th September 2020 onwards. Line 1, 5 and 6 will be made Operational.

(ii) Stage 2: Revenue services would be from 0700 hours to 1300 hours in the morning and 1600 hours to 2200 hours in the evening. In addition to Stage 1, lines 8 and 9 would also be made operational.

(iii) Stage 3: In addition to Stage 2, airport express line would also be made operational. Revenue services would be from 0600 hours to 2300 hours, i.e. regular revenue hours.

2. Stations, entry/ exit gates in the containment zones will remain closed.

3. Wearing of facemask is compulsory for all passengers and staff.

4. Only asymptomatic passengers will be allowed to travel after thermal screening at entry into the stations.

5. Use of smartcards, online/ cashless transactions should be encouraged.

6. Passengers are required to travel with minimal luggage and should also refrain from carrying metallic items to enable quick scanning.

7. Provisions of sanitizers to be made at entry into stations for use by passengers.

For a detailed read, please refer to the appended Order.
MandatoryAll30-09-2020NO
PunjabPunjab Government permits health-care institutions to operate 7 days in a week; hospitals, labs, diagnostic centres, chemist shops to remain open 24x7 03-09-2020The Government of Punjab has issued a clarification that all healthcare institutions i.e., hospitals, labs, diagnostic centres and chemist shops to remain open in the State and operate all 7 days a week and throughout the day i.e., remain open 24x7.

This Order has been issued in continuation to the guidelines issued under Unlock 4 that will be in force in the State till 30th September, 2020. 
Mandatory Hospitals, labs, diagnostic centres and chemist shops30-09-2020No 
MaharashtraMaharashtra Labour Welfare Board further relaxes the timeline for accepting online contribution to the Maharashtra Labour Welfare Fund in view of the continued impact of COVID-19 pandemic02-09-2020In light of the continued impact of COVID-19 pandemic, the Maharashtra Labour Welfare Board (Board) has granted further extension with regard to making online contribution to the Maharashtra Labour Welfare Fund for the period ending June 2020.
Earlier the last date for accepting online contribution had been extended to August 15, 2020. Now the Board recently in a pop up notice on its home page at  https://public.mlwb.in/public has informed that the last date for payment of contribution is extended till September 15, 2020.
The actual date for payment of contribution for the half-year ended June 30 is July 15 
MandatoryAll15-09-2020Yes
RajasthanRajasthan Govt. adopts Guidelines for international arrivals which was issued by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare in an Order dated 2nd August, 202002-09-2020The Rajasthan Government, in an Order dated 2nd September, 2020 has informed that it has adopted the Guidelines for international arrivals which was issued by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (“Ministry”) has, in an Order dated 2nd August, 2020.
Key Takeaways-
A. Before Planning for Travel:

1. All travellers to submit self-declaration form on the online portal (www.newdelhiairport.in) at least 72 hours before the scheduled travel. Further, they should also provide an undertaking on the portal stating that they would undergo mandatory quarantine for 14 days i.e. 7 days paid institutional quarantine at their own cost, followed by 7 days isolation at home with self-monitoring of health;

2. Only for compelling reasons/ cases of human distress such as pregnancy, death in family, serious illness and parent(s) with children of the age of 10 years or below, home quarantine may be permitted for 14 days; anyone seeking exemption under the above-mentioned grounds, needs to file an online application on the portal (www.newdelhiairport.in) at least 72 hours before boarding. The decision taken by the Government (as communicated on the online portal) will be final;

3. Travellers seeking exemption from institutional quarantine may submit a negative RTPCR test on arrival (such test should have been conducted within 96 hours prior to undertaking the journey) and also upload the test report on the portal for consideration;

Each passenger must also submit a declaration with respect to authenticity of the report and will be liable for criminal prosecution, if found otherwise. The test report could also be produced upon arrival at the point of entry airport in India.

B. Before Boarding:

1. The Do’s and Don'ts will be provided along with ticket to the travellers by the agencies concerned;

2. All passengers will be advised to download Arogya Setu app on their mobile devices;

3. At the time of boarding the flight/ ship, only asymptomatic travellers will be allowed to board after thermal screening;

4. Passengers arriving through the land borders will also have to undergo the same protocol as above, and only those who are asymptomatic will be enabled to cross the border into India;

5. Suitable precautionary measures such as environmental sanitation and disinfection shall be ensured at the airports;

6. During boarding and at the airports, all possible measures to ensure social distancing to be ensured;

C. During Travel:

1. Travellers who had not filled out the self-declaration form on the portal have to fill the same (in duplicate) in the flight / ship and a copy of the same will be provided to Health and Immigration officials present at the airport/ seaport/ Iand-port. Alternatively, such travellers may submit self-declaration form on the online portal after arriving at the airport/ seaport/ Iand-port as per the directions of the concerned authorities, if such facility is available;

2. Suitable announcement about COVID-19 including precautionary measures to be followed shall be made at airports / port and in flights / ships and during transit;

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

D. On arrival:

1. De-boarding should be done while ensuring social distancing;

2. Thermal screening to be carried out in respect of all the passengers by the Health officials present at the airport/ seaport/ Iand-port;

3. The self-declaration form filled online must be shown (or a copy of physical self-declaration form to be submitted) to the airport health staff;

4. The passengers found to be symptomatic during screening will be immediately isolated and taken to medical facility as per health protocol;

5. Post thermal screening, the passengers who have been exempted from institutional quarantine (decision as indicated on the online portal in advance) will show the same to the respective State Counters on their cell phones/other mode before being allowed home quarantine for 14 days;

6. The remaining passengers shall be taken to suitable institutional quarantine facilities, to be arranged by the respective State / UT Governments. These passengers shall be kept under institutional quarantine for a minimum period of 7 days;

8. The passengers will be tested as per ICMR protocol available at https://www.mohfw.gov.in/pdf/Revisedtestingguidelines.pdf.

a. Incase they test positive, they will be assessed clinically.

b. If they are assessed as asymptomatic / pre-symptomatic/ very mild cases, they will be allowed home isolation or isolated in the COVID Care Centre (both public & private facilities) as appropriate.

c. Those having mild/ moderate/ severe symptoms will be admitted to dedicated Covid Health facilities and managed accordingly. If found negative, they shall be advised to further isolate themselves at home and self-monitor their health for 7 days.

d. In case, any symptoms develop they shall inform the district surveillance officer or the State / National call center (1075).

Please note:

States may develop their own protocol with regards to quarantine and isolation as per their assessment post arrival of passengers in the State concerned.
MandatoryAllNo end date specifiedNo
CentralMoHFW issues SOP on preventive measures to be followed while conducting examinations to contain spread of COVID-1902-09-2020The Ministry of Health & Family Welfare on 2nd September, 2020 has issued SOP on preventive measures to be followed while conducting examinations to contain spread of COVID19.

As examination centres are frequented by large number of students and parents it is integral to plan and conduct these
examinations, while following preventive measures. In light of this all Universities/Educational Institutions/Examination Conducting Authorities/Examination centres must follow the guidelines in the following circumstances  -
i. Planning of examinations
ii. Transportation to and from the examination centre
iii. Entry and exit to the examination centre
iv. Special precautions for high risk individuals
v. Movement within the examination centre, seating arrangement including conduct of examination
vi. In case of a suspect case or person who develops symptoms during the conduct of examination

Examination centres may put additional measures in place according to 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 from time to time.
MandatoryUniversities/ Educational Institutions/ Examination
Conducting Authorities/ Examination centers
No end date specifiedNo
CentralSEBI informs that date of proposal for restructuring of debt received AMCs to be treated as trigger date for the purpose of creation of segregated portfolio in Mutual Fund Scheme02-09-2020The Securities and Exchange Board of India ("SEBI") has, in a Circular dated 2nd September, 2020, informed that the date of proposal for restructuring of debt received by Asset Management Companies ("AMCs") will be treated as the trigger date for the purpose of creation of segregated portfolio in a Mutual Fund Scheme.

SEBI also informed that such the date of proposal for restructuring of debt received by AMCs must be immediately reported to the Valuation Agencies, Credit Rating Agencies, Debenture Trusteesand Association of Mutual Funds in India ("AMFI"). AMFI, on receipt of such information, shall immediately disseminate it to its members.

Please refer to the appended document for further details.

Source:  Securities and Exchange Board of India
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UttarakhandUttarakhand Government fixes ceiling rates for COVID-19 treatment by Private Hospitals; hospitals to reserve 25% beds for Government Officials / Employees and patients of Ayushman Bharat / Atal Ayushman02-09-2020Uttarakhand Government has fixed the ceiling on rates chargeable by  Private  Hospitals for treatment of COVID-19 in the State:

The hospital rates have been fixed as below -

1. NABH accredited Hospitals (including entry level):
a. Moderate sickness - Isolation beds including supportive care and oxygen at Rs. 10,000/- (including cost of PPE Rs. 1200/-);
b. Severe sickness - ICU without need for ventilator care at Rs. 15,000/- (including cost of PPE Rs. 2000/-);
c. Very severe sickness - ICU with ventilator care (invasive/non-invasive) at Rs. 18,000/- (including cost of PPE Rs. 2000/-)

2. Non-NABH accredited Hospitals:
a. Moderate sickness - Isolation beds including supportive care and oxygen at Rs. 8,000/- (including cost of PPE Rs. 1200/-);
b. Severe sickness - ICU without need for ventilator care at Rs. 13,000/- (including cost of PPE Rs. 2000/-);
c. Very severe sickness - ICU with ventilator care (invasive/non-invasive) at Rs. 15,000/- (including cost of PPE Rs. 2000/-)

The rates are subject to the following conditions -

1. Treatment of all patients will be done as per guidelines of Government of India/ICMR;

2. The package will include bed, food, monitoring, nursing care, doctor visits/consultations, screening, treatment and other facilities;

3. Fees for medical care of co-morbidities such as high blood pressure, diabetes, cardiac problems etc. will be a part of the package;

4. Medications used by patients in very severe stage such as Favipiravir, Remdesivir, Tocilizumab will be charged as per actual rates;

5. There will be no agreement on the quality of clinical care service provided to patients receiving the service at prescribed rates;

6. The hospitals will have to reserve 25% beds for Government Officials/Employees and patients of Ayushman Bharat/Atal Ayushman;

7. The hospital will have to ensure compliance with the instructions issued by the Government regarding quarantine for doctors and other medical staff.

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.
MandatoryPrivate HospitalsNo end date specifiedNo
Gujarat Government of Gujarat issues orders for phased re-opening of activities in the State in continuation with MHA Unlock 4 Order; lockdown to be extended till 30th September, 2020 in containment zones02-09-2020The Government of Gujarat has issued orders for phased re-opening of activities in the State in continuation with Ministry of Home Affairs Unlock 4 Order.

Lockdown in containment zones has been extended till 30th September, 2020 and the following activities are allowed in all areas (outside containment zones)

1. Private offices are permitted with social distancing, however, work from home is to be encouraged;

2. Cinema halls, swimming pools, entertainment parks, theatres and similar places are not permitted. Open air theatres will be permitted from 21st September, 2020;

3. Parks and public gardens are open for all;

4. Hotels and Restaurants will remain open till 11 pm by following SOP issued by the Government. There is no time limit for take away facility;

5. Shopping malls can operate as per SOP issued by the Government;

6. Shops are permitted to open without any time limit;

7. All religious places are permitted with social distancing. However, no functions/large gatherings are allowed;

8. Street vendors are permitted as per SOP prepared by ULB in designated areas;

9. Libraries can function at 60% capacity;

10. Operation GSRTC bus services allowed. City Bus Services and private buses are permitted to operate with 60% passenger capacity (outside containment zones) with no passenger standing;

11. Auto rickshaws are permitted with one driver and two passengers;

12. Cabs, taxis, cab aggregators, private vehicles can ply with one driver and two persons. If seating capacity is six or more then one driver and three persons are allowed;

13. Two wheelers are allowed with one rider and pillion.

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

Please note that the Order is in Vernacular and we have translated it to the best of our understanding. Once an official translation is available, we will update in case there is a requirement.
MandatoryAll30-09-2020No
KarnatakaGovernment of Karnataka adopts Notification issued by the Ministry of Civil Aviation, Government of India, pertaining to RT-PCR testing at entry airport for the arriving international transfer passengers02-09-2020The Government of Karnataka (“Government”) has adopted an earlier Notification issued by the Ministry of Civil Aviation, Government of India, pertaining to RT-PCR testing at entry airport for the arriving international transfer passengers.

The Ministry of Health and Family Welfare had issued guidelines requiring the international arriving passengers having RT-PCR negative report to be exempted from institutional quarantine. Accordingly, the Ministry of Civil Aviation had issued an office memorandum on 7th August 2020, allowing onward air journey of international arriving passengers, when exemption was granted by the State Authorities (of entry airport) on the basis of a negative RT-PCR test report, for which test was conducted within 96 hours prior to undertaking the journey.

Some of the key points from the Guidelines:

i. Passengers will have an option to get an RT-PCR (Including GeneXpert) testing done at the entry airport and if the RT-PCR test results are negative, then the passenger will be permitted to take connecting flight to other domestic destinations in India without needing to be quarantined at the city of entry airport;

ii. Airport Operator will create Sample Collection cum Waiting Lounge ("Waiting Lounge") - a facility for RT-PCR testing and sample collection at the airport along with a Waiting Lounge. Facility for testing and sample collection should be in strict compliance with the protocols established by ICMR and NABL in this regard. One representative of State authorities (of entry airport) will also be present in the Waiting lounge.

iii. Process of sample collection and testing should be in strict compliance with the protocols established by ICMR and NABL in this regard. Passport of the passenger will be retained by the State authority at the Sample Collection cum Waiting Lounge till the Test results are available. Once the test result is available, Waiting Lounge will Intimate the passenger regarding the same.

iv. If the result is negative, the passenger will be stamped 'RT-PCR negative' and 'State Quarantined till (applicable date) on the hand by the State Authority available at the Waiting lounge, will be handed over his/her passport, and will be permitted to exit the Waiting Lounge and proceed to the Departures to catch the connecting flight.

v. If the result is positive, the passenger will be processed in line with applicable ICMR protocols by the State authorities.

vi. No passenger should be able to make an unauthorized exit.

For a detailed read, please refer to the appended document.
MandatoryAllNo end date specifiedNO
ChhattisgarhThe District Magistrate of Bastar in Chhattisgarh extends the implementation of prohibitory Order dated 26th August, 2020 till 08th September, 202001-09-2020In an Order addressed to the general public of Nagar Panchayat Geedam District (in Dakshin Bastar of Dantewada), the District Magistrate of Bastar in Chhattisgarh has extended the implementation of provisions contained in the Prohibitory Order dated 26th August, 2020 till 08th September, 2020 with a view to further contain the spread of COVID-19.

Prohibited Activities-

1. Various types of gatherings, rallies, processions, religious / cultural / social / political / sports events, unwanted variance, matrimonial programs is strictly prohibited.
2. Restaurants, sports complexes, parks, club houses, association buildings and other such places etc. are prohibited;
3. All educational institutions, coaching institutes will be closed.  Educational activity will be allowed through online and distance learning.  Tourist places located in the 3 Nagar Panchayat area will be closed;
4. Lodges, hotels, matrimonial buildings and lawns, auditoriums, community buildings etc. will remain closed;
5. All types of religious events, social state, educational and cultural events are banned for public use;
6. Restrictions are imposed on more than 05 people accumulating in public and private places;
7. Further, movement for non-essential activities from 07.00 pm to 07.00 am is strictly restricted for all non-essential activities;
8. Migration without permission is prohibited;
9. Persons coming out of the house will be required to cover the mouth and nose with a mask or piece of cloth and adhere to physical distancing;
10. The means of public transport are restricted to buses, auto taxis, cycle rickshaws;
11. Spitting in public places is prohibited.  Fines will be imposed for spitting in public places
12. Consumption of liquor, paan, gutkha in public places is prohibited and sale of paan, gutkha, tambakhu and gudakhu is prohibited; 
13.  Mask profiteering, black marketing is prohibited;
Please note that on violation of any of the above directive the person will be punishable offense under Section 188 of the Indian Penal Code 1860 (45 of 1860). 

Permitted Activities:
1. Health
a) All hospitals, nursing homes, clinics, drug shops, pharmacy, laboratory, veterinary hospitals, veterinary related activity, artificial insemination, necessary supply chains related to these, related construction, oxygen plant, hospital related construction work, ambulance and health workers transport and the like may operate. There is no curfew restriction. 

2. Agriculture and allied activities:
a) Agricultural work by farmers, activities related to the purchase and sale of forest produce, buyers and sellers, agricultural societies, establishments for sale of machinery and parts related to agriculture. 
b) Operation of the shop related to fertilizer, seeds and pesticides will be allowed; 
c) Hatcheries, shops related to aquariums, cold chains and sales related to fish production, sale of food related to poultry will be allowed. 
d) Processing of cashew and cereals, rice mill, dairy, milk, collection, processing, cowshed, kanji house, transportation and storage of animal food will be allowed. 
e) Vegetable, fruit, grocery, dairy  shop operations will be allowed. 

3.  Financial Institutions:
a) All banks, ATM, Insurance company, facility centre related to Choice Centre, Bank Sakhi, Post Office will be allowed to operate. 
4. Transport of goods and cargo of all types of goods will be allowed through freight vehicles.

5. All types of e-commerce courier services, door to door delivery will be allowed.

Other essential activities permitted-

a) There will be no restriction on the operation of Police, Forest, Municipal Army, Fire Service, Disaster, Jail, Municipal Offices. 

b) There will be no time limit for operation of telecom, petrol pumps, water, electricity, emergency services and media related services. 

The above-mentioned establishments may be operated under the following conditions:

i. The time of operation of the above mentioned shops, business establishments etc. in Nagar Panchayat Gidam area will be from 09.00 am to 04.00 pm. 

ii. For milk distribution and newspaper distribution, there will be an additional discount from 07.00 am to 09.00 am and from 05.00 pm to 07.00 pm. 

iii. There will be no time restriction in operation of health care related service and drug stores. 100% buyer - seller and shop staff will be required to use masks. 
iv. Availability of sanitizer and hand-washing in the shop must be ensured along with social distancing.

Please note that the Order is in Vernacular and we have translated it to the best of our understanding. Once an official translation is available, we will update in case there is a requirement.
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Haryana District Administration of Gurugram notifies guidelines to re-open prohibited activities in phased manner outside Containment Zones; lockdown in Containment zones extended till 30th September, 202001-09-2020The District Disaster Management Authority, Gurugram has issued guidelines for phased re-opening of prohibited activities in areas outside Containment Zones while extending the lockdown in Containment Zones upto 30th September, 2020.

The guidelines will be in force upto 30th September, 2020 and are as follows –

1. Use of Aarogya Setu:

a. With a view to ensure safety in offices and workplaces, employers will have to ensure on best effort basis that the employees have Aarogya Setu App installed in their mobile phones. It shall be the responsibility of the Heads of the Organizations to ensure 100% coverage of this app among the employees;

b. For persons who do not own smart phones, the option "Aarogya IVRS 1921 service" launched by the GOI for feature phones and landlines may be utilised for sharing information about the employee's health status.

2. In areas outside Containment Zones, all activities will be permitted except the following –

a. Schools, colleges, educational and coaching institutions for students, and for regular class activity will continue to  remain closed till 30th September, 2020. However, online/distance learning will be permitted and encouraged, upto 50% teaching staff may be permitted to be called to schools in areas outside containment zones w.e.f. 21st September, 2020. In addition to this, students of classes 9 to 12 may be permitted to visit their schools in areas outside Containment Zones on voluntary basis (with written permission of parents) w.e.f. 21st September, 2020;

b. Metro rail will be allowed to operate with effect from 7th September, 2020 in a graded manner;

c. Social / academic / sports / entertainment / cultural / religious / political functions and other congregations (with a ceiling of 100 persons) will be permitted from 21st September, 2020 with mandatory wearing of masks, social distancing, provision for thermal scanning and hand wash or sanitizer. Further, marriage 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 up to 20th September, 2020, after which the ceiling of 100 persons will apply;

d. Cinema halls, swimming pools, entertainment parks, theatres and similar places will remain closed. However, open air theatres will be permitted to open with effect from 21st September, 2020;

e. International air travel of passengers except as permitted by MHA;

3. There will be no restriction on inter-State and intra-State movement of persons and goods. No separate permission / approval / e-permit will be required for such movement. 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;
4. Persons above 65 years of age, persons with co-morbidities, pregnant women, and children below the age of 10 years are advised to stay at home, except for essential and health purposes;
5. National Directives for COVID-19 Management will continue to be followed;
6. Any person violating these lockdown measures and the National Directives for COV1D-19 Management will be liable to be proceeded against as per the provisions of Section 51 to 60 of the Disaster Management Act. 2005, besides legal action under Section 188 of the IPC, and other legal provisions as applicable;

In addition to these guidelines, the District Magistrate Gurugram by an Order dated 2nd September, 2020 has issued containment orders for certain areas where there has been a surge in COVID-19 positive cases. Further, these Containment Zones will be de-notified after a period of 14 days provided that no new cases are reported in any of such zones.

For a detailed read, please refer to the appended Order.
Mandatory All30-09-2020No
KeralaKerala Government extends lockdown in containment zones till 30th September, 2020; MHA Unlock-4 guidelines to be implemented in the entire State 01-09-2020The Government of Kerala has ordered the implementation of the Ministry of Home Affairs Unlock - 4 Order in the entire State of Kerala.

The District Collectors, District Police Chiefs and Head of Departments will ensure that the guidelines are followed by all and the District Collectors are authorized to take appropriate measures including additional restrictions in the containment zones in order to prevent the spread of COVID-19 infection.

Key Highlights:

1. All activities have been permitted in Non-Containment Zones, barring a few activities, dates for which have been specified in some cases or will be decided separately for others, and necessary SOPs issued thereof for ensuring social distancing and to contain the spread of COVID-19;  

2. State or Union Territory Governments shall not impose any local lockdown outside Containment Zones at State/ District / sub-division/ City-level, without prior consultation with the Central Government;  

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

4. Containment Zones to be notified on the websites by respective District Collectors and by the States / Union Territories;  

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

6. Wearing of face cover is compulsory in public places; in workplaces; and during transport; 

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

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

9. Additional requirements in all Workplaces: 

i. Work from home (WFH): As far as possible the practice of WFH should be followed; 
ii. Staggering of work/business hours will be followed in offices, workplaces, shops, markets and industrial & commercial establishments; 
iii. Screening & Hygiene: Provision for thermal scanning, hand wash or sanitizer will be made at all entry and exit points along with common areas; 
iv. 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;
v. Social distancing: All persons in charge of workplaces to ensure adequate distance between workers, adequate gaps between shifts, staggering the lunch breaks of staff etc.

For a detailed read, please refer to the appended Order or the hyperlink provided below.
Mandatory All30-09-2020No
Madhya PradeshMadhya Pradesh Govt. notifies guidelines to implement Unlock 4.0 in the State; more activities permitted outside Containment Zones; lockdown extended in Containment Zones upto 30th September, 202001-09-2020In a Notification dated 1st September, 2020,  the Government of Madhya Pradesh has informed that lockdown in the State will be implemented as per the MHA Unlock 4 Order (issued by the Ministry of Home Affairs on 29th August, 2020) in order to contain the spread of the pandemic COVID-19 and ensure phased re-opening in the State.

1. Activities permitted during Unlock 4 period outside Containment Zones:

In areas outside the Containment Zones, all activities will be permitted, except the following:

i. Schools, colleges, educational and coaching institutions:

Schools, colleges, educational and coaching institutions will remain continue to remain closed for students and regular class activity up to 30th September, 2020. However, following will be permitted:

a. Online/ distance learning shall continue to be permitted and will be encouraged

b. States/ UTs may permit upto 50% of teaching and non-teaching staff to be called to the schools at a time for online teaching/ tele counselling and related work, in areas outside the Containment Zones only, with effect from 21st September 2020 for which, Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) will be issued by the Ministry of Health & Family Welfare (MOHFW)

c. Students of classes 9 to 12 may be permitted to visit their schools, in areas outside the Containment Zones only, on voluntary basis, for taking guidance from their teachers. This will be subject to written consent of their parents/ guardians and will be permitted with effect from 21st September 2020 for which, SOP will be issued by MoHFW

ii. Metro rail:

Metro rail will be allowed to operate with effect from 7th September, 2020 in a graded manner, by the Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs (MOHUA) / Ministry of Railways (MOR), in consultation with MHA. In this regard, SOP will be issued by MOHUA.

iii.  Social/ academic/ sports/ entertainment/ cultural/ religious/ political functions:

Social/ academic/ sports/ entertainment/ cultural/ religious/ political functions and other congregations with a ceiling of 100 persons, will be permitted with effect from 21st September 2020, with mandatory wearing of face masks, social distancing, provision for thermal scanning and hand wash or sanitizer.

However, marriage 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 upto 20th September 2020, after which the ceiling of 100 persons will apply.

iv. Cinema halls, swimming pools, entertainment parks, theatres:

Cinema halls, swimming pools, entertainment parks, theatres and similar places will remain closed. However, open air theatres will be permitted to open with effect from 21st September 2020.

v. International air travel of passengers, except as permitted by MHA.

2. Lockdown limited to Containment Zones-

i. Lockdown will continue to remain in force in the Containment Zones till 30th September, 2020.

ii. Containment Zones will be demarcated by the District authorities after taking into consideration the guidelines of Ministry of Health & Family Welfare (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.

iii. These Containment Zones will be notified on the websites by the respective District Collectors and by the States/ UTs and information will be shared with MOHFW.

3. State/ UT Governments shall not impose any local lockdown (State/ District/ subdivision/City level), outside the containment zones, without prior consultation with the Central Government.

4. No restriction on Inter-State and intra-State movement:

There must not be any restriction on inter-State and intra-State movement of persons and goods including those for cross land-border trade under Treaties with neighbouring countries. No separate permission/ approval/ e-permit will be required for such movements.

5. 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.

6. Protection of vulnerable persons:

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

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

8. General Directives for COVID-19 Management:

• Face coverings: Wearing of face cover is compulsory in public places; in workplaces; and during transport. Fine of Rs. 200 in Municipal Corporation areas and Rs. 100 in other areas shall be imposed for not wearing face cover as required.
• Social Distancing: Individuals must maintain a minimum distance of 6 feet (2 gaz ki doori) in public places; shops to ensure physical distancing among customers;
• Spitting in public places will be punishable with fine (as may be prescribed in accordance with laws, rules or regulations);

9. 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 these measures will be liable to be proceeded against as per the provisions of the Disaster Management Act, 2005, besides legal action under Section 188 of the Indian Penal Code.
 
MandatoryAll30-09-2020NO
HaryanaDistrict Administration, Rewari issues orders to extend lockdown in the containment zones up to 30th September 2020; calls for reopening activities in a phased manner outside containment zones.01-09-2020The District Administration of Rewari in Haryana has notified the extension of lockdown in the Containment Zones up to 30th September 2020 re-opening of activities prohibited earlier, in a phased manner outside Containment Zones.
Key Highlights:
1. Schools, colleges, educational and coaching institutions will remain closed for students and regular class activity up to 30th September 2020. However, the following will be permitted:

(a) Online/ distance learning will be permitted;

(b) Up to 50% of teaching and non-teaching staff may be called to schools at a time for online teaching / tele-counselling "related work” in areas outside the Containment Zones only, with effect from 21st September for which, Standard Operating Procedure (“SOP”) will be issued by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare.

(c) Students of classes 9 to 12 may be permitted to visit their schools, in areas outside the Containment Zones only, on voluntary basis, for taking guidance from teachers. This is subject to written consent of parents / guardians and will be permitted with effect from 21st September 2020 for which SOP will be issued by Ministry of Health and Family Welfare.

(d) Skill or Entrepreneurship training will be permitted in National Skill Training Institute, Industrial Training Institute (ITIS), Short term training centres registered with National skill Development Corporation or State Skill Development Missions or other Ministries of Government of India or State Governments.

(e) National Institute for Entrepreneurship and small Business Development (NIESBUD) India Institute of Entrepreneurship (IIE) and their training providers will also be permitted with effect from 21st September, 2020, for which SOP will be issued by Ministry of Health and Family Welfare.

2. Use of Aarogya Setu app is mandatory for all compatible mobile phones of all employees, both private and public. The Heads of the respective organizations to ensure 100% coverage of this app among the employees;

3. For persons who do not own smart phones, the option "Aarogya IVRS 1921 service" has been launched by the Government of India for feature phones and landlines may be utilized for sharing information about the employee's health status;

4. Metro Rail has been allowed to operate from 7th September, 2020 in a graded manner by the Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs / Ministry of Railways in consultation with the Ministry of Home Affairs;

5. Social / academic / sports / entertainment / cultural / religious / political functions and other congregation with a ceiling of 100 persons, will be permitted with effect from 21st September 2020, with mandatory wearing of face masks, social distancing, provision for thermal scanning and hand wash or sanitizer;

6. However, marriage related gatherings with number of guests not exceeding 50 and funeral / last rites related gathering with number of persons exceeding 20 will continue to be allowed up to 20th September 2020, after which the ceiling of 100 persons will apply;

7. There will be no restrictions on inter-State and intra-State movement of goods and persons. No separate permission / approval / e-permit will be required for such movements;

8. 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;

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

For a detailed read, please refer to the appended Order.
MandatoryAll30-09-2020NO
AssamAssam State Disaster Management Authority  issues orders to extend lockdown in the containment zones up to 30th September 2020; calls for reopening activities in a phased manner outside containment zones.01-09-2020The Assam State Disaster Management Authority (“Authority”), has issued an Order to extend lockdown in the Containment Zones up to 30th September 2020. By virtue of the same Order, the Authority has also called for reopening of further activities (which were prohibited earlier) outside the Containment Zones.

Key Highlights:
All activities are permitted outside the Containment Zones, except the following:
1. Schools, colleges, educational and coaching institutes for regular class activities shall remain closed till 30th September 2020;

2. 50% of teaching and non-teaching staff are allowed to attend educational institutions at a time for online teaching/ tele-counselling and related works only in areas outside of Containment Zones;
3. Students of class 9 to 12 are allowed to visit their schools on voluntary basis and with written consent of parents for guidance from teachers only;

4. Skill and entrepreneurship training will be permitted with strict compliance of COVlD-19 protocols and in line with guidelines issued by Ministry of Home Affairs. Government of India.

5. Social/ academic/ sports/ entertainment/ cultural/ religious/ political functions shall be allowed with gathering of maximum of 100 persons at a time with effect from 21st September 2020 with mandatory wearing of face cover and maintenance of all other COVID-19 protocols already issued;

6. However. marriage related gatherings will be restricted to 50 persons and last rite related gatherings shall be restricted to 20 persons at a lime which will continue to remain in force till 20th September 2020 after which 100 persons shall be allowed to gather;

7. Cinema Halls, Swimming Pools, entertainment parks, theatres and similar places will remain closed;

8. There will be no restrictions on inter-State and intra-State movement of persons and goods. No separate pass/ permits etc. will be required for the same;

9. Persons above 65 years of age, persons with co morbidities, pregnant women and children below the age of 10 are advised to stay at home except for medical emergencies;

10. Citizens have been advised to download the Aarogya Setu application in compatible mobile phones and post regular update of their health status on the same.

For a detailed read, please refer to the appended Order.
MandatoryAll30-09-2020NO
CentralThe Director General of Foreign Trade issues the procedure and criteria for export of N-95/FFP2 Masks01-09-2020The Director General of Foreign Trade ("DGFT") has, in a Notice dated 31st August, 2020, issued the procedure and criteria for export of N-95/FFP2 Masks.

Key Highlights:

1. Only 1 crore total units of such masks have been allowed for the months of August and September.

2. Exporters (only manufacturer exporters) have to apply online through DGFT's ECOM system for export authorisations (Non-SCOMET Restricted items).

There is no requirement for sending hard copy of application by mail or post.

3. Only online applications for export, filed between 7th to 9th September, 2020, will be considered

4. Validity of export license granted will be only for 3 months

5. The manufacturers must submit the following self-attested documents for issuance of export licenses:

i. documentary proof of manufacturing N-95/FFP2 masks
ii. Bureau of Indian Standards certification for such medical masks
iii. copy of purchase order or invoice
iv. Copy of IEC

Only 1 application per IEC  will be considered in a month

Please refer to the appended document for further details.

Source: Director General of Foreign Trade
MandatoryManufacturing/export of N-95/FFP2 masksNo end date specifiedNo
Tamil Nadu Government of Tamil Nadu extends State-wide lockdown till 30th September, 2020; issues guidelines pertaining to the same; lists out prohibited activities in the State during the lockdown01-09-2020The Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu in consultation with the senior ministers has Ordered to extend the State-wide lockdown till 12 am of 30th September, 2020. This Order has been taken in view of rising COVID-19 cases in the State and certain restrictions and guidelines have been issued in this regard.

The following activities will continue to remain prohibited until further Orders, during the lockdown period throughout the State till 30th September, 2020 -
1. Schools, colleges, educational and coaching institutions will continue to remain closed for students. However, online/distance learning will continue to be permitted and encouraged.
2. All cinema halls, swimming pools, entertainment/amusement parks, theatres, beaches, zoos, tourist places and similar places will remain closed.
3. All international travel of passengers, except for purposes as permitted by MHA.
4. All social/ academic/ sports/ entertainment/ cultural/ religious/ political functions and other congregations.
5. Marriage and related gatherings will not have guests more than 50 and funeral and last rites related gatherings will not have more than 20 people.

The following activities are permitted in addition to the existing permitted activities throughout the State -
1. All industries, private offices, export oriented units and IT/ITes are permitted to operate in the State including Chennai with 100% strength. However, IT/ITes companies shall encourage their employees to work from home. Further, COVID-19 Containment Officer (Nodal Officer) may be nominated in offices, industries and other establishments in order to ensure that SOPs are duly followed.
2. Movement of general public is permitted throughout the State between districts without e-pass. However, e-pass system will continue to be in force for the persons who are coming from foreign countries and from other States.
3. All religious places/places of worship across the state will be allowed for public worship. Further, maximum number of devotees permitted for darshan per day will be fixed and only limited persons will be allowed inside. Worship will be allowed only upto 8 pm.
4. Operation of both public and private bus transport within the District and Metropolitan Bus Services in Greater Chennai.
5. Metro rail services are permitted in Greater Chennai w.e.f. 7th September, 2020.
6. Shopping malls, all showrooms and big format stores throughout the State are permitted to operate with 100% staff strength and with air conditioning facility followed by SOPs.
7. All shops across the State including Chennai will operate till 8 pm.
8. Restaurants and tea shops will function from 6 am to 8 pm. In addition to this take away (parcel food) will be permitted upto 9 pm.
9. Hotels, resorts, recreation clubs and other hospitality services are permitted to function after following all SOPs.
10. Public parks and playgrounds are permitted to open up for exercise and all kinds of sports practice. Further, yoga centres are permitted to operate.
11. Banks and other related institutions are permitted to function with 100% strength.
12. Persons travelling to Nilgiris District and all other hill stations like Kodaikanal and Yercaud will have to apply for e-pass from respective District Collectors.
13. Shooting of films relating to cinema industry is permitted subject to SOP issued. Also, only 75 persons will be allowed to work at a single point of time and no spectators are allowed.
14. Complete lockdown on Sundays during the month of September, 2020 stands cancelled.
15. Inter-State rail transport will be permitted in the authorised routes. However, passenger rail transport within the State is prohibited till 15th September, 2020.
16. Fresh protocol for quarantine and testing of foreign and domestic travellers travelling by air and traveller from other States by train will be issued.
17. 50 flights from other States are permitted to land in Chennai airport daily as against 25 flights permitted earlier.

Some points to note -
1. Lockdown will continue to remain in force in the Containment Zones till 30th September, 2020. Further, Containment Zones will be demarcated by the District authorities after taking into consideration the guidelines of Ministry of Health & Family Welfare (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.
2. 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.
3. Persons above 65 years of age, persons with co-morbidities, pregnant women, and children below the age of 10 years are advised to stay at home, except for essential and health purposes.
4. With a view to ensuring safety in offices and work places, employers on best effort basis should ensure that Arogya Setu is installed by all employees having compatible mobile phones.

General Directives for COVID-19 Management:
1. Face coverings: Wearing of face cover is compulsory in public places; in workplaces; and during transport. Fine of Rs. 200 in Municipal Corporation areas and Rs. 100 in other areas shall be imposed for not wearing face cover as required.
2. Social Distancing: Individuals must maintain a minimum distance of 6 feet (2 gaz ki doori) in public places; shops to ensure physical distancing among customers;
3. Spitting in public places will be punishable with fine (as may be prescribed in accordance with laws, rules or regulations);

Additional requirements in all Workplaces:
1. Work from home (WFH): As far as possible the practice of WFH should be followed;
2. Staggering of work/business hours will be followed in offices, workplaces, shops, markets and industrial & commercial establishments;
3. Screening & Hygiene: Provision for thermal scanning, hand wash or sanitizer will be made at all entry and exit points along with common areas;
4. 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;
5. 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 these measures will be liable to be proceeded against as per the provisions of the Disaster Management Act, 2005, besides legal action under Section 188 of the Indian Penal Code.

For a detailed read, please refer to the appended Order. 
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MaharashtraThane Municipal Corporation implements lockdown in hotspot areas in Thane Municipal Corporation till 30th September, 2020
01-09-2020In a Notification dated 29th August, 2020, the Thane Municipal Corporation has issued an Order to continue lockdown in hotspot areas in Thane Municipal Corporation till 30th September, 2020 in order to prevent the further spread of the pandemic COVID-19.

Further, an annexure is attached with the Order which lists down the various hotspot areas in Thane.

Please note that the Order is in vernacular and we have translated it to the best of our understanding.
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JharkhandGovernment of Jharkhand extends lockdown in containment zones in the State till 30th September; issues guidelines for prevention of COVID-19 in the State 01-09-2020Government of Jharkhand has extended the State-wide lockdown in Containment Zones till 30th September, 2020 and issued guidelines for strict implementation.

The guidelines are as follows –

1. All economic activities which have not been specifically prohibited, are permitted outside Containment Zones.
2. Following activities are prohibited –

a. Social / political / sports / entertainment / academic / cultural / religious functions / fairs / processions and other large congregations;

b. Schools / colleges / educational / training / coaching institutions etc.

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

d. Interstate transport by bus;

e. Religious places/places of worship will remain closed.

Few additional guidelines: -
a. Wearing of masks is compulsory in public places, in workplaces and during transport;
b. Strict social distancing of minimum 6 feet to be followed in public places;
c. Marriage related gatherings should not have more than 50 guests and all should wear face masks / cover. District Magistrate to be intimated at least 7 days before to the date of function;
d. Funeral / last rites gatherings should not have more than 20 persons.
e. Spitting in public places is not allowed;
f. Consumption of liquor, paan, gutka, tobacco etc. in public places is prohibited.
g. Hotels, restaurants, public transport, shopping malls and religious places which have opened, need to follow SOPs issued by the Government.
h. Examinees of examinations are exempted from all restrictions related to containment zones and admit cards will be treated as entry pass for this purpose. Examinees are also exempted from mandatory quarantine protocol in the course of inter-state movement for the purpose of appearing in examination.
i. Any person violating these guidelines will be liable to be punished as per provisions of the Disaster Management Act, 2005 besides legal action under the IPC and other legal provisions as applicable.

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