Tuesday, October 27, 2020

Unlock Guidelines by MHA 27.10.2020


 KEY HIGHLIGHTS

As per existing guidelines, lockdown will continue to be imposed within containment zones.
The state governments have been barred from imposing local lockdowns outside containment zones

New Delhi: The Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA), on Tuesday said that there will be no further relaxation in Unlock guidelines for the one month. The MHA issued a notification extending the unlock norms it had put in place on September 30. 

Lockdown will continue to be implemented in containment zones till November 30. District administrations have been tasked to mark containment zones as per guidelines issued by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MoHFW) and states/ UTs and district administrations have been asked to notify containment zones.

Almost all the activities that were halted by the government on March 24 when the first COVID-19 lockdown was imposed, have been restored outside containment zones.

Besides, other activities such as Metro rail services, shopping malls and entertainment zones, restaurants, hospitality services, training institutes and religious places have been allowed to operate with restrictions.

State governments as well as union territories have been allowed to take decisions on certain activities such as schools and coaching institutes, universities, gatherings of people for various events including cremations, marriages besides others. 

Following the September 30 order of the ministry, certain other activities were also allowed to resume across the country. They include - 

International air travel

Swimming pools for training sportsmen

Cinemas/ multiplexes to operate with 50 per cent capacity

Social/ academic/ sports events should take place with 50 per cent occupancy of the stadium/ venue

The MHA has, from time to time, urged the state and union territories to ensure that citizens have been abiding by the national directives regarding COVID-19 management.

MHA Guidelines 

Dear  Chief Secretary,

Kindly refer   to  Ministry  of  Home Affairs (MHA')s  Order  of  even number    issued    today   whereby   Guidelines   for    Re-opening   dated 30.09.2020  have  been   extended up to  30.11.2020.

2. As you  are  aware, since the  issuance  of the  first  Order on lockdown measures  by  MHA on  24th  March 2020, almost  all  activities have  been gradually  opened  up   in  areas  outside  the   Containment   Zones. While most  of the  activities have  been  permitted,  some activities involving large number  of people, have  been  allowed with  some restrictions  and  subject to  SOPs being followed regarding health  and   safety precautions.  These activities  include  -  metro   rail;  shopping    malls;   hotel,   restaurants    and hospitality    services;     religious    places;     yoga    and    training     institutes; gymnasiums;   cinemas;   entertainment  park   etc.

3. In  respect  of certain  activities, having relatively higher  degree of risk  of COVIDinfection, State  /  UT Governments have  been  permitted to take   decisions  for  their   re-opening,  based  on  the   assessment   of  the situation  and   subject  to  SOPs. These  activities  include  -  schools   and coaching   institutes;   State   and  private   universities  for  research   scholars; allowing   gatherings  above  the  limit of  O00 etc.

4. As emphasized  during various interactions/   communications,  the essence   behind   graded   re-opening   and    progressive   resumption    of activities is  to  move ahead.  However, it  does   not  mean  the   end   of the pandemic.  There is  a  need   to  exercise  abundant   caution  by  adopting COVID-19 appropriate  behaviour by every citizen in  their   daily  routine. A  'Jan   AndoZan'    was   launched  by  the   Hon'ble Prime Minister on  8th October  2020     on    COVID-19 appropriate   behavior   to   follow three mantras,  namely, wearing face mask, washing hand  frequently, and maintaining  safe  distance  of 6 feet.

5.       However, it  has   been  reported  that    during  the   ongoing festival season,  people are  ignoring the   cardinal  safety requirements,   such   as wearing  face   masks  and   maintaining   physical  distancing  in  various gatherings.  Such behavior poses a serious threat  to  public health,  at  a time   when  the   number  of active cases  in  the   country  is  witnessing  a falling trend.

6. There is,  therefore,  an  urgent  need to  instill a  sense  of discipline and    ownership   amongst   citizens  in   order  that    the    resumption   of activities  is   successful   and    gains  made  in   the   management   of  the pandemic   are    not    diluted.   Accordingly,  you    should   endeavour   to promote  COVID-19 appropriate  behavior  extensively at  the   grass  root level and   take   measures  to  enforce the  wearing of mask,  hand  hygiene and  social distancing.  Further  State /  UT Governments  should regulate various gatherings  of people and   strictly enforce the   same as  per  their SOPs.

7.As emphasized in my  earlier D.O. letters,  States/Union  Territories cannot   dilute   the    guidelines   issued   by   MHA under   the    Disaster Management Act 2005. It is reiterated that   State/  UT Governments shall not  impose any  locallockdown,  outside the  containment  zones, without prior consultation  with  the  Central Government. Further  there shall be no  restriction  on  inter-State  and   intra-State  movement of persons  and goods including  those  for  cross land-border  trade  under  Treaties with neighboring  countries.

8.I would urge  you  to ensure  compliance of the  aforesaid Order and direct all  concerned  authorities  for  its  strict  implementation.  Further, guidelines   issued   by   MHA and    consequent   Orders  issued   by   the respective State Governments/  UT Administration should be widely disseminated    to    the     public   and     to    the     field    functionaries    for implementation.

With regards,

Yours sincerely,

To

The  Chief Secretaries   of all  States.

MHA Order  ||  MHA Guidelines

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