Lockdown Extended till May 31; MHA Lays Down New Guidelines
GUWAHATI: The Union Home Ministry has extended the nationwide lockdown till May 31.
The National Disaster Management Authority issued an order today stating the same in order to contain the spread of COVID-19.
As per the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) dated 17th May 2020 here are the following guidelines:
1. Lockdown shall continue to remain in force up to 31st May 2020.
2. The following activities shall continue to remain prohibited throughout the country:
i. All domestic and international ait travel of passengers except for domestic medical services, domestic air ambulance and for security purposes or purposes as permitted by MHA.
ii. Metro and rail services.
iii. Schools, colleges, educational/ training/ coaching institutions, etc. will remain closed. Online/ distance learning shall continue to be permitted and shall be encouraged.
iv. Hotels, restaurants, and other hospitality services, except those meant for housing health/ police/ government officials/healthcare workers/ stranded persons including tourists and for quarantine facilities: and running of canteens at bus depots, railway stations, and airports. Restaurants shall be permitted to operate kitchens for home delivery of food items.
v. All cinema halls, shopping malls, gymnasiums, swimming pools, entertainment parks, theatres, bars and auditoriums, assembly halls, and similar places. Sports complexes and the stadium will be permitted to open, however, spectators will not be allowed.
vi. All social/ political/ sports/ entertainment academic/ cultural/ religious functions/ other gatherings and large congregations.
vii. All religious places/places of worship shall be closed for the public. Religious congregations are strictly prohibited.
3. The following activities shall be permitted with restrictions, except in the Containment Zones:
i. Inter-State movement of passenger vehicles and buses with mutual consent of the State / UT(s) involved.
ii. Intrastate movement of passenger vehicles and buses as decided by the States and UTs.
iii. Standard Operating Procedures (SOPS) for the movement of persons, as mentioned in Annexure I, shall continue to operate.
4. National Directives for COV1D 19 Management, as Specified M Annexure II shall be followed throughout the country.
5. Containment, Buffer, Red, Green and Orange Zones
i. The delineation of Red, Green and Orange Zones will be decided by the respective State and UT Governments after taking into consideration the Parameters shared by the Ministry of Health & Family Welfare (MoHFW), Government of India (GoI).
ii. Within the Red and Orange Zones, Containment Zones and Buffer Zones will be demarcated by the District authorities after taking into consideration the guidelines of MoHFW.
iii. In the Containment Zones, only essential activities shall be allowed. There shall be strict perimeter control to ensure that there is no movement of people in or out of these zones except for medical emergencies and for maintaining the supply of essential goods and services. Guidelines of MoHFW shall be taken into consideration for the above purpose.
iv. In the Containment Zones, there shall be intensive contact tracing, house-to-house surveillance, and other clinical interventions as required.
6. Night curfew
The movement of individuals shall remain strictly prohibited between 7.00 pm to 7.00 am except for essential activities. Local authorities shall issue orders, in the entire area of their jurisdiction, under appropriate provisions of the law such as prohibitory orders (Curfew) under Section 144 and ensure strict compliance.
7. Protection of vulnerable persons
Persons above 65 years of age, persons with co-morbidities, pregnant women, and children below the age of 10 years shall stay at home- except for essential and health purposes.
8. All other activities will be permitted, except those which are specifically prohibited. However, in Containment Zones, only essential activities shall be allowed, as mentioned in para 5 (iii) above.
Further, States/ UTs, based on their assessment of the situation, may prohibit certain other activities in the various zones or impose such restrictions as deemed necessary.
9. Use of Aarogya Setu
i. Aarogya Setu enables early identification of potential risk of infection and thus acts as a shield for individuals and the community.
ii. With a view to ensuring safety in offices and workplaces, employers on the best effort basis should ensure that Aarogya Setu is installed by all employees having compatible mobile phones.
iii. District authorities may advise individuals to install the Aarogya Setu application on compatible mobile phones and regularly update their health status on the app. This will facilitate the timely provision of medical attention to those individuals who are of risk.
10. Special directions to ensure the movement of persons and goods in certain cases
i. All States/ UTs shall allow interstate and intrastate movement of medical professionals, nurses and paramedical staff, sanitation personnel and ambulances without any restriction.
ii. All States/ UTs shall allow inter-state movement of all types of goods/ cargo including empty trucks.
iii. No State/ UT shall stop the movement of any type of goods/ cargo for cross land-border trade under Treaties with neighboring countries
11. Strict enforcement of the guidelines
i. State/ UT Governments shall not dilute these guidelines issued under the Disaster Management Act 2005 in any manner.
ii. All the District Magistrates shall strictly enforce the above measures.
iii. In order to implement these measures, the District Magistrates will deploy Executive Magistrates as Incident Commanders in the respective local jurisdictions. The Incident Commander will be responsible for the overall implementation of these measures in their respective jurisdictions.
12. Penal provisions
Any person violating these measures will be liable to be proceeded against as per the provisions of Section 51 to 60 of the Disaster Management Act, 2005 besides legal scion under Sec 188 of the IPC and other legal provisions as applicable.