New Delhi: Amid a spike in coronavirus infections in many states and union territories across the country, the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) released a new set of rules for “surveillance, containment, and caution” to contain the Covid-19 spread. The new MHA guidelines will come into effect from Tuesday.
After assessing the situation on the ground, the Home Ministry has allowed the states and UTs to impose local restrictions such as night curfew, however, lockdown can’t be enforced without prior consultation with the central government. However, the MHA has reiterated that states cannot seal borders.
The ministry also said that local police and municipal corporations are responsible for ensuring that the guidelines are strictly followed.
Here’s what’s allowed and what isn’t – All activities have been permitted outside Containment Zones, except for the following, which have been permitted with certain restrictions:
International air travel of passengers, as permitted by MHA.
Cinema halls and theatres, with up to 50 per cent capacity.
Swimming pools, only for the training of sportspersons.
Exhibition halls, only for business to business (B2B) purposes.
Social/ religious/ sports/ entertainment/ educational/ cultural/ religious gatherings, with up to a maximum of 50 per cent of the hall capacity, with a ceiling of 200 persons in closed. spaces; and keeping of the size of the ground/ space in the view, in open spaces.
No restriction on Inter-State and intra-State movement.
Vulnerable persons, i.e., persons above 65 years of age, persons with co-morbidities, pregnant women, and children below the age of 10 years, are advised to stay at home, except for meeting essential requirements and for health purposes.
Use of Aarogya Setu mobile application has been advised.
Maharashtra new travel guidelines
The new laws state that people travelling from Delhi-NCR, Rajasthan, Gujarat, and Goa must carry RT-PCR COVID test reports and all domestic passengers travelling via flight from Delhi, Rajasthan, Gujarat and Goa shall also carry the RT-PCR negative test report presenting it on arrival at the airport.
The test should be fresh from the past 72 hours of travel, before arrival in Maharashtra. Also, train commuters will also have to produce COVID certificates before boarding or will have to test at the station.
Night curfew, double fine in Punjab
Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh has issued a slew of new restrictions to prevent the surge in Covid-19 cases in the state. From today, night curfew will be imposed in all towns and cities of Punjab from 10 pm to 5 am.
The Punjab CM has further doubled the fine for flouting Covid-19 norms like not wearing a mask or not maintaining social distancing to Rs 1,000.
Meghalaya Schools to reopen
Meghalaya Education Minister Lahkmen Rymbui on Tuesday said the state government has allowed schools in rural areas to reopen from December 1 for students of class 6 onwards but with the consent of parents. Schools in urban areas will resume normal classes for students of Class 9 to 12, he said.
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