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List of Government’s Revised “Lockdown Guidelines”: Know What’s Permitted, What’s Not

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New Delhi-Government of India issued an Order on 14th April 2020 that the lockdown measures stipulated in the Consolidated Guidelines of Union Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) for containment of COVID-19 epidemic in the country, will continue to remain in force upto 3rd May 2020.

In pursuance of the above-said order of Government of India, MHA has issued consolidated revised guidelines regarding lockdown measures to be taken by Ministries/Departments of Government of India, State/UT Governments for containment of COVID-19 epidemic in the country. The guidelines also prescribe National Directives for COVID-19 management; SOPs for Social Distancing at offices, workplaces, factories and establishments; and, penalties for offences regarding violation of lockdown measures under relevant sections of Disaster Management Act 2005 and IPC, 1860.

MHA has directed all the Ministries/Departments of Government of India and State Governments /Union Territory Administrations for the strict implementation of enclosed consolidated revised guidelines.

Note: Below Given Document has not been edited by Himachal Watcher. It was published as it was received from by the Union Government. 

List of Services to Remain Prohibited During Lockdown

With the extension of the lockdown period, the following activities will continue to remain prohibited across the country until 3rd May 2020:

  1. All domestic and international air travel of passengers, except for purposes enumerated in para 4 (ix), and for security purposes.
  2. All passenger movement by trains, except for security purposes.
  3. Buses for public transport.
  4. Metro rail services.
  5. Inter-district and inter-State movement of individuals except for medical reasons or for activities permitted under these guidelines.
  6. All educational, training, coaching institutions etc. shall remain closed.
  7. All industrial and commercial activities other than those specifically permitted
    under these guidelines.
  8. Hospitality services other than those specifically permitted under these guidlines
  9. Taxis (including auto-rickshaws and cycle rickshaws) and services of cab
  10. All cinema halls, malls, shopping complexes, gymnasiums, sports complexes, swimming pools, entertainment parks, theatres, bars and auditoriums, assembly halls and similar places.
  11. All social/ political/ sports/ entertainment/ academic/ cultural/ religious
    functions/ other gatherings.
  12. All religious places/ places of worship shall be closed for public. Religious
    congregations are strictly prohibited.
  13. In case of funerals, congregation of more than twenty persons will not be

Operation of guidelines in Hotspots and containment zones

  1. `Hotspots’, areas of large COVID-19 outbreaks, or clusters with significant spread of COVID-19, will be determined as per the guidelines issued by Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MoHFW), Government of India (Gal).
  2. In these hotspots, containment zones will be demarcated by States/ UTs/ District administrations as per the guidelines of MoHFW.
  3. In these containment zones, the activities allowed under these guidelines will not be permitted. There shall be strict perimeter control in the area of the containment zones to ensure that there is no unchecked inward/ outward movement of population from these zones except for maintaining essential services (including medical emergencies and law and order related duties) and Government business continuity. The guidelines issued in this regard by MoHFW will be strictly implemented by State/ UT Governments and the local district authorities.

Services Permitted

Selected permitted activities allowed with effect from 20th April, 2020:

To mitigate hardship to the public, select additional activities have been allowed which will come into effect from 20th April, 2020. These limited exemptions will be operationalized by States/ UTs/ district administrations based on strict compliance to the existing guidelines. Also, before allowing these select additional activities. States/ UTs/ district administrations shall ensure that all preparatory arrangements with regard to the Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) for social distancing in offices, workplaces, factories and establishments, as also other sectoral requirements are in place.

The consolidated revised guidelines incorporating these select permitted activities have been enumerated in paras 5-20 below.

Strict enforcement of the lockdown guidelines

State/ UT Governments shall not dilute these guidelines issued under the Disaster Management Act, 2005, in any manner, and shall strictly enforce the samee.

State/ UT Governments, may, however, impose stricter measures than these guidelines as per requirement of the local areas.

All health services (including AYUSH) to remain functional, such as:

  1. Hospitals, nursing homes, clinics, telemedicine facilities.
  2. Dispensaries, chemists, pharmacies, all kinds of medicine shops including Jan Aushadhi Kendras and medical equipment shops.
  3. Medical laboratories and collection centres.
  4. Pharmaceutical and medical research labs, institutions carrying out COVI 0-19 related research.
  5. Veterinary Hospitals, dispensaries, clinics, pathology labs, sale and supply of vaccine and medicine.
  6. Authorised private establishments, which support the provisioning of essential services, or efforts for containment of COVID-19, including home care providers, diagnostics, supply chain firms serving hospitals.
  7. Manufacturing units of drugs, pharmaceuticals, medical devices, medical oxygen, their packaging material, raw material and intermediates.
  8. Construction of medical/ health infrastructure including manufacture of  ambulances.
  9. Movement (inter and intra State, including by air) of all medical and veterinary personnel, scientists, nurses, para-medical staff, lab technicians, midwives and other hospital support services, including ambulances.

 Agricultural and related activities:

All agricultural and horticultural activities to remain fully functional, such as:

  1. Farming operations by farmers and farm workers in field.
  2. Agencies engaged in procurement of agriculture products, including MSP operations.
  3. ‘Mandis’ operated by the Agriculture Produce Market Committee (APMC) or as notified by the State/ UT Government (e.g., satellite mandis).
  4. Direct marketing operations by the State/ UT Government or by industry directly from farmers/ group of farmers, FPOs’ co-operatives etc. States/ UTs may promote decentralized marketing and procurement at village level.
  5. Shops of agriculture machinery, its spare parts (including its supply chain) and repairs to remain open.
  6. ‘Custom Hiring Centres (CHC)’ related to farm machinery.
  7. Manufacturing, distribution and retail of fertilizers, pesticides and seeds.
  8. Movement (inter and Intra State) of harvesting and sowing related machines like combined harvester and other agriculture/ horticulture implements.

Fisheries – the following activities will be functional:

  1. Operations of the fishing (marine and inland)/ aquaculture industry, including feeding & maintenance, harvesting, processing, packaging, cold chain, sale and marketing.
  2. Hatcheries, feed plants, commercial aquaria.
  3. Movement of fish/ shrimp and fish products, fish seed/ feed and workers for all these activities.

Plantations- the following activities will be functional:

Operations of tea, coffee and rubber plantations, with maximum of 50% of workers

Processing, packaging, sale and marketing of tea, coffee, rubber and cashew, with maximum of 50% workers.

Animal husbandry — the following activities will be functional:

 Collection, processing, distribution and sale of milk and milk products by milk processing plants, including transport and supply chain.

  1. Operation of animal husbandry farms including poultry farms & hatcheries and livestock farming activity.
  2. Animal feed manufacturing and feed plants, including supply of raw material, such as maize and soya.
  3. Operation of animal shelter homes

 

Financial sector: following to remain functional:

  1. Reserve Bank of India (RBI) and RBI regulated financial markets and entities
  2. like NPCI, CCIL, payment system operators and standalone primary dealers.
  3. Bank branches and ATMs, IT vendors for banking operations, Banking
  4. Correspondents (BCs), ATM operation and cash management agencies.
  5. Bank branches be allowed to work as per normal working hours till disbursal of DBT cash transfers is complete.
  6. Local administration to provide adequate security personnel at bank branches and BCs to maintain social distancing. law and order and staggering of account holders.
  7. SEBI, and capital and debt market services as notified by the Securities and
  8. Exchange Board of India (SEBI).
  9. IRDAI and Insurance companies.

Social sector: following to remain functional:

  1. Operation of homes for children/ disabled/ mentally challenged/ seniorcitizens/ destitutes/ women/ widows.
  2. Observation homes, after care homes and places of safety for juveniles.
  3. Disbursement of social security pensions, e.g., old age/ widow/ freedom fighter pensions; pension and provident fund services provided by Employees Provident Fund Organisation (EPFO).
  4. Operation of Anganwadis — distribution of food items and nutrition once in 15 days at the doorsteps of beneficiaries, e.g., children, women and lactating mothers.

Online teaching/ distance learning to be encouraged:

  1. All educational, training, coaching institutions etc. shall remain closed.
  2. However, these establishments are expected to maintain the academic schedule through online teaching.
  3. Maximum use of Doordarshan (DD) and other educational channels may be made for teaching purposes.

MNREGA works to be allowed:

  1. MNREGA works are allowed with strict implementation of social distancing and face mask.
  2. Priority to be given under MNREGA to irrigation and water conservation works.
  3. Other Central and State sector schemes in irrigation and water conservation sectors may also be allowed to be implemented and suitably dovetailed with MNREGA works.

Public utilities: following to remain functional:

  1. Operations of Oil and Gas sector, including refining, transportation, distribution, storage and retail of products, e.g., petrol, diesel, kerosene, CNG, LPG, PNG etc.
  2. Generation, transmission and distribution of power at Central and State/ UT
  3. Postal services, including post offices.
  4. Operations of utilities in water, sanitation and waste management sectors, at municipal/ local body levels in States and UTs.
  5. Operation of utilities providing telecommunications and Internet services.

 Movement, loading/ unloading of goods/ cargo (inter and intra State) is allowed, as under:

  1. All goods traffic will be allowed to ply.
  2. Operations of Railways: Transportation of goods and parcel trains.
  3. Operations of Airports and related facilities for air transport for cargo movement, relief and evacuation.
  4. Operations of Seaports and Inland Container Depots (ICDs) for cargo transport, including authorized custom clearing and forwarding agents.

 

  1. Operations of Land Ports for cross land border transportation of essential goods, including petroleum products and LPG, food products, medical
  2. Movement of all trucks and other goods/ carrier vehicles with two drivers and one helper subject to the driver carrying a valid driving license; an empty truck/ vehicle will be allowed to ply after the delivery of goods, or for pick up of Shops for truck repairs and dhabas on highways, with a stipulated minimum distance as prescribed by the State/ UT authorities.
  3. Movement of staff and contractual labour for operations of railways, airports/ air carriers, seaports/ ships/ vessels.
  4. Landports and ICDs is allowed on passes being issued by the local authority on the basis of authorizations issued by the respective designated authority of the railways, airports, seaports, landports and 1CDs.

Supply of essential goods is allowed, as under:

  1. All facilities in the supply chain of essential goods, whether involved in manufacturing, wholesale or retail of such goods through local stores, large brick and mortar stores or e-Commerce companies should be allowed to operate, ensuring strict social distancing without any restriction on their timing of opening and closure.
  2. Shops (including Kirana and single shops selling essential goods) and carts, including ration shops (under PDS), dealing with food and groceries (for daily use), hygiene items, fruits and vegetables, dairy and milk booths, poultry, meat and fish, animal feed and fodder etc, should be allowed to operate, ensuring strict social distancing without any restriction on their timing of opening and closure.
  3. District authorities may encourage and facilitate home delivery to minimize the
    movement of individuals outside their homes.

Commercial and private establishments, as listed below, will be allowed to operate:

  1. Print and electronic media including broadcasting, DTH and cable services.
  2. IT and IT enabled Services, with upto 50% strength.
  3. Data and call centres for Government activities only.
  4. Government approved Common Service Centres (CSCs) at Gram Panchayat
  5. E-commerce companies. Vehicles used by e-commerce operators will be allowed to ply with necessary permissions.
  6. Courier services.
  7. Cold storage and warehousing services, including at ports, airports, railway stations, container Depots, individual units and other links in the logistics
  8. Private security services and facilities management services for maintenance and upkeep of office and residential complexes.
  9. Hotels, homestays, lodges and motels, which are accommodating tourists and persons stranded due to lockdown, medical and emergency staff, air and sea
  10. Establishments used/ earmarked for quarantine facilities.
  11. Services provided by self-employed persons, e.g., electrician, IT repairs, plumbers, motor mechanics, and carpenters.

 

Industries/ Industrial Establishments (both Government and private), as listed below, will be allowed to operate:

  1. Industries operating in rural areas, i.e., outside the limits of municipal corporations and municipalities.
  2. Manufacturing and other industrial establishments with access control in Special Economic Zones (SEZs) and Export Oriented Units (EoUs), industrial estates, and industrial townships. These establishments shall make arrangements for stay of workers within their premises as far as possible and/ or adjacent buildings and for implementation of the Standard operating protocol (SOP) as referred to in para 21 (ii) below. The transportation of workers to workplace shall be arranged by the employers in dedicated transport by ensuring social distancing.
  3. Manufacturing units of essential goods, including drugs, pharmaceuticals, medical devices, their raw material and intermediates.
  4. Food processing industries in rural areas, i.e., outside the limits of municipal corporations and municipalities.
  5. Production units, which require continuous process, and their supply chain.
  6. Manufacturing of IT hardware.
  7. Coal production, mines and mineral production, their transportation, supply of explosives and activities incidental to mining operations.
  8. Manufacturing units of packaging material.
  9. Jute industries with staggered shifts and social distancing.
  10. Oil and gas exploration/ refinery.
  11. Brick kilns in rural areas i.e., outside the limits of municipal corporations.

Construction activities, listed as below, will be allowed to operate:

  1. Construction of roads, irrigation projects, buildings and all kinds of industrial projects, including MSMEs, in rural areas, i.e., outside the limits of municipal corporations and municipalities; and all kinds of projects in industrial estates.
  2. Construction of renewable energy projects.
  3. Continuation of works in construction projects, within the limits of municipal corporations and municipalities, where workers are available on site and no workers are required to be brought in from outside (in situ construction).

Movement of persons is allowed in the following cases:

  1. Private vehicles for emergency services, including medical and veterinary and for procuring essential commodities. In such cases, one passenger besides the private vehicle driver can be permitted in the backseat, in case of four-wheelers; however, in case of two-wheelers, only the driver of the vehicle is to be permitted.
  2. All personnel travelling to place of work and back in the exempted categories, as per the instructions of the State/ UT local authority.

 

Offices of the Government of India, its Autonomous/ Subordinate Offices will remain open, as mentioned below:

  1. Defence, Central Armed Police Forces, Health and Family Welfare, Disaster management and Early Warning Agencies (IMD, INCOIS, SASE and National Centre of Seismology.
  2. CWC), National Informatics Centre (NIG), Food Corporation of India (FCI), NCC, Nehru Yuva Kendras (NYKs) and Customs to function without any restriction.
  3. Other Ministries and Departments, and offices under their control, are to function with 100% attendance of Deputy Secretary and levels above that.
  4. Remaining officers and staff to attend upto 33% as per requirement.

Offices of the State/ Union Territory Governments, their Autonomous Bodies and Local Governments will remain open, as mentioned below:

  1. Police, home guards, civil defence, fire and emergency services, disaster management, prisons and municipal services will function without any All other Departments of State/ UT Governments to work with restricted staff.
  2. Group ‘A’ and ‘B’ officers may attend as required. Group ‘C’ and levels below that may attend upto 33% of strength, as per requirement to ensure social However, delivery of public services shall be ensured, and necessary staff will be deployed for such purpose.
  3. District administration and Treasury (including field offices of the Accountant General) will function with restricted staff. However, delivery of public services shall be ensured, and necessary staff will be deployed for such purpose.
  4. Resident Commissioner of States/ UTs, in New Delhi, only to the extent of coordinating COVID-19 related activities and internal kitchen operations.
  5. Forest offices: staff/ workers required to operate and maintain zoo, nurseries, wildlife, fire-fighting in forests, watering plantations, patrolling and their necessary transport movement.

 Persons to remain under mandatory quarantine, as under:

  1. All such persons who have been directed by health care personnel to remain under strict home/ institutional quarantine for a period as decided by local Health Authorities.
  2. Persons violating quarantine will be liable to legal action under Section 188 of the IPC, 1860.
  3. Quarantined persons, who have arrived in India after 15.2.2020, after expiry of their quarantine period and being tested COVID-19 negative, will be released following the protocol prescribed in the SOP issued by MHA.

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Himachal: 12 COVID-19 Deaths in a Day, 68 in Past 19 Days

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Himachal Pradesh COVID-19 deaths

Shimla-The COVID-19 fatality rate in Himachal Pradesh is spiralling up. On September 18, the state reported a record 12 deaths in a single day. The deceased aged between 42 to 95 years and most had other pre-existing medical conditions. A total of 432 new confirmed cases took the COVID-19 case tally for the state to 11622 till the last official update from the Health Department (9 PM).

The situation is alarming as 5367 of the total cases and 68 fatalities were reported during the past 19 days of September month. So far, the highest 24 deaths have been reported from Kangra district, followed by Solan (21) and Shimla (20). (View the table below for statistics from other districts).

Available data of fatalities suggests that elderly persons and patients of Diabetes Mellitus, Cancer and Chronic Kidney Disease are highly vulnerable. Take a look at the medical conditions and symptoms of the 12 patients who succumbed to the infection yesterday:

Himachal Pradesh Daily COVID-19 deaths

 So far, Solan district has reported the highest 2566 cases, followed by Kangra (1759), Siramur (1482), Mandi (1228), and Una (1057). The tally for Shimla is witnessing a steep rise as the number has reached 826, of which 730 cases were reported during the past 19 days.

HP Health Department COVID-19 Bulletin- September 18, 2020 (9 PM)

Himachal Pradesh COVID-19 data till september 18, 2020

These numbers are official statistics and the original number could be much higher as it is not possible for the government to trace all cases due to community spread. The government itself admitted that people with mild symptoms are not getting tested or reporting it and isolating themselves. These people are fueling community spread, the government said. 

Regarding the fatalities, the health officials say that people are coming to hospitals very late only when their symptoms worsen. They have urged people to not ignore the appearance of symptoms and get tested or inform the authorities.

Meanwhile, lifting all restrictions on inter-state movement of people including tourists would add fuel to the situation. Tourists have begun to visit the state and the attitude of the public is becoming more casual, following the lead of the state government.

As usual, Chief Minister Jairam Thakur continues to maintain that the state government is prepared to deal with community spread. Moreover, with this surge in cases and fatalities, the blame is being shifted on the people alone. 

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Schools in Himachal to Open With 50% Staff  for Students of 9th to 12th Classes

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Himachal Pradesh Schools Opening

Shimla: After lifting all restriction on entry into Himachal Pradesh in the previous Cabinet meeting, today the state government also gave nod to re-open schools from September 21, 2020. The decision was taken in a meeting of HP Cabinet held on September 18, 2020, in Shimla. 

Only those educational institutions would be opened which are outside containment zones. Schools would be opened as per the standard operating procedure (SOP) of the Union Ministry of Home Affairs and the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, it was informed.

Also Read: Himachal: No E-Pass, No COVID-19 Negative Report, No Registration Needed to Enter State

Only fifty per cent teaching and non-teaching staff would attend students from 9th to 12th standard, provided the students are willing to take guidance from the teachers, the government informed. The students would be able to visit their teachers for guidance, but it won’t be mandatory to come to schools.

Also, written consent of the parents or guardians of the students has been made mandatory.

It is speculated that there are bleak chances of opening primary schools this year as the community spread is in its initial phase and would be wreaking havoc in upcoming months. Himachal Pradesh has reported over 400 cases with 12 deaths today only.  

It would mean a huge loss in terms of education. There are several other obstacles and issues which make online classes for students of primary classes a difficult and less efficient mode of education. Imparting education amid the COVID-19 pandemic has become a challenging task for the state government.

Further, the Cabinet gave its approval to start BSc (Hons.) in Forestry in Government College for Forestry and Horticulture, Thunag in Mandi district from the academic session 2020-21.

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Himachal: Seven COVID-19 Deaths, 395 New Cases in a Day

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Shimla-On Thursday, Himachal Pradesh reported 395 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 infection. Seven fresh casualties were reported, taking the COVID-19 death tally in the state to 96. According to the official Bulletin released by the Health Department for September 17, 2020 (9 PM), the total for the state has risen to 11190, of which 4145 are active cases and 6919 had recovered.  

Seven fatalities also included a 14-year-old male from Shimla. He was a patient of Burkitt’s Lymphoma. Remaining six aged between 50-82 years.  As per the Health Department’s official Bulletin, all seven patients had pre-existing medical conditions like Diabetes Mellitus, severe Sepsis, severe ARDS, Hypertension etc.  

Details of COVID-19 Fatalities on September 17 (till 9 PM)

covid-19 deaths in himachal pradesh on september 17, 2020-

Among Thursday’s cases, Sirmaur reported the highest 82 cases, followed by Kangra (76), Mandi (70), Solan (49), Una (38), Shimla (30), Lahaul-Spiti (15), Kullu (13), Bilaspur (12), Chamba (7), and Hamirpur (3).

Further, Solan has reported the highest number of cases (2525), and Kangra district has reported the highest number of casualties (20), followed by Solan (18), and Shimla (17).

For more statistics from all districts, view the table given below:

Himachal Pradesh-september 17, 2020, covid-19 update

Several media persons complained that the Health Officials have even stopped taking their calls and release required information. The Chief Minister, in today’s Vidhan Sabha session, compared fatality rate of Himachal Pradesh (0.8%) with the national rate (1.64%) and states having larger population like Punjab (2.8%). He claimed the state government was comfortable with the situation and rising number of cases. He said five make-shift COVID-19 hospitals, which are yet to be established, would take care of the rise in cases.

Meanwhile, Chief Minister Jairam Thakur today patted his own back by releasing an e-book “Sewa Hi Sangathan” brought out by the State BJP.

In this book, BJP has claimed that various initiatives and steps were taken by the party to effectively tacking the COVID-19 pandemic.

Chief Minister also termed the “Aatmanirbhar Bharat Abhiyan” as a success and went on to say that it has stabilized rural economy of the country and the State during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Defending the decision to lift all restrictions on inter-state movement of people, including tourists, amid a community spread, he termed it a necessary step to revive the state economy. In a way, the government has made it clear that the people would have to learn to live with COVID-19.

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