The Ministry of Home Affairs has extended the nationwide lockdown in containment zones till June 30, based on the directions of the powers under section 6(2)(i) of the Disaster Management Act, 2005, National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) has directed the undersigned to issue an order to extend the lockdown in Containment Zones upto 30.06.2020, and to re-open prohibited activities in a phased manner in areas outside Containment Zones;
Now therefore, in exercise of the powers, conferred under Section 10(2)(1) of the Disaster Management Act 2005, the undersigned hereby directs that guidelines, as Annexed, will remain in force upto 30.06.2020.
1. Phased re-opening of areas outside the Containment Zones
In areas outside Containment Zones, all activities will be permitted, except the following, which will be allowed, with the stipulation of following Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) to be prescribed by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MoHFW), in a phased manner:
The following activities will be allowed with effect from 8 June, 2020:
(i) Religious places/ places of worship for public.
(ii) Hotels, restaurants and other hospitality services.
(iii) Shopping malls.
Ministry of Health & Family Welfare (MoHFW) will issue Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) for the above activities, in consultation with the Central Ministries/ Departments concerned and other stakeholders, for ensuring social distancing and to contain the spread of COVID-19.
Schools, colleges, educational/ training/ coaching institutions etc., will be opened after consultations with States and UTs. State Governments/ UT administrations may hold consultations at the institution level with parents and other stakeholders. Based on the feedback, a decision on the re-opening of these institutions will be taken in the month of
MoHFW will prepare SOP in this regard, in consultation with the Central Ministries/ Departments concerned and other stakeholders, for ensuring social distancing and to contain the spread of COVID-19.
Based on the assessment of the situation, dates for re-starting the following activities will be decided:
(i) International air travel of passengers, except as permitted by MHA.
(ii) Metro Rail.
(iii) Cinema halls, gymnasiums, swimming pools, entertainment parks, theatres, bars and auditoriums, assembly halls and similar places.
(iv) Social/ political/ sports/ entertainment/ academic/ cultural/ religious functions and other large congregations.
2. National Directives for COVID-19 Management
National Directives for COVID-19 Management, as specified in Annexure I, shall continue to be followed throughout the country.
3. Night curfew
Movement of individuals shall remain strictly prohibited between 9.00 pm to 5.00 am throughout the country, except for essential activities. Local authorities shall issue orders, in the entire area of their jurisdiction, under appropriate provisions of law, such as under Section 144 of CrPC, and ensure strict compliance.
4. Lockdown limited to Containment Zones
Lockdown shall continue to remain in force in the Containment Zones till 30 June, 2020.
These containment zones will be demarcated by district Authorities and there will be only essential activities allowed in these zones. States and UTs can identify buffer zones and impose restrictions as they deem fit.
States and Union Territories are at liberty to impose restrictions on certain activities even outside of containment zone if the same is considered necessary.
5. States/ UTs, based on their assessment of the situation, may prohibit certain activities outside the Containment zones, or impose such restrictions as deemed necessary.
6.Unrestricted movement of persons and goods
There is no restriction on inter-State and intra-State movement of people as well as that of goods and no special permits will be required to undertake such movement. However, the States and UTs are at liberty to regulate such movement in the interest of health of the people and such regulation, if adopted, will have to be given wide publicity in advance.
The rescue, relief, repatriation of stranded people will continue as per the Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) issued. This will include movement of citizens within the country through Shramik trains and buses and repatriation of foreign nationals from India and bringing back stranded Indians from overseas.
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 are advised to stay at home, except for essential and health purposes.
8. 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 work places, employers on 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 timely provision of medical attention to those individuals who are at risk.
9. 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.
10. 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 action under Section 188 of the IPC, and other legal provisions as applicable. Extracts of these penal provisions are at Annexure II.