New guidelines released by MHA come into effect starting 1st December

Amidst the growing coronavirus COVID-19 cases across the country, a new set of rules for “surveillance, control and precaution” was recently issued by the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) to prevent the spread of the deadly virus. The new MHA guidelines will come into effect from Tuesday (December 1).

According to the new guidelines, states and union territories have been empowered to impose local restrictions such as night curfews. However, states cannot enforce the lockdown without consulting the central government. The MHA has also barred states from sealing their borders.The ministry also said that the local police and the municipal corporation are responsible for strictly following the guidelines.

Here’s a glimpse of the guidelines that are to be followed:

MHA has permitted all activities outside the container zone, except the following, which are permitted with some restrictions:

  • International air travel of passengers
  • Cinema halls and theaters operate with a capacity of up to 50 percent.
  • Swimming pool, for the training of players only.
  • Exhibition hall to operate for Business to Business (B2B) purposes only.
  • Social / religious / sports/entertainment / educational/cultural/religious gathering, up to a maximum of 50 percent of the capacity of the hall. A cap of 200 persons in closed spaces.
  • No restriction on inter-state and inter-state movement.
  • Individuals over 65 years of age, people with co-morbidities, pregnant women, and children under 10 years of age are advised to stay at home.

States have started imposing specific guidelines to be followed owing to the rise in cases and death rate.

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