NEW DELHI: With the aim of resuming normal activities even as the economy continues to contract following the outbreak of the novel coronavirus, the Centre has issued fresh guidelines for “surveillance, containment, and caution”
The fresh MHA guidelines will come into effect from Tuesday (December 1). Now, states and Union Territories have been granted the authority to impose local restrictions (such as night curfew) to prevent the spread of the contagion. No restrictions will be imposed on inter-State and intra-State movement. Lockdowns, meanwhile, cannot be enforced without informing the Centre.
The MHA has also prohibited the states from sealing their borders and said that movement cannot be interrupted. Local police and municipal corporations have been tasked with ensuring that the guidelines are strictly followed.
The Centre has permitted all activities outside Containment Zones, except for the a few activities, which will see the imposition of restrictions.
International air travel of passengers shall not be allowed. Cinema halls and theatres can operate with up to 50 percent capacity.
Swimming pools can be opened, but only for the training of sportspersons. Exhibition halls to operate 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. A cap of 200 persons in closed spaces," the MHA stated in its guidelines.
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