Chandigarh, August 30, 2020 (Yes Punjab News)
Haryana Government has today issued orders to implement the guidelines of Unlock-4 issued by the Union Home Ministry. These orders will remain in force till September 30, 2020.
However, the State Government’s order regarding closure of shops and shopping malls on Monday and Tuesday in the market places of urban areas of Haryana shall be treated as withdrawn with immediate effect.
Divulging more information, an official spokesperson said that As per the guidelines for Phased Re-opening (Unlock 4) by Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA), all activities will be permitted outside the Containment Zones, except the schools, colleges, educational and coaching institutions will continue to remain closed for students and regular class activity up to September 30, 2020.
However, Online/ distance learning shall continue to be permitted and shall be encouraged. States and UTs may permit upto 50 percent of teaching and non-teaching staff to be called to the schools at a time for online coaching/ tele-counselling and related work, in areas outside the Containment Zones only, with effect from September 21, 2020 for which, Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) will be issued by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MOHFW).
The spokesman said that students of classes 9 to 12 may be permitted to visit the schools, in areas outside the Containment Zones only, on voluntary basis, for taking guidance from their teachers. This will be subject to consent of their parents/ guardians and will be permitted with effect from September 21, 2020 for which, SOP will be issued by MOHFW.
He said that skill or Entrepreneurship training will be permitted in National Skill Training Institutes, Industrial Training Institutes (ITIS), Short term training centres registered with National Skill Development Corporation or State Skill Development Missions or other Ministries of Government of India or State Governments.
He said that National Institute for Entrepreneurship and Small Business Development (NIESBUD), Indian Institute of Entrepreneurship (IIE) and their training providers will also be permitted. These will be permitted with effect from September 21, 2020 for which, SOP will be issued by MoHFW.
Higher Education Institutions only for research scholars (Ph.D.) and post-graduate students of technical and professional programmes requiring laboratory experimental works. These will be permitted by the Department of Higher Education (DHE) in consultation with MHA, based on the assessment of the situation, and keeping in view incidence of COVID-19 in the States/UTs.
He said that social, academics, sports, entertainment, cultural, religious functions and other congregations with a ceiling of 100 persons will be permitted with effect from September 21, 2020, with mandatory wearing of face masks, social distancing, provision for thermal scanning and hand wash or sanitizer.
However, marriage related gatherings with number of guests not exceeding 50 and funeral/ last rites related gatherings with number of persons not exceeding 20 will continue to be allowed up to September 20, 2020, after which the ceiling of 100 persons will apply.
Cinema halls, swimming pools, entertainment parks, theatres and similar places will remain closed. However, open air theatres will be permitted to open with effect from September 21, 2020.
He said that Lockdown shall remain in force in the Containment Zones till September 30, 2020. Containment: Zones shall be demarcated by the District authorities at micro level after taking into consideration the guidelines of MoHFW with the objective of effectively breaking the chain of transmission. Strict containment measures will be enforced in these containment zones and only essential activities will be allowed.
The spokesman said that in the Containment Zones, there shall be intensive contact tracing, house-to-house surveillance, and other clinical interventions, as required. These Containment Zones will be notified on the websites by the respective District Collectors and by the States/UTs and information will be shared with MOHFW.
He said that State, UT Governments shall not impose any local lockdown (State District/ sub-division/City level), outside the containment zones, without prior consultation with the Central Government.
He further added that there shall be no restriction or inter-State and intra-State movement of persons and goods including those for cross land-border trade under the neighbouring countries. No separate permission, approval, e-permit required for such movements.
He said that 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.
He said that all the District Magistrates shall strictly enforce the above measures. 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.