Ministry of Home Affairs today issued Guidelines for Surveillance, Containment and Caution of COvid19. It will be effective from 1st of February and will remain in force upto 28th of February.
The main focus of the Guidelines is to consolidate the substantial gains that have been achieved against COVID-19 over the last four months. In its order,the Ministry has emphasised that to fully overcome the pandemic, there is need to maintain caution and to strictly follow the prescribed containment strategy focussed on surveillance, containment and strict observance of the guidelines and Standard Operating Procedures-SOPs.
The Home Ministry said, Containment Zones, if required, shall be carefully demarcated by the district authorities at the micro level, taking into consideration guidelines prescribed by the Health Ministry in this regard.
The Ministry said, local district, police and municipal authorities shall be responsible to ensure that the prescribed Containment measures are strictly followed.
State and UT Governments will take all necssary measures to ensure wearing of face masks, hand hygiene and social distancing.
As per the order, all activities have been permitted outside Containment Zones, except those which will be subject to strict adherence of SOPs. It said, social, religious, sports, entertainment, educational, cultural and religious gatherings have already been permitted upto a maximum of 50 per cent of the hall capacity, with a ceiling of 200 persons in closed spaces and keeping of the size of the ground in open spaces.
It said, now such gatherings will be allowed subject to SOP of the State and UT concerned. Besides, Cinema halls and theatres have already been permitted upto 50 per cent of seating capacity and now they will be permitted to operate at higher seating capacity, for which a revised SOP will be issued by Ministry of Information and Broadcasting in consultation with Home Ministry.
The Home Ministry said, Swimming pools now will be permitted for use of all, for which a revised SOP will be issued by Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports in consultation with the Home Ministry.
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