COVID-19 Update India

With a longstanding commitment to putting our customers first, BDG International India is here with the latest updates on the COVID-19 situation in India.

Covid-19 Statewise Lockdown Update (17/05/2021): 

Delhi has extended lockdown till 31st May .

Andhra Pradesh Has extended till 31st May.

Rajasthan has extended till 31st May.

Maharashtra has extended till 1st June.

Chhattisgarh extended till May 31

Uttar Pradesh extended till 24th May.

Madhya Pradesh Extended till 24th May

Karnatka Extended till 24th May. 

Expectations: Lockdown in states like Delhi, Maharashtra, Rajasthan, Chattisgarh and Karnatka may go beyond 31st May for more 14 days. 

Flight operation: GOI has banned International commercial flights till 31st May 2021.

Covid-19 Statewise Lockdown Update (05/05/2021): 

India is facing a tragic high in the COVID-19 case. The country recorded 259170 new cases and 1761 deaths on Tuesday, according to MoHFW. With this, India has reached 15,321,089 COVID-19 cases in total while the active case’s tally has reached 2 million.

All states across India have started applying new guidelines to flatten the second COVID-19 wave. Here are the latest rules of entry, travel, lockdown, curfew across India.

Delhi: Delhi govt. announced a six-day lockdown on Monday,19th April from 10 pm till 5 am on April 26.  Delhi govt decided to extend its lockdown till 10th May 2021 morning. Delhi is the worst-hit city in India with 25,500 fresh cases on Sunday. Chief Minister Mr. Arvind Kejriwal said that the situation had left no other option and a strict lockdown was necessary to prevent a possible ‘tragedy’. Metro services during this period will be available for the exempted category of people as per the latest govt. order on the production of the valid IDs. 

Maharashtra: Maharashtra is India’s worst-hit state with COVID-19. The state government had imposed 15-day-long “lockdown-like” restriction from 14 April. Maharastra CM Udhav Thackeray announced a restriction on the movement of person and non-essential services. The govt also imposed Section 144 of CrPC to prohibit the assembly of five or more people at a spot. The state govt. has extended it lockdown like curb till 15th May.

Rajasthan: Rajasthan is among the first states who imposed curfew in its territory. The state govt has announced a night curfew on 5th April. Then they announced the weekend curfew on 16th April as cases spike. After analyzing the situation the state CM Mr. Ashok Gehlot announced a strict lockdown in Rajasthan till May 3rd and termed it as ‘Jan Anushashan Pakhwara’ (Public Discipline Fortnight). Now the state govt has extended it till 15th May 2021. All the shops will open in the morning between 7:00 am-10:00 am. There will be no movement from any individual in the state until they have an emergency. 

Chhattisgarh: Amid a rise in the number of COVID-19 cases in Chhattisgarh, the govt imposed a night curfew in Sukma from April 15 and will continue till April 30. The state govt now extended the lockdown till 15th May.

Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel held a meeting with state officials to ramp up testing in rural areas as now the COVID-19 cases are on the rise there. The govt. made it mandatory to get a Covid test for anyone entering the state as the number of active cases in the state has reached 1,28,019.

Uttar Pradesh: The Uttar Pradesh government has extended the coronavirus-induced curfew in the entire state by two more days. As per the latest order, the restrictions will remain in place in all 75 districts till May 6 morning. The restrictions were slated to be lifted on Tuesday (May 4) morning. This is the second extension of lockdown-like curfew in the country’s most populous state.

Karnataka: The Karnataka government has imposed complete lockdown in the state from April 27 till May 12 and said the any transport service will not be operated, while schools and colleges, hotels, cinemas, shopping malls, stadia and swimming pools will remain closed during the lockdown. 

With coronavirus cases still increasing in the state despite the lockdown, the state government on Wednesday said it is actively considering the option of imposing another complete lockdown in the state at least for two weeks after May 12. 

Assam: In view of surge in Covid-19 cases, the Assam government has issued fresh guidelines to contain the spread of virus. The new restrictions will come into force from May 5 and will remain in place until further notice. A night curfew will be in place in the state from 6 pm to 5 am. The state government has ordered all shop and business establishments to be shut by 2 pm. Furthermore, all government and private offices will also shut down by 2 pm.

Read more: Great Loss faced by transporters due to fresh restrictions of lockdown | Major Ports waive off charges on Oxygen Cargo

 

Air Travel Guidelines:

Govt. of India issued guidelines regarding air travel for international passengers in February 2021. According to the guidelines:
1. All travelers should submit a self-declaration form on the online Air Suvidha portal (www.newdelhiairport.in) before the scheduled travel
2. They have to upload a negative COVID-19 RT-PCR report. This test should have been conducted within 72 hrs prior to undertaking the journey.
3. Each passenger shall also submit a declaration with respect to the authenticity of the report and will be liable for criminal prosecution if found otherwise.
4. They should also give an undertaking on the portal or otherwise to Ministry of Civil Aviation, Govt. of India, through concerned airlines before they are allowed to undertake the journey that they would abide by the decision of the appropriate government authority to undergo home quarantine/ self-monitoring of their health for 14 days, or as warranted.
5.Arrival in India without a negative report shall be allowed only for those traveling to India in the exigency of death in the family.

Read the complete guidelines: http://www.airindia.in/images/pdf/Guidelines-for-internationa-arrivals.pdf

GUIDELINES for EFFECTIVE CONTROL of COVID-19 (23/03/2021):

 

The Govt. of India announced new guidelines for effective control of COVID-19. Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) issued the guidelines on 23rd March 2021, which will remain in force up to 30th April 2021. The govt stated that the coordinated effort of Central and States/UTs resulted in a decline in the number of COVID-19 cases in India. There was a sustained decline in cases continuously for about 5 months. But a fresh surge in COVID-19 cases, in some parts of the country, is a cause of concern now. 

According to the new guidelines:

  1. Essential and non-essential goods will be allowed without any further approval.
  2. No restrictions will be on International cargo operations and flights approved by DGCA.
  3. Domestic passenger flights are operational with reduced frequency.
  4. All customs related activities are fully operational
  5. There are no major impacts on exports, shipments are moving smoothly.
  6. State and UTs, based on their assessment situation, may impose local restrictions at their administration level.
  7. There shall be no restriction on inter-State and intra-state movement of persons and goods. 

Find the official guidelines for effective control of COVID-19: https://www.mha.gov.in/sites/default/files/MHAOrder_23032021.pdf

 

 

Covid -19 Visa and Travel Restrictions:

With partial modification DGCA, India has extended the validity of the circular issued on 26-06-2020 regarding Scheduled International commercial passenger service to/from India till 31st March 2021. These restrictions will not apply to international cargo operations and flights approved by DGCA.

Check the notification: https://dgca.gov.in/digigov-portal/Upload?flag=iframeAttachView&attachId=150304290

COVID-19 UNLOCK GUIDELINES (26/02/2021):

Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA), India issued an order on 26th February 2020 to extend the guidelines for Re-opening, issued on 27th January 2021, to remain in force up to 31st March 2021. 

Order by MHA: https://www.mha.gov.in/sites/default/files/MHAOrderdt_2622021.pdf

Guidelines issued on 27th January 2021: https://www.mha.gov.in/sites/default/files/MHAorderdt_27012021.pdf

COVID-19 TRAVEL UPDATE:

On 22nd Feb 2021, Govt. of India issued a new guideline for international arriving passengers. The passengers can only apply for exemption in case of ‘Death in a Family’. The Govt. of India has made it mandatory for all international arriving passengers to upload negative RT PCR certificate while filling the self declaration form. To view latest guidelines for international arriving passengers, click here.

The scheduled domestic & cargo flights are operating normally. It is important that all passengers must check the latest COVID-19 protocol & visa norms from the concerned airline or embassy before commencing their journey.

Read More details: https://www.newdelhiairport.in/covid19

 

Unlock 6.0:

Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA), India issued an order on 27th October 2020 to extend the guidelines for Re-opening, issued on 30th September, to remain in force up to 30th November 2020. 

https://www.mha.gov.in/sites/default/files/MHAOrderDt_27102020.pdf

Unlock 5.0:

The Government of India announced Unlock 5.0 till October 31, 2020, outside the containment zones on Wednesday, 30th September. The Ministry of Home Affairs, India issued new guidelines to re-open more activities in a graded manner, in areas outside the containment zones and extended the lockdown in containment zones till 31 October 2020.

RELAXATION RELATED TO THE MOVEMENT OF PERSON & GOODS:
  1. Essential and non-essential goods will be allowed without any further approval.
  2. No travel pass required for any individual for inter-state movement.
  3. International passenger flights remain suspended till 31st October 2020. However, freighters are operating from major airports.
  4. Domestic passenger flights are operational with reduced frequency.
  5. Transportation of cargo by road is back to normal.
  6. All customs related activities are fully operational.
  7. There are no major impacts on exports, shipments are moving smoothly.
  8. All ports are operational but delay expected due to the non-evacuation of import containers.
  9. All CFS’s are open but there is a huge pendency of un-cleared import shipments resulting space shortage.
  10. Business to Business (B2B) Exhibition will be permitted to open outside the containment zones only, with the effect from 15th October 2020.

Find the official notification for Unlock 5.0 here: https://www.mha.gov.in/sites/default/files/MHAOrderDt_30092020.pdf

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Unlock 4.0:

The Government of India announced Unlock 4.0 till September 30, 2020, in containment zones on Saturday, 29th August. The Ministry of Home Affairs, India issued new guidelines to re-open more activities in a calibrated manner, in areas outside the containment zones and extended the lockdown in containment zones till 30 September 2020. In the new guidelines Govt. allowed Metro Rail Services from 7th September.

RELAXATION RELATED TO THE MOVEMENT OF PERSON & GOODS:
  1. Metro Services will resume from 7th September.
  2. Essential and non-essential goods will be allowed without any further approval.
  3. No travel pass required for any individual for inter-state movement.
  4. International passenger flights remain suspended till 30th September 2020. However, freighters are operating from major airports.
  5. Domestic passenger flights are operational with reduced frequency.
  6. Transportation of cargo by road is back to normal.
  7. All customs related activities are fully operational.
  8. There are no major impacts on exports, shipments are moving smoothly.
  9. All ports are operational but delay expected due to the non-evacuation of import containers.
  10. All CFS’s are open but there is a huge pendency of un-cleared import shipments resulting space shortage.

Find the official notification for Unlock 4.0 here: mha.gov.in/sites/default/files/MHAOrder_Unlock4_29082020.pdf

 

Lockdown 3.0:

The Government of India announced Unlock 3.0 till August 31, 2020, in containment zones on Wednesday, 29th July. The Ministry of Home Affairs, India issued new guidelines to re-open more activities in a calibrated manner, in areas outside the containment zones and extended the lockdown in containment zones till 31 August 2020. In the new guidelines Govt. has removed the night curfew outside the containment zones. There will be no time restrictions on the movement of a person in the areas outside the containment zones.

RELAXATION RELATED TO THE MOVEMENT OF PERSON & GOODS:
  1. Essential and non-essential goods will be allowed without any further approval.
  2. No travel pass required for any individual for inter-state movement.
  3. International passenger flights remain suspended till 31st August 2020. However, freighters are operating from major airports.
  4. Domestic passenger flights are operational with reduced frequency.
  5. Transportation of cargo by road is slowly getting back to normal but the shortage of drivers continues to impact movements.
  6. All customs related activities are fully operational.
  7. There are no major impacts on exports, shipments are moving smoothly.
  8. Public transportation by Bus and Metro will remain restricted until the next order.
  9. All ports are operational but delay expected due to the non-evacuation of import containers.
  10. All CFS’s are open but there is a huge pendency of un-cleared import shipments resulting space shortage.
OTHER GUIDELINES:
  1. Religious places of worship, hotels, restaurants, and other hospitality services & shopping malls will be allowed outside the containment zones.
  2. Schools, colleges, and other educational institutes will remain closed till 31st August 2020.
  3. Yoga Institute and gymnasiums will be allowed to function from 5th August 2020 for which, Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) will be issued by the Ministry of Health & Family Welfare.
  4. International flights, Metro rail, Cinema halls, swimming pools, entertainment parks, bars and auditoriums, assembly halls, and similar places, Social, political, sports, entertainment, academic, cultural, religious functions, and other large congregations will remain closed.

Find the official notification for Unlock 3.0 here: https://www.mha.gov.in/sites/default/files/Unlock3_29072020.pdf

Unlock 2.0:

The Government of India announced Unlock 2.0 till July 31, 2020, in containment zones on Tuesday, 30th June. The Ministry of Home Affairs, India issued new guidelines to re-open more activities in a calibrated manner, in areas outside the containment zones. and extended the lockdown in containment zones till 31 July 2020.

RELAXATION RELATED TO THE MOVEMENT OF PERSON & GOODS:
  1. Essential and non-essential goods will be allowed without any further approval.
  2. No travel pass required for any individual for inter-state movement.
  3. International passenger flights remain suspended. However, freighters are operating from major airports with reduced frequency.
  4. Domestic passenger flights are operational with reduced frequency.
  5. Transportation of cargo by road is slowly getting back to normal but the shortage of drivers continues to impact movements.
  6. All customs related activities are fully operational.
  7. There are no major impacts on exports, shipments are moving smoothly.
  8. Public transportation by Bus and Metro will remain restricted until the next order.
  9. All ports are operational but delay expected due to the non-evacuation of import containers.
  10. All CFS’s are open but there is a huge pendency of un-cleared import shipments resulting space shortage.
OTHER GUIDELINES:
  1. Religious places of worship, hotels, restaurants, and other hospitality services & shopping malls will be allowed outside the containment zones.
  2. Schools, colleges, and other educational institutes will remain closed.
  3. International flights, Metro rail, Cinema halls, gymnasiums, swimming pools, entertainment parks, bars and auditoriums, assembly halls, and similar places, Social, political, sports, entertainment, academic, cultural, religious functions, and other large congregations will remain closed.

Find the official notification for Unlock 2.0 here: https://www.mha.gov.in/sites/default/files/MHAOrder_29062020.pdf 

 

Lockdown 4.0 or Unlock 1:

In lockdown 4.0 central govt has decided to give the right to decide the zones to the state governments. Now the state govt will decide the zones respective to the number of COVID-19 positive cases. Unlike Lockdown 3.0 there will be 5 zones in Lockdown 4.0: Green, Orange, Red, Buffer, Containment. There is so much ease given in this term of lockdown. 

Here’s a list of what’s allowed and what’s not during Lockdown 4.0.

Buses, auto-rickshaws, and cab service can operate. Inter-State movement of vehicles to be decided by States mutually. Metro, air, and rail services remain suspended, except for those allowed with special permits.

All shops, except those in malls and containment zones, can open. Barbershops and salons can open.

Delivery of essential and non-essential items is allowed through online shopping platforms. Restaurants can function, but only for take-away.

Religious and political gatherings are prohibited. Weddings cannot have more than 50 guests and funerals not more than 20.

Cap on 33% strength in offices done away with. But work from home to be encouraged. Social distancing and staggered work hours to be followed in offices. Wearing masks is compulsory in public places and in the workplace.

Night curfew from 7 p.m. to 7 a.m. for non-essential services to remain in force. Vulnerable groups such as those above 65 years, pregnant women and children below 10 to remain at home.

Schools, colleges, and malls to remain shut. States can decide the delineation of zones into red, green, orange, and containment zones.

Relaxation related to transport, good & cargoes:

  1. Inter-State and Intra-State movement of all trucks and other goods carrier vehicles will be allowed with one driver and one other person alongside as long as the driver carries a valid driving license. Both the essential and non-essential goods will be allowed without any further approval.
  2. Empty truck goods carriers should also be allowed while they are going to pick up or returning back after delivery. Hence there is no cause to stop empty trucks as long as they have valid documents such as driving license and valid road permit.
  3. Local authorities should make an active process for the movement of truck drivers and cleaners from their place of residence to the location of their trucks.
  4. Railways, Airports, Seaports, and Customs authorities have already been authorized to issue passes for their staff and contractual labor.

Read the complete guideline here

Lockdown 3.0

In this lock-down, the Indian govt divided the districts into three zones: Red, Orange, Green following the number of cases in an area. There were 130 districts in the red zone, 284 districts in the orange zone, and 319 districts in the green zone.

Red Zone: Areas with substantial numbers of positive cases fall under the red zone where there will be a complete restriction. The government will try to provide door-to-door facilities in these areas.

Orange Zone: The areas with a limited number of cases in the past and with no surge in positive cases recently would be included under the orange zone. In case the district is classified as a Red Zone and there is no confirmed case in the last 21 days then the area may be labeled as an Orange Zone.

Green Zone: Green: The districts with no coronavirus positive cases would fall under the green zone. Exemptions may be given in these sectors as per the government’s plan.

There are containment zones also: A containment area is one where someone is found positive for Covid-19. Such an area is considered contaminated and is sealed off. The residents of that area are asked not to step out of their homes. The health ministry has said even a single case of Covid-19 can be a hotspot for the government.

Govt. has allowed many activities respective to zones. There are many activities are not allowed throughout the country under the new guidelines.

  • Travel by air, rail, metro and inter-state movement by road
  • Running of schools, colleges, and other educational, training, coaching institutions
  • Hospitality services including hotels and restaurants
  • Places of large public gatherings such as cinema halls, malls, gyms, sports complexes
  • Social, political, cultural and other kinds of gatherings
  • Religious places, places of worship for public

The relaxations have been extended on the basis of demarcation of districts across each State on the basis of the impact and prevalence of COVID-19 infections in order to contain the spread while, gradually allowing economic activities to resume in zones that have minimal/ no impact.

Relaxation related to transport, good & cargoes:

  1. Inter-State and Intra-State movement of all trucks and other goods carrier vehicles will be allowed with one driver and one other person alongside as long as the driver carries a valid driving license. Both the essential and non-essential goods will be allowed without any further approval.
  2. Empty truck goods carriers should also be allowed while they are going to pick up or returning back after delivery. Hence there is no cause to stop empty trucks as long as they have valid documents such as driving license and valid road permit.
  3. Local authorities should make an active process for the movement of truck drivers and cleaners from their place of residence to the location of their trucks.
  4. Railways, Airports, Seaports, and Customs authorities have already been authorized to issue passes for their staff and contractual labour.

Guidelines issued to restart manufacturing units and other industries by the Government of India:

a)   Order No. ASDMA 24/2020/Part-1/48 dated 8th May 2020 issued by the Government of Assam allowing the operation of all Industries and all Tea Gardens/Tea manufacturing Industries with full capacity including personnel except in Containment Zones;
 
b)   Notification No.13/2020/502 XXXVI03-2020-30 (Sa)/2020TC dated 8th May 2020 directs that all the factories registered under the Factories Act, 1948 shall be exempted from various provisions relating to weekly hours, daily hours, overtime, intervals for rest etc. with some conditions from 20th April till 19th July 2020;

c)    Letter No.1-137/2020-Mit II dated 9th May 2020 issued by the Member Secretary, National Disaster Management Authority, Ministry of Home Affairs, Government of India to Chief Secretaries of States/Administrators/Advisors to Administrators of Union Territories regarding the Guidelines on restarting manufacturing industries after the lockdown period.

You can download complete notification here: Guidelines-for-restarting-industrial-units-after-lockdown

You can find all changes in zones and services by the Government of India here

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