States get exemption to impose night curfew, Center approval for lockdown mandatory, learn special features of the guideline
Taking seriously the increasing cases of corona infection in various parts of the country, the Union Home Ministry has asked all the states and union territories to strictly implement the guidelines and precautionary measures and standard operating procedures. The Ministry issued an order on Wednesday to issue guidelines for monitoring, measures and vigilance to curb Kovid infection which will come into effect from December 1. The Ministry of Home Affairs said that the main focus of the guidelines is to maintain the control achieved against the spread of Kovid-19, which is reflected by the steady decline in the number of active cases in the country.
According to the new guidelines, which will come into effect from 1 December. States have been empowered to impose local restrictions including night curfews. These guidelines will be applicable till 31 December. A press release from the Ministry of Home Affairs states that the state and the union territory may impose local sanctions, including night curfews, in the context of preventing Kovid-19 based on an assessment of the state's condition. However, states and union territories cannot lockdown in local areas other than the Containment Zone without consulting the Central Government. The Ministry of Home Affairs has also said that the local district, police and municipal corporation officials will be responsible for ensuring that the prescribed prevention measures are strictly followed.
It has been emphasized in the guidelines that steps should be taken to strengthen it by retaining the success which the country has achieved so far in the campaign against Corona. It has been emphasized that all the guidelines in the Containment Zone should be fully implemented and only mandatory services activity should be allowed there. It has been asked to completely stop the entry and exit of the containment zone. Special precaution has also been asked to take place in crowded areas. The guidelines asked state governments to limit the number of people attending social and religious ceremonies to a hundred and reduce it even if needed.