Govt’s stated objective is to ‘break the chain of Covid transmission’
Essential public services to continue; some relief for stranded tourists, sportspersons
The galloping increase in Covid-19 cases in Karnataka, especially in the state capital of Bengaluru, has left Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa with no choice but to impose a statewide curfew from 9 pm on Tuesday, April 27, till May 12.
Following the CM’s sudden announcement of the stringent measures – virtually a lockdown in all but name – earlier on Monday, Chief Secretary P Ravi Kumar, who is also chairman of the State Disaster Executive Committee, has issued detailed guidelines on various curbs/exemptions for different activities during the fortnight-long clampdown, whose stated objective is to break the chain of transmission of the coronavirus.
In his order, he said: “I hereby issue guidelines to break the chain of Covid-19 transmission in the state, which shall come into effect from 9 pm on 27-04-2021 and will be in force including and upto 6 am of 12-05-2021.”
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Shuttered, with some exemptions
a. Only scheduled flights and trains to operate during this period. Flight and train tickets shall serve as passes for movement of persons by taxis/cab aggregators/autorickshaws to board flights and trains.
b. Metro rail services.
c. Taxis (including autorickshaws) and services of cab aggregators, except when hired for an emergency and as permitted in these guidelines.
d. Schools, colleges, educational/coaching institutions, etc., will remain closed. Online/ distance learning shall continue to be permitted and shall he encouraged. However, examinations already scheduled shall be permitted with strict adherence to the national directives for Covid-19 management.
e. Hotels, restaurants and hospitality services, except those meant for housing health/ police/government officials/healthcare workers/stranded persons, including tourists. However, hotels, restaurants and eateries shall be permitted to operate kitchens for take away/home delivery of food items.
f. All cinema halls, shopping malls, gymnasiums, sports complexes, stadia, swimming pools, entertainment parks, clubs, theatres, bars and auditoriums, assembly halls and similar places.
g. Stadia and playgrounds are closed. However, stadia and playgrounds are allowed for organizing sports events for practice purpose, without spectators.
h. Swimming pools approved by the Swimming Federation of India openfor sports persons for training purposes only.
i. All social/ political/sports/entertainment/academic/cultural/religious functions/other gatherings and large congregations.
j. All religious places/places of worship shall be closed for public. However, all personnel engaged in the service of the place of worship shall continue to perform their rituals and duties without involving any visitors.
Govt services open
a. Health, Medical Education, Police, Home Guards, Prisons, Civil Defence, Fire and Emergency Services, Disaster Management, Revenue, District/Sub-Registrar offices and prisons.
b. All offices operating and maintaining essential services such as electricity, water and sanitation.
c. BBMP, Urban Local Bodies, Deputy Commissioner’s office, and subordinate offices.
d. Separate guidelines will be issued for functioning of secretariat offices in Vidhana Soudha, Vikas Soudha and MS building by the DPAR.
e. Courts and offices related to judicial work shall operate as per the guidelines issued by the High Court.
g. Officers and volunteers of NGOs deployed by BBMP, urban local bodies and Deputy Commissioners or otherwise for Covid-19 related work.
h. Treasury offices.
i. All operations related to forestry as declared by the forest department.
All other offices shall encourage their staff to work from home. All staff who are given Covid duty by BBMP/Deputy Commissioners shall report for Covid-related duty.
Which Govt of India, autonomous offices will function
a. Defence, Defence PSUs, Central armed police forces, telecommunication.
b. Offices operating and maintaining essential services (telecom, etc).
c. Treasury (including Pay and Account offices, financial advisers and field offices of the Controller General of Accounts with bare minimum staff).
d. Public utilities (including CNG, LPG, PNG), power generation and transmission units, post offices, disaster managment and early warning agencies.
e. National Informatics Centre
f. Customs clearnace at airports/land border, GSTIN; and MCA 21 registry with bare minimun staff.
g. Banks, Reserve Bank of India, RBI regulated financial markets and microfinance institutions, entities NPCI, CCIL, payment system operators and standalone primary dealers with bare minimum staff.
h. Railways and related operations.
All health services (including AYUSH and Veterinary Hospitals) to remain functional, such as (outside containment zone):
a. All hospitals, nursing homes, clinics, labs, collection centres, telemedicine facilities, dispensaries, pharmacies, chemists, Jan Aushadhi Kendras, blood banks, home care providers and all kinds of medicine shops, including medical equipment shops.
b. All pharmaceutical and research labs.
c. All manufacturing units of drugs, pharmaceuticals, medical devices, medical oxygen, their packing material, raw material and intermediates.
d. All construction pertaining to medical/health infrastructure.
e. Movement (inter and intra state, inter and intra district) of all medical, paramedics, nurses, scientists, lab technicians, midwives and other hospital support services.
Agriculture and related activities (outside containment zone):
All agriculture and allied activities, including shops and godowns, related to farming, custom hiring centres, machineries are permitted outside containment zones. Allied activities include fisheries, poultry, meat, dairy, etc.
The following to remain functional outside containment zones:
a. Operation of homes for children/disabled/mentally challenged/senior citizens/destitutes/wornen/widows, etc.
b. Observation homes, aftercare homes and places of safety for juveniles.
c. MNREGA works to be allowed with strict adherence to National Directives for Covid-19 management.
Goods and cargo
Unrestricted movement of all types of goods and cargo (outside containment zones):
a. All facilities in the supply chain of essential goods, whether involved in manufacturing, wholesale or retail of such goods through local stores, large brick and mortar stores or e-commerce companies shall be allowed to operate adhering to National Directives for Covid- 19 management.
b. Movement of all types of goods including empty goods vehicles.
Movement of people
a. No movement of public or private buses or passenger vehicles except as permitted under these guidelines.
b. Inter-state and intra-state movement of passenger vehicles, only in cases of emergencies or as permitted under these guidelines.
c. Intra-district movement of passenger vehicles and buses only in emergency cases and strictly adhering to the prevailing SOPs/guidelines issued by the Department of Health and Family Welfare.
d. Movement of officers/personnel traveling with valid ID card issued by their organization/institution to the place of work and back for permitted activities in these guidelines.
e. Movement of officers and officials and district judiciary in the state who are attending office duties beyond office hours and permitted with a valid ID card.
f Airport buses/taxis are permitted movement only on displaying valid travel documents/tickets.
g. Autos and taxis (including cab aggregators) permitted for travel related to emergency purposes.
h. Students appearing for exams can use admission ticket as travel pass and use mode of transport available to them, including taxi/auto rickshaw, etc.
i. Passes to facilitate movement of construction workers to be issued by the concerned construction agency.
j. Patients and their attendants/persons requiring emergency need for movement shall be allowed to move. Movement for the purpose of vaccination and testing shall be permitted with minimal proof.
The following commercial and private establishments are allowed:
a. Shops dealing with food, groceries, fruits and vegetables,. dairy and milk booths, meat and fish, and animal fodder shall be allowed to function from 6 am to 10 am. Public Distribution System shops are allowed. Standalone liquor shops and outlets, take-away only allowed from 6 am to 10 am. Home delivery items shall be encouraged 24×7 to minimize movement of individuals outside their homes. Operations shall be subject to adhering to National Directives for Covid-19 management.
b. All facilities in the supply chain of essential goods, whether involved in manufacturing, wholesale or retail of such goods through local stores, large brick and mortar stores or e-commerce companies should be allowed to operate adhering to National Directives for Covid-19 management.
c. All food processing and related industries.
d. Banks, insurance offices and ATMs.
e. Print and electronic media.
f. Telecommunication, Internet services, broadcasting and cable services.
g. Employees and vehicles of Telecom and Internet Service Providers shall be allowed unrestricted movement on producing valid ID card issued by their respective organization/institution.
h. Only essential staff/employees of IT and ITeS companies/organization shall work from office. Rest will work from home.
i. Delivery of all items through e-commerce and home delivery.
j. Power generation, transmission and distribution units and services.
k. Capital and debt market services as notified by the Securities and Exchange Board of India.
l. Cold storage and warehousing services.
m. Private security services.
n. Aviation and related services (airlines, airports, maintenance, cargo, ground services, catering, fueling, security, etc) are permitted.
Industries/industrial establishments (both government and private) as listed below will be allowed to operate (outside containment zones):
All industries/industrial establishments/production units, except related to garment manufacturing, are permitted to operate adhering to Covid-appropriate behaviour. The movement of staff shall be allowed by producing valid ID/authorization issued by concerned industries/industrial establishment.
Construction activities, listed as below, will be allowed to operate outside containment zones while adhering to National Directives for Covid-19 management.
a. All construction activities, civil repair activities are permitted.
b. Works pertaining to pre-monsoon preparation arc permitted.
c. All the above activities shall be permitted by strictly adhering to Covid-appropriate behaviour (CAB) as stipulated in the National Directives for Covid-19 management.
d. During weekend construction, only in-situ construction (where workers are available onsite and no workers are required to be brought in from outside) is permitted.
Marriages permitted strictly adhering to Covid-appropriate behaviour with maximum of 50 people.
Cremations/funerals to be allowed with maximum of 5 people adhering to Covid-appropriate behaviour
a) BBMP and District & Local Authorities shall take all necessary measures to promote Covid-appropriate behaviour. Strict enforcement of wearing of face masks, hand hygiene and social distancing must be ensured.
b) Wearing of face masks is an essential preventive measure. In order to enforce this core requirement, BBMP, District Authorities and Local Authorities shall impose fine of Rs. 250 in Municipal Corporation Areas and Rs 100 in other areas for not wearing face cover as required.
c) SOPs for regulating travel in aircraft, trains are already in place. which shall be strictly enforced.
d) The National Directives for Covid-19 Management, as specified in Annexure III, shall be strictly followed throughout the state.
Strict enforcement of the guidelines
a) Chief Commissioner BBMP/Deputy Commissioners shall strictly enforce the above measures. For the enforcement of social distancing, Commissioners of Police/Deputy Commissioners may use the provisions of Section 144 of the Criminal Procedure Code (CrPC) of 1973.
b) 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, besides legal action under Section 188 of the 1PC, and other legal provisions as applicable. Extracts of these penal provisions are at Annexure IV.