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India COVID-19 Regulation Updates

Written by Vicky Daley
on April 15, 2020

Important update: From 1st December 2020, Libryo stopped updating this blog and it is no longer live. Check out Libryo’s solution which helps you keep track of the latest updates specific to your operations, from COVID-19 regulation to EHS law. Learn more here.

Libryo was using its regulatory tracking technology to keep this live blog of new law relevant to the COVID-19 pandemic. Any new updates provided highlights of the legislation, key publication information and dates as well as links to the sources.


 

Live updates of COVID-19 regulations for

India

India

Click here to see COVID-19 updates for other countries.

 

Last Updated: Thursday 29 October 2020
Order extending the guidelines for re-opening of activities until 30 November 2020

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The Ministry of Home Affairs has published an Order in response to the COVID-19 pandemic that extends the guidelines for re-opening and makes provisions relating to the movement of people and goods.

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Notice Number: 40-3/2020-DM-I-A

Publication Date: 27 October 2020

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

© Copyright Ministry of Health. All rights reserved.


Last Updated: Friday 23 September 2020
Safe workplace guidelines for industry and establishment in view of Covid-19

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The Employees State Insurance Corporation (ESIC) has issued guidelines for industry and establishment to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic. 

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Publication Date: 21 October 2020

Source: https://www.esic.nic.in/attachments/publicationfile/0a19aaab0f30a0171fe2815cc6a95bb7.pdf

© Copyright Ministry of Health. All rights reserved.


Last Updated: Thursday 15 September 2020
SOP on preventive measures to be followed in Entertainment Parks and similar places to contain spread of COVID-19

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The Ministry of Health and Family Welfare has issued Standard Operating Procedures on preventive measures to be followed in entertainment parks and similar places, to contain the spread of COVID-19. 

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Publication Date: 8 October 2020

Effective Date: 8 October 2020

Source: https://www.mohfw.gov.in/pdf/SOPonpreventivemeasurestobefollowedinEntertainmentParksandsimilarplacestocontainspreadofCOVID19.pdf

© Copyright Ministry of Health. All rights reserved.


Last Updated: Wednesday 14 September 2020
Standard Operating Procedures on preventive measures to contain spread of COVID-19 during festivities

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The Ministry of Health and Family Welfare has issued Standard Operating Procedures on preventive measures to contain the spread of COVID-19 during festivities. 

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Publication Date: 6 October 2020

Effective Date: 6 October 2020

Source:https://www.mohfw.gov.in/pdf/StandardOperatingProceduresonpreventivemeasurestocontainspreadofCOVID19duringfestivities.pdf

© Copyright Ministry of Health. All rights reserved.


Last Updated: Friday 4 September 2020
Notification regarding extension of lockdown measures in the containment zones until 30 September 2020

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The State Government of West Bengal has published a notice that makes provisions relating to lockdown in containment zones.

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Gazette Number: 298 - CS/2020

Publication Date: 31 August 2020

Source: https://wb.gov.in/upload/MCLNEWS-200831174557130.pdf

© Copyright Ministry of Health. All rights reserved.


 
Unlock 4 guidelines

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The Ministry of Home Affairs has published guidelines for opening more activities in areas outside the Containment Zones up to September 30, 2020.

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Gazette Number 40-3/2020-DM-I-(A)

Publication Date: 29 August 2020

Source: https://www.mha.gov.in/sites/default/files/MHAOrder_Unlock4_29082020.pdf

© Copyright Ministry of Health. All rights reserved.


Last Updated: Monday 31 August 2020
Implementation of CPCB Guidelines for Handling, Treatment, And Disposal of Waste Generated during COVID-19 in Karnataka

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The Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) has issued updated guidelines regarding the scientific collection and handling of COVID-19 waste.

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Publication Date: 24 August 2020

Source: http://kspcb.gov.in/CPCB_114.pdf

© Copyright Central Pollution Control Board. All rights reserved.


Last Updated: Friday 28 August 2020
Notice to all States/Uts regarding non imposition of restriction on inter-State and intra State movement of persons and goods and services

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The Ministry of Home Affairs has published a notice to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic that directs state and district authorities to allow inter-state and intra-state movement of persons and goods without any restrictions.

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Gazette Number: DO No. 40-3/2020-DM-I(A)

Publication Date: 22 August 2020

Source: https://www.mha.gov.in/sites/default/files/DOtoChiefSecy_22082020.pdf

© Copyright Ministry of Health. All rights reserved.


Last Updated: Thursday 20 August 2020
Disaster Management Act, 2005 - Relaxation in procedure for applying E-pass for travel within the State (Inter District)

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The State Government of Tamil Nadu has published a notification that enables the movement of people within the State during the lockdown.

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Gazette Number: G.O.(Ms) No.422

Publication Date: 14 August 2020

Effective Date: 17 August 2020

Source: https://cms.tn.gov.in/sites/default/files/go/revenue_e_422_2020.pdf

© Copyright Ministry of Health. All rights reserved.


Last Updated: Monday 17 August 2020
Revised Guidelines for Home Isolation / Home Care of COVID Positive Persons

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The Government of Karnataka has issued a circular to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic that allows self-isolation of certain persons who test positive for COVID-19 at home.

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Gazette Number: HFW 295 ACS 2020

Publication Date: 10 August 2020

Effective Date: 10 August 2020

Source: https://covid19.karnataka.gov.in/storage/pdf-files/cir-hws/Revised%20Guidelines%20for%20Home%20Isolation-Home%20Care%20of%20COVID%20Positive%20Persons%20(Ver%202).pdf

© Copyright Ministry of Health. All rights reserved.


Last Updated: Thursday 13 August 2020
Guidelines for handling of biomedical waste generated from COVID-19 patients

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The Haryana State Pollution Control Board (HSPCB) has issued guidelines for the handling, collection, transportation, and disposal of biomedical waste generated from COVID-19 affected persons.

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Publication Date: 12 August 2020

Source: https://hspcb.gov.in/content/BMW/covid19/HSPCB_Adv_Corona_Guidelines.pdf

© Copyright Haryana State Pollution Control Board. All rights reserved.


Last Updated: Wednesday 12 August 2020
Disaster Management Act, 2005 - COVID-19 - Extending restrictions in the territorial jurisdictions of the State of Tamil Nadu till 24.00 hrs of 31.08.2020 with guidelines and relaxations

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The State Government of Tamil Nadu has published an Order that extends the state wide lockdown until August 31, 2020 and sets out prohibitions on certain activities.

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Gazette Number: G.O (Ms) No.396

Notice Number: 396

Publication Date: 31 July 2020

Source: https://cms.tn.gov.in/sites/default/files/go/revenue_e_396_2020.pdf

© Copyright Ministry of Health. All rights reserved.


Last Updated: Tuesday 11 August 2020
Order regarding to re-open more activities outside the containment zones and to extend lockdown in Containment zones up to 31.08.2020.

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The State Executive Committee of Karnataka has published Guidelines for Unlock 3, to reopen more activities in areas outside the Containment Zones and to extend the lockdown in containment zones up to August 31, 2020.

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Gazette Number: RD 158 TNR 2020

Notice Number: 158

Publication Date: 30 July 2020

Effective Date: 1 August 2020

Source: https://covid19.karnataka.gov.in/storage/pdf-files/RD%20ORDER%20ENG_RD%20158%20TNR%202020_30.07.2020.pdf

© Copyright Ministry of Health. All rights reserved.


Last Updated: Friday 7 August 2020
Notification regarding change in dates of complete state wide lockdown

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The Government of West Bengal has published a notification amending the dates of the state wide lockdown based on several requests and appeals to relax the lockdown on dates that coincide with festivals and local community-based customs.

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Gazette Number: 287-CS/2020

Publication Date: 3 August 2020

Source: https://wb.gov.in/upload/MCLNEWS-200803141146717.pdf

© Copyright Government of West Bengal. All rights reserved.


 
Notification regarding extension of lockdown in the containment zones up to 31st August 2020

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The State Government of West Bengal has published a notification of lockdown measures in the state until August 31, 2020.

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Gazette Number: 285-CS/2020

Publication Date: 31 July 2020

Effective Date: 5 August 2020

Source: https://wb.gov.in/upload/MCLNEWS-200731081132584.pdf

© Copyright Government of West Bengal. All rights reserved.


Last Updated: Friday 31 July 2020
MHA issues Unlock 3 Guidelines, opens up more activities outside Containment Zones

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The Ministry of Home Affairs has issued an order setting out guidelines to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic that re-opens more activities in areas outside Containment Zones, and extends lockdown in Containment Zones up to 31 August 2020.

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Gazette Number No. 40-3/2020-DM-I-A

Publication Date: 29 July 2020

Effective Date: 29 July 2020

Source: https://www.mha.gov.in/sites/default/files/Unlock3_ORDER_29072020.pdf

© Copyright Ministry of Home Affairs. All rights reserved.


Last Updated: Friday 24 July 2020
Guidelines for Handling, Treatment and Disposal of Waste Generated during Treatment/Diagnosis/ Quarantine of COVID-19 Patients

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The Central Pollution Control Board has published updated guidelines on the segregation of general solid waste and biomedical waste from quarantine centers/home-care/healthcare facilities treating COVID-19 patients and the disposal of PPE.

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Publication Date: 22 July 2020

Source: https://cpcb.nic.in/uploads/Projects/Bio-Medical-Waste/BMW-GUIDELINES-COVID_1.pdf

© Copyright Central Pollution Control Board. All rights reserved.


Last Updated: Wednesday 29 April 2020
Enabling Delivery of Essential Health Services during the COVID-19 Outbreak: Guidance note

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The Health Services of India have issued the Guidance Note on the enabling of the delivery of essential health services during the COVID-19 outbreak.

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Publication Date: 17 March 2020

Effective Date: 17 March 2020

Source: https://www.manupatrafast.com/covid_19/Central/Guidance%20note%20for%20enabling%20Delivery%20of%20Essential%20Health%20Services%20during%20the%20COVID%2019%20Outbreak.pdf

© Copyright Manupatra Information Solutions Pvt. Ltd. 2020. All rights reserved.


Last Updated: Wednesday 22 April 2020
Guidelines for Handling Treatment and Disposal of Waste Generated during Treatment / Diagnosis / Quarantine of COVID-19 Patients

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The Ministry of Environment, Forest & Climate Change has published guidelines for the management of waste generated during diagnostics and treatment of COVID-19 suspected / confirmed patients.

Amongst other aims, the guidelines are published to implement specific requirements and responsibilities of:

-persons operating quarantine camps or caretakers of quarantine homes/home-care units
-Urban Local Bodies and
-hazardous waste incinerators in order to dispose of COVID-19 waste.

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Publication Date: 25 March 2020

Effective Date: 25 March 2020

Source: https://www.manupatrafast.com/covid_19/Central/Guidelines%20for%20Handling%20Treatment%20and%20Disposal%20of%20Waste%20Generated%20during%20TreatmentDiagnosis%20Quarantine%20of%20COVID19%20Patients.pdf

© Copyright Manupatra Information Solutions Pvt. Ltd. 2020. All rights reserved.


 
Guidelines on disinfection of common public places including offices

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The Health Services have published guidelines that aim to provide interim guidance about the environmental cleaning / decontamination of common public places including offices in areas reporting COVID-19, including that:

-office spaces, including conference rooms must be cleaned every evening after office hours or early in the morning before the rooms are occupied
-outdoor area cleaning and disinfection efforts must be targeted to frequently touched/contaminated surfaces such as bus stops, railway platforms, parks, roads, etc; and
-sanitary workers must use separate sets of cleaning equipment for toilets (mops, nylon scrubber) and separate sets for sink and commode).

Prior to cleaning, the worker must wear disposable rubber boots, gloves (heavy duty), and a triple layer mask.

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Publication Date: 29 March 2020

Source: https://www.manupatrafast.com/covid_19/Central/Guidelines%20on%20disinfection%20of%20common%20public%20places%20including%20offices.pdf

© Copyright Manupatra Information Solutions Pvt. Ltd. 2020. All rights reserved.


 
Consolidated Revised Guidelines on the measures to be taken by Ministries / Department of Government of India, State / UT Governments and State / UT authorities for containment of COVID-19 in the country

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The Ministry of Home Affairs has published notice that the lockdown measures detailed in the Consolidated Guidelines of the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) for the containment of COVID-19 epidemic in the country, will continue to remain in force up to 3 May 2020.

In order to lessen the hardship on the public, select additional activities will be allowed, which will come into effect on 20 April 2020.

The Consolidated Guidelines deal with the:

-various activities, including all domestic and international air travel of passengers, and all passenger movement by trains, to remain prohibited across the country
-operation of various guidelines in Hotspots and containment zones
-select permitted activities allowed, with effect from 20 April 2020, in order to mitigate hardship to the public
-strict enforcement of the lockdown guidelines
-health services (including AYUSH) that are to remain functional
-agricultural and related activities that are to remain fully functional
-supply of essential goods
-movement of persons in various situations
quarantine orders; and
-offences and penalties for non-compliance.

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Publication Date: 15 April 2020

Effective Date: 20 April 2020

Source: https://www.manupatrafast.com/covid_19/Central/MHA%20orders%20with%20Revised%20Consolidated%20Guidelines%20on%2015.04.2020.pdf

© Copyright Manupatra Information Solutions Pvt. Ltd. 2020. All rights reserved.


Last Updated: Friday 17 April 2020
Enabling Delivery of Essential Health Services during the COVID 19 Outbreak: Guidance note

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The Health Services has issued the Guidance Note on the enabling of the delivery of essential health services during the COVID-19 outbreak.

The Guidance Note assists states in delivering essential health services for the duration of the COVID-19 outbreak through:

-clarifying a set of basic principles categorised by health system elements; and
-providing guidance on the essential services.

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Publication Date: 25 March 2020

Source: https://www.manupatrafast.com/covid_19/Central/Guidance%20note%20for%20enabling%20Delivery%20of%20Essential%20Health%20Services%20during%20the%20COVID%2019%20Outbreak.pdf

© Copyright Manupatra Information Solutions Pvt. Ltd. 2020. All rights reserved.


 

Advisory on use of Homemade Protective Cover for Face and Mouth

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The Office of the Principal Scientific Advisor to the Government of India has issued an advisory on the use of homemade protective covers for the face and mouth, in light of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Advisory provides a simple outline of best practices to make, use and reuse face covers to enable NGOs and individuals to make face protection themselves.

The key criteria for proposed designs are:

-Ease of Access to Materials
-Ease of Making at Home; and
-Ease of Use and Reuse.

Wearing of face covers is especially recommended for people living in densely populated areas across India.

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Publication Date: 3 April 2020

Effective Date: 3 April 2020

Source: https://www.manupatrafast.com/covid_19/Central/Advisory%20issued%20by%20Ministry%20of%20Rural%20Development%20to%20the%20State%20Rural%20Livelihoods%20Missions%20on%20actions%20to%20be%20taken%20to%20address%20the%20COVID%2019%20outbreak.pdf

© Copyright Manupatra Information Solutions Pvt. Ltd. 2020. All rights reserved.


 

 

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