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Shimla, Mar 22

Himachal Pradesh Government decided to implement Feb, 26, Union Home Ministry notification with effect from Mat 23 issuing guidelines or SOPs to arrest spreading of Covid-19 (2nd- wave) in the state.
Chief secretary of Himachal Pradesh Anil Khachi said that order would be effective till Mar 31 for the purpose of Surveillance, Containment and Caution in the state.
He said that d  number of restrictions have been imposed after careful review of the emerging situation regarding spread of COVID-19 epidemic and threat remains to a  public health risk .
Govt decides to implement the Sec. 24 (e) of the DM Act 2005 for non-adherence to  COVID-19 safety protocols , which would be excercise on the direction of Chairman of State Executive Committee (SEC) under the powers conferred to him  for management of COVID-19.
“Any person violating SOPs liable to be proceeded against as per the provisions of Sec. 51-60 of the DM Act, 2005, besides legal action under Section 188 of the IPC, and other legal provisions as applicable.” Chief secretary said.

-Ten points guidelines are as below
 NO MASK – NO SERVICE policy would be observed  with immediate effect in the state and People with face cover or mask would only be allowed to board the  public or private transport such as train, buses and taxis etc and to enter hospitals, temples, langar halls, schools, colleges, Govt  offices or private establishments, shops etc for availing any services or goods. 
All ongoing ‘ melas ‘(fairs) in the State shall be wound up at the earliest not later than March 23 and no new Melas would be organised in the State after Mar 23.

All social,  religious,  political, cultural and other gatherings would be  organized with the prior permission of the district administration after Mar 23. The Local Administration shall keep a close watch on already scheduled gatherings and ensure to implement the SOPs especially in  relation to social distancing and face cover or wearing of masks.
 All gatherings are allowed with maximum of 50 per cent  of the capacity or 200  whichever is less in closed spaces; and 50 p c  of the size of the open grounds, spaces subject to compliance of all instructions, SOPs or guidelines regarding social distancing and wearing of face  covers etc.
 The Department of IT and District Administration should activate the 
module for granting permission for the gatherings as per the SoPs of the SEC from 25th March 2021 onwards.
In gatherings where community kitchen or Dhaam/Langars, or  professional catering is to be arranged, the managers and catering staff  as far as possible, will be required to undergo tests through Rapid  Antigen/RT-PCR test kits for COVID-19 with the help of local health officials not earlier than 96 hours before the event.The cooking staff would ensure no cooking without masks, gloves and head cover. 

There would be prohibition on langars in closed premises and cooking by non-tested staff. The organisers will also ensure adherence to  highest level of personal and environmental hygiene all the times, especially at the time of preparing, serving eating meals and disposal of the waste etc.
 The details of permissions granted for gatherings should also be shared with Panchayati Raj Institutions (PRIs) and Urban Local Bodies  (ULBs) apart from the officer incharges of police stations in the State.
 All the office bearers of the PRIs/ULBs as the case may be, are to  ensure that all the SOPs including wearing of mask, social distancing,  home isolation, public gathering etc. issued by the State Government are strictly adhered to. They will visit and coordinate with the event organizers prior to the event that only the permitted number of the persons should attend the event with strict compliance of COVID-19 directives. 
Local Administration while granting permissions to the organizers, may impose additional conditions, as may deem fit, to contain the spread of COVID-19.


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