Guidelines on LockDown - Procedure to be followed - Exempted Departments

Comprehensive / Consolidated Guidelines on Lock Down - Procedure to be followed - Exempted Departments. Agriculture & Cooperation Department – Containment, Control, and Prevention of COVID – 19 Epidemic - Consolidated Guidelines – Issued - Communication of the latest consolidated guidelines of the Ministry of Home affairs, Government of India with regard to the exceptions for lock down - Issued. G.O.Rt.No.304 Dated:07.04.2020. Consolidated Guidelines on the measures to be taken by Ministers / Departments of Government of India , State / Union Territory Governments and State / Union Territory Authorities for contain of COVID-19 Epidemic in the Country , as notified by Ministry of Home Affairs Order No. 40-3 / 2020-DM-I(A) dated 24.03.2020 and further modified on 25.03.2020, 27.03.2020, 02.04.2020 and 03.04.2020.

Guidelines on LockDown -  Procedure to be followed - Exempted Departments

1. From the Ministry of Home Affairs, Govt. of India, New Delhi, Order No.403/2020-DM-I(A), dated 24.03.2020.
2. G.O.Rt.No.289, Agri.& Coop. (MKTG-II) Dept., dated:26-03-2020.
3. Cir. Memo.No.AGC01-MKTG/12/2020-VIG-II-1, dt:30.03.2020 and dt:01.04.2020 of Agri.& Coop. Dept..
4. From the Ministry of Home Affairs, Govt. of India, New Delhi, Order No.403/2020-DM.I(A), dated:03.04.2020.

  • In the reference 1st read above, the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA), Government of India has issued consolidated guidelines on the measures to be taken by Ministers / Departments of Government of India, State / Union Territory Governments and State / Union Territory Authorities to take effective measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in the Country and the Order shall remain in force, in all parts of the Country, for a period of 21 days w.e.f. 25.03.2020.
  • 2. In the reference 2nd read above, the Government of Andhra Pradesh have issued orders for exempted certain essential Services / Commodities, Transport Services, Shops dispensing such items and movement of Staff/ Employees related to such items during the Lockdown period of COVID-19 and further instructions / guidelines have been issued vide reference 3rd read above.
  • 3. In compliance of the Orders / guidelines / instructions above, the Ministry of Home Affairs have issued latest consolidated guidelines with regard to the exceptions for lock down in the reference 4th read above.
  • 4. Therefore, All Department of Secretariat / the District Collectors in the State of AP/ All the Superintendent of Police in the State of AP/ The Commissioner of Marketing, AP., Guntur / The Commissioner Civil Supplies / The Managing Director, Diary Development, AP., Vijayawada. / The Director General, Drugs Control, AP., Vijayawada. / The Commissioner of Transport, Andhra Pradesh, Vijayawada are hereby instructed to strictly implement the consolidated guidelines as per Annexure to this Order, which were mentioned in the reference 4th read above.
  • 5. The Order mentioned vide reference 4th read above shall be implemented along with various orders issued earlier by the State Government for “lockdown” in the State for containing the spread of COVID-19.

Consolidated Guidelines on the measures of LOCKDOWN COVID-19 Epidemic in the Country

Consolidated Guidelines on the measures to be taken by Ministers / Departments of Government of India , State / Union Territory Governments and State / Union Territory Authorities for contain of COVID-19 Epidemic in the Country , as notified by Ministry of Home Affairs Order No. 40-3 / 2020-DM-I(A) dated 24.03.2020 and further modified on 25.03.2020, 27.03.2020, 02.04.2020 and 03.04.2020.

1. Offices of the Government of India, its Autonomous / Subordinates Offices and Public Corporations shall be closed.
  • a. Defence, central armed police forces.
  • b. Treasury (including, Pay and Accounts Offices, Financial Advisers and field offices of the Controller General of Accounts, with bare minimum staff).
  • c. Public utilities (including petroleum, CNG, LPG, PNG), power generation and transmission units, post offices.
  • d. Disaster Management and Early warning Agencies.
  • e. National Informatics Centre.
  • f. Customs clearance at ports/ airports / land border, GSTN and MCA 21 Registry with bare minimum staff.
  • g. Reserve Bank of India and RBI regulated financial markets and entities like NPCI, CCIL, payment system operators and standalone primary dealers with bare minimum staff.
2. Offices of the State / Union Territory Governments their Autonomous Bodies, Corporations, etc. shall remain closed.
  • a. Police, home guards, civil defence, fire and emergency services, disaster management, and prisons.
  • b. District administration and Treasury (including field offices of the Accountant General with bare minimum staff)
  • c. Electricity, water, sanitation.
  • d. Municipal bodies- Only staff required for essential services like sanitation, personnel related to water supply etc.
  • e. Resident Commissioner of States, in New Delhi with bare minimum staff, for coordinating Covid-19 related activities and internal kitchens operations
  • f. Forest offices :Staff/ workers required to operate and maintain zoo, nurseries, wildlife, firefighting in forests, watering plantations, patrolling and their necessary transport movement.
  • g. Social Welfare Departments, with bare minimum staff, for operations of Homes for children/ disables/ senior citizens/ destitute/ women /widows; Observations homes; pensions.
  • h. Agencies engaged in procurement of agriculture products, including MSP operations.
  • i. ’Mandis’ operated by the Agriculture Produce Market Committee or as notified by the State Government. 
The above offices (SI. No 1&2) should work with minimum number of employees. All other offices may continue to work-from-home only.
3. Hospitals, Veterinary Hospitals and all related medical establishments, including their manufacturing and distribution units, both in public and private sector, such as dispensaries, chemist, Pharmacies (including Jan Aushadhi Kendra) and medical equipment shops, laboratories, Pharmaceutical research labs, clinics, nursing homes, ambulance etc. will continue to remain functional.
The transportation for all medical personnel, nurses, para-medical staff, other hospital support services be permitted.

4. Commercial and private establishments shall be closed down.

  • a. Shops, including ration shops (under PDS), dealing with food, groceries, fruits and vegetables, dairy and milk booths, meat and fish, animal fodder, fertilizers, seeds and pesticides. However, district authorities may encourage and facilitate home delivery to minimize the movement of individuals outside their homes.
  • b. Banks, insurance offices, and ATMs including IT vendors for banking operations; Banking Correspondent and ATM operation and cash management agencies.
  • c. Print and electronic media.
  • d. Telecommunications, internet services, broadcasting and cable services. IT and IT enabled Services only (for essential services) and as far as possible to work from home.
  • e. Delivery of all essential goods including food, pharmaceuticals, medical equipment through E-commerce.
  • f. Petrol pumps, LPG, Petroleum and gas retail and storage outlets.
  • g. Power generation, transmission and distribution units and services.
  • h. Capital and debt market services as notified by the Securities and Exchange Board of India.
  • i. Cold storage and warehousing services. j. Private security services.
  • k. Data and call centers for Government activities only.
  • l. Farming operations by farmers and farm workers in the field. m.'Custom Hiring Centres (CHC)' related to farm machinery.
  • n. Shops of agriculture machinery, its spare parts (including its supply chain) and repairs to remain open.
  • o. Shops for truck repairs on highways, preferably at fuel pumps.
  • All other establishments may work-from-home only.

5. Industrial Establishments will remain closed.
  • a. Manufacturing units of essential goods, including drugs, pharmaceutical, medical devices, their raw materials & intermediates.
  • b. Production units, which require continuous process, after obtaining required permission from the State Government. 
  • c. Coal and mineral production, transportation, supply of explosives and activities incidental to mining operations.
  • d. Manufacturing units of packaging material for food items, drugs, pharmaceutical and medical devices.
  • e. Manufacturing and packaging units of Fertilizers, Pesticides and Seeds. f. Tea industry, including plantation with maximum of 50% workers.
6. All transport services — air, rail, roadways — will remain suspended.
  • a. Transportation for essential goods only.
  • b. Fire, law and order and emergency services.
  • c. Operations of Railways, Airports and Seaports for cargo movement, relief and evacuation and their related operational organisations.
  • d. Inter-state movement of goods/ cargo for inland and exports.
  • e. Cross land border movement of essential goods including petroleum products and LPG, food products, medical supplies.
  • f. Intra and inter-state movement of harvesting and sowing related machines like combined harvester and other agriculture/horticulture implements.
  • g. Transit arrangements for foreign national(s) in India. (as per attached SOP).
7. Hospitality Services to remain suspended
  • a. Hotels, home stays, lodges and motels, which are accommodating tourists and persons stranded due to lockdown, medical and emergency staff, air and sea crew.
  • b. Establishments used/ earmarked for quarantine facilities.
  • 8. All educational, training, research, coaching institutions etc. shall remain closed.
  • 9. All places of worship shall be closed for public. No religious congregations will be permitted, without any exception.
  • 10. All social/ political/ sports/ entertainment/ academic/ cultural/ religious functions /gatherings shall be barred.
  • 11. In case of funerals, congregation of not more than twenty persons will be permitted.
12. All persons who have arrived into India after 15.02.2020, and all such persons who have been directed by health care personnel to remain under strict home / institutional quarantine for a period as decided by local Health Authorities, failing which they will be liable to legal action under Sec. 188 of the IPC.
  • a. Release of quarantined persons, who have arrived in India after 15.2.2020, after expiry of their quarantine period and being tested Covid-19 negative (as per attached SOP). |
13. Wherever exceptions to above containment measures have been allowed, the organizations / employers must ensure necessary precautions against COVID-19 virus, as well as social distance measures, as advised by the Health Department from time to time.

14. In order to implement these containment measures, the District Magistrate will deploy Executive Magistrates as Incident Commanders in the respective local jurisdictions. The Incident Commander will be responsible for the overall implementation of these measures in their respective jurisdictions. All other line department officials in the specified area will work under the directions of such incident commander. The Incident Commander will issue passes for enabling essential movements as explained.

15. All enforcing authorities to note that these strict restrictions fundamentally relate to movement of people, but not to that of essential goods.

16. The Incident Commanders will in particular ensure that all efforts for mobilization of resources, workers and material for augmentation and expansion of hospital infrastructure shall continue without any hindrance.

17. Any person violating these containment 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 Sec.188 of the 1PC.

Note: As specified in the lockdown measures, social distancing and proper hygiene practices must be ensured in each of the above activities. It will be the responsibility of the head of the organization / establishment to ensure compliance of such norms. The district authorities will ensure strict enforcement.