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New COVID restrictions in India

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January 2022

The Indian Government has announced that effective January 11th 2022 ALL international passengers will be required to home quarantine for 7 days followed by a RT-PCR test on Day 8.  Note that all travellers from 19 “at risk” countries are required to under RT-PCR test upon arrival. Europe including UK are on the ”at risk” list. At this time USA is not.  

As new restrictions are announced, on a daily basis by various State Governments in India, here is a snap shot of restrictions as of January 8th, 2022: 

Karnataka
Karnataka govt imposed weekend curfew till January 19, restricting movement between 10 pm Friday and 5 am Monday. Only essential services will be allowed during this period.

While marriage functions are permitted by the government, the events cannot have more than 200 people in open spaces and 100 people in closed places. Restaurants, hotels and eateries will be allowed only for take-aways and home deliveries during the weekends.
Since movement of trains and air travel is permitted, movement of public transport, private vehicles and taxis to and from airports, railway stations and bus terminals/stops/stands will be allowed to facilitate passengers. However, valid travel documents or tickets have to be produced.

Bengaluru Metro trains will run during the weekend curfew but with revised timings. During the weekends, industries, including IT, will remain exempted from the restrictions of the curfew and employees will be allowed to commute upon producing valid ID cards issued by their organizations.

Tamil Nadu:
The State Government announced that night curfew (10 pm to 5 am) will be enforced along with complete shutdown on Sundays amid Covid surge.
As per the latest order issued, all commercial entities, malls, shops, and restaurants won’t be allowed to operate beyond the permitted time.
Manufacturing industries, IT sector will be allowed to operate event at night. Employees have been advised to carry their company ID cards. They are also requested to work from home if possible.  The restrictions are through January 31, 2022.  However, it is likely that it will be extended due to increasing cases.

Update on Jan 10, 2022  - All places of worship will be closed between January 14th and 18th.  

Restrictions on Sundays are as below:
Essential services like milk, ATM centres, hospitals, hospital-related works, goods transportation, petrol bunks will be operational.
Public transportation/Metro train services will not be available on Sundays.
Restaurants/hotels can operate parcel services from 7 am till 10 pm. Food delivery will also be allowed only during this period.
Those heading to airports, railway stations have been asked to arrange their own transportation. They need to carry their travel ticket.
Wedding attendees will be allowed to travel on Sunday with proof (wedding invitation).  Note that the limit for attendance at wedding is 100.


Andhra:
Andhra Pradesh imposes night curfew from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. as the number of new COVID-19 cases sees a rise.
Andhra Pradesh became the latest State to impose a night curfew in view of the rising COVID-19 cases. The night curfew, between 10 p.m. to 5 a.m., will start from January 8.

In addition to the night curfew, the Y.S. Jagan Mohan Reddy government has also mandated that all public places, including cinema theatres, restaurants, government offices and bars, will function at 50 per cent capacity.

Telangana:
The state government is seriously considering proposals to impose weekend curfew or night curfew on all days in the wake of rising Covid cases.


Puducherry:
The Puducherry administration has imposed, in addition to existing restrictions, several curbs to contain the spread of COVID-19 in the Union Territory.
Malls, market complexes and shops should ensure that customers not exceeding 50 per cent of the capacity of the complexes alone are permitted with adequate ventilation on the premises, a government official said.

The official said that intra and inter district public transport services would be allowed to operate with 50 percent seating capacity.


Kerala:
The Kerala government on Tuesday, January 4, declared that stricter restrictions would be imposed in the state. As per the latest restrictions, the number of people attending functions in closed auditoriums has been limited to 75. Functions and events in open spaces can have a maximum of 150 people. In regards to testing passengers, the Kerala government has decided that observation will be strengthened, irrespective of the country a person is arriving from.

Delhi:
The Delhi government has imposed weekend curfew in the national capital on the orders of DDMA to check the surge in Covid-19 cases. Another DDMA meeting is scheduled for Monday where ‘total curfew’ is likely to be discussed, news agency PTI reported.

According to Graded Response Action Plan (GRAP), Red Alert is the top most level of restrictions, which includes total curfew, closure of all non-essential shops, Metro trains, government offices, except those dealing with essential services.

Maharashtra:
State government has announced new restrictions.  Gatherings with more than 5 people are not allowed. Only vaccinated people will be allowed to take public transport.
Schools and colleges will continue to be closed till February 15, 2022
Shopping malls, market complexes will also work with 50 per cent capacity and will be closed between 10 pm and 8 am.
Hair salons, sports complexes, swimming pools, gyms, spas and wellness centres have been shut. Under the new rules, cinema theatres will have to operate with 50 per cent capacity and will be closed from 10 pm to 8 am.


Punjab:
Schools and colleges will remain shut and a night curfew will be imposed to restrict public movement in Punjab.  All educational institutions, including schools, colleges and universities, shall remain shut for offline classes and virtual classes will continue. Medical and nursing colleges, however, have been permitted to function normally.

A night curfew will be in force from 10 pm to 5 am daily. Bars, cinemas halls, multiplexes, malls, restaurants, spas, museums and zoos may operate at 50% capacity provided all staff members are fully vaccinated, the new order states.

Sports complexes, stadia, swimming pools and gyms have been shut and only sportspersons training for national or international events will be allowed access. The new order also states that only fully vaccinated staff will be allowed to attend government as well as private offices.

Kolkata:
West Bengal government announced that RT-PCR test has been made mandatory for interstate border movement, news agency ANI reported.
All schools, colleges, universities, spas, salons, beauty parlors, zoos, and entertainment parks will be closed in the state.
Local trains in Kolkata will operate from Monday with 50% capacity and only till 7 pm. Long-distance trains will operate as per their usual schedule.
All government and private offices will operate at 50% capacity, whereas all administrative meetings will be conducted via the virtual mode.
Only essential services are permitted from 10 am to 5 pm in the state.
All shopping malls and markets would be allowed to remain open till 10 pm but with half their capacities.
Flights from Mumbai and New Delhi will operate only twice a week on Monday and Friday, with effect from January 5. Additionally, no flights from the UK will be allowed for the time being.
Meetings and conferences have been allowed with a maximum of 200 people at a time or 50 per cent capacity of the hall, whichever is lower
Not more than 50 persons shall be allowed in weddings, and only 20 persons will be allowed during funeral and burial services.

Goa:
Goa announced that public gatherings in the poll-bound coastal state have been limited to 100 people in outdoor venues and 50 percent of the sitting capacity or a maximum of 100 in cases of indoor venues.
Presently, schools and colleges are closed for physical classes, and restaurants, bars and eateries in Goa can only allow people who are fully vaccinated or are carrying a negative Covid-19 test report.

Odisha:
The fresh COVID guidelines with tougher restrictions are currently in force.

With night curfew being extended by an hour, shops, malls and shopping complexes will remain open across the state from 5 am to 9 pm and operate with a reduced number of customers. Only fully vaccinated people will be allowed entry. At no point in time, more than four buyers will be allowed per 100 square feet of shop space.

Food courts and food plazas in malls will remain open for takeaway only. No one will be allowed to consume food on the premises. It is the responsibility of mall owners to ensure that visitors are screened for temperature, use mask properly and maintain physical distancing.

In public transport like buses, private vehicles and taxis (including cabs by aggregators like Ola, Uber, etc.), the conductors, drivers have to ensure that all passengers and staff put on mask during the entire period of their journey.

All the travellers deboarding at the Biju Patnaik International Airport in Odisha's Bhubaneswar, except those in transit, have to undergo RT-PCR test for Covid-19 at the testing facility at the airport, said the city civic authority in a statement on Thursday.


Rajasthan:
The Rajasthan government limits events to 100 attendees only and need to inform the authorities concerned well in advance and take necessary permissions.
These events include weddings, rallies and processions among others.
Those not following COVID-19-appropriate behaviour, including wearing masks and maintaining social distance will also be liable to pay a fine of Rs 10,000 in such gatherings, the government stated.
Only those who are fully vaccinated will be allowed in most public places.

Gujarat: 
Night curfew hours have been increased to 10 pm to 6 am in 10 cities having a higher load of Covid cases. In a major announcement, the state government shifted the education back to online at least till January 31- just 45 days after it was opened for all standards on November 22 last year. 

Gujarat government on Friday announced a series of measures, including a night curfew in 10 cities, to control the spread of the virus in the state.
Night curfew will be in effect from 10pm to 6am in Ahmedabad, Anand, Bhavnagar, Gandhinagar, Jamnagar, Junagadh, Nadiad, Rajkot, Surat and Vadodara.

The notification on Friday mentioned that hotels and restaurants can admit 75% of capacity, whereas cap for cinema halls, swimming pools, coaching centres, etc. would be 50% of its capacity. 


Madhya Pradesh
Madhya Pradesh government has decided to initiate certain curbs in the state. Authorities have now revoked the formerly eased restrictions and have issued new guidelines to cap the number of people in wedding ceremonies to 250, with prior permission. Also, the number of people allowed at funerals has been reduced to 50. 
Schools have been allowed to operate with 50 percent attendance.
A six-hour night curfew, starting 11 pm to 5 am, shall be strictly imposed within the state. 

Bihar:
Besides night curfew, other restrictions that will be imposed from today are shutting down gyms, malls, and parks. All shops barring the essential services will be open till 8 PM only. Colleges and schools for classes 9 to 12 will operate at 50 percent capacity. The teaching staff is told to give more priority to online classes.

Barring essential services, all the shops will be closed post 8 PM.
The night curfew will be in place from 10 PM to 5 AM.
Colleges and schools for classes 9 to 12 will operate on 50 percent capacity. The online mode of teaching will be prioritised. Online classes will be held till class 8.
Religious places will be shut for the devotees, and only the priest can perform prayers.
Cinema halls, gyms, parks, clubs, stadiums, and swimming pools will be completely shut.
Restaurants and dhabas can operate on 50 percent capacity.
50 people are allowed in wedding functions and 20 are allowed in funerals and condolence meetings.
All political, community and cultural events can have a maximum of 50 persons, but for that permission needs to be taken from the district administration.
Shopping malls will be completely shut.

Please be aware of the restrictions and risks while travelling overseas. Be safe!


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