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Home Ministry issues new COVID-19 guidelines to be effective from 1st February

Newdelhi:27/1/21:The Ministry of Home Affairs today issued new Guidelines for Surveillance, Containment, and Caution of COVID-19. The guidelines will be effective from 1st of February and will remain in force up to the 28th of February.

The main focus of the Guidelines is to consolidate the substantial gains that have been achieved against COVID-19 over the last four months.

The Home Ministry said, Containment Zones, if required, shall be carefully demarcated by the district authorities at the micro-level, taking into consideration guidelines prescribed by the Health Ministry in this regard.

State and Union Territory Governments will take all necessary measures to ensure the wearing of face masks, hand hygiene, and social distancing.

As per the order, all activities have been permitted outside Containment Zones, except those which will be subject to strict adherence to Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs). It said, social, religious, sports, entertainment, educational, cultural, and religious gatherings have already been permitted up to a maximum of 50 percent of the hall capacity, with a ceiling of 200 persons in closed spaces and keeping of the size of the ground in open spaces. It said, now such gatherings will be allowed subject to SOP of the State and Union Territories concerned. Besides, Cinema halls and theatres have already been permitted up to 50 percent of seating capacity and now they will be permitted to operate at higher seating capacity, for which a revised SOP will be issued by the Ministry of Information and  Broadcasting in consultation with the Home Ministry.

The Home Ministry said, Swimming pools now will be permitted for use by all, for which a revised SOP will be issued by the Ministry of Youth Affairs and  Sports in consultation with the Home Ministry.

The Home Ministry said, for further opening up of international air travel of passengers, the Ministry of Civil Aviation may take a decision with its consultation based on the assessment of the situation.

The Ministry said, there shall be no restriction on inter-State and intra-State movement of persons and goods including those for cross land-border trade under Treaties with neighboring countries.

The persons above 65 years of age, persons with co-morbidities, pregnant women, and children below the age of 10 years are advised to take necessary precautions. It said,

use of the Aarogya Setu mobile App will continue to be encouraged.

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Ashok Palit has completed his graduation from Upendranath College Soro, Balasore and post graduation from Utkal University in Odia Language and literture.. He has also carved out a niche for himself as a scribe of eminence after joining the profession in 1988. He is also an independent media production professional. He brings loads of experience to Advanced Media, Ashok Palit as a cineaste has been active in film criticism for over three decades. As a film society activist, he soared to eminence for his profound commitment to the art film appreciation and aesthetics of cinema. His mode of discourse is often erudite but always lucid and comprehensible marked by a perfect acumen so rare in the field. A film aesthete with an immense fond of critical sensibilities, he wrote about growth and development of odia cinema in New Indian Express, The Times of India, The Hindustan Times, The Asian Age and Screen. He has been working as an Editor for Cine Samaya from 2002-2004.. He had made solid contribution on cinema in many odia Dailies and weekly such as Samaj, Prajatantra, Dharatri, Samaya, Satabadi, and weekly Samaya.
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