Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) issued new with COVID-19 guidelines which will be effective from February 1, 2021 and will remain in force upto February 28, 2021.
The new guidelines have been issued after a steady decline in number of active and new cases in the country over the last four months.
Containment Zones, if required, shall be carefully demarcated by the district authorities at the micro level. All activities have been permitted outside Containment Zones, except for the following, which will be subject to strict adherence of SOPs.
Cinema halls and theatres have already been permitted upto 50% of seating capacity. Now they will be permitted to operate at higher seating capacity, for which a revised SOP will be issued by Ministry of Information & Broadcasting in consultation with MHA.
Swimming pools have already been permitted for use of sports persons. Now swimming pools will be permitted for use of all.
Social/ religious/ sports/ entertainment/ educational/ cultural/ religious gatherings have already been permitted upto a maximum of 50% of the hall capacity, with a ceiling of 200 persons in closed spaces; and keeping of the size of the ground/ space in view, in open spaces. Now such gatherings will be allowed subject to SOP of the State/ UT concerned.
Business to Business (B2B) exhibition halls have already been permitted. Now all types of exhibition halls will be permitted.
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 neighbouring countries. No separate permission/ approval/ e-permit will be required for such movements.