COVID-19 – The Epidemic Diseases Act, 1897- LOCKDOWN – Further orders – Issued GENERAL ADMINISTRATION DEPARTMENT
G.O.Ms.No.46 Dated:23.03.2020 Read the following G.O.Ms.No.45, GAD Dated.23.03.2020 Lockdown Relaxation Guidelines after 20 April 2020
In continuation of lockdown orders in the State of Telangana issued in reference cited above, the following further directions are issued for streamlined implementation of the lockdown:
i. Not more than one person shall be allowed to move on a two-wheeler and not more than two persons shall be allowed on a four-wheeler.
ii. No movement of any persons shall be permitted for any purpose other than accessing emergency medical care during the period from 7.00 PM every evening to 6.00 AM on the following day.
iii. No shop/establishment except hospitals and pharmacies will be allowed to operate after 6.30 PM.
iv. Residents shall procure essential goods and services from shops and establishments located within a radius of not more than 3 km from their residence.
v. Insurance service providers shall be permitted to operate during the lockdown period.
- The above restrictions shall not apply to employees/persons deployed in the control of COVID 19.
- Temporary police check-posts shall be set up at suitable locations to ensure strict compliance with the lockdown orders.
- A Committee under Secretary (Agriculture) with the following composition is set up to ensure availability of essential commodities throughout the state and during the period of lockdown:
Preventive measures to contain the spread of COVID-19 in Government offices – Instructions – Issued.
Ref: G.O.Ms.No.45., General Administration Department, dt.22.03.2020.
In order to control the possibility of spread of COVID-19 in Govt.. offices and in pursuance of orders issued in the reference cited. The following further instructions are issued.
- Secretaries / Head of Offices shall ensure that 20% of ministerial and last grade employees are required to attend office on any day on rotation, so that the functioning of the office in COVID-19 control activities and other emergent duties is not impaired.
- A roster of duties for ministerial and last grade employees shall be drafted accordingly.
- This relaxation in attendance will not apply to officers.
- Employees not attending office on a particular day as per the roster should be available in headquarters and accessible on telephone /electronic means at all times. They should attend the office, as and when called.
- These instructions shall not apply to the following categories of officesand employees;
a. Those engaged in taking measures to control the spread of COVI D -19.
b. Those drafted for provision of essential / emergency goods or services including those working / drafted to work in General Administration Dept.
c. Those working / drafted to work in any of the offices / activities that are exempted are required to be fully functional during the lock down period under G.O.Ms.No.45 Dt.22.03.2020 cited above.
- Secretaries and District Collectors are authorized to relax the applicability of these orders to any employee(s)/office on exigency of work.
- These orders shall be applicable with immediate effect and will remain in force till 31.03.2020.
i. Commissioner, Civil Supplies
ii. Commissioner, Transport
iii. IG of Police, Hyderabad
iv. Director, Drugs Control Administration
v. Director, Horticulture
vi. Director, Marketing
vii. Controller, Legal Metrology
viii. MD, Dairy Development Cooperative Federation
The Government in exercise of the powers conferred under Section 2 of the The Epidemic Diseases Act, 1897, read with all other enabling provisions of the The Disaster Management Act, 2005, hereby notify lockdown in the entire State of Telangana with immediate effect till 31st March, 2020, prescribing the following regulations and measures during the said period
All state borders shall be sealed other than for movement of essential and perishable commodities.
All public transport services including TSRTC buses, SETWIN, Hyderabad Metro, taxis, auto-rickshaws etc. will not be permitted. However, transport of passengers for accessing emergency medical services shall be permitted. Plying of private vehicles shall be restricted only to the extent of procuring essential commodities and activities permitted under this order.
Operation of all interstate bus and transport services including those by private operators shall stand suspended.
Every person who is required to observe home quarantine shall strictly observe the same failing which he/she will be liable for penal action and shifted to government quarantine.
Residents shall stay at home and come out only for permitted activities while strictly observing social distancing norms. In any case not more than one person will be permitted excluding the person driving the vehicle.
Any congregation of more than 5 persons in public places is prohibited.
All shops, commercial establishments, offices, factories, workshops, godowns etc. shall close their operations. However, production and manufacturing units which require continuous process such as pharmaceuticals, API etc. may function. Further, manufacturing units engaged in production of essential commodities like dal and rice mills, food and related units, dairy units, feed and fodder units etc. will also be permitted to operate.
Government offices, shops and establishments permitted to operate during this period shall take steps to ensure social distancing such as through painting of foot marks at distances of 3 feet from each other near check out counters. They shall also ensure proper sanitation in their premises and ensure availability of hand sanitizers/hand washing facilities.
The following shops/establishments providing essential goods and services shall be excluded from the above restrictions:
a) Banks/ATMs and related activities.
b) Print and electronic media
c) IT and ITeS, including telecom, postal and internet Services
d) Supply chain and transport of essential commodities
e) E-Commerce (delivery) of essential goods including food, pharmaceutical and medical equipment
f) Sale of food items, groceries, milk, bread, fruits, vegetables, eggs, meat, fish and their transportation and warehousing activities
g) Take-away/ home delivery at restaurants
h) Hospitals, optical stores, diagnostic centres, pharmaceuticals manufacturing and their transportation
i) Petrol pumps, LPG gas, oil agencies, their godowns and their related transport operations.
j) All security services including those provided by private agencies.
k) Private establishments that support the provisioning of essential services or the efforts for containment of COVID-19
I) Airports and related services
The following Departments/Offices of the State Government shall be fully functional: –
District Collectorate/Divisional offices/Mandal Offices
Urban Local Bodies/Panchayatraj institutions
Taxation, Excise, Commercial Tax, Transport, Stamps and Registration
Electricity and water supply
Agriculture, Horticulture, Animal Husbandry, Fisheries and Agricultural Marketing
Regulatory departments like Pollution Control Board, Legal Metrology, Drug Control Administration etc
All Central Government departments related to the above.
For the functioning of other Government offices separate order will be issued by the Chief Secretary.
In view of the hardships due to lockdown, all 87.59 lakhs food security cardholders in the state would be given 12 kg of rice per person amounting 3.58 lakh tonnes at a cost of Rs 1103 Crores.
Further all food security card holding families would be given an one time support of Rs.1500/- to meet the expenditure on other essential commodities such as dal, vegetables and salt etc. at an estimated cost of Rs.1314 Crores.
All the Government as well as private establishments shall make payments of wages/salaries fully to the workers/employees including those working under contract and outsourcing basis during the lockdown period. Any violation will be viewed seriously and will invite penal action under The Epidemics Disease Act 1897.
During the lockdown period, steps will be taken to ensure that there is no disruption in the supply of essential commodities to the people.
All Educational institutions and education department activities including spot valuation will be closed till 31s’ March 2020. All examinations scheduled during this period stand postponed.
All Anganwadi Centres shall remain closed till 31′ March 2020. Children and pregnant women/lactating mothers will be provided take home ration during this period.
All pregnant women who are expected to deliver during the months of March – April 2020 will be listed, monitored and assisted by Medical staff to ensure institutional delivery,
All elective surgeries shall be re-scheduled in all private and Government hospitals to enhance the availability of health care facilities to COV1D-19 patients.
All the Government departments shall take definite measures to ensure that people do not gather or accumulate in large numbers. For example, paddy procurement shall be decentralized to village / gram panchayat level, by opening more procurement centres, by engaging 1KP Groups, PACS and Agricultural Marketing Committees. The arrival of paddy to procurement centre shall be regulated by issuing time slot coupons.
All the District Collectors, District Superintendents of Police, Commissioners of Police, Municipal Commissioners of Corporations and other competent authorities in respect of the concerned institutions, organizations and establishments are hereby
authorized and directed to take all necessary measures for enforcement and implementation of the aforesaid regulations and measures.
- Any person, institution , organization violating any provision of these regulations shall be dealt under the provisions of The Epidemics Diseases Act 1897, The Disaster Management Act 2005, regulations issued vide Ref 5″ cited and other relevant Acts.
- No suit or legal proceedings shall lie against any person for anything done or intended to be done in good faith under these regulations.