The Assam State Disaster Management Authority issued a fresh set of Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) on Monday, in view of the COVID-19 situation in the state. This order will come into force at 5 AM on June 22 and will continue to remain in force until further orders.
1. Containment Zones for urban and rural areas
The order directs that areas in case of urban areas with more than 5% test positivity of COVID-19 and areas in case of rural areas with more than 10% test positivity of COVID-19 are to be declared containment zones and necessary containment measures are to be carried out.
2. Night Curfew
Cachar, along with 4 other districts, will be under the close watch of the Assam Government, and if situation does not improve, stricter restrictions will be imposed. The current curfew timing is however same as the previous order. There will be complete restrictions on the movement of people past 1 PM till 5 AM.
Hailakandi and Karimganj will follow the previous curfew timing and movement of individuals will stay completely banned in the districts from 1 PM to 5 AM.
3. Workplace and business/commercial establishments
Government and Private Offices or Establishments will be allowed to operate till 12 noon
Shops and commercial establishments will have to close down at 12 noon.
Restaurants, Dhabas and other eateries can allow dine-in till 12 noon. Takeaways will be allowed till 1 PM.
Sale counters, showroom attached with cold storages and warehouses, will be allowed to function till 12 noon.
All government employees, inoculated with both doses of the COVID vaccines, have been ordered to attend office mandatorily.
Government and semi-government officers, in the rank of Deputy Secretary and above, and senior executives in non-government sector, with their key support staff will attend office for emergency and urgent works, irrespective of their vaccination status.
Organisations rendering essential or emergency services, law enforcement services, and election work will continue their operations without any restrictions.
All pregnant women employees and those women employees, with children, aged below 5 years, are allowed to work from home.
Persons with Disabilities (PwDs) are exempted from attending duties. However, they may be encouraged to work from home
4. Public Transport (Government and Private) - for urban and rural areas
All Public transport authorities have been ordered to enforce COVID-19 protocols. Auto-rickshaws, cycle-rickshaws and taxis are allowed to operate with one driver and two passengers. Pillion riding shall stay banned except for women and children. Wearing face mask had been made mandatory for even a single individual inside a vehichle.
5. Educational Institutions
Physical classes remain prohibited. "Quality virtual education" shall continue.
6. Gathering for Urban and Rural Areas
No meeting or gathering is allowed in any open or closed space. Marriages may operate only with the religious part being functional, with a maximum of 10 people, present during the ceremonies. No reception party will be entertained before or after the marriage ceremony. All religious places shall stay shut. However the religious head of a religious place, or his representative, may perform minimal religious rituals or prayers. The gathering in funeral or last rites shall not be more than 10 individuals. In case of hotels and resorts, in-house guests are allowed to dine in, till the usual timing. Delivery of essential goods through e-commerce shall continue, maintaining all COVID-19 protocols. Weekly haats and bazars remain suspended. Pharmacies, hospitals, animal care centres and veterinary clinics are allowed to operate without restrictions.
7. Inter-district movement
All inter-district movements remain suspended until further orders.
Wearing mask is mandatory. Cold storages and ware houses will continue operations as usual. Shop owners have been ordered to ensure social distancing and allow a maximum of 5 individuals inside the shop. Keeping sanitisers and hand wash at the entry of every shop is made mandatory. Shop owners and customers must wear masks and gloves. Maintaining social distancing has been announced to be the responsibility of the shop owner, failing which may result into the closure of the shop for a certain period. Industrial units and tea estates are allowed to function, maintaining all COVID-19 protocols. Head of the unit/tea garden will be responsible to ensure social distancing, mask wearing, sanitization of premises, thermal screening, etc. Odd-even formula for plying of vehicles shall remain in force.