Government of Assam declares lockdown till March 31, 2020

Mar 24, 2020 | by Avantis RegTech Legal Research Team

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EHS Compliance

The Assam Health and Family Welfare Department on March 23, 2020 notifies a Complete Safety Restriction in the territorial jurisdiction of the entire state till March 31, 2020 (24:00 hrs.)

Due to this certain restriction are:

 No transport services including operation of Taxis, auto-rickshaws will be permitted. The exception will include transport of all kinds to and from hospitals, airports, railway station, bus stands/terminals and goods carriers carrying food and essential commodities.

 All shops, commercial establishments, offices and factories, workshops, go-downs etc. shall close their operations.

 All foreign returnees and other such persons so required by the health personnel are directed to remain under strict home quarantine for a period as decided by the local health authorities.

 People are required to stay at home and come out only for basic services while strictly following social distancing guidelines issued earlier.

 Only limited religious rituals shall be performed at temples, mosques etc. by maximum of three priests/ imams etc. at a time, without any community participation.

These restrictions shall not be applicable on the following service: 

• Law and Order, Courts and Correctional Service

• Health Service and persons involved with logistic support of healthcare services

• Police, Armed forces and Municipal or Conservancy services

• Fire, Civil Defence and Emergency services

• Directorate of Information and Public Relations (DIPR), Assam  

• Essential Indian Oil Corporation (IOC) and Oil and Natural Gas Corporation (ONGC) operations

• Telecom, Internet, Information Technology (IT) and Information Technology Enabled Service (ITES) and postal services

• Banks and ATMs

• Government Treasuries with limited staff

• Officials in Government offices involved with clearing of treasury bills but with limited staff

• Offices ordered to be opened by Finance Department, such offices shall be closed after financial transactions are completed

• Airports with restricted flights

• Vehicles or Cabs owned or contracted by exempted categories for transportation of staff to workplace and back

• Vehicles given permit for emergency use by authorized officials

• Essential food items including Public Distribution System (PDS), grocery shops (with limited staff), storage and their transportation or goods vehicles

• Petrol pumps, oil agencies, LPG agencies, their go downs and transportation 

• Pharmacies, pharmaceutical / surgical manufacturing and their transportation / any other type of medical or surgical supplies eg. Oxygen required for hospital use 

• Production and Manufacturing units requiring continuous process may continue to function after obtaining necessary approval from the District Magistrate, with limited staff

• Print and electronic media

• Manufacturing units engaged in production of essential commodities/ hospital supplies/ industrial units engaged in manufacturing of products of public safety and hygiene.

• Any other essential services or establishment that may be exempted by the government. 

Any congregation of more than 5 persons shall be prohibited in public places.

State borders to be effectively sealed for all passenger vehicles including commercial and privately owned vehicles.

Any person found violating these instructions shall be deemed to have committed an offence punishable under section 188 of the Indian Penal Code (45 of 1860) and other applicable legal provisions.

[Order No. HLA 248/2020/35]


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