Imphal: Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) issued an order on Tuesday with Guidelines for effective control of Covid-19. The new SOP will be effective from April 1, 2021, and remain in force up to April 30, 2021.
Keeping in view a fresh surge in Covid-19 cases in some parts of the country, the guidelines mandate the State/ UT governments to strictly enforce the Test- Track-Treat protocol in all parts of the country; ensure observance of Covid appropriate behaviour by everyone; and, to scale up the vaccination drive, to cover all the target groups.
It is also emphasised that in order to ensure that the resumption of activities is successful and to fully overcome the pandemic, there is need to strictly follow the prescribed containment strategy, and strictly observe the guidelines/ SOPs issued by MHA and Ministry of Health & Family Welfare (MOHFW) and other Ministries/ Departments of the Central Government and State/ UT Governments.
States and UTs, based on their assessment of the situation, may impose local restrictions, at district/ sub-district and city/ ward level, with a view to contain the spread of Covid-19.
However, 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.
Strict adherence to the prescribed SOPs
All activities have been permitted outside Containment Zones and SOPs have been prescribed for various activities. These include: movement by passenger trains; air travel; metro trains; schools; higher educational institutions; hotels and restaurants; shopping malls, multiplexes and entertainment parks; yoga centres and gymnasiums; exhibitions, assemblies and congregations, etc.
The SOPs, as updated from time to time, shall be strictly enforced by the authorities concerned, who shall be responsible for their strict observance.
The guidelines directed state/UT governments to speed up the vaccination drive to break the chain of transmission.