MHA Issues National Directives for COVID-19 Management


New Delhi: The Ministry Of Home Affairs (MHA) has issued National Directives for COVID-19 Management and Penalties for violation of Lockdown measures.

National Directives for COVID-19 Management:

  1. Face coverings: Wearing of face cover is compulsory in public places; in workplaces; and during transport.
  2. Social distancing: Individuals must maintain a minimum distance of 6 feet (2 gaz ki doori) in public places. Shops will ensure physical distancing among customers and will not allow more than 5 persons at one time.
  3. Gatherings: Large public gatherings/ congregations continue to remain prohibited. Marriage related gatherings: Number of guests not to exceed 50. Funeral/ last rites related gatherings: Number of persons not to exceed 20.
  4. Spitting in public places will be punishable with fine, as may be prescribed by the State/ UT local authority in accordance with its laws, rules, or regulations.
  5. Consumption of liquor, paan, gutka, tobacco, etc. in public places is prohibited.

Additional directives for Work Places

  1. Work from home (WFH): As far as possible the practice of WFH should be followed.
  2. Staggering of work/ business hours will be followed in offices, workplaces, shops, markets, and industrial & commercial establishments.
  3. Screening & hygiene: Provision for thermal scanning, hand wash, and sanitizer will be made at all entry and exit points and common areas.
  4. Frequent sanitization of the entire workplace, common facilities, and all points which come into human contact e.g. door handles, etc., will be ensured, including between shifts.
  5. Social distancing: All persons in charge of workplaces will ensure the adequate distance between workers, adequate gaps between shifts, staggering the lunch breaks of staff, etc.


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