Covid-19 Assam Guidelines have been issued by the Assam government keeping in view of rising Covid-19 cases across the state. The situation of COVID-19 in the state of Assam has been reviewed. Meanwhile, The Assam chief minister also appealed to the people of the state to wear face masks. Urged to strictly follow social distancing and other Covid-19 protocols to fight against the virus.
The Assam State Disaster Management Authority (ASDMA) has vided order No.ASDMA.24/2020/Part-1/153 dated 24-03-2021 reiterated the compliance of the aforementioned guidelines issued by the MHA.
Covid-19 Assam Guidelines till 30th April 2021:
Open functions to be allowed with the permission of the District Authority subject to strict adherence to COVID appropriate behavior, including wearing a face mask, maintaining respiratory etiquette, practicing hand hygiene through frequent hand washing or hand sanitizers, and maintain social distancing (6 feet). While granting such permission. District Authority will assess the public bearing capacity of the open space and allow gathering of only 50% of its capacity or 400 persons, whichever is lower.
In Closed venues, gatherings up to 50% of the seating capacity to be allowed.
No standing audience shall be allowed in open/ closed venues.
The number of guests in Private functions at private venues including marriages to be restricted to 100 persons.
All Market places, supermarkets, shops in the Malls, the weekly market should be closed by 6.00 PM.
Every shopowner and customer must wear a face mask.
Funeral / last rites-related gatherings should ensure not more than 20 persons for each deceased.
Work Places (Government and Private):
Working from home and virtual working should be encouraged.
Except for officers, only 50% of employees can work from the office. However, this will not be applicable for organizations rendering Essential/Emergency Services, Law Enforcement Services, and Election work.
Meetings in the official chambers to be discouraged.
Pregnant women employees and women with children of 5 years or below irrespective of their grade shall be allowed to work from home.
Educational Institutions (Government and Private):
All Educational Institutions including Schools/Colleges/Universities must provide quality virtual options.
Not more than 50% of students should attend in person on any day.
Schools should stagger class timings so that large-scale release of students doesn’t arise.
There will be no morning assembly/special assembly etc. in the educational institutions. Preference to be given on online mode of teaching for primary classes.
Education Department will issue detailed guidelines/SOP for uninterrupted education service keeping in view of the COVID-19 precautionary measures.
Auto Rickshaws, cycle rickshaws, and taxis shall operate with one driver and two passengers maintaining social distancing.
City buses, Intra-district, Inter-district and Inter-state ·buses will be allowed to operate with 50% of seating capacity.
No passenger shall be allowed to travel standing in the vehicle.
Wearing of face mask is compulsory in all public places.
Shop owners shall ensure minimum six feet distance among customers and shall not allow more than 5 persons inside the shop. In addition, shop owners should compulsorily keep sanitizers and hand wash in their shops.
3. Shopkeepers and customers shall have to wear masks, hand gloves and maintain social distancing. Responsibility of maintenance of social distancing will be on the shop owner and failure to do so will be viewed very seriously and may entail summary closure of defaulting shops.
4. Barber shops, salons and parlours shall continue to provide service with strict compliance of COVID-19 appropriate behavior such as wearing of face masks, face cover, hand gloves.
5. Industrial units and Tea gardens may function subject to observance of COVID appropriate behaviour. Head of the unit/tea garden shall be responsible for ensuring social distancing, mask wearing by workers and staff, sanitization of industrial premises, thermal scanning etc.
Assam issues revised guidelines for air passengers:
Firstly, All air passengers arriving at any airport in Assam will have to undergo a mandatory Rapid Antigen Test (RAT) on arrival.
Secondly, No fees will be charged for the tests.
Thirdly, If the test result comes positive, the passenger will have to undergo home isolation or get admitted to a hospital depending on his/her condition.
If the result is negative, they can continue their normal activities subject to observing Covid-19 safety protocols.
Most importantly, Passengers will be hand-stamped after RT-PCR tests.