Hyderabad: Andhra Pradesh government that announced a lockdown of State till March 31, a GO has been issued citing measures for containing Covid19 under Section 234 of Epidemic Disease Act, 1897.

1. No public transport, including interstate transport services, will be shut. The exception is transport of all kinds to and fro from hospitals, airports & railway stations.

2. All non-essential commercial shops shall be shutdown.

3. All non-essential offices, factories, workshops, go-downs etc. if operated should do so with skeletal staff.

4. All foreign returnees are directed to remain under strict home quarantine for a period of 14 days or as advocated by local Health Authorities . Collectors to monitor and update on online portal).

5. Police will ensure Beat Vigilance System regarding all foreign returnees across the state.For this, police should take help of Mahila Samrakshna Karyadarshi (mahila police).

6. General public are required to stay at home and come out only for basic services while strictly following social distancing (2m distance between individuals) guidelines issued earlier.

7. Any congregation of more than 10 persons is prohibited in public places.

8. A 100 bedded Quarantine / Isolation facility should be established at each assembly constituency level.

9. Each district headquarters shall have 200-300 bed Tertiary Care Treatment facility dedicated for COVID-19 treatment in coordination with the private sector.

10. Collectors will maintain strict vigilance on essential commodities and medicines. Clear advertisements regarding rates & stocking in this regard shall be communicated, and any violation by individuals/establishments shall be dealt with strictly under relevant provisions of the IPC. A toll-free number should be set up by District Collectors for complaints in this regard

11. Farmers and individuals involved in the production of food grains/essential commodities will be allowed to take up their activities by maintaining social distancing norms.

12. Following Establishments providing essential services will be excluded

a. Offices charged with law and order and magisterial duties, Collector, Joint Collector, Sub Collector /RDO, MRO
b. Police, Health, Urban Local Bodies, Fire, Electricity, Water and Municipal Services, Bank/ATM, Print, Electronic and SocialMedia.
c. Food, Groceries, Milk, Bread, Fruit, Vegetable, Meat, Fish and their transportation-related activities and warehousing
d. Hospitals, Pharmacies, Optical stores, Pharmaceuticals manufacturing and their transportation-related activities
e. Telecom & Internet Services including IT&lTeS, Postal services
f. Supply chain and related transportation of essential goods
g. e-Commerce aggregators of all essential goods including food, pharmaceutical and medical equipment
h. Take away/ home delivery restaurants and hotels.
i. Petrol pumps, LPG gas, Oil agencies, their go-downs and transportation-related activities.
j. oduction and Manufacturing Units which require continuous process may continue to function, after obtaining the required permission from the Collector.
k. Manufacturing units engaged in the production of essential commodities

l3. Private establishments involved in containment of COVID-19 will remain open.

A violator of the rules is punishable under section 188 of Indian Penal Code (45 of 1860). Strict compliance with the aforementioned measures is warranted.

Around 11,670 foreign returnees to the state have been placed under medical surveillance in Andhra. Out of them, around 10,091 are placed under home isolation, 24 are hospitalized and 1,555 have completed home isolation of 28 days.

So far in Andhra Pradesh 6 cases have tested positive, one each in districts of Nellore, East Godavari, Krishna, Prakasam and 2 in Visakhapatnam.

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