No fests at College, Only 500 allowed for weddings – New Guidelines

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No cultural events at schools and colleges

Not more than 500 can attend wedding

Two dose of vaccination must to enter malls & theaters

Covid testing at Airport is must

No Night curfew for now

ORDER Whereas, the State Executive Committee (SEC) vide order of even number dated 03-07-2021 has issued guidelines for COVID 19 surveillance, containment and caution which was in force in the State upto 19-07-2021. Subsequently, SEC vide orders of even number dated 18-07-2021, 31-07-2021, 13-08-2021, 30-08-2021, 09-09-2021, 24-09-2021, 08-10-2021, 26-10-2021, 09-11-2021, 24-11-2021 has extended the said guidelines upto 08-12-2021.

Whereas, World Health Organization vide statement dated 26-11-2021 has designated SARS-CoV-2 varient:B.1.1.529 (named Omicron) as Variant of Concern (VoC). As of now, WHO has confirmed detection of Omicron variant in more than 23 countries. Two cases Omicron Variant has been detected in the State following Genome sequencing by INSACOG. The Health and Family Welfare Department, Govt. of Karnataka, has issued guidelines for rigorous screening and testing of the international arrivals from countries identified “at risk’ to prevent spread of VoC in the State, which is in line with the guidelines issued by Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Govt. of India.

Whereas, the Ministry of Home Affairs order regarding ensuring compliance with the Prompt and Effective containment measures for COVID 19 dated 28th September, 2021, has been further extended upto 31-12-2021 vide MHA order dated 30-11-2021.

Whereas, the emerging situation entails proactive monitoring and surveillance and focused implementation of the five-fold strategy of test-track-treat-vaccination and adherence to COVID-appropriate behaviour to prevent spread of VoC in the State.

Now, therefore, in exercise of the powers conferred under the Section 24 (1) of the Disaster Management Act, 2005, the Chairman, State Executive Committee, here by issues additional containment measures, as mentioned below, which will come into force immediately and will be in force until further orders, for strict Implementation by Chief Commissioner BBMP, Police Commissioners, Deputy Commissioners, Superintendents of Police, and other Heads of Departments and Authorities.

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New Guidelines –

1. It is reiterated that there shall be strict implementation of five-fold strategy of test-track-treat-vaccination and enforcing adherence to COVID-appropriate behaviour.

2. It is emphasized that all gathering, meeting, conferences, etc, should strictly limit number of participants to 500 people only and COVID appropriate behaviour shall be strictly enforced during the event, the responsibility to enforce the same lies with the organisers.

3. The cultural activities/fests and functions in all educational institutions should be postponed till 15th January 2022.

4. Parents of children below 18 years who are going to school/collage should be compulsorily vaccinated with two doses of COVID vaccine.

5. Compulsory testing of health workers, old persons above 65 years and persons with comorbidities will be undertaken by the Government.

6. The entry to malls, cinema halls/theatres shall be shall be allowed only to the persons who are vaccinated with two doses of COVID 19 vaccine.

7. The Government servants shall be vaccinated with two doses of COVID 19 vaccine.

8. Wearing of face masks is an essential preventive measure. In order to strictly enforce the core requirement of masking, BBMP, District Authorities and Local Authorities shall impose fine of Rs.250 in Municipal Corporation Areas and Rs.100 in other areas for any violation in this regard.

9. There shall be intensive containment (micro containment measures) and active surveillance in clusters/area reporting higher cases to contain the spread locally.

10. Strict surveillance at the border posts setup by the districts adjoining Kerala and Maharashtra States shall continue as per the prevailing circular/guidelines issued by Department of Health and family Welfare, Govt. of Karnataka.

Any person violating these measures will be liable to be proceeded against as per the provisions of Section 51 to 60 of the Disaster Management Act, 2005, besides legal action under Section 188 of the IPC, and other legal provisions as applicable.

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