“The existing guidelines and SOPs in place for compulsory testing of all incoming passengers, travellers to J&K shall be strictly enforced. Everyone will have to compulsorily undergo a COVID-19 Rapid Antigen Test as prescribed by the protocol in use and may be subjected to quarantine if necessary. Persons above 65 years of age, persons with co-morbidities, pregnant women, and children below the age of 10 years, shall take extra precautions,” the order further read.
As per the guidelines, wholesalers, fruit & Sabzi mandis may also remain open as necessary in a regulated manner to ensure provisioning of essential supplies. “All Shopping Complexes, Bazaars, Saloons, Barber shops, Cinema Halls, Restaurants & Bars, Sport Complexes, Gyms, Spas, Swimming Pools, Parks, Zoos, etc, shall remain closed. Restaurants in hotels can remain functional for in-house guests, to be served only in the rooms. Religious and social gatherings such as marriages, attended by up to 50 persons only, whether indoors or outdoors, and funerals, last rites attended by up to 20 persons only, are allowed. There will be no hindrance to the smooth movement of goods and essential supplies, nomads migrating with herds, Darbar Move Officials/staff and other products like agricultural/horticultural goods, on the National & State Highways,” the order read. New guidelines say that there will be no restriction on interstate and intra state movement of essential goods. All industrial and scientific establishments, both public and private, are allowed to operate for production purposes, or otherwise. Internet services, IT, Telecom, IT enabled services’ sector, including e-Commerce are permitted. “There shall be no restriction on the movement of government officials for attending office/ duties, on production of l-cards/ official orders. All development/ construction works shall be allowed to continue without any hindrance. The District Magistrate may issue passes wherever necessary. The vaccination drive shall not be halted. Localized mobile teams shall be constituted to provide vaccination in colonies, residential areas and containment zones. District Magistrates will issue orders to this effect under Sec 144, CrPC,” the guidelines specify. In addition, District Magistrates may take additional local preventive measures such as not allowing assemblies/processions; notifying micro containment zones for checking spike in infections in their respective districts, etc. Necessary orders in this regard may be issued under the DM Act, CrPC. The Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs)/ guidelines/instructions issued by the J&K SEC from time to time (available on the website (www.jkqad.nic.in) shall remain applicable in all the districts, the order further read.