Raipur: The union ministry of home affairs has asked states and UTs to re-impose restrictions if the norms of Covid Appropriate Behavior are not maintained at any establishment or premises or markets to curb the spread of Covid-19.
A letter issued by the ministry on Wednesday states that with the decline in the number of active cases, States and UTs have started re-opening the activities in a gradual manner. However, the process of relaxing restrictions should be carefully calibrated.
Besides, blatant violations of covid norms have been observed in several parts of the country, especially in public transport and at hill stations. Massive crowds are also thronging the market places, violating norms of social distancing. Consequently, increase in R tactor (Reproduction number) in of the States, is a matter of concern and any increase in 'R' factor above 1.0 is an indicator of spread of covid-19.
“Therefore, it is important that the authorities concerned shall be made responsible for ensuring COVID Appropriate Behavior (CAB) in all crowded places, such as shops, malls, markets, market complexes, weekly markets, restaurants and bars, mandis, bus stations, railway platforms/stations, public parks and gardens, gymnasiums, banquet halls/marriage halls, stadia/ sports complexes (if opened up by th State) as well as at all areas identified as hotspots for transmission of the virus”, the letter said.
It has also been asked to take stern action against the violators. There should be continuous focus on the five-fold strategy for effective management of Covid-19 i.e. Test-Track-Treat Vaccination and adherence to CAB.
The ministry has asked to issue strict directions to the district and all other local authorities concerned, to regulate the crowded places and take necessary measures for management of Covid-19.