Thursday, March 19, 2020

Sec. 144 imposed in South Andaman to prevent any outbreak of COVID-19

ORDER No. 412
    It is brought to the notice of the general public that the World Health Organization has declared the recent Novel Corona Virus (COVID-19) as a Pandemic. Till date, it has affected more than 166 countries including China, USA, Germany, Italy, United Kingdom and Japan among others. Worldwide, a total of 207,860 cases and 8,657 deaths have been reported so far. In India a total of 166 cases have come positive so far. The infection is known to spread through droplets generated by coughing and sneezing of an infected individual or through prolonged contact with an infected individual.
The Government of India has been issuing various advisories, instructions and orders etc. to contain the spread of Novel Corona Virus (COVID-19) in the nation. These include restrictions on international passenger traffic, advisory on maintaining social distancing measures amongst the members of the public etc.
With a view to safeguard Public Health and in the interest of Public Safety and in order to prevent any outbreak of the disease in the South Andaman District, I Abhishek Dev, District Magistrate, South Andaman, in exercise of the powers vested in me u/s 144 of the Cr. P.C., do hereby direct the following:-
1. All Shops and establishments to be shut with effect from midnight of 19th March, 2020, except the following:-
a. Chemist and pharmacy shops,
b. Grocery/Kirana shops.
c. Milk Shops/Bakeries.
d. Vegetable/Fruit/Meat Shops.
e. Fuel Stations of ANIIDCO.
    The establishments listed above shall strictly follow the norms of Social distancing of maintaining a distance of atleast 1 (one)  meter from a  person, as stipulated by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Government of India, maintaining proper queue system outside  the premises.
      2. All private offices to be shut with effect from the midnight of 19th March, 2020. However, cable TV operators, DTH operators, Telecom service providers shall be allowed to run their operations strictly complying with the norms of social distancing of maintaining a distance of at least 1(one) meter from a person, as stipulated by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Government of India.
     3. All public places of worship like Temples, Mosques, Churches, Gurudwaras etc. shall keep their activities to a bare minimum and strictly follow norms of social distancing of maintaining a distance of at least 1(one) meter from a person, as stipulated by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Government of India, maintaining proper queue system outside the premises and not allowing more than 4 persons at a time, inside the premises.
    4. The operations of the government departments of the Andaman and Nicobar Administration shall be governed on the basis of the directions of the General Administration Department, Andaman and Nicobar Administration, as issued from time to time. The Central Government Departments (including BSNL/CPSUs) shall operate based on the directions of the Department of Personnel and Training, Government of India or the concerned department. However, all government departments/CPSUs shall strictly abide by the norms of Social distancing by maintaining a distance of at least 1(one) meter from a person, as stipulated by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Government of India.
    5. All Banks/ATMs functioning in the district shall only provide essential services to the customers and shall strictly abide by the norms of Social distancing by maintaining a distance of at least 1(one) meter from a person, as stipulated by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Government of India, having a proper queue system and not allowing more than 4 customers at a time, inside the premises.
   6. The order does not cover the operations and functioning of the Hon'ble Courts, located in the District.
7. The general public is directed to refrain from making non-essential travel and trips outside their residence, except for essential/ emergency needs.
      And Whereas, this order shall come in force in the South Andaman District from the Midnight of 19th March, 2020 and shall be effective till the midnight of 26th March, 2020.
   And Whereas, in view of the emergent circumstances, this order is being issued ex-parte and is addressed to the public in general. This order shall be promulgated in the South Andaman District by announcement through publicity vans and affixing of copies thereof at notice boards of the Office of the District Magistrate/Sub-Divisional Magistrates/Tehsildars as well as public places of prominence, and publication in the newspapers having circulation in the district.
Any disobedience of the above order shall invite penal action u/s 188 of Indian Penal Code, 1860, against the violator(s).
 Given under my hand and seal of this Court on the 19th of March, 2020
Abhishek Dev, IAS
District Magistrate
South Andaman District
F.No.1-1/DC/PA/2020

Sec. 144 imposed in North & Middle Andaman to prevent any outbreak of COVID-19

ORDER NO.1442
          It is brought to the notice of the general public that the World Health Organization has declared the recent Novel Corona Virus (COVID-19) as a ‘Pandemic’. Till date, it has affected more than 166 countries including China, USA, Germany, Italy, United Kingdom and Japan among others. Worldwide, a total of 207,860 cases and 8,657 deaths have been reported so far. In India a total of 166 cases have been reported to be positive. The infection is known to spread through droplets generated by coughing and sneezing of an infected individual or through prolonged contact with an infected individual.
          The Government of India has been issuing various advisories, instructions and orders etc. to contain the spread of Novel Corona Virus (COVID-19) in the nation. These include restrictions on international passenger traffic, advisory on maintaining social distancing measures amongst the members of the public, etc.
With a view to safeguard Public Health and in the interest of Public Safety and in order to prevent any outbreak of the disease in the North and Middle Andaman District, I, Awanish Kumar, IAS, District Magistrate, North and Middle Andaman, in exercise of the powers vested in me u/s 144 of the Cr.P.C., do hereby direct the following:-
1.   All Shops and establishments to be shut with effect from midnight of 19th March, 2020, except the following:-
a. Chemist and Pharmacy shops.
b. Grocery /Kirana shops.
c.    Milk Shops/Bakeries.
d.   Vegetable/Fruit/Meat Shops.
e.    Fuel Stations of ANIIDCO.

Moreover, the establishments listed above shall strictly follow the norms of Social distancing of maintaining a distance of at least 01 (one) meter from a person, as stipulated by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Government of India while maintaining proper queue system outside the premises.
 2.   All private offices to be shut with effect from the midnight of 19th March, 2020. However, cable TV operators, DTH operators, Telecom service providers shall be allowed to run their operations strictly complying with the norms of social distancing of maintaining a distance of at least 01 (one) meter from a person, wherever applicable, as stipulated by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Government of India .
 3.   All public places of worship like Temples, Mosques, Churches, Gurudwaras etc. shall keep their activities to a bare minimum and strictly follow norms of social distancing of maintaining a distance of at least 01 (one) meter from a person, as stipulated by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Government of India while maintaining proper queue system outside the premises and not allowing more than 04 (four) persons at a time, inside the premises.
 4.   The operations of the Government departments of the Andaman and Nicobar Administration shall be governed on the basis of the directions of the General Administration department, Andaman and Nicobar Administration, as issued from time to time. The Central Government Departments (including BSNL/CPSUs) shall operate based on the directions of the Department of Personnel and Training, Government of India or the concerned department. However, all Government departments/CPSUs shall strictly abide by the norms of Social distancing by maintaining a distance of at least 01 (one) meter from a person, as stipulated by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Government of India, wherever applicable.
 5.   All Banks/ATMs functioning in the district shall only provide essential services to the customers and shall strictly abide by the norms of Social distancing by maintaining a distance of at least 1(one) meter from a person, as stipulated by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Government of India, having a proper queue system and not allowing more than 04 (four) customers at a time, inside the premises.
 6.   This order does not applies to the operations and functioning of the Hon’ble Courts located in the District.
 7.   The general public is directed to refrain from making non-essential travel and trips outside their residences, except for essential/ emergency needs.
And Whereas, this order shall come in force in the North and Middle Andaman District from the midnight of 19th March, 2020 and shall be effective till the midnight of 26th March, 2020.
And Whereas, in view of the emergent circumstances, this order is being issued ex-parte and is addressed to the public in general. This order shall be promulgated in the North and Middle Andaman District by announcement through publicity vans and affixing of copies thereof at notice boards of the Office of the District Magistrate/Sub-Divisional Magistrates/Tehsildars as well as public places of prominence, and publication in the newspapers having circulation in the district.
  Non-compliance of the above order shall invite strict penal action u/s 188 of Indian Penal Code, 1860, against the violator(s).
 Given under my hand and seal of this Court on the 19th of March, 2020
       (AWANISH KUMAR, IAS)
District Magistrate
   North and Middle Andaman District

Food Safety Commissioner issues guidelines for hoteliers, restaurant operators & other food vending establishments


Port Blair, Mar 18: As a mark abundant precaution on account of the threat from the Novel Corona Virus (COVID-19) and on the basis of various advisories and directives from the Govt. of India and the A&N Administration, the Commissioner Food Safety, A&N Islands has issued some guidelines for the hoteliers, restaurant operators and other food vending establishments of A&N Islands for strictly adherence. These include:
*  They shall make arrangements for the supply of hand sanitizer / soap with water, hand washing facility at the entrance of premises for visitor/customers.
*  Ensuring sanitization of door opening knobs, furnitures, wash rooms, toilets etc.
*  All food handlers may be provided masks as per World Health Organization norms.
*  Ensuring that on each serving table, there should be a minimum distance of one meter between the patrons.   
*  Persons (including staff) with flu like symptoms/respiratory issues shall not be allowed in the premises and the matter may be reported on helpline number 03192-232102 for further necessary action.
*  Ensuring that the minimum standard of cleanliness and hygiene is maintained as per cleaning protocol issued by the A&N Administration.
Any violation of the above order shall entail legal action as per Law.