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The Gujarat High Court has suo motu issued a number of directions - many of them already followed - to prevent the spread of Coronavirus in the state [Suo Motu v. State of Gujarat - PIL No. 42 of 2020]
The directions were issued in batch of petitions filed before the Court, seeking various reliefs.
In an order passed today, the Bench of Chief Justice Vikram Nath and Ashutosh Shastri made a note of the measures already taken by the state government.
The measures, introduced as part of the Gujarat Epidemic Diseases, COVID-19 Regulations, 2020, include:
Dedicated helpline 104 for facilitating calls relating to Coronavirus
Sealing of the geographical area and barring entry and exit of population from the containment area.
Closure of schools, offices and banning public gatherings.
Banning vehicular movement in the area.
Initiating active and passing surveillance of n- COVID-19 cases.
Hospital isolation of all suspected cases.
Designating any Government / Private building as containment unit for isolation of the cases.
Suspension of workshops, seminars or conferences and to keep them on hold till 31st March, 2020
Admit any person who requires isolation in case he or she has a history of visiting any area where N- COVID-19 is endemic and symptomatic.
All schools, colleges, polytechnics, auditoriums, swimming pools, tuition/coaching classes with immediate effect till 29th March, 2020.
Spitting in public would entail a fine of Rs.500/-.
Closure of all gymnasiums, water parks, auditoriums, amusement parks, party plots till 31st March, 2020.
Transport activities from Gujarat to Maharashtra have been kept in abeyance till 31st March, 2020.