State/ UT Governments and State/ UT Authorities to consider implementation of the normative framework, as conveyed vide aforesaid MoHFW advisory, dated 21st December, 2021, as per Annexure-I, until 31.01.2022.
States/ UTS will take necessary measures, under the relevant provisions of the DM Act. It is further directed that :
(i) The National Directives for COVID-19 Management, as specified in Annexure Il, shall continue to be strictly followed throughout the country.
(ii) All the District Magistrates shall strictly enforce the above measures. For the enforcement of social distancing, State/ UT Governments may, as far as possible, use the provisions of Section 144 of the Criminal Procedure Code (CrPC) of 1973.
(iii) Any person violating these measures will be liable to be proceeded against as per the provisions of Sections 51 to 60 of the DM Act, besides legal action under Section 188 of the IPC, and other legal provisions, as applicable.