The Indian Central and State governments are on high alert to contain the spread of COVID-19 cases in the country. We have assessed various measures taken by the government and addressed common questions that companies would have in this environment to help them better deal with COVID-19.
India is on high alert as the number of confirmed novel coronavirus (COVID-19) cases in the country has escalated to 125 (as of 17 March 2020). The Disaster Management Act, 2005 (DMA) has been invoked, giving wide powers to the Ministry of Health and Welfare to enhance preparedness and containment of the virus. Various State Governments have also classified COVID-19 as an 'epidemic disease' under the Epidemic Disease Act, 1897 (EDA), giving local administration authority to impose various containment measures, such as quarantine, closures and surveillance. The Central and several State governments have been issuing numerous advisories and regulations on matters of travel, employment and healthcare.
In this constantly evolving space, it is important for Indian companies to find the right balance between business continuity and concerns over employees' health and safety. To equip companies to better handle the situation, we have addressed below some frequently raised queries in relation to COVID-19.