Covid-19: Notifications and advisories issued by Indian states A comprehensive resource on where to find all coronavirus related communication by various state governments

01, Apr 2020 | CJP Team

While central government started gearing up for COVID 19 sometime in February, there were some states like Kerala and Madhya Pradesh which had started issuing Covid-19 related preventive measures in January itself.

Here is a ready reckoner for accessing these notifications and orders with respect to COVID19 issued by states and Union Territories (UT) and links of websites where one can find them.

Andhra Pradesh

The state has formed a State Control and Prevention Cell of Novel Corona Virus which has issued a list of protocols for the health care sector for collection of samples, transport of samples, hospital management, dealing with suspected patients and so on.

The state also released a detailed document as training material on COVID-19.

The social distancing notification with special instructions to state government officials

Arunachal Pradesh

The state government, vide an order dated March 17, stopped issuing Inner Line Permits (ILPs) to prevent the spread of the disease. ILP is a mandatory official document issued by the government allowing inward travel of domestic visitors.

The lockdown notification with effect from March 23, a day before the nation wide lockdown


They have dedicated COVID-19 page for easy access of advisories, notifications and orders issued by the state as well as central government. These include forming state and district level task force, stamping for home quarantine, advisories on availability of groceries and other essentials and so on.

The government issued an advisory dated March 20 in public interest for COVID19

Further three office orders were issued dated March 20, March 21 and March 23 which included instructions for safety measures, assisting stranded Assamese people and so on

The government released an order stopping inter state passenger transportation on March 22.

Assam government, on March 23 issues social distancing measures, calling it complete safety restrictions with effect from March 24


The government has a dedicated website for COVID19 through State Health Society under its Department of Health

On this website under the Letter/Advisory tab are several notifications/letters issued by Bihar government related to COVID-19 including health advisory for schools and other educational institutes as well as for travellers from foreign countries as far back as February 25. It further also includes containment plan, notification on strengthening surveillance, guidelines on home quarantine and so on.

On March 22, the Health department issued an order for lockdown of private institutions, offices as well as public transport



The dedicated website:

The Chandigarh administration had banned mass gatherings since March 16, imposed section 144 of CrPC (requiring strict compliance of home quarantine orders) after one case of COVID-19 was reported in the UT, further on March 22 imposed section 144 prohibiting gathering of 5 or more persons in public places, the very next day complete curfew was announced. Further, there are many orders regarding extension of dates for payment of property tax, water bills, and so on:


The dedicated website:

The earliest notification/circular that came from the state was issued on March 6 which was regarding prevention and control of COVID19, many such circulars came thereafter:

The March 21 state lockdown notification:


All orders and notification issued by Delhi government since March 4 relating to COVID19 can be found here:

These include the invoking of the Epidemic Diseases Act, the March 13 ban on IPL and gathering of more than 200 people, closure of shopping malls, the March 24 order penalising landlords harassing medical personnel and the latest being the March 25 order on testing of health care facility workers who are treating/coming in contact with COVID19 patients within 24 hrs

The state lockdown order dated March 22


The dedicated website:

Advisories were being issued since March 11. From March 14 gyms, theatres were directed to shut, schools were closed for classes, colleges and universities were closed, exams were postponed, Zilla Parishad elections were withdrawn.

The March 20 order imposing section 144 of CrPC in Goa for prohibiting misreporting and spread of misinformation on COVID19 in South Goa. The same section was invoked in North Goa prohibiting assembly of more than 4 persons in public places

Goa lockdown order – March 22

General instructions to public post lockdown


The dedicated website:

The March 22 Order suspending public transport

The March 22 Ahmedabad lockdown order for social distancing

The March 31 Press note gives details on number of patients, death and recoveries as well as the prepared ness of the state for COVID19 with respect to ventilators and other health care facilities.

Click to access pressbrief3103312020125511482.pdf


The Chief Secretary of Haryana’s website has all COVID related notifications

Guidelines issued by Labour department

The March 20 work from home order for government employees

The state wide lockdown order of March 22

Himachal Pradesh

All the COVID19 related notifications issued by the state government can be found here:

The state was ready for an “impending” COVID19 outbreak in state since February 5

The March 16 notification on social distancing

March 19 Order banning entry of tourists

March 19 Advisory for health institutions

The March 23 statewide lockdown

Jammu and Kashmir

All government orders can be found here

order regarding essential services

March 22 Order invoking section 144 of CrPC banning assemblies of 3 or more persons, shutting down of public transport, ban on public gatherings

March 22 – Order enforcing social distancing


Guidelines on COVID19 preparedness and control in Ranchi

Jharkhand government statewide lockdown notification


As early as February 6, Karnataka had issued a circular to conduct thorough surveillance and had issued guidelines for testing, isolation, and so on.

Notification dated March 15 postponing exams

March 22 order for strict social distancing

Government order dated March 26 directing authorities to penalise landlords for harassing health care sector personnel

The latest media bulletins being released detailing the number of patients, like a progress report. (March 31) (March 30) (March 29)


The COVID19 dedicated website

Kerala government’s Directorate of Health Services (DHS) had issued COVID19 guidelines as far back as January 26. It is a detailed set of guidelines which includes pre hospital preparedness, surveillance, sample collection, screening and so on.

Under the COVID19 tab they have advisories, daily bulletins, awareness material, guidelines, all in one place. Their daily bulletins started coming in since March 1.

The government has issued a number of guidelines not just for the health care sector, but also for animal care (animal husbandry department), for mall employees, constitution of COVID19 cells, for routine vaccination, advisory for pregnancy and labour management, guidelines for Human Resource Management in COVID Hospitals.

The Kerala government order dated March 23 putting state under lockdown


Government order dated March 10 directing all colleges and universities to shut

Precautionary measures for public transport

Lockdown of Union Territory

Restriction on entry of passengers travelling by air

Madhya Pradesh

All COVID19 related documents issued by the government can be found at:

The state had issued a circular dated January 25 for prevention and control of COVID19

Notification dated March 22 for lockdown of state

The March 31 news bulletin for the state


The state government does not have a dedicated site for COVID related information

Notification invoking the Epidemic Diseases Act on March 13

Government Resolution notifying forming of a high level committee for COVID19

Maharashtra lockdown notification dated March 23


The Manipur state COVID19 page

March 12 order directing school to shut down

March 22 order asking foreign travellers arrived in the state to contact Home department

March 23 lockdown notification


General information regarding retail price of goods

Click to access Press_Release_7.pdf

March 20 Press Release, CM addressed citizens to observe March 21 as Coronavirus Awareness Day

Click to access CM_Address_Citizen.pdf

March 22 notification of lockdown in state

March 26 Notification regarding student shelter homes

Click to access Public%20Notice%20Shelter%20Homes.pdf


The state has only one positive case of COVID19 and it keeps updating it daily bulletin:

March 22 state lockdown order


March 17 shutdown of schools notification

March 22 State lockdown notification


The health department website has been made into a one stop for all COVID19 documents

March 21 social distancing order

March 29 Master circular on social distancing

Click to access Master-Circular-on-Social-Distancing-29-Mar-2020.pdf

March 30 Master Circular on lockdown

Click to access Covid19_Master_Circular_Lockdown-30-Mar-2020.pdf

Consolidated document on all laws applicable during the lockdown

Click to access Covid19-Master-Circular-Acts-Regulations-29-Mar-2020.pdf

Order on deferment of salaries of government employees

Click to access Deferment-salary-wages-view-economic-impact.pdf

Circular on collaborating with NGOs for mitigating COVID19

Click to access Collaborating-with-NGOs-mitigating-effect-COVID19-31-3-2020.pdf


March 17 advisory for government employees

March 17 advisory on social distancing

March 23 lockdown order

Click to access DRDM23032020.pdf


Punjab government developed a mobile application called COVA App to get curfew passes for emergencies, report mass gatherings, know about home quarantined patients and so on

All district wise orders related to COVID19 can be accessed on the website of Department of Governance Reforms and Public Grievances

March 22 lockdown of state


Notification for regulations on COVID19 under the Epidemic Diseases Act

The COVID19 dedicated page on Department of Medical, health and Family Welfare website

February 1 order to monitor travellers returned from China

March 22 order implementing lockdown in the state

March 25 notification regarding screening of passengers coming from other states

March 28 notification for incentives to ASHA workers

April 1 Notification regarding Medical examination of identified members of Tabligh Jamaat, Delhi

Notification related to shift timings for conducting OPD in hospitals and clinics


March 16 state lockdown notification

March 18 notice issued by tourism department to limit tourists

The state government keeps updating COVID19 related announcements on this page:

Tamil Nadu

March 13 notification recognising COVID19 as a notified disease

March 15 Preventive strategies and instructions regarding COVID19

Formulating regulations under the Epidemic Diseases Act – March 15

March 23 state lockdown notification


The COVID19 dedicated website, all media bulletins are updated everyday

March 21 General Guidelines for Hotels, Lodges and Resthouses

Formulating regulations under Epidemic Diseases Act – March 21

March 22 lockdown order

March 22- treating only emergencies at hospitals


The COVID19 dedicated website

March 24 – preventive steps taken to contain spread of the disease

March 24- complete lockdown of state

Uttar Pradesh

The state does not have a dedicated site for COVID19 updates. Each district website has a COVID19 Page. A few links are mentioned below:


All COVID19 updates are available on the following page and daily health bulletins are available here since March 15:

Also, all guidelines on ambulance transfer, quarantine facility, discharge policy, contact tracing are also available on the above link.

COVID19 instructions- February 17

The Uttarakhand Epidemic Diseases COVID 19 regulations

March 20 order banning entry of tourists

March 22 lockdown order

West Bengal

The COVID19 dedicated website:

The first COVID19 notification of the state came on February 28 alerting students against the disease

March 20 – Preventive measures to contain COVID19

March 21 – Suspension of all Inter State Bus operations to combat spread of Novel Corona Virus

March 22 – state lockdown order

March 31 – Notification regarding quarantine of migrant workers


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