RESTRICTIONS STILL IN PLACE
The lockdown in India continues and scheduled to be end on 31 May 2020.
- The lockdown continues in place with adherence to the new Guidelines on the measures to be taken by Ministries/Departments of Government of India, State/UT Governments and State/UT authorities for containment of COVID-19 in the country upto 31 May 2020.
- On 24 May, the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) issued the revised Standard Operating Protocol (SOP), for movement of Indian Nationals stranded outside the country and of specified persons to travel abroad to facilitate the Indian Nationals who had travelled to other countries before lockdown, to return India and assist people to travel abroad urgently for various purposes.
IMPACT ON FOOD SUPPLY CHAIN
- For food sector, the food manufacturing activities remain unhampered throughout the extended lockdown period.
- For food service, restaurants remain closed and only allowed to operate kitchen to provide only home-delivery service during the extended period.
- In addition, the inter-state movement of goods/cargo, including empty trucks is allowed during the lockdown period.
- In view of COVID-19, Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) announced the delay for the date of enforcement for display of ‘’Date of Manufacturing’’ and ‘’Best before Date’’ of non-packaged/loose sweets on their container/tray at the outlet for sale. The date which was scheduled on 1 June will be delayed to 1 August 2020.