MHA issues new guidelines to regulate activities during extended lockdown based on risk profiling of districts into red, orange, green zones. Under new lockdown guidelines, limited number of activities will remain prohibited in country, irrespective of COVID-19 zones. In lockdown 3 beginning from 4 May Movement of individuals in all zones, for all non-essential activities, shall remain strictly prohibited between 7 pm to 7 am, said Ministry of Home Affairs. Just two nights ahead of May 3, the scheduled date of ending of extension in lockdown, Ministry of Home Affairs on Friday 1st May extended once again the nationwide lockdown for two more weeks, till May 17.
From Travel activities to opening of Shops, from decision on opening of industries to tobacco/ liquor shops, from personal vehicle movements to train services, here are detailed Guidelines laid down by MHA.
The Centre has decided to extend the lockdown for 2 more weeks till 17 May to contain the spread of coronavirus. Unlike two editions of lockdown announced earlier, this edition will entail certain relaxations and some activities will be allowed. The country has been divided into three zones; red, green and orange on the basis of level of containment. Red zone areas are considered to be the hotspots of the disease while orange zone areas are less infected and green zones have not seen any cases in the last 21 days. MHA issued an order today to extend the nationwide lockdown further till 17th May. Certain exemptions have been provided to some districts depending on the number of existing coronavirus cases. However, some activities are prohibited irrespective of the zones like travel by air, train, metro . Schools, colleges, hotels, restaurants, coaching centers , malls , gyms and cinema halls will remain shut in the lockdown.
In red zones, movement of people and vehicles are allowed only for approved activities and only two persons along with a driver are allowed in four- wheelers and only one person in two- wheelers. Commercial establishments in Special Economic Zones (SEZs), Export Oriented Units (EOUs), industrial estates and industrial townships following proper social distancing norms are allowed to operate. Manufacturing of essential items like drugs , medical devices , manufacturing of IT hardware and packaging material is allowed.
Construction activities in urban areas have been limited to in-situ construction and construction of renewable energy projects. All Neighbourhood shops and standalone shops are allowed to resume their operations. Only essential goods can be bought via e- commerce sites. 33% of workforce is allowed to work in private offices, rest can work from home.
Defence acquisition & services
Defenseand Security services, Health and Family Welfare, Police, Prisons, Home Guards, Civil Defence, Fire and Emergency Services, Disaster management and related services, National Informatics Centre (NIC), Customs, Food Corporation of India (FCI), National Cadet Corps (NCC), Nehru Yuvak Kendra (NYK) and Municipal services shall function without any restrictions.
Construction activities and shops except those in malls in rural areas are permitted. Agricultural activities including sowing, harvesting and animal husbandry activities are permitted. All health services (including AYUSH) are to remain functional, including transport of medical personnel and patients through air ambulances. Financial service providers including banks, NBFCs and insurance companies are functional.
Here is brief outlook of activities allowed in respective zones, respective fields in lockdown 3 from May 4 to 17.
Rail/ Busses/ Airplanes-
Movement of people by air, rail and road will be allowed for select purposes, and for purposes as permitted by MHA during lockdown 3.
Movement of Individuals-
Movement of individuals for all non-essential activities shall remain strictly prohibited between 7 pm and 7 am during lockdown. In all COVID-19 zones, people above 65, those with comorbidities, pregnant women to stay at home, except for essential works.
Liquor/ Tobacco/ Paan Gutka Shops-
Consumption of liquor, paan, gutka, tobacco etc. is not allowed in public places during lockdown. SaleSale of liquor, paan, tobacco to be allowed after ensuring minimum six-feet social distancing; not over 5 persons at one time at shop.
Miscellaneous Permissions & Prohibitions-
Should Read- State / District wise Zones distribution
Travel by air, rail, metro & inter-state movement by road and schools, colleges to remain shut during extended lockdown. In COVID-19 red zones movement of individuals, vehicles allowed only for permitted activities during lockdown. In Lockdown 3 Maximum of 2 persons, besides driver, in four wheelers, no pillion rider on two wheelers: MHA.
In COVID-19 red zones and outside containment areas plying of cycle-rickshaws, auto-rickshaws, taxis, opening of salons prohibited, says Ministry of Home Affairs.
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