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Nationwide Lockdown Extended till 17th May: What’s open and closed?

Ministry of home affairs announced the extension of lockdown till 17th May’20. The press release also included the list of new guidelines to be followed during this lockdown.

Lockdown 3.0

The ministry of home affairs on Friday announced the extension of nationwide lockdown due to covid-19. The lockdown 3.0 will continue beyond 4th May & will continue till 17th May’20 with new guidelines being issued. The central government informed that the total cases have risen to 35,363 with a total of 1,152 deaths.

The MHA issued the guidelines to regulate the activities during the lockdown 3.0 based on risk profiling of districts into hotspots category Red, Orange & Green Zones. The guidelines have been eased out for the cities falling in Orange & Green Zone. The MHA in its letter also said that Lockdown has helped in containing the spread of Covid-19.

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India is planning to exit the lockdown in a graded manner where zone are defines as below,

  • Green Zones – The districts with either zero confirmed cases to date or no cases in the last 21 days.
  • Red Zones – The district has been marked as Red Zone based on the total COVID-19 active cases, doubling rate or confirmed cases, the extent of testing and surveillance feedback from district.
  • Orange Zones – The districts which will not fall in Red or Green Zones will be classified has Orange Zone.

The MHA further said that the most sensitive areas of the country from the spread of coronavirus point of view and falling within Red & Orange Zones, are designated as Containment Zones. These areas are at a significant risk of the spread of disease. The containment areas will be defined by local authorities and they will also have to ensure the 100% coverage of Aarogya Setu app among the residents in those areas.

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Under the new guidelines issues by MHA, the list of activities which will continue to remain close ir-respective of Zones are:

  • Travel by Air, train, metro and inter-state movement by road. Only Special purpose movement or if permitted by MHA will be allowed to travel by Air, train or road.
  • Educational institutions (Colleges, School & Training centers)
  • Hospitality service which includes hotels and restaurants
  • Recreational & Entertainment activities like Cinema halls, Gyms, malls, sports complex etc.
  • Other activities which include social, political & cultural activities like religious places, marriages, parties etc.

However, ascertain the safety and well-being of individuals the movement will be strictly prohibited from 7 PM to 7 AM for non-essential activities. Also, OPDs and medical clinics are permitted to operate in Red, Orange, and green zone with proper social distancing norms.

List of activities which are eased out during Lockdown 3.0 based on Zones are:

Red Zone Districts

  • Individual vehicles are allowed only for permitted activities with a maximum of 2 persons excluding driver for a four-wheeler and only 1 person for two-wheeler
  • Functioning of Industrial establishments with access controls
  • Manufacturing units of essential goods like FMCG, Pharma, medical devices, their raw material and ancillary services
  • Manufacturing of IT hardware’s, packaging material & jute industries can run in staggered shifts and social distancing
  • Construction activities in urban areas where workers are already available at site (no movement of workers from outside are allowed) and construction of renewable energy projects
  • Local grocery shops and all other individual shops in local vicinity but outside mall and shopping complex can operate without any distinction of essential and non-essential
  • Ecommerce activities only for essential goods
  • Private offices with 33% strength of required personal can operate with rest staff working from home
  • Government offices will function with Deputy Secretory and above level with full strength and remaining with 33% as per the requirement. However other government setups which includes defense and security service, police, NCC and municipal service will continue to work without any restrictions.
  • Agricultural activities like sowing, harvesting and marketing operations in agricultural supply chain
  • Financial institutions
  • Operation of homes for children, senior citizens, women & widows are permitted
  • Liquor and tobacco shops to operate outside containment zones

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Orange Zone Districts

  • All activates permitted in Red Zone will be allowed
  • Taxis and cab driver will be permitted with 2 person including driver
  • Inter district movement for permitted activities
  • Four wheeler are permitted with maximum two passengers besides the driver and pillion riding will be allowed on two-wheelers

Green Zone Districts

  • All activities are permitted except few which are prohibited across the country irrespective of zone
  • Buses and bus depot can operate with only upto 50% capacity

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Additional activities applied for all Zones

  • All goods traffic to be permitted with no restrictions from States and UTs
  • No separate pass for movement of goods across the country

In all zones, people above 65 years of age, persons with co-morbidities, pregnant women, and children below the age of 10 years, shall stay at home, except for meeting essential requirements and for health purposes.

States and UTs are allowed to take the decision on permitted activities based on the assessment of the situation to further keep the spread of covid-19 in control. Also the State/UT Government are mandated to strictly follow the lockdown guidelines and should not dilute the guidelines issued under the Disaster Management Act, 2005, in any case.

Covid-19 India Outbreak – 30th April’2020

India reported 1,801 new Covid-19 cases taking toll of the total confirmed cases to 34,866 as of 30th April’2020. Maharashtra is still on top of all the states with a total of 11,506. The positive news for India is jump in the recovered case by 630 with 9,059 recovered cases. The Covid-19 disease has taken 1,154 deaths in India.

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