Govt. extends lockdown for two more weeks: New guidelines, what’s allowed, what’s not full Details

Govt. extends lockdown for two more weeks: New guidelines, what’s allowed, what’s not full Details

The Centre on Friday announced an extension of two weeks in the nationwide lockdown beyond May 4. MHA also issued new guidelines to regulate different activities in this period, based on the risk profiling of the districts of the country in Red (hotspot), Green and Orange Zones. The guidelines have permitted considerable relaxations in the districts falling in the Green and Orange Zones

♦What is allowed in red zone rural areas during the extended lockdown

  • All industrial and construction activities including MNREGA works, food-processing units and brick-kilns.
  • All shops, except in shopping malls are permitted, without distinction to the nature of goods.
  • All agriculture activities, e.g., sowing, harvesting, procurement and marketing operations in the agricultural supply chain are permitted.
  • All animal husbandry activities, including inland and marine fisheries.
  • All plantation activities, including their processing and marketing.
  • All health services (including AYUSH), including transport of medical personnel and patients through air ambulance.
  • Banks, non-banking finance companies (NBFCs), insurance and capital market activities, and credit co-operative societies.
  • Operation of homes for children, senior citizens, destitutes, women and widows etc.; and operation of Anganwadis.
  • Public utilities, e.g., utilities in power, water, sanitation, waste management, telecommunications and internet, courier and postal services.

♦What is allowed in red zone urban areas during the extended lockdown

  • Movement of individuals and vehicles for permitted activities, with a maximum of 2 persons (besides driver) in four-wheelers and no pillion rider in two-wheelers.
  • Industrial establishments in urban areas, viz., Special Economic Zones (SEZs), Export Oriented Units (EOUs), industrial estates and industrial townships with access control .
  • Manufacturing units of essential goods, including drugs, pharmaceuticals, medical devices, their raw material and intermediates; production units, which require continuous process, and their supply chain.
  • Manufacturing of IT hardware; jute industry with staggered shifts and social distancing; manufacturing units of packaging material.
  • Construction activities in urban areas limited to in-situ construction and on renewable energy projects.
  • Shops in urban areas, for non-essential goods, are not allowed in malls, markets and market complexes.
  • All standalone (single) shops, neighbourhood (colony) shops and shops in residential complexes are permitted to remain open in urban areas, without any distinction of essential and non-essential.
  • E-Commerce activities permitted only for essential goods.
  • Private offices can operate with upto 33% strength as per requirement, with the remaining working from home.

♦What is allowed in red zone govt offices

  • All government offices shall function with senior officers of the level of Deputy Secretary and above at full strength, and the remaining staff attending upto 33% as per requirement.
  • Defense and 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.
  • Delivery of public services will be ensured and necessary staff will be deployed for such purpose.

READ MORE: Full list of 170 COVID-19 hotspot districts: What if you are an inhabitant of one of these hotspots?

♦What is allowed in orange zones during the extended lockdown

  • All activities already permitted in red zone.
  • Taxis and cab aggregators with 1 driver and 1 passenger only.
  • Inter-district movement of individuals and vehicles for permitted activities only.
  • Four wheeler vehicles will have maximum two passengers besides the driver, pillion riding on two-wheelers

♦What is allowed in green zones during the extended lockdown

  • All activities except the limited number of activities which are prohibited throughout the country, irrespective of the zone.
  • Buses can operate with up to 50% seating capacity and bus depots can operate with up to 50% capacity..

Note: In all zones, persons above 65 years of age, persons with co-morbidities, pregnant women, and children below the age of 10 years, will have to stay at home, except for essential requirements and for health purposes.

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