The Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) on Friday extended the nationwide lockdown by two more weeks from May 4, as the second extension of the lockdown expires on May 3.
Justifying the lockdown extension, the central government said that India’s death toll due to Covid-19 pandemic has increased to 1,152 with the total of 35,365 cases across the country.
The MHA’s lockdown guidelines allowed different kinds of activities based on the risk profiling of the districts falling under various colour zones – Red (hotspot), Orange and Green.
The guideline comes in the wake of a series of meetings by Prime Minister Narendra Modi with Chief Ministers and top government functionaries over the past few days on the lockdown extension plans post May 3.
As per the guidelines, air, rail and metro travel and surface inter-state movement remain suspended.
Schools, colleges and other educational and training/coaching institutions, hospitality services such as hotels and restaurants, cinema halls, malls, gym and sports complexes will continue to be closed.
Social, political, cultural and other kinds of gatherings and religious places or places of worship for the public will also remain shut.
However, movement of people by air, rail and road will be allowed for select purposes with prior permission from MHA.
Cycle / auto rickshaws, Taxis, cab aggregators, buses plying intra-district and inter-district, barber shops, spas and saloons will continue to remain shut in Red Zones, which are outside the contaminated zones.
Movement of individuals and vehicles is allowed only for permitted activities with a maximum of two persons (besides the driver) in four wheelers, and with no pillion rider in case of two wheelers.
Special Economic zones (SEZ), Export Oriented Units (EOUs), Industrial Estates and Industrial Townships with access control are permitted to operate.
All Stand-alone (single) shops neighborhood (colony) shops and shops in residential complexes are permitted to remain open in urban areas with maintaining social distancing (Do Gaz Ki Doori), without any distinction of essential and non essential.
Under contaminated zones, strict perimeter would be ensured, so that there is no movement of people in and out of these zones except for medical emergencies and for maintaining supply of essential goods and services.
Movement of individuals, for all non essential activities, remains strictly prohibited between 7 pm to 7 am.
In Green zones, all activities are permitted except the limited number of activities which are prohibited throughout the country irrespective of the Zone. However, bus seating capacity and bus depots can operate upto 50%.
According to a list released by MHA on April 30, 130 districts are marked as red zones while 284 are marked as orange zones and 319 green zones.
All metropolitan cities Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai, Kolkata, Hyderabad, Bengaluru and Ahmedabad fall under the red zone which means no major activity will be allowed during the lockdown period.