The Ministry of Home Affairs Friday amplified the across the nation lockdown for two more weeks – presently finishing on Monday, May 17. In the order issued recently, said that after a comprehensive survey and in view of the lockdown measures having driven to noteworthy picks up within the Covid-19 circumstance, the Government has chosen to encourage amplify the lockdown.

The MHA said a constrained number of exercises will stay disallowed over the nation, independent of the zones, counting travel by air, rail, metro and inter-state development by road, running of schools, colleges, and other educational and coaching institutes.

New Guidelines: These will not be allowed issued irrespective of the zone

  • Movement of persons by air, rail, and road is not allowed, only for select purposes and for those permitted by the MHA.
  • Running of schools, colleges, and other educational, training, coaching institutions
  • Hospitality services including hotels and restaurants
  • Places of large public gatherings such as cinema halls, malls, gyms, sports complexes
  • Social, political, cultural and other kinds of gatherings
  • Religious places, places of worship for public
  • The MHA order has also prescribed measures for the “well-being and safety of persons.”
  • The order states that the movement of individuals in all zones for all non-essential activities shall remain strictly prohibited between 7 pm and 7 am. Local authorities shall issue orders imposing Section 144 and ensure strict compliance, the order states.
  • In all zones, those above the age of 65, 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.
  • OPDs and medical clinics shall be permitted to operate in Red, Orange, and Green Zones with social distancing norms and other preventive measures. However, these will not be permitted in containment zones.

Red Zones: What’s Allowed?

  • Movement of individuals and vehicles is allowed only for permitted activities, with a maximum of 2 persons.
  • Industrial establishments in urban areas – Special Economic Zones (SEZs), Export Oriented Units (EOUs), industrial estates and industrial townships with access control have been permitted
  • 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.
  • Construction activities in urban areas have been limited to in-situ construction (where workers are available on site and no workers are required to be brought in from outside) and construction of renewable energy projects.
  • Shops in urban areas, for non-essential goods, are not allowed in malls, markets, and market complexes.
  • All industrial and construction activity in rural areas, including MNREGA works, food-processing units and brick-kilns
  • In rural areas, without distinction of nature of goods, all shops except in shopping malls, are permitted
  • Animal husbandry activities are fully permitted including fisheries. All plantation activities are allowed, including their processing and marketing.
  • All health services (including AYUSH) are to remain functional, including transport of medical personnel and patients through air ambulances
  • Financial sector to remain open largely. This includes banks, non-banking finance companies, insurance and capital market activities, and credit co-op societies.
  • Operation of homes for children, senior citizens, destitutes, women and widows, etc
  • Public utilities in power, water, sanitation, waste management, telecommunication and internet, Courier and postal services.
  • E-Commerce activities, in the Red Zones, are permitted only in respect of essential goods
  • Private offices can operate with up to 33% strength as per requirement, with the remaining people working from home
  • All standalone (single) shops, neighborhood (colony) shops, and shops in residential complexes are permitted to remain open in urban areas, without any distinction of essential and non-essential.
  • All Government offices shall function with senior officers of the level of Deputy Secretary and above at full strength, and the remaining staff attending up to 33% as per requirement.
  • Print and electronic media, IT and IT-enabled services, data and call centres, cold storage and warehousing services, private security and facility management services, and services provided by self-employed persons.
  • Jute industry with staggered shifts and social distancing; and manufacturing of IT hardware and manufacturing units of packaging material will continue to be permitted.

Red Zones: Not Allowed Activities

  • Plying of cycle rickshaws and auto-rickshaws;
  • Running of taxis and cab aggregators;
  • Intra-district and inter-district plying of buses;
  • Barbershops, spas, and saloons
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Orange Zones: What’s Allowed?

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

Green Zones: What’s Allowed?

  • Buses can operate with upto 50% seating capacity and bus depots can operate with upto 50% capacity.
  • Wearing of face cover is compulsory in all work places and adequate stock of such face covers shall be made available.
  • All persons in charge of work places shall ensure social distancing as per the guidelines issued by Ministry of Health and Family Welfare within the work places and in company transport.
  • Social distancing at work places shall be ensured through adequate gaps between shifts, staggering the lunch breaks of staff, etc.
  • Frequent sanitization of entire workplace, common facilities and all points which come into human contact e.g. door handles etc., shall be ensured, including between shifts.
  • Persons 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.
  • Use of Arogya Setu app shall be made mandatory for all employees.
  • Employees showing any symptom of COVID-19 should be immediately sent for check up to hospitals.
  • Quarantine areas should be earmarked for isolating employees showing symptoms till they are safely moved to the medical facilities.
  • Arrangements for transport facilities shall be ensured with social distancing, wherever personal/ public transport is not feasible.
  • Intensive communication and training on good hygiene practices shall be taken
  • These are the nationwide guidelines for public places
  • Wearing face cover is compulsory in all public places.
  • All persons in charge of public places and transport shall ensure social distancing as per the guidelines issued by Ministry of Health and Family Welfare.
  • No organization/ manager of public place shall allow gathering of 5 or more persons.
  • Marriages related gatherings shall ensure social distancing, and the maximum number of guests allowed shall not be more than 50.
  • Funeral/ last rites related gatherings shall ensure social distancing, and the maximum numbers allowed shall not be more than 20
  • Spitting in public places shall be punishable with fine, as may be prescribed by the State/ UT local authority.
  • Consumption of liquor, paan, gutka, tobacco etc. in public places is not allowed.
  • Shops selling liquor, paan, gutka, tobacco etc. will ensure minimum six feet distance (2 gaz ki doori) from each other, and also ensure that not more than 5 persons are present at one time at the shop
  • The MHA order further states that across the zones, all goods traffic is to be permitted.

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