Lockdown extended for 2 weeks

New Delhi, May 1 (Maxim News): Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) extended nationwide lockdown to prevent spread of novel coronavirus by another two weeks or 14 days. This is in addition to the extended lockdown due to end on May 4 as announced by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

Exemptions to the lockdown have been taken after considering the risk-profiling of various districts across the country. The MHA has also issued specific guidelines to regulate different economic activities during this period.

According to the MHA’s order on Friday, some activities will remain prohibited despite the classification of red, orange and green zones. These include travel by air, rail, metro and inter-state movement by road. Schools, colleges, training/coaching centres and other educational institutions will also remain closed.

Hotels, restaurants, cinema halls, malls and gyms will also continue to remain closed apart from places of worship.

Certain activities have been allowed in Red Zones which are outside of containment zones, adds the MHA order. Movement of people or vehicles is only allowed in red zones for permitted activities. Two people have been allowed per four-wheeler (including driver) and one person (no pillion riding) per two-wheeler. It identifies these activities as all industrial and construction activities in rural areas, including MNREGA works, food processing units and brick kilns. All agriculture activities in rural areas have also been exempted from the extended lockdown along with all shops, animal husbandry activities.

Plying of taxis, and cabs apart from cycle rickshaws and auto-rickshaws will not be permitted in red zones apart from barbershops, spas and salons.

E-commerce has also been allowed to resume operations and deliver non-essential goods in green and orange zones. SEZ and export-oriented units along with industrial estates and industrial townships with access control have also been permitted to get back to work.

While inter-state and intra-state movement will continue to be restricted, buses have been allowed to operate in green zones only with 50 per cent of their capacity. The same rule will be applicable to bus depots.(Maxim News)

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