New Delhi: The Union ministry of home affairs (MHA) on Sunday issued an order to further extend lockdown in India till May 31 to fight COVID-19 pandemic.
For lockdown 4.0, the MHA has made considerable relaxations. However, state governments will decide on the various zones, taking into consideration parameters shared by the Union ministry of health and family welfare.
While the government has now opened up red zones to economic activities, containment zones will continue to remain out of bounds to all non-essential movement. At the same time, even as air transport and metro services continue to remain suspended, the Centre has now given the go-ahead for the inter and intra-state movement of passenger vehicles and buses across the country, except in containment zones.
Sports complexes and stadia will be permitted to open only for sports activities. However, spectators will not be allowed in these complexes.
All shops, except those in containment zones and malls, will be allowed to open from Monday with staggered timings during lockdown 4.0.
Centre has now stated that the “practice of work from home should be followed.”
The activities which continue to remain prohibited are:
- Hotels, restaurants, cinema halls, malls, swimming pools, gyms
- Metro rail services, schools, colleges
All domestic, international air travel of passengers, except domestic air ambulance
List of activities permitted with restrictions, except in containment zones:
- Inter-state movement of passenger vehicles and buses, with mutual consent of the state(s)/UT(s) involved.
Intra-state movement of passenger vehicles and buses, as decided by the states and UTs.
Standard operating procedures for movement of persons, as mentioned in Annexure 1, shall continue to operate.
Containment, Buffer, Red, Green and Orange zones:
The delineation of Red, Green and Orange zones will be decided by the respective state and UT governments, after taking into consideration the parameters shared by the Health Ministry.
Within the red and orange zones, containment zones and buffer zones will be demarcated by the district authorities after taking into consideration the guidelines of the Health Ministry.
In the containment zones, only essential activities shall be allowed. There shall be strict perimeter control to ensure that there is no movement of people in or out of these zones, except for medical emergencies and for maintaining supply of essential goods and services. guidelines of the health ministry shall be taken into consideration for the above purpose.
In the containment zones, there shall be intensive contact tracing, house-to-house surveillance, and other clinical interventions, as required.