The ongoing nationwide lockdown has been extended for another 2 weeks after May 4 when the second phase of the lockdown was supposed to come to an end. MHA has issued a new set of guidelines for the extended lockdown and has allowed some activities while most are restricted.
Movement of individuals for all non-essential activities will continue to remain strictly prohibited between 7pm and 7am in all areas. Districts across the country have been classified into three zones Red Zone, Orange Zone and Green Zone. These rules will be applicable across all three zones.
Local authorities will be issuing local passes as per the provisions under Section 144 of CrPC to allow movement for emergency purposes.
In coronavirus red zones, movement of individuals, vehicles have been allowed only for permitted activities during the lockdown days. Permitted activities are only essential ones.
The MHA has said that under the new lockdown guidelines, a limited number of activities will remain prohibited in the country, irrespective of the zones.
MHA has also said that activities will be regulated based on risk profiling of the districts and according to the colour zones they are in.
According to the MHA guidelines, across all three colour zones, people above 65 years of age, people with co-morbidities, pregnant women and children below 10 years will have to stay at home at all times.
The government has permitted OPDs and medical clinics to operate in red, orange and green zones with all social distancing norms.
In the Red Zone (outside containment zones) certain activities will continue to remain prohibited. These include plying of cycle rickshaws, auto rickshaws, running of taxis and cab aggregators, intra-district and inter-district plying of buses, barber shops, spas and saloons continue to remain banned through the lockdown.