Lockdown Extended in India with Some Ease of Restrictions: 10 Points of Extension Guidelines

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Owing to a steady rise in coronavirus cases in India, the central government has extended the lockdown for the next two weeks. But this time, envisaging the economic situation and essential needs of people, Govt. has given some ease in restrictions.

Though, the restrictions differ for red, orange, and green zone areas. And Govt. has considered green zones with either zero cases or no confirmed cases in the past 21 days. So right here we brought in briefly 10 points clarifying what restrictions are eased and what are the services or commercial activities will not be allowed or permitted with limitations.      

Lockdown Extension Guidelines India: 10 Points

  1. The new guidelines say “for the well-being and safety” of people, the movement will be banned between 7 pm and 7 am except for essential reasons. Those above 65, persons with co-morbidities, pregnant women and children below 10 will stay at home, except necessary.
  2. Travel by air, rail, metro and inter-state movement by road will remain banned. Schools, colleges, hotels, restaurants; cinemas, malls, shopping centers, gyms and sports complexes will also stay shut. Gatherings — social, political, cultural and religious — will also not resume for now. All goods traffic will be allowed between states, without passes. Air, rail or road travel will be allowed with special permission only.
  3. In red zones, cars with two persons besides the driver and two-wheelers with a single rider will be allowed. Single shops can open in urban areas, whether for essential or non-essential goods. e-Commerce will be allowed for essential goods.
  4. Private offices can operate with up to 33% strength, with the rest on Work-From-Home.
  5. Banks, public utilities like power, water, sanitation, waste management, telecommunications and the internet will remain open, and courier and postal services will be allowed to operate.
  6. Media, IT and IT-enabled services, data and call centres, cold storage and warehousing services, private security, plumbers and electricians will be allowed (not barbers).
  7. Shops selling liquor, paan, gutka and tobacco will be allowed in green and orange zones but they have to ensure “do gaz doori (six-feet distance)” and not more than five people at a time.
  8. In the orange zones, taxis and cab aggregators will be allowed to operate with one passenger. Cars can have two passengers besides the driver and pillion riding will be allowed on two-wheelers.
  9. In the Green Zones, all activities will reopen except those banned across the country. But in these areas, buses can operate only with half the seating capacity.

Meanwhile, people don’t want to personally go outside the house and looking to buy products can order products from Amazon or Flipkart can order non-essential items in areas that have no or a few coronavirus infections.

While, for essential items, E-commerce can deliveries products only for the red zones areas, as it extended the nationwide lockdown by another two weeks to May 17. And for a detail list of lockdown extension guidelines India pdf you can click here.

Source: NDTV.com & Moneycontrol

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