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Extension of Lockdown up to May 31, 2020

States have to decide various areas and activities to allow in these areas, Some activities will be banned across the country. National instructions for management of COVID-19 are applicable all over the country. Night Curfew will continue to remain in force. 

The lockdown measures since March 24, 2020, have greatly helped to prevent the spread of COVID-19. The government on Sunday decided to extend the nationwide lockdown till May 31, 2020. The Home Ministry (Government of India), under the Government of India (Disaster Management) Act, today issued an order in this regard. , 2005. The salient features of the new guidelines are:

States to decide various Zones
Under the new guidelines, the states and union territories (UTs) will now be distributed red, green, and orange zones, keeping in mind the parameters shared by the Ministry of Health. Zones can be a district or municipal corporation/municipality or even small administrative units such as sub-departments, etc., as decided by states and union territories.

In keeping with the guidelines of the Department of Health, within the red and orange zones, the control and buffer zones will be demarcated by local authorities.

Within the construction zone, only necessary activities will be allowed. Strict perimeter control will be maintained, and no person will be allowed to move except to maintain medical emergencies and supplies of essential goods and services. Buffer zones are contiguous areas of each control zone, where new cases are likely to emerge. In the buffer zone, more caution is needed.

Activities prohibited throughout the country
A limited number of activities will be banned throughout the country. These include

  • All domestic and international air travel of passengers except domestic medical services, domestic air ambulances, and security objectives or objectives, as permitted by the MHA, 
  • Metro Rail Service;
  • Running schools, colleges, educational and training/coaching institutes;
  • Hotels, restaurants, and other hospitality services, besides running canteens at bus depots, railway stations, and airports;
  • Places for large public functions such as theaters, shopping malls, gymnasium amusement parks, etc.;
  • Social, political, cultural, and similar ceremonies and other large ceremonies; And access to religious places/places of worship for the public.

Visas of all foreign nationals already in India. and the visa is going to expire. Please do the visa extension, all applicants can extend India Visa through the FRRO/FRO services website/Mobile app.
However, online/distance learning will be allowed and encouraged; And, the restaurant will be allowed to operate the kitchen for home delivery of food items. 

Opening up of Sports Activities
The sports complex and stadium will only be allowed to open for sports activities. However, spectators will not be allowed on these premises.

Activities permitted with restrictions
To facilitate the movement of individuals, various modes of transport have already been opened. Movement of persons by trains is permitted by MHA earlier through an order dated 11.05.2020. In addition, evacuation of foreign nationals from India, the return of Indian nationals trapped abroad, sign-on and sign-off of Indian sailors and inter-state and inter-state movement of persons stranded by bus and train will be allowed. . .

Inter-state movement of vehicles and buses has been permitted with the mutual consent of the concerned States / Union Territories. Inter-state movement of vehicles and buses can be decided by states and union territories.

National Directives for COVID-19 management
The guidelines specify national directives for COVID-19 management, which will apply to public places and workplaces.

Under these guidelines, it is mandatory to cover the face; Spitting shall be punishable as may be determined by the local authority of the State / UT according to its laws, rules, or regulations; And the social distinction is to be followed by all people in public places and transportation. There will be no more than 50 guests at the wedding ceremonies. For funeral/funeral, the maximum number of persons allowed is 20. Consumption of alcohol, paan, gutkha, and tobacco, etc. is not allowed in public places.

National directives also set additional requirements for work locations. The practice of working from home (WFH) should be pursued to the extent possible, And working hours should be increased in relation to all offices and other establishments. There should be provision for thermal scanning, hand washing, and sanitizer at all entry and exit points and common areas; And all workplaces and other sensitive places are to be cleaned regularly. In workplaces, the social distinction has to be ensured through the adequate distance between workers, sufficient gaps between shifts, staggering lunch intervals, etc.

Stipulations regarding Shops and Markets
Local authorities should ensure that shops and markets open with staggered time, so as to ensure social distinctions. All shops must ensure a distance of six feet (2 gaz ki doori) between customers and allow no more than 5 persons at a time.

Night Curfew
Night curfew will continue for all non-essential activities between 7 am and 7 pm.

Protection for Vulnerable Persons
Vulnerable persons, i.e., persons over 65 years of age, persons with co-morbidities, pregnant women, and children under 10 years of age, shall remain at home, except for meeting essential needs and for health purposes.

All activities other than restricted or restricted numbers should be allowed
All those activities specifically prohibited under these guidelines will be permitted. However, in the regulation area, only essential activities will be allowed, as mentioned earlier.

States to decide on activities within various regions
Depending on their assessment of the situation, States / UTs may prohibit certain other activities in different areas or impose such restrictions if considered necessary.

Health bridge access
The Arogya Setu Mobile Application is a powerful tool created by the Government of India, which facilitates quick identification of persons infected with COVID-19, or at risk of becoming infected, thus making it a shield for individuals and the community. works. To ensure safety in offices and work locations, employers should ensure that the application is installed in compatible mobile phones based on the best effort by all employees.

District officials have been asked to advise individuals to install the Arogya Setu application on compatible mobile phones and regularly update their health status on the app. This will facilitate the timely provision of medical attention to those individuals who are at risk. State / UT Governments will continue to strictly implement the lockdown guidelines and will not weaken these guidelines issued under the Disaster Management Act, 2005 in any manner.

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