By Shubham Diwate

(Centre extends lockdown as a security measure effective from May 4)

02 May, 2020

Amid COVID-19 extended lockdown brings some considerable relaxations in non-containment zones in country.

Recent Guideline includes activities which are allowed to perform and which are prohibited and may punishable if violation takes place. Such activities are briefly explained for respective zones based on their risk profiles (i.e. RED ZONE, ORANGE ZONE & GREEN ZONE). While e-commerce firms can sell only essential items in red zones, they can sell non essentials as well in orange and green zones.

Red zone:
These will see intensified surveillance protocols, contact tracing and 100% coverage of Aarogya Setu app. Containment zones will see house to house surveillance, home/ institutional quarantining of affected, and clinical management. Strict perimeter will be ensured.
What is allowed ( with restrictions and social distancing):

  • E-Commerce activities only in respect of essential goods.
  • Private offices can operate with upto 33% strength .
  • All Government offices
  • Food-processing units
  • All agriculture activities
  • All plantation activities
  • All health services (including AYUSH)
  • Banks, non-banking finance companies (NBFCs), insurance and capital market activities.
  • Public utilities
  • Movement of individuals and vehicles with a maximum of 2 persons (besides the driver) in four-wheeler vehicles, and with no pillion rider in the case of two-wheelers.
  • Manufacturing units of essential goods, including drugs, pharmaceuticals, medical devices, their raw materials
  • Manufacturing of IT hardware
  • Jute industry with staggered shifts and social distancing; and manufacturing units of packaging material.
  • Construction activities limited to in-situ construction (where workers are available on site).

Orange zones:

  • In addition to activities permitted in Red Zone, taxis and cab aggregators will be permitted with 1 driver and 1 passenger only. Inter-district movement of individuals and vehicles will be allowed for permitted activities only. Four wheeler vehicles will have maximum two passengers besides the driver and pillion riding will be allowed on two-wheelers.

Green zones:

  • All activities are permitted except opening of schools, colleges, restaurants, large gatherings and malls. Buses can operate with up to 50% seating capacity and bus depots can operate with up to 50% capacity. All goods traffic is to be permitted. No separate pass of any sort is needed for such movement. Ecommerce for non-essentials and liquor sale are allowed.

Still Prohibited:

Air, rail, metro, running of schools, colleges, and other educational and training/coaching institutions; hospitality services, including hotels and restaurants; places of large public gatherings, such as cinema halls, malls, gymnasiums, sports complexes, etc.; social, political, cultural and other kinds of gatherings; and, religious places/ places of worship for public. However, movement of persons by air, rail and road is allowed for select purposes, and for purposes as permitted by MHA.

India needs an immediate fiscal stimulus of around 5% of gross domestic product (GDP), and the needs will increase the longer the government waits to announce such a measure, said Rakesh Mohan, former Reserve Bank of India deputy governor, in an interview on Thursday.

Some measures which need to be recalled time to time:

  • Wash your hands regularly (till 20 seconds)
  • Maintain social distancing
  • Cover nose, mouth while going outside
  • Increase Immunity Level (Consume quality food)
  • Follow Government Instructions

Local Authority shall ensure 100% coverage of Aarogya setu app among the residents of Containment zones.

MHA New Guidelines:

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