New Delhi: The central government has extended the lockdown in the country till May 3, following the suggestions of all the state governments for the fight against the corona virus. After which the Union Home Ministry has issued new guidelines on Wednesday. In which it has been said that the ban on all types of transport services will continue. The boundaries of the states will remain sealed. However people will be allowed to go out for essential services. Apart from this, exemption has been given for work related to agriculture
With the extension of the lockdown period, the following activities will continue to remain prohibited across the country until May 3, 2020:
- All domestic and international air travel of passengers, except for purposes enumerated in para 4 (ix), and for security purposes.
- All passenger movement by trains, except for security purposes
- Buses for public transport.
- Metro rail services.
- Inter-district and inter-State movement of individuals except for medical reasons or for activities permitted under these guidelines.
- All educational, training, coaching institutions etc. shall remain closed.
- All industrial and commercial activities other than those specifically permitted under these guidelines.
- Hospitality services other than those specifically permitted under these
- Taxis (including auto rickshaws and cycle rickshaws) and services of cab aggregates.
- All cinema halls, malls, shopping complexes, gymnasiums, sports complexes, swimming pools, entertainment parks, theaters, bars and auditoriums, assembly halls and similar places.
- All social/ political sports/ entertainment/ academic/ cultural/ religious
functions/ other gatherings.
- All religious places/ places of worship shall be closed for public. Religious congregations are strictly prohibited. In case of funerals, congregation of more than twenty persons will not be permitted.
Operation of guidelines in Hotspots and containment zones
- Hotspots, i.e., areas of large COVID-19 outbreaks, or clusters with significant spread of cOVID-19, will be determined as per the guidelines issued by Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MoHFw), Government of India (Gol).
- In these hotspots, containment zones will be demarcated by States/ UTs/ District administrations as per the guidelines of MoHFW.
- In these containment zones, the activities allowed under these guidelines will not be permitted. There shall be strict perimeter control in the area of the containment zones to ensure that there is no unchecked inward/ outward movement of population from these zones except for maintaining essential services (including medical emergencies and law and order related duties) and Government business continuity. The guidelines issued in this regard by MoHFW will be strictly implemented by State/ UT Governments and the local district authorities.
Select permitted activities allowed with effect from April 20, 2020:
- To mitigate hardship to the public, select additional activities have been allowed which will come into effect from 20 April, 2020. These limited exemptions will be operationalized by States/ UTs/ district administrations based on strict compliance to the existing guidelines. Also, before allowing these select additional activities, States/ UTs/ district administrations shall ensure that all preparatory arrangements with regard to the Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) for social distancing in offices, workplaces factories and establishments, as also other social requirements are in place.
- The consolidated revised guidelines incorporating these select permitted activities have been enumerated
Strict enforcement of the lockdown guidelines
- State/ UT Governments shall not dilute these guidelines issued under the Disaster Management Act, 2005, in any manner, and shall strictly enforce the same .
- State/ UT Governments, may, however, impose stricter measures than these
All health services (including AYUSH) to remain functional.
Agricultural and related activities:
- All agricultural and horticultural activities to remain fully functional, such as:
- Farming operations by farmers and farm workers in field.
- Agencies engaged in procurement of agriculture products, including MSP operations.
- Mandis’ operated by the Agriculture Produce Market Committee (APMC) or as notified by the State/ UT Government (e.g., satellite mandis). Direct marketing operations by the State/ UT Government or by industry, directly from farmers/ group of farmers, FPOs’ co-operatives etc. States/ UTs may promote decentralized marketing and procurement at village level.
- Shops of agriculture machinery, its spare parts (including its supply chain) and repairs to remain open.
Custom Hiring Centres (CHCY related to farm machinery.
Financial sector: following to remain functional:
- Reserve Bank of India (RBI) and RBI regulated financial markets and entities like NPCI, CCIL, payment system operators and standalone primary dealers.
- Bank branches and ATMs, IT vendors for banking operations, Banking Correspondents (BCs), ATM operation and cash management agencies.
All educational, training, coaching institutions etc. shall remain closed.
- However, these establishments are expected to maintain the academic
schedule through online teaching. Maximum use of Doordarshan (DD) and other educational channels may be made for teaching purposes.
MNREGA works to be allowed:
Public utilities: following to remain functional:
- Operations of Oil and Gas sector, including refining, transportation, distribution, storage and retail of products, e.g, petrol, diesel, kerosene, CNG, LPG, PNG etc.
- Generation, transmission and distribution of power at Central and State/ UT levels.
- Postal services, including post offices
- Operations of utilities in water, sanitation and waste management sectors, at municipal/ local body levels in States and UTs.
- Operation of utilities providing telecommunications and internet services.