Lockdown 4.0 guidelines: The Centre today extended the knockdown till May 31. The Home Ministry has asked the employers to ensure that Covid tracker Arogya Setu app is installed by all employees having compatible mobile phones.
The Ministry of Home Affairs on Sunday issued a detailed guidelines on measures to be taken by different ministries and departments of Centre and states for containment of COVID-19. The Centre today extended the lockdown till May 31. Under the new guidelines issued by the MHA, States and Union Territories will now delineate Red, Green and Orange zones taking into consideration the parameters shared by the Health Ministry. The zones can be a district, or a municipal corporation municipality or even smaller administrative units such as sub-divisions as decided by States and UTs. Within the Red and Orange Zones, containment and buffer zones will be demarcated by local authorities. As per new guidelines, within the containment zones, only essential activities shall be allowed.
What will remain shut
- All domestic and international air travel of passengers, except for domestic medical services, domestic air ambulance and for security purposes or purposes as permitted by home ministry to remain prohibited throughout the country.
- Metro services will remain shut till May 31.
- All cinema halls, shopping malls, swimming pools, gymnasiums, entertainment parks, theatres, bars and auditoriums, assembly halls and similar places, shall continue to remain closed throughout the country till May 31.
- Hotels, restaurants and other hospitality services, except those meant for housing health/police/government officials/healthcare workers/stranded person including tourists and for quarantine facilities will be prohibited.
- All social/political/sports/entertainment/academic/culturual/religious functions/other gatherings and large congreagtions.
- All religious places/places of worship shall be closed for public. The religious congregation are strictly prohibited.
- The states and UTs, based on their assessment of the situation, may prohibit certain other activities in the various zones or impose such restrictions as deemed necessary.
Shops and Markets
- The MHA has said that local authorities should ensure that shops and markets open with staggered timings, so as to ensure social distancing. All shops will also have to ensure six feet distance among customers and also not allow more than 5 persons at one time.
What is allowed to open
- Sports complexes and stadium are allowed to open. However, spectators will not be allowed.
- Inter-state movement of passenger vehicles and buses, as decided by the state and UTs has been permitted.
- Intra-state movement of passenger vehicles and buses as decided by the states and Union Territories.
- Restaurants shall be permitted to operate kitchens for home delivery of food items.
- In the Containment Zones, only essential activities shall be allowed. There shall be strict perimeter control to ensure that there is no movement of people in or out of these zones, except for medical emergencies and for maintaining supply of essential goods and services.
- All other activities will be permitted except those which are specifically prohibited. However, in Containment Zones, only essential activities shall be allowed.
According to the guidelines issued by MHA, evacuation of foreign nationals from India, return of stranded Indian nationals from abroad, sign-on and sign-off of Indian seafarers, and intra-State and inter-State movement of stranded persons by bus and train will continue to be allowed.
MHA issues order to further extend #lockdownindia till 31.05.2020, to fight #COVID19
New guidelines have permitted considerable relaxations in #Lockdown4 restrictions. States to decide various zones, taking into consideration parameters shared by @MoHFW_INDIA#IndiaFightsCOVID19 pic.twitter.com/AeMHvowaaH
— Spokesperson, Ministry of Home Affairs (@PIBHomeAffairs) May 17, 2020
During the extended lockdown period, the night curfew will continue to remain in force on the movement of individuals and for all non-essential activities between 7 pm and 7 am.
Protection of vulnerable persons
Persons above 65 years of age, persons with co-morbidities, pregnant women, and children below the age of 10 years shall stay at home, except for essential and health purpose
Directives for Work Places
- As far as possible, the practice of work from home should be followed.
- Staggering of work/business hours shall be followed in offices, work places shops, markets and industrial and commercial establishments.
- Provision for thermal scanning, hand wash and sanitizer will be made at all entry and exit points and common areas.
- All persons in charge of work place shall ensures social distancing through adequate distance between workers, adequate gaps between shifts staggering the lunch breaks of staff.
Use of Aarogya Setu
- The Aarogya Setu app is a tool built by government to facilitate quick identification of persons infected by COVID-19, or at risk of being infected, thus acting as a shield for individuals and the community. The Centre has asked the employers to ensure that the application is installed by all employees having compatible mobile phones.
- District authorities have been asked to advise individuals to install the Aarogya Setu application on compatible mobile phones and regularly update their health status on the app. This will facilitate timely provision of medical attention to those individuals who are at risk.
- State/ UT Governments shall continue to strictly enforce the lockdown guidelines and they shall not dilute these guidelines issued under the Disaster Management Act, 2005, in any manner.