Lockdown 3.0: MHA announced extension of lockdown till May 17; Guidelines issued

Guwahati: The Union ministry of home affairs (MHA) on Friday issued an order under the Disaster Management Act, 2005 to further extend the lockdown for a period of two weeks till May 17, informed a press release.

This is the second extension of nationwide lockdown to contain the outbreak of COVID-19. So far, India has reported more than 35,000 cases and 1,147 deaths due to the deadly virus.

On the basis of risk profiling of districts in the country into red, orange and green zones, MHA has also issued new guidelines to regulate activities in this period.

Green Zones are the districts with either zero confirmed cases till date; or, no confirmed case in the last 21 days.

The Red Zones are classified on the basis of the total number of active cases, doubling rate of confirmed cases, the extent of testing and surveillance feedback from the districts.

Those districts, which are neither defined as Red nor Green, are classified as Orange zones.

According to the MHA notification, here is a list of what is allowed and what is not:-

Prohibited through the country, irrespective of the zone

Travel by air, rail, metro and inter-state movement by road, except for those purposed allowed by MHA; 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.

Movement of individuals, for all non-essential activities, shall remain strictly prohibited between 7 pm and 7 am.

Red Zone

In red zones, outside containment zones, certain activities are prohibited in addition to those prohibited throughout the country. These include plying of cycle rickshaws and auto-rickshaws; taxis and cab aggregators; intra-district and inter-district plying of buses and barber shops, spas and salons.

However, all industrial and construction activities in rural areas, including MNREGA works, food processing units and brick-kilns; agricultural and animal husbandry activities are permitted in the red zones.

Orange Zone

In the 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 Zone

In the Green Zones, all activities are permitted except the limited number of activities that are prohibited throughout the country, irrespective of the zone. However, buses can operate with up to 50% seating capacity and bus depots can operate with upto 50% capacity.