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Guidelines for extended lockdown issued by Ministry of Home Affairs

With the Central government extending the lockdown period till May 3, to contain the spread of COVID 19, Ministry of Home Affairs has issued revised guidelines of lockdown measures to be followed by Ministries/Departments of Government of India, State/UT Governments for the containment of COVID-19 epidemic in the country, on April 15.

The release also detailed the conditional relaxation of the lockdown measures with effect from April 20. However, the relaxations cannot be applied for the areas that are demarcated as hotspots for COVID- 19 by state and district bodies, it stated,

“In order to mitigate hardship to the public, select additional activities would be allowed, which would come into effect from 20th April 2020. However, these additional activities would be operationalized by States/ Union Territories (UTs)/ District Administrations based on strict compliance to the existing guidelines on lockdown measures.”

The Ministry has also directed States/ UTs/ District Administrations to ensure that all preparatory arrangements with regard to social distancing in offices, workplaces, factories, and establishments, and other sectoral requirements are in place before operating these relaxations.

The Joint Secretary, Ministry of Health & Family Welfare, Shri Lav Agarwal addressing a press conference on ‘COVID-19: Preparedness and Actions taken’, in New Delhi on April 14, 2020. The Principal Director General (M&C), Press Information Bureau, Shri K.S. Dhatwalia, the Director General (M&C), Press Information Bureau, Shri Rajesh Malhotra and the Joint Secretary, MHA, Ms. Punya Salila Srivastava are also seen.

Activities that are prohibited:

  • Passenger transports through buses, metro, air, and train.

  • Inter-state and inter-district movement of individuals except those who are exempted.

  • All educational, training and coaching institutes.

  • All industrial and commercial activities except the ones that are exempted.

  • Hospitality services except those exempted.

  • All cab and taxi service including auto and rickshaws.

  • Cinema halls, malls, shopping complexes, gymnasiums, sports complexes, swimming pools, entertainment parks, bars, auditoriums, assembly halls, and similar places.

  • All social, political, cultural, sports, entertainment gatherings.

  • All religious places of worship. Religious congregations are strictly prohibited.

  • More than 20 people are not permitted during funerals and congregation.

Operations to remain functional

  • All health services including AYUSH along with health-related works and movements.

  • All agricultural and horticultural activities, operation of Mandis, custom hiring centres related to farm machinery; manufacturing, distribution and retail of fertilizers.

  • In fishing: operations of marine and inland fishing, aquaculture industry, hatcheries, feed plants, commercial aquaria.

  • Plantation: operations of tea, coffee, rubber plantations with a maximum of 50% of workers.

  • Animal Husbandry: Operation of husbandry farms and animal shelter homes.

  • Financial sector: RBI and RBI regulated financial markets and entities NPCI, CCIL; bank branches and ATMs; IRDAI and insurance companies; SEBI, and capital and debt market service.

  • Homes for children/disabled/mentally challenged/senior citizens/ destitute/ women/widows; anganwadis.

  • Online teaching and distance learning to be encouraged by all educational, training and coaching institutes.

  • MNREGA (Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme) works to be allowed with strict implementation of social distancing.

  • Public utilities like oil and gas sector, postal services; utilities in water, sanitation and waste management; operation of utilities providing telecommunications and internet services.

  • Movement of cargos by airways and railways.

  • Commercial and private establishments like print and electronic media; IT and IT-enabled service up to 50% strength; e-commerce companies.

  • Services by self-employed persons like electricians, IT repairs, plumbers, motor mechanics, and carpenters.

  • Manufacturing units of essential goods, in rural areas.

  • Construction of roads, irrigation projects, buildings and all kinds of industrial projects outside municipal and corporation limits.

  • Offices of Government of India, it's autonomous/subordinate offices.

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