A day after PM Modi’s lockdown extension address to the nation, the government has issued revised guidelines for the COVID-19 lockdown that has been extended till May 3.
As per the new guidelines, travel restrictions from both air, rail and road will remain suspended. Moreover, educational and training institutions, industrial and commercial activities, hospitality services, cinema halls and shopping complexes will also remain closed until further notice.
In total, as many as 13 services will remain suspended as per a report by Hindustan Times, and these services are:
- All domestic and air travel of passengers, except 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
- All educations, coaching, training institutions 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 guidelines
- Taxis (including autorickshaws and cyclerickshaws) and services of cab aggregators
- All cinema halls, malls, shopping complexes, gymnasiums, sports complexes, swimming pools, entertainment parks, theatres, bars and auditoriums, assembly halls and similar places
- All social/political/sports/entertainment/academic/cultural/religious functions/other gatherings
- All religious places/places or worship shall be closed for public. Religious congregations are strictly prohibited
- In case of funerals, congregation of more than 20 people will not be permitted
The limited things that will be allowed to function after April 20 are:
- Farming operations that include procurement of agricultural produce through notified mandis and direct and decentralized marketing will be allowed in areas that are not COVID-19 hotspots after April 20.
- The supply chain of milk, milk products, poultry and live-stock farming and tea, coffee and rubber plantations will resume.
- Manufacturing and construction work.
- E-commerce business will also be allowed to operate with restrictions.
“To provide an impetus to the rural economy, industries operating in rural areas, including food processing industries; construction of roads, irrigation projects, buildings and industrial projects in rural areas; works under MNREGA, with priority to irrigation and water conservation works; and operation of rural Common Service Centres (CSCs) have all been allowed. These activities will create job opportunities for rural labor, including the migrant labor force,” the government order said.
Manufacture of IT hardware and of essential goods and packaging can also resume.