The Indian government has extended the lockdown restrictions to curb the spread of the coronavirus for 2 more weeks. The lockdown, which was supposed to end on May 3, will now continue till May 17.
However, in the new lockdown, the government has given some relief to districts with less or no coronavirus cases. For the same proposes the districts across the country have been divided into Red, Orange and Green zones.
All the zones entail specific activities that will be allowed and the ones that will remain suspended. Also, there are some specific businesses/activities that will remain suspended irrespective of the zone. These include schools, colleges, coaching/training centres, cinema halls, gyms, malls, and places of worship.
Here is what is allowed and not allowed in the Red Zones
- Movement for permitted activities are allowed. However, only two people can travel in a car beside the driver. And no pillion riding for two-wheelers.
- Manufacturing units producing essential goods (medical devices, pharmaceuticals) are also allowed to function in red zones.
- Manufacturing of IT hardware and the jute industry and packaging goods will be allowed with specific restrictions intact.
- Standalone shops both in rural and urban areas can open only in residential complexes.
- Private offices can open with 33 per cent of staff.
- Government offices in red zones will be allowed to function with senior officers of the Deputy Secretary level and above at full strength, with the remaining staff attending up to 33 per cent as per requirement.
- All construction and industrial activities in rural areas are allowed as per the government orders.
- All health services in the red zones are permitted.
- Banks, NBFCs, insurance and capital market activities will function in the red zones.
- In red zones, homes for children, senior citizens and widows (including Anganwadis) have been allowed to function.
- Postal services will function as normal.
- The MHA order further clarifies that print and electronic media, IT and IT-enabled services, data and call centres, cold storage and warehousing services, private security and facility management services, and services provided by self-employed persons, except for barbers are permitted in red zones.
Here is what is allowed and not allowed in the Orange Zones
- Apart from the aforementioned services, app-based cab facilities will now be available in the orange zones. However, only one person can travel in a cab at a time.
- The inter-district movement of individuals and vehicles is allowed only for permitted activities.
- A private vehicle can move with only two passengers apart from the driver.
- All economic activities that have been permitted in red zones will also be allowed to resume in orange zones from May 4 onwards.
- Construction activities will be allowed apart from renewable energy projects.
- E-commerce activities for the delivery of essential goods can resume in Orange zones
Here is what is allowed and not allowed in the Green Zones
- All activities allowed in green zoens except the ones banned across the country like the opening of gyms, barbershops, malls, etc.
- Buses can ply on the road with 50% strength.
- All goods traffic is prermitted including those to neighbouring countries.
- Movement of people is allowed for essential requirements and health purposes.
- Movement of people for non-essential activities is only allowed from 7 PM to 7 AM.