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Lockdown Phase 4 : Prohibited & Permissible Activities In Different Zones [Read MHA Guidelines]

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17 May 2020 2:05 PM GMT
Lockdown  Phase 4 : Prohibited & Permissible Activities In Different Zones [Read MHA Guidelines]
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The Ministry of Home Affairs has issued guidelines regarding permissible and prohibited activities for different zones for the fourth phase of national lockdown from May 18 to May 31.

Compared to the earlier guidelines, the scope of restrictions are much limited in the present set of guidelines.

The MHA has listed 7 categories of activities, which are prohibited throughout the country, irrespective of the zones.

Except in containment zones, all activities, which are not specifically prohibited, are allowed. However, States/UTs have been given power to impose additional restrictions as they deem fit based on the assessment of local situation.

The States/UTs have also been given the power to demarcate different zones, based on the parameters of the Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare.

In Containment Zones, only essential activities are permitted.

Activities prohibited throughout the country.

  1. All domestic and international air travel of passengers, except for domestic medical services, domestic air ambulances and for security purposes or purposes as permitted by the MHA.
  2. Metro Rail services
  3. Schools, colleges, educational/training/coaching institutions etc.
  4. Hotels, restaurants and other hospitality services, except those meant for housing health/police/government officials/healthcare workers/stranded persons including tourists and for quarantine facilities, and running of canteens at bus depots, railway stations and airports. Restaurants can operate kitchens for home delivery services.
  5. All cinema halls, shopping malls, gymnasiums, swimming pools, entertainment parks, theatres, bars and auditoriums, assembly halls and similar places. Sport complexes will be permitted to open, however, spectators will not be allowed.
  6. All social/political/entertainment/academic/cultural/religious functions/other gatherings and large congregations
  7. All religious places/places of worship shall be closed for public. Religious congregations are strictly prohibited.

Activities permitted with restrictions (Except in containment zones)

  1. Inter-state movement of passenger vehicles and buses, with mutual consent of the State(s) and UT(s) invovled.
  2. Intra-state movement of passenger vehicles and buses, as decided by the States and UT(s).
  3. Movement of persons as per the Standard Operating Procedures notified by MHA

All other activities will be permitted, except those that are specifically prohibited. However, in Containment Zones, only essential activities will be allowed, such as medical emergencies and supply of essential goods and services.

States/UTs can prohibit certain other activities based on their assessment of the situation and may prohibit certain other activities in the various zones.

Containment, Buffer, Red, Green and Orange Zones.

The delineation of Red, Green and Orange Zones will be decided by respective States/UTs, following the parameters of the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare.

Night Curfew

The movement of individuals will remain prohibited between 7PM and 7AM, except for essential activities.

Protection of vulnerable persons

Persons above the age of 65 years, persons with co-morbidities, pregnant women, and children below the age of 10 years should stay at home, except for essential and health purposes.

Use of Aarogya Setu

Employers, on best effort basis, should ensure that Aarogya Setu app is installed by all employees having compatible mobile phones.

District authorities may advise individuals to install Aarogya Setu on compatible mobile phones and regularly update their health status on the app.

Special directions to States

All states have been asked to allow inter-state and intra-state movement of medical personnel, nurses and para medical staff, sanitation personnel and ambulances without restrictions.

All states/UTs have been asked to allw inter-state movement of all types of goods/cargo, including empty trucks.

National Directives for COVID-19 Management

  1. Wearing of face cover is compulsory in all public and work places.
  2. Spitting in public and work places punishable.
  3. Social distancing shall be followed by all persons in public places and in transport.
  4. Marriage related gathering shall have maximum of 50 guests.
  5. Funeral/last rites related gathering shall have maximum of 20 persons.
  6. Consumption of liquor, paan, gutka, tobacco etc in public places not allowed.
  7. Shops shall ensure minimum 6 feet distance among customers and not allow more than 5 persons.

Additional directives for work places.

  1. As far as possible, practise of work from home should be followed.
  2. Staggering of work/business hours shall be followed in office, workplaces, shops, markets and industrial and commercial establishments.
  3. Provision for thermal scanning, handwash, and sanitizer should be made at all entry and exit points and common areas.
  4. Frequent sanitization of entire work place, common facilities and all points which come into human contact shall be ensured.
  5. All persons in charge of work places shall ensure social distancing.

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