Home Ministry issues guidelines for Lockdown 2.0:Wearing of face cover is compulsory , Spitting in public places is punishable
- Revised guidelines permit all health services and the social sector to remain functional. Public utilities to function without any hindrance. Supply chain of essential goods to operate without any hindrance and, important offices of Central and State Governments and local bodies to remain open with required strength.
- Wearing of face cover is compulsory in all public places, workplaces. Spitting in public places shall be punishable with fine.
- E-commerce operations, operations of IT and IT enabled services, data and call centres for government activities and online teaching and distance learning are all permitted activities now.
- Transportation of goods will be permitted without any distinction of essential or non-essential.
- Activities prohibited across the country include travel by air, rail and road; operation of educational and training institutions; industrial and commercial activities; hospitality services; all cinema halls, shopping complexes, theatres, etc.; all social, political and other events; and opening of all religious places/places of worship for members of public, including religious congregations.
- “Very strong containment measures will be implemented in the hotspot districts accounting for large number of COVID-19 cases or with fast growth of cases,” Ministry of Home Affairs’ revised guidelines for lockdown says.
- Only essential services have been permitted in these zones and strict perimeter control and strict restrictions on movement enforced.
- Private vehicles for emergency services, including medical and veterinary care and for procuring essential commodities. In such cases, one passenger besides the private vehicle driver can be permitted in the backseat, four-wheelers; however, in case of two-wheelers, only the driver of the vehicle is to be permitted.All personnel travelling to place of work and back in the exempted categories, as per the instructions of the State/ UT local authority.
- Shops (including Kirana and single shops selling essential goods) and carts, including ration shops (under PDS), dealing with food and groceries (for daily use), hygiene items, fruits and vegetables, dairy and milk booths, poultry, meat and fish, animal feed and fodder etc, will be allowed to operate, ensuring strict social distancing without any restriction on their timing of opening and closure.
All facilities in the supply chain of essential goods, whether involved in manufacturing, wholesale or retail of such goods through local stores, large brick and mortar stores or e-commerce companies will be allowed to operate, ensuring strict social distancing without any restriction on their timing of opening and closure.