Nation-wide lockdown 2.0: What is allowed, what is not ?

Nation-wide lockdown 2.0: What is allowed, what is not ?

The Centre has released revised guidelines for the extended coronavirus lockdown.

The Government of India Information and Broadcasting, in a press release dated April 15, has published a set of revised consolidated guidelines of the Ministry of Home Affairs about what is allowed and what is not wef April 20

The said relaxations will, however, not be applicable in the containment zones as demarcated by States/UTs/ District Administrations. Such zones will not be allowed to have any unchecked inward/outward movement, except for maintaining essential services, such as medical emergencies and law & order duties, and government business continuity.

What is allowed

The financial sector, such as RBI, banks, ATMs, capital and debt markets

The supply chain of essential goods

Transportation of goods without any distinction of essential or non-essential

Farming operations, including procurement of agricultural products, agriculture marketing through notified Mandis and direct and decentralised marketing, manufacture, distribution and retail of fertilisers, pesticides and seeds

Activities of marine and inland fisheries

Animal husbandry activities, including the supply chain of milk, milk products, poultry and livestock farming

Tea, coffee and rubber plantations

Health services

Social sector

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

Operation of rural Common Service Centres (CSCs)

Manufacturing and other industrial establishments with access control in SEZs, EoUs, industrial estates and industrial townships

Manufacture of IT hardware and of essential goods and packaging

Coal, mineral and oil production

e-Commerce operations

Operations of IT and IT-enabled services

Data and call centres for government activities

Online teaching and distance learning

What is not allowed

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

Opening of all religious places/ places of worship for members of the public, including religious congregations.

In addition, the use of homemade face covers at workplaces and in public places is now ‘mandatory’. People have been asked to maintain strong hygiene and health care measures like provision of sanitisers, staggered shifts, access control, thermal screening and imposing fines for spitting etc.