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
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
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
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.