New Delhi: Ministry of Home Affairs issued order under the Disaster Management Act, 2005 to further extend the Lockdown for a further period of two weeks beyond May 4.
“After a comprehensive review, and in view of the Lockdown measures having led to significant gains in the COVID-19 situation in the country, Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA), Government of India (GoI) issued an Order under the Disaster Management Act, 2005, today, to further extend the Lockdown for a further period of two weeks beyond May 4, 2020,” the government order stated.
In the 284 orange zone districts, the hotspot areas will see restrictions equivalent to red zone districts, while the localities lying outside the hotspot areas will see some relaxations.
Most of the commercial and private establishments have been allowed in the Red zones. These include 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 etc. Manufacturing units of essential goods, including drugs, pharmaceuticals, medical devices, their raw material and intermediates; production units, which acquire continuous process and their supply chain; Jute industry with staggered shifts and social distancing and manufacturing of IT hardware and manufacturing units of packaging material will continue to be permitted.
In Orange Zones, in addition to activities permitted in Red Zone, taxis & cab aggregators will be permitted with 1 driver & 1 passenger only inter-district movement of individuals & vehicles will be allowed for permitted activities only. Four-wheelers will have a maximum of 2 passengers besides the driver & pillion riding will be allowed on two-wheelers.