Lockdown 4.0 guidelines: With the Centre extending the nationwide lockdown for two more weeks until May 31 to stem the spread of Covid-19, the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) said new guidelines have permitted considerable relaxations in restrictions and that states will decide various zones, taking into consideration parameters shared by the Health Ministry.
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List of activities that will remain prohibited throughout the lockdown
- All domestic and international air travel of passengers, except for domestic medical services, domestic air ambulance and for security purposes or purposes as permitted by MHA.
- Metro rail services
- Schools, colleges, educational/training/coaching institutions etc will remain closed. Online/distance learning shall continue to be permitted and shall be encouraged.
- 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 shall be permitted to operate kitchens for home delivery of food items.
- All cinema halls, shopping malls, gymnasiums, swimming pools, entertainment parks, theatres, bars and auditoriums, assembly halls and similar places. Sports complexes and stadia will be permitted to open; however, spectators will not be allowed.
- All social/political/sports/entertainment/academic/culturual/religious functions/other gatherings and large congreagtions.
- All religious places/places of worship shall be closed for public. The religious congregation are strictly prohibited.
List of activities permitted with restrictions, except in containment zones
- Inter-state movement of passenger vehicles and buses, with mutual consent of the state(s)/UT(s) involved.
- Intra-state movement of passenger vehicles and buses, as decided by the states and UTs.
- Standard operating procedures for movement of persons, as mentioned in Annexure 1, shall continue to operate.
Containment, Buffer, Red, Green and Orange zones
- The delineation of Red, Green and Orange zones will be decided by the respective state and UT governments, after taking into consideration the parameters shared by the Health Ministry.
- Within the red and orange zones, containment zones and buffer zones will be demarcated by the district authorities after taking into consideration the guidelines of the Health Ministry.
- In the containment zones, only essential activities shall be allowed. there shall be strict perimeter control to ensure that there is no movement of people in or out of these zones, except for medical emergencies and for maintaining supply of essential goods and services. guidelines of the health ministry shall be taken into consideration for the above purpose.
- In the containment zones, there shall be intensive contact tracing, house-to-house surveillance, and other clinical interventions, as required.
The movement of individuals shall remain strictly prohibited between 7 pm to 7 am, except for essential activities. Local authorities shall issue orders, in the entire area of their jurisdiction, under appropriate provisions of law, such as prohibitory orders (curfew) under section 144 of CrPC and ensure strict compliance.
Protection of vulnerable persons
Persons above 65 years of age, persons with co-morbidities, pregnant women and children below the age of 10 years, shall stay at home, except for essential and health purposes.
All other activities will be permitted, except those which are specifically prohibited.
However, in containment zones, only essential activities shall be allowed.
Further. states/UTs based on their assessment of the situation, may prohibit certain other activities in the various zones, or impose such restrictions as deemed necessary.
Use of Aarogya Setu
- Aarogya Setu enables early identification of potential risk of infection, and thus acts as a shield for individuals and the community.
- With a view to ensuring safety in offices and work places, employers on best effort basis should ensure that Aarogya Setu is installed by all employees having compatible mobile phones.
- District authorities may advise individuals to install the Aarogya Setu app on compatible mobile phones and regularly update their health status on the app. This will facilitate the timely provision of medical attention to those individuals who are at risk.
Special directions to ensure movement of persons and goods in certain cases
- All states/UTs shall allow inter-state and intra-state movement of medical professionals, nurses, and para medical staff, sanitation personnel and ambulances, without any restriction.
- All states/UTs shall allow inter-state movement of all types of goods/cargo, including empty trucks.
- No state/ut shall stop the movement of any type of goods/cargo for cross land-border trade under treaties with neighbouring countries.
Any person violating these measures will be liable to be proceeded against as per the provisions of section 51 to 60 of the Disaster Management Act, 2005, besides legal action under Sec 188 of the IPC, and other legal provisions as applicable.
List of states that have already extended the lockdown
Karnataka became the third southern state to extend the lockdown. However, unlike other states, Karnataka has extended it only for two more days till May 19. The government officials clarified that all orders in force from May 4 will continue.
Extending the lockdown till May 31, Tamil Nadu Chief Minister K Palaniswami announced new relaxations such as the resumption of intra-district transportation in 25 districts after a hiatus of nearly two months. In 12 other districts, including Chennai, there will be no change in the curbs and they will continue as existed during the third phase of lockdown, set to end on Sunday, he added.
Citing consultations with top officials, public health and medical experts, he said the lockdown is extended till May 31 and the curbs including bar on functioning of educational institutions, public entry into religious places and relaxations already in force will continue throughout the state.
Palaniswami announced new relaxation in curbs for 25 districts, including Coimbatore, Salem, Erode, Tirupur, Namakkal and Karur, where people could avail government and private buses for commute within the district and they do not need “TN e-pass,” (permission for travel), he said.
The Maharashtra government today extended the lockdown in the state till May 31. “The calibrated phase-wise relaxation/lifting of lockdown orders will be notified in due course,” the order issued by state Chief Secretary Ajoy Mehta said.
The present lockdown was valid from May 2 to 17. “Lockdown 3.0 ends today. Lockdown 4.0 will come into effect tomorrow and will be valid till May 31. There will be some relaxations in the fourth phase,” an official was quoted as saying by news agency PTI. “The green and orange zones will get more relaxations, in terms of starting more services.”
As of now, only essential services are operational, he said.
Maharashtra has recorded 30,706 COVID-19 cases of which 22,479 are active. The death toll is 1135, while 7,088 patients have been discharged after recovery.
Telangana was the first state in the country to extend lockdown till May 29. Chief Minister K Chandrashekhar Rao had announced the continuation of existing restrictions till the remainder of the month within a few days after the Centre decided to extend the nationwide lockdown till May 17.
Under lockdown restrictions, all shops in rural areas are allowed to run, while 50 per cent shops in towns will be allowed to function. Private and public sector offices will be allowed to function with a third of the staff. Meanwhile, shops selling non-essential items will remain shut in red zones.
The state government has announced curfew hours between 7 pm and 6 am in all 33 districts of the state. “Public should complete purchase of essential items by 6 pm and return to their residences by then. There will be curfew in the state from 7 pm onwards. If anyone is found outside, police will initiate action,” the chief minister had said.
Currently, the total number of coronavirus cases in the state stands at 1,509, including 34 deaths and 971 recoveries, according to the Ministry of Health.
The Mizoram government also extended the lockdown till May 31. The decision was taken after various political parties and several organisations, including those of NGOs, churches and doctors, favoured extension of the lockdown at a meeting on Thursday, an official told PTI.
At a meeting of various task groups on Covid-19 presided over by Chief Secretary Lalnunmawi Chuango, it was decided that the lockdown will be extended beyond May 17, the official said.
A task group was formed to study about extending insurance cover to frontline workers such as police, village or local-level task force volunteers, government employees on special duty and those who pick garbage from quarantine facilities, the official said.
Chief Minister Zoramthanga who presided over Thursday’s meeting had said that extending the lockdown was crucial to ensure public safety, although the state has been declared green zone after its lone patient recovered on May 9.
As of now, Mizoram has one active case while one patient has recovered. No death has been recorded in the state.
Beginning May 18, Punjab will lift the curfew but will continue with the lockdown till May 31 with maximum possible relaxations, Chief Minister Amarinder Singh had said on Saturday.
“From May 18, there will be no curfew in the state. But the lockdown will be there till May 31. Most of the shops and businesses will be allowed to open. We will give more relaxations. Select public transport will also start plying on roads from Monday onwards,” Amarinder said in a live Facebook interaction as part of his #AskCaptain initiative.
He said the containment zones will be sealed to enable the resumption of economic activity in non-containment areas, he said, adding that lockdown details will be announced by Monday after going through guidelines of the Centre.
Amarinder, however, made it clear that the educational institutions will remain closed.
“Schools cannot open till we have a cure for the virus. Social distancing is a must to check spread of the disease. I know children are losing on their studies…We are encouraging schools to start giving online classes,” he said, adding “There is not going to be any hike in fee this year by private schools”.
Defending the decision to extend the lockdown, he warned of another spike as he said 60,000 Punjabis from other states and 20,000 from other countries are coming back in the coming days. “We have to be careful. We hope we are able to control the spread by May 31 and do away with the lockdown also.”
As on Sunday, the total number of cases in Punjab stands at 1,946 including 32 deaths. As many as 1,257 persons have recovered.