With the National Disaster Management Authority notifying the extension of the lockdown till May 31, the Ministry of Home Affairs on Sunday released a detailed guideline on what is allowed and what is prohibited during lockdown 4.0. The fourth extension of the lockdown aims at gradually increasing economic activities and simultaneously controlling the spread of the deadly virus.
As per the guidelines issued by MHA, the activities that remain prohibited across India till May 31 are domestic and international air travel; metro rail services; schools, colleges, and other educational institutions; hotels, restaurants, and other hospitality services except for those housing emergency service workers or being used as quarantine facilities. Restaurants will be allowed to operate kitchens for home delivery of food items.
In addition, all cinema halls, shopping malls, gymnasiums, swimming pools, entertainment parks, theatres, bars, auditoriums, and other places will remain closed. While sports complexes and stadiums have been allowed to reopen, no spectators will be permitted to enter these venues.
All social, political, entertainment, academic, cultural, sports, and religious functions/gatherings also stand prohibited. Places of worship are to remain closed for the public.
States to make a final call on passenger movement/zoning.
The MHA has now permitted inter-state movement of passenger vehicles and buses, provided that consent is given by all states/UTs involved.
States/UTs have been given the authority to decide on the intra-state movement of passenger vehicles and buses.
The MHA has also transferred power to the states/UTs to delineate red, orange, and green zones in accordance with the parameter issued by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare and the Government of India.
Containment zones and buffer zones within red and orange zones will be demarcated by the district authorities. However, only essential activities will be permitted in containment zones that will also be subjected to intensive tracing, house-to-house surveillance, and other clinical interventions.
The MHA has also clarified that wearing face masks will be compulsory in all public and workplaces, social distancing has to be followed and spitting will attract fines. Wedding functions will be permitted with not more than 50 guests and only 20 people will be allowed to attend a funeral.
Shops have been directed to ensure a minimum of six feet distance among customers and to restrict more than five people inside a shop at one time.