New Delhi: Hours after the Centre extended lockdown till May 31, 2020, a detailed guidelines was issued on the movement of people, educational instructions, business establishments and vehicular movement across the country.
While the movement of individuals will remain strictly prohibited between 7 pm to 7 am, except for essential activities, persons above 65 years of age, persons with co-morbidities, pregnant women, and children below the age of 10 years, have been asked to stay at home, except for essential and health purposes.
The following activities shall continue to remain prohibited throughout the country:
i. 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.
ii. Metro rail services.
iii. Schools, colleges, educational/ training/ coaching institutions etc. will remain closed. Online distance learning shall continue to be permitted and shall be encouraged.
iv. 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.
v. 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.
vi. All social/ political/ sports, entertainment/ academic cultural/ religious functions/ other gatherings and large congregations. vii. All religious places/ places of worship shall be closed for public. Religious congregations are strictly prohibited
Here are the details of the activities that will be permitted with restrictions, except in the Containment Zones:
i. Inter-State movement of passenger vehicles and buses, with mutual consent of the State(s)/ UT(s) involved.
ii. Intra-State movement of passenger vehicles and buses, as decided by the States and UTS.
iii. Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) for movement of persons will continue to operate.
This apart, the Centre gave powers to the States, UTs for delineation of Red, Green and Orange Zones as per COVID-19 situation. District authorities will demarcate ‘containment’ and ‘buffer’ areas within Red and Orange zones as per Union Health Ministry guidelines.