Guidelines for Lockdown – The Ministry of Home Affairs has issued a set of detailed guidelines to be followed by state governments and the general public during the closure through May 3.

HIGHLIGHTS

  • MHA has issued guidelines that states and the public must follow during closure
  • The Center has announced that some industries may start operating after April 20
  • Sale of liquor, tobacco and gutka is prohibited during the closure

The Ministry of Home Affairs has issued detailed guidelines for states, Union territories and the general public to follow during the extended cut-off until May 3.

A day after Prime Minister Modi announced the extension of the nationwide shutdown to May 3, MHA has issued a set of guidelines to follow during the shutdown.

The government has given some relief to the industrial sector. Production units and industries operating from special economic zones (SEZs) have been given relief to operate during the lockdown.

State and Union governments have been asked to strictly follow the MHA guidelines and not dilute them in any way. However, governments may impose stricter measures according to local requirements.

Guidelines for Lockdown

Guidelines during the lockdown:

1. There is a strict ban on the sale of tobacco, gutka and spirits during the closing period. Spitting has been made a criminal offense.

2. The government has allowed businesses operating in rural areas, ie outside municipal areas, to resume operations from April 30, but with strict social distance standards.

3. Funeral and wedding meetings are controlled and arranged by the subdistrict court judge.

4. Manufacturing and industrial sites operating in special economic zones (SEZ) and export oriented units (EOU), business parks and industrial townships may resume operations after 20 April. These establishments will have to make arrangements for the accommodation and transportation of its workers according to requirements.

5. Production units that produce essential goods, such as drugs, medicines, etc., have been allowed to function.

6. All education, training institutes, etc. Must remain closed, taxis (including car and bicycle rickshaws) and taxi aggregator services are prohibited until 3 May. Cinemas, shopping centers, shopping / sports complexes, gyms, swimming pools, theaters, bars etc. will remain closed until May 3.

7. Wearing face covering is mandatory in all public places, workplaces. Spitting in public places is a criminal offense.

8. Workspaces have been asked to screen all employees and to allow a 1 hour break between shifts and staggered lunch breaks etc.

9. All international, domestic flights will remain suspended until May 3. All train services also remain suspended.

10. All social, political, sports, religious functions, religious sites and places of worship are closed to the public until May 3.

11. From April 20, when there is some relaxation in areas that are not Corona virus hotspots, activities are allowed including agriculture, horticulture, agriculture, agricultural procurement, ‘mandis’.

12. Agricultural machinery stores, spare parts, supply chain, repairs, Custom Hiring Centers related to machines will remain open from April 20th.

13. Highway ‘dhabas’, truck repair shops, call centers for government activities that will remain open from 20 April.

14. Groceries, fruit, greengrocers or carts, milk booths, poultry, meat and fish shops will remain open during closing.

15. Services provided by self-employed electricians, IT repairs, plumbers, auto mechanics, carpenters are allowed from April 20th.

16. Exemptions from April 20 will not apply to COVID-19 hotspots or containment zones.

17. MNREGA works are allowed with strict implementation of social distance and use of face masks.

18. Bank branches and ATMs, IT suppliers for banking activities, bank correspondents, ATM operations and cash management institutions remain functional.

19. All agricultural and horticultural activities should remain fully functional, such as agricultural activities by farmers and farm workers in the field, agencies involved in the procurement of agricultural products, including MSP activities.

20. The list of all hospitals and medical institutions involved in COVID-19 is drawn up at all workplaces.

Prime Minister Modi extended the nation’s full shutdown on Tuesday in a television speech. The shutdown that started on March 25 will now continue until May 3 as the number of coronavirus cases in India exceeded 11,000 on Wednesday.

The nationwide lockdown is intended to stem the spread of the pandemic that killed more than 370 people and infected more than 11,000 in the country.


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