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Lockdown Extension, 3rd Lockdown in india


Lockdown Extention or 3rd Lockdown in India

As we all know that on 1st May,2020 MHA issued guidelines regarding 3rd Lockdown in India.As  we might know that 1st lockdown was for 21 days from 25th March, 2020 further lockdown extended for 2 more weeks, which is going to complete on 03.05.2020.

3rd lockdown extention
3rd Lockdown extended for 2 more weeks

With the extension of the Lockdown period for a further period of two weeks with effect from 4th May 2020, new guidelines, as under, will be applicable based on the risk profiling of the districts into Red (Hotspot), Green and Orange zones.

How can identify Zones?

3rd lockdown

Identification of Red (Hotspots), Green and Orange Zones Based on their risk profile, the criteria for dividing the districts of the country into three zones, viz., green, red and orange, will be as follows:

a. Green Zones: Green Zones shall be defined as per the following criteria:-districts with zero confirmed case till date; or, districts with no confirmed case in the last 21 days.

b. Red Zones or Hotspot Districts: 'Districts shall be defined as Red Zones or Hotspot districts, by Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MoHFW), Government of India (Gol), taking into account total number of active cases, doubling rate of confirmed cases, extent of testing and surveillance feedback.

c. Orange Zones: Districts, which are neither defined as Red nor as Green Zones, shall be Orange Zones.

What will be closed all over india?

The following activities will continue to remain prohibited across the country, irrespective of the Zone, for a period of two weeks with effect from 4h May, 2020

1. All domestic and international air travel of passengers, except for medical services, air ambulance and for security purposes or for purposes as permitted by MHA.

2. All passenger movement by trains, except for security purposes or for purposes as permitted by MHA.

3. Inter-State Buses for public transport, except as permitted by MHA.

4. Metro rail services.

5. Inter-State movement of individuals except for medical reasons or for activities as permitted by MHA

6. All schools, colleges, educational/ training/ coaching institutions etc. However online distance learning shall be permitted.

7. Hospitality services other than those used for housing health/ police/ Government officials/ healthcare workers, stranded persons including tourists, and those used for quarantine facilities.

8. All cinema halls, shopping malls, gymnasiums, sports complexes, swimming pools, entertainment parks, theatres, bars and auditoriums, assembly halls, and similar places.

9. All social/ political/ sports/ entertainment/ academic cultural/ religious i functions/ other gatherings.

10. All religious places/ places of worship shall be closed for the public. Religious congregations are strictly prohibited
Measures for well being and safety of persons.

3rd lockdown
Essential items

Activities in containment Zone

1. Strict perimeter control.

2. Establishment of clear entry and exit points.

3. Movement of persons only for maintaining supply of goods and services; and for medical emergencies.

4. No unchecked influx of people and transport.

5. Recording of details of people moving in and out of the perimeter.

Activities in Red Zones (Hotspots) [Outside Containment Zones) 

Apart from the prohibited activities mentioned at Para 4, the following activities shall not be permitted:

a. Cycle rickshaws and auto rickshaws.

b. Taxis and cab aggregators.

c. Intra-district and inter-district plying of buses. 

d. Barber shops, spas and salons.

The following activities shall be permitted with restrictions as specified:-

a. Movement of individuals and vehicles, only for permitted activities. Four wheeler vehicles will have maximum of two passengers besides the vehicle driver, for two wheelers, pillion rider is not allowed.

b. Industrial establishments in urban areas: Only Special Economic Zones i (SEZs). Export Oriented Units (EOUs), industrial estates and industrial townships with access control; Manufacturing units of essential goods, including drugs, pharmaceuticals, medical devices, their raw material and intermediates: Production units, which require continuous process, and their supply chain; Manufacturing of IT hardware: Jute industry with staggered shifts and social distancing: and, Manufacturing units of packaging material are permitted.
All industrial activities are permitted in rural areas.

c. Construction activities in urban areas: Only in situ construction (where workers are available on site and no workers are required to be brought in from outside) and construction of renewable energy projects are permitted.
All construction activites are permitted in rural areas.

d. All malls, market complexes and markets shall remain closed in urban areas, ie, areas within the limits of municipal corporations and municipalities. However, shops selling essential goods in markets and market complexes are permitted.

All standalone (single) shops, neighborhood (colony) shops and shops in residential complexes are permitted to remain open in urban areas without any distinction of essential and non-essential.

All shops in rural areas, except in malls, are permitted to remain open without any distinction of essential and non-essential.

e. E-commerce activities will be permitted only in respect of essential goods.

f. Private offices can operate with upto 33% strength as per requirement, with the remaining persons working from home.

g. All Government offices shall function with officers of the level of Deputy Secretary and above to the extent of 100% strength. The remaining staff will attend upto 33% as per requirement However, Defense and Security services, Health and Family Welfare, Police, Prisons, Home Guards, Civit-Defence, Fire and Emergency Services, Disaster management and related services, NIC, Customs, FCI. NCC, NYK and Municipal services shall function without any restrictions, delivery of public services shall be ensured and necessary staff will be deployed for such purpose.

Activities in Orange Zones [Outside Containment Zones]

i. Apart from the prohibited activities mentioned at Para 4, the following activities: shall not be permitted:

a. Inter-district and Intra-district plying of buses.

ii. The following activities shall be permitted with restrictions as are specified

a. Taxis and cab aggregators, with 1 driver and 2 passengers only 

b. Inter-district movement of individuals and vehicles, only for permitted activities. Four wheeler vehicles will have maximum two passengers besides the driver.

Activities in the green Zones.

a. All activities are permitted except those activities that are prohibited under Para 4.

b. Buses can operate with upto 50% seating capacity.

c. Bus depots can operate with upto 50% capacity.

Download official order here:

Written by: Pankaj Kumar
Courtesy: Ministry of Home affairs 

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