The Ministry of Home Affairs on Friday announced the nationwide lockdown restriction for another two weeks, under the Disaster Management Act of 2005. The MHA has issued strict guidelines to be followed as per the zone categorisation of each district.
The Lockdown 3.0 would not be very restrictive like the ongoing condition. The MHA permits activities following the level of intensity in each district. For governance purpose, the districts are divided into Red, Orange, and Green zones. The Red Zones are the areas with a more significant number of active cases and a high rate of infection spread. Orange Zones indicate a fewer number of positive cases. Green Zones are the regions were no cases had been reported in the past 21 days.
Here’s a list of activities allowed by the MHA in Lockdown 3.0 order:
- All industrial and construction activities in rural areas, including MNREGA works, food-processing units and brick-kilns are permitted.
- In rural areas, all shops except shopping malls are permitted.
- All agriculture activities and operations in the agricultural supply chain are permitted.
- Animal husbandry activities are fully permitted, including inland and marine fisheries.
- All plantation activities are allowed.
- All health services (including AYUSH) are to remain functional, including transport of medical personnel and patients through air ambulances.
- A large part of the financial sector remains open, which includes banks, non-banking finance companies (NBFCs), insurance and capital market activities, and credit co-operative societies.
- Operation of homes for children, senior citizens, etc. and operation of Anganwadis is allowed.
- Public utilities, e.g., utilities in power, water, sanitation, waste management, telecommunications and internet will remain open, and courier and postal services will be allowed to operate.
- Most of the commercial and private establishments have been allowed in the Red Zones. These include print and electronic media, IT and IT-enabled services, data and call centres, cold storage and warehousing services, private security and facility management services, and services provided by self-employed persons, except for barbers etc.
- 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; Jute industry with staggered shifts and social distancing; and manufacturing of IT hardware and manufacturing units of packaging material will continue to be permitted.
- All activities permitted in Red Zones apply in Orange Zones also
- Taxis will be permitted with one driver and one passenger only.
- Inter-district movement of individuals and vehicles will be allowed for permitted activities only.
- Four-wheeler vehicles with a maximum of two passengers besides the driver and pillion riding are allowed on two-wheelers.
- All activities in Red and Orange Zones are permitted in Green Zones
- Buses can operate with 50% seating capacity
- Bus depots can operate with 50%capacity.
- All goods traffic is to be permitted.
- No separate pass of any sort is needed for such movement
- E-commerce websites to deliver non-essential items in orange and green zones.
The State governments may however, further impose restrictions to contain the spread of coronavirus.