Offices, cabs, liquor shops: What all will remain open and new lockdown rules

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Offices, cabs, liquor shops: What all will remain open and new lockdown rules
Offices, cabs, liquor shops: What all will remain open and new lockdown rules

New Delhi : The official order has arrived that the lockdown in India will continue till May 17, the second extension since it was first announced on March 24 to stop the spread of coronavirus in India. A number of relaxations have also been announced by the government after segregating the nation into three zones – Red (Hotspot), Orange and Green.

Red Zone: Those with big clusters of infection

Containment Zone: High number of cases within Red Zones

Orange Zone: Where the pandemic appears to have been reined in

Green Zone: No confirmed case in the last 21 days

Check out the complete list of districts according to their zones here

Here is what all has been relaxed in the lockdown 3.0

Standalone shops, neighborhood shops and shops in residential areas can remain open, without any distinction of essential and non-essential.

Most commercial and private offices can open with up to 33 per cent staff, with the rest working from home.

All government offices shall function with senior officers of the level of Deputy Secretary and above at full strength, and the remaining staff attending up to 33 per cent.

Out-Patient Departments (OPDs) and medical clinics shall be permitted with social distancing norms and other safety precautions; However, these will not be permitted within Containment Zones.

Manufacturing units of essential goods including pharmaceuticals can operate.

Liquor shops will be allowed in green and orange zones (but some state governments may choose to keep it closed). A minimum of six-feet of physical distancing must be maintained and there should not be more than five people at one time at a shop.

People and vehicles are allowed only for permitted activities with a maximum of two passengers in four-wheeler vehicles, and with no pillion rider in the case of two-wheelers.

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 are allowed except for barbers.

In Red Zones, e-commerce operators can deliver only essential goods. However, they can deliver other products in other zones.

Construction activities in urban areas have been limited to those where workers are available on site and no workers are required to be brought in from outside.

All industrial and construction activities in rural areas, including MNREGA works are allowed; All agriculture activities, like sowing, harvesting, procurement and marketing operations in the agricultural supply chain are permitted.

Banks, non-banking finance companies (NBFCs), public utilities, like power, water, sanitation, and internet will remain open; couriers are also sanctioned.

In Orange Zones, in addition to activities permitted in Red Zone, taxis and cab aggregators like Ola and Uber will be permitted with one driver and one passenger only. Four wheeler vehicles will have not more than two passengers besides the driver and pillion riding will be allowed on two-wheelers.

In Green Zones, all activities are permitted except those which are prohibited throughout the country. Public buses can operate but only at 50 per cent capacity to ensure social distancing.

All goods traffic is permitted.

Also, read what will not be allowed in the lockdown 3.0

Travel by planes and trains remains banned. Inter-state movement by road will not be allowed.

Schools and colleges will remain closed. So will malls, restaurants, gyms, barber shops and salons.

No religious or political gatherings are allowed.

Nobody is allowed to move around between 7 pm and 7 am.

Senior citizens above the age of 65 must remain at home at all times and in all areas.

In Red Zones, public transport and taxis will not be allowed.