New Delhi: Announcing the fourth lockdown in the country, it has been extended till 31 May. According to the guidelines of Lockdown 4.0 issued by the Union Home Ministry, public programs will be banned across the country, schools, malls, restaurants will be closed, aircraft and metro trains will also be closed till May 31. Significantly, the National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) has issued an order on Sunday evening, under the provision of the National Disaster Management Act, 2005, to prevent the spread of Coronavirus infection to extend the applicable lockdown across the country till 31 May. The Union Home Ministry issued a nine-page guideline for Lockdown 4.0 this evening to clarify what can be done during this period and what is not.
What can be done and what cannot be done
- All domestic and international flights other than domestic air ambulances will remain closed.
- Metro rail services, schools, colleges, hotels, restaurants, cinema halls, shopping malls, swimming pools (swimming pools), gyms etc. will remain closed till 31 May.
- In this period, all social, political, religious programs will be banned and all prayers and religious places will be closed.
- With the mutual consent of the states, the movement of interstate passenger vehicles, bus services can be allowed.
- States and Union Territories have been given the right to form red, orange and green zones in view of the situation of Coronavirus infection at their respective places. District administration will mark ‘prohibited’ and ‘buffer’ zones in Red and Orange zones.
- Apart from shops and malls located in the Containment Zone, all shops are allowed to open at different times from Monday. Local administration should ensure that all shops and markets located outside the Containment Zone open at different times.
- Apart from essential services, it will be prohibited for all other people to move out of homes across the country between seven in the evening and seven in the morning.
- Those above 65 years of age, people suffering from serious diseases, pregnant women and children below 10 years stay at home
- Apart from shops and malls located in prohibited areas, all shops are allowed to open at different times from Monday.
- Local administration should ensure that all shops and markets located outside the prohibited area open at different times
- Ensure all shops ensure that their customers are six feet away from each other and do not allow more than five people to be there at one time
Lockdown 4.0 will begin on Monday
Earlier, the National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) on Sunday said that the period of nationwide lockdown implemented to prevent the spread of corona virus infection is extended till May 31. The NDMA said in an order to prevent the spread of Covid-19, the lockdown period needs to be extended by 14 days across the country.
According to the Union Health Ministry, 2,872 people have died in the country so far from Kovid-19, while by Sunday morning 90,927 people have been confirmed to be infected with the coronavirus.
NDMA member secretary G.V.V. Sharma said that the NDMA could apply the rules applicable under lockdown to the Ministries and Departments of the Government of India, State Governments and State Authorities by 31 May, using the authority obtained under the provision 6 (2) (I) of the Disaster Management Act, 2005. Instructs to continue.
As per the order, the National Executive Committee headed by the Union Home Secretary is directed to issue necessary guidelines as necessary to start economic activities, taking precaution to prevent the spread of Kovid-19.
Significantly, Prime Minister Narendra Modi called for a Janata curfew on 22 March. He then said in his address on March 24 that the lockdown would remain in effect for 25 days from March 25 in the country. The first phase was scheduled to end on 14 April, but they increased it to 3 May and then 17 May. With today’s NDMA order, lockdown 4.0 will start from Monday.