Lockdown 4 guidelines in India – The fourth phase of the nationwide lockdown begins, starting 18 May. The Centre on Sunday issued a notification in regard to the same and announced an extension in the lockdown till 31st May. This lockdown is going to be different from the previous ones as the home ministry is giving power to states and UTs to outline the red, orange, and green zones.
Lockdown 4 Guidelines in India
As per guidelines issued, here are measures to be taken by Ministries/Departments of GoI, State/UT Govt and State/UT Authorities for containment of Covid-19 in India up to 31st May.
Lockdown 4 guidelines in India – The following activities remain prohibited throughout India:
- All air travel of passengers (both domestic and international) to remain suspended – except for domestic medical services, domestic air ambulance, and for security purposes or purposes as permitted by MHA.
- Metro Rail Services to remain suspended.
- Schools, colleges, educational/training/coaching institutions, etc will remain closed and online learning shall continue to be encouraged and permitted.
- Hotels, restaurants, and other hospitality services, except those meant for housing health/police/govt officials/healthcare workers/stranded persons including tourists and for quarantine facilities; and running of canteens at bus depots, railway stations, and airports. Restaurants shall be permitted to operate kitchens for home delivery of food items.
- All cinema halls, shopping malls, gymnasiums, swimming pools, entertainment parks, theatres, bars and auditoriums, assembly halls, and similar places. Sports complexes and stadiums will be permitted to open; however, spectators will not be allowed.
- All social/political/sports/entertainment/academic/cultural/religious functions/other gatherings and large congregations.
- All religious places/places of worship shall be closed for the public. Religious congregations are strictly prohibited.
Lockdown 4 Guidelines in India
The following activities shall be permitted with restrictions, except in containment zones:
- Inter-State movement of passenger vehicles and buses, with mutual consent of the States/UTs involved.
- Intra-State movement of passenger vehicles and buses, as decided by the States and UTs.
- SOP (Standard Operation Procedures) for movement of persons as mentioned in Annexure I shall continue to operate.Annexure I
– SOP on transit arrangement for foreign nationals in India issued vide Order dated April 02, 2020.
– SOP on the movement of stranded labor within States/UTs issued vide Order dated April 19, 2020.
– SOP on sign-on and sign-off of Indian seafarers issued vide Order dated April 21, 2020.
– SOP on the movement of stranded migrant workers, pilgrims, tourists, students, and other persons issued vide Order dated April 29, 2020, and Order dated May 01, 2020.
– SOP on the movement of Indian Nationals stranded outside the country and of specified persons to travel abroad issued vide Order dated May 05, 2020.
– SOP on the movement of persons by train issued vide Order dated May 11, 2020.
- National Directives for COVID-19 Management as specified in Annexure-II shall be followed throughout the country.Annexure-II
– Wearing face cover is compulsory in all public and workplaces.
– Spitting in public and workplaces shall be punishable with fine, as may be prescribed in accordance with its laws, rules, or regulations by the State/UT local authority.
– Social distancing shall be followed by all persons in public places and in transport.
– Marriage related gatherings shall ensure social distancing and the maximum number of guests allowed shall not be more than 50.
– Funeral/last rites related gatherings shall ensure social distancing and the maximum numbers allowed shall not be more than 20.
– Consumption of liquor, paan, gutka, tobacco, etc in public places is not allowed.
– Shops will ensure a minimum of 6 feet distance among customers and shall not allow more than 5 people in the shop.
– As far as possible, the practice of work from home shall be followed.
– Staggering of work/business hours shall be followed in offices, workplaces, shops, markets, and industrial & commercial establishments.
– Provision for thermal screening, hand wash, and sanitizer will be made at all entry and exit points and common areas.
– Frequent sanitization of the entire workplace, common facilities, and all points which come into human contact (door handles, etc) shall be ensured, including between shifts.
– All persons in charge of workplaces shall ensure social distancing through adequate distance between workers, adequate gaps between shifts, staggering the lunch breaks of staff, etc.
Lockdown 4 Guidelines in India
- Containment, Buffer, Red, Orange, and Green Zones
– The delineation of Red, Orange, and Green Zones will be decided by States and UT governments after taking into consideration the parameters shared by the MoHFW – Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, GoI.
– Within the Red and Orange Zones, Containment and Buffer Zones will be demarcated by the District authorities, after taking into consideration the guidelines of MoHFW.
-In the Containment Zones, only essential activities shall be allowed. There shall be strict perimeter control to ensure that there is no movement of people in or out of these zones, except for medical emergencies and for maintaining a supply of essential goods and services. Guidelines of MoHFW shall be taken into consideration for the above.
– In the Containment Zones, there shall be intensive contact tracing, house-to-house surveillance, and other clinical interventions, as required.
- Night Curfew – Movement of individuals shall remain strictly prohibited between 7 pm to 7 am, except for essential activities. Local authorities shall issue orders on their entire area of jurisdiction, under appropriate provisions of law, such as prohibitory orders [Curfew] under Section 144 of CrPC, and ensure strict compliance.
- Protection of vulnerable persons – Persons above the age of 65 years, persons with co-morbidities, pregnant women, and children below the age of 10 years, shall stay at home, except for essential and health purposes.
- All other activities will be permitted, except those which are specifically prohibited. In containment zones, only essential activities shall be allowed. Further, States and UTs, based on their assessment of the situations may prohibit certain other activities in various zones, or impose such restrictions as deemed necessary.
- Use of Aarogya Setu App
– Aarogya Setu App enables early identification of potential risk of infection, and thus acts as a shield for individuals and the community.
– With a view to ensuring safety in offices and workplaces, employers on the best effort basis should ensure that the Aarogya Setu app is installed by all employees having compatible mobile phones.
– District authorities may advise individuals to install the Aarogya Setu application on compatible mobile phones and regularly update their health status on the app. This will facilitate the timely provision of medical attention to those individuals who are at risk.
- Special directions to ensure movement of persons & goods in certain cases
– All states and UTs shall allow inter-state and intra-state movement of medical professionals, nurses, and paramedical staff, sanitation personnel, and ambulances without any restrictions.
– All States and UTs shall allow inter-state movement of all types of goods/cargo including empty trucks.
– No State or UT shall stop the movement of any type of goods/cargo for cross land-border trade under Treaties with neighboring countries.
- Strict enforcement of all guidelines
– State and UT governments shall not dilute these guidelines issued under the Disaster Management Act, 2005, in any manner.
– All the District Magistrates shall strictly enforce the above measures.
– In order to implement these measures, the District Magistrates will deploy Executive Magistrates as Incident Commanders in the respective local jurisdictions. The Incident Commanders will be responsible for the overall implementation of these measures in their respective jurisdictions.
- Penal Provisions – Any person violating these measures will be liable to be proceeded against as per the provisions of Section 51-60 of the Disaster Management Act, 2005, besides legal action under Section 188 of the IPC, and other legal provisions as applicable.
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