COVID-19 Update India

With a longstanding commitment to putting our customers first, BDG International India is here with the latest updates on the COVID-19 situation in India.

India is in lockdown since 24th March 2020. Indian govt has extended the lock-down two times due to the COVID-19 outbreak. As per our earlier notification dated 16th April 2020, the nationwide Lockdown in India was extended from 14th April 2020 till 3rd May 2020.
The Government of India further extended the lockdown till 17th May 2020, however, it was offered a slew of relaxations with effect from 4th May 2020. The Govt. of India has extended the lockdown till 31st May 2020. A staggered removal in restrictions of movement of people as well as re-opening of commercial establishments in the process of being implements by the respective State Governments.

Lockdown 4.0:

In lockdown 4.0 central govt has decided to give the right to decide the zones to the state governments. Now the state govt will decide the zones respective to the number of COVID-19 positive cases. Unlike Lockdown 3.0 there will be 5 zones in Lockdown 4.0: Green, Orange, Red, Buffer, Containment. There is so much ease given in this term of lockdown. 

Here’s a list of what’s allowed and what’s not during Lockdown 4.0.

Buses, auto-rickshaws, and cab service can operate. Inter-State movement of vehicles to be decided by States mutually. Metro, air, and rail services remain suspended, except for those allowed with special permits.

All shops, except those in malls and containment zones, can open. Barbershops and salons can open.

Delivery of essential and non-essential items is allowed through online shopping platforms. Restaurants can function, but only for take-away.

Religious and political gatherings are prohibited. Weddings cannot have more than 50 guests and funerals not more than 20.

Cap on 33% strength in offices done away with. But work from home to be encouraged. Social distancing and staggered work hours to be followed in offices. Wearing masks is compulsory in public places and in the workplace.

Night curfew from 7 p.m. to 7 a.m. for non-essential services to remain in force. Vulnerable groups such as those above 65 years, pregnant women and children below 10 to remain at home.

Schools, colleges, and malls to remain shut. States can decide the delineation of zones into red, green, orange, and containment zones.

Relaxation related to transport, good & cargoes:

  1. Inter-State and Intra-State movement of all trucks and other goods carrier vehicles will be allowed with one driver and one other person alongside as long as the driver carries a valid driving license. Both the essential and non-essential goods will be allowed without any further approval.
  2. Empty truck goods carriers should also be allowed while they are going to pick up or returning back after delivery. Hence there is no cause to stop empty trucks as long as they have valid documents such as driving license and valid road permit.
  3. Local authorities should make an active process for the movement of truck drivers and cleaners from their place of residence to the location of their trucks.
  4. Railways, Airports, Seaports, and Customs authorities have already been authorized to issue passes for their staff and contractual labor.

Read the complete guideline here

Lockdown 3.0

In this lock-down, the Indian govt divided the districts into three zones: Red, Orange, Green following the number of cases in an area. There were 130 districts in the red zone, 284 districts in the orange zone, and 319 districts in the green zone.

Red Zone: Areas with substantial numbers of positive cases fall under the red zone where there will be a complete restriction. The government will try to provide door-to-door facilities in these areas.

Orange Zone: The areas with a limited number of cases in the past and with no surge in positive cases recently would be included under the orange zone. In case the district is classified as a Red Zone and there is no confirmed case in the last 21 days then the area may be labeled as an Orange Zone.

Green Zone: Green: The districts with no coronavirus positive cases would fall under the green zone. Exemptions may be given in these sectors as per the government’s plan.

There are containment zones also: A containment area is one where someone is found positive for Covid-19. Such an area is considered contaminated and is sealed off. The residents of that area are asked not to step out of their homes. The health ministry has said even a single case of Covid-19 can be a hotspot for the government.

Govt. has allowed many activities respective to zones. There are many activities are not allowed throughout the country under the new guidelines.

  • Travel by air, rail, metro and inter-state movement by road
  • Running of schools, colleges, and other educational, training, coaching institutions
  • Hospitality services including hotels and restaurants
  • Places of large public gatherings such as cinema halls, malls, gyms, sports complexes
  • Social, political, cultural and other kinds of gatherings
  • Religious places, places of worship for public

The relaxations have been extended on the basis of demarcation of districts across each State on the basis of the impact and prevalence of COVID-19 infections in order to contain the spread while, gradually allowing economic activities to resume in zones that have minimal/ no impact.

Relaxation related to transport, good & cargoes:

  1. Inter-State and Intra-State movement of all trucks and other goods carrier vehicles will be allowed with one driver and one other person alongside as long as the driver carries a valid driving license. Both the essential and non-essential goods will be allowed without any further approval.
  2. Empty truck goods carriers should also be allowed while they are going to pick up or returning back after delivery. Hence there is no cause to stop empty trucks as long as they have valid documents such as driving license and valid road permit.
  3. Local authorities should make an active process for the movement of truck drivers and cleaners from their place of residence to the location of their trucks.
  4. Railways, Airports, Seaports, and Customs authorities have already been authorized to issue passes for their staff and contractual labour.

Guidelines issued to restart manufacturing units and other industries by the Government of India:

a)   Order No. ASDMA 24/2020/Part-1/48 dated 8th May 2020 issued by the Government of Assam allowing the operation of all Industries and all Tea Gardens/Tea manufacturing Industries with full capacity including personnel except in Containment Zones;
 
b)   Notification No.13/2020/502 XXXVI03-2020-30 (Sa)/2020TC dated 8th May 2020 directs that all the factories registered under the Factories Act, 1948 shall be exempted from various provisions relating to weekly hours, daily hours, overtime, intervals for rest etc. with some conditions from 20th April till 19th July 2020;

c)    Letter No.1-137/2020-Mit II dated 9th May 2020 issued by the Member Secretary, National Disaster Management Authority, Ministry of Home Affairs, Government of India to Chief Secretaries of States/Administrators/Advisors to Administrators of Union Territories regarding the Guidelines on restarting manufacturing industries after the lockdown period.

You can download complete notification here: Guidelines-for-restarting-industrial-units-after-lockdown

You can find all changes in zones and services by the Government of India here

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