India is in lockdown since 24th March 2020. Indian govt has extended the lock-down two times earlier. 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.
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.
Relaxation related to transport, good & cargoes:
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Railways, Airports, Seaports, and Customs authorities have already been authorized to issue passes for their staff and contractual labor.
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.
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