Nationwide lockdown extended till May 31

Nationwide lockdown extended till May 31
NEW DELHI, MAY 17 (AGENCIES) | Publish Date: 5/17/2020 12:15:16 PM IST

Centre on Sunday extended the ongoing nationwide lockdown till May 31. The fourth phase of the lockdown will commence from Monday. The government has allowed considerable relaxations in this round of lockdown- Inter-state movement of vehicles, buses have been allowed with states being given the final power to decide on relaxations in Red, Orange and Green zones.

While the government has now opened up red zones to economic activities, containment zones will continue to remain out of bounds to all non-essential movement. At the same time, even as air transport and metro services continue to remain suspended, the Centre has now given the go-ahead for the inter and intra state movement of passenger vehicles and buses across the country, except in containment zones.

The National Disaster Management Authority on Sunday issued a letter to Union Home Secretary Ajay Bhalla, directing all ministries/departments of the government of India and state governments/authorities to extend the lockdown measures up to May 31, 2020. This order was issued under NDMA’s exercise of the powers vested to it under Section 6 (2) (i) of the Disaster Management Act, 2005.

In addition, NDMA has also asked the National Executive Council (NEC) to issue “modifications in the guidelines as necessary, keeping in view the need to open up economic activities while containing the spread of COVID 19”.

Local authorities have also been ordered to issue prohibitory orders under Section 133 of CrPC for a night curfew between 7 p.m. and 7 a.m. Only essential services will be exempted from these orders.

All states/UTs have been asked to ensure unrestricted inter-state and intra-state movement of medical professionals, nurses and paramedical staff along with sanitation personnel and ambulances. Inter-state movement of all types of goods/cargo is also to be allowed, including empty trucks.

States to make final call on passenger movement/zoning: MHA has now permitted inter-state movement of passenger vehicles and buses, provided that consent is given by all states/UTs involved.

States/UTs have been given the authority to decide on the intra-state movement of passenger vehicles and buses. MHA has also transferred power to the states/UTs to delineate red, orange and green zones in accordance with the parameter issued by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare and the Centre.

National directives: Wearing face masks will be compulsory in all public and workplaces, social distancing has to be followed and spitting will attract fines. Wedding functions will be permitted with not more than 50 guests and only 20 people will be allowed to attend a funeral.

Persons above 65 years of age, people with co-morbidities, pregnant women, and children below the age of 10 years will have to stay at home, except for essential and health purposes.

Existing guidelines in Nagaland to continue

DIMAPUR: Following extension of the nationwide lockdown till May 31, Nagaland chief secretary, Temjen Toy, has ordered that all existing lockdown guidelines in the State will continue to remain operative till the issuance of fresh guidelines.


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