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Lockdown 4.0 till May end

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Shops and markets, except those in containment zones, to open from Monday with staggered timings

New Delhi: Prohibition on all public gatherings, closure of schools, malls and restaurants, and suspension of flight and Metro services will remain in force till May 31 as the government on Sunday extended the ongoing countrywide lockdown to combat the COVID-19 spread.

The Union home ministry issued a nine-page guidelines listing the dos and don’ts during the lockdown 4.0 that has been clamped in the country to cut the chain of coronavirus infection.

The guidelines came soon after the National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) extended the national lockdown beyond Sunday till May-end.

It said all domestic, international air travel of passengers, except domestic air ambulance, will remain prohibited.

Metro rail services, schools, colleges will remain closed till May end, the guidelines issued by the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) said.

Hotels, restaurants, cinema halls, malls, swimming pools, gyms will also remain shut even as all social, political, religious functions, and places of worship will be closed till May 31, it said.

The MHA said inter-state movement of passenger vehicles, buses will be allowed with mutual consent of states involved during the COVID-19 lockdown 4.0.

States and Union Territories have been given the powers for delineation of Red, Green and Orange Zones as per COVID-19 situation, the MHA said.

All shops, except those in containment zones and malls, will be allowed to open from Monday with staggered timings during lockdown 4.0, it said.

The death toll due to COVID-19 rose to 2,872 and the number of total positive cases climbed to 90,927 Sunday morning, according to the Union Health Ministry.

MHA guidelines on lockdown

  • Inter State movement of buses allowed with mutual consent of States, except in containment zones

  • Metro and air travel remains suspended movement of individuals for non-essential activities remain prohibited from 7 pm-7 am

  • States can decide delineation of red, orange and green zones

  • Sports complexes and stadia will be permitted to open only for sports activities. However, spectators will not be allowed in these complexes

  • Wearing of face covers is compulsory; social distancing is to be followed by all persons in public places and in transport.

  • Marriage related gathering shall not have more than 50 guests.

  • For funerals/ last rites, the maximum number of persons allowed has been kept at 20.

  • Local authorities should ensure that shops and markets open with staggered timings, so as to ensure social distancing.

  • All shops shall also have to ensure six feet distance (2 gaz ki doori) among customers and also not allow more than 5 persons at one time.

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