Curbs till May 31; inter-state travel up to CMs

    18 May 2020

The Central Government today extended the Covid-induced lockdown by a period of two weeks till May 31, as the new guidelines give states and union territories the power to delineate red, orange and green zones while keeping in mind the parameters underlined by the Union Health Ministry.According to the Lockdown 4.0 guidelines, issued by the Ministry of Home Affairs, a number of activities such as domestic and international commercial flights and Metro rail services would continue to remain prohibited across the country.

The running of schools, colleges, educational institutions and hotels, restaurants and other hospitality services will also remain prohibited. All places of public gathering, including cinema halls, shopping malls, gymnasiums and entertainment parks, will remain closed. Social, political, cultural and other large congregations as well as access to religious places continue to be prohibited.

This time round, the government has permitted the opening of sports complexes and stadia, but only for sports activities, as spectators will not be allowed.

To empower the states and UTs, the MHA said, “In order to facilitate the movement of persons, various modes of transport have already been opened up. Inter-state movement of vehicles and buses has also been allowed with mutual consent of the states/UTs concerned. The intra-state movement of vehicles and buses can be decided by the states and UTs.”

The MHA said in containment zones, “only essential activities shall be allowed”, as mentioned earlier.

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