The government on Friday announced the second extension of the lockdown for two more weeks till May 17. As per the new guidelines, several relaxations have been allowed in the non-containment zones. Let’s look at the various activities that are allowed and not allowed in the three different zones – Red, Orange and Green.
Taxis and cab will be permitted with one driver and one passenger in orange and green zones. The services will remain closed in red zones.
- Liquor/Pan shops:
The sale of liquor, paan, tobacco has been allowed in all three zones after ensuring minimum six-feet social distancing with not over 5 people at one time at shop. However, consumption of these items won’t be allowed in public places.
- Four wheeler/Two-wheeler:
Four-wheeler vehicles will have maximum two passengers besides the driver in all three zones. Riding will be allowed on two-wheelers in only orange and green zones. Bus depots can operate with up to 50 per cent capacity in green zone.
In red zones, private offices can operate with up to 33 per cent strength as per requirement, with the remaining people working from home. All government offices can function with senior officers of the level of Deputy Secretary and above at full strength, and up to one-third of remaining staff.
- Domestic help/Other workers
Domestic help (maids) and other local workers can work during the day in all three zones though states are expected to further clarify the rules in this regard.
OPDs and medical clinics have been allowed to operate, irrespective of zones, with the exception of containment zones.
In red zones, e-commerce activities are allowed limited to essential goods. Even in red zones, defense and security services, health and family welfare, police, prisons, home guards, civil defence, fire and emergency services, disaster management and related services, National Informatics Centre (NIC), customs, Food Corporation of India (FCI), National Cadet Corps (NCC), Nehru Yuvak Kendra (NYK) and Municipal services have been allowed to function with no restrictions.
The MHA has identified red zones as districts with the highest caseload contributing to 80 per cent of Covid-19 cases of each state or a district with a doubling rate of less than four days.
Recovery Rate from Corona has increased from 13 % to 25 % in India within two weeks. Thanks to PM Modi, his effective leadership, dedication of Corona Warriors and the faith of Indian Citizens in their Prime Minister which we can see in these positive results.