On 14th April, when the lock down was extend for the second time an important point was made. Every area was going to be demarcated separately and classified as per the number of cases and number of new cases in that area as Red, Orange and Green zones.
This demarcation would help in strategically resume economic activities and plan out way out of the lock down opening only what we can.
The lockdown has been extended and v3 or Lockdown 3.0 will be in effect from May the 4th some business will be allowed to operate.
- All industrial and construction activities in rural areas, including MNREGA works, food-processing units and brick-kilns are permitted; besides, in rural areas, without distinction to the nature of goods, all shops, except in shopping malls are permitted.
- All agriculture activities, e.g., sowing, harvesting, procurement and marketing operations in the agricultural supply chain are permitted.
- Animal husbandry activities are fully permitted, including inland and marine fisheries.
- All plantation activities are allowed, including their processing and marketing.
- All health services (including AYUSH) are to remain functional, including transport of medical personnel and patients through air ambulances.
- A large part of the financial sector remains open, which includes banks, non-banking finance companies (NBFCs), insurance and capital market activities, and credit co-operative societies.
- Operation of homes for children, senior citizens, destitutes, women and widows etc.; and operation of Anganwadis has also been permitted.
- Public utilities, e.g., utilities in power, water, sanitation, waste management, telecommunications and internet will remain open, and courier and postal services will be allowed to operate.
- Most of the commercial and private establishments have been allowed in the Red Zones. These include print and electronic media, IT and IT enabled services, data and call centres, cold storage and warehousing services, private security and facility management services, and services provided by self-employed persons, except for barbers etc.
- Manufacturing units of essential goods, including drugs, pharmaceuticals, medical devices, their raw material and intermediates; production units, which require continuous process, and their supply chain; Jute industry with staggered shifts and social distancing; and manufacturing of IT hardware and manufacturing units of packaging material will continue to be permitted.
- In addition to activities permitted in Red Zone, taxis and cab aggregators will be permitted with 1 driver and 1 passenger only.
- Inter-district movement of individuals and vehicles will be allowed for permitted activities only. Four wheeler vehicles will have maximum two passengers besides the driver and pillion riding will be allowed on two-wheelers.
- All activities are permitted except the limited number of activities that are prohibited throughout the country, irrespective of the zone. However, buses can operate with upto 50 per cent seating capacity and bus depots can operate with upto 50 per cent capacity.
Additional restrictions across the nation:
- Wearing a face cover is compulsory in all public places
- All persons in charge of public places and transport shall ensure social distancing
- No gathering of 5 or more persons to be allowed
- Marriage related gathering shall ensure social distancing with maximum of 50 guests
- Funeral or last rites to be held with a maximum of 20 people while ensuring social distancing
- Spitting in public places punishable by fine
- Consumption of liquor, paan, gutka, tobacco not allowed in public places
- Shops selling liquor, paan, gutka, etc to ensure the minimum two-metre distance between persons present at shops at all times
- Wearing face cover is compulsory in workplaces
- All persons in charge of workplaces and transport shall ensure social distancing
- Social distancing at workplaces to be ensured through adequate gaps between shifts, staggering the lunch breaks of staff, etc
- Provisions of thermal scanning, hand wash and sanitisers to be made available at all entry and exit points and common areas
- Frequent sanitisation of workplaces, common areas
- Persons above 65 years of age, persons with co-morbidities, pregnant women and children below 10 years to stay at home
- Arogya Setu app to be made mandatory for all employees
- Large physical meetings to be avoided
- A list of nearby dedicated Covid-19 hospitals/clinics to be made available. Quarantine areas to be marked so that any employee showing symptoms of coronavirus can be quarantined before being rushed to nearest health facility
- Arrangements for transport facilities to be ensured with social distancing wherever personal/public transport is not feasible
- Intensive employee training ion good hygiene
Source: India Today