Kohima, May 18 (NE): The central government on Sunday, May 17, 2020 has extended lockdown in the country until May 31, 2020 but with a set of new relaxations commencing from today.
Here’s an extensive list of the things the Ministry of Home Affairs has said it would and would not be allowed.
Activities prohibited throughout the country:
*All domestic and international air travel of passengers
*Metro rail service.
*Schools, colleges, and other educational and training / coaching institutions will remain closed. Online/ distance learning shall be permitted and encouraged.
*Hotels, restaurants and other hospitality services (Restaurant shall be permitted to operate kitchen for home delivery of food items)
*All cinema halls, shopping malls, gymnasiums, swimming pool, entertainment parks, theaters, bar and Auditorium assembly hall and similar places
*All social, political, entertainment, academic, cultural, religious functions and other gathering including large congregation.
*All religious places/ places of worship shall be closed for public. Religious congregation are strictly prohibited.
Activities permitted with restrictions:
*Inter-State movement of passenger vehicles and buses, with mutual consent of the State(s)/ UT(s) involved or as decided by the States and UTs except in Containment zone.
Activities permitted in containment zones:
*Only essential activities shall be allowed. There will be strict perimeter control to ensure that there is no movement of people in or out of these zones. Except for medical emergencies and for maintaining supply of essential goods and services MoHFW guidelines to be taken into consideration for the above purpose.
*There will be intensive contact tracing, house-to-house surveillance and other clinical interventions.
*The movement of individuals shall remain strictly prohibited between 7.00 pm to 7.00 am, except for essential activities. Local authorities shall Issue orders, in the entire area of their jurisdiction under appropriate provisions of law such as prohibitory orders [Curfew] under Section 144 of CrPC, and ensure strict compliance.
Protection of vulnerable persons:
*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.
*States and UTs can prohibit any other activities based on their assessment or impose such restrictions as they see fit.
National directives for COVID-19 management:
*Wearing of face cover is compulsory in all public and work places.
*Spitting in public and work places punishable with fine.
*Social distancing to be followed by all persons in public places and in transport.
*Marriage-related gathering to ensure social distancing. Maximum number of guests allowed is 50.
*Funeral/last rites related gathering to social distancing. Maximum 20 attendees.
*Consumption of liquor paan, gutka, tobacco etc. banned in public places.
*Shops should ensure minimum six feet distance between customers. Not more than five people in a shop at a time.
Additional directives for work places:
*Practice of work from home to be followed as far as possible.
*Staggering of work/ business hours to be followed in offices, work places, shops, markets, and industrial and commercial establishments.
*Provision for thermal scanning, hand wash and sanitizer to be made at all entry and exit points and common areas.
*Frequent sanitization of entire workplace, common facilities and all points which come into human contact, such as door handles, to be ensured.
*Adequate distance between workers, adequate gaps between shifts. staggering the lunch breaks of staff, etc. to ensure social distancing at work place.