Lockdown 3.0 starts tomorrow with 'considerable relaxations'; some curbs to continue

NEW DELHI: The third phase of the entire country begins on Monday with considerable relaxation, but the restrictions will continue in the containment areas so that the achievements made so far in the fight against COVID-19 are not wasted, authorities said on Sunday.

The country has been divided into three zones: red, orange and green, depending on the risk profile. The extended lock is slated to last until May 17.

According to him, the prohibited activities throughout the country, regardless of the areas are: plane, train, subway; interstate highway movement; schools, colleges and other educational, training and coaching institutions; hospitality services, including hotels and restaurants.

Large public gathering places - movie theaters, shopping malls, gyms, sports complexes - social, political, cultural and other gatherings and religious or public places of worship are on the prohibited list.

However, the movement of people for non-essential activities in all areas, except the containment areas, is permitted but strictly between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m.

The opening of hairdressers, spas and salons in the green and orange areas is allowed, as well as the sale of non-essential items by e-commerce companies.

The sale of liquor will be allowed under certain conditions in all areas, except in the containment area, in independent stores, not in markets or shopping centers.

The sale of liquor, barber shops and salons was not allowed during the first two phases of closure. when the sale of non-essential products by e-commerce companies was also not allowed.

In all areas, people over the age of 65, people with underlying health problems, pregnant women, and children under the age of 10 must remain at home, except for essential and health purposes.

Movement of people by air, rail and road is permitted for selected purposes and for the purposes permitted by the MHA. In containment areas, the movement of people is totally prohibited and essential services are delivered at the door.

The list of allowed activities also includes: OPD and medical clinics in all areas with social distancing standards and other precautions. However, these will not be allowed in containment areas.

All freight traffic will be allowed and no state or UT will stop the movement of cargo for cross-border trade under treaties with neighboring countries.

In the red zones (outside the containment areas), some additional activities are prohibited: the use of cycle rickshaws and auto rickshaws, taxis and taxi aggregators; buses within and between districts; hairdressers, spas and salons.

Certain other activities have been allowed in the red zone with restrictions: movement of people and vehicles for activities allowed with a maximum of 2 people (in addition to the driver) in four-wheeled vehicles, without a passenger in two-wheeled vehicles.

In the red zones, e-commerce companies can only sell essential products. Hairdressers and salons cannot open.

In all liquor stores, customers must maintain a minimum distance of six feet (2 gaz ki doori), and no more than five people allowed at the same time.

With respect to domestic help in the red zones, the social welfare associations for residents must make a call to allow the entry of outsiders.

If RWAs allow, domestic help and employers must maintain health protocols, and the responsibility rests with the person who employs the maids in the event of any accident.

Industrial establishments in urban areas, such as Special Economic Zones (EEZs), Export Oriented Units (EOUs), industrial estates and industrial municipalities with access control have been allowed since Monday in all areas, except for containment areas.

Private offices can operate in red zones with a force of up to 33 percent with the rest of the people working from home.

In the orange zones, all permitted activities are allowed in the red zone (outside the containment zone) and taxi aggregators and taxis (driver with 2 passengers only)

Movement of people and vehicles between districts for permitted activities, 4 wheels with 2 passengers are allowed in addition to the driver, the use of a passenger on 2 wheels is allowed. However, bus movements within and within the district are prohibited, except those allowed by the MHA.

In green areas, all activities are allowed, except those prohibited throughout the country, regardless of the area.

However, buses can operate with a seating capacity of up to 50 percent and depots at 50 percent as well.

A district is considered in the 'Green' zone if there are no confirmed cases so far or if there have been no cases reported in the past 21 days.

According to the health ministry, as of Friday, there were 130 'red' zones, a maximum of 19 in UP, followed by 14 in Maharashtra. The number of 'orange' zones was 284 and 'green' was 319.

All districts of the national capital have been placed in the 'Red' zone.

Other activities allowed outside Red Zone containment areas (with restrictions) in urban areas are: manufacturing essential goods such as medicines, medical devices and their supply chain, IT hardware manufacturing, jute industry, construction (yes workers reside on site).

Home operations for the elderly, children, homeless, etc., government offices and emergency, health, sanitation and security services.

In rural areas: industrial and construction activities; agriculture, livestock and plantations, financial sector, including banks, NBFCs, utilities, couriers, and postal services; media; IT, ITeS, self-service warehouse services, except barbers.

States and UTs may establish certain restrictions based on their evaluation.