As per the Centre’s statement released on May 1, the lockdown that was supposed to end by May 3 was extended till May 17. With the third phase of the lockdown, the Government also came up with a few relaxations and curbs for the lockdown 3.0. The relaxations come into force from today, May 4.
Air, Rail, Metro travel and inter-state movement of people is still completely restricted. Similarly, schools, hotels, restaurants, bars, shopping malls, cinemas and places of worship have not been permitted to open. However, the inter-state movement of goods and manufacturing and distribution of essential items are permitted during the lockdown 3.0.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi, in his meeting with the chief ministers on April 27, said that the state governments know best about the situation in their states and can, therefore, be the best judge in deciding what should be allowed. Hence, the Centre allowed the states to take a call on relaxations to be implemented in their states. The restrictions imposed are based on the incidence of COVID-19 in different regions, which have been colour-coded accordingly.
Considering the number of active corona cases and the increase in the rate of cases has been the basis of designating a colour code to the areas. Hence, the metro cities including Delhi, Mumbai Bengaluru have been marked as red zones where most restrictions are imposed. However, in such cities, private offices can open with 33 percent capacity in areas which are not the containment zones. Moreover, the construction activity is allowed to resume but only if the workers reside on-site. Nod has been given to the manufacturing of essential goods and IT hardware as well. Standalone shops and neighbourhood shops have been allowed to resume operations whereas, the e-commerce platforms are only allowed to deliver essential goods. According to the relaxations, the Government of Delhi on May 3 allowed the standalone liquor shops to resume functions from May 4. The shops are allowed to function until 7 pm. However, in rural red zones, all activities related to agricultural, construction and industrial activities are allowed.
Looking at the orange zones, all the activities permitted in the red zones are permitted in orange zones as well. Moreover, taxis are allowed with the condition that they will carry only two passengers at a time.
The areas which have not seen COVID-19 cases in the past 21 days have been marked as Green Zones. In these zones, all the activities are allowed tp resume except those banned countrywide. Buses are also allowed to operate at 50 per cent capacity within these areas.