Covid-19 lockdown 3.0: A look at relaxations, restrictions across major states in India
The third phase of nationwide coronavirus lockdown kicked-in on Monday with partial relaxations. The lockdown restrictions and relaxations in various states are be based on the incidence of Covid-19. All districts of the country have been colour-coded into ‘red’, ‘orange’ and ‘green’ for the same.
Here’s a quick look at relaxations, restrictions under the third phase of the lockdown across major states in India .
In the national capital, all government and non-government offices are set to open from today. Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal said that all the reliefs given in the ‘red zone’ during the lockdown will remain in force in Delhi. Government offices providing essential services will have a 100% staff presence other government offices will have 33% employees, in addition to the secretary and deputy secretary. Private offices will also open with 33% staff presence.
All public means of transport like rickshaws, autos, metro, bus services will remain banned. Restaurants, bars, religious sites, malls, gym, swimming pools, theatres will also remain shut. Private vehicles with two passengers are allowed in the case of four-wheelers. Movement will be allowed from seven in the morning to seven in the evening. All shops will open in residential complexes and neighbourhoods. E-commerce operations are allowed only for essential goods.
The Maharashtra government revised its order on Sunday, easing most of the restrictions on the industrial and commercial activities even in the urban areas mostly earmarked as Covid-19 red zones.
The Maharashtra government allowed the shops and establishments dealing in non-essential commodities to open even in the 14 districts identified as red zones. The restrictions, however, will continue in the containment zones. This has paved the way for the operations of almost all the commercial activities including opening of liquor shops from Monday in the state.
The government has decided to grant no exemption in six cities and similar municipalities due to extreme cases of infection.
A senior official said on Sunday that Chief Minister Vijay Rupani had decided against granting any relief in the municipal limits of Ahmedabad, Surat, Vadodara, Gandhinagar and Bhavnagar--all in ‘red’ zone, and Rajkot municipal corporation which falls under the ‘orange’ zone, news agency PTI reported.
“No relaxation will be allowed in the lockdown rules for another two weeks in municipal corporations of Ahmedabad, Surat, Vadodara, Gandhinagar, and Bhavnagar, as well as six municipalities of Botad, Bopal, Khabhnat, Bareja, Godhra and Umreth which are under ‘red’ zone (as per the Centre’s notification).”
“No relaxation will be allowed in Rajkot municipal corporation as well, which is under orange zone. This was decided by Chief Minister Vijay Rupani at a high-level meeting held on Saturday,” said Ashwani Kumar, Secretary to Chief Minister.
Establishments with more than 50 workers in Uttar Pradesh’s ‘red’ and ‘orange’ zones will provide special transport facilities without dependence on public transport. These vehicles will only seat half the capacity. Thermal scanning will take place at all workplaces. There will be an hour gap between the two shifts at the workplaces.
Owners and workers of all types of industries can increase working hours with mutual consent. This system will remain for the next three months.
Construction activities will be allowed in the urban area provided there is no need to bring workers from outside. Renewable energy operations will be allowed. All goods, market complexes, and markets within the limits of the municipal corporation and municipality in urban areas will remain closed.
The government has allowed the purchase of all kinds of items from e-commerce portals for residents of 33 districts that fall under the ‘green’ and ‘orange’ zones in the state. At the same time, only essential goods can be purchased via e-commerce portals in the five districts covered in the ‘red’ zone. The guidelines issued by the Union Home Ministry will be followed in Bihar.
The state will not see any relaxation in the lockdown for the next two weeks. Chief Minister Hemant Soren said that the lockdown will remain the same in the state for the next two weeks. Students, workers and other people are coming back from outside in Jharkhand. In this case, the risk of infection of coronavirus is high. For this reason, the Government of Jharkhand has taken this decision as a precaution.
Eight districts of Rajasthan are in the red zone. Mobile, laptop stationary and clothing shops will also open in the red zone. Facility to open OPD and medical clinic is also given in the ‘red’ zone. Construction workers who are on-site, 33% of employees in private offices, e-commerce have been allowed. The ban on sale of pan, gutkha and tobacco products will continue.
Relaxations will be applicable only in those areas of the ‘orange’ zone where the infection is less. Street shops will open for a few hours with limited permission for transport services. Small industries will start in ‘green’ zone areas. 9 districts of Madhya Pradesh have been placed in red and 19 districts in orange zone.
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