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Coronavirus lockdown extended by two weeks beyond the 4th of May with significant relaxations, most activities to resume in declared green zones: MHA

The circular also said that the classification of districts as Red, Green and Orange zones will be reviewed every week by the Ministry of Health with the States and Union Territories, as required.

Amidst the Coronavirus pandemic, the central government had first announced a 21-day lockdown and then, extended the lockdown till the 3rd of May. Now, the Ministry of Home Affairs had declared that the lockdown will be extended for two weeks effective from the 4th of May 2020. However, while the lockdown has been extended in India, significant relaxations have been allowed, and most activities will resume in the declared green zones. In fact the country will partially reopen from 4th May which restrictions on select activities that involve large public gatherings.

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Press note issued by MHA announcing the lockdown being extended in India
Press note issued by MHA announcing the lockdown being extended in India

The note said that the MHA has issued new guidelines to regulate different activities in this period, based on the risk profiling of the districts of the country into Red (hotspot), Green and Orange Zones. The green zones are ones with zero confirmed cases till date or no confirmed cases for the last 21 days.

The circular also said that the classification of districts as Red, Green and Orange zones will be reviewed every week by the Ministry of Health with the States and Union Territories, as required.

Most of the commercial and private establishments have been allowed in 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 etc.

However, irrespective of zones, all travel by Air, Railways and interstate travel will continue to be banned. Movement of people between 7 PM and 7 AM will also be restricted for non-essential purposes.

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