Lockdown extends till May 31; MHA issues guidelines

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Lockdown measures in place since March 24, 2020 have helped considerably in containing the spread of COVID-19.  It has therefore been decided to further extend the lockdown till May 31, 2020.

Ministry of Home Affairs issued an order, under the Disaster Management Act, 2005, in this regard. The salient features of the new guidelines are as follows:

  • Under the new guidelines, States and Union Territories (UTs) will now delineate Red, Green and Orange zones taking into consideration the parameters shared by the Health Ministry.
  • All domestic and international air travel, Metro rail services, Running of schools, colleges, educational and training institutions, Hotels, restaurants, Social, political, cultural and similar gatherings and access to religious places are not permitted.
  • However, online/ distance learning shall be permitted and encouraged; and, restaurants will be allowed to operate kitchens for home delivery of food items.