The nationwide lockdown on movement has been extended for two more weeks beyond 4 May, Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) said in an order today.
The districts will be identified as Red, Green and Orange zone as per a detailed criteria released by Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MoHFA) yesterday. The criteria is based on the total number of cases, doubling rate of confirmed cases and extent of testing.
Travel by air, rail, metro, inter-State movement by road, running schools, colleges, coaching institutes, hotels, restaurants, etc. will remain prohibited throughout the country, except for stranded migrants or students. Movement of people for non-essential services during the lockdown extension will remain restricted to the 12 hours between 7 pm and 7 am. Movement of persons above 65 years of age, children below 10 years age, persons with co-morbidities and pregnant women will not be allowed except for essential requirements and health purposes.
The most sensitive areas within the Red and Orange zone will be designated as Containment Zone as the lockdown is extended. The order has also asked the local authorities to ensure 100% coverage of Aarogya Setu app among the residents of Containment Zone. Containment Zone will see no movement at all except for medical emergencies and maintaining the supply of essential goods and services.
However, the order permits various activities such as construction work in rural zones, brick-kilns, food processing units in select zones and areas. Areas falling under green zones are permitted the maximum number of activities including operation of buses with 50% capacity.