On Sunday the Centre has extended the lockdown by two more weeks, till May 31 and announced more changes and relaxations in its guidelines to give a further boost to economic activity.
Schools, colleges, malls and cinema halls will not be allowed to open anywhere in the country but salons, barber shops and optical shops may be allowed in red zones, barring Covid-19 containment areas. No more than five persons can enter at one time.
Hotels, restaurants, movie halls, malls, swimming pools, gyms will stay shut. Social, political, religious functions and places of worship will be closed till May 31.
However metro service and flights will remain suspended, it was decided to allow inter- and intra-state movement of passenger vehicles and buses across India, except in containment zones, with the states’ permission.
As private and government office had earlier opened in a limited way, due to social distancing and sanitation norms, the Centre has said the “practice of work from home should be followed to the extent possible, and staggering of work hours should be adopted in respect of all offices and other establishments”. It added: “There should be provision for thermal scanning, handwash and sanitisers at all entry and exit points and common areas; and all workplaces and other locations must be sanitised regularly.”
People should follow social distancing in public places and marriage related gathering should not have more than 50 guest, while for funerals and last rites; the maximum number has been kept at 20.
To ensure social distancing the MHA has said the local authorities to ensure shops and markets open with staggered timings, and the consumption of liquor, paan, gutkha and tobacco will not be allowed in all public places.
The guideline added “All shops shall also have to ensure six feet distance (do gaz ki doori) among customers and also not allow more than five persons at a time,”
The centre has asked to use Aarogya Setu app.“To ensure safety in offices and workplaces, employers should ensure the app is installed by all employees having a compatible mobile phone. The district authorities have been asked to advise individuals to install the Aarogya Setu app on compatible mobile phones and regularly update their health status on the app. This will facilitate timely provision of medical attention to those individuals who are at risk.”
-Davinder Panesar, NMTV News