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Lockdown 2.0 Guidelines explained: What is allowed and what is not allowed after April 20

Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) on Wednesday 15th April, 2020, has released fresh guidelines for Lockdown 2.0 which will be in force till May 3 2020. However to mitigate hardship to the public some selected activities will be allowed after April 20 based on strict compliance to the existing guidelines on lockdown measures. The guidelines mentioned that before operating relaxations States/Union Territories (UTs)/ District administrations shall ensure all preparatory arrangements with regard


The state/UT governments shall not dilute these guidelines in any manner and strictly enforce the same. However they are allowed to impose stricter measures than these guidelines as per requirement of the local areas.

A.     List of activities prohibited under the new lockdown guidelines till May 3, 2020

1.     All domestic and international air travel except for medical and security purposes.

2.     All passenger movements by trains, except for security purposes.

3.     Buses for public transport.

4.     Metro rail services.

5.     Inter district and inter-state movement of individuals except for medical reasons or for activities permitted under these guidelines.

6.     All educational, training, coaching institutions etc. shall remain closed.

7.     All industrial and commercial activities other than those specifically permitted under these guidelines.

8.     Hospitality services other than those specifically permitted under these guidelines.

9.     Taxis (including auto rickshaws and cycle rickshaws) and services of cab aggregators.

10. All cinema halls, malls, shopping complexes, gymnasiums, sports complexes, swimming pools, entertainment parks, theatres, bars, auditoriums, assembly halls and similar places.

11. All social/ political/ sports/ entertainment/ academic/ cultural/ religious functions/ other gatherings.

12. All religious places/ places of worship shall be closed for public. Religious congregations are strictly prohibited.

13. In case of funerals, congregation of more than twenty persons will not be permitted.

B.      Operation of guidelines in Hotspots and containment zones

1.     ‘Hotspots’ i.e. areas of large COVID-19 outbreaks or clusters with significant spread of COVID-19, will be determined as per guidelines issued by Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MoHFW), GOI.

2.     In these hotspots, containment zones will be demarcated by states/UTs/District administrations as per the guidelines of MoHFW.

3.     In these containment zones, the activities allowed under these guidelines will not be permitted. There shall be strict perimeter control in the area of the containment zones to ensure no unchecked inward/outward movement except for maintaining essential services (including medical and law and order related duties) and Government business continuity.

C.     List of activities permitted after April 20

1.      All health services (including AYUSH) to remain functional, such as:

All the hospitals, nursing homes, clinics, telemedicine facilities, Dispensaries, chemists, pharmacies, all kinds of medicine shops (including Jan Aushadhi Kendras) and medical equipment shops to remain open. Medical Laboratories, collection centers, Pharmaceutical and medical research labs, institutions carrying out COVID-19 related research, veterinary hospitals, dispensaries, clinics, pathology labs, sale and supply of vaccine and medicine will also be operational.

Authorized private establishments supporting essential services, supply chain firms supporting hospitals, manufacturing units of drugs, pharmaceuticals, medical devices, medical oxygen, their packaging material, raw material, construction of medical/health infrastructure including manufacturing of ambulances will continue.

Also movement (inter and intra State, including by air) of all medical and veterinary personnel, scientists, nurses, para-medical staff, lab technicians, mid-wives and other hospital support services, including ambulances are allowed.

2.      Agriculture and related activities:

A)    All agricultural and horticultural activities remain fully functional

B)    Fisheries- following activities are permitted in fisheries:

                     i.    Operations of the fishing (marine and inland)/ aquaculture industry including feeding and maintenance, harvesting, processing, packaging, cold chain, sale and marketing.

                   ii.    Hatcheries, feed plants, commercial aquaria.

                  iii.    Movement of fish/shrimp and fish products, fish seed/feed and workers for all these activities.

C)   Plantations- following activities will be functional

                     i.    Operations of tea, coffee and rubber plantations with maximum of 50% workers.

                   ii.    Processing, packaging, sales and marketing of tea, coffee, rubber and cashew with maximum 50% workers.

D)   Animal husbandry

                     i.    Collection, processing, distribution and sale of milk and milk products by milk processing plants, including transport and supply chain.

                   ii.    Operations of animal husbandry farms including poultry farms& hatcheries and livestock farming activities.

                  iii.    Animal feed manufacturing and feed plants, including supply of raw material, such as maize and soya.

                 iv.    Operation of animal shelter homes, including Gaushalas.

3.      Financial Sector: following to remain functional

                 i.          Reserve bank of India (RBI) and RBI regulated financial markets and entities such as NPCI, CCIL, payment system operators and standalone primary dealers.

                ii.          Bank branches and ATMs, IT vendor for banking operation, Banking Correspondents (BCs), ATM operation and cash management agencies.

a)    Bank branches be allowed to worked as per normal hours till disbursal of DBT cash transfers is complete.

b)    Local administration to provide adequate security personnel at bank branches and BCs to maintain social distancing, law and order and staggering of account holders.

              iii.          SEBI, capital and debt market services as notified by the Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI).

              iv.          IRDAI and Insurance companies.

4.      Social sector

                         i.  Operation of homes for children/ disabled/ mentally challenged/ senior citizens/ destitutes/ women/ widows

                       ii.  Observation homes, after care homes and places of safety for juveniles.

                      iii.  Disbursement of social security pensions, e.g. old age/ widow/ freedom fighter pensions, pension and PF services provided by Employees Provident Fund Organization (EFPO).

                     iv.  Operation of Anganwadis – distribution of food items and nutrition once in 15 days at the doorsteps of beneficiaries, e.g. children, women and lactating mothers. Beneficiaries will not attend the Anganwadis.

5.      Online teaching/ distance learning to be encouraged

Since all educational institutions and coaching institutes remain closed, distance learning has to be promoted.

6.      MNREGA works to be allowed

MNREGA works are allowed with strict implementation of social distancing and face masks. Priority to be given under MNREGA to irrigation and water conservation works.

7.      Public utilities: following to remain functional

                 i.    Operations of Oil and Gas sector, including refining, transportation, distribution, storage and retails of products, e.g. petrol, diesel, kerosene, CNG, LPG, PNG etc.

               ii.    Generation, transmission and distribution of power at Central and State/UT levels.

              iii.    Postal Services, including post offices.

             iv.    Operations of utilities in water, sanitation and waste management sectors at municipal/local body levels in States/UTs.

               v.    Operations of utilities providing telecommunications and internet services.

8.      Movement, loading/unloading of goods/ cargo (inter and intra state) is allowed as :

                 i.    All goods traffic will be allowed to ply.

               ii.    Operations of railways: transportation of goods and parcel trains.

              iii.    Operations of airports and related facilities for air transport for cargo movement, relief and evacuation.

             iv.    Operations of seaports and inland container depots (ICDs) for cargo transport, including authorized custom clearing and forwarding agents.

               v.    Operation of land ports for cross land border transportation of essential goods, including petroleum products and LPG, food products, medical supplies.

             vi.    Movement of all trucks and other goods/carrier vehicles with two drivers and one helper subject to the driver carrying a valid driving license; an empty truck/vehicle will be allowed to ply  after the delivery of goods, or for pick up of goods.

            vii.    Shops for truck repairs and dhabas on highways, with a stipulated minimum distance as prescribed by the state/UT authorities.

           viii.    Movement of staff and contractual labor for operations of railways, airports/air carriers, seaports/ships/vessels, land ports and ICDs is allowed on passes being issued by local authority on the basis of authorization issued by respective designated authorities of the railway, airports, seaports, land ports and ICDs.

9.      Supply  of essential goods is allowed

Supply of all the essential goods is allowed.

10.  Commercial and private establishments:

                 i.    Print and electronic media including broadcasting, DTH and cable services.

               ii.    IT and IT enabled services with up to 50% strength

              iii.    Data and call centers for government activities only.

             iv.    Govt approved Common Services Centers at Gram Panchayat level.

               v.    E-commerce companies. Vehicles used by e-commerce operators will be allowed to ply with necessary permissions.

             vi.    Courier services.

            vii.    Cold storage and warehousing services, including at ports, airports, railway stations, container depots, individual units and other links in logistics chain.

           viii.    Private security services and facilities management services for maintenance and upkeep of office and residential complexes.

             ix.    Hotels, homestays, lodges and motels which are accommodating tourists and persons stranded due to lockdown, medical and emergency staff air and sea crew.

               x.    Establishments used/ earmarked for quarantine facilities.

             xi.    Services provided by self employed persons like electrician, IT, repairs, plumbers, motor mechanics and carpenters.

11.   Industries/Industrial Establishments

                 i.    Industries operating in rural areas

               ii.    Manufacturing and other industrial establishments with access control in SEZs and EOUs, Industrial estates, and industrial townships with arrangements of social distancing and accommodation and transport arrangement.

              iii.    Manufacturing units of essential goods.

             iv.    Food processing industries in rural areas.

               v.    Production units requiring continuous process and their supply chain.

             vi.    Manufacturing of IT hardware.

            vii.    Coal production, mines and mineral production and their transportation, supply of explosives and activities incidental to mining activities.

           viii.    Manufacturing units of packaging materials.

             ix.    Jute industries with staggered shifts and social distancing.

               x.    Oil and gas exploration/refinery.

             xi.    Brick kilns in rural areas.

12.   Construction activities

                 i.    Construction of roads. Irrigations projects, buildings and all kinds of industrial projects including MSMEs, in rural areas.

               ii.    Construction of renewable energy projects.

              iii.    Continuation of works in construction projects, within limits of municipal corporations, where workers are available on site (in situ construction).

13.   Movement of persons

                 i.    Private vehicles for emergency services, including medical and veterinary care, and for procuring essential commodities. In such cases, one passenger other than driver can be permitted in the backseat, in case of four-wheeler; however in case of two-wheelers only driver is permitted.

               ii.    All personnel travelling to place of work and back in exempted categories as per instructions of the State/UT local authority.

14.  Offices of government of India, its Autonomous/Subordinate offices will remain open.

15.  Offices of the State/Union Territory Governments, their autonomous bodies and local Governments will remain open.

The MHA has asked to all state/UTs/district administrations to implement the guidelines strictly. Official Guideline PDF

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