The nationwide COVID-19 lockdown extension comes into force on May 4 with some relaxations in place. The government extended the ongoing lockdown by a fortnight for the third time in a row in a bid to contain the coronavirus crisis.
Lockdown 3.0 comes with relatively relaxed rules:
Inter-state movement of people by road, travel by air, rail and metro-- all remain banned across the country. Schools, hotels, restaurants, bars, shopping malls, cinemas and places of worship will also continue to be closed down without any exceptions.
However, in the third part of the extension, there are no restrictions on the movement of goods between states or on the manufacturing and distribution of essential items.
Additionally, the Centre has also permitted state governments to make a decision on what needs to be allowed based on the situation in the ground. In the video conference meeting, Prime Minister Narendra Modi told the chief ministers on April 27 that they were in the best position to make such decisions as they were in touch with the ground reality.
Restrictions in different regions will be in accordance with the colour-coded zone they are falling in. The classification is based on the total number of active COVID-19 cases and the increase in the rate of cases.
All metropolitans, including Delhi and Mumbai fall in the red zones where most restrictions remain in place.
In urban red zones that are not marked as containment zones - which are areas completely sealed off due to COVID-19 cases - private offices can open at 33 per cent capacity. Construction activity can also resume, as long as workers reside on site. Manufacturing of essential goods and IT hardware is permitted. E-commerce activities are only allowed for essential goods, while standalone shops are able to open.
In Delhi, standalone liquor shops will open from Monday. There are 150 such shops, according to news agency PTI, that will remain open till 7 pm.
In rural red zones, all agricultural, construction and industrial activity is permitted.
In addition to all activities in the red zone, taxis are allowed, provided they carry only two passengers. as is travel between districts for permitted activities.
Areas designated as green zones, or places that have not seen any incidence of coronavirus in the last 21 days, are allowed to resume all activities except those prohibited nationally.