Lockdown 3.0: Guidelines for Red zone, What's allowed, and What's not!
In lockdown 3.0 the entire Nation is divided into Red, Orange, and Green Zones. The rules are the strictest in the Red Zone districts and get progressively easier in the Orange and Green Zones.
The new guidelines announced by the Central Government for the third phase of lockdown will come into force from May 4 and continue till May 17. Classifications of areas into 'Red', 'Orange', and 'Green' zones are done based on the basis of Coronavirus risk profiling.
The list of all these three zones will be updated on a weekly basis or earlier as required, as the government order stated. Meanwhile, states can add more districts into red or orange zones, based on local updates and area-wise surveillance. In case a red does not report any new COVID-19 case for 21 days, it'll be marked as an orange zone. The orange area reporting no new cases for 21 days will then be marked as a 'green zone'.
According to the health ministry, as on Friday, there are a total of 130 'Red' zones in the country. The number of 'Orange' Zone was 284 and 'Green' was 319.
However, while enforcing strict COVID-19 measures in containment zones within the red zone districts, the government will also provide certain relaxation in the red zone districts to restart economic activity while ensuring strict social distancing norms.
Here's a complete list of what is allowed and what is not allowed in Red zones according to the latest guidelines...
Not allowed in Red zones...
⦁ All domestic and international air travel of passengers, except for medical services, air ambulance, and for security purposes or for purposes as permitted by the MHA.
⦁ All religious places/ places of worship shall be closed for the public. Religious congregations are strictly prohibited.
⦁ All passenger movement by trains, except for security purposes or for purposes as permitted by the MHA.
⦁ Inter-State Buses for public transport, except as permitted by the MHA.
⦁ Metro rail services.
⦁ Inter-State movement of individuals except for medical reasons or for activities as permitted by the MHA.
⦁ All schools, colleges, educational/ training/ coaching institutions, etc. However, online/distance learning shall be permitted.
⦁ Hospitality services are other than those used for housing health/ police/ government officials/ healthcare workers, stranded persons including tourists, and those used for quarantine facilities.
⦁ All cinema halls, shopping malls, gymnasiums, sports complexes, swimming pools, entertainment parks, theatres, bars and auditoriums, assembly halls, and similar places.
⦁ All social, political, sports, entertainment, academic, cultural, religious functions, and other gatherings.
⦁ The movement of individuals, for all non-essential activities, shall remain strictly prohibited between 7 pm to 7 am. Local authorities shall issue orders under appropriate provisions of law, such as prohibitory orders (curfew) under Section 144 of CrPC, for this purpose, and ensure strict compliance.
⦁ In all zones, persons above 65 years of age, persons with co-morbidities, pregnant women, and children below the age of 10 years, shall stay at home.
⦁ In Containment Zones, Out-Patient Departments (OPDs) and Medical clinics shall not be permitted to operate. However, these may be permitted to operate in Red, Orange, and Green Zones.
⦁ Cycle rickshaws and auto-rickshaws, taxis and cab aggregators, intra-district and inter-district plying of buses, barbershops, spas, and salons.
Allowed activities in Red zones...
⦁ Movement of individuals and vehicles, only for permitted activities. Four wheeler vehicles will have a maximum of two passengers besides the vehicle driver; for two-wheelers, a pillion rider is not allowed.
⦁ Industrial establishments in urban areas: Only Special Economic Zones (SEZs), Export Oriented Units (EOUs), industrial estates and industrial townships with access control; Manufacturing units of essential goods, including drugs, pharmaceuticals, medical devices, their raw material and intermediates; Production units, which require continuous process, and their supply chain; Manufacturing of IT hardware; Jute industry with staggered shifts and social distancing; and, Manufacturing units of packaging material are permitted.
⦁ Manufacturing of IT hardware and the jute industry along with manufacturers of packaging material has been given the go-ahead to operate, provided that safety guidelines are followed.
⦁ Construction activities in rural areas that fall in red zones, has been permitted only to in-situ construction where the workers are available on site. The construction of renewable energy projects is also allowed.
⦁ All standalone shops (both in urban and rural areas) and shops in residential complexes have been allowed to reopen for business.
⦁ e-commerce activities are allowed limited to essential goods.
⦁ Private offices in red zones will be allowed to operate with 33 percent of their strength.
⦁ Government offices in red zones will be allowed to function with senior officers of the Deputy Secretary level and above at full strength, with the remaining staff attending up to 33 percent as per requirement.
⦁ Even in red zones, defense and security services, health and family welfare, police, prisons, home guards, civil defense, fire and emergency services, disaster management and related services, National Informatics Centre (NIC), customs, Food Corporation of India (FCI), National Cadet Corps (NCC), Nehru Yuvak Kendra (NYK) and Municipal services have been allowed to function with no restrictions.
⦁ All industrial and construction activities in rural areas that fall in red zones have been allowed. These include MNREGA works, food-processing units, and brick kilns.
⦁ All agriculture and animal husbandry (including inland and marine fisheries) activities, inclusive of their supply chain, will be able to function.
⦁ All health services, including AYUSH, have been permitted to operate in red zones.
⦁ Banks, NBFCs, insurance, and capital market activities along with credit co-operative societies will function in red zones.
⦁ Homes for children, senior citizens, and widows (including Anganwadis) have been allowed to function.
⦁ Apart from courier/postal services, public utility offices (including the internet) will remain open in red zones.
⦁ The MHA order further clarifies that print and electronic media, IT and IT-enabled services, data and call centers, cold storage and warehousing services, private security and facility management services, and services provided by self-employed persons, except for barbers are permitted in red zones.
According to the Government order, allowed activities will be permitted with restrictions in Red Zones.