Sunday, May 17, 2020

Lockdown 4.0 guidelines | What’s allowed and what’s not?


  New Delhi, May 17: The Centre on May 17 extended the nationwide lockdown, first imposed on March 24, for the fourth time till May 31 while giving considerable flexibility to the States in deciding red, green and orange zones of COVID-19 intensity.
   Immediately after the National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) announced Lockdown 4.0 to check the spread of the novel coronavirus, the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) issued fresh guidelines to allow further resumption of economic activities.
  Here’s a list of what’s allowed and what’s not during Lockdown 4.0 between May 18 and 31. (Source: The Hindu)
  • ·    Buses, auto-rickshaws, cabs can operate; inter-State movement of vehicles to be decided by States mutually
  • ·      Metro, air and rail services remain suspended, except those allowed with special permits
  • ·     All shops, except those in malls and containment zones can open. All shops shall also have to ensure six feet distance (2 gaz ki doori) among customers and also not allow more than 5 persons at one time.
  • ·      Barber shops and salons can open
  • ·      Delivery of essential and non-essential items allowed through online shopping platforms
  • ·      Restaurants can function, but only for take-away
  • ·      Religious, political gatherings prohibited
  • ·      Weddings cannot have more than 50 guests and funerals not more than 20
  • ·    Cap on 33% strength in offices done away with, work from home to be encouraged; social distancing and staggered work hours to be followed in offices
  • ·      Wearing of masks compulsory in public places and work place
  • ·      Night curfew from 7 pm to 7 am for non-essential services to remain in force
  • ·    Vulnerable groups such as those above 65 years, pregnant women and children below 10 to remain at home
  • ·     States can decide the delineation of zones into red, green, orange and containment zones
  • ·     Schools, colleges, malls to remain shut   
  • ·    State/ UT Governments shall continue to strictly enforce the lockdown guidelines and they shall not dilute these guidelines issued under the Disaster Management Act, 2005, in any manner.



South Andaman District classified as Green Zone except containment zone(s); Lockdown to be continued upto May 31, 2020


  Port Blair, May 17: The Union Home Ministry on Sunday extended the lockdown for another two weeks till May 31 to contain the spread of COVID-19. In its recommendations to the Home Ministry, the Apex Disaster Management body, NDMA said that lockdown measures need to be implemented for a further period in the country to contain the spread of COVID 19. NDMA in exercise of its powers under the DM act, 2005, directs the Ministries, Departments of GOI, States governments and authorities to continue the lockdown measures upto May 31.
Accordingly, the local authority has issued an order as given below:

“ANDAMAN & NICOBAR ADMINISTRATION
SECRETARIAT
Port Blair, dated the 17th May, 2020
ORDER
  Whereas, the National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) in exercise of their powers under section 6(2) (i) of the Disaster Management Act, 2005, vide their Orders dated 24.03.2020, 14.04.2020 and 01.05.2020 had directed the National Executive Committee (NEC) to take lockdown measures so as to contain the spread of COVID-19 in the country;
   Whereas, Chairperson NEC, in exercise of the powers conferred under Section 10(2)(I) of the Disaster Management Act, 2005, has issued Orders of even number on lockdown measures dated 24.03.2020, 29.03.2020, 14.04.2020, 15.04.2020 and 01.05.2020;
   Whereas, save as otherwise provided in the guidelines annexed to this Order, all Orders issued by NEC under Section 10(2) (I) of the Disaster Management Act, 2005, shall cease to have effect from 18.05.2020;
  Whereas, in exercise of the powers under Section 6(2) (i) of the Disaster Management Act, 2005, NDMA has issued an Order number 1-29/2020-PP dated 17.05.2020 directing the Chairperson, NEC that lockdown measures to contain the spread of COVID-19 be continued to be implemented in all parts of the Country, for a further period upto 31.05.2020;
   Whereas, under directions of the aforesaid Order of NDMA dated 17.05.2020, and in exercise of the powers, conferred under Section 10(2)(I) of the Disaster Management Act, 2005, the Union Home Secretary in his capacity as Chairperson, NEC, has issued directions for strict implementation, to all the Ministries/Departments of Government of India, State/Union Territory Government and State/Union Territory Authorities that lockdown measures to contain the spread of COVID-19 will continue for a period of upto 31.05.2020, as per the guidelines annexed to this Order, which will come into effect from 18.05.2020;
  Whereas, Clause (5) of the said guidelines stipulate that delineation of Red, Green and Orange Zones will be decided by the respective State and UT Governments, after taking into consideration the parameters shared by Ministry of Health 8s Family Welfare (MoHFW), Government of India (Gol);
   And Whereas, in the Union Territory of Andaman & Nicobar Islands, North & Middle Andaman and Nicobar District had already been classified as Green Zone by MoHFW vide DO dated 15.4.2020 and shall continue as such under the new annexed guidelines;
   And Whereas, the entire South Andaman District is hereby classified as Green Zone in South Andaman District based on the parameters shared by MoHFW except the containment zone(s) as is / may be notified by District Magistrate South Andaman from time to time;
   Now therefore, in exercise of the powers conferred under Section 24 (1) of the Disaster Management Act, 2005, the undersigned in his capacity as Chairperson, Union Territory Disaster Management Executive Committee, for the Union Territory of Andaman and Nicobar Islands hereby orders that the guidelines on the measures to be taken by Ministries / Departments of Government of India, State/UT Governments and State/UT Authorities for containment of COVID-19 in the country upto 31.05.2020 issued by MHA dated 17.05.2020 shall be applicable to the whole of A & N Islands.
Sd/-
Chetan B. Sanghi
Chief Secretary
(F.No. CS/Sr.PS/05/2020)”