The center today announced the extension of the lockdown for two more weeks till May 17.
MHA issued new guidelines to regulate different activities in this period, based on the risk profiling of the districts of the country in Red (hotspot), Green and Orange Zones. The guidelines have permitted considerable relaxations in the districts falling in the Green and Orange Zones.
MHA also allowed the use of trains for ferrying people stranded due to the nationwide lockdown to their respective states, an official said. Addressing a press conference, Joint Secretary in the MHA Punya Salila Srivastava said stranded people such as migrant workers, tourists, pilgrims and students can now be transported using trains. “States and the Railway Board will make the necessary arrangements for the same,” she said.
List of activities prohibited across the country till May 17
- Travel by air, rail, metro and inter-state movement by road
- Schools, colleges and other educational and training/coaching institutions
- Hospitality services, including hotels and restaurants to remain closed
- Places of large public gatherings, such as cinema halls, malls, gymnasiums, sports complexes etc cannot resume operations
- Any kind of social, political, cultural and other kinds of gatherings
- Religious places/places of worship are to remain closed for the public as well
The new guidelines also prescribe certain measures for well being of the citizens. Movement of individuals, for all non-essential activities shall remain strictly prohibited between 7pm to 7am.
The total number of coronavirus cases in India rose to 35,365 on Friday as the death toll touched 1,152 in the country, according to the Health Ministry.
The nationwide lockdown which started on March 24 was previously extended till May 3rd.