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The Home Ministry of India on Friday, 01 May 2020 extended the national lockdown for two more weeks but eased the restrictions, more in districts that have been classified as green zones than orange and red.
Some activities such as air travel, rail, metro, and inter-state movement of people will continue to be restricted irrespective of the zones. Schools, colleges, and other coaching institutions, hotels, and cinema halls, malls, and places of worship will have to remain closed irrespective of the zone.
Except for these activities that are banned across the country, a home ministry statement said, all other activities are permitted in green zones. Even buses can run within the green zone provided they operate with less than 50 percent of its seating capacity.
All industrial and construction activity can resume and shops can open in rural areas, even if they are in a red zone.
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, jute industry with staggered shifts and social distancing; and manufacturing of IT hardware and manufacturing units of packaging material will continue to be permitted.
Standalone shops in urban areas are also allowed without any distinction of essential and non-essential. E-Commerce activities, in the Red Zones, are permitted only in respect of essential goods.
Private offices can operate with up to 33% strength as per requirement, with the remaining persons working from home. All Government offices shall function with senior officers of the level of Deputy Secretary and above at full strength, and the remaining staff attending up to 33% as per requirement.
In addition, taxis and cab aggregators will be permitted with 1 driver and 1 passenger in the orange zones.
There will, however, be restrictions on the inter-district movement of individuals and vehicles will be allowed only for permitted activities. Four wheeler vehicles will have a maximum of two passengers besides the driver and pillion riding will be allowed on two-wheelers.