As we all know, the lockdown has increased, as Coronavirus isn’t showing any signs of simmering down. A few days ago, Prime Minister Modi extended the lockdown till the end of the month, which was again stretched till 3 May.
However, the guidelines have been made lenient now, with the Government allowing industries, e-commerce and IT firms to continue working.
Find out what the new guidelines allow and don’t allow right here!
Lockdown Extended; New Guidelines Issued By Government Of India
The extended lockdown comes with amended guidelines, issued by Union Home Secretary Ajay Bhalla. These guidelines are not for those areas that are in containment zones.
The order states the activities that will be prohibited include travel by air, rail and road; operation of educational and training institutions; industrial and commercial activities; hospitality services; all cinema halls, shopping complexes, theatres, etc.; all social, political and other events; and opening of all religious places/ places of worship for members of public, including religious congregations.
The order also states that manufacturing and other industrial activities in Special Economic Zones, Export Oriented Units, and other industrial estates and townships will be allowed to reopen provided that workers stay within the premises or in adjacent buildings.
IT Firms Allowed To Open With 50% Staff; Masks Mandatory
Additionally, IT hardware manufacturing, food processing in rural areas and jute industries will also be exempted from the lockdown. IT and IT-enabled services will also be opened with only 50% strength functioning. Also, factories and office establishments will also be allowed to function, only if they provide their employees with medical insurance.
Print and electronic media including broadcasting, DTH and cable services will also be exempted from the lockdown. Data and call centers for government activities will be allowed to operate. Also, vehicles used by e-commerce companies will be allowed to travel with the necessary permissions.
In order to boost the rural economy, construction of roads, irrigation projects, buildings, and industrial projects in rural areas; works under MNREGA, with priority to irrigation and water conservation works; and operation of rural Common Service Centres (CSCs) will also be allowed to work.
Regarding the finance sector, RBI, banks, ATMs, capital and debt markets as notified by SEBI and insurance companies will also be allowed to operate.