Lockdown 4 Guidelines LIVE Updates: The Centre has extended the nationwide lockdown until May 31, but allowed several more relaxations outside containment zones to restart economic activity. For the states, the big change is that they would be allowed to demarcate the red, green and orange zones.
The new guidelines by Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) permits barber shops, salons and shopping complexes to open. However, the night curfew will remain in effect, which means that all non-essential travel will remain prohibited between 7pm and 7am. The ban on flights and metro services will also remain in place till May 31. Full list of activities allowed and banned can be seen here.
New MHA Guidelines on Risk Profiling: Himachal Govt | With extension of lockdown up to May 31, new guidelines issued by MHA will be applicable based on risk profiling of districts into Red/Green&Orange zones with restrictions imposed. Curfew hours will be notified by District Magistrates from time to time: Himachal Pradesh Govt.
May 17, 2020 23:08 (IST)
Centre Scales Down Directive on Aarogya Setu Installation | The government appears to have made Aarogya Setu optional, scaling down its earlier directive that had made it compulsory for several categories of people to download the mobile app which monitors the spread of coronavirus. Sunday's guidelines also said district authorities "may advise" individuals to install the app on compatible mobile phones.
May 17, 2020 22:52 (IST)
Rajasthan Extends Lockdown Till May 31 | The government of Rajasthan extends the COVID-19 lockdown in the state till May 31. Earlier, Himachal Pradesh extended curfew in the state in to March 31.
May 17, 2020 22:45 (IST)
Guidelines Issued as Per Views of States, UTs: MHA | The Union Home Ministry night said the fresh guidelines for the fourth phase of the nationwide lockdown were issued after taking the views of the state governments following a video conference held by Prime Minister Narendra Modi with the chief ministers on May 11, Union Home Secretary Ajay Bhalla said.
May 17, 2020 22:40 (IST)
May 17, 2020 22:22 (IST)
Rajiv Gauba Discusses Shramik Special Trains in Meet with State Officials | Cabinet Secretary Rajiv Gauba requests state officials through video conference to cooperate in running of more Shramik Special trains to facilitate the movement of migrant workers. Chairman Railway Board assures that more special trains can be started if the states provide quick clearances. State governments requested to make DM and SPs responsible for safety and well being of migrant labour. Those found walking to be escorted to camps and their movement by Sharmik special trains to be facilitated.
May 17, 2020 22:18 (IST)
Ajay Bhalla Writes to CS of States, UTs | Union Home Secretary Ajay Bhalla writes to Chief Secretaries of all states and UTs asking them to ensure compliance of new guidelines issued for the extended lockdown till 31st May and also reiterates not to dilute the guidelines.
May 17, 2020 22:00 (IST)
Curfew in Himachal Till May 31 | Curfew will continue in Himachal Pradesh till May 31, Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur said after the Centre extended the lockdown. Noting that cases had increased after the return of stranded people from other states, the chief minister said that the number of cases may rise further as about 60,000 more people had expressed their wish to come back to Himachal Pradesh.
May 17, 2020 21:50 (IST)
Previous Guidelines to Remain Valid till May 19 in J&K | The government of Jammu & Kashmir has ordered that the lockdown guidelines issued on May 5 shall continue to remain valid in J&K till 19th May, 2020.
May 17, 2020 21:40 (IST)
Domestic, International Flights Prohibited Till May 31 | Prohibition on domestic passenger flight operations and scheduled international commercial passenger services has been extended till 31st May 2020: Director General of Civil Aviation (DGCA).
May 17, 2020 21:26 (IST)
States can permit all other activities outside containment zones that are other than the limited number of activities prohibited nationally. A limited number of activities to remain prohibited throughout the country. States to decide containment zones, red, orange, and green zones. National directives like night curfew and wearing face masks to be mandatory: Chief Secretary Rajiv Gauba.
May 17, 2020 20:58 (IST)
Migrants May Get Home Without Waiting for Special Trains | Opening up of inter-state movement of passengers could mean that migrants who want to go home and are not getting a ticket on ‘Shramik Special’ trains have the option of taking government and private-run buses if the states allow. The Centre also paved the way for last-mile connectivity for migrants who are reaching railways stations but not finding buses, taxis or autos from the station to reach their final destination. Read Arunima's report here
May 17, 2020 20:56 (IST)
Sports Complexes to Open, But No Entry for Spectators | Sports complexes and stadia were permitted to open but declared out of bounds for spectators in the fourth phase of the coronavirus-forced lockdown, possibly clearing the path for at least the resumption of halted training camps.
May 17, 2020 20:50 (IST)
Only Special, Parcel and Freight Services to Run: Railways | Railways said only Shramik Specials, other special trains, and parcel and freight services will operate during the fourth phase of lockdown, beginning on May 18. The national transporter, which has cancelled all its regular passenger services till June 30, said the guidelines issued during Lockdown 3.0 will be in force as far as rail operations are concerned.
May 17, 2020 20:42 (IST)
Karnataka CM Calls Meeting to Discuss Guidelines | Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa has summoned for a meeting with ministers and senior officers to discuss the guidelines issued by the Centre for lockdown 4.0 on 18th May at 11 am at the Vidhana Soudha. The steps to be taken and the guidelines to be issued for state will be discussed and finalised in this meeting.
May 17, 2020 20:30 (IST)
Passport Offices to Open in Red Zones from Tomorrow | Passport Seva Kendras will open in Red Zones -- outside hotspots -- from tomorrow, the MEA said.
May 17, 2020 20:20 (IST)
New Guidelines to be Followed from Tuesday in Delhi | The changes announced in the new guidelines by the Centre will kick in from Tuesday in Delhi after it demarcates the various zones. On Monday, the present rules will remain in place.
May 17, 2020 20:16 (IST)
Delhi to Announce Detailed Plan Tomorrow | The Delhi government will prepare the detailed plan for Delhi based on the Centre's guidelines and announce it tomorrow, says CM Arvind Kejriwal.
May 17, 2020 20:12 (IST)
Guidelines in Line with Delhi's Proposal: Kejriwal | Centre's guidelines are largely in line with the proposal sent by the Delhi government: Arving Kejriwal.
Centre's guidelines are largely in line with the proposal sent by Delhi govt based on suggestions of lakhs of Delhiites. We have used the lockdown period to prepare our healthcare system if Corona cases increase, but it is now time to relax the restrictions to some extent.
Online Shopping Restrictions Removed From All But Containment Zones | The guidelines state that online shopping and e-commerce websites are now allowed to operate in all zones, except containment zones. Inter-state movement of all types of goods and cargo, including empty trucks has also been allowed, which means that as long as you are in a non-containment zone, you will be able to order pretty much any product and have it delivered.
May 17, 2020 20:01 (IST)
Expect Slight Rise When Economy Opens: Delhi Govt | We used the two-month lockdown period to prepare ourselves for dealing with the virus by improving necessary logistics and health infrastructure. We do expect a slight increase in cases when the economy reopens and Delhi is prepared to deal with it: Delhi government.
May 17, 2020 20:00 (IST)
Centre's Guidelines in Right Direction: Delhi| Broadly, the Centre’s guidelines are in the right direction of opening up the economy and leaving it to states to work out the details. We have always been saying that we all will now have to learn to live with coronavirus: Delhi government.
May 17, 2020 19:50 (IST)
Metro Services to Remain Closed: DMRC | In light of the extension of lockdown issued by the government, metro services will remain closed for commuters till 31st May. Our helpline services '155370' shall also not be available: Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC).
May 17, 2020 19:47 (IST)
Kejriwal Govt to Allow Most Activities Outside Containment Zones | Sources said that the Delhi government will allow most activities outside containment zones, keeping in line with the Centre’s recommendations. A state-specific notification will be issued soon.
May 17, 2020 19:25 (IST)
Delhi's Notification to be Issued Soon | Big relief for Delhi. State specific notification to be issued soon. Except for containment zones, economic activities to be allowed across the UT in keeping with new guidelines, sources said.
Use of Aarogya Setu | The guidelines, once again, direct employers to ensure that the Aarogya Setu app is installed on mobiles devices of all employees with compatible phones. It also asks district authorities to advise people to install the app.
May 17, 2020 19:06 (IST)
All Activities Allowed, Except Those Specifically Prohibited | The guidelines state that all other activities will be allowed, except for those which are specifically prohibited (except for in containment zones). However, states and UTs may prohibit certain activities based on their assessments.
May 17, 2020 19:03 (IST)
Night Curfew from 7pm to 7 am | The new guidelines make a provision for a night curfew, wherein the movement of individuals remains restricted between 7pm and 7am.
May 17, 2020 19:01 (IST)
States, UTs Allowed to Demarcate Zones | Centre allows states and UTs to decide the delineation of the Red, Green and Orange Zones, after taking into consideration the parameters laid out by the Health Ministry. Within Red and Orange Zones, Containment Zones and Buffer Zones will be demarcated by the district authorities.
Artists wearing coronavirus-shaped helmets and protective suits walk on a street as they request people to stay at home during an extended lockdown in New Delhi. (Reuters)
The extension of the lockdown comes as the death toll due to Covid-19 rose to 2,872 and the number of total positive cases climbed to 90,927 Sunday morning, according to the Union Health Ministry. Earlier today, Maharashtra and Tamil Nadu, the two states with the highest number of coronavirus cases in the country, extended the lockdown till May 31 ahead of the Centre's new guidelines.
The Karnataka government, meanwhile, had extended the lockdown in the state for the next two days, or till Tuesday midnight, as it awaits the Centre's new guidelines.
While a limited number of passenger trains running since last week, it is the aviation sector and road transport, including metro services, which people are expecting to see some relaxation in next. The guidelines will be announced this evening for the phase, which is expected to last for two more weeks, until May 31.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi, in his address to the nation on Tuesday, had said that the lockdown 4.0 will have a "completely different form", with new rules. "No state wants complete withdrawal of lockdown but all want gradual resumption of economic activities," a home ministry official said.
Over 30 cities have been identified in 12 states where maximum restrictions are likely to be imposed as India enters phase four of coronavirus lockdown. The list includes most metros, except Bengaluru.
The selected municipal areas are: Brihanmumbai or Greater Mumbai, Greater Chennai, Ahmedabad, Thane, Delhi, Indore, Pune, Kolkata, Jaipur, Nashik, Jodhpur, Agra, Tiruvallur, Aurangabad, Cuddalore, Greater Hyderabad, Surat, Chengalpattu, Ariyalur, Howrah, Kurnool, Bhopal, Amritsar, Villupuram, Vadodara, Udaipur, Palghar, Berhampur, Solapur and Meerut.
The development comes as India reported nearly 5000 new cases in 24 hours, the highest single-day spike, taking the overall case count over 90,000.