New Delhi | Jagran News Desk: In wake of the surging coronavirus cases in India, the central government on Friday announced its decision to extend the lockdown till May 17. The government said that the third phase of the lockdown will begin from May 4 but 'considerable relaxations' will be given in districts falling under the 'Orange' and 'Green' zones.

As per the latest data available at the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare website, the dreadful coronavirus has affected over 40,000 people and claimed the lives of more than 1,300 in India so far while almost 11,000 people have been cured from the infection and discharged from hospitals. 

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In view of the extended lockdown and the new set of guidelines issued by the government, here are the answers to some frequently asked questions (FAQs) related to the Lockdown 3.0.   

When will the Lockdown 3.0 end?

The third phase of the lockdown will end on May 17 as the government extended it by two more weeks.

What will be the difference between the Lockdown 3.0 from previous ones?

Lockdown 3.0 will be much more different as the government has eased rules for a number of activities. The entire country has been classified into Red, Orange and Green Zones. The rules are the strictest in the Red Zone districts and get progressively easier in the Orange and Green Zones.

What is the significance of these colours?

Green Zone: Districts with zero confirmed cases till date or districts with no confirmed cases in the last 21 days.

Red Zone: Districts under this zone, popularly known as 'Hot Spots' will be based on number of active cases, doubling rate of confirmed cases and extent of testing and surveillance feedback.

Orange Zone: District falling neither under Green or Red zones fall under this category, where partial restrictions will be relaxed.

What are the relaxations for movements in Red Zone areas?

Unlike in the previous phase, Lockdown 3.0 will witness easier rules from May 4 in the Red Zone areas.  If you are in a Red Zone, the following relaxations have been given in movement:

- Private cars with two persons at most.

- Two-wheelers without pillion rider.

Will the offices and businesses in Red Zones allowed to function?

Yes some of them, such as the following:

- Special Economic Zones (SEZs), Industrial Estates and Export Oriented Undertakings with access control.

- Manufacturing plants of essential goods.

- Manufacturing of IT hardware.

- Jute industry units with staggered shifts and social distancing.

- Manufacturing units of packaging material.

What about the construction activities halted for last 40 days?

- Construction activities in urban areas: Only where workers are available on site and no workers are required to be brought in from outside and construction of renewable energy projects are permitted.

- All construction activities are permitted in rural areas.

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Will all shops in Red zone open in the third phase of lockdown?

All standalone (single) shops, neighbourhood (colony) shops and shops in residential complexes are permitted to remain open in urban areas, without any distinction of essential and non-essential. However, shops in urban areas, for non-essential goods, are not allowed in malls, markets and market complexes.

Will I be able to order non-essential items from E-commerce websites?

No. E-commerce activities will be permitted only in respect of essential goods in Red zone. However, sale of non-essential items by e-commerce platforms will be allowed in Orange and Green zones.

Can I call in an AC service provider for its service?

You can, only if you don’t stay in an area classified as ‘Containment Zone’ within the Red Zone district. ‘Containment Zones’ are areas where strictest enforcement of lockdown rules are in place, given the high incidence of Covid-19 positive cases.

All private security and facility management services, and services provided by self-employed persons such as electricians, IT repairs, plumbers, car mechanics and carpenters, except for barbers, will be allowed in all areas, except for those classified as ‘Containment Zones’.

Will I be able to get a haircut in any barber shop?

No. The government has not allowed any spas, barber shops and salons to open in Red zones. However, barber shops and salons will be allowed to operate in green and orange zones during the third phase of the lockdown beginning May 4. 

Can I book a cab in Red Zone?

No. Plying of cycle rickshaws and auto rickshaws; running of taxis and cab aggregators; intra-district and inter-district plying of buses will remain prohibited in Red Zone districts for two more weeks.

Will my house help be allowed to come?

House help will be allowed in all zones except containment zones. But since no public transport is available, they will have to reach the residence of their employer on their own. And society rules in the zones will apply. No domestic help will be allowed in containment zones.

What are relaxations in Orange Zone?

- In the Orange Zones, in addition to activities permitted in Red Zones, taxis and cab aggregators (such as Uber and Ola) will be permitted with a driver and a single passenger only.

- Inter-district movement of individuals and vehicles will be allowed for permitted activities only. Four-wheelers will have a maximum of two passengers besides the driver and pillion riding will be allowed on two-wheelers.

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What are the relaxations in Green Zone?

- In the Green Zones, all activities are permitted except the limited number of activities, which are prohibited throughout the country, irrespective of the zone. However, buses can operate with upto 50% seating capacity and bus depots can operate with upto 50% capacity.

- All goods traffic is to be permitted. No state or Union Territory shall stop the movement of cargo for cross land-border trade under treaties with neighbouring countries.

- No separate pass of any sort is needed for such movement, which is essential for maintaining the supply chain of goods and services across the country during the lockdown period.

Do these rules apply across India?

- States and UTs, based on their assessment of the situation and with the primary objective of keeping the spread of COVID-19 in check, may allow only select activities from out of the permitted activities, with such restrictions as felt necessary.

Posted By: Talib Khan