New Delhi | Jagran News Desk: The Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) has released guidelines for the fourth phase of lockdown that comes into effect from Monday. According to guidelines, all shops, except those in containment zones and malls, shall be allowed to open with staggered timings during lockdown 4.0. The local authorities should ensure that shops and markets, except in containment zones, open with staggered timings to ensure social distancing, the government said.

But, the government has not allowed areas that draw a large number of people. It includes shopping malls, multiplexes, entertainment parks, bars, theatres, auditoriums, and similar places.  

The Union home ministry issued a nine-page guidelines listing the dos and don'ts during the lockdown 4.0 to prevent the spread of infection.

The guidelines came soon after the National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) extended the national lockdown beyond Sunday till May-end.

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Hotels, restaurants, cinema halls, malls, swimming pools, gyms will also remain shut even as all social, political, religious functions, and places of worship will be closed till May 31, it said.

In the fourth phase of lockdown, State governments and UTs have been given powers for delineation of green, orange and red zones as per COVID-19 situation. 


The MHA added that inter-state movement of passenger vehicles, buses will be allowed with mutual consent of states involved during the lockdown.

Meanwhile, all domestic, international air travel of passengers, except domestic air ambulance, will remain prohibited.

In the containment zone, only essential activities shall be allowed. There shall be restricted perimeter control to ensure that there is no movement of people in and out of these zones except for medical emergency and for maintaining the supply of essential goods and services, added the MHA.

As per Union Health Ministry, the death toll due to COVID-19 rose to 2,872 and number of positive cases climbed to 90,927 till Sunday morning. 

(with ANI inputs)

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