New Delhi | Jagran News Desk: The Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) on Sunday issued the guidelines on measures to be taken by the ministries and departments of government, state or UT governments, authorities to contain the spread of coronavirus. The fourth phase of the lockdown has been extended till May 31. 

The ministry said that the inter-state movement of passenger vehicles and buses, with mutual consent of the state(s)/ UT(s) shall be permitted with restrictions except in containment zones. Similarly, the intra-state movement of passenger vehicles and buses will be allowed as decided by state and UTs.

The standard operating procedures (SOPs) for the movement of persons will continue to operate.

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On the flip side, all domestic and international air travel of passengers, except for domestic goods medical services, domestic air ambulance and for security purposes or purposes as permitted by MHA.

The metro rail services will continue to remain prohibited throughout the country.

Under the new guidelines, state and UTs will categorise red, orange and green zones while taking into consideration the parameters shared by the Health Ministry.

The movement of individuals will remain strictly prohibited between 7 pm to 7 am, except for essential activities.


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The guidelines by MHA was declared on the day when the third phase of lockdown came to an end. 

The National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) has asked Ministries/Departments of Government of India, State Governments and State Authorities to continue the lockdown measures up to May 31, 2020. 

The lockdown was first announced by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on March 24 for 21 days with effect from March 25. It was then extended till May 3 and again till May 17. Then on May 12, he said that the fourth phase of the lockdown will be completely different with a new set of rules and relaxations.

Posted By: James Kuanal