The fourth phase of the nationwide coronavirus lockdown began on Monday. The Centre issued a notification on the same on Sunday, extending the limits till May 31.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi in his address to the nation has already cited that lockdown 4.0 is going to be different from the previous three phases.
Mumbai, Thane, Pune, Nashik, Solapur, Palghar, Aurangabad, Greater Chennai, Ahmedabad, Delhi, Indore, Kolkata, Jaipur, Agra, Jodhpur, Tiruvallur, Greater Hyderabad, Cuddalore, Surat, Howrah, Chengalpattu, Ariyalur, Bhopal, Amritsar, Villupuram, Meerut and many other districts have been noted where the strictness of the lockdown is unlikely to be relaxed.
All the activities that were allowed during the third phase of lockdown will continue to be permissible in the fourth phase as well. However, States have been given a lot of liberty to add limits in any area.
THINGS TO KNOW ABOUT LOCKDOWN 4.0
- All services such as school, colleges, restaurants, metro, rail services, will continue to remain shut.
- Theatres, auditoriums, shopping malls, gyms, will be closed. But sports complexes and stadiums will be permitted to open, but spectators are not permitted.
- Inter-state movement of vehicles and buses with the mutual agreement of States and union territories allowed.
- All zones: Red, Orange, Green- containment zones and buffer zones will be decided by the states.
- Large gatherings, including, cultural, sports, political, will not be allowed.
- All religious places will remain closed to the public.
- E-commerce sites are likely to be allowed deliveries except for the containment areas.
GUIDELINES TO FOLLOW
- Wearing face cover is compulsory in all public places.
- Spitting in public places now is a punishable offence.
- Practice social distancing in public places, including markets, workplaces and public transport.
- Only 50 guests allowed for marriage functions.
- Maximum 20 people allowed for funerals and last rites.
- Eating gutka, tobacco not allowed in public places.
- Thermal scanning, hand wash and sanitisers to be made mandatory at all entry and exit points and common areas.
- Circulating a false alarm or warning to as to disaster, leading to panic, be a punishable offence.
- Obstruction to any State or central government officer or employee is punishable.
The central government on Monday said that states cannot ease too many restrictions despite widespread relaxations as India enters the fourth phase of the lockdown.
Home Secretary Ajay Bhalla in his letter said, "As emphasized in my earlier letters, I would not like to reiterate again that States/Union Territories cannot dilute restrictions imposed in the home ministry guidelines. Based on their assessment of the situation, they may prohibit certain other activities in various zones, or impose such restrictions as deemed necessary."
The letter further reads, "I would urge you to ensure compliance of the new guidelines, and direct all concerned authorities for their strict implementation."