India has entered its 25th day of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) induced nationwide lockdown on April 20th, 2020.
The Government of India has issued a fresh list of economic activities that will be allowed in areas with no new reported cases or minimum risk from coronavirus and the areas which have not been identified as COVID-19 hotspots from April 20th, 2020.
Union Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad has shared the list of what will remain open all over India effective April 20th, 2020. He has mentioned that these relaxations will not be applicable in containment zones.
“Here is a list of what will remain open all over India with effect from April 20th, 2020. This will NOT be applicable in the containment zones,” Prasad tweeted.
Here is the list of the services that will stay open from April 20:
- All health services (including AYUSH) to remain functional
- All agricultural and horticultural activities to remain fully functional
- Operations of the fishing (marine/inland) aquaculture industry to remain functional
- Plantation activities such as tea, coffee and rubber plantations to remain functional with a maximum of 50 per cent workers
- Animal husbandry activities to remain fully functional
- Financial sector to remain functional
- Social sector to remain functional
- Online teaching/distance learning to be encouraged
- Supply of essential goods is allowed
- Commercial and Private establishments will be allowed to operate
- Industries/Industrial establishments (both government and private) will be allowed to operate
- MNREGA works are allowed with strict implementation of social distancing and face mask
- Public utilities to remain functional
- Movement of loading and unloading of goods/cargo (inter and intra) state is allowed
- Construction activities will be allowed to operate
- Private vehicles for emergency services, including medical and veterinary care and for procuring essential commodities and all personnel travelling to the place of work in exempted categories as per the instructions of State/UT local authority are allowed
- Offices of the government of India and offices of the state and UT governments will remain open
On April 20th, 2020, the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) clarified that the supply of non-essential items by e-commerce firms like Amazon, Flipkart and others will not be allowed from April 20th, 2020 and it may resume on after the lockdown ends on May 3rd, 2020.
The MHA also issued guidelines for the movement of stranded migrant workers, clarifying that no inter-state movement of people will be allowed during the lockdown period.