COVID-19 LIVE | MHA issues guidelines, exempts agriculture, industries from April 20

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The death toll due to COVID-19 in India has risen to 377 while the number of positive cases across the country has neared 12,000. As Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced the extension of the nationwide lockdown till May 3 but said the restrictions could be eased after April 20 in the least affected parts of the country to allow essential activities.

More than 32 crore poor people have been provided financial support worth Rs 29,352 crore as on April 13, the govt further added.

PM in his address also mentioned that a detailed document with guidelines on the lockdown will be released on Wednesday. Emphasizing on strict enforcement of the lockdown till April 20, specific areas could see relaxation depending on the situation, he added.

With the extension of the lockdown, the Indian Railways and the aviation regulatory body DGCA stated that rail and air services will also remain suspended till May 3.

Here is what is allowed and what not during lockdown 2.0:

  • All agricultural & horticultural activities to remain fully functional, such as – Shops of agriculture machinery, its spare parts (including its supply chain) and repairs to remain open. Movement (inter & intra state) of harvesting & sowing related machines to remain operational.
  • Manufacturing, industrial establishments with access control will be allowed in SEZs, EoUs, industrial estates and industrial townships after implementation of SOP for social distancing. Manufacture of IT hardware and of essential goods and packaging can start.
  • All religious places shall be closed for public, religious congregations are strictly prohibited until May 3. In case of funerals, congregation of more than 20 persons will not be permitted for the period.
  • All educational, training institution etc shall remain closed, taxis (including auto & cycle rickshaws) & services of cab aggregators to remain prohibited until May 3.
  • Cinema halls, malls,shopping/sports complexes,gyms,swimming pools,theaters, bars etc to remain closed till May 3 Until May 3, all domestic & international air travel of passengers(except for security purposes), passenger movement by trains(except for security purposes), buses for public transport, metro rail services to remain prohibited.

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