The Government of India through the Ministry of Home Affairs extended the lockdown by another 30 days which ends on 30 June 2020 in all parts of the country. The extension for a further period comes with new lockdown rules from 01 June 2020. However, this is not an actual extension of a full lockdown, but will apply to containment zones only. Lockdown 5.0 is essentially the unlocking phase of restrictions across the country.

New Lockdown Rules From June 1: What is Allowed and Banned in Green, Orange, and Red Zones - Acko

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Extended Lockdown Dates in India:

Under the directions of the National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA), the first lockdown in India began from 25th March 2020 under the Disaster Management Act 2005 for a period of 21 days. The primary reason to impose a lockdown on the entire nation was to contain the spread of the deadly coronavirus pandemic which has affected the lives of several people in India. Below is a table with details of the extended lockdown dates in India:

Coronavirus LockdownDates
Lockdown 1.025 March to 14 April 2020
Lockdown 2.015 April to 3 May 2020
Lockdown 3.04 May to 17 May 2020
Lockdown 4.018 May to 31 May 2020
Lockdown 5.0 (Unlock 1.0)01 June 2020 to 30 June 2020
COVID-19 Lockdown Dates In India

Unlock 1.0: New Lockdown 5.0 Rules From 1st June:

The Ministry of Home Affairs has issued new guidelines on what is effectively Unlock 1.0 or this can be considered as the lifting of the lockdown phase. The fifth version of the lockdown guidelines is for the containment zones only while other zones which were previously known as Red, Orange and Green have ceased to exist. 

Under Unlock 1.0, the lockdown will be reopened in three phases. During the 1st phase hotels, malls and religious places will be reopened while the curfew will be from 9 pm to 5 am. While the Centre relaxed several restrictions, States have the right to enforce required restrictions on the allowed activities. Also, the Centre said that it will issue Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) for all activities which have been allowed to operate.

What is Allowed in This Extended Lockdown from 01 June 2020?

While the Lockdown 4.0 has several restrictions on reopening malls, restaurants, hotels, etc., the new Lockdown 5.0 in a phased manner will reopen such activities. Below is the new guidelines under the new Lockdown 5.0:

Phase 1 (From 08 June 2020)– Restaurants
– Hotels
– Hospitality Services
– Religious Places
– Places of Worship
– Shopping Malls
Phase 2 (To be decided in July)Opening of Schools, Colleges, Educational Institutions.
Phase 3 (Dates to be decided: Approx. August)– International Air Travel
– Cinema Halls
– Metro Services
– Gymnasiums
-Theatres
– Swimming Pools
– Auditoriums
– Bars
– Assembly Halls
Lockdown 5.0 (Unlock 1.0)

What Is Not Allowed in This Extended Lockdown (Unlock 1.0) from 01 June 2020?

While restrictions on most activities have been removed across Red, Orange and Green Zones, there are several activities still not allowed in the 5th phase of Lockdown. Containment Zones continue to fall under the State’s preview, who can set rules and guidelines.

Services/Activities Not AllowedOther Areas (Zones)
International Air TravelNot Allowed
Metro OperationsNot Allowed
Cinema HallsNot Allowed
Swimming PoolsNot Allowed
GymnasiumsNot Allowed
TheatresNot Allowed
BarsNot Allowed
AuditoriumsNot Allowed
Assembly HallsNot Allowed
Large Congregations (Social/Political/Sports/Entertainment/Academic/Cultural/Religious FunctionsNot Allowed

Night Curfew During Lockdown 5.0 (Unlock 1.0)

The Centre has continued the Night Curfew; however, it has been relaxed from 7 pm to 7 am to 9 pm to 5 am. During curfew, only essential activities are allowed. The Centre has directed local authorities to issue orders under Section 144 to ensure strict compliance with the curfew.

New Lockdown 4.0 Rules From 18th May:

The categorization of Green, Orange and Red Zones is continued by the Centre along with the continuation of strict guidelines for Containment Zones. While international and domestic flights continue to be non-operational, passenger train services will remain non-operational till 30 June 2020.

Identification of Red (Hotspot), Orange and Green Zones:

Districts of the country have been divided into three zones based on the risk factor, that is Green, Orange and Red. Below is how the districts have been divided into different zones:

  • Red Zone or Hotspot Districts: The Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MoHFW) defines a district as a Red Zone or Hotspot District by taking into account the number of active COVID-19 cases, the rate at which confirmed cases are doubling and the scope of testing and surveillance feedback.
  • Green Zone: These zones are defined by the MoHFW as districts with no confirmed cases till date or in the last 21 days.
  • Orange Zone: Those districts which are neither defined as Red or Green zones shall be categorised as Orange Zones.

What is allowed in this Extended Lockdown From 18 May 2020?

With several relaxations announced in Lockdown 3.0, the fourth Lockdown announced by the Centre is different from Version 3. Below is what is allowed in this fourth extension of Lockdown from 18th May 2020:

Allowed Services/IndustriesGreen ZoneOrange ZoneRed Zone
Movement of Individuals and Vehicles (Except for persons above 65 years and less than 10 years)YesYesYes
E-Commerce Activities (Essential and Non-Essential Commodities)YesYesYes
Private Offices (Social Distancing and Staggered Work Timings to be followed)YesYesYes
Taxi and Cab Aggregators (1 Driver and 2 Passenger)YesYesYes
Goods Traffic (Essential for Supply Chain of Goods)YesYesYes
Barber Shops, Spas and Saloons and GymnasiumsYesYesYes
Plying of Auto Rickshaws, Cycle Rickshaws, Taxis and Cab AggregatorsYesYesYes
Inter-District and Intra-District Plying of BusesYesYesYes
Sports Complexes and Stadiums (No Spectators)AllowedAllowedAllowed
Inter-State Transport by Private VehiclesAllowedAllowedAllowed (Not
Allowed in Containment Zones)
Allowed in Lockdown 4.0

What is Not Allowed in This Extended Lockdown Period from 18 May 2020?

Below activities are not permitted during Lockdown 4.0 in Green, Orange and Red Zones:

Services/Industries Not AllowedGreen ZoneOrange ZoneRed Zone
Travel by Rail, Metro and AirNoNoNo
The Functioning of Schools and CollegesNoNoNo
Other Educational and Training/Coaching InstitutionsNoNoNo
Hospitality Services NoNoNo
Hotels and RestaurantsNoNoNo
Malls, Cinema Halls, etc.NoNoNo
Political, Cultural, Social and Other Kinds of GatheringsNoNoNo
Places of Worship for Public/Religious PlacesNoNoNo
Movement of Individuals for All Non-Essential Activities (7 pm to 7 am) NoNoNo
Banned in Lockdown 4.0

Activities Allowed With Restrictions During Lockdown 4.0

With several relaxations announced by the Centre during Lockdown 4.0, there are activities which are permitted with restrictions. Below are the details:

  • Inter-State movement of buses and vehicles allowed; however, only with mutual consent between states or Union Territories.
  • Return of stranded Indian nationals from abroad, evacuation of foreign nationals from India, intra-State and inter-State movement of stranded individuals by train and bus and sign-on and sign-off of Indian seafarers.

Guidelines For Shops and Markets During Lockdown 4.0

  • Shops and markets can remain open with staggered timings. Should ensure ‘Social Distancing’ of a minimum of six feet between each customer. Also, not more than five persons are allowed to enter the shop at one time.
Identification of Red, Orange and Green Zones

New Lockdown 3.0 Rules from 4th May:

With the extension of the lockdown by two weeks effective 4 May 2020, there are specific guidelines and information issued by the central government. The main objective of the extension is to stop the coronavirus from spreading across the country. Through the new lockdown rules from May, the government has considered specific conditions before extending it.

Lockdown 3.0 Implementation:

In order to regulate the lockdown measures, the Centre has based the measures on the different risk factors of the districts into different zones: Green, Orange and Red. These zones will have specific relaxations based on the severity of the coronavirus infections.

What is allowed in this Extended Lockdown From 4 May 2020?

To ensure smooth regulation of activities in all districts of the country, the Centre has allowed certain activities from 4 May 2020. The extended lockdown has guidelines which are considerably relaxed in Green and Orange zones or districts. Below are the activities which are allowed in all districts:

Allowed Services/IndustriesGreen ZoneOrange ZoneRed Zone
Out-Patient Departments (OPD)YesYesYes
Medical ClinicsYesYesYes
Movement of Individuals and Vehicles (Max. 2 Persons in Four-Wheelers and No Pillion Rider in the Case of Two-WheelersYesYesYes
Industrial Establishments (SEZs, EOUs, Industrial Estates and Industrial Townships in Urban Areas)YesYesYes
Manufacturing Units of Essential Goods, pharmaceuticals, medical devices, drugs.YesYesYes
Production Units which require continuous process, their supply chainYesYesYes
Manufacturing of IT HardwareYesYesYes
Jute Industry (Social Distancing and Staggered Shift)YesYesYes
Manufacturing Units of Packaging MaterialYesYesYes
Construction Activities in Urban AreasYesYesYes
Construction of Renewable Energy ProjectsYesYesYes
Standalone Shops, Neighborhood Shops, Shops in Residential Complexes in Urban Areas (Essential and Non-Essential)YesYesYes
E-Commerce Activities (Only Essential Goods in Red Zones)YesYesYes
Private Offices (33% only)YesYesYes
Industrial and Construction Activities in Rural AreasYesYesYes
Agricultural Related ActivitiesYesYesYes
Courier and Postal ServicesYesYesYes
Print and Electronic MediaYesYesYes
IT and IT-Enabled Services; Data and Call CentresYesYesYes
Cold Storage and Warehousing ServicesYesYesYes
Private Security and Facility Management ServicesYesYesYes
Services Provided by Self-Employed PersonsYesYesYes
Taxi and Cab Aggregators (1 Driver and 1 Passenger)YesYes
Buses and Bus Depots (Only 50% Capacity)Yes
Goods Traffic (Essential for Supply Chain of Goods)YesYesYes
Plying of Auto Rickshaws/Cycle RickshawsYesYes

What is Not Allowed in this Extended Lockdown From 4 May 2020?

While there is a certain amount of relaxation for all zones, there are activities which are not allowed in this extended lockdown from 4 May 2020. Below is a table with the required details:

Services/Industries Not AllowedGreen ZoneOrange ZoneRed Zone
Travel by Rail, Metro, Air and Inter-State Movement by RoadNot AllowedNot AllowedNot Allowed
The Functioning of Schools and CollegesNot AllowedNot AllowedNot Allowed
Other Educational and Training/Coaching InstitutionsNot AllowedNot AllowedNot Allowed
Hospitality Services Not AllowedNot AllowedNot Allowed
Hotels and RestaurantsNot AllowedNot AllowedNot Allowed
Malls, Cinema Halls, Sports Complexes, Gymnasiums, etc.Not AllowedNot AllowedNot Allowed
Political, Cultural, Social and Other Kinds of GatheringsNot AllowedNot AllowedNot Allowed
Places of Worship for Public/Religious PlacesNot AllowedNot AllowedNot Allowed
Movement of Individuals for All Non-Essential Activities (7 pm to 7 am) Not AllowedNot AllowedNot Allowed
Barber Shops, Spas and SaloonsAllowedAllowedNot Allowed
Plying of Auto Rickshaws, Cycle Rickshaws, Taxis and Cab AggregatorsAllowedAllowedNot Allowed
Inter-District and Intra-District Plying of BusesAllowedAllowedNot Allowed
Buses and Bus Depots (Only 50% Capacity)AllowedNot AllowedNot Allowed

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Safety Measures in Public Places During Extended Lockdown:

The Centre has issued guidelines of safety measures to be adhered in public places. Below is the list of the safety measures during the extended lockdown period:

  • Face masks or covers are compulsory in public places.
  • Social Distancing to be followed strictly by all persons in charge of public places.
  • Gatherings of more than 5 persons are not allowed and the organization/manager of public places should enforce the same.
  • The maximum number of guests should not exceed more than 50 for marriage-related gatherings and should ensure Social Distancing guidelines.
  • The maximum number of attendees should not exceed more than 20 persons in the case of funerals or last rites and shall ensure Social Distancing measures.
  • Spitting in public places shall be punishable with a fine.
  • Consumption of alcoholic beverages, paan, gutka, tobacco, etc. is strictly prohibited in public places.
  • Shops selling paan, alcoholic beverages, gutka, tobacco, etc. should ensure a minimum 6-feet distance from each other and not more than 5 persons should be present in the shop at a given time.

Safety Measures in Work Places During Extended Lockdown:

The Centre has issued guidelines in regards to operations of workplaces during the extended lockdown to ensure the safety of others. Below is the list of safety measures which should be adhered in workplaces:

  • Face masks or cover is compulsory and adequate stock of such face masks shall be made available.
  • Social Distancing to be maintained as per guidelines within the workplaces and company transport.
  • Staggered lunch breaks of staff, adequate gaps between shifts to ensure Social Distancing.
  • Provision of hand washes and sanitizers if possible with touch-free mechanism, thermal scanning at all common areas and entry and exit points. 
  • Sanitization of the entire workplace, common facilities and all points which come into human contact should be done frequently.
  • Persons above the age of 65, children below 10 years, persons with co-morbidities and pregnant women should stay at home except for health purposes or meeting essential needs.
  • Public and private employees should use the Arogya Setu app mandatorily.
  • Large physical meetings should be avoided.
  • Transport arrangements should ensure Social Distancing wherever public or personal transport is not available.
  • Intensive training and communication on good hygiene should be taken up at workplaces.
  • Medical clinics and hospitals, which are authorized to tread COVID-19 patients, should be identified by workplaces and the list should be made available to employees at all times.
  • Employees showing COVID-19 symptoms should be sent to medical facilities immediately.
  • Areas to be earmarked of quarantine of employees who show symptoms until they are moved to the medical facility. 

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Frequently Asked Questions:

Below are some of the frequently asked questions of activities during the Lockdown period:

What activities are allowed in Containment Zones during the extended lockdown?

Strict perimeter control, the establishment of clear entry and exit points, no unchecked influx of transport and people, recording of details of people moving in and out of the perimeter, and movement of people only for medical emergencies and maintaining the supply of goods and services.

What is the guideline for coverage of Arogya Setu app in Containment Zones?

The local authority must ensure 100% coverage of the app among residents in Containment Zones.

What are the type of activities local authorities should undertake in Containment Zones?

Below activities should be done by the local authorities in Containment Zones:

> Contact tracing.
> All cases with Severe Acute Respiratory Infection, Influenza Like Illness, and other symptoms specified by the Ministry of Health and
> Family Welfare should be tested.
> Institutional or home quarantine of persons based on risk assessment by medical officers.
> Special teams to take up surveillance of house to house.
> Educating and counselling people and establishing effective communication.
> Clinical management of all cases as per protocol.

How many people can travel by a four-wheeler during the lockdown period?

A maximum of 2 passengers (besides the driver) is allowed to travel during the lockdown.

Can I travel by a private vehicle during Lockdown 4.0?

Yes, you can travel between states during Lockdown 4.0; however, it is under the discretion of the States or mutually agree to allow private vehicles through their state borders.

Can I travel by air during the lockdown period extended until 31 May 2020?

No, you cannot travel by air as it remains banned during the extended lockdown until 31 May 2020.

Are barber shops, salons or spas open during the lockdown extension until 31 May 2020?

The Centre has allowed barber shops, salons and spas to operate during the extended lockdown period across all zones which includes the Red Zone as well.

Are hotels and restaurants allowed to open during the lockdown announced until 31 May 2020?

No, restaurants and hotels are not allowed to operate until 31 May 2020 as per guidelines issued by the Central Government.

Are cabs or taxi aggregators allowed to operate during the lockdown until 31 May 2020?

Yes, cab or taxi aggregators are allowed to operate in Red Zones during the lockdown until 31 May 2020.Is there a cap on office attendance during Lockdown 4.0?

Is there a cap on office attendance during Lockdown 4.0?

The earlier cap of 33% on office attendance has been removed during the fourth extension of the lockdown. State government will formulate guidelines for Social Distancing rules for offices, industry and businesses.

Can e-commerce companies sell and deliver non-essential goods in Red Zones?

Yes, e-commerce companies can operate in green, orange and red zones during the lockdown until 31 May 2020 except in containment zones.

Should office goers install the Arogya Setu app during the extended lockdown from 1 June?

Yes, the Central Government has directed employers to ensure its employees install the Government’s contact-tracing app, Arogya Setu.

What are the lockdown restrictions in Containment Zones from 01 June 2020?

The Centre has directed that all Containment Zones will come under the Lockdown restrictions till 30 June 2020. During this period, only essential services will be allowed. The Centre has directed States and Union Territories (UTs) to identify buffer zones around the Containment Zones and Lockdown restrictions will be enforced accordingly.

Are schools, colleges and educational institutions open from 01 June?

No. The Centre will take a decision during the Phase 3 of the Unlock period, which is expected to be in July. The decision will be taken after consultation with parents and other stakeholders.

When are religious places allowed to open during the extended lockdown?

Religious places along with other places such as hotels, shopping malls and restaurants will open from 8 June 2020.

Are gyms allowed to open from 1 June?

No. Gymnasiums continue to be closed during the extended lockdown from 01 to 30 June 2020.

Should I take an e-pass to travel between states from 01 June?

Unrestricted movement of persons is allowed inter-state and intra-state and no approval or permission or e-pass is required for such movements. However, state governments will regulate the movement based on the local situation.

What are the precautions issued by the Centre during the extended lockdown?

People have to wear masks and maintain social distancing in public places. Also, people are advised to maintain personal hygiene.

Will malls be open from 01 June?

While the Centre has allowed the opening of shopping malls in the country, States have the right to decide and regulate the operations of malls in their respective states.

Can states seal borders despite relaxations?

Yes. While the Centre has eased the movement of people inter- and intra-state, state governments can choose to close their borders and not allow persons from other states.

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– June 1, 2020

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Karnataka Suspends Flights from Five States

– May 29, 2020

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Maharashtra Government Revises Lockdown 4.0 Guidelines

– May 21, 2020

The State Government of Maharashtra has revised the Lockdown 4.0 guidelines. The Central Government has extended the lockdown until 31 May 2020 to contain the spread of COVID-19 in the country. As per the revised guidelines, non-essential goods and services by e-commerce companies are allowed in Red Zones. Stadiums, sports complexes and other public places are allowed to be open but without spectators in Red Zones. All construction sites or industrial units are allowed to operate in Red Zones. Bus services between districts falling under red zones are allowed with a maximum capacity of 50%.

COVID-19: Karnataka Announces Lockdown 4.0 Guidelines

– May 18, 2020

The State Government of Karnataka today announced the Lockdown 4.0 guidelines which will be in effect till 31 May 2020. The State has barred entry of persons from Tamil Nadu, Maharashtra, Gujarat and Kerala till the 31st of May 2020. This comes after the Centre said the movement of persons between States will be allowed only after they agree mutually. Also, the Government of Karnataka has allowed government buses to ply except in Red and Containment Zones. To ensure Social Distancing, only 30 passengers will be allowed to travel in the government buses. Taxis and cab aggregators would be allowed to run services from 19 May 2020 and there will be a compulsory 14-day quarantine for all international and domestic passengers. Additionally, total lockdowns will be observed on Sundays and only essential services would be allowed. Schools, colleges, malls, cinemas, swimming pools and gymnasiums are not allowed to operate. All shops outside the containment zones in the state are allowed to operate as well. The night curfew between 7 pm to 7 am continues to remain.

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