Home Ministry issues guidelines for extended lockdown period for containment of COVID-19
New Delhi: The Union Home Secretary, in his capacity as Chairperson, National Executive Committee, exercising powers, conferred under Section 10(2)(1) of the Disaster Management Act 2005, has issued an Order on Tuesday,14 April 2020 that the lockdown measures stipulated in the Consolidated Guidelines of Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) for containment of COVID-19 epidemic in the country, will continue to remain in force up to 3 May, 2020 to contain the spread of COVID-19 in the country;
During the extended lockdown period, in order to mitigate hardship to the public, select additional activities will be allowed. These will come into effect from 20th April, 2020. These additional activities will be operationalized by States/ Union Territories (UTs)/ District Administrations based on strict compliance to the existing guidelines on lockdown measures. Before operating these relaxations, States/ UTs/ District Administrations shall ensure that all preparatory arrangements with regard to social distancing in offices, workplaces, factories and establishments, as also other sectoral requirements are in place.
The consolidated revised guidelines will not apply in containment zones, as demarcated by States/ UTs/ District administrations. If any new area is included in the category of a containment zone, the activities allowed in that area till the time of its categorization as a containment zone, will be suspended except for
those activities as are specifically permitted under the guidelines of Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MoHFW), Government of India.
The Home Secretary, in his capacity as Chairperson, National Executive Committee, has exercised the powers, conferred under Section 10(2)(1) of the Disaster Management Act, 2005, and issued directions to all the all Ministries/ departments of Government of India, State/Union Territory Governments and State/Union Territory Authorities for the strict implementation of the consolidated revised guidelines.