India is about to enter in the fourth phase of lockdown. It is supposed to start from May 18 but with a different set of protocols as announced by Prime Minister Narendra Modi during his address to the nation on May 11. The new guidelines will be based on the suggestions pointed out by chief ministers of all the states to the home ministry last week.
“Based on the suggestions by states, information related to lockdown 4 will be given to you before 18th May. We will fight corona and we will move forward,” the Prime Minister had said when he addressed the nation on May 11. Presenting a practical outlook, he added, “We have to live with coronavirus for some time.”
MHA : No state wants complete withdrawal of lockdown
Considering the suggestions offered by the states, an MHA official said that no state wants complete withdrawal of lockdown but all want gradual resumption of economic activities, according to PTI. The official added that there will be lots of relaxations and flexibility in lockdown 4.0 with complete reopening of the green zones, very limited curbs in orange zones and strict restrictions only in the containment areas of red zones. The official also said states and UTs may be given the power to take decisions on easing of the curbs.
Changed Protocols For Lockdown 4.0
Schools, colleges, malls and cinema halls will not be permitted to open anywhere in the nation but salons, barber shops and optical shops may be allowed in red zones, with the exception of Covid-19 containment areas.
Gradual and need-based operations of the railways and domestic airlines are likely to be permitted from next week. However the complete opening of the two sectors is unlikely to take place any time soon.
Local trains, buses and metro services may resume with limited capacity in non-containment areas of red zones in the nation.
Autos and taxis are also likely to be permitted in red zones with restrictions on the number of passengers.
State governments are likely to be empowered to open markets in orange and red zones
Most of these services will be permitted within the districts in non-containment areas and state governments may be given the authority to take a call on their reopening.