As lockdown extends till May 3, Centre issues guidelines


Day after Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced the extension of nation-wide lockdown till May 3, the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) on Wednesday issued the guidelines to follow during the lockdown.


According to the MHA, Cinema halls, malls, shopping complexes, gymnasiums, sports complexes, swimming pools, bars to remain closed till May 3.

In addition, educational institutions, coaching centres, domestic, international air travel, train services to remain suspended till May 3. 

All social, political, sports, religious functions, religious places, places of worship shall be closed for public till May 3. 

As per the report, Inter-state, inter-district movement of people, metro, bus services continue to be prohibited till May 3.

All industrial and commercial services to remain closed till May 3, except those permitted under the issued guidelines by MHA. 

All hospitality services shall also remain closed till the end of the nation-wide lockdown, except those specifically permitted by the government. 

Movement of taxis including auto rickshaws and cycle rickshaws shall remain closed. Services by cab aggregators also prohibited till May 3. 

The 21-day lockdown which was slated to end yesterday . However, Prime Minister Modi had announced the extension of the lockdown in a televised address to the nation on Tuesday. 

PM Modi said implementation of the lockdown will be strictly ensured in its second phase and detailed guidelines will be brought out on Wednesday.

According to the latest data provided by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, the total number of coronavirus patients in the country has surged to 11,439. Meanwhile, the number of deaths in the country due to COVID-19 has risen to 377.

The total number of active cases in the country is 9756. Meanwhile, 1306 persons have been cured/discharged/migrated.

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