New Delhi: The Centre on Wednesday asked all States and Union Territories (UTs) to effectively implement the new guidelines for nationwide lockdown, extended till May 3.
In a letter written to all Chief Secretaries and Administrators of UTs, Union Home Secretary Ajay Kumar Bhalla said that apart from enforcing the guidelines for the second phase of lockdown across the country, the States will, in view to mitigate hardship to the public, allow selected additional activities to be allowed from April 20, as mentioned in the revised norms.
However, the additional activities exempted in guidelines will be operationalised by States, UTs and district administration, based on strict compliance to the existing guidelines on lockdown measures.
They will ensure that all preparatory arrangements with regard to social distancing in offices, workplaces, factories and establishments and also other sectoral requirements are in place.
The new consolidated revised guidelines will not apply in containment zones, as demarcated by the States, UTs and district administrations.
If any new area is included in the category of a containment zone, all these activities allowed in that area will be suspended, except for those activities as are specifically permitted under the guidelines of Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MoHFW), the MHA letter read.
The revised guidelines for the nationwide Lockdown 2.0 was issued by the Union Home Ministry, following the extension of 21-day lockdown, announced by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday, till May 3.
The Ministry of Home Affairs on April 14 issued an order to extend the ongoing lockdown, which was announced by Modi on March 24.