The world’s longest lockdown of India has been extended for 14 more days till 31 May. This will be the fourth phase of lockdown. It will start from 18 May, Monday to 31 May. Around 6 hours before the completion of the third phrase, NDMA gave orders to the central government to continue the lockdown. Along with the fourth phase of lockdown, around 1.25 crore people will be in their houses for 68 days.
Many new guidelines have been published for the fourth lockdown.
Every type of shop and market will be open to expect in the containment zone and the mall will remain close. All the shops can be open at a particular time. At a time only five people can be there in a shop with a distance of 2 yards each. The state government can take decisions for the movement of the buses in the states. Interstate buses can start by the mutual agreement of the states. Sports complexes and stadiums can now be open but the spectators will not get permission. Restaurants can now be open only for home deliveries, i.e., customers cannot have a seat in a retro restaurant to eat. Only the hotels where health, police, government officials, health workers and tourist due to lockdown are stuck will be open. Canteens on bus stops, eatery shops on railway stations and airports will be open.
Domestic and international flights, metro, cinema halls, shopping malls, gym, swimming pool, entertainment park, theatre, auditorium, assembly halls, schools, college, education, training, coaching institutes, hotels, bars will remain closed; political, religious, cultural and social programs are not allowed in this lockdown.
The curfew at night will continue i.e., from 7 pm to 7 am people cannot go out. Only necessary services will not come under this category. The elderlies above 65 and children below 10 along with pregnant women will remain in their houses. Aarogya Setu app should be installed in the mobile phones of the employees despite the fact, the word “compulsory” was not used. People have to update their health status so that the people vulnerable to this infection get alert immediately. All states and union territory government have to ensure the hurdle free movement of medical professionals like doctors, nurse, paramedical staff, cleaning staff and ambulance. Also, the movement of trucks and other vehicles that include empty trucks should be ensured.
Till now the lockdown was settled in three phases; from 25 March to 14 April, 15 April to 3 May and 4 May to 17 May. the first phase was of 21 days in which only the shops of necessary items were allowed to open. the next phase continued for 19 days and the shops in the orange and green zone were allowed to open. the third phase continued for 12 days in which the shops were opened in the orange and green zone. the buses and trains for migrant labours also-ran. along with these special trains from New Delhi started. also Vande Bharat and Samudra setu mission was launched to rescue the Indians from other countries