Lockdown extended by 2 weeks

India will now be under lockdown till May 17; all 733 districts split into red, orange and green zones; new guidelines out based on this classification

The new classification is based on number of cases, the doubling rate, and the extent of testing and surveillance. It determines the kind of restrictions and will be revised every week

RED ZONE: Very high tally and doubling rate, ergo, a hotspot

GREEN ZONE: No case at all or none in the last 21 days. All activities allowed in these, except those barred throughout the country

ORANGE ZONE: Whose number is between the other two zones

Maharashtra has 14 districts in red zone, 16 in orange zone and 6 in green zone. Mumbai is in the red zone

What’s shut in all zones

Air, rail, Metro and inter-state road travel, except for select purposes and for those permitted by the ministry of home affairs

Schools, colleges and other educational, training, coaching institutions

Hospitality services, including hotels and restaurants

Cinema halls, malls, gyms, sports complexes

Social, political, cultural gatherings

Places of worship

No non-essential activity from 7 pm-7 am. Section 144 of the CrPC (prohibiting large gatherings) to be enforced

No person aged above 65 and/or with co-morbidities, pregnant women and children aged below 10 to step out unless for essential requirement

Aarogya Setu must in containment zones

Containment zones, which are the most sensitive areas of the country’ with significant risk of spread of infection, fall within red and orange zones. They will be defined by the respective district administrations, taking into account the total number of active cases, their geographical spread, and the need to have well-demarcated perimeters from the enforcement point of view. Authorities will have to ensure 100 per cent coverage of Aarogya Setu app among residents.

Where red zones stand


Barber shops, spas

Intra- and inter-district operation of buses

Autorickshaws, cycle rickshaws, taxis, cabs run by aggregators


Movement of individuals and vehicles only for permitted activities, with a maximum of 2 persons (besides the driver) in four-wheelers, and with no pillion rider on two-wheelers

Operation of industrial establishments in urban areas

Manufacturing units of essential goods, like drugs, medical devices, their raw material and intermediates; production units and their supply chain; manufacturing of IT hardware; jute industry; manufacturing units of packaging material

General stores, without any distinction of essential and nonessential (barring those in malls)

Construction activities in urban areas provided workers are available on site and none of them has to be brought in from outside

Construction of renewable energy projects

All industrial and construction activity in rural areas, including MNREGA works, food-processing units and brick kilns

All agricultural activities: sowing, harvesting, procurement and marketing operations

Animal husbandry activities, including fishery

All plantation activities are allowed, including their processing and marketing.

All health services

Financial institutions

Homes for children, senior citizens, destitutes, women and widows


Public utilities in power, water, sanitation, waste management, telecommunication and internet

Courier and postal services

Online shopping only for essential goods

Private offices with maximum 33 per cent strength

Print and electronic media, IT and IT-enabled services, data and call centres, cold storage and warehousing services, private security and facility management services, and services provided by self-employed persons

Standalone liquor stores—along with paan-beedi shops—will be allowed to open only in orange and green zones, and rural areas. A maximum of five persons at a time will be allowed in and they will have to maintain a distance of 6 ft from each another. A final decision on opening liquor shops will be taken by the district administration keeping in view the prevailing circumstances. State Excise Commissioner Kantilal Umap said a decision on keeping them open in green and orange zones will be taken on May 4.

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