Covid-19 lockdown to be relaxed in some districts, details soon: MHA
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Covid-19 lockdown to be relaxed in some districts, details soon: MHA


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The Ministry of Home Affairs on Wednesday said that new guidelines to fight Covid-19 which will give considerable relaxations to many districts effective from May 4 will be announced soon.

With four days to go for the extended Covid-19 lockdown in India to end, the Ministry of Home Affairs on Wednesday said that new guidelines which will give considerable relaxations in the lockdown will be announced soon.

A spokesperson from MHA tweeted, “New guidelines to fight Covid-19 will come into effect from May 4, which shall give considerable relaxations to many districts. Details regarding this shall be communicated in the days to come.”

“MHA held a comprehensive review meeting on the #lockdown situation today. There’ve been tremendous gains & improvement in the situation due to lockdown till now. To ensure that these gains are not squandered away, the lockdown guidelines should be strictly observed till May 3,” the spokesperson added.

The announcement comes hours after the Ministry of Home Affairs on Wednesday issued a fresh set of guidelines to let migrant workers, students, tourists and pilgrims stranded get back home.

The interstate movement of these stranded people will be facilitated by the state/UT government. Anyone willing to be transported back home will have to be medically screened at source as well as destination and will be kept in a home or institutional quarantine on arrival, the home ministry guidelines.

A spokesperson from the MHA clarified that while the new relaxations will be applicable from May 4, the guidelines on interstate travel of migrants, tourists and students are in effect from today i.e. April 29.

The government has already allowed industrial activities in rural areas with conditions. Similarly, apart from the shops for the essential commodities, standalone business establishments of non-essential goods were also allowed to open during the lockdown.

However, markets, malls, restaurants, parlour, liquor shops continue to remain shut.

The lockdown was first announced by the prime minister on March 24 in a bid to combat the coronavirus pandemic. It was further extended till May 3.

Earlier, while discussing the way forward in dealing with the pandemic, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and chief ministers agreed on a “graded” exit from the lockdown. The prime minister also asked states to try to convert the Covid-19 challenge into opportunities through administrative reforms, and form their own policies on relaxing the lockdown based on ground reality.