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Lockdown 4.0: States freed to fix zones, make everyday life easier

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NEW DELHI: In the most significant easing of the national lockdown yet, the Centre gave states considerable leeway in reopening market places in addition to standalone shops, allowed intra-state and inter-state passenger vehicle and bus travel and did away with the 33% staffing restriction for businesses to provide a fillip to the economy.

The easing of rules came even as the national lockdown was extended till May 31. The activities that remain specifically prohibited are domestic and international passenger flights, metro rail services, hotels and dine-in at restaurants, shopping malls, educational institutions and large public gatherings, including religious congregations irrespective of zones. Apart from these activities, there are few bars on other services and businesses even as states are expected to continue to enforce social distancing norms.

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Even while designating zones, states have been allowed to draw up lists of red, orange and green zones, though in keeping with detailed guidelines provided by the Centre. The Saturday order of the ministry of home affairs made it evident that several requests of the states seeking elbow room to organise economic activities have been accepted. Inter-state bus travel will need consent of concerned states, which is not a hurdle as many are ready to permit this.

Apart from delegating powers to the states and UTs to demarcate zones, the guidelines also allow them to decide to what extent they want to regulate activities permitted by the MHA within their respective jurisdiction. States can toughen the rules but cannot dilute the guidelines.

New Delhi: In the most significant easing of the national lockdown yet, the Centre gave states considerable leeway in reopening market places in addition to standalone shops, allowed intra-state and inter-state passenger vehicle and bus travel and did away with the 33% staffing restriction for businesses to provide a fillip to the economy.

The easing of rules came even as the national lockdown was extended till May 31. The activities that remain specifically prohibited are domestic and international passenger flights, metro rail services, hotels and dine-in at restaurants, shopping malls, educational institutions and large public gatherings, including religious congregations irrespective of zones. Apart from these activities, there are few bars on other services and businesses even as states are expected to continue to enforce social distancing norms.

Even while designating zones, states have been allowed to draw up lists of red, orange and green zones, though in keeping with detailed guidelines provided by the Centre. The Saturday order of the ministry of home affairs made it evident that several requests of the states seeking elbow room to organise economic activities have been accepted. Inter-state bus travel will need consent of concerned states, which is not a hurdle as many are ready to permit this.

Apart from delegating powers to the states and UTs to demarcate zones, the guidelines also allow them to decide to what extent they want to regulate activities permitted by the MHA within their respective jurisdiction. States can toughen the rules but cannot dilute the guidelines.

Source : https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/lockdown-4-0-states-freed-to-fix-zones-make-everyday-life-easier/articleshowprint/75795682.cms

 

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