Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced on April 14 that the national lockdown will be extended till May 3 but said some of the curbs would be lifted in places outside “containment zones” and in areas where the potential of the pathogen spreading was low, to revive economic activity.
Here’s what state governments say on the lockdown rules:
Maharashtra, which has the highest number of Covid-19 cases for any state in India, allowed industries to resume work in 20 of its 36 districts, which either don’t have any coronavirus disease cases or have very few cases.
“We are allowing industrial operations in a limited capacity from Monday where the employers are ready to bear the responsibilities of the stay, food and transportation of the employees,” chief minister Uddhav Thackeray said on Sunday.
Industries in rural areas have also been allowed. Maharashtra has 1.026 million registered micro, small and medium enterprises, or MSMEs, of which around 450,000 are in areas where operations are being allowed from Monday.
Chief minister Arvind Kejriwal said on Sunday that restrictions will be not relaxed anywhere in the national capital, which has 78 containment zones to date, at least till May 3.
These containment zones have been sealed and no one is allowed to either enter or exit. Police and local administration are facilitating doorstep delivery of essential items to the residents in these areas.
The Covid-19 hotspots in different parts of Uttar Pradesh, which have been sealed, will remain under complete lockdown and no movement of residents will be allowed. Agra, Lucknow, Noida, Ghaziabad, Kanpur, Varanasi are among the 19 districts that have reported more than 10 coronavirus disease cases.
The final decision on relaxation in these districts will be taken by the district magistrates.
The decision of resuming operation in select factories and industries will also be taken by the district magistrates keeping in mind the advisories issued by the Centre in the view of the lockdown in districts that are Covid-19 free or have reported less than 10 cases.
Chief minister Amarinder Singh-led government said on Sunday it will not allow any relaxation in the coronavirus lockdown rules in the state until it ends on May 3.
In a series of tweets on Sunday, Amarinder Singh said a curfew will remain in force across the state till May 3. Apart from essential services, only farmers involved in wheat procurement and those concerned with farming activities have been exempted from these restrictions.
The state has classified its districts into red, orange (A & B), and green zones.
Out of Kerala’s 14 districts, four—north Kerala’s Kasaragod, Kannur, Kozhikode and Malappuram—are in the red zone with the most of the infections.
Eight, including state capital Thiruvananthapuram, are in the orange zone with few cases and two are in the green zone with no cases. The relaxations will be applicable to the orange and green zones only, said state authorities.
Chief minister K Chandrashekhar Rao has declared his government’s decision to extend the ongoing statewide lockdown till May 7, three days more than the Centre’s instructions.
The Karnataka government has extended the statewide lockdown till midnight of April 21. A cabinet meeting is scheduled to take place on Monday and the government is expected to make a final decision on the extension of the lockdown till May 3.
The Haryana government has devised a system to allow selected industries to function between April 20 and May 3. A few industries that do not fall into red zones will be allowed to resume operations.
Deputy chief minister Sushil Kumar Modi said on Sunday work on close to 40,000 projects in the state will begin in more than 8000 of the state’s panchayats from April 20. The state government aims to employ over five lakh labourers for the pending projects.
Chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan said on Sunday that activities related to construction, agriculture, road repairs, and labour-related work that falls under the MGNREGA will be allowed to resume from Monday.
Himachal Pradesh director general of Police (DGP) Sita Ram Mardi has said no interstate or inter-district movement will be allowed even after April 20.
Chief minister Bhupesh Baghel has said that limited economic activities will resume in the state from April 20 onwards. These include labour-work under MNREGA among others.