Due to the continuously increasing cases of Coronavirus infection across the country, the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) has extended the nationwide lockdown for another two weeks by invoking the Disaster Management Act, 2005, and. This means that now instead of 3rd May 2020, the nationwide lockdown is in effect till 17th May 2020.
Though, what is different this time around is that the entire country has been divided into different districts, which have then been categorized as the Red Zone, Orange Zone, and Green Zone. As the name suggests, districts with the highest cases of the COVID Infection have been categorized under the Red Zone, while the districts with lowest or nil cases of the infections have been categorized under Green Zone.
In its latest notification released on 1st May 2020, the Ministry of Home Affairs, also detailed out the various guidelines pertaining to what’s allowed and what’s not allowed in the respective zone. Significant relaxations have been announced this time around in Lockdown 3.0 as compared to the previous two lockdowns. But one common restriction applicable across all zones, i.e., Red, Orange, and Green zones, is that all the schools and colleges will continue to be closed during the entire duration of Lockdown 3.0.
This means that as expected, schools, colleges, and educational institutions will not see any activity anytime soon, and it might very well be July before these institutions open. This implies that the students and teachers will have to keep on using the online learning platforms to continue the learning process. The restrictions also extend to training institutes and coaching centers as well. As the air, rail, metro, and inter-state movement have been restricted by the government; students need to stay where they are for now.
Other establishments that will continue to be closed during the lockdown across all zones include restaurants, hotels, multiplexes, gymnasium, malls, sports complex, religious places, and places of worship as well as other places of large public gatherings. Moreover, nobody will be allowed on the roads without any valid reason from 7.00 PM to 7.00 AM during the entire duration of the lockdown.
The government has also instructed senior citizens above 65 years of age, and kids below ten years of age have been advised to remain indoors and move outside only when absolutely imperative.
As the lockdown has now been extended for another two weeks and in some areas, it might extend beyond that as well; students need to seriously follow the instructions of their teachers and continue their education through online resources till the academic session resumes.