Nationwide Lockdown Extended Till May 31: NDMA

Migrants cycling to return their homes

New Delhi- The ongoing countrywide lockdown has been extended till May 31, the National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) announced on Sunday.

The Centre will issue new guidelines for the fourth phase of the lockdown with considerable relaxations shortly, reports said.

In an order, the NDMA said lockdown measures need to be implemented for a further period of 14 days in the country to contain the spread of COVID-19.

The NDMA, in exercise of powers under Section 6 (2) (i) of the Disaster Management Act, 2005, hereby directs the ministries and departments of the Government of India, state governments and state authorities to continue the lockdown measures up to May 31, NDMA member secretary G V V Sarma said.

The lockdown was first announced by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on March 24 for 21 days with effect from March 25. It was then extended till May 3 and again till May 17.

What Is Allowed

1. Inter-state movement of passenger vehicles and buses, with mutual consent of states/UTs involved

2. Intra-statement movement of passenger vehicles with buses, as decided by states/UTs; the SOPs will be issued by the states

3. Sports stadia will be allowed to be open, but no spectators will be allowed inside

Prohibited Activities

1. Domestic and international air travel, except when domestic travel involves essential/medical reasons

2. Metro train services across the nation

3. Schools, colleges and educational and training institutions

4. All cinema halls, shopping malls, entertainment venues will continue to remain closed

5. All political events, rallies and other public gatherings prohibited

6. All religious places to continue to remain closed

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