Lockdown extended till May 31, States to decide various zones: MHA

COVID-19: A deserted view of Moulana Azad road in Srinagar amid strict lockdown to combat novel Coronavirus pandemic in Kashmir valley on Monday. UNI

New Delhi: As the ongoing lockdown has been extended up to May 31, the Centre on Sunday evening issued new guidelines authorizing States and Union Territories to categorize Red, Green and Orange zones taking into consideration the parameters shared by the Health Ministry.
“The zones can be a district, or a municipal corporation/ municipality or even smaller administrative units such as sub-divisions,, as decided by States and UTs”, the new guidelines read.
Inside the red/orange zones, containment and buffer zones will be identified by the district administration/local urban bodies with technical inputs at local level and by taking into consideration the Health Ministry guidelines.
Within the containment zones, strict perimeter control shall be maintained, and no movement of persons would be allowed, except for medical emergencies and for maintaining supply of essential goods and services. Buffer zones are areas around each containment zone, where new cases are more likely to appear. In the buffer zones, more caution needs to be exercised.
The guidelines also said that delineation of Red, Orange and Green zones will also be decided by the respective States and UTs Government. The movement of Individuals shall remain strictly prohibited between & PM to & AM

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