SME Times News Bureau | 01 May, 2020
The nationwide lockdown has been extended for a further period of two
weeks with effect from May 4, Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) said on
The third phase of lockdown will continue till May 17.
Home Ministry made the announcement as the lockdown 2.0 was ending on
May 3. The government took the decision after a comprehensive review,
and in view of the lockdown measures having led to significant gains in
the COVID-19 situation in the country.
The Union Home Ministry
issued an order under the Disaster Management Act, 2005, on Friday to
further extend the lockdown for a further period of two weeks beyond May
The Ministry also issued new guidelines to regulate different
activities in this period, based on the risk profiling of the districts
of the country into Red (hotspot), Green and Orange Zones.
The guidelines have permitted considerable relaxation in the districts falling in the Green and Orange Zones.
Minister Narendra Modi on March 24 declared a 21-day countrywide
lockdown for the first time to break the chain of transmission of the
novel coronavirus pandemic. The restriction was extended on April 14 for
another 17 days.