Sunday, 17 May 2020
Coronavirus lockdown extended till May 31, MHA to issue guidelines soon
SRINAGAR: Union home ministry on Sunday extended the lockdown for another two weeks till May 31 to contain the spread of Covid-19. While the detailed guidelines on easing of restrictions were awaited,
NDMA, the apex disaster management body, in its recommendations to the ministry said, “Considering the fact that lockdown measures need to be implemented for a further period in the country to contain the spread of COVID 19, NDMA in exercise of its powers under the DM act, 2005, directs the ministeries, departments of GOI, States governments and authorities to continue the lockdown measures upto May 31…”
Officials sources added that the guidelines may ease plying of auto-rickshaws and cab aggregators, with up to 1-2 passengers. The new guidelines are based on suggestions from states that Prime Minister Narendra Modi had sought during his fifth discussion with chief ministers on the pandemic on May 11.
This is the third extension to the lockdown, which was first imposed from March 25 and then extended from April 15 and May 4. States and Union Territories are expected to get further leeway to define containment zones and allow permitted activities in non-containment zones, newspaper Economic Times quoted officials as having said.