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Lockdown 4.0: J&K opens shops, e-commerce services; allows cabs, auto-rickshaws in Orange, Green distts
JAMMU, May 19: Extending lockdown 4.0 till May 31 on the lines of the Central Government, the Jammu and Kashmir Government today permitted resumption of many activities including opening of shops, private offices, limited vehicular movement in Orange and Green Zones and private hospitals, clinics, nursing homes, liquor shops and restaurants for home delivery, banks and financial services etc in the entire Union Territory from tomorrow.
However, air travel (except medical emergencies and security purposes), trains, inter-State, inter-district and intra-district buses for public transport and private vehicles except those permitted, schools, colleges, Universities, hotels, restaurants, cinema halls, shopping malls, religious places and movement of individuals for all non-essential activities between 7 pm to 7 am will remain prohibited in entire Jammu and Kashmir.
Guidelines for lockdown 4.0 from May 20-31 were released this evening by Chief Secretary BVR Subrahmanyam, who also happens to be the Chairperson, State Executive Committee.
Prior to issuance of guidelines, the UT Government revised list of Red, Orange and Green Zone districts of J&K.
ZONE FULL ORDER
All districts of Kashmir province except Ganderbal and Bandipora and Kathua, Samba and Ramban districts of Jammu province have been categorized as Red Zone. Bandipora, Ganderbal (Kashmir province), Reasi, Udhampur and Jammu (Jammu province) have been categorized as Orange Zone districts while Doda, Kishtwar, Poonch and Rajouri will be Green districts and entitled for maximum relaxations in lockdown.
In a major relief for the ailing community, the Government has allowed normal functioning of private hospitals, clinics and nursing homes including OPD services and all e-commerce and courier services in entire Jammu and Kashmir. Canteen, eateries at Bus Stands, Railway Stations and Airports (with passes in Red Zone districts) have been allowed to open while restaurants, including in hotels, have been allowed to run kitchens for home delivery only.
All agriculture, horticulture, animal husbandry and related activities have been permitted in the entire Union Territory.
Other activities which have been permitted in the entire Jammu and Kashmir included opening of liquor shops, banks and financial services, barber shops, saloons and parlours in all areas except within the limits of Municipal Corporations in Red/Orange districts and self-employed service providers such as plumbers, technicians, electricians etc.
The Government has also allowed marriage related functions but with not more than 50 persons by maintaining social distancing. However, the marriage functions will require permission in Red districts. The funeral and last rites related rituals will be permitted with not more than 20 persons maintaining social distancing, the Government order said.
The activities which will remain prohibited in entire Jammu and Kashmir included domestic and international air travel of passengers except for medical services, air ambulance, security purposes or for the reasons permitted by the Union Ministry of Home Affairs, movement of trains except permitted by the MHA and inter-State, inter-district and intra-district buses for public transport and private vehicles except those permitted in specific categories of districts.
Across the Union Territory, all schools, colleges, Universities, educational/training/coaching institutions (including Anganwadi centre) etc will also remain closed till May 31 but online/distance learning has been permitted. Their offices can continue to function for administrative purposes,
“Movement of individuals for all non-essential activities between 7 pm to 7 am will remain prohibited,” the Government order said and asked persons above 65 years of age, with co-morbidities, pregnant women and children below the age of 10 years to stay at home except for meeting essential requirements of health purposes.