Recently, the Ministry of Home Affairs revised the guidelines pertaining to what’s allowed and what isn’t during the lockdown. As per the new circular, shops for electric fans and stores selling educational books are allowed to function till May 3 in non-containment zones.
The order, that was signed by Home Ministry Secretary Ajay Bhalla, permitted food processing units to operate and caregivers of senior citizens to move amid the lockdown.
The inter and intra-state movement of planting materials, honey, honey bee colonies, and beehive products is also allowed.
Giving some more relaxations during the ongoing lockdown, the government has also allowed prepaid recharge shops to function. Flour mills, bread factories, and milk processing units in urban areas may also function. Other exemptions from the lockdown according to the new list include research units of agriculture and horticulture, inspection and treatment facilities for seeds and horticulture produce, and export or import of packhouses.
MHA released the first communication about relaxations during the lockdown on April 15. The list was then revised on April 16 and April 19. The government has permitted some industries to function, in lieu of the effect the pandemic and subsequent lockdown is having on the economy. However, MHA stressed the fact that the industries need to adhere to the rules, take necessary precautions, and follow social distancing guidelines. Moreover, the premises must be regularly sanitized.
The strict lockdown is said to be helping India manage the situation and slow down the spread of the disease.