In a quite expected announcement, Centre on Sunday extended the Covid-19 lockdown for two more weeks till May 31. However, the announced this time came with relaxations that are likely to completely open the economy with the operation of all markets, offices, industries and business along with plying of buses in all zones, barring containment.
In the line of the new orders issued, the central government gave a nod to the inter-state movement of passenger vehicles and buses with mutual consent of states and union territories involved. Restaurants shall be allowed to operate their kitchen for home delivery of food items. While canteens at airports, bus depots, and railway stations have been allowed to cater the stranded Indians returning home. All the shops which include barbershops and parlours, except those in malls and containment zones, will be allowed to reopen.
For marriage parties, not more than 50 persons and not more than 20 for funeral remain in effect. Flight services, Metro and rail services, educational institutions; shopping malls, cinema halls, gyms and parks will, however, continue to remain closed. For marriage parties, not more than 50 persons and not more than 20 for funeral remain in effect. On the other hand, as India entered the 54th day of the lockdown, the total number of coronavirus cases in India surpassed China’s tally with 90,927 infections and death toll soared to 2,872 on Sunday.