Lockdown 4.0: How different will be the fourth phase?

Lockdown 4.0: How different will be the fourth phase?

Lockdown 4.0: How different will be the fourth phase?

As the lockdown 3.0 comes to an end, the nation gears up for the fourth phase of nationwide lockdown. Starting from May 18, India will enter into lockdown 4.0 but with a different set of rules and regulations. The third phase of lockdown is coming to an end on Sunday night, i.e. May 17.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on May 11 announced the fourth phase of lockdown stating that the guidelines will be available before May 18. The entire nation awaits the new guidelines for lockdown 4.0 which is expected to be totally different from previous ones.

What will be different in lockdown 4.0?

PM Modi in his speech said that the fourth phase of lockdown will be completely different and will come with a new set of guidelines. According to sources, there will be greater flexibility and relaxations in lockdown 4.0 starting from Monday.

A great amount of relaxation in curbs is expected to lift up the economy. States and UTs will get the power to define the hotspots and take actions accordingly. Gradual resumption of railways and domestic airlines is likely to happen.

Railways and domestic airlines may resume their services from next week but only for essential operations. The full-fledged operations of these two sectors will not resume anytime soon.

The Ministry of Home Affairs will issue a fresh set of guidelines on Sunday after reviewing the suggestions of the state governments. PM Modi asked the States and UTs to submit their suggestions by May 15.

In lockdown 4.0 the green zones will completely reopen, very few curbs will be there in orange zones and strict restrictions in the containment areas of red zones. Schools, colleges, malls and cinema halls will remain closed throughout the country.

Other relaxations.

According to reports, buses, metros, local trains, taxis and autos may start their services with limited capacity in the non-containment areas of red zones. Delhi metro is soon going to resume the services in select areas. With restrictions on the number of passengers, autos and taxis will also resume services in red zones.

In the third phase of lockdown, Centre allowed resumption of salons, spas and barber shops in orange and green zones. But in the fourth phase of lockdown these services may resume in red zones except for the containment areas.

E-commerce platforms now may deliver non-essential items in red zones barring the containment areas. The states may now have the power to decide if they want to open markets in red and orange zones with odd-even policy.

The extension.

There are few states which are in favour of the extension of lockdown till May 31. Maharashtra which has the highest number of Covid19 cases wants strict measures in Mumbai, Pune and other suburbs. Similarly, Punjab, West Bengal, Telangana, Bihar and few other states are in favour of lockdown extension.

States like Delhi, Kerala and Andhra Pradesh are in favour of reopening the economy with minimum curbs. Due to the movement of migrants from one state to another it is highly expected that there will be increases in Covid19 cases.

Nidhi Shree

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