#JustIn: Union home ministry extends lockdown till May 31
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Union home ministry on 17 May, Sunday extended the lockdown for another two weeks till May 31 to contain the spread of Covid-19.

NDMA, the apex disaster management body, in its recommendations to the home 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 the exercise of its powers under the DM act, 2005, directs the ministries, departments of GOI, States governments and authorities to continue the lockdown measures up to May 31...”

This is the third extension to the lockdown, which was first imposed from March 25 and then extended from April 15 and May 4.

The following activities are not permitted during the extended lockdown

i. All domestic and international air travel of passengers, except for domestic medical services, domestic air ambulance and for security purposes or purposes as permitted by MHA.

ii. Metro rail services.

iii. Schools, colleges, educational/ training/ coaching institutions etc. will remain closed. Online/ distance learning shall continue to be permitted and shall be encouraged.

iv. Hotels, restaurants and other hospitality services, except those meant for housing health/ police/ Government officials/ healthcare workers/ stranded persons including tourists and for quarantine facilities; and running of canteens at bus depots, railway stations and airports. Restaurants shall be permitted to operate kitchens for home delivery of food items.

v. All cinema halls, shopping malls, gymnasiums, swimming pools, entertainment parks, theatres, bars and auditoriums, assembly halls and similar places. Sports complexes and stadia will be permitted to open; however, spectators will not be allowed.

vi. All social/ political/ sports/ entertainment/ academic/ cultural/ religious functions/ other gatherings and large congregations.

vii. All religious places/ places of worship shall be closed for the public. Religious congregations are strictly prohibited.

Note: Complete guidelines for Lockdown 4.0 released by Home Ministry are attached as pdf.

Source: https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/lockdown-4-guidelines-live-updates-and-coronavirus-in-india/liveblog/75768788.cms
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