New Delhi, May 1: The Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) today said liquor stores and paan shops will be allowed to function in green zones while ensuring a distance of six feet from each other and ensuring that not more five people are present at one time at the shop.
Citing “significant gains” of the ongoing restriction across the country, the Union Home Ministry on Friday extended the countrywide lockdown for a further period of two weeks with effect from May 4 to contain the Covid-19 outbreak.
The third phase of the lockdown will continue till May 17, and was announced ahead of the lockdown 2.0 ending on May 3.
The government took the decision after a comprehensive review, and in view of the lockdown measures having led to significant gains in the Covid-19 situation in the country, it said.
In an order issued by the Ministry under the Disaster Management Act, 2005, it is mentioned that the lockdown is being extended for a “further period of two weeks beyond May 4”.
The MHA also issued new guidelines to regulate different activities in this period, based on the risk profiling of the districts of the country into red (hotspot), orange, and green zones.
The guidelines have permitted considerable relaxation in the districts falling in the green and orange zones. “No other activity is permitted within the Containment Zones.”
Under the new guidelines, a limited number of activities will remain prohibited throughout the country, irrespective of the zone.