Lockdown 4.0: Yogi government allows relaxations in UP, markets, restaurants to open with conditions

Markets, restaurants to open with conditions. Air, Metro rail services, schools, colleges, coaching centres, cinema halls, shopping malls, gyms, bars will remain shut

Representative Image (Photo Courtesy: social media)
Representative Image (Photo Courtesy: social media)

NH Web Desk

After hours of brainstorming sessions, the Yogi Adityanath government has decided to allow opening of markets, shops, offices and industrial activity with pre-conditions in lockdown 4.0.

The decision that came past midnight said that the movement of all persons and vehicles will remain prohibited under section 144 of the IPC between 7 pm and 7 am

According to an order issued by Uttar Pradesh Chief Secretary R. K. Tiwari, restrictions will continue in the containment zones. In urban areas, a containment zone will be within a 250 metre radius around a single infected person or the colony, whichever is smaller or a radius of 500 metre around a cluster of infected persons with a 250 metre radius buffer zone.

Lockdown 4.0 will be applicable till May 31 and largely follows the guidelines issued by the Centre on Saturday.

The state government has allowed opening up of all shops and establishments like printing press and dry cleaners outside the containment areas.

Markets will also open, though on fixed days to ensure that not all of them open together. The schedule would be decided by each district administration in consultation with the local traders' bodies on Tuesday.

The vendors and hawkers have also been allowed to start their work though weekly will remain suspended till the end of lockdown.

The guidelines further say that no shop should sell goods to any customer who does not wear a face mask. All other safety precautions like social distancing, use of sanitizers and masks should be observed by all shop owners and vendors.

Restaurants have been allowed to function for home delivery of food but will not be able to serve food on the premises. Bars will also remain closed during the lockdown 4 period.

Sweet shops, however, have been allowed to open on the condition that they will not serve food in the shop.

Weddings have also allowed as banquet halls can open with prior permission form the district authorities. Not more than 20 people can attend the event. No other social, religious, cultural or sports event can be held till the end of the lockdown.

Temples will also remain closed during this period.

All kinds of industrial activity outside containment zones has been allowed. For this, permission has also been given for movement of goods vehicles.

With the permission from the health department, nursing homes and private hospital can restart their emergency services and essential surgeries.

The main wholesale vegetable and fruit mandi will remain open from 4 a.m to 7 a.m while retail sale can take place between 8 a.m. and 6 p.m.

Air travel, Metro rail services, schools, colleges, coaching centres, restaurants for dine-in services, cinema halls, shopping malls, gyms, swimming pools and bars will remain shut in lockdown 4. Air ambulances have been exempted from this.

The state government has also stated that persons above the age of 65 years, those with co-morbidity, pregnant women and children below the age of 10 years should remain indoors unless there is a medical emergency.

One person can ride a two-wheeler though women are allowed as pillion riders if they wear helmets.

What is permitted and what's not:

  • Inter-state travel has not been allowed by the Uttar Pradesh government yet, either for buses or private vehicles.
  • Restaurants in Uttar Pradesh cannot open for dining, but can offer home delivery services. Sweet shops can open but only for takeouts.
  • All industrial activity outside containment zones will be allowed, the state government notification said.
  • All markets, except malls, can open but on different days, on a rotational basis. District administrations have been tasked with drawing up schedules for the opening of the markets.
  • Vegetable markets to function for retail buyers only between 6 am to 9 am each morning
  • Only two passengers other than driver are allowed in four-wheelers.
  • Only women pillion riders allowed on two-wheelers.
  • Those below 10, above 65, pregnant women and people with other health conditions or co-morbidites must stay indoors.
  • Printing press and dry-cleaning shops can open.

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