Lockdown expected to be extended till May 31 with more relaxations


Centre is likely to extent the lockdown for another two weeks after May 17 for restricting the widespread of Covid-19. However, Lockdown 3.0 will see some relaxations in terms of restrictions while and possibly public transport and reopening of restaurants and shopping malls will be initiated with certain conditions.

lockdownAuto-rickshaws and cab aggregators, with up to two passengers, are likely to be allowed to operate, and domestic flights too will begin to fly if both the originating and receiving states agree, said officials.

Metro services are, however, are expected to remain suspended in red zones.

The fresh set of guidelines, based on suggestions from states that Prime Minister Narendra Modi had finalised during his fifth discussion with chief ministers on the pandemic on May 11, are likely to be released by the home ministry on Saturday after final nod from the Prime Minister’s Office.

It initiated, this would be the third extension to the lockdown, which was first imposed from March 25 and then extended from April 15 and May 4.

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