National Lockdown to be extended till April 30; Staggered lifting after April 30 proposed

The three week national lock down which ends on 14 April is likely o be extended across India in wake of Covid 19 pandemic. According to highly placed sources in the government, the 3-week national lockdown announced by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, which ends on April 14, will be extended for another two weeks.

Prime Minister apart from the Chief Ministers has also been advised by the Medical experts and researchers to continue with the lock down and lift it in a staggered manner through various phases and regions,

What is being considered by the government is a staggered lifting of the lock down, with no place collecting more than 50% of its capacity, the sources said.

According to a tentative calendar of lifting of the lock down before the government, religious places will be the first to reopen, on May 5.

>>>Fruits and vegetable markets will be allowed to open from May 7, but on alternate days.

>>>Malls, cinema halls and wedding halls are expected to open in the third week of May, while educational institutions will reopen in the end of May.

>>>Trains and domestic flights are expected to resume on May 15.

>>>International flights, however, will have a longer wait — July 30 is the date being considered, and a final decision will be taken after gauging if the world has been able to overcome the corona virus threat or not.

According to sources in the government, this is the tentative plan before the Prime Minister’s Office and sums up the essence of what various experts groups have proposed.


This calendar has expectedly been discussed in the PM’s video-conference with the CMs today, however the Prime Minister is unlikely to address the nation on Sunday April 12.

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