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Lockdown 3.0 guidelines: Everything you need to know about the new guidelines

Lockdown 3.0 guidelines: Everything that is allowed and not allowed in red zones, orange zones and green zones

PM Narendra Modi led central government extended the ongoing lockdown for two more days on Friday. Like previous times, PM Modi didn’t announce the extension, instead Press Release was sent to media house about the lockdown 3.0 guidelines. The Ministry of Home Affairs said in a statement that in view of “significant gains in the COVID-19 situation” considerable relaxations will be given to areas with few or no cases.

The Ministry also issued guidelines to regulate the different activities to restart the economy. The districts across the countries are divided into three zones Red Zones, Orange Zones, and Green Zones depending upon the number of coronavirus cases. The new guidelines have given a considerable amount of relaxation in Green Zones and Orange Zones. Below is the detailed list of activities permitted and prohibited activities in the Green Zone, Orange zone and Red Zone.

Prohibited activities in all three zones as per lockdown 3.0 guidelines

  1. Travel by fight, rail, metro and inter-state movement by road
  2. All school, colleges, educational, coaching and training institutes will remain closed.
  3. Hotels, restaurants and other hospitality services
  4. Movement of people for non-essential activities shall remain strictly prohibited from 7 PM to 7 AM.
  5. Places of large gatherings such as cinema halls, malls, gyms, sports complexes and others along with social, cultural, political and other kinds of gatherings are prohibited. Religious places or other places of worship will remain closed.
  6. People above 65 years of age, pregnant women, children under the age of 10 years and persons with co-morbidities are directed to stay at their homes, except for meeting essential requirements and for health purposes.

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Allowed activities in all three zones

  1. Movement of people by flight, train and road is allowed for selected purposes which are permitted by the ministry of home affairs.
  2. Out-Patient Departments (OPD) and medical clinics shall be permitted to operate with proper safety precautions and social distancing norms.
  3. Goods traffic is permitted across India and no local authority shall stop the movement of cargo for cross-border trade under treaties with neighboring countries.

What’s allowed and what’s not allowed in Red Zone


  1. Auto rickshaws and cycle rickshaws.
  2. Intra-district and inter-district plying of buses.
  3. Taxis and cab aggregators.
  4. Barber shops, salons and spas


  1. Lockdown 3.0 guidelines suggest the movement of individuals and vehicles are allowed in the case of only permitted activities. Four-wheeler vehicles will have a maximum of two passengers apart from the vehicle driver; only one person allowed in two-wheelers.
  2. Industrial establishments in urban areas: Only Export Oriented Units (EOUs), Special Economic Zones (SEZs), industrial townships and industrial estates with access control etc.
  3. Construction activities in both rural areas and urban areas.
  4. Shops which are selling essential goods in markets.
  5. E-commerce activities will be permitted but only to deliver essential goods.
  6. Private offices are allowed with up to 33% strength as per requirement. Rest can continue working from home.
  7. All Government offices of the Deputy Secretary level and above are allowed to the extent of 100% strength. The remaining staff will attend up to 33% as per requirement.

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Orange Zone


  1. Inter-district and Intra-district plying of buses


  1. Taxis and cab aggregators, with 1 driver and 2 passengers are permitted.
  2. Inter-district movement of individuals and vehicles are allowed for permitted activities.
  3. Four-wheeler vehicles will have a maximum of two passengers apart from the driver.

Green Zones

All activities are permitted in Green Zones. Buses can operate with up to 50% seating capacity following social distancing and other safety measures. Bus depots can operate with up to 50% capacity.

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