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Air, Rail and metro services to remain suspended; educational institutions, religious places, shopping malls to remain closed during 4th phase

Newdelhi:17/5/20:After National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) extended the lockdown till 31st of this month, National Executive Committee has released a detailed guideline to be followed in the fourth phase of nationwide lockdown starting from tomorrow.

Movement of individuals, except for essential activities, has been strictly prohibited between 7 pm till 7 am.

Government has also advised that people above 65 years of age and those with co-morbidities, pregnant women, and children below the age of 10 years, shall stay at home.

With a view to ensure safety in offices and workplaces, employees on best effort basis should ensure that Aarogya Setu app is installed by all employees in their phones.

All States and Union Territories have been asked to ensure seamless inter-State and intra-State movement of medical professionals, nurses and paramedical staff, sanitation personnel and ambulances.

Inter-State movement of all types of goods and cargo including empty trucks remains allowed.

All domestic and international air travel of passengers, except for domestic medical services, domestic air ambulance and for security purposes or purposes as permitted by MHA will remain prohibited even in the fourth phase of lockdown. Apart from this Metro Rail Services will also remain suspended.

Schools, colleges, educational, training and coaching institutions will remain closed. Online distance learning shall continue to be permitted and shall be encouraged.

Hotels, restaurants and other hospitality services will also remain closed as earlier. However hospitality services meant for Health or  Government officials, healthcare workers, stranded persons including tourists and for quarantine facilities are allowed to remain open. Restaurants shall be permitted to operate kitchens only for home delivery of food items.

All cinema halls, shopping malls, gymnasiums, swimming pools, entertainment parks, theatres, bars and auditoriums, assembly halls and similar places will remain closed. Sports complexes and stadiums will be permitted to open, however, spectators will not be allowed.

All social, political, sports, entertainment, academic, cultural, religious functions and other type of gatherings and large congregations remain to be prohibited.

All religious places, places of worship shall be closed for public. Religious congregations are strictly prohibited.

Inter-State movement of passenger vehicles and buses, with mutual consent of the States involved will be permitted in the fourth phase of nationwide lockdown. Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) for movement of persons is to be strictly followed. National Directives for COVID-19 Management shall be followed throughout the country.

The delineation of Red, Green and Orange Zones will be decided by the respective State and UT Governments, after taking into consideration the parameters shared by Ministry of Health & Family Welfare. No relaxation has been extended to the containment zones.

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Ashok Palit has completed his graduation from Upendranath College Soro, Balasore and post graduation from Utkal University in Odia Language and literture.. He has also carved out a niche for himself as a scribe of eminence after joining the profession in 1988. He is also an independent media production professional. He brings loads of experience to Advanced Media, Ashok Palit as a cineaste has been active in film criticism for over three decades. As a film society activist, he soared to eminence for his profound commitment to the art film appreciation and aesthetics of cinema. His mode of discourse is often erudite but always lucid and comprehensible marked by a perfect acumen so rare in the field. A film aesthete with an immense fond of critical sensibilities, he wrote about growth and development of odia cinema in New Indian Express, The Times of India, The Hindustan Times, The Asian Age and Screen. He has been working as an Editor for Cine Samaya from 2002-2004.. He had made solid contribution on cinema in many odia Dailies and weekly such as Samaj, Prajatantra, Dharatri, Samaya, Satabadi, and weekly Samaya.

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