Covid-19 Lockdown: What are Red, Orange, and Green Zones and How will they Impact Life

On Saturday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi met with chief ministers where most of them advocated expanding the lockout implemented in the aftermath of the Covid-19 pandemic.

by Hari Aditya

Updated: Apr 12, 2020 16:10 IST

Tags: India Corona
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Impact on Lockdown

Prime Minister Narendra Modi held a 21-day lockdown extension discussion with chief ministers, set to end on April 14. A day after PM Modi briefed the country on the coronavirus pandemic, the lockout was placed on March 25th. Throughout the four-hour debate, PM Modi said India would have to strike a compromise between "Jaan" (lives) and "Jahan" (the outside world)- an indication that the strains would continue in a way to sustain life while it enforces social distancing. 

A senior government official said the PM's formulation indicated that the government could shift toward a "smart shutdown"-with extreme restrictions in impacted districts, and gradual lifting of restrictions in unaffected districts, along with opening up certain sectors to face the economic challenge.

Red Zone: According to news agency PTI, no activity will be allowed in the red zone - the districts where a sizeable number of cases were detected or areas which were declared hotspots.

Orange Zone: Minimum activities like opening of limited public transport, harvesting of farm products will be allowed in orange zones where only a few cases have been found in the past, PTI reported.

Green Zone: It will see further relaxation. Some MSME industries falling under the green zone will be allowed to function with in-house lodging facilities for employees with proper maintenance of social distance, according to PTI. Protection Status