Interstate Travel During Lockdown in India

Interstate Travel During Lockdown: The government has extended lockdown till 17 May, by offering a number of relaxations to people. Read on to know details on interstate travel, driving cars, and bikes during the lockdown.

by Roselet Sheena Merli

Updated: May 19, 2020 11:57 IST

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Coronavirus Lockdown 3.0

Amid the increasing cases of COVID-19 in the country, the central government extended the lockdown till May 17th. Initially, the lockdown was imposed from March 25th, which was supposed to end on April 14th. Later, it was extended to May 3rd and now for another two weeks.

The latest extension comes with several relaxations for the general public by permitting various activities that were previously not allowed. However, this rest period is for citizens in non-hotspot areas only. Moreover, the government has also classified all the districts in India as red, orange, and green zones. Red zones are the containing areas that are still grappling with the spread of the virus, while the green zones are the ones that have managed to curb the spread and have no reported cases in the last 21 days. 

Have a look at how the lockdown 3.0 affects the people's movement in various zones.

What are the Activities allowed in Red Zones?

Red zones will enjoy minimum relaxation during the lockdown as it is the most affected area by COVID-19. The red zones have containment areas that are subject to even more strict monitoring allowing the people to move out only for medical emergencies or for essential commodities. Areas outside the containment zones can perform activities permitted by the government, such as manufacturing of crucial goods like drugs, medical devices, and their transportation, jute industry, production of IT hardware, and construction activities where the workers live on the site.

Standalone shops are also allowed to open while e-commerce activities for essentials take place. With 33% employee capacity, all private offices in red zones can start operations while government offices continue in non-containment zones.

Rural areas in red zones are allowed to resume all industrial and construction activities. Other than these, all shops (except those in malls and barbers') in rural areas can also begin their business. Of course, activities related to agriculture and the financial sector are allowed as well. 

So, if you are in a red zone, then you are allowed to undertake the activities mentioned above. However, all the citizens must adhere to safety and hygiene protocols mandated by the Indian government

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What are the Activities allowed in Orange zones?

In addition to activities permitted in red zones (non-containment zones), citizens in orange zones are allowed to perform a few more activities. These include taxi services (driver with two passengers only) and inter-district movement of people and vehicles for permitted activities only. In a four-wheeler, a driver can be accompanied by two passengers, and in the case of two-wheeler, a pillion rider is now allowed. Inter and intradistrict operation of buses are still not allowed in orange zones unless expressly permitted by the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA).

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What are the Activities allowed in Green zones?

Green zones enjoy maximum mobility during the lockdown 3.0. All the activities are allowed in such areas except for the ones that have been prohibited nationwide. As a major rest period to citizens, the government has permitted buses and bus depots to resume operations but with 50% passenger capacity only. The maximum activities are allowed in the green zones as the number of affected people is less when compared to the red and orange zones. However, the Central government had mandated the rule of wearing face masks while stepping out of the house for any cause.

What are the Activities prohibited throughout the country?

The government has blocked certain activities within the country during the lockdown to curb the rapid spread of the novel coronavirus named COVID-19. These activities mostly include travel, mass gatherings, and other non-essential activities. Below-mentioned is the list of activities that are prohibited throughout the country irrespective of the above-mentioned zones. Have a look.   

  • Inter-state travel by road, by rail, air, and metro

  • Running classroom sessions in educational and training institutions (online classes allowed)

  • Hospitality services including hotels and restaurants

  • Places of large gatherings like gym, theatres, malls, bars, marriages, etc.

  • Religious and social gatherings

  • Movement of people between 7 PM to 7 AM for non-essential activities

What are the Rules to be followed amid the Pandemic?

There are certain rules and regulations that should be followed during this pandemic for the welfare of the people. While the government has listed a few rules, the people themselves need to follow a few more for their own wellness. Find below the list of rules that should be followed amid this pandemic:

  • Do not step out of your house for unnecessary reasons

  • Even if you go out to buy essential good, maintain social distancing

  • When you return home from shopping, discard your clothes and wash your hands and feet thoroughly

  • Wash hands frequently even when in house, at least once every hour

  • Wash all fruits and vegetables once you bring them home

  • Most importantly, wear a face mask whenever you go out and dispose it after one use.

  • TV remote, phones, phone covers, etc are the most highly contaminated elements in our house. Clean them at least once a day using a wet cloth soaked in cleaning fluid.


Interstate Travel During Lockdown in India - FAQ

1. What are the Red Zones?

Red Zones are the areas that have a high number of cases and a high doubling rate. In red zones, most of the daily activities are not permitted. However, cycle and auto-rickshaws, taxis and cabs, public transport, barbershops, spas, and salons will remain shut. 

2. What are the Orange Zones?

Orange Zones have fewer cases when compared to the Red Zones. Four wheelers, including taxis, with one driver and two passengers, will be allowed. Buses will not be allowed.

3. What are the Green Zones?

Green Zones are the areas that have not had any cases in the last 21 days. Here, all activities except those prohibited nationwide will be allowed. Buses can operate at 50% capacity.

4. What are containment zones?

Containment zones are the ones that have several positive cases reported in a day. Here, the main aim is to contain the spread of the virus. Nobody is allowed to step in or out of the containment zones. 

5. Why is India under lockdown?

India is under lockdown to prevent the deadly virus from spreading rapidly in the country which will increase the death toll and the number of affected people. A large death toll will result in a fall in the country's population. Protection Status