The 284 districts, classified as orange zones, will witness a significant relaxation in restrictions during Lockdown 3.0.
The govt has said that a red zone can move into a green zone if there are no confirmed cases or there is no reported case since last 21 days in a district, as it formulates a list of 733 zones which includes 130 red zones, 284 orange zones, and 319 green zones.
The states will not be allowed to relax the zonal classification of districts classified as red and orange zone. However, the states can designate additional red and orange zones.
The districts were earlier designated as hotspots-red-zones, orange zones and green zones primarily based on the cumulative cases reported and the doubling rate.
Two hundred and eight-four Indian districts, classified as orange zones, will witness a significant relaxation in restrictions during Lockdown 3.0, said the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) in an order. The government has extended the lockdown in place since March 24 by two more weeks, two days before the second round of lockdown comes to an end on May 3.
The third round of lockdown, however, will witness the relaxation of curbs in all the three zones, the most significant being the re-opening of private offices with some restrictions.
In orange zones, or areas which have reported only a few coronavirus cases and haven’t seen a rise in the infections, there is a slew of activities that have been permitted.
“In the Orange Zones, in addition to activities permitted in Red Zone, taxis and cab aggregators shall be allowed with one driver and one passenger. Inter-district movement of individuals and vehicles will be allowed for permitted activities only. Four wheeler vehicles will have a maximum of two passengers besides the driver, and pillion riding will be allowed on two-wheelers,” said the MHA order.
Here’s the latest guide on activities that are permitted/not allowed in the orange zones:
- Radio taxis
- Uber, Ola cabs, but only with one passenger
- Private vehicles allowed on roads, but only two passengers and a driver
- Online shopping
- Public transport
- Public functions
- Gyms, clubs, swimming pools, etc. to remain closed.
- Religious events now permitted