The Indian Government is taking steps to ensure that the country is prepared to face the ongoing challenges posed by COVID-19. Lockdown measures vary from state to state, so empowering citizens with accurate information has become of critical importance. To provide clear instructions on the local regulations in place, the Government is providing simple and accessible infographics for citizens on its official COVID-19 portal.
As the number of coronavirus cases continue to surge, several states across India have announced lockdown extensions or introduced new measures to contain the virus. While states including Maharashtra, West Bengal and Jharkhand have extended their lockdown until 31 July, others such as Uttar Pradesh and Karnataka have opted for restrictions to be applied only during weekends.
State governments in India are responsible for implementing and managing any services required to curb the spread of the virus, and have the authority to add further restrictions based on their assessment of the situation.
There are currently no restrictions on inter-state or intra-state travel of people and goods across the country. There are plans to further expand domestic flights and passenger train services, which have been operating on a limited scale to date.
Economic activity outside of containment zones is almost back to normal, with offices, shops and other commercial establishments open for business. On the other hand, schools and colleges, international passenger flights, metro rail services, cinema halls and gyms remain closed. Social, political and religious gatherings continue to be off-limits as well.
Adhering to social distancing measures and wearing of masks in public spaces is mandatory, and an overnight night curfew remains in place from 10:00pm to 5:00am.