We at Moneycontrol try to answer all your lockdown related queries to keep away the coronavirus blues.
In a bid to contain the spread of the novel coronavirus pandemic, the Centre on May 17 extended the nationwide lockdown till May 31.
India has been under lockdown since March 24 and this will be the fourth phase. However, there was a considerable easing of restrictions this time.We at Moneycontrol try to answer all your lockdown related queries to keep away the coronavirus blues.
What’s the status of the lockdown?
It has been extended by two weeks to May 31, 2020.
Not really. Many rules have been relaxed.
Frequently Asked Questions
A vaccine works by mimicking a natural infection. A vaccine not only induces immune response to protect people from any future COVID-19 infection, but also helps quickly build herd immunity to put an end to the pandemic. Herd immunity occurs when a sufficient percentage of a population becomes immune to a disease, making the spread of disease from person to person unlikely. The good news is that SARS-CoV-2 virus has been fairly stable, which increases the viability of a vaccine.
There are broadly four types of vaccine — one, a vaccine based on the whole virus (this could be either inactivated, or an attenuated [weakened] virus vaccine); two, a non-replicating viral vector vaccine that uses a benign virus as vector that carries the antigen of SARS-CoV; three, nucleic-acid vaccines that have genetic material like DNA and RNA of antigens like spike protein given to a person, helping human cells decode genetic material and produce the vaccine; and four, protein subunit vaccine wherein the recombinant proteins of SARS-COV-2 along with an adjuvant (booster) is given as a vaccine.
Vaccine development is a long, complex process. Unlike drugs that are given to people with a diseased, vaccines are given to healthy people and also vulnerable sections such as children, pregnant women and the elderly. So rigorous tests are compulsory. History says that the fastest time it took to develop a vaccine is five years, but it usually takes double or sometimes triple that time.
State governments have been empowered to delineate the Red, Orange and Green Zones.What do these colours signify?
Red Zone areas are those where the incidence of COVID-19 positive cases are highest, followed by Orange and Green Zones.So, if I stay in Red Zone my life doesn’t really change. Isn’t it?
Not quite right. If you are in a Red Zone area, you will still be eligible for easier rules. Within Red and Orange Zones, district authorities have been empowered to demarcate Containment Zones and Buffer Zones.Containment Zones? What are these?
A containment zone is an area where there is a high incidence of COVID-19 positive cases. The district authorities are empowered to decide on declaring an area as a containment zone.
In case of a large outbreak, the entire population of the municipal ward, municipal zone, police station area, towns etc. from where cases and contacts are reported are taken as containment zone.
A district’s rapid response team (RRT) identifies containment zones based on the extent of cases/contacts listed and mapped by them.What is a buffer zone?
A buffer zone is an area of spread in a 5-kilometre radius (7 km in rural areas) of a containment zone.How does life change in these zones?
If you are in a containment zone, your life doesn’t change much. Only essential activities are allowed in these zones. No outsider is allowed to get into these zones. Anyone staying in these zones isn’t allowed to venture out.Can I find out which zone I stay?
Yes. Your DM/DC’s social media pages will put these out. Your state Chief Minister’s social media pages (Twitter/Facebook) will also contain details.Will I start working from the office?
Yes. Private offices can operate in non-containment zones. State governments and DMs will notify rules for their states and districtsWill shops selling non-essential be allowed to open?
Yes. Shops will be allowed to open in non-containment zones. State governments and DMs will notify rules for their states and districts.Will I be able to withdraw money?
Yes. Cashier and teller operations of banks (including ATMs) will continue to stay open.Can I take out my car/bike?
Your state and DM will decide. It is likely that you will be allowed to take out your car/bike if you are in a non-containment zone.Can I book an Ola/Uber?
Your state government and DM will decide. It is likely that cab aggregators may be allowed to operate in non-containment zones.Can I travel by metro?
No. Travel by metro is prohibited until further notice in all zonesCan I go for a walk/run or cycle in my neighbourhood?
Your state government and DM will decide. It is likely that you can go out for a walk, but not in a group. In any case, venturing out of your home is prohibited between 7 pm to 7 am, regardless of which zone you stay.Can kids go out to the park?
No. In all zones, persons above 65 years of age, persons with co-morbidities, pregnant women, and children below the age of 10 years, shall stay at homeCan my house help and driver come for work?
Yes. They have already been allowed in non-containment zones, but only if the RWA allows, which is empowered to decide on outsiders’ entryAm I allowed to visit friends and vice versa?
Yes. They have already been allowed in non-containment zones, only if your friends’ RWA allows and vice versaI stay in a containment zone. What if I need medicines?
Chemist shops and pharmacies will continue to remain open all zonesCan standalone restaurants not in malls will open?
Restaurants have been allowed to function only with take-away services.Can I go to a coffee shop?
No. Coffee shops are restaurants are prohibited but can offer take-away services.What about sports complexes/stadia?
Sports complexes and stadia can open but without any spectators.Can I order food for delivery?
Yes. Take-away and home delivery services of restaurants are allowedCan I go out in a group?
No. Any congregation of more than five people is strictly prohibited and punishable by law.Will I be able to buy alcohol?
Yes. Most states have opened up alcohol shops outside of the containment zones.Is domestic air travel allowed?
No. Air travel is prohibited till May 31 as of now.Can I travel by train to another state?
Yes. Inter-state train services have already opened up in a limited way. You can find details in www.irctc.co.inWill I be able to buy petrol?
Yes. Petrol pumps, LPG and oil agencies will continue to operate.Can an AC mechanic/carpenters/plumbers come to my place?
Yes. But only if you stay in the non-containment area and your RWA allows, which is empowered to decide on outsiders’ entry.Can I go from Delhi to Gurgaon/Noida/Faridabad/Ghaziabad?
Yes. Inter-state movement in vehicles has been allowed, provided both states agree.Can guests be invited for marriage ceremonies?
Yes, but the number of people should not exceed 50Can funeral rituals be carried out?
Yes, but funeral related gatherings cannot exceed 20 peopleWill schools/colleges open?
No. Schools, colleges and educational institutions including coaching centres will remain shut until further notice in all zonesCan I get non-essential goods such as clothes home delivered through e-commerce companies?
Yes, but states and DMs will notify specific rules for each districtI badly need a haircut. Can I visit a salon?
Yes, but states and DMs will notify specific rules for each districtWill I be fined if I don’t wear a mask?
Yes. Wearing of masks have been made compulsory in public places. State governments have been asked to strictly enforce itWill I be fined if I spit in a public place?
Yes. Spitting in public places have been banned. State governments have been asked to strictly enforce itCan I go to a temple or religious place?No. All religious places are closed for the public. Religious congregations have also been strictly prohibited.