What’s Expected in Lockdown 4.0? Will Public Movement be Allowed? On Tuesday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced that the lockdown will extend further after May 17. He called it â€œLockdown 4.0″. Modi further announced the mega package of Rs 20 lakh crore to revive the pandemic-hit economy.
PM Modi on his televised address to the nation said that the fourth phase of the lockdown will be â€œcompletely differentâ€ from the previous three stages.
What’s Expected in Lockdown 4.0? Will Public Movement be Allowed?
â€œLockdown 4 will not be the same. It will be different from before with new rules,â€ said PM Modi, adding that new rules will be framed on the basis of recommendations received from states and information about it will be conveyed before May 18.
PM Modi, during his address to the nation, noted that several experts and scientists have said that the novel coronavirus is going to be part of our lives for a “long time”.
“But, it is also important to ensure that our life does not revolve only around it (novel coronavirus),” he said.
The Ministry of Home Affairs is expected to release details on the new set of rule and regulations of the next phase of lockdown on May 15.
Several restrictions maybe eased and also public movement allowed to some extent as Indian Railways has resumed passenger train service on 15 routes across the country.
Also commercial flights may resume after May 17. More services will be allowed to function and it may also includ delivery of non-essential items by e-commerce companies.
According to reports, more restrictions may be eased in areas which are not severely affected or have not reported many cases in the last 3-4 weeks. Restrictions like a night curfew and curbs on public transport may continue in areas designated as Red Zones.
PM Modi was quoted saying, “firm view that the measures needed in the first phase of lockdown were not needed during the second phase and similarly, measures needed in the third phase are not needed in the fourth.