May 17, 2020
India has extended the lockdown until May 31 as the number of covid-19 cases surges in different states.
While the detailed guidelines on easing of restrictions were awaited, officials sources said the centre is likely to allow public transport and reopening of restaurants and shopping malls subject to certain conditions.
NDMA has asked the National Executive Council (NEC) to amend the guidelines to open up economic activities.
Officials sources added that the guidelines may ease plying of auto-rickshaws and cab aggregators, with up to 1-2 passengers.
This is the third extension to the lockdown, which was first imposed from March 25 and then extended from April 15 and May 4. States and Union Territories are expected to get further leeway to define containment zones and allow permitted activities in non-containment zones, said officials.