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    Relaxed rules: All the businesses that go back to work today

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    Partial lifting of the lockdown
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    Partial lifting of the lockdown

    With the new phase of the lockdown underway, some businesses will be able to slowly reopen operations from today. The central government released guidelines for the phase-2 of the lockdown, which will end on May 3, but some rules have since been tweaked, while some states have decided to forge their own path on reopening. Here is everything that will be allowed today...

    Health sector
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    Health sector

    All health services and the social sector will remain functional; public utilities will also function without any hindrance. Chemists, pharmacies, veterinary hospitals will remain open. Manufacturing units of drugs, medical equipment, construction of media infrastructure will now be allowed.

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    Agriculture sector
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    Agriculture sector

    Farming activities, including procurement of agricultural products, agriculture marketing through notified Mandis and direct and decentralized marketing, manufacture, distribution and retail of fertilizers, pesticides and seeds will now be allowed to resume. Activities of marine and inland fisheries, animal husbandry activities, including the supply chain of milk, milk products, poultry and live-stock farming, tea, coffee and rubber plantations can now restart operations. Industries operating in rural areas, including food processing industries; construction of roads, irrigation projects, buildings and industrial projects in rural areas; works under MNREGA, with priority to irrigation and water conservation works; and operation of rural Common Service Centres (CSCs) have all been allowed.

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    Financial sector
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    Financial sector

    The important components of the financial sector, e.g., RBI, banks, ATMs, capital and debt markets as notified by SEBI and insurance companies will also remain functional. IRDAI and Insurance companies will also now be functional.

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    Social sector
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    Social sector

    Operation will resume at homes for children, mentally disabled, senior citizens, destitutes. Operation of Anganwadis, observation homes and the disbursement of social security measures will also resume. MNREGA works will now be allowed, but with strict implementation of social distancing norms and face masks.

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    Public utilities
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    Public utilities

    Petrol pumps, LPG, Petroleum and gas retail and storage outlets will reopen. Generation, transmission and distribution of power at Central and State/UT levels will be allowed. Postal services, including post offices, operations at municipal, local body levels and telecommunications and internet will begin again.

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    Industries
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    Industries

    In addition to manufacturing of essential goods and rural industries, establishments engaged in production of coal, mine, mineral, packaging material, jute, brick kilns will go back to work. Same for manufacturing and other industrial establishments with access control will be allowed in SEZs, EoUs, industrial estates and industrial townships after implementation of SOP for social distancing. Manufacture of IT hardware and of essential goods and packaging can resume.

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