RESTRICTIONS STILL IN PLACE
The lockdown in India has been extended.
- The lockdown which initially scheduled to end on 17 May, has been extended until 31 May. On 17 May, the Union Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) has issued the new Guidelines on the measures to be taken by Ministries/Departments of Government of India, State/UT Governments and State/UT authorities for containment of COVID-19 in the country upto 31 May 2020.
- During the extended lockdown period, the activities such as domestic and international air travel of passengers, metro rail services shall continue to remain prohibited. In addition, the facilities, including but not limited to hotels, cinema halls, shopping malls, religious places remain closed throughout the extended lockdown period.
IMPACT ON FOOD SUPPLY CHAIN
- For food sector, the food manufactures remain unhampered throughout the extended lockdown period. However, for food service, the restaurants remain closed and only allowed to operate kitchen to provide only home-delivery service during the extended period.
- In addition, the guidelines has also allowed inter-state movement of goods/cargo, including empty trucks during the lockdown period.
- FIA is working closely with local industry association FICCI, to monitor the progress of development of the lockdown situation in India.