RESTRICTIONS STILL IN PLACE
The lockdown in India continues in Containment Zones and activities reopened in phased manner in areas outside of Containment Zones.
- The lockdown in Containment Zones continues in place until 30 June 2020, and activities reopened in phased manner in areas outside of Containment Zones. The activities are conducted with adherence to the Guidelines for Phased Re-opening (Unlock 1) .
- At the same time, the government is exploring the development of bilateral ‘‘travel bubbles’’ with countries including United States, United Kingdom, Germany and France.
- In addition, the guidelines for Unlock 2.0 is expected to be issued by end of June. Under Unlock 2.0, the government is expected to further relax the restrictions on transportation.
IMPACT ON FOOD SUPPLY CHAIN
- For food sector, the food manufacturing activities remain unhampered.
- Following the relaxations, more economic activities have been allowed. However, restrictions are still being observed in different areas of the country in terms of food retail sector, including:- Chennai: Full, stringent lockdown has been imposed until 30 June. The grocery shops are only allowed to operate from 06:00am to 02:00pm during the lockdown.
– Kolkata: Starting from 16 June, the vendors at the major wholesale markets are only allowed to operate alternatively.
- Amid of the lockdown extension, in order to ensure smooth operations of food supply chains, the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) announced the extension of validity of the following Orders to 31 July 2020
– Order related to processing of FSSAI License/Registration Applications during the lockdown situations by the way of e-inspections
– Directions regarding allowing food and beverage operators to temporarily operate their food business on basis of application for license/registration during the period of lockdown
– Order related to easing compliance to the requirements of Food Safety and Standards Regulations