Y.S. Jagan Mohan Reddy, the Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh, on the 18th of May conducted a review meeting and announced a set of guidelines along with the guidelines of the Ministry of Home Affairs of India for the lockdown 4.0.
Mr. Reddy reviewed the situation of the State regarding the Novel Coronavirus or COVID-19 and announced a few relaxations of restrictions.
According to sources, Mr. Reddy announced the functioning of Andhra Pradesh State Road Transport Corporation (APSRTC) buses and hotels in the State.
During the meeting, the State Cabinet ministers discussed how to run inter state bus services to bring back citizens of A.P., from Hyderabad, Bangalore and Chennai.
The Yuvajana Sramika Rythu Congress Party (YSRCP) Government said the bus services should not be allowed in between bus stands and passengers need to undergo thermal tests before and after the travel to ensure safety.
In addition, the bus services would be run maintaining social distancing, wear face masks and follow other norms to prevent the spread of the Novel Coronavirus.
However, the permission to run APSRTC buses would be applicable with only 50 % of staff of the APSRTC. The dates from when the services would begin is expected to be announced in a couple of days.
In addition, travel by car would be restricted to only 3 people including drivers and 20 people by buses. For marriages only 50 guests are allowed.
Curfew from 7:00 P.M., to 7:00 P.M., is still in force till the 31st of May.
CM Jagan has also directed officials to look into the setting up of ward clinics and speed up the identification of places for COVID-19 tests.
In addition, all public services need to resume offices from the 18th of May.
Meanwhile, Andhra Pradesh reported a total of 2,407 cases of the Novel Coronavirus or COVID-19 with 50 fatalities till the 18th of May.
Stay tuned for further updates.