The Indian government has extended the nationwide lockdown for an additional two weeks starting May 4th till May 17th. This step has been taken due to the increasing number of active COVID-19 cases in the country. While most metropolitan cities will continue having a strict lockdown, several zones in the country will get relaxation like delivery of non-essentials like electronics including smartphones and laptops.
According to the latest guidelines from the Ministry of Home Affairs, eCommerce players like Amazon and Flipkart will start accepting orders for smartphones starting May 4th. However, there’s a catch as they won’t be allowed to deliver all over the country. Here’s what you need to know about the new guidelines and whether or not you will be able to take delivery in your area.
Amazon, Flipkart to begin deliveries of non-essentials
According to the latest circular from the MHA, e-commerce deliveries have been allowed in Green and Orange Zones, while they remain restricted in Red zones. For the uninitiated, green zones are those where there are zero confirmed cases till date or no confirmed case in the last 21 days. The Red zone is where there are substantial numbers of positive cases and Orange zones are the one where a limited number of cases in the past and with no surge in positive cases recently.
As per the MHA guideline, barring Red Zones, e-commerce websites will be able to deliver everywhere. Standalone shops and those withing residential complexes will also be allowed to operate for both essential and non-essential goods.
However, this news brings a ray of hope more particularly for smartphone brands, who have been postponing their launches for around a month now. Recently, Realme had to callback its invite for the Narzo series launch after the government extended lockdown for the first time.
OnePlus 8 series, Xiaomi Mi Note 10 and more expected to go on sale soon
In case you missed it, OnePlus launched its OnePlus 8 and OnePlus 8 Pro flagships in India, while Apple launched the iPhone SE 2020. Both these smartphones are slated to go on sale this month. Redmi also had to delay the sale of its Note 9 Pro Max and Motorola postponed its Razr foldable smartphone’s launch in the country. We could see these smartphones to go on sale very soon.