Lockdown extended till July 31, Unlock 2.0 guidelines issued
Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) issues guidelines for Unlock 2. As per fresh guidelines, schools, colleges, metro, cinema halls shall remain closed. Lockdown in Containment zones shall be strictly in force till July 31. New guidelines uncover more activities outside containment zones
New Delhi: The decision of extending the lockdown till July 31 strictly in containment zones has been today. The Ministry of Home Affairs has issued new guidelines for Unlock 2.0 on Monday evening, which are to come into effect from July 1. This is said to be a phased re-opening of activities.
According to the Ministry of Home Affairs, the new guidelines are based on the feedback received from the states and union territories. Extensive consultations had been made with concerned union ministries, departments.
The fresh guidelines stressed the strict enforcement of lockdown norms in all containment Zones across the country. The guidelines state:
The Lockdown shall continue to be implemented strictly in Containment Zones till July 31, 2020. Containment Zones are required to be carefully demarcated by the State, UT Governments, with a view to contain the spread of COVID-19, after taking into consideration the guidelines issued by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MOHFW).
Within the containment zones, strict perimeter control shall be maintained and only essential activities allowed”
These Containment Zones will be notified on the websites of the respective District Collectors and by the States, Union Territories and information will also be shared with the MOHFW, whereas activities in the Containment Zones shall be monitored strictly by the State, UT authorities, and the guidelines relating to containment measure in these zones shall be strictly implemented.”
The MOHFW will monitor the proper delineation of Containment Zones and the implementation of the containment measures.
Schools, colleges, Metro, cinema halls to remain closed
The new guidelines said:
After extensive consultation with the states and the union territories, it has been decided that schools, colleges and coaching institutions will remain closed till July 31, 2020″
According to the new norms:
- The Cinema halls, gymnasiums, swimming pools, entertainment parks, theatres, bars, auditoriums, assembly halls and similar places, social, political, sports, entertainment, academic, cultural, religious functions and other large congregations will remain closed till July 31.
- International air travel has been permitted in a limited manner under the Vande Bharat mission. Further opening-up will take place in a calibrated manner. The domestic flights and passenger trains have already been allowed in a limited manner. Their operations will be further expanded in a phased manner.
- Night curfew timings are being further relaxed and curfew shall be in force from 2200 hrs to 0500 hrs. Further, relaxations in night curfew have been given for the seamless operation of industrial units in multiple shifts.
- The relaxation will ease the loading and unloading works of cargo and movement of persons to their destinations after disembarking from buses, trains, and airplanes. This will also ease the movement of persons and goods on National and State Highways.
- Shops can have more than five persons at a time. However, they have to maintain adequate physical distance and this will depend upon their area.
- Training institutions of the central and state governments will be allowed to function with effect from July 15, 2020. The Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) in this regard will be issued by the Department of Personnel and Training, Government of India.
More activities outside containment zones
Certain activities, such as religious places and places of worship for public hotels, restaurants, other hospitality services, and shopping malls will continue. These activities have already been permitted from June 8 outside the containment zones. However, these activities will come to be ceased in any areas which come under the fresh demarcated containment zones.
- Night curfew shall continue to remain in force, between 2200 hrs and 0500 hrs, except for essential activities and other relaxation given in Unlock 2.
- The ‘National Directives for COVID-19 management’ shall continue to be followed throughout the country, with a view to ensure social distancing. Shops will need to maintain adequate physical distancing among customers. The MHA will monitor the effective implementation of National Directives.
- Vulnerable persons, those above 65 years of age, persons with co-morbidities, pregnant women and children below the age of 10 years, have been advised to stay at home, except for meeting essential requirements and for health purposes and the use of ‘Aarogya Setu’ mobile application will continue to be encouraged, the new guidelines said.
The new guidelines also said that the states and the union territories will decide the activities outside containment zones. They may prohibit certain activities even outside the containment zones, or impose such restrictions as deemed necessary based on their assessment of the situation.
According to the guidelines, however, there shall be no restriction on inter-state and intra-State movement of persons and goods. No separate permission or approval or e-permit will be required for such movements.