The Ministry of Home Affairs on Saturday (May 30) announced the countrywide lockdown in containment zones will be extended till June 30. The ministry also issued strategy for reopening of all banned activities in other areas in a phased manner.
As the advisory, all places of prayers and worship, shopping malls, hotels and hospitality sector can reopen from June 8. The night curfew, nevertheless, has been relaxed to 9 pm to 5 am. Which means that movement of individuals throughout this time will be forbidden across the country, except for necessary services. The advisory also stated that no authorization, documents or e-pass will be required any longer for inter-state travel.
The health ministry will issue SOPs for the above activities, in session with the Central Ministries and departments concerned and other stakeholders, for ensuring social distancing and to contain the spread of COVID-19.
In areas outer containment zones, following activities will be permissible with effect from June 8:
All Religious places of worship
Hotels, restaurants and other hospitality services
No control on inter-state movement of persons and goods:
There shall be no limit on inter-state and intra-State movement of persons and goods. Also, no separate permission, document or e-permit will be necessary for any such movement.
Reopening of schools, colleges and education institutions:
In Phase II, schools, colleges, etc will be opened. The state governments have been advised to hold consultation at the institution level with parents and other stakeholders. Based on the feedback, a choice on the re-opening of these institutions will be in use in July. The ministry will then prepare SOP for these institutions.
Based on the estimation of the situation, the government will decide dates for re-starting services of the following activities in Phase III:
Cinema halls, gyms, swimming pools, entertainment parks, bars and auditoriums, assembly halls and similar places.
Social, political, sports, entertainment, academic, cultural, religious functions and other large congregations will remain out of bound.
Gathering for marriage ceremony/funeral:
Maintaining the same – A maximum of 50 people can join in wedding ceremonies while 20 in a funeral or last rites of a deceased.
In Phase 1 of the reopening of restricted activities, religious places, hotels, restaurants and other hospitality services, and shopping malls will be allowed to open, starting June 8.
Schools, colleges, educational/training/coaching institutions will be opened in the next phase after consultations with States and Union Territories. According to the MHA guidelines, “State/UT governments may hold consulations at the institution level with parents and other stakeholders.”
A pronouncement of re-opening of these institutions will be taken in July.
Dates for the re-starting of prohibited activities will be decided in the third phase in August. International air travel, metro operations, cinema halls, gymnasiums, swimming pools, entertainment parks, theatres, bars and auditoriums, assembly halls will, thus, stay closed for now.
All events and large congregation, including social, political, sports, entertainment, academic, cultural or religious functions go on to remain prohibited till the third phase.
Lockdown in containment zones extended for a month
Lockdown limitations will keep on in all containment zones till June 30, and only necessary services will be allowed in the time being. States and Union Territories may also recognize Buffer Zones outside the Containment Zones where new cases are more probable to occur. Within the buffer zones, limitations as considered essential may be put in place by the District authorities.
Persons above 65 years of age, persons with co-morbidities, pregnant women, and children below the age of 10 years are also advised to stay at home.