On Saturday, the Centre extended the lockdown till June 30 in containment zones. Except for containment zones, all other zones’ activities will resume in a phased manner, said the Centre.
The MHA said that the new norms issued after long discussions with the union and state territories. On Thursday, Amit Shah faced the discussions with chief ministers. After discussions, Shah met PM Modi telling him regarding the inputs from various Chief Ministers’. Hence, the ministry extended the lockdown on Saturday.
Only Essential Activities Allowed Inside Containment Zones
As per the order, in Phase-I, from June 8 religious places will open. It further stated that hotels, restaurants and other hospitality services and shopping malls will have permission to open from June 8.
For Phase II, schools, colleges, etc will be opened. The state governments have been advised to wait for the feedbacks of parents. After their feedback, a decision on the re-opening of these institutions will be taken in July 2020. According to the reports, the ministry will make SOP for these institutions.
Few activities prohibited across the country. Activities prohibited are International air travel of passengers, operation of Metro Rail, cinema halls, gymnasiums, swimming pools, entertainment parks, theatres, bars and auditoriums, assembly halls and similar places. Also, social, political, sporting activities, cultural, and religious functions and other large congregations will remain out of bounds.
In Phase III, dates for their opening will be decided based on the assessment of the situation.
States will differentiate containment zones after considering the norms issued by the Health Ministry. Only essential activities allowed inside containment zones with strict perimeter control.
Moreover, this lockdown will have no restriction on interstate/intrastate movement of goods and persons. Further neither any special permission would require nor any sort of e-permit required for such movements.
As per the released order, the night curfew will not uplift and it will remain for all non-essential activities. But, the order announced the revised curfew timings i.e. curfew will start from 9 pm and will remain till 5 am.
Moreover, people aged above 65 years, pregnant women, and children aged below 10 years, advised staying at home.