On Saturday, the Union Home Ministry issued the guidelines for Unlock 4. Under these guidelines, metro trains which were suspended since March 22 will resume its services from September 7. From September 21, public gatherings of up to 100 people will be allowed.
However, containment zones will continue to remain in the lockdown till September 30.
All social, sports, political, cultural, entertainment, and religious services will be allowed from September 21 with a gathering of 100 persons.
Face masks, social distancing, thermal scanning facilities, hand wash or sanitisers should be present mandatory to hold such gatherings. From September 21, open-air theatres will also be allowed to open.
As per fresh guidelines, states and union territories cannot impose local lockdowns apart from the containment zones without consulting with the Central government.
No restriction shall be imposed on inter and intra-state movement of persons and goods, and no separate permission, approval or e-permit shall be required for such movements, the MHA reiterated in its guidelines.
The Ministry of Home Affairs released the set of guidelines for ‘Unlock 4’ to be followed till September 30.
Moreover, schools and colleges will continue to shut down until September 30. However, for online teaching-related work, state and union territories may call around half of their staff to the school.
Students of classes 9 to 12 may also be permitted to visit their schools in areas outside the containment zones only on a voluntary basis for taking guidance from their teachers. This will be subject to the written consent of their parents or guardians, according to the guidelines.
Social distancing measures will continue to be followed throughout the country, including for shops that will need to maintain adequate physical distancing among customers.
The MHA has further advised vulnerable persons, including those above 65 and with co-morbidities, pregnant women, and children below the age of 10 years, to stay at home.