New Delhi: New guidelines announced by the Centre for Unlock 2.0 starting July 1 said training institutes run by the central and state governments will be allowed to function from the middle of next month while schools and colleges will remain closed until July 31. Apart from curbs in containment zones, there will be no restriction on “inter-state and intra-state movement of persons and goods”.
While a lockdown will continue in the containment zones, shops outside them can have more than five persons at a time. However, they have to ensure physical distancing, said the home ministry. The number of persons allowed inside a shop at a time had been limited to five.
Domestic flights will be further expanded while international air travel will continue in a limited manner under the Vande Bharat repatriation mission.
Night curfew timings are being further relaxed and will be now in force from 10 pm to 5 am. These will be further eased for the seamless operation of industrial units in multiple shifts besides allowing the movement of people and goods.
“After extensive consultation with states and UTs (Union Territories), it has been decided that schools, colleges and coaching institutions will remain closed till July 31,” the home ministry said. “All activities, except the following, shall be permitted outside containment zones: metro rail, cinema halls, gymnasiums, swimming pools, entertainment parks, theatres, bars, auditoriums, assembly halls and similar places.”
Besides this, there will be a ban on social, political, sports, entertainment, academic, cultural, religious functions and other large congregations. “Dates for opening of these will be decided separately, based on the assessment of the situation,” the home ministry said.
All public places, malls, cinema halls, schools and colleges were shut on March 25 as part of the national lockdown that was extended four times until May 31.
Vulnerable persons above the age of 65, people with co-morbidities, pregnant women and children below the age of 10 are advised to stay at home.
The home ministry noted that containment zones are required to be carefully demarcated by the state and UT governments with a view to contain the spread of Covid-19. These zones will be notified on the websites of the respective district collectors and by the states and UTs.
“Based on assessment of the situation, states and UTs may prohibit certain activities outside the containment zones, or impose restrictions,” it said. “However, there shall be no restriction on inter-state and intra-state movement of persons and goods. No separate permission or e-permit will be required for such movements.”
The directive issued by National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) on distancing, wearing of masks and maintenance of hygiene should be followed, the ministry said.
Several states including Maharashtra extended the lockdown in the state until July 31, giving powers to municipalities to decide on easing of curbs outside the containment zones. In Tamil Nadu, the state government announced a restricted lockdown in four districts last week while Assam imposed a 12-hour night curfew and a 14-day complete lockdown in Kamrup (Metro) district from June 28.
Among other states, West Bengal and Jharkhand announced that lockdowns will be extended until the end of next month. “Considering the seriousness of the situation, the state government has decided to extend the lockdown till July 31,” Jharkhand CM Hemant Soren said in a tweet .
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