The Ministry of Home Affairs issued new guidelines for the phased reopening of the economy. Here’s all that you need to know about activities allowed and prohibited amid the pandemic.
The MHA has announced a phased reopening of all activities. However, there will be strict enforcement of lockdown in the containment zones. The government has termed the reopening as Unlock 1 which will come into effect from June 1, 2020, till June 30, 2020.
Lockdown 5.0: Phase I
The government has permitted reopening of religious places and places of worship for the public; hotels, restaurants, and other hospitality services; and shopping malls from June 8, 2020. However, states and UTs are to follow SOPs released by the Health Ministry, keeping in mind the need to contain COVID-19 spread.
Lockdown 5.0: Phase II
The Centre has asked State/UT governments to hold consultations with parents and stakeholders to discuss the reopening of schools, colleges, educational/ training/ coaching institutions. However, these institutions will reopen in July, based on the feedback, and will follow SOP issued by MoHFW.
Lockdown 5.0: Restricted Activities
The limited number of restricted activities includes international travel, metro rail, cinema halls, gymnasiums. Also, swimming pools, entertainment parks, theatres, bars and auditoriums, assembly halls shall remain closed. In all, the government has strictly prohibited activities involving large congregations. The government will decide the reopening of these in Phase III after assessment of the situation. Also, only essential activities are allowed in containment zones. Besides, states may identify buffer zones within containment zones for ensuring a strict lockdown.
Lockdown 5.0: Unrestricted Movement of Persons and Goods
There shall be no restriction on inter-State and intra-State movement of persons and goods. However, the state can regulate the movements on reasons of public health with publicity in advance.
Lockdown 5.0: Night Curfew
Night curfew shall remain in order from 9 pm to 5 am. Besides, the centre has directed states to impose restrictions on activities outside the containment zone based on their assessment. Further, the government has advised persons above 65 years of age, persons with co-morbidities, pregnant women, and children below the age of 10 years to come out only to meet essential requirements.
Use of Aarogya Setu
The government has encouraged the use of the Aarogya Setu app. The tool will help in quick identification of persons infected by COVID-19, or at risk of being infected.
In all, the Center has directed state governments to reopen with an economic focus in a graded manner.