New Delhi: The government on Monday (June 29) issued new guidelines for the unlocking India phase with an aim to further boost the economic activity and allow the near-normal life to resume. But no big-ticket changes like the opening of schools and colleges and more have been made yet as the cases continue to rise. As of June 30, India has reported 5,66,840 coronavirus cases, of which, more than 3 lakh people have been recovered and around 16,893 people have lost their lives, according to the data by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare. Here’s all you need to know about the rules in Unlock 2 plan which will come into effect from July 1, as issued by the Ministry of Home Affairs:
1. Lockdown shall continue to be implemented strictly in the containment zones till July 31, 2020. Moreover, containment zones are required to be carefully demarcated by the state/UT (Union Territories) Governments with a view to containing the COVID-19 spread further. MHA has said that within the containment zones, strict perimeter control shall be maintained. The guidelines further said,
These Containment Zones will be notified on the websites of the respective District Collectors and by the States/UTs and information will also be shared with the Ministry Of Health Family Welfare. Activities in the Containment Zones shall be monitored strictly by the State/UT authorities, and the guidelines relating to containment measure in these zones shall be strictly implemented. MOHFW will monitor the proper delineation of Containment Zones and the implementation of the containment measures.
2. In the second phase of unlocking, night curfew will be relaxed for all the zones except the containment areas. In containment areas, night curfew shall continue to remain in force, between 10 pm and 5 am, except for essential activities.
3. Once again, International travel will be limited to the Vande Bharat mission – bringing home Indians stranded abroad.
4. In this phase as well, the opening of schools and colleges, cinema halls, gymnasiums, swimming pools, bars and assembly halls or metro services will not happen yet. The guidelines said,
After extensive consultation with states and Union Territories, it has been decided that schools, colleges and coaching institutions will remain closed till July 31, 2020.
5. The guidelines removed the restriction of five people in shops and said,
Shops depending upon their area can have more than five persons at a time. However, they have to maintain adequate physical distance. Training institutions of the Central and State Governments will be allowed to function with effect from July 15, 2020.
6. There will now also be no restriction on inter-state and intra-state movement of persons and goods. No separate permission/approval/e-permit will be required for such movements.