‘Un’lockdown 5.0: India getting back to work
The Ministry of Home Affairs has issued revised guidelines on May 30 for Lockdown Phase 5 in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. While the guidelines effectively extend the lockdown till June 30 for containment zones, they also provide a roadmap for phased opening up of other areas in the economy. All activities will be permitted in these areas except for those below, for which separate guidelines have been issued:
Following activities will be allowed from June 8:
– Religious places/places of worship for public
– Hotels, restaurants and other hospitality services
– Shopping malls
Schools, colleges, educational/training/coaching institutions, etc will be opened in consultation with states/UTs, who may hold consultations with parents and other stakeholders. Based on these discussions, a decision on re-opening these institutions will be taken in July.
After assessing the situation, dates for restarting the following will be decided:
– International air travel of passengers, except as permitted by Ministry of Home Affairs
– Metro Rail
– Cinema halls, gymnasiums, swimming pools, entertainment parks, theatres, bars and auditoriums, assembly halls and similar places
– Social/political/sports/entertainment/academic/cultural/religious functions and other large congregations.
Ministry of Health & Family Welfare will issue guidelines/SOPs for the above in consultation with Central Ministries/concerned departments, and other stakeholders, with a view to ensure social distancing to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
Movement of individuals shall be strictly prohibited between 9 pm and 5 am across India, except for essential activities.
On the other hand, inter-state and intra-state movement of people will be allowed without restrictions. But if some state/UTs plan to regulate movement based on their assessment of the situation, they should widely publicise both the restrictions and the procedures to be followed.