Lockdown extended until June 30 across containment zones in India

Amist the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) has extended lockdown until June 30, 2020 and also released guidelines called which will help resume services outside containment zones in India,

Lockdown extended until June 30 across containment zones in India

On Saturday, May 30, 2020, the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) stated that the lockdown in India will be extended until June 30, 2020, and this will be applicable for all containment zones in the country. Restrictions will be lifted in other cities and zones in a phase-wise manner, and guidelines called 'Unlock 1.0' have also been released by the MHA.

The statement read, "Under section 6(2)(i) of the Disaster Management Act, 2005, National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) has directed the redesigned to issue an order to extend the lockdown in containment zones up to 30.06.2020, and to re-open prohibited activities in a phased manner outside containment zones."

The ministry has decided to resume operations and services in a phased manner, for cities not marked as containment zones. "All activities will be permitted, except the following, which will be allowed, with the stipulation of following SOPs to be prescribed by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MoHFW), in a phased manner," read the statement.

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According to the guidelines, religious places of worship, hotels, restaurants, hospitality services, shopping malls etc. can resume operations from June 8, 2020. MoHFW will issue SOPs for the above activities to ensure safety and social distancing. Norms will have to be followed to contain the spread of COVID-19.

Schools, colleges and educational institutions can resume services in phase II, but only after consulting with the respective authorities from the state government. Based on the feedback, officials can take the steps in the month of June 2020. 

In Phase III, the government would give permission to resume international air travel, metro services, cinema halls, gyms, swimming pools, entertainment parks, theatres, bars, assembly halls, auditoriums and similar places. Further, all social events, religious functions and large congregations will be permitted.

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