Lockdown extended till June 30 in containment zones

A day before the fourth phase of nationwide lockdown ends, Ministry of Home Affairs Saturday said it will be in place in containment zones till June 30. Releasing, the ministry said the restrictions at other places would be lifted in phases.

The permit system for inter-State movement of vehicles has been removed. There shall be no restriction on movement within and outside a State. If the local administration has to regulate movement in wake of a surge in number of COVID-19 cases. It will have to give wide publicity in advance regarding the procedure and restrictions to be followed. The grading of areas in red, orange and green zones is no longer in force but State government could identify buffer zones outside containment zones and impose restrictions.

Cities which falls under Containment zone — Mumbai, Chennai, Delhi / New Delhi, Ahmedabad, Thane, Pune, Hyderabad, Kolkata / Howrah, Indore (Madhya Pradesh), Jaipur, Jodhpur (Rajasthan), Chengalpattu and Thiruvallur (Tamil Nadu). These cities also account for 70% of total COVID-19 cases in the country.

“All activities that were prohibited earlier will be opened up in areas outside containment zones in a phased manner with the stipulation of following Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) to be prescribed by the Health Ministry,” said the statement. MHA said that persons above 65 years of age, those with co-morbidities, pregnant women, and children below the age of 10 years are advised to stay at home, except for meeting essential requirements and for health purposes.

  • Extensive relaxations including opening of religious places and shopping malls in a phased manner from June 8. 
  • Lockdown shall continue to be implemented strictly in containment zones, says Union Home Ministry.
  • Cases in India cross 1,70,000 mark; over 59,0,000 infected worldwide.
  • Night Curfew on all non-essential activities from 9 pm to 5 am
  • States may impose restrictions/prohibit activities as per assessment.
  • School and Colleges will reopen after consultations with States and UTs.
Lockdown 5.0: International flights, Metro trains, cinema halls, gymnasiums, swimming pools, entertainment parks, theatres, bars and auditoriums, assembly halls and similar places shall remain out of bounds for now.

The lockdown was imposed first on March 24 in wake of the COVID19 pandemic. Its fourth phase is to end on May 31. On Saturday, MHA issued guidelines under the Disaster Management Act, 2005, for “phased reopening” of areas outside the containment zones that will be effective till June 30.  A decision to reopen schools and educational institutes will be taken in second phase in July. “The current phase of reopening, Unlock 1, will have an economic focus,” an MHA statement said.

In Phase III, dates for their opening will be decided based on assessment of the situation. Shramik special trains and limited number of domestic flights and trains will continue to run.

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