Only a day before lifting the fourth phase of a nationwide lockdown India’s Ministry of Home Affairs has issued fresh guidelines. Phased re-opening of all activities in the country will start on June 1. Activities outside containment zones will be resumed gradually in the next one month. Unlock 1 will work as India’s revival plan to restart its economy after Coronavirus strike.
Hotels, shopping malls, restaurants, and religious places will be allowed to resume activities from June 8. Night curfew will continue with revised timings from 9 pm – 5 am.
Lockdown Guidelines in Containment Zones
Lockdown restrictions will continue in all containment zones till 30 June 2020. Only essential services will be allowed in the area for a time being. A new category ‘Buffer Zones‘ has also been created by the government. States and Union Territories can place areas where COVID-19 cases are likely to occur more in Buffer Zones. Restrictions as necessary will be but in place by district authorities in Buffer Zones.
Unrestricted movement of persons and goods inter and intra-state have also been allowed in Unlock 1 phase. “No separate permission/approval or e-permit will be required for such movements”. However, states can allow regulation of movement of people based on “reasons of public health and its assessment of the situation.”
Lockdown announcement for schools and colleges
Dates for reopening of schools, colleges and coaching centres will be decided by the government in July. No educational institution will open in June, the order from central government stated.
Starting International air travel of passengers, cinema halls, operation of Metro Rail, gymnasiums, entertainment parks, swimming pools etc will be decided by the government in phase three of reopening process.
Unlock 1 effect on life
Guidelines from Ministry of Home Affairs clearly indicate that Unlock 1 will help the country restart from Coronavirus pandemic. Malls, hotels, restaurants, religious places, and other ventures will reopen, gradually. This will help resume economic activities in India with a better push. More than 175,000 people in the country have been infected by COVID-19 as of 8 pm IST on 30 May 2020.