Lockdown 5: India Plans To ‘Unlock’ In Phases

Lockdown 5 will be limited to containment zones till June 30 while the rest of India will be reopened in a phased manner from June 8, reads a news portal. Night curfew hours – previously enforced from 7 PM to 7 AM across the country – have been cut to 9 PM to 5 PM, except for essential activities.

The nationwide coronavirus lockdown has been extended to June 30, the Home Ministry said on Saturday evening. Dubbing the fifth phase of the lockdown “Unlock 1, which will have an economic focus”, the ministry said a decision had been taken to “re-open prohibited activities in a phased manner in areas outside containment zones”. These will be allowed in three stages, the ministry said, adding that each would only be allowed if Health Ministry SOPs are followed. Activities listed in the second and third stages will only be permitted after assessing the on-ground situation at that time and in consultation with states and union territories, the home ministry added.

In this first stage, religious places, hotels and restaurants, and shopping malls will be allowed from June 8.

There shall be no restriction on inter-state and intro-state movement of persons and goods.

In the second it is said, schools, colleges and other educational institutions will be re-opened. However, this is only after discussions with all stakeholders, including parents. The final decision will be taken in July.

In the third phase, international air travel maybe restarted, with exceptions as listed by the Home Ministry. Metro services may also be re-started in this phase.

Cinema halls, gyms, swimming pools, theatres, bars and other places of assembly may be allowed in the third stage. Social, political, sporting, cultural and religious functions, as well as all other large congregations, may also be allowed at this time.

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