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Govt extends lockdown till June 30

By KALYAN BAROOAH

NEW DELHI, May 30 - The Centre on Saturday extended the lockdown for the fifth time till June 30, albeit with significant relaxations.

Most of the restrictions will be done away with in Lockdown 5.0, according to an order issued by Union Home Secretary Ajay Bhalla. The new guidelines stipulate that the unlock procedure will be undertaken in three phases even as the states were given more powers to take a final call.

The official order said that under the guidelines for phased reopening (Phase I) in areas outside containment zone all activities will be relaxed in phased manner, while in containment zone all restrictions would continue till June 30. However, the states may impose restrictions on activities as per assessment.

According to the latest guidelines, all religious activities will be allowed with effect from June 8. Further hotels, restaurants, and other hospitality services, besides shopping malls will also be thrown open from that day.

However there is a rider as the order states that the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare will issue standard operating procedure (SOP) in consultation with the Central ministries and other stakeholders for ensuring social distancing and to contain the spread of COVID-19.

Under Phase II, schools, colleges, education institutions, coaching centres will be opened after consultation with the state governments. The state governments may hold consultations at the institution level with the parents and other stakeholders. Based on the feedback, a decision on reopening of the institutions will be taken in the month of July.

Under Phase III, based on the assessment of the situation, the date for restarting international air travel, metro, cinema halls, gymnasiums, swimming pools, entertainment parks, theatres, bars, auditoriums, assembly halls and similar places will be decided. Further social, political, sports, entertainment, cultural and religious functions will be considered.

The new guidelines state that there shall be no restriction on inter-state or intra-state movement of persons and goods. No separate permission, approval, e-permit will be required for such movements.

However, if a state based on reasons of public health and its assessment of the situation proposes to regulate the movement of persons, it will give wide publicity in advance regarding the restrictions.

Movement of passengers by train, including Shramik Specials, domestic air travel, movement of Indian nationals stranded outside the country shall be permitted.

The night curfew will now remain between 9 pm to 5 am throughout the country accept for essential services. Local authorities shall issue orders in the entire area of their jurisdiction.

Containment zones will be demarcated by the district authorities after taking into consideration the guidelines of the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare. In the containment zone only essential activities will be allowed. There shall be strict perimeter control to ensure that there is no movement of people in and out of the containment zone.

The states will also identify buffer zones outside the containment zone where more cases are likely to occur. Persons above the age of 65 years and persons with co-morbidities, pregnant women and children below the age of 10 years have been advised to stay home except for essential or health purposes.

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Govt extends lockdown till June 30

NEW DELHI, May 30 - The Centre on Saturday extended the lockdown for the fifth time till June 30, albeit with significant relaxations.

Most of the restrictions will be done away with in Lockdown 5.0, according to an order issued by Union Home Secretary Ajay Bhalla. The new guidelines stipulate that the unlock procedure will be undertaken in three phases even as the states were given more powers to take a final call.

The official order said that under the guidelines for phased reopening (Phase I) in areas outside containment zone all activities will be relaxed in phased manner, while in containment zone all restrictions would continue till June 30. However, the states may impose restrictions on activities as per assessment.

According to the latest guidelines, all religious activities will be allowed with effect from June 8. Further hotels, restaurants, and other hospitality services, besides shopping malls will also be thrown open from that day.

However there is a rider as the order states that the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare will issue standard operating procedure (SOP) in consultation with the Central ministries and other stakeholders for ensuring social distancing and to contain the spread of COVID-19.

Under Phase II, schools, colleges, education institutions, coaching centres will be opened after consultation with the state governments. The state governments may hold consultations at the institution level with the parents and other stakeholders. Based on the feedback, a decision on reopening of the institutions will be taken in the month of July.

Under Phase III, based on the assessment of the situation, the date for restarting international air travel, metro, cinema halls, gymnasiums, swimming pools, entertainment parks, theatres, bars, auditoriums, assembly halls and similar places will be decided. Further social, political, sports, entertainment, cultural and religious functions will be considered.

The new guidelines state that there shall be no restriction on inter-state or intra-state movement of persons and goods. No separate permission, approval, e-permit will be required for such movements.

However, if a state based on reasons of public health and its assessment of the situation proposes to regulate the movement of persons, it will give wide publicity in advance regarding the restrictions.

Movement of passengers by train, including Shramik Specials, domestic air travel, movement of Indian nationals stranded outside the country shall be permitted.

The night curfew will now remain between 9 pm to 5 am throughout the country accept for essential services. Local authorities shall issue orders in the entire area of their jurisdiction.

Containment zones will be demarcated by the district authorities after taking into consideration the guidelines of the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare. In the containment zone only essential activities will be allowed. There shall be strict perimeter control to ensure that there is no movement of people in and out of the containment zone.

The states will also identify buffer zones outside the containment zone where more cases are likely to occur. Persons above the age of 65 years and persons with co-morbidities, pregnant women and children below the age of 10 years have been advised to stay home except for essential or health purposes.

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