The fifth phase of lockdown will begin from Monday, June 1. The Ministry of Home Affairs has issued new guidelines.
As per new guidelines, activities outside containment zones can now resume in a phased manner from June 1. It will be from June 1 to June 30.
Many activities are now allowed. Except for the containment zones. Also, It will be in 3 phases.
- Religious places and places of worship for public,
- Hotels, restaurants, other hospitality services, and shopping malls will be open from June 8.
- Health Ministry will issue SOPs for the above activities. It will be in consultation with the Central ministries/departments concerned and other stakeholders. To ensure social distancing and to contain the spread of Covid-19.
- Schools, colleges, educational/training/coaching institutions etc, will open. But after discussing with States and Union Territories (UT).
- State Governments/UT administrations will hold discussions at the institution level. It will be with parents and other stakeholders. As per the feedback, a decision on the re-opening of these institutions will be taken in the month of July. MoHFW will prepare SOPs for these institutions.
- International air travel(with exceptions)
- Metro rail
- Cinema halls, gyms, swimming pools, entertainment parks, theatres, bars. Also, auditoriums, assembly halls, and similar places
- Social/political/sports/entertainment/academic/cultural/religious functions and other large congregations
- Also, The dates for the opening of the above activities will be based on an assessment of the situation. However, lockdown shall continue to be implemented strictly in the containment zones.
- All these services will resume after a discussion of the state governments with the Centre. However, the dates of the discussions are not out yet.
Also, The containment zones will be marked by the state/ UT governments. After taking into notice the guidelines issued by the Health Ministry. Within the containment zones, strict controls shall be maintained and only essential activities will be allowed.
Also, the home ministry has eased the intra-state and inter-state movement of people. The night curfew will continue to remain in force. Also, for all non-essential activities, there will be no movement from 9 pm to 5 am from June 1.
There will be no separate approval/e-permit for such movements.
The MHA guidelines said,
if a State/ UT, based on reasons of public health and its situation, proposes to regulate the movement of people, it will give wide publicity in advance. Also, these will be in regard to the restrictions to be placed on such movements. And, the related process will have to be followed.
National Directives for Covid-19 management
As per the latest guidelines, National Directives for Covid-19 management will continue to be there. Also ensuring social distancing.
So, it is on the states to decide on activities outside the containment zones.
States and UTs, based on their situation, may not allow certain activities outside the containment zones.
Also, those above 65 years of age, pregnant women, and children below the age of 10 years are vulnerable. So, they should stay at home. But, except for meeting essentials and health purposes.