Centre extends COVID-19 lockdown in containment zones till June 30; issues new guidelines for phased reopening of all activities outside containment zones. Details here
Guwahati: The Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) has extended the COVID-19 lockdown in containment zones till June 30, while issuing new guidelines for phased re-opening of prohibited activities outside containment zones on Saturday.
All activities that were prohibited earlier will be allowed 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.
Religious places/ places of worship for the public; hotels, restaurants and other hospitality services; and shopping malls; will be permitted to open from June 8, 2020. Health Ministry will issue SOPs for the above activities, in consultation with the Central Ministries/ Departments concerned and other stakeholders, for ensuring social distancing and to contain the spread of COVID-19.
Schools, colleges, educational/ training/ coaching institutions etc., will be opened after consultations with States and UTs. State governments/ UT administrations are being advised to hold consultations at the institution level with parents and other stakeholders. Based on the feedback, a decision on the re-opening of these institutions will be taken in the month of July 2020.
MoHFW will prepare SOP for these institutions.
Limited number of activities will remain prohibited until dates for restarting is announced. These activities are international air travel of passengers; operation of Metro Rail; cinema halls, gymnasiums, swimming pools, entertainment parks, theatres, bars and auditoriums, assembly halls and similar places; and, social/ political/ sports/ entertainment/ academic/ cultural/ religious functions/ and other large congregations. In Phase III, dates for their opening will be decided based on an assessment of the situation.
Meanwhile, nigh curfew will be imposed across the country where movement of individuals shall remain strictly prohibited between 9 pm to 5 am except for essential activities.