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New guidelines for Unlock 2.0: What changes and what do not

MHA has issued guidelines for the second phase of lockdown, terming it ‘Unlock 2’.

The Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) has now issued guidelines to be followed for the second phase of ‘Unlock 2’, the lockdown imposed due to the spread of the novel coronavirus.

The guidelines issued state the opening to happen in a phased manner outside the containment zones across the country until July 31. The MHA has also stated that states and union territories can prohibit or allow certain activities after thoroughly assessing the situation.

The Unlock 2 will, however, see an expansion of the plying of domestic flights and passenger trains. These were earlier allowed in a limited fashion. Inter and intra-state movement will also be allowed. Night curfew is said to be in action from 10 pm to 5 am.

Restricted activities

For the areas outside the containment zone, all the activities will be permitted, except for the following.

  • Schools, colleges and educational/coaching institutes will remain closed until July 31, 2020. However, online classes will highly be encouraged.
  • Training institutes of the centre and state government will be allowed to function from July 15.
  • For this, a Standard Opening Procedure (SOP) will be issued by the Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT)
  • Metro rail
  • International air travel, except as permitted by the MHA
  • Cinema halls, gymnasiums, swimming pools theatres, parks, bars, assembly halls, auditoriums and similar areas.
  • Religious gathering, social/political/cultural/academic gathering

Re-starting of the above will be decided separately and necessary SOP will be issued.

Lockdown limited to containment zones

  • The lockdown is expected to be in force until the 31st of July 2020.
  • Containment zones will be marked by the District authorities after considering the guidelines of the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MOHFW). These zones will be notified in the website of the respective District collector.
  • Only essential activities will be allowed. No movement of people in or out of the areas will be permitted except for emergencies.
  • Activities in the containment zones will be monitored by the state or UT and guidelines will be strongly enforced.

People of age above 65 years and people with comorbidities, pregnant women and children below the age of 10 years are strongly advised to stay at home.