The Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) declared fresh guidelines under its Unlock 3 plans that will ease the lockdown limitations in areas outside containment zones. However, stringent implementation of lockdown in containment zones are extended till August 31.
From travelling inter-state without the need of an E-PASS to finally hitting the gym after what feels like an eternity – here’s everything you need to know about Unlock 3.0!
What is permitted?
Gyms and Yoga centres will reopen on August 5. However, the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MoHFW) will be issuing a standard operating procedure (SoP) for a safe opening.
Independence Day functions will take place whilst following social distancing and other health protocols, such as wearing of masks & availability of sanitiser stalls.
The government has also removed the night curfew, which means – people can now freely move around the city post 6 PM too. The night shops and commercial establishments also have permission to remain open late at night.
Limited movement of trains for domestic travel and for transfer of migrant workers will also kickstart gradually.
What’s not permitted?
All schools, colleges and other educational institutions will remain shut till 31 August during Unlock 3.0 phase as well.
The reopening of cinema halls, metro rails, swimming pools, amusement parks, bars, auditoriums, assembly halls and similar places will remain closed.
Political, social, cultural, sports, religious functions and other large assemblies of people is not permitted.
What’s the update on International travel?
Apart from the Vande Bharat services, the operations for commercial flights are still on hold. However, these airlines will start functioning in a calibrated manner according to the MHA statement.
Guidelines imposed on containment zones
According to Unlock 3.0 orders, lockdown in containment zones will remain imposed till 31 August 2020. The state governments will have to take extreme measures to carefully demarcate the virus containment zones.
Strict social distancing and other norms that restrict the spread of the virus will be followed. Only essential activities will be allowed.
The complete information on the containment zones will be published on the websites of respective district collectors of the states and UTs. The activities taking place in these zones will be rigorously observed by the authorities to take further action if need be.