News Desk: The Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) on Monday issued new guidelines for the opening up of more activities in areas outside the Containment Zones in Unlock 3. It will come into effect from August 1, the process of phased re-opening of activities has been extended further. The new guidelines issued are based on feedback received from States and UTs, and extensive consultations held with the related Central Ministries and Departments.
Salient features of the new guidelines
- Restrictions on the movement of individuals during the night (Night curfew) have been removed.
- Yoga institutes and gymnasiums will be allowed to open from August 5, 2020. In this regard, Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) will be issued by the Ministry of Health & Family Welfare (MoHFW) for ensuring social distancing and to contain the spread of COVID-19.
- Independence Day functions will be allowed with social distancing and by following other health protocols, e.g., wearing masks, etc. In this regard instructions issued by the MHA on July 27 shall be followed.
- After extensive consultation with States and UTs, it has been decided that schools, colleges, and coaching institutions will remain closed till August 31.
- International air travel of passengers has been permitted in a limited manner under the Vande Bharat mission. Further opening-up will take place in a calibrated manner.
All activities, except the following, shall be permitted outside containment zones:
(i) Metro Rail.
(ii)Cinema halls, swimming pools, entertainment parks, theatres, bars, auditoriums, assembly halls, and similar places.
(iii)Social/ political/ sports/ entertainment/ academic/ cultural/ religious functions and other large congregations.
Dates for the opening of these will be decided separately, based on the assessment of the situation.
- Lockdown shall continue to be implemented strictly in the Containment Zones till August 31. Containment Zones are required to be carefully demarcated by the State/ UT Governments with a view to containing the spread of COVID-19, after taking into consideration the guidelines issued by MOHFW. Within the containment zones, strict perimeter control shall be maintained and only essential activities allowed.
- These Containment Zones will be notified on the websites of the respective District Collectors and by the States/ UTs and information will also be shared with the Ministry of Health & Family Welfare (MOHFW).
- Activities in the Containment Zones shall be monitored strictly by State and UT authorities, and the guidelines relating to containment measures in these zones shall be strictly implemented.
- MOHFW will monitor the proper delineation of Containment Zones and the implementation of the containment measures.
States to decide on activities outside Containment Zones
National Directives for COVID-19 management shall continue to be followed throughout the country, with a view to ensuring social distancing. Shops will need to maintain adequate physical distancing among customers. MHA will monitor the effective implementation of National Directives.
Vulnerable persons, i.e., persons above 65 years of age, persons with co-morbidities, pregnant women, and children below the age of 10 years, are advised to stay at home, except for meeting essential requirements and for health purposes.
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