India was going through a nationwide lockdown for over two-months aiming to control the spread of the deadly coronavirus. But on Monday, the country has entered the first phase of a three-phase unlock plan announced by the Union Ministry of Home Affairs. However, the lockdown will continue in all the containment zone for one more month, till June 30th.
Here are the details of what will open and from when:
Phase I: Mandir, Masjid, Church will be open for the public along with resorts, restaurants, and other hospitality services, hopping malls will be authorized to open from June 8th, 2020.
Phase II: Schools, colleges, educational/training/coaching institutions, etc will be opened after discussions with the states and UTs. Depending on the feedback with all the stakeholders, parents, a decision in this regard will be taken in the month of July.
Phase III: Restarting the operation of international flights, metro services, movie theaters, gyms, swimming pools, amusement parks, etc will be decided based on the evaluation of the ongoing situation.
* Inter-state and intra-state movement of people and commodities will be allowed from June 1 without any authorization or e-pass. However, the states will be enabled to regulate movement after prior publicity of information and the procedures to be followed.
* From June 1, there will be a relaxation for night curfew timing. The timings have been relaxed from 9 pm to 5 am from earlier 7 pm to 7 am.
* Operation of domestic flights, special trains, and Shramik trains will continue as per SOPs issued earlier.
* Lockdown will continue in the containment zones till June 30th. Containment zones will be defined by the district authorities after taking into consideration the MHA guidelines.
* In the containment zones, there will be more stringent perimeter control to ensure that there is no movement of people in or out of these zones, except for medical emergencies and for maintaining the supply of essential services and goods.
* Individuals whose age is above 65, persons with co-morbidities, expecting women, and kids below the age of 10 years are urged to stay at home, except for essential and emergency purposes.