Unlock 2: Schools,cinemas to remain shut;domestic flight, train services to be expanded
Lockdown shall continue to be implemented strictly in the containment zones till July 31
The government on Monday night issued guidelines for the month-long ‘Unlock 2’ — the “phased re-opening” of activities that had been barred to contain the coronavirus spread in the country — and said educational institutions, Metro Rail services, cinema halls and gyms will continue to remain closed.
The Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) issued detailed guidelines that will be applicable from July 1 after the ‘Unlock 1’ phase ends on June 30.
The fresh guidelines said schools, colleges and coaching institutions will remain closed till July 31.
It added metro rail, cinema halls, gymnasiums, swimming pools, entertainment parks, theatres, bars, auditoriums, assembly halls and similar places will also remain shut.
Similarly, social, political, sports, entertainment, academic, cultural, religious functions and other large congregations will continue to be disallowed.
“Dates for opening of these will be decided separately, based on the assessment of the situation,” the home ministry said.
Domestic and international (under the Vande Bharat mission) flights and passenger trains, already operational in a limited manner, will be further expanded in a calibrated manner, it said.
The new guidelines, the ministry said, are based on feedback received from states and union territories and extensive consultations held with related central ministries and departments.
“Lockdown shall continue to be implemented strictly in the containment zones till July 31. These zones are required to be carefully demarcated by the state, UT governments with a view to contain the spread of COVID-19, after taking into consideration the guidelines issued by the Ministry of Health & Family Welfare,” it said.
Within the containment zones, strict perimeter control shall be maintained and only essential activities allowed, the guidelines said.
The Maharashtra government on Monday decided to extend the lockdown in the state till July 31st, the development comes in the backdrop of the state witnessing a massive spike in cases over the last few days. While extending the lockdown the state government has further tightened restrictions in parts of the state like the Mumbai Metropolitan Region.
An order issued by Chief Secretary Ajoy Mehta on Monday said wearing face covers or masks, maintaining social distancing, restricted gatherings, and other measures shall continue to prevail
The state government has also advised that work from home should be followed as far as possible.
Mehtas order said private offices can operate with up to 10 per cent strength or 10 people whichever is more.
The Tamil Nadu government has extended the coronavirus lockdown till July 31 amid a steady rise in the COVID-19 numbers in the state. Chennai and Madurai will continue to be under intense lockdown till July 5 and the current relaxations and curbs shall be in force till July 31 for the rest of Tamil Nadu, the government said.
"Total lockdown will continue in Chennai, Madurai and surrounding areas till July 5. From July 6 to July 31, Chennai will revert to pre June 19 relaxed lockdown. From July 6, Madurai will revert to pre June 24 relaxed lockdown," said the state government in its order.
The Tamil Nadu government, after announcing relaxations as part of Unlock1 across the state from June 1, had re-imposed intense lockdown in Chennai and parts of neighbouring Chengelpet, Tiruvallur and Kancheepuram till tomorrow from June 19.
PM to address nation aat 4 PM on Tuesday
Prime Minister Narendra Modi will address the nation today at 4 pm.
His address comes against the backdrop of a bitter standoff between Indian and Chinese troops in eastern Ladakh where 20 Indian army personnel were killed in clashes on June 15 in Galwan Valley.
Also, the country will be entering "unlock 2" from July 1 for which guidelines were issued by the Union Home Ministry on Monday night, further easing the restrictions imposed due to the coronavirus lockdown.
"Prime Minister Narendra Modi will address the nation at 4 PM tomorrow," the Prime Minister's Office tweeted on Monday night.
This would be the prime minister's sixth address to the nation since the outbreak of the pandemic.
Modi had last addressed the nation on May 12 when he had announced a Rs 20-lakh-crore financial package to boost the economy recovering from coronavirus-induced lockdown.
On COVID-19, he had urged the people to be more vigilant in the unlock phase and take necessary precautions, stressing that not doing so will put at risk their lives and those of others.
In his recent interaction with the chief ministers, he had urged them to think about phase 2 of unlocking to boost the economy hit by the COVID-19 pandemic and the nationwide lockdown.