New Delhi: The Indian government extended the lockdown in containment zones till June 30 allowing all economic activities to restart in a phased manner outside those zones.
The fourth phase of the nationwide lockdown, necessitated by the coronavirus outbreak, was scheduled to end today.Indian Home Minister Amit Shah after having a meeting with PM Modi decided to extend the lockdown.
Earlier, Amit fronted the discussions with chief ministers on Thursday. He then met Prime Minister Modi, informing him about the inputs from various CMs. On Saturday, the home ministry extended the lockdown.
In Phase I, the order said, religious places and places of worship for public, hotels, restaurants and other hospitality services and shopping malls will be permitted to open from June 8.
The health ministry will issue guidelines for the above activities, in consultation with the Central Ministries and departments concerned and other stakeholders, for ensuring social distancing and to contain the spread of Covid-19.
In Phase II, schools, colleges, etc will be opened. The state governments have been advised to hold consultations at the institution level with parents and other stakeholders. Based on the feedback, a decision on the re-opening of these institutions will be taken in July. The ministry will then prepare guidelines for these institutions.
Only a limited number of activities will remain prohibited throughout the country. These are: international air travel of passengers, operation of metro rail, cinema halls, gymnasiums, swimming pools, entertainment parks, theatres, bars and auditoriums, assembly halls and similar places. Also, social, political, sporting activities, cultural, and religious functions and other large congregations will remain out of bounds. In Phase III, dates for their opening will be decided based on assessment of the situation.The containment zones will be demarcated by the states after taking into consideration the guidelines issued by the health ministry. Within the containment zones, strict perimeter control shall be maintained and only essential activities allowed.
There shall be no restriction on inter-state and intra-state movement of persons and goods. Also, no separate permission or approval or any e-permit will be required for such movements.
On the question of night curfew, the order said it will remain in force for all non-essential activities. However, the revised timings of the curfew will be from 9:00 pm to 5:00 am.
People above 65 years of age, with co-morbidities, pregnant women, and children below the age of 10 years were advised to stay at home.