NATIONWIDE lockdown extended till June 30 reopening several sectors of the economy : lockdown will be enforced in containment zones

FOLLOWING inputs received from the states and Union Territories, Union Home Ministry has revised guidelines restricting the 5th phase nationwide lockdown till June 30 only to the containment areas and reopening several prohibited activities. Under the new guidelines, in phase one, the activities which will be allowed from 8th  June are reopening of places of worship for public, hotels, restaurants and other hospitality services and shopping malls. In phase two,  schools, colleges, educational, training and coaching institutions will be opened after consultation with States and Union Territories. State Governments and Union Territory administrations are being advised to hold consultation 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 the month of July this year. The activities , which l remain prohibited throughout the country, 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.  Social, political, sports, entertainment, academic, cultural, religious functions, and other large congregation will also remain prohibited.  In phase three, dates for the opening of these activities will be decided based on assessment of the situation. During the fifth phase of lockdown, there will be no restriction on inter-State and intra-State movement of persons and goods and no separate permission,  approval and e-permit will be required for such movements. If a State or UT, based on reasons of public health and its assessment of the situation, proposes to regulate the movement of persons, it will give wide publicity in advance regarding the restrictions to be placed on such movement, and the related procedures to be followed. States and Union Territories, based on their assessment of the situation, may prohibit certain activities outside the Containment zones, or impose such restrictions as deemed necessary.Theatres, entertainment, academic, cultural, religious functions, and other large congregation will also be prohibited. (courtesy for the picture to The Deccan Herald)

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