Unlock 4.0 further relaxations & guidelines
(ANK): The Home Ministry yesterday issued new guidelines for opening up of more activities in areas outside the Containment Zones. In Unlock-4, which will come into effect from 1st of September, the process of phased re-opening of activities has been extended further. Social, academic, sports, entertainment, cultural, religious, political functions and other congregations will be permitted with a ceiling of 100 persons, from 21st of September.
However, such limited gatherings can be held with mandatory wearing of face masks, social distancing, provision for thermal scanning and hand wash or sanitizer. The Home Ministry said, after extensive consultation with States and Union Territories, it has been decided that Schools, colleges, educational and coaching institutions will continue to remain closed for students and regular class activity up to 30th September.
Online or distance learning shall continue to be permitted and shall be encouraged. Lockdown will continue to be implemented strictly in the Containment Zones till 30th of September. All activities shall be permitted outside Containment Zones, except cinema halls, swimming pools, entertainment parks, theatres excluding open air theatre and similar places and international air travel of passengers, except as permitted by Home Ministry. There will be no restriction on inter-state and intra-state movement of persons and goods. No separate permission or approval or e-permit will be required for such movements.
The Home Ministry advised states not to impose any local lockdown outside Containment Zones. National Directives for COVID-19 management shall continue to be followed throughout the country, with a view to ensure social distancing. Shops will need to maintain adequate physical distancing among customers. The Home Ministry will monitor the effective implementation of National Directives. Vulnerable persons, 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.