New Delhi | Jagran News Desk: The Ministry of Home Affairs on Saturday issued guidelines for the phased reopening of all activities outside containment zones for the next one month. The guidelines will come into effect from June 1 and will be effective till June 30. The MHA order said that the current phase of re-opening, Unlock 1, will have an economic focus, stating that the guidelines are based on extensive consultations held with States and Union Territories.

The upliftment of the lockdown across the country will take place in different phases. In first phase, in areas outside the containment zones, shopping malls, hotels, restaurants and religious places of worship will be allowed to open from June 8. 

Meanwhile, movement of individuals shall remain strictly prohibited between 9 pm to 5 am throughout the country, except for essential activities. Earlier, the night curfew timing across the country was 7 pm to 7 am. 

The MHA, in its order, further said that schools, colleges and educational institutions, international air travel of passengers, metro rail services, cinema halls, gymnasiums, swimming pools and social gatherings will restart based on the assessment of the situation. 

The new guidelines have further allowed inter-state movement without the requirement of any pass. "There shall be no restriction on inter-State and intra-State movement of persons and goods.  No separate permission/ approval/ e-permit will be required for such movements," the order read. 

"However, if a State/ UT, based on reasons of public health and its assessment of the situation, proposes to regulate 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," the order read further. 

The MHA order said that the containment zones will be demarcated by the district authorities after talking into consideration the guidelines of the Health Ministry. 

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The containment zones will be demarcated by the state/ UT governments, 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 will be allowed.

The Centre also released a list of national directives that will remain in force at all public places during the period, according to which wearing of  face cover is compulsory in all public and work places.

This comes on a day India recorded the biggest daily spike in coronavirus cases as well as deaths, with 7,964 infections and 265 fatalities in 24 hours. 

Posted By: Abhinav Gupta