New Delhi | Jagran News Desk: With the fourth phase of lockdown ending on May 31, the Centre has extended the been extended till June 30, while hospitality services, hotels and shopping malls will be allowed to open from June 8.

Termed 'Unlock 1', the Centre on Saturday issued fresh guidelines relaxing the nationwide lockdown, the fourth phase of which ends on May 31.

In the new directives, the Union home ministry said re-opening of prohibited activities in areas outside containment zones will be done in a phased manner from June 1.

It said the lockdown, the fourth phase of which ends on Sunday, will remain in force in containment zones till June 30. Religious places of worship for public, hotels, restaurants, shopping malls and other hospitality services will be opened from June 8, the guidelines stated.

The number of coronavirus cases have increased at an alarming rate in the country. India is now the ninth worst-hit country in the world with over 1.73 lakh cases and more than 4,900 deaths.

Amid this, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday met Home Minister Amit Shah to discuss the strategy regarding the lockdown and plan to restart more economic activities in the country.

Shah had last evening asked chief ministers for feedback on the lockdown and their views views on extending the lockdown beyond May 31.

Cabinet Secretary Rajiv Gauba on Thursday held video conference with municipal commissioners and district magistrates of 13 cities, considered the worst affected by the coronavirus outbreak with about 70% of the positive cases in the country.

The 13 cities worst affected by the pandemic are Mumbai, Chennai, Delhi, Ahmedabad, Thane, Pune, Hyderabad, Kolkata, Indore, Jaipur, Jodhpur, Chengalpattu, and Thiruvallur.
While extending the fourth phase of the lockdown till May 31, the central government had announced continuation of prohibition on opening of schools, colleges and malls but allowed opening of shops and markets.
It said hotels, restaurants, cinema halls, malls, swimming pools, gyms will remain shut even as all social, political, religious functions, and places of worship will remain close till May 31.

The government, however, allowed limited operations of train and domestic flights. The Indian Railways is also running special trains since May 1 for transportation of migrant workers from different parts of the country to their native states.

Posted By: Abhinav Gupta