New Delhi | Jagran News Desk: The Centre on Saturday announced the extension of coronavirus-mandated lockdown till June 30 in containment zones to contain the spread of the deadly pathogen which has so far claimed over 4,900 lives and afflicted more 1.73 lakh people across the country. 

According to the new guidelines for phased re-opening of areas outside the containment zones under which "all activities that were prohibited earlier, will be opened up in areas outside Containment Zones in a phased manner, with the stipulation of following Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs), to be prescribed by the Health Ministry."

Among the relaxations, the government said "there shall be no restriction on inter-State and intra-State movement of persons and goods, and no permission, approval, or e-permit is required from any authority for such movements. However, the Centre said, that if a state, based on its assessment of the situation wanted to regulate the movement of person will be allowed to rstrict the movement. 

Unrestricted movement of persons and goods 

i) 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.

ii) 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 country is under the fourth phase of lockdown which will continue till May 31. The lockdown was first enforced in March to contain the spread of COVID-19. The nationwide lockdown that the Prime Minister Narendra Modi had first announced on March 24 was slated to end on May 17. Modi had on March 24 announced the nationwide lockdown for 21 days. On May 14, the government extended the lockdown till May 3.

On May 1, the MHA further extended the lockdown period to two weeks beyond May 4, with some relaxations. The Central government had also announced Rs 20 lakh crore stimulus package to combat COVID-19.

Posted By: Talib Khan