New Delhi | Jagran News Desk: The Centre on Saturday announced the extension of nation-wide lockdown till June 30. However, the complete lockdown restrictions will only be followed in the containment zones across the country, as most the of the activities have been allowed by the government outside the containment zone areas in a phased manner which is termed as Unlock 1.0.

The Centre has also given more powers to the states and union territories to ascertain and define a containment zone. Unveiling the phased reopening, the fresh guidelines said activities at religious places, opening of hotels, restaurants and other hospitality services and shopping malls will start from June 8.

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The Ministry of Home Affairs also issued national directives for coronavirus management, including compulsory use of face masks and social distancing norms. Under the national directives, the MHA also issued guidelines for the workplaces.

For workplaces, the ministry has announced the following guidelines:

- As far as possible the practice of Work from Home should be followed.

- Staggering of work/business hours will be followed in offices, workplaces, shops, markets and industrial and commercial establishments.

- Provision for thermal scanning, hand wash and sanitizer will be made at all entry and exit points and common areas," read the directives.

- The MHA said that frequent sanitisation should be conducted for entire workplace, common facilities and all points which come into human contact, including between shifts.

- All persons in charge of workplaces will ensure adequate distance between workers, adequate gaps between shifts, staggering the lunch breaks of staff, etc," the directives added.

Continuing with its earlier order, the MHA said that spitting in public places will be punishable with fine and consumption of liquor, paan, gutka, tobacco etc in public places is prohibited. 

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.

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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. 


(With ANI Inputs)

Posted By: Talib Khan