Lucknow | Jagran News Desk: Day after the central government announced that the lockdown will be lifted across the country in three different phases, the Uttar Pradesh government on Sunday said that the lockdown will continue in the state till June 30.  

While issuing the order, the state government said that shopping malls, hotels, restaurants and places of worship will be allowed to reopen from June 8.

It further said that government offices will operate in the state with 100 per cent workforce, adding that staggered timings will be followed - 9 am to 5 pm, 10 am to 6 pm and 11 am to 7 pm.

"All markets will remain open from 9 am to 9 pm. Super markets are allowed to open with conditions of social distancing and other precuationary measures. Weekly markets allowed in rural areas,UP Additional Chief Secretary (Home) Awanish Awasthi was quoted as saying by news agency ANI.

He also said that salons and beauty parlours will allowed to operate but social distancing will have to be practiced and staff working at there would need to wear face shields and gloves while working.

Awasthi also informed that prohibition on entry of people from containment zones or hotspot areas in Delhi to Gautam Buddh Nagar and Ghaziabad will continue.

"State buses will be allowed to operate on the condition that only passengers according to the seating capacity of the buses travel, passengers cannot travel while standing in the bus," he said, as reported by ANI.

This comes a day after the central government issued guidelines for the phase-wise upliftment of the coronavirus-induced lockdown. The Centre on Saturday said 'Unlock-1' will be initiated in the country from June 8 under which the nationwide lockdown effectuated on March 25 will be relaxed to a great extent, including opening of shopping malls, restaurants and religious places, even as strict restrictions will remain in place till June 30 in the country's worst-hit areas.

The highly contagious coronavirus has affected over 7,400 and claimed the lives of more than 200 in Uttar Pradesh so far. Meanwhile, over 4,400 have been cured and dishcharged from hospitals, said the Health Ministry. 

Posted By: Aalok Sensharma