New Delhi | Jagran News Desk: Amid the alarming rise in the number of coronavirus cases across the country, the Centre on Monday issued the guidelines for “Unlock 2.0” or the second phase of the phase-wise upliftment of lockdown.

In its guidelines, the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) eased the restrictions enforced on shops and removed the five people limit on them, depending upon their area.

The central government, however, said that social distancing norms will have to be followed and shopkeepers will need to maintain adequate physical distancing among customers. The guidelines further said that the Union Home Ministry will monitor the effective implementation of national directives.   

The Home Ministry in its lockdown 4.0 guidelines had said that more than five people will not be allowed inside a shop at a time while adding that shopkeepers will have to ensure minimum six feet distance among the customers.

However, as the country enters the second phase of the phase-wise upliftment of the lockdown, the central government has decided to remove the restriction on the gathering of people inside a shop.  

The latest guidelines come at a time when the dreadful coronavirus has been growing at an alarming rate. According to the latest information available at the Ministry of Home and Family Welfare, the highly contagious COVID-19 infection has affected over 5.48 lakh people and claimed more than 16,000 lives in India.

Meanwhile, over 3.21 lakh people have cured from novel infection and discharged from hospitals.

The government, however, said that the lockdown will continue in containment zones that will be demarcated by state and union territory (US) government after taking consideration of the Health Ministry guidelines.

“In the containment zones, only essential services will be allowed. There will be strict perimeter control to ensure that there is no movement of people in or out of these zones, except for medical emergencies and for maintaining supply of essential goods and services,” the Home Ministry has said.

Posted By: Aalok Sensharma