New Delhi | Jagran News Desk: The central government on Monday night released the guidelines for the second phase of Unlock or “Unlock 2.0” – the phased reopening of activities across the country. 

While releasing the guidelines for the second phase of Unlock, the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) said that educational institutions, cinema halls, political and social events, gyms, metro rail services will remain closed the country.

It further said that lockdown will continue to be implemented strictly in the containment zones till July 31 while adding that the night curfew has been eased by two hours. According to the latest guidelines by the MHA, the night curfew will be enforced from 10 pm to 5 am.

“The new guidelines, issued today, are based on feedback received from states and union territories (UTs), and extensive consultations held with related central ministries and departments,” the Union Home Ministry said in its order.

So as India prepares for the second phase of the phase-wise reopening of activities, here’s a complete list of what will reopen and what will remain closed across the country from July 1:

What will be allowed across the country from July 1:

  • The government has relaxed the rule which restricted the number of people who can be present at a shop during a particular time. According to the latest guidelines, shops depending upon their area can have more than five people but social distancing norms will have to be followed.
  • Domestic flight and passenger trains will be allowed to operate across the country in a “limited manner”. The government further noted that it will expand its operations in a “calibrated manner”. 
  • The new guidelines also said that international travels have been allowed in a limited manner under the Vande Bharat mission, adding that further opening up will take place in a “calibrated manner”.   
  • The government has also relaxed the night curfew timings by two hours. The night curfew will now be enforced from 10 pm to 5 am. “Further, relaxations in night curfew have been given for the seamless operation of industrial units in multiple shifts, movement of persons and goods on national and state highways, loading and unloading of cargo and movement of persons to their destinations after disembarking from buses, trains and aeroplanes,” the Home Ministry said in its guidelines.
  • The Union Home Ministry also allowed training institutions of the Centre and state governments to reopen from July 15. It, however, noted that the standard operating procedures (SOPs) for them will be released by the Department of Personnel and Training. 

What will continue to remain close across the country from July 1:

  • According to the new guidelines, schools, colleges and all other educational institutions will continue to remain close across the country.
  • The government has further said that metro rail services, swimming pools, gyms, cinema halls, entertainment parks, theatres, bars and auditoriums will not be allowed to reopen in “Unlock 2.0”.
  • Any kind of large congregation – political, social, academic, cultural or religious functions – will not be allowing in “Unlock 2.0”.
  • The Union Home Ministry has also said that the lockdown will continue in containment zones till July 31, which will be demarcated by the state or union territories (UT) governments to contain the spread of coronavirus after taking into consideration the guidelines issued by the Union Health Ministry.

Posted By: Aalok Sensharma