Unlock 3.0 guidelines are here: Here’s everything you need to know!!
The third phase of Unlock will start from 1st August, and with it, comes a new set of regulations. On Wednesday, the Ministry of Home Affairs announced the guidelines of this Unlock 3.0 and it eases a lot of restrictions placed during the lockdown period, even as the tally of coronavirus cases keeps rising. But strict restrictions are still in place on containment zones and has been extended till 31st August.
The new guidelines will see the removal of night-time curfew from 5th August plus the opening of Yoga Institute and gymnasiums as well. Although, schools, colleges, and coaching institutes will remain closed. Entertainment areas such as theatres, entertainment parks, bars, swimming pools, auditoriums, including the metro rail services will also remain closed. However, emergency travels and travels under the Vande Mataram repatriation program are exempted.
“Cases have stabilised in some places to a certain extent and we would not want to take any chances. Large gatherings are bad and can result in an increase in Covid-19 cases again. State governments are against the opening of schools, colleges, and educational institutions.” a government official said.
The Central Government has removed all restrictions on inter-state and intra-state travel of goods and people. People can move around, even in private vehicles, without the need for any special permits or slips. Again, this freedom doesn’t apply to the containment zones, you need special permission slip or e-permit to do so.
Gathering of any, social, religious, academic, sports, political kinds is still not permitted. The government mentioned that dates for the reopening of these facilities and services will be “decided separately based on the assessment of the situation.” The MHA has said that the State, district, and panchayat-level officials should ensure that safety norms, such as, social distancing and wearing masks are followed at Independence Day celebrations on August 15, MHA said.
The statement issued by MHA stated that strict social distancing. The other norms of containing the spread of virus should be followed within the containment zone and allowing only essential activities. These containment zones will be notified on the websites of respective district collectors of the states and UTs. The activities taking place in these zones will be strictly monitored by the authorities.
The formation of these new guidelines issued by the government is based on feedback received by authorities and chief ministers of states and Union Territories. And in any case, for easing and restricting, the final calls also lie with the respective state authority.