Guidelines for 13 cities that account for approximately 70% of coronavirus disease might be comparatively stricter. Pune, Mumbai, Thane, Chennai, Delhi, Ahmedabad, Hyderabad, Kolkata/Howrah, Indore, Jaipur, Jodhpur, Chengalpattu and Tiruvallur are among the 13 cities that might see more rigid guidelines.
Government has issued a new set of guidelines for ‘phased’ reopening of various sectors. These guidelines are to be followed for the next 1 month. The guidelines are only restricted to the areas which don’t come under a containment zone. For the areas that are grouped as containment zones, the lockdown has to be implemented in the same way till 30th June. The containment zones are to be identified by the district authorities after taking into consideration the guidelines of MoHFW.
Only a few activities will remain prohibited throughout the country. These activities will be only allowed in Phase III, and the date of opening will be decided after assessing the situation. The prohibited activities include international air travel of passengers, operation of Metro Rail, cinema halls, gymnasiums, swimming pools, entertainment parks amongst others.
Movement of individuals that was restricted from 7 PM to 5 PM has now been revised to 9 PM to 5 AM throughout the country.
Government is planning on re-opening the entire country in 3 phases as follows –
Phase I will be in effect from 8th June 2020, and only the following activities will be allowed -
- Religious places
- Hotels, restaurants and other hospitality services
- Shopping malls.
Ministry of health and family welfare will issue a set of guidelines for the above-mentioned activities. These guidelines have to be followed for ensuring social distancing and to contain the spread of COVID-19.
In phase II, MHA will open schools, colleges, educational/ training/ coaching institution etc after consulting states and UT’s. A particular date has not yet been decided for reopening all these institutions, hence a decision will be taken after assessing the situation in July.
Phase III consists of activities that have the highest possibility of spreading the virus. Based on the situation, resumption of the following activities will be decided –
- International air travel, except as permitted by MHA
- Metro Rail
- Cinema halls, gyms, swimming pools, entertainment parks, theatres, bars and auditoriums, assembly halls and similar places.
- Social/ political/ sports/ entertainment/ academic/ cultural/ religious functions and other large congregations.
MHA has also listed down a few directives that are to be followed nationwide.
There will be no separate permission/ pass that will be required for inter or intra state movement. There are no changes made to the schedule of Shramik special trains and domestic air travel. Use of Aarogya Setu app is mandatory as it enables identification of potential risk of infection.
State and UTs and to follow the guidelines issued under the Disaster Management, Act, 2005. If any person is caught violating the guidelines he will be liable to be proceeded under Sector 50 to 60 of the Disaster Management Act, 2005, besides legal action under Section 188 of the IPC, and other legal provisions as applicable.