Starting March 25, it has been over two months, since the inter-state and intra-state movement of travel and goods have been restricted due to the several lockdowns imposed to curb the spread of the novel coronavirus. As per the new guidelines issued by the government on Saturday for the lockdown 5.0, the travel restrictions have been relaxed. The centre announced on Saturday, the next round of lockdown rules that will begin from June 1 and will be extended till June 30.
However, the travel relaxations will not be applicable to containment zones and will depend on the discretion of the State authorities.
“There shall be no restriction on inter-State and intra-State movement of persons and goods. No separate permission/approval/e-permit will be required for such movements,” the Ministry of Home Affairs release states.
“However, if a State/ UT, based on reasons of public health and its assessment of the situation, proposes to regulate the movement of persons, it will give wide publicity in advance regarding the restrictions to be placed on such movement, and the related procedures to be followed,” it added.
The release also stated that the movement of passenger and Shramik special trains, domestic flights; the movement of Indian nationals stranded overseas and of specified persons to travel abroad; evacuation of foreign nationals; and sign-on and sign-off of Indian seafarers would continue to be regulated as per issued SOPs.
The fourth extension of the lockdown is a phase that focuses on the restart of stalled economic activities due to the global pandemic. The guideline further added, “The current phase of re-opening, Unlock 1, will have an economic focus.”