The Ministry of Home Affairs, Government of India (MHA), has issued a Letter dated July 29, 2020 addressed to the Chief Secretaries of all States and the Administrators of all Union Territories.
The Letter is in pursuance of the MHA Order (Unlock 3.0 Order) notified on July 29, 2020 whereby lockdown has been extended in the Containment Zones up to August 31, 2020. Reference is also drawn to the earlier Unlock 2.0 Order where certain activities, had been permitted outside the Containment Zones from June 8, 2020 (relevant SOPs have been issued for the same).
Now, under Unlock 3.0, which will come into effect from August 1, 2020, the process of phased re-opening of activities has been extended further. However, lockdown shall continue to be implemented strictly in the Containment Zones till 31 August, 2020 with strict perimeter control along with enforcement of containment measures as per guidelines of the Ministry of Health & Family Welfare (MoHFW).
The Letter further states that the Unlock 3.0 Order has been issued in view of the suggestions received from the State Governments through consultations held with the related Central Ministries and Departments. The Order specifies the activities permitted outside containment zones as well as the restrictions with regard to specified activities. The following is specifically mentioned in line with Unlock 3.0 Order –
- Schools, colleges, educational and coaching institutions will remain closed till August 31, 2020.
- Yoga institutes and gymnasiums have been allowed to function from August 5, 2020 for which, SOP will be issued by the MoHFW.
- Restrictions on movement of individuals during night (Night curfew) has been removed.
The Letter reiterates that the State Governments and Union Territory Administrators cannot dilute restrictions imposed under the Unlock 3.0 Order issued by MHA. States and Union Territories, based on their assessment of the situation, may prohibit certain activities in areas outside containment zones, or impose restrictions as they deem necessary. However, there shall be no restriction on inter-State and intra-State movement of persons and goods including those for cross land-border trade under Treaties with neighbouring countries. No separate permission / approval / e-permit will be required for such movements.
Source: Ministry of Home Affairs