MHA rolls out Unlock 3.0 Guidelines; removes Night Curfew; extends Lockdown in Containment Zones till 31st August, 2020

Key Provisions ‘Unlock-3’ Order dt. July 29, 2020 of Ministry of Home Affairs, GOI

 

  • For Non-Containment Zones, all activities have been permitted, barring a few activities, dates for which will be decided separately, and necessary SOPs issued thereof for ensuring social distancing and to contain the spread of COVID-19. However, in Containment Zones, lockdown has been extended till 31st August, 2020;

 

  • 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; Separate permission/ approval/ permit shall not be required for such movement. However, movement of passenger trains, Shramik specials, domestic airlines, nationals stranded abroad, evacuation of foreign nationals and sign-on and sign-off of Indian seafarers will continue to be regulated by SOPs issued earlier;

 

  • Enforcement of Lockdown is limited to Containment Zones; with strict perimeter control, intensive contact tracing, house to house surveillance and other clinical interventions as required. States and Union Territories may identify Buffer Zones outside Containment zones, with restrictions as prescribed by District authorities;

 

  • Containment Zones to be notified on the websites by respective District Collectors and by the States / Union Territories;

 

  • Employers to ensure on best effort basis that Aarogya Setu App is installed by all employees having compatible mobile phones;

 

  • Persons above 65 years; with co-morbidities, pregnant women and children below 10 years to stay at home, except for essential activities and health purposes;

 

  • Independence Day functions at National, State, District, Sub-Division, Municipal and Panchayat levels and ‘At Home’, wherever held, will be allowed with social distancing and by following other health protocols e.g. wearing of masks. Instructions issued under MHA Letter no 2/5/2020 must also be followed.

 

The Letter while listing out the ceremonies that may be conducted at National State, District, Sub-Division, Municipal and Panchayat levels, also emphasises that in view of Covid-19 pandemic, large congregation in the ceremonies must be avoided. Following of social distancing norms, wearing masks, etc., are mandatory. The Letter also advises that it would also be appropriate that Covid-19 warriors like doctors, health workers, sanitation workers, etc., are invited in the ceremony as a recognition of their noble service in fight against Covid-19 Pandemic. Some persons cured from Covid-19 infection may also be invited.

 

1. In Containment Zones:

• All non-essential activities continue to be prohibited till 31st August 2020;

• Movement of people in or out of these zones is prohibited (except for medical emergencies and for maintaining supply of essential goods and services);

• Activities in Containment Zones to be monitored strictly by the State and Union Territory authorities along with strict implementation of the guidelines relating to containment measures in these zones.

2. Re-opening of activities outside Containment Zones:
All activities have been permitted outside Containment zones, except the following:
(i) Schools, colleges, educational and coaching institutions will remain closed till 31st August, 2020. Online/ distance learning shall continue to be permitted;
(ii) International air travel of passengers, except as permitted by MHA;
(iii) Metro Rail;
(iv) Cinema halls, swimming pools, entertainment parks, theatres, bars, auditoriums, assembly halls and similar places.
(v) Social/ political/ sports/ entertainment/ academic/ cultural/ religious functions and other large congregations.
Yoga institutes and gymnasiums will be allowed to function from 5th August 2020 for which Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) will be issued by the Ministry of Health & Family Welfare.
Dates for re-starting the above activities may be decided separately and necessary SOPs shall be issued for ensuring social distancing and to contain the spread of COVID-19.

Comparison between Unlock 1 Guidelines, Unlock 2 Guidelines and Unlock 3 Guidelines

Unlock 1 Guidelines Unlock 2 Guidelines Unlock 3 Guidelines Implication
Movement of individuals shall remain strictly prohibited between 9pm to 5am throughout the country, except for essential activities. Local authorities shall issue orders, in the entire area of their jurisdiction, under appropriate provisions of law, such as under Section 144 of CrPC, and ensure strict compliance.

 

 

Movement of individuals strictly prohibited between 10pm to 5am throughout the country, except for essential activities, including operation of industrial units in multiple shifts, movement of persons and goods on National and State Highways, loading and unloading of cargo and travel of persons to their destinations after disembarking from buses, trains and airplanes. Local authorities shall issue orders, in the entire area of their jurisdiction, under appropriate provisions of law, such as under Section 144 of CrPC, and ensure strict compliance.

 

 

DELETED The restrictions on movement of persons during night, between 10pm to 5am as per Unlock 2.0, has been completely removed in the latest Order.  There will be no night curfew from August 1, 2020 onwards.
Based on the assessment of the situation, dates for re-starting the following activities will be decided:

(i) International air travel of passengers, except as permitted by MHA.

(ii) Metro Rail.

(iii) Cinema halls, gymnasiums, swimming pools, entertainment parks, theatres, bars and auditoriums, assembly halls and similar places.

(iv) Social/ political/ sports/ entertainment/ academic/ cultural/ religious functions and other large congregations.

In areas outside the Containment Zones, all activities will be permitted, except the following

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(ii)          Cinema halls, gymnasiums, swimming pools, entertainment parks, theatres, bars, auditoriums, assembly halls and similar places.

 

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In areas outside the Containment Zones, all activities will be permitted, except the following

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(ii)          Cinema halls, swimming pools, entertainment parks, theatres, bars, auditoriums, assembly halls and similar places.

 

Yoga institutes and gymnasiums will be allowed to function from 5th August 2020 for which, Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) will be

issued by the Ministry of Health & Family Welfare (MoHFW).

 

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The restrictions on gymnasiums outside containment zones have been lifted. Yoga institutes and gymnasiums can start operating from August 5, 2020. The Ministry of Health and Family Welfare will issue a Standard Operating Procedure for the same.

 

 

Nil Nil Independence Day functions at National, State, District, Sub-Division, Municipal and Panchayat levels and ‘At Home’ functions, wherever held, will be allowed with social distancing and by following other health protocols e.g. wearing of masks. In this regard instructions issued vide MHA letter no 2/5/2020-Public dated 21.07.2020 shall be followed. In view of the approaching Independence Day, a specific point has been added with regard to the functions and celebrations that may be conducted on the occasion. Adherence to social distancing norms and other health protocols and wearing of masks is stressed upon.

Attention is also drawn to specific instructions issued by MHA in this regard in its Letter no. 2/5/2020. The guidelines and precautions mentioned therein must be followed.

Additional Directives under Annexure 1 of Unlock 3 Guidelines:
General:
1. Face coverings: Wearing of face cover is compulsory in public places; in workplaces; and during transport;

2. Social Distancing: Individuals must maintain a minimum distance of 6 feet (2 gaz ki doori) in public places; shops to ensure physical distancing among customers;

3. Gatherings: Large public gathering/congregations will continue to remain prohibited;
Marriage related gatherings: Number of guests not to exceed 50;
Funeral/last rites related gatherings: Number of persons not to exceed 20;

4. Spitting in public places will be punishable with fine (as may be prescribed by the State/UT local authority in accordance with its laws, rules or regulations);

5. Consumption of liquor, paan, gutka, tobacco etc. in public places is prohibited.

Additional requirements in all Workplaces:
1. Work from home (WFH): As far as possible the practice of WFH should be followed;
2. Staggering of work/business hours will be followed in offices, workplaces, shops, markets and industrial & commercial establishments;

3. Screening & Hygiene: Provision for thermal scanning, hand wash or sanitizer will be made at all entry and exit points along with common areas;

4. Frequent sanitization of entire workplace, common facilities and all points which come into human contact e.g. door handles etc., will be ensured, including between shifts;
5. Social distancing: All persons in charge of workplaces to ensure adequate distance between workers, adequate gaps between shifts, staggering the lunch breaks of staff etc.

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