Ministry of Home Affairs extends Nationwide Lockdown till 30th June, 2020; unlocking of activities in non-Containment Zones to take place in a phase-wise manner

Key Provisions ‘Unlock-1’ Order dt. May 30, 2020 of Ministry of Home Affairs, GOI

 

1.      Lexplosion Summary

  • For Non-Containment Zones, all activities have been permitted, barring a few, which will be unlocked in a phased manner. However, for Containment Zones, lockdown has been extended till 30th June, 2020;
  • No restriction on inter-State and intra-State movement of persons and goods; with power to States and Union Territories to regulate such movement subject to widely publicizing such restriction in advance. However, movement of passenger trains, Shramik specials, domestic airlines, nationals stranded abroad, evacuation of foreign nationals will continue to be regulated by SOPs issued;
  • 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;
  • Night curfew from 9:00 pm to 5:00 am for non-essential activities;
  • Employers on best effort basis to ensure that Aarogya Setu App is installed by all employees;
  • Persons above 65 years; with co-morbidities, pregnant women and children below 10 years to stay at home, except for essential and health purposes;

 

2.    In Containment Zones:

  • All non-essential activities continue to be prohibited till 30th June, 2020;
  • Movement of people in or out of these zones prohibited (except for medical emergencies and for maintaining supply of essential goods and services).

 

3. Phased re-opening of activities outside Containment Zones:

All activities have been permitted outside Containment zones. However, the following will be permitted in a phased manner with Standard Operating Procedures:

  • Phase – I
    • Allowed from 8th June, 2020:
      • Religious place/place of worship for public.
      • Hotels, restaurants and other hospitality services.
      • Shopping malls.

 

  • Ministry of Health & Family Welfare (MoHFW) will issue Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) for the above activities, in consultation with the Central Ministries/Departments concerned and other stakeholders, for ensuring social distancing and containing spread of COVID-19.

 

  • Phase – II
    • Schools, colleges, educational/training/coaching institutions etc., will be opened after consultations with State and Union Territories. State Governments/Union Territory administrations may hold consultations at the institution level with parents and other stakeholders. Based on the feedback on the consultations held (which must be shared with MHA), a decision on the re-opening of these institutions will be taken in the month of July, 2020.

 

  • MoHFW will prepare SOP in this regard, in consultation with the Central Ministries/Departments concerned and other stakeholders, for ensuring social distancing and to contain the spread of COVID-19.

 

  • Phase – III
    • Based on the assessment of the situation, dates for re-starting the following activities will be decided:
      • International air travel of passengers, except as permitted by MHA.
      • Metro Rail.
      • Cinema Halls, gymnasiums, 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.

Comparison between MHA01MAY Guidelines, MHA17MAY Guidelines and UNLOCK 1 Guidelines

MHA01MAY Guidelines MHA17MAY Guidelines UNLOCK 1 Guidelines

Use of Aarogya Setu App was mandatory for all employees / workers in all workplaces.

Use of Aarogya Setu App to be encouraged only on best effort basis. Use of Aarogya Setu App to be encouraged only on best effort basis.
Private offices in Red zones allowed to operate with 33% work force. Private offices in red zones can operate without any such restriction. Private offices allowed to operate in any area except for Containment zones.
Inter-district and intra-district plying of buses not allowed in red and orange zones.

 

Buses could operate with 50% seating capacity only in Green zones.

Inter-State movement of Buses and passenger vehicles allowed subject to mutual consent of States/ Union Territories involved. Inter-State movement of persons allowed without any limitations (outside Containment zones).
Movement of people for non-essential activities prohibited from 7pm to 7am Night curfew: Movement of people for non-essential activities prohibited from 7pm to 7am Night curfew: Movement of individuals for non-essential activities strictly prohibited between 9:00 pm to 5:00 am.
The following were prohibited:

 

·   Opening of Religious places/ places of worship for public;

 

·   Opening of Hotels, restaurants and other hospitality services;

 

·   Opening of Shopping malls

The following were prohibited:

 

·      Opening of Religious places/ places of worship for public;

 

·      Opening of Hotels, restaurants and other hospitality services;

 

·      Opening of Shopping malls

Following have been allowed with effect from 8th June, 2020:

 

·      Religious places/ places of worship for public;

 

·      Hotels, restaurants and other hospitality services;

 

·      Shopping malls

 

(Note: Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MoHFW) to issue Standard Operating Procedures for the above-mentioned in consultation with the Central Ministries/ Departments concerned and other stakeholders)

Following were prohibited:

 

·      Domestic and International air travel of passengers, (except as permitted by MHA);

 

·      Metro Rail;

 

·      Social/ political/ sports/ entertainment / academic/ cultural/ religious functions and other large congregations;

 

·      Cinema Halls, gymnasiums, swimming pools, entertainment parks, theatres, bars and auditoriums, assembly halls and similar places.

Following were prohibited:

 

·  International air travel of passengers, (except as permitted by MHA);

 

·  Metro Rail;

 

·  Social/ political/ sports/ entertainment / academic/ cultural/ religious functions and other large congregations;

 

·  Cinema Halls, gymnasiums, swimming pools, entertainment parks, theatres, bars and auditoriums, assembly halls and similar places.

Following may be allowed based on assessment of situation:

·  International air travel of passengers, (except as permitted by MHA);

·  Metro Rail;

·  Social/ political/ sports/ entertainment / academic/ cultural/ religious functions and other large congregations;

·  Cinema Halls, gymnasiums, swimming pools, entertainment parks, theatres, bars and auditoriums, assembly halls and similar places.

 

Additional Directives under Annexure 1 of Unlock 1 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 will ensure physical distancing among customers and will not allow more than 5 persons at one time;
  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 and sanitizer will be made at all entry and exit points and 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.

 

Source: Ministry of Home Affairs

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