Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) issued new guidelines today for unlock 3, for opening up of more activities in areas outside the Containment Zones. In Unlock 3, which will come into effect from August 1, 2020, the process of phased re-opening of activities has been extended further.
The new guidelines, issued today, are based on feedback received from States and UTs, and extensive consultations held with related Central Ministries and Departments. Salient features of the new guidelines • Night curfew have been removed. • Yoga institutes and gymnasiums will be allowed to open from August 5, 2020. In this regard, Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) will be issued by the Ministry of Health & Family Welfare (MoHFW) for ensuring to maintain social distancing. • Independence Day functions will be allowed with social distancing and mask but MHA’s instructions of 21.07.2020 shall be followed. • Schools, colleges and coaching institutions will remain closed till August 31, 2020. • International air travel has been permitted in a limited manner under the Vande Bharat mission. Further opening up will take place in a calibrated manner. • All above activities shall be permitted outside containment zones: Along with that Metro Rail, Cinema halls, swimming pools, entertainment parks, theatres, bars, auditoriums, assembly halls and similar places including Social/ political/ sports/ entertainment/ academic/ cultural/ religious functions and other large gathering. Dates for opening of these will be decided separately, based on the assessment of the situation. • Lockdown shall continue in the Containment Zones till 31 August, 2020. Strict perimeter control shall be maintained and only essential activities allowed which will be monitored by MHA. • These Containment Zones will be notified on the websites of the respective District Collectors and by the States/ UTs and information will also be shared with MOHFW. • States and UTs, may impose restrictions as deemed necessary. Also no restriction on inter-State and intra-State movement of persons and goods. No separate permission/ approval/ e-permit will be required. • National Directives to be followed throughout the country to ensure social distancing. MHA will monitor the effective implementation of National Directives. • Vulnerable persons, i.e., persons above 65 years of age, persons with co-morbidities, pregnant women, and children below the age of 10 years, are advised to stay at home, except for meeting essential requirements and for health purposes.