Announcing ‘Unlock 3.0’ guidelines on Wednesday, the Ministry of Home Affairs removed restrictions on the movement of individuals during the night while allowing yoga institutes and gymnasiums to open from August 5. However, strict enforcement of lockdown in containment zones have been extended till August 31.
The guidelines will come into immediate effect from 1 August 2020.
Under the new guidelines, the government announced those night curfews imposed in the country in order to combat the spread of Covid-19 will now be removed, starting 1 August. Independence Day functions will be allowed with social distancing and by following other health protocols, such as wearing masks, etc, said the government.
Moreover, there shall be no restriction on inter-state and intra-state movement of persons and goods. No separate permission, approval, or e-permit will be required for such movements.
It has also has been decided that schools, colleges, and coaching institutions will remain closed till August 31. Besides, metro rail, cinema halls, swimming pools, entertainment parks, theatres, bars, auditoriums, assembly halls shall remain closed.
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Unlock 3.0 Guidelines: What’s Allowed
1. Movement of individuals during night hours.
2. Yoga institutes, gymnasiums will open from August 5. A standard operating procedure will be issued by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MoHFW).
3. Independence Day functions allowed with social distancing.
4. International air travel of passengers has been permitted in a limited manner under the Vande Bharat mission.
Unlock 3.0 Guidelines: What’s Not Allowed
1. Metro Rail services.
2. Cinema halls, swimming pools, entertainment parks, theatres, bars, auditoriums, assembly halls, and similar places.
3. Social/ political/ sports/ entertainment/ academic/ cultural/ religious functions and other large congregations.
4. Vulnerable persons, ie people above 65 years of age, people 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.