New guidelines have been issued by the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) on July 29, for opening-up more activities in areas outside the Containment Zones. In Unlock 3.0, which shall come into effect from August 1, 2020, the process of phased reopening of activities has been extended further. The new protocols made are based on feedback received from states and Union territories and extensive consultations held with related Central Ministries and departments.
Salient features of the new guidelines:
- Restrictions on the movement of individuals during the night (night curfew) have been removed.
- Yoga institutes and gymnasiums will be allowed to open from August 5, 2020. In this regard, the Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) will be issued by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MoHFW) for ensuring social distancing and to contain the spread of COVID-19.
- Independence Day functions will be allowed with social distancing and by following the health protocols, e.g., wearing of masks, etc. In this regard instructions issued by MHA on 21.07.2020 shall be followed.
- It has been decided that schools, colleges, and coaching institutions will remain closed till August 31, 2020, after extensive consultations with States and UTs.
- International flights have been permitted in a limited manner under the Vande Bharat mission. Further opening-up will take place in a synchronized manner.
- Activities which shall not be permitted outside containment zones:
- Metro Rail.
- Cinema halls, swimming pools, entertainment parks, theatres, bars, auditoriums, assembly halls, and similar places.
- Social/political/sports/entertainment/academic/cultural/religious functions and other large convocations.
Depending on the situation, dates for the opening of these will be decided separately.
- Lockdown shall continue to be implemented strictly in the Containment Zones till August 31, 2020. Containment Zones are required to be carefully demarcated by the State/UT Governments with a view to containing the spread of Covid 19 after taking into consideration the guidelines issued by MoHFW. Within the containment zones, stern perimeter control shall be maintained and only essential activities allowed.
- These containment zones will be notified on the websites of the respective.
- Activities in the containment zones shall be monitored strictly by State and Union Territory authorities, and the guidelines relating to containment measures in these zones shall be strictly implemented.
- MoHFW will monitor the proper portrayal of containment zones and the implementation of the containment measures.
States to decide on activities outside Containment Zones
States and UTs, based on the situation may interdict certain activities outside the containment zones or impose such restrictions as deemed necessary. However, there shall be no restriction inter-state and intra-state movements of persons and goods and no special permission/approval/e-permit will be required for such movements.
National Directives for COVID 19 management
National Directives for COVID 19 management will be followed throughout the country with a view to ensure social distancing. Shops will need to adhere to physical distancing among customers. MHA will keep an eye on the effective implementation of National Directives.
Protection for vulnerable persons
Vulnerable persons i.e., personas above 65 years of age 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.
The use of Aarogya Setu mobile application shall be encouraged.