NEW DELHI: The Union Ministry of the Interior (MHA) issued new guidelines (Click on the link to read the COMPLETE DOCUMENT) to fight COVID-19 and for the gradual reopening of areas outside the Containment Zones today. The guidelines will be effective as of June 1, 2020, and will be effective until June 30, 2020.
The current phase of reopening, Unlock 1, will have an economic focus. The new guidelines have been issued on the basis of extensive consultations with States and UTs.
– Spokesperson, Ministry of the Interior (@PIBHomeAffairs) May 30, 2020
Outstanding features of the new guidelines:
The closure measures would continue to be strictly implemented in the containment areas. These will be demarcated by the state / UT governments, after taking into account the guidelines issued by the Ministry of Health. Within the containment areas, strict perimeter control will be maintained and only essential activities will be allowed.
All the activities that were previously prohibited would be opened in areas outside the Containment Zones gradually, with the stipulation of the following Standard Operating Procedures (SOP), which will be prescribed by the Ministry of Health:
Phase I (allowed to open from June 8, 2020)
- Religious places and places of worship for the public;
- Hotels, restaurants and other hospitality services; and
The Ministry of Health would issue POEs for the above activities, in consultation with the interested central Ministries / Departments and other interested parties, to guarantee social distancing and contain the spread of COVID-19.
Schools, colleges, educational / training/training institutions, etc., will open after consultation with States and UTs. State governments / UT administrations are encouraged to consult institutionally with parents and other interested parties.
Based on the comments, a decision will be made on the reopening of educational institutions in July 2020.
MoHFW will prepare SOPs for these institutions.
A limited number of activities that will remain prohibited throughout the country.
- International passenger air travel;
- Metro Rail operation;
- Movie theaters, gyms, swimming pools, amusement parks, theaters, bars and auditoriums, meeting rooms, and the like; and,
- Social / political / sporting / entertainment / academic / cultural / religious / and other large congregations.
- The dates for the opening of the above activities will be decided in Phase III, based on an evaluation of the situation.
Unrestricted movement of people and goods
- There is no restriction on the interstate and intrastate movement of people and goods. A separate electronic permit/approval/permit would not be required for such movements.
- However, if a State / UT, based on public health reasons and its assessment of the situation, proposes to regulate the movement of people, it will publicize widely in advance regarding the restrictions to be imposed on such movement, and the procedures related to being followed.
Night curfew it would continue in force, in the movement of individuals, for all non-essential activities.
However, the revised curfew hours will be from 9 pm to 5 am.
The National Directives for the management of COVID-19 would continue to be followed throughout the country, with a view to guaranteeing social distancing.
States to decide on activities outside the containment zones
States and UTs, depending on their assessment of the situation, may prohibit certain activities outside the containment areas or impose such restrictions, as deemed necessary.
Protection for vulnerable people.
Vulnerable persons, i.e. persons over 65 years of age, persons with comorbidities, pregnant women and children under 10 years of age, are recommended to stay at home, except to meet essential requirements and for the purpose of Health.
Use of Aarogya Setu
The Aarogya Setu mobile app is a powerful tool built by the Government of India to facilitate the rapid identification of people infected with COVID-19, or at risk of becoming infected, thus acting as a shield for individuals and the community. In order to guarantee security, various authorities are advised to encourage the use of the application.
A strict blockade was imposed across the country from March 24, 2020. All activities except for essential activities were prohibited. Subsequently, gradually and keeping in view the general objective of containing the spread of COVID-19, the blocking measures have been relaxed.