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Government issues guidelines regarding Unlock 2.0, more flights and trains but no schools and colleges till July 31

SILCHAR, June 30 : The Central Government has issued guuidelines for Unlock Phase II, on Monday (29th June, 2020). The “Unlock 2.0” will begin from 1st July, 2020. It will result into relaxations in night curfew, provisions for more domestic flights and trains, and clearance for more than 5 people in a shop.

Schools, Colleges and other Educational Institutions will however remain closed till 31st July, 2020. Metro Rail, gyms, swimming pools, multiplexes, auditoriums and bars will remain closed until further orders.

According to an order, issued by the Union Home Secretary, Ajay Bhalla, more activities were being allowed in a finely tuned manner in areas outside containment zones. However inside containment zones, lockdown measures have been extended till July 31. This order is in accordance with the instructions of National Disaster Management Authority.

The State Governments are empowered to impose more restrictions, if necessary, but they cannot seal borders. The Guideline says,”There shall be no restrictions on inter-state and intra-state movements of persons and goods, including those for cross land-border trade under treaties with neighbouring countries. No separate permission/ approval/ e-permit will be required for such movements.”

About International air travel, the guideline says,”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.”

Night Curfew will now be imposed from 10 pm to 5 am. According to the order issued by the Home Ministry, the relaxation is being executed for “seamless operation of industrial units in multiple shifts, movement of persons and goods on National and State Highways, loading and unloading of Cargo and movement of persons to their destinations after disembarking from buses, trains and airplanes.”

Shops can now have more than five persons at a time, however they must ensure physical distancing.

The guidelines issued back on 30th May, 2020, had said that a decision about re-opening of schools and colleges would be taken in July. However, the guidelines of Unlock 2.0 say,”After extensive consultaion with States and UTs, it has been decided that schools, colleges and coaching institutions will remain closed till 30th July, 2020.” On the other hand, Training Institutes of both Central and State Government will function from 15th July, 2020. “SOP in this regard will be issued by the Department of Personnel and Training, Government of India,” the order said.

According to the order, “Social/ political/ sports/ entertainment/ academic/ cultural/ religious functions and other large congregations” will remain prohibited. The order says that the dates for re-starting these activities may be decided separately and necessary SOPs would be issued accordingly.

The MHA has published detailed guidelines about the Containment Zones. The guidelines have extended the lockdown in containment zones till the end of July. The Guidelines say,”Containment Zones will be demarcated by the district authorities after taking into consideration the guidelines of Ministry of Health & Family Welfare (MoHFW), with the objective of effectively breaking the chain of transmission.”

According to the guidelines, only essential activities will be allowed in containment zones. There shall be intensive contact tracing, house-to-house surveillance, and other clinical interventions, as required.

Other guidelines with reference to wearing masks, measures at workplaces and use of Aarogya Setu Application, have been repeated as in the previous orders.

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