The Home Ministry on 29th of July has issued new guidelines under the banner of Unlock 3.0 that will come into effect from 1st August, 2020. The idea is to relax the lockdown restrictions in un-containment zones amid the novel coronavirus outbreak.
The night curfews imposed in the country in order to combat the spread of Covid-19 will now be removed; starting 1st August, says the new guidelines introduced by the Ministry of Home Affairs.
Apart from the removal of night curfew, the other restrictions imposed on the masses that will be ineffective are-
- Opening of Yoga Institutions and gymnasiums starting from August 5.
- No restrictions of intra-state or inter-state of people or goods across the country and no additional pass or e-permit will be required for such movement.
- International air travel has been permitted in a phased manner under the Vande Bharat Mission.
- Independence Day functions will be allowed with social distancing and by following other health protocols, such as wearing of masks etc, said the Home Ministry.
However, schools, colleges and other educational institutions will remain closed till 31 August.
Metro services, cinema halls and swimming pools, entertainment parks, bars, theatres, auditoriums and other social gathering places will remain closed.
Social/political/sports/entertainment/academic/cultural/religious functions and other large congregations still not permitted.
The decision has been taken basing on the feedback received by authorities and CMs of States and UTs.
NO RELAXATIONS FOR CONTAINMENT ZONES
Lockdown in containment zones will remain imposed till 31 August 2020. These containment zones will be carefully monitored by the state governments or UTs and their administrations.
As mentioned in MHA’s statement, strict social distancing and other norms of containing the spread of the virus shall be maintained and only essential activities will be allowed.
However, the MHA also stated that the states and UTs can impose their own guidelines outside the containment zones when they feel necessary to contain the virus. So, it seems this Lockdown won’t bring any smiles to the citizens of Barak Valley as COVID cases are increasing rapidly in huge number every day.