India entered its 5th phase of lockdown on June 1, 2020 which is completely different from the previous lockdown. It comes with several relaxations and being referred as Unlock 1. Several state governments on Sunday (31 june 2020) came up with ‘Unlock 1’ guidelines including allowing inter-state travel while extending the lockdown till June 30 with relaxations. The states gradually prepare to unlock the lockdown, the challenge is to keep the rising the number of Coronavirus cases in check. Two hundred inter-state trains also resumed service from 1 june 2020.
The national capital and PM Modi’s native place are two such states in the country where the Coronavirus cases have crossed the 15,000-mark. Delhi’s Covid-19 tally rose to 19844 on Monday, 8,478 patients have recovered here while 473 died due to Covid-19.
The Centre government guidelines on Unlock 1 suggest that the lockdown will be in effect for containment zones which will be decided by the states.
Unlock 1 is divided into three phases and the Home Ministry on 30 june said that it will come in force from June 8 under which the lockdown norms will be relaxed to a great extent, including the opening of shopping malls, restaurants and religious places, while strict restrictions will remain in place till 30 june.
The Others states have released their individual guidelines on what is permitted and what is not. Mostly transport services have been allowed and offices and shops have been permitted to reopen, with proper rules and regulations. The worst-hit state Maharashtra, the state government announced that the extension of the lockdown in the entire state till June 30, and called the new phase as ‘Mission Begin Again’.
Some states which issued guidelines extending the lockdown till 30 june which include Telangana, Tamil Nadu, Madhya Pradesh, Mizoram, Punjab and West Bengal. Some states like Uttar Pradesh and Karnataka also lifted restrictions on the inter-state and intra-state movement of people and goods.
The Chief Secretary (Home), Awanish Awasthi, said that if any Covid-19 positive case is found, an area of 250 metres around it will be declared a containment zone. When there is more than one case is increased the containment zone will be increased to 500 metres. Only essential goods & services will be allowed in containment zones during this period.
Uttar Pradesh government releases guidelines :
The Uttar Pradesh government has released their guidelines on 5th phase of lockdown. The government of Uttar Pradesh has permitted inter-state travel, but government said that people from Covid-19 hotspot areas/containment zones in Delhi will not be allowed to travel to Noida and Ghaziabad.
There are some important guidelines issued by the Uttar Pradesh government:
All offices are allowed to reopen from 1 june.
Markets can open on rotation basis from 9 A.M to 9 P.M.
Beauty parlours and salons are also allowed to open.
Taxis and rickshaws can take passengers as per the seating capacity in the vehicle.
Buses are allowed to insertion but no passenger is allowed to stand in these buses.
Sweet shops have been allowed to open.
International flight and metro trains services will remain shut till the next order.
The health department can conduct door-to-door surveys and other essential services are also allowed.
Wedding halls can open, but they are not allowed to accommodate more than 30 people.
Two people (rider and pillion) are allowed on two-wheelers but with face masks.
All the restrictions will continue in containment zones, as pet the Union Home Ministry’s guidelines.