Unlock 2.0: Centre announces guidelines to be in force till Jul 31

New Delhi, Jun 29 (IANS): The Centre announced the guidelines for Unlock 2.0 on Monday night which, it said, will be in force till July 31. Almost all activities are being allowed outside containment zones save a few like the operation of schools, colleges, international travel among others.

"Schools, colleges, educational and coaching institutions will remain closed till 31 July 2020," said a government order. However, online learning will not only be permitted but encouraged during this period. Training institutions of the Central and state governments will be allowed to function with effect from July 15.

While domestic flight operations will be further enhanced, the ban on normal international operations continues. But Vande Bharat Mission and specific exemptions, as allowed by the government, will continue to function and its scope may be enhanced in the future on further assessments.

Night curfew timings are being further relaxed and curfew shall be in force from 10 pm to 5 am. "Further, relaxations in night curfew have been given for the 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 aeroplanes," the government said.

Shops depending upon their area can have more than 5 customers at a time. However, they have to maintain adequate physical distance.

Meanwhile, Metro Rail, cinema halls, gymnasiums, swimming pools, entertainment parks, theatres, bars, auditoriums, assembly halls and similar places continue to remain out of bound. In what can be a dampener for political parties, the government continues to bar social/ political/sports/entertainment/academic/cultural/religious functions and other large congregations".

With the new guidelines, that will come into effect from July 1, the process of phased re-opening of activities has been extended further. The new guidelines, issued on Monday, are based on feedback received from States and Union Territories and 'extensive consultations' held with related Central ministries and departments, said the government.

However, for those inside containment zones, there will be hardly any reprieve.

After Unlock 1 kicked in, Prime Minister Narendra Modi stressed that India should ensure a balance of life and livelihood, and places of worship, hotels, restaurants and other hospitality services, as well as shopping malls, were allowed to open outside containment zones.

On Sunday, the Prime Minister, in his monthly radio programme 'Mann Ki Baat', stressed about the need of carefulness to curb the spread of the pandemic and urge the citizens to be more vigilant in the unlock period.

"During this unlock period, one will have to focus deeply on two points -- Defeating corona and strengthening the economy and bolstering it," said Modi.




Comment on this article

  • Dr taufiq, Mangaluru

    Tue, Jun 30 2020

    What about universities and dental collges? They should be closed as they are non essential facilities

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  • sri_elder, Karkala

    Tue, Jun 30 2020

    By looking at the number of positive cases each day, government should have put red alert everywhere..
    Situation still grave and serious..
    If you lift restrictions people usually take everything for granted

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  • Jossey Saldanha, Mumbai

    Tue, Jun 30 2020

    The poor have lost their jobs & inflation is unbearable.
    Please provide all BPL families with 25 Kgs of Rice, Wheat & Pulses free every month ...

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  • MANI, Mangalore

    Tue, Jun 30 2020

    @Jossey Saldanha... Iam BPL Card holder iam getting 40kg Rice, 3kg wheat, 3kg Daal every month. Thanks to government for the help...

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  • Concerned citizen, Mangaluru

    Tue, Jun 30 2020

    You might also have had recieved 15lakhs. Right?

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  • Santan Mascarenhas, Kinnigoli/Bangalore

    Tue, Jun 30 2020

    For the information of our Catholic brethren, I would like to state here, the procedure followed at St Francis De Assisi Church, Kengeri satellite town, Bangalore.

    First register the names and age. Below 10 and above 65 not allowed inside the church.
    At the entrance, a volunteer screens your temperature and if okay, allows inside.
    Before going inside, you have to press by the foot for the disinfectant and clean the hands.
    Inside the church, chairs are arranged in such a way that, on all sides 6 feet gap is maintained.
    Before you sit in the chair, some solution is sprayed, so that, you are in a safe place.
    Those who are below 10 and above 65 and those who could not get space inside the church, can sit or stand outside the church keeping safe distance and look at the altar and pray.
    From entering to exiting of church compound, mask has to be worn throughout.

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  • Ajay Rebello, Kallianpur

    Tue, Jun 30 2020

    Online education must be encouraged. Now how does Karnataka govt respond. govt

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  • Jossey Saldanha, Mumbai

    Mon, Jun 29 2020

    Nothing is going to improve till 31st December 2020 ...

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