Lockdown 5.0 In Containment Zones, Unlock 1.0 In Rest Of India!

The government of India today announced the 5th extension of lockdown with Lockdown 5.0 to be in force till June 30, 2020 in all containment zones while listing out a phased lockdown exit plan for other areas of the country. Lockdown 4.0 ends on 31st May. Therefore, while the national capital Delhi is going to complete a full exit soon with many curbs eased already notwithstanding record spikes of new cases in recent days, the financial capital Mumbai is still in the doldrums with infections and deaths spiraling, and will settle for a fifth extension of a month. However, detailed guidelines for Mumbai, Pune and other hot-spot places of Maharashtra are expected tomorrow from the state government. National directives for other guidelines are to be enforced all across the country. The night curfew is cut down to 8 hours now—from 9 pm to 5 am daily—which will also hold for the entire country. By today’s order inter-state and intra-state movements also become free without the requirement of any e-pass unless the state government concerned thinks differently.

Phase-1 of the exit plan enlists the reopening of religious places, hotels, restaurants and hospitality services and shopping malls from 8th June, 2020. All other activities as allowed earlier will continue. However, with the govt and private offices already allowed with full staff clarity is missing about how people are going to commute as public transport including local trains or metro not in operation yet. The enlisted reopening shall of course be bound by the standard operating procedures to be announced soon by the Health Ministry. Under Phase-2 feedback will be taken from the states and union territories based on the latter’s’ consultations with the institutions, parents and all stakeholders for reopening schools, colleges, educational/training/coaching institutions. A likely decision on this by the government of India is likely in the month of July. Phase-3 of the exit plan deals with re-starting international flights, local and Metro rail services, cinema halls/gyms/bars/entertainment parks etc. and various kinds of social/political/religious/sports functions and large congregations. Dates for re-starting any or all of these will be taken after assessing the situation and reports.

India has registered the highest of all nearly 8000 COVID-19 new cases and the highest number of deaths at 265 in the last twenty-four hours, and spikes in different states are continuing. The situation till June 30 in all zones will be under scanner and review, if necessary, will be undertaken which may see reversal of exit decisions. 


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