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Unlock 4.0 And The COVID-19 Deadlock!

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The government of India announced Unlock 4.0 yesterday with the guidelines for more and some major relaxations as Unlock 3.0 ends on 31st August 2020. Lockdown, except for the containment zones, is formally lifted in all areas of the country. However, cinema halls, swimming pools, entertainment parks, indoor theatres and similar high-risk public places will continue to remain closed. Only open-air theatres shall be allowed to open from September 21. In a significant move, the government has withdrawn the power of the states to impose local lockdown except for in containment zones without prior consultations with the centre, and under this, the states can no longer restrict inter-state movement or seal borders. This move thus is set to end the era of haphazard lockdowns of various duration indulged in by the states of late. In another major relaxation, the metro rail services will be allowed to operate from the 7th of September 2020 in a graded and calibrated manner. The metro services…