Centre issues ‘Unlock 2’ guidelines

DIMAPUR, JUN 29 (NPN) | Publish Date: 6/29/2020 12:45:14 PM IST

Schools, gyms to remain shut; flight & railway services to be expanded

Centre on Monday night issued guidelines for the month-long ‘Unlock 2’-- the “phased re-opening” of activities. The fresh guidelines said schools, colleges and coaching institutions will remain closed till July 31.

It added metro rail, cinema halls, gymnasiums, swimming pools, entertainment parks, theatres, bars, auditoriums, assembly halls and similar places will also remain shut. 

Similarly, social, political, sports, entertainment, academic, cultural, religious functions and other large congregations will continue to be disallowed.

Domestic flights and passenger train operations will be expanded in a calibrated manner.

Movement of individuals will remain prohibited between 10 pm to 5 am throughout the country.

Containment zones

Lockdown will continue to remain in effect till July 31 in containment zones. Containment zones will be demarcated with the objective of breaking the chain of transmission.

Only essential activities will be allowed and no movement of people will be allowed in or out of these zones, except for medical emergencies. There shall be intensive contact tracing, house-to-house surveillance and other clinical interventions in such zones.

States/UTs may also identify Buffer Zones, outside the containment zones where new cases are more likely to occur. Within the Buffer Zones, restrictions are considered necessary may be put in place by district authorities.

National Directives for COVID-19 management:

Face covering: Wearing of face cover is compulsory in public places, workplaces and during travel.

Social distancing: Individuals must maintain a minimum distance of 6 feet in public places. Shops will ensure physical distancing among customers and will not allow more than 5 persons at one time.

Gatherings: Large public gathering, congregations continue to remain prohibited.

Marriage gatherings: number of guests not to exceed 50

Funeral related gatherings: Number of persons not to exceed 20

Spitting in public places: It will be punishable with fine, as may be prescribed by the local authority in accordance with state laws, rules and regulations.

Consumption of paan, gutkha, liquor, tobacco, etc in public places is prohibited.

Additional directives

Work from home: As far as possible the practice of work from home should be followed. Staggering of work/business hours will be followed in offices, workplaces, shops, markets and industrial and commercial establishments.

Screening and hygiene: Provision for thermal scanning, hand wash and sanitizer will be made at all entry and exit points and common areas.

Frequent sanitisation of the entire workplace, common facilities and all points which come into human contact like door handles, etc will be ensured, including between shifts.


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