The fourth phase of the relaxations in Covid-19 curbs came into effect from Tuesday (September 1). Called Unlock 4, this phase seeks to cause the normal life across the country to pre-coronavirus levels.
In the guidelines announced for Unlock 4, the Centre has allowed resumption of metro services and products and cancelling the requirements for e-passes for inter-district go back and forth.
Schools and colleges too will remain closed. The Centre has asked the state governments to not enforce lockdown without prior consultation. But, some state governments have taken to extend the existing curbs.
As an example, the Delhi government on Monday made up our minds to care for status quo on prohibited activities till September 2 in the national capital.
In an order, the Delhi Catastrophe Management Authority said the government reviewed the present Covid-19 situation and it has been regarded as to continue the restrictions on those activities which are at the moment not permitted in the city.
While gyms have not been allowed to reopen in the city, weekly markets have been allowed to operate on a trial basis till September 6.
Maharashtra, which has seen the highest number of Covid-19 cases, lifted restriction on inter-district movement of persons and goods, and said e-pass may not be required for undertaking the sort of journey from September 2.
At the same time, the government said the general lockdown in the state will continue till September 30 as a part of efforts to curb the spread of Covid-19.
The state government has also raised attendance in its offices and allowed hotels and lodges to function at 100 per cent capacity from September 2, but schools, colleges, cinema halls and swimming pools will continue to remain closed till September 30.
In Tamil Nadu, the entire places of worship will open from today. “Under relaxed norms, no total lockdown will be enforced on Sundays in September. E-pass system for inter-district go back and forth will be discontinued. All places of worship, hotels and resorts have been allowed to re-open,” chief minister Edappadi K Palaniswami said.
In Odisha, the state government on Monday lifted lockdown restrictions for September and announced its guidelines for Unlock 4. Open air theatres will be allowed to open in the state after September 21. The state government’s order said that no authority shall impose any native lockdown at district, sub-division, city or below levels outdoor the containment zones. Then again, whenever required in the interest of containment of the disease and prevention of the spread of infection, restrictions on mobility, congregation, operation of shops and establishments, offices and other activities is also imposed in consultation with the central government, Chief Secretary A K Tripathy said in an order.
The places which will remain closed to the public in Odisha include devout places, cinema halls, swimming pools, entertainment complexes, auditoria and meeting halls. These will remain closed till September 30.
Meantime, in West Bengal, the state government has taken a cautious approach in the wake of the rising number of Covid-19 cases. Total lockdown will be imposed across the state on September 7, 11 and 12 to contain the spread of the infection, chief secretary Rajiva Sinha said on Monday.
The order issued by Sinha also said lockdown will be extended in containment zones in West Bengal till September 30.
The Madhya Pradesh government on Monday announced withdrawal of statewide lockdown on Sundays, but cinema halls and swimming pools will continue to remain shut till September 30.
Covid-19 testing may not be mandatory for all those wishing to go into Goa from September 1 and the bars-restaurants can open even if they’ll have to follow the guidelines issued by the Uniojn home ministry, chief minister Pramod Sawant said on Monday.
Here’s a look at things allowed by the home ministry all over Unlock 4:
• The Delhi Metro is expected to renew its services and products for public from September 7, in a ‘phased manner’, as per the Union home ministry’s guidelines. Further details on the functioning and usage of the metro by the public will be shared soon in detail. The authorities are working to make certain that the entire Covid-19 protocols are in place before the operations renew. The passengers will be undergo thermal scanning before boarding the metro.
• Bars, that have been shut since March, will also open from September 1.
• In a remarkable directive, the home ministry said that state governments shall not impose any native lockdown outdoor the containment zones without prior consultation with the central government.
• The most recent guidelines will allow gathering with more number of people. All of the social, academic, sports, entertainment, cultural, devout and political functions will be permitted with a ceiling of 100 people, though this will come into effect from September 21.
• Then again, the ban on international commercial passenger flights to and from India has been extended till September 30, barring exceptions mentioned by the government. The restriction shall not apply to international all-cargo operations and flights, according to the office of Director General of Civil Aviation (DGCA).
Schools and colleges will remain closed all over the Unlock 4 period. Then again, students from Classes 9 to 12 will be allowed to visit schools in areas outdoor the containment zones only on a voluntary basis for taking guidance from their teachers.