The Union ministry of home affairs had on Saturday said ‘Unlock-1’ will be initiated in the country from June 8 under which the nationwide lockdown effectuated on March 25 will be relaxed to a great extent, including opening of shopping malls, restaurants and religious places, even as strict restrictions will remain in place till June 30 in containment zones.
Here is a list of states that have issued fresh guidelines for Unlock 1.0:
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The Maharashtra government extended till June 30 the lockdown in the entire state, and announced easing of restrictions and phase-wise resumption of activities under the “Mission Begin Again”.
In phase 1, individual physical exercises will be permitted in open public spaces including beaches, playgrounds, gardens and promenades between 5am and 7pm.
From June 5, all markets, market areas and shops, except malls and market complexes, are allowed to function on odd-even basis from 9am to 5pm.
Movement of individuals will remain strictly prohibited between 9pm to 5am except for essential activities, according to the government.
Religious places and places of worship, hotels, restaurants, hospitality services, shopping malls, barber shops, spas, salons and beauty parlours will remain closed across the state.
The Maharashtra government also issued guidelines for its employees to avoid the spread of coronavirus infection after the government offices are being opened in a phased manner.
The government said that from June 8, all private offices can operate with up to 10% strength as per the requirement, with remaining persons working from home.
It also allowed intra-district bus services to function while inter-district bus services will not be permitted.
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The Covid-19 lockdown will continue till June 30 in the state with religious places, hotels, restaurants and shopping malls to reopen from June 8, according to UP additional chief secretary (home), Awanish Awasthi.
All the government offices will operate with 100% workforce where staggered timings will be followed – 9am to 5pm, 10am to 6pm and 11am to 7 pm.
He further informed that the state buses will be allowed to operate on the condition that passengers will be allowed according to the seating capacity of the buses they travel in; passengers cannot travel while standing in the bus.
“All markets will remain open from 9am to 9pm. Super markets are allowed to open with conditions of social distancing and other precuationary measures. Weekly markets will be allowed in rural areas,” according to the government.
Salons and beauty parlours will also be allowed to remain open with conditions of social distancing and other precuationary measures. Staff working at salons/beauty parlours should wear face shields and gloves while working, Awasthi said.
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The Telangana government extended the lockdown in containment zones till June 30 even as it lifted the restrictions on inter-state movement of people.
Certain restrictions currently in force in non- Containment Zones would however remain extended till June 7.
Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao instructed the officials concerned to strictly implement the lockdown in the containment zones, an official release said, adding that night-time curfew would be implemented daily from 9pm to 5am.
Shops would be allowed to remain open only till 8pm, it said. There would not be any restrictions on inter-state travel.
Jammu & Kashmir
The Jammu and Kashmir administration extended the coronavirus lockdown until June 8 and said the Centre’s new guidelines on some relaxations require a fresh assessment of the spread of Covid-19 in the Union territory.
In an order, chief secretary and chairperson, state executive committee, B V R Subrahmanyam said the guidelines or instructions issued on May 19 and 24 with regard to lockdown would continue until June 8.
Referring to the fresh guidelines issued by the Union home secretary on Saturday for containment zones (Red zones) till June 30 and reopening certain activities in a phased manner in areas outside containment zones, the order said it requires a fresh assessment.
The Karnataka government said the guidelines on lockdown measures will remain in force in the state till June 30.
Religious places and places of worship for public; hotels, restaurants and other hospitality services; and shopping malls; will be permitted to open from June 8, according to the state government.
The Tamil Nadu government on Sunday announced extension of the ongoing lockdown till June 30, albeit with more relaxations that included partial opening up of public transport and allowing more employees at workplaces.
Chief minister K Palaniswami said the curbs on places of worship, all kinds of religious gatherings, inter-state bus transport and Metro and suburban train services will continue.
Tourists entry will remain banned into the hilly Nilgiris district and Kodaikanal and Yercaud towns, while hotels and resorts, except for accommodating health and police personnel and government staff for quarantine purpose, will be closed.
Public transport will resume with reduced buses from June 1 barring in Chennai and adjoining Tiruvallur, Kancheepuram and Chengalpet districts having the highest concentration of COVID-19 cases in the state.
The state government allowed more employees to join work in software firms and private companies, but kept the containment zones out of the purview of any relaxation.
Himachal Pradesh allowed intra-state movement of roadways and private transport buses from June 1 for the first time since the Covid-induced lockdown and has extended curfew in the state till June 30 with relaxations in timing.
Chief minister Jai Ram Thakur announced that the curfew timings have been relaxed from 6am to 8pm daily. He said this after a high-level meeting through video conferencing with all the deputy commissioners, superintendents of police and chief medical officers of the state.
The chief minister said that since inter district buses would start plying from June 1, officials must ensure proper social distancing inside the buses and also at bus stands.
Buses would be allowed to ply with not more than 60 per cent occupancy and the drivers, conductors and passengers would follow all the safety protocols of the health department, he said.
The Goa government on Sunday said that although the coronavirus pandemic has brought all the economic activities to a grinding halt, it was now taking steps to revive the economy, especially the tourism sector.
Trains and flights are expected to arrive in Goa in large numbers from June 1 as the fifth phase of the coronavirus-induced lockdown brings with it a greater rolling back of restrictions, officials said on Sunday.
Goa Industries Minister Vishwajit Rane, who also handles the health portfolio, said that it is time tourism and other economic activities resume in the state.
The North Goa district administration had on Saturday announced that no ‘exit permit’ is required from the state government to leave Goa for other states.
The Rajasthan government issued guidelines for “unlocking” the lockdown for the period from June 1 to June 30.
The new guidelines have given relaxations to some activities but said “there will be no relaxation in the areas under containment zones of hotspots and clusters/curfew areas.”
Movement of individuals for all non-essential activities is strictly prohibited between 9pm to 5am across the state.
Regarding the common safety precautions that need to be followed amid coronavirus pandemic, the government said, “Wearing of face cover is compulsory in all public and workplaces and public transport.”
“All government offices to function with full strength. Private offices can also operate with up to full strength but should encourage “work from home” to the extent possible,” read the order.
While the inter-state and within the state on approved routes, except for containment zones is permitted, the city buses shall not ply till further orders.
The Meghalaya government has extended the ongoing lockdown till June 6 continuing with the existing curbs, but will allow more shops selling non-essential items to reopen, officials said on Sunday.
The timing of night curfew was revised and it will remain imposed between 9pm and 5am, they said. It was 7pm to 7am earlier.
More private and commercial establishments in East Khasi Hills district, where state capital Shillong is located, will be allowed to open from June 3 to June 6 between 9am and 5pm daily, deputy commissioner Matsiewdor War Nongbri said.
A section of the outlets selling non-essential commodities was earlier given the nod to start functioning, and now more such shops will be allowed to open.
Public transport including taxis and buses are already operating within a district and the administration has not yet allowed inter-district and inter-state movement of vehicles, barring those having lockdown passes.
Operation of shopping complexes, salons, spas, parlours, cinema theatres, gymnasiums and swimming pools are still prohibited from functioning, the East Khasi Hills DC said.
(With agency inputs)
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