Coronavirus: India announces Unlock 2 guidelines

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A man carrying a sack walks past a graffiti of a healthcare worker during a lockdown to slow the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Mumbai, India June 29, 2020.

New Delhi - Schools, colleges and coaching institutions will remain closed until July 31, Ministry of Home Affairs says.


Published: Mon 29 Jun 2020, 11:05 PM

Last updated: Tue 30 Jun 2020, 1:17 AM

The Indian Home Ministry on Monday issued new guidelines for 'Unlock 2' which will come into force from July 1. The guidelines extend the process of phased re-opening of activities, including expanding in a calibrated manner domestic flights and passenger trains.
An MHA release said that schools, colleges and coaching institutions will remain closed until July 31 and the decision has been taken after extensive consultation with states.
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It said that training institutions of the Central and State governments will be allowed to function with effect from July 15 and SOP in this regard will be issued by the Department of Personnel and Training.
Lockdown will continue to remain in force in the containment zone until July 31 and only essential services will be allowed.
Night curfew timings have been further relaxed and curfew shall be in force from 10pm to 5am.
Shops, depending upon their area, can have more than 5 people at a time. However, they have to maintain adequate physical distance.
The relaxations in night curfew have been given for the seamless operation of industrial units in multiple shifts, movement of persons and goods on loading and unloading of cargo and movement of persons to their destinations after disembarking from buses, trains and airplanes.
The MHA release said that domestic flights and passenger trains have already been allowed in a limited manner. Their operations will be further expanded in a calibrated manner.
International air travel of passengers has been permitted in a limited manner under the Vande Bharat Mission. Further opening up will take place in a calibrated manner.
Social, political, sports, entertainment, academic, cultural, religious functions and other large congregations remain prohibited.

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