The central government on Monday announced fresh guidelines for the 'Unlock-2' which will be in force from July 1 till July 31.
The Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) issued detailed guidelines that will be applicable after the 'Unlock 1' phase ends on June 30.
It is the next stage in the country's emergence from a nationwide lockdown announced by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on March 24.
Here is what's allowed and what's not:
• Lockdown shall continue to remain in force in containment zones
• In containment zones, only essential activities to be allowed.
• Schools, colleges, educational & coaching institutions to remain shut
• online/distance learning permitted and shall be encouraged
• No international air travel, except as permitted by government
• No Metro rail
• Cinemas, gymnasiums, swimming pools, entertainment parks, bars, auditoriums, assembly halls will also remain shut.
• Domestic flights and passenger trains have already been allowed in a limited manner. Their operations will be further expanded in a calibrated manner.
• Night Curfew shall continue to remain in force, between 10:00 pm and 5:00 am, except for essential activities and other relaxations.
• Social/ political/ sports/ entertainment/ academic/ cultural/ religious functions & other large congregations remain prohibited.
• Wearing of face cover is compulsory in public places, workplaces and during transport.
• Training institutions of Central & State govts outside Containment Zones, will be allowed to function from July 15.
• States/UTs may also identify Buffer Zones, outside the Containment Zones where new cases are more likely to occur. Within the Buffer Zones, restrictions considered necessary may be put in place by district authorities.
• No restriction on inter-state and intra-state movement of people and goods. No separate permission in or approval or e-permit will be required for such movements.
• Shops depending upon their area, can have more than five people at a time. However, they have to maintain adequate physical distance.
• Spitting in public places will be punishable with fine, as may be prescribed by a state or UT or local authorities in accordance with its laws, rules or regulations.
• Number of guests should not exceed 50 in a marriage while in funeral-related gatherings, the number of people should not exceed beyond 20.
The new guidelines, the ministry said, are based on feedback received from states and union territories and extensive consultations held with related central ministries and departments.
States and union territories, based on their assessment of the situation, may prohibit certain activities outside the containment zones, or impose such restrictions as deemed necessary.
Further, relaxations in night curfew have been given for seamless operation of industrial units in multiple shifts, movement of people and goods on national and state highways, loading and unloading of cargo and movement of people to their destinations after disembarking from buses, trains and airplanes.