‘Schools and international flights will be reopened only after an assessment’
India wide lockdown has been extended till June 30, but malls, restaurants and religious places will be allowed to open from June 8. However, the new relaxations will be allowed for containment zones and areas sealed because of a large number of virus cases.
Hotels and restaurants will also be allowed from June 8 but cinemas, schools and international flights will be reopened only after an assessment, the home ministry said in new guidelines on Saturday ordering phased re-opening of areas outside containment zones.
Night curfew timings in lockdown5 will be changed to 9 pm-5 am from the existing 7 pm-7 am.
There will be no restrictions on the movement of people or goods within states and between states. But states can decide whether to regulate movement based on their assessment.
All activities banned earlier will be opened up in areas outside Containment Zones in a phased manner, with SOPs to be prescribed by the Health Ministry.
A decision on reopening schools and colleges will be taken in July, after consultations with states, parents and other stake-holders.
International flights, metros, cinemas, gyms, swimming pools, entertainment parks, theatres and bars will also be allowed only after more consultations, “based on the assessment of the situation”, said the ministry.
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