Having crossed the 15-lakh mark with its coronavirus tally, India currently stands at the third rank among the worst-hit nations. And as the country inches towards the third phase of the unlock, the Ministry Of Home Affairs announced a fresh set of guidelines. The ‘Unlock 3’ that will come into effect from August 1 will see opening up of more activities outside the containment zones. However, educational institutions and metro services will still remain shut.
A statement from the ministry said, “In Unlock 3, which will come into effect from August 1, the process of phased re-opening of activities has been extended further. The new guidelines, issued today (Wednesday), are based on feedback received from States and UTs, and extensive consultations held with related Central Ministries and Departments”.
For containment zones, the government has extended the lockdown further till August 31, allowing only the essential activities. The ministry advised those above 65 years of age, pregnant women, persons with comorbidities and children under 10 years to stay at home until absolutely necessary.
Here’s everything you need to know about what’s restricted and what’s allowed during Unlock 3.0.
In addition to these, the government has asked the states and the UTs to decide on the activities outside of the containment zones or impose restrictions as deemed necessary. Meanwhile, national directives for COVID-19 management will continue to be followed throughout the country including social distancing. The government also stated that Independence day functions will be allowed with safety norms in place.
We hope that people will continue to take precautions as ease in restrictions doesn’t mean that the pandemic is over. Stay safe!
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