Unlock2: MHA issues new guidelines, to come into effect from July 1

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Ministry Of Home Affairs

New Delhi (NVI): The Ministry of Home Affairs tonight issued new guidelines for Unlock-2 amid the Covid-19 pandemic, which will come into effect from July 1. Unlock-2 will see opening up of more activities in areas outside the Containment Zones.

Meanwhile, the process of phased re-opening of activities has been extended further. The new guidelines are based on feedback received from States and UTs, and extensive consultations held with related Central Ministries and Departments, the MHA said in a statement.

As per the Unlock-2 guidelines, night curfew timings are being further relaxed and curfew shall be in force from 10.00 pm to 5.00 am.  Schools and colleges will remain closed till July 31.

Shops depending upon their area, can have more than 5 persons at a time. However, they have to maintain adequate physical distance, the MHA said.

Training institutions of the Central and State Governments will be allowed to function with effect from July 15. SOP in this regard will be issued by the Department of Personnel and Training, Government of India.

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.

Apart from that, all activities, except the following, shall be permitted outside containment zones:

* Metro Rail

* Cinema halls, gymnasiums, swimming pools, entertainment parks, theatres, bars, auditoriums, assembly halls and similar places.

* Social/political/sports/entertainment/academic/cultural/religious functions and other large congregations.

Meanwhile, Prime Minister Narendra Modi will address the nation at 4 PM tomorrow. The Covid-19 cases in India inch closer to 5.5 lakh-mark with 19,459 new cases being reported in the last 24 hours. After fresh 380 deaths in the last 24 hours, the death toll has also risen to 16,459.

-ARK