Union Home Ministry has announced fresh guidelines under Unlock 3.0 to relax lockdown restrictions, which will come into effect from August 1, 2020. The new guidelines issued had permitted opening up of more activities in areas apart from the containment zones. These guidelines are made based on the feedback received from States and Union Territories and extensive consultations held with related Central Ministries and Departments.
The guidelines issued included re-opening of yoga institutes and gyms and night curfews to be lifted. Schools, colleges, metro rail services, cinema halls, and international travel will remain suspended. However, exemptions for repatriation and other emergency travel needs will continue to apply for overseas flights. The Yoga institutes and gymnasiums will be allowed to function from August 5.
In all this regard Standard Operating Procedure will be issued by the Health Ministry for ensuring social distancing. Independence Day programme will be allowed with social distancing and by following other health protocols. Schools, colleges and coaching institutions will remain closed till August 31. International air travel of passengers has been permitted in a limited manner under the Vande Bharat Mission. Social, political, sports, entertainment, academic, cultural, religious functions and other large occasions will not be permitted.
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Activities in the containment Zones shall be monitored strictly by the State and the Union Territories authorities and the guidelines relating to the measures that are to be taken in the containment zones and shall be implemented strictly. The Health Ministry will strictly monitor the workings of the Containment Zones and look into whether the measures are being implemented on the containment zones.
The State and Union Territories assessing the situation may restrict certain activities outside the containment zones or rather impose certain restrictions as required. However, there shall be no restriction on the interstate or intrastate transportation of goods or persons.