No Further Relaxation in Unlock guidelines till November 30
There is a need to exercise abundant caution by adopting Covid-19 appropriate behavior by every citizen in their daily routine.
Announcing the Unlock guidelines for November, the government on Tuesday said there has been no change in the guidelines. The The Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) issued a notification extending the norms it had put in place on September 30. No further relaxation in Unlock guidelines, the MHA said in a notification.
No change in Unlock guidelines for Nov
The Unlock 5 guidelines issued in September by the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) will remain in force till 30 November, the Central Government said on Tuesday.
"The Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) issued an order today to extend the guidelines for re-opening, issued on 30.09.2020, to remain in force upto 30.11.2020," a statement issued by the government read.
The guidelines issued last month had allowed reopening of cinema halls, swimming pools for sports training and gatherings with restrictions.
While most of the activities have been permitted, some activities involving large number of people, have been allowed with some restrictions and subject to the Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) being followed regarding health and safety precautions. These activities include -- metro rail, shopping malls, hotel, restaurants, hospitality services, religious places, yoga and training institutes, gymnasiums, cinemas; entertainment park, etc.
Re-opening of activities outside containment zones
Since the issuance of the first order on lockdown measures by the government on 24 March this year, almost all activities have been gradually opened up in areas outside the containment zones.
In respect of certain activities, having relatively higher degree of risk of coronavirus infection, State/UT Governments have been permitted to take decisions for their re-opening, based on the assessment of the situation and subject to SOPs. These activities include – schools and coaching institutes, state and private universities for research scholars, allowing gatherings above the limit of 100, etc.
After the last guidelines issued, the following activities have also been permitted but with certain restrictions.
1) International air travel of passengers as permitted by MHA.
2) Swimming poolsbeing used for training of sportspersons.
3) Also, Exhibitions halls for Business to Business (B2B) purposes.
4) Cinemas/theatres/multiplexes upto 50% of their seating capacity.
5) Social/academic/sports/entertainment/cultural/religious/politicalfunctions and other congregations, in closed spaces with a maximum of 50% of the hall capacity and subject to ceiling of 200 persons.
6) Further decision regarding the above activities will be taken based on the assessment of the situation.
There is a need to exercise abundant caution by adopting Covid-19 appropriate behavior by every citizen in their daily routine. A ‘Jan Andolan’ was launched by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on 8 October on coronavirus appropriate behaviour to follow three mantras. Furthermore, those are:
Wear your mask properly
Wash your hands frequently
Maintain safe distance of 6 feet
MHA has already advised Chief Secretaries/Administrators of all States/UTs that they should endeavour to promote Covid-19 appropriate behaviour extensively at the grass root level and take measures to enforce the wearing of masks, hand hygiene and social distancing.
Use of Aarogya Setu app
In addition, the use of AarogyaSetu mobile application will continue to be encouraged.
India detected 36,410 cases of the novel coronavirus in the 24 hours ending 9 am Tuesday. It is the lowest number of daily new cases since July 17. The country’s tally of 79.46 lakh (79,46,429) includes 6,25,857 people who were being treated for the disease. Also, 72,01,070 who had recovered. With 488 additional deaths on Monday, the toll rose to 1,19,502.