With the fourth phase of the lockdown coming to end on May 31, many were expecting the government will extend the lockdown and will speed up the testing process as cases in the country have been rising rapidly, while some were expecting this to be the end of the lockdown. Well, the second part has got this right as the government announced on Saturday evening that lockdown will only be extended in containment zones only till June 30.
States have been given the power to impose restrictions as well as to prohibit some activities upon its assessment.
The government also announced that all the other prohibited activities will start reopening in the areas outside the containment zones in a phased manner. Hotels, restaurants, malls, and religious places outside the containment zones have been given permission to reopen from June 8.
The government has said that the dates for restarting international travel, metro rail services, gyms, and theatres will be announced later after the assessment of the factors. The decision on reopening of schools and colleges will be taken in July, announced the government.
There will be no restriction in inter and intrastate movement of people and goods from June 1, the government has said. According to the press release of the government if any state or UT has any propositions regarding the regulation of movement of people it will need to advertise its way in advance for the ease of the people. Movement of goods and cargo from cross land-border has been allowed too with states been asked not to stop it.
In its press release government has mentioned that despite many previously prohibited activities returning, the night curfew will still remain in force from 9 pm to 5 am, essential activities will however be exempted from it.
India has reported more than 1.75 lakh cases of the virus so far with numbers increasing rapidly with each passing day many people were expecting restrains to be ordered by the government since many nations where the situation has been brought under some sort of control haven’t completely reopened yet.