Will the lockdown be suspended in the districts of Cachar, Karimganj and Hilakandi in Assam as the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) announced Unlock4 from September 1st.
Individual district administrations of Cachar, Karimganj and Hailakandi has announced 9 days lockdown from 27th August to 4th September. On the other hand, the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) has issued guidelines for Unlock4 by a notification on 29th September. The notification mentions strict enforcement of lockdown in the containment zones till 30th September. According to the notification, State government, Union Territory will not impose any lockdown in the District, sub-division, City or village level without prior consultation with the Central Government apart from containment zones.
As per the new guidelines, schools and colleges will remain closed till September 30. While cinema halls, swimming pools and entertainment parks are yet to resume functioning, open-air theatres will also be permitted to open from September 21.
However, states and union territories may allow up to 50% of teaching and non-teaching staff to be called to the school for online teaching-related work. This will be only allowed for areas outside the containment zones and will come in from September 21. The Government Of India has also announced that lockdown shall only continue to be implemented strictly in the Containment Zones only up to 30th September.
There shall be no restriction on inter-State and intra-State movement of persons and goods. No separate permission, approval or e-permit will be required for such movements. Open-air theatres will be permitted to open with effect from 21 September 2020.
The metro services, which were suspended since March 22 will now be allowed to operate from September 7. The same will be operated in a graded manner, with the Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) to be issued by the health ministry.
Apart from the resumption of Metro services, public gatherings including social, academic, sports, entertainment, cultural and religious will be permitted from September 21 with a limit of 100 persons. Mandatory wearing of face masks, social distancing, provision for thermal scanning and hand wash or sanitizers will be required at such gatherings.
Ministry of Home Affairs will also monitor the effective implementation of National Directives. National Directives for COVID19 management shall continue to be followed throughout the country while ensuring social distancing. Shops need to maintain adequate physical distancing among customers.