New Delhi, May 30 ( P2P) :
The coronavirus lockdown has been extended till June 30, but malls and restaurants can reopen from June 8 except in containment zones, or areas sealed because of a large number of virus cases.
Religious places, hotels and restaurants will also be allowed from June 8, the home ministry has said in its new guidelines ordering phased re-opening of areas outside containment cones.
“The current phase of re-opening, Unlock 1, will have an economic focus,” said the guidelines.
The new guidelines had been issued based on extensive consultations held with States and Union Territories, the home ministry said.
All activities banned earlier will be opened up in areas outside Containment Zones in a phased manner, with SOPs to be prescribed by the Health Ministry.
The night curfew, however, has been relaxed to 9 pm to 5 am, which means that movement of individuals during this time will be prohibited across the country. The advisory also stated that no permission, documents or e-pass will be required anymore for inter-state travel.
A decision on reopening schools will be taken in July, after consultations with schools.
The latest notification on lockdown 5 comes at a time when India is witnessing a worrisome surge in the COVID-19 cases since May 21, with over 6,000 cases reported every day, and over 7,000 being reported in the last two days, on May 28 and 29.