LOCKDOWN 5.0 GOVT WILL OPEN LOCKDOWN IN 3 PHASES

Lockdown 5 will be limited to containment zones till June 30 while the rest of India will be reopened in a phased manner from June 8. The home ministry on Saturday issued guidelines for the fifth part of world’s biggest lockdown that has claimed close to 5,000 lives in the country so far.

So starting June 8 here is what happens if you don’t live in a containment zone, which is primarily an area with a chunk of positive cases. These zones help map local transmission of the disease and prevent the contagion from spreading.

Phase 1 of the ministry’s rule book has given the go ahead for religious places of worship, hotels, restaurants and hospitality services and yes, shopping malls. But you will have to wait for a detailed operating plan, to be released by the ministry or the state departments, for a clearer picture.

What about schools and colleges?

That is included in phase 2 of the rule book. States and UTs have been asked to come up with a strategy at institution level with parents and other stake holders. If all goes well, we could see children back in schools by July. Again, this would need a detailed operating plan.

What about the night curfew?

Night curfew will remain in force from 9 pm to 5 am across the country, a change from 7 am to 7 pm in lockdown 4. People linked to essential services are allowed to move at night.