Unlock 3.0 India : Check what Opens and what remains Closed
Unlock 3.0 India : The third phase of unlocking India, after the lifting of the world’s most stringent lockdown begins in August. There have been several changes in the guidelines, which will be in effect as Unlock 3.0 sets into motion. This is the third phase of unlocking the country from the lockdown which was set into effect on 25th March, and got extended till 31st May.
The first unlocking phase began in June, when the government needed to restart the country, as the economy had taken a major hit and it was pertinent to refuel the economy.
The country has been reporting almost half a lakh cases every day. The sudden surge in the number of cases is worrisome, but not all Indian states have been going through this surge. The South Indian states have predominately contributed the lion’s share of the total daily reported cases. Keeping this spike in the number of coronavirus cases in mind, the third unlocking phase will not bring about too many changes as the containment efforts will still be put in place.
Unlock 3.0 India : What Opens and what remains Closed?
Metros, schools and colleges will continue to remain shut. These places are vulnerable as it will be extremely difficult to maintain social distancing here. Indian Metros have always witnessed a major crowd, which even in usual days is overwhelming, but keeping the coronavirus situation in mind they will remain shut. Schools and colleges have adopted an online method of teaching. While it is extremely beneficial as learning hasn’t taken a hit, there are still a few areas where there is no access to the internet or any technology, hence it might arise as a problem for those students.
While the cases are rising everyday in country, the metro cities of Mumbai, Delhi and Chennai are recovering. The number of daily cases in these cities have fallen drastically. A Sero Survey conducted in Delhi by the National Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) between June 27 to July 10 indicated that 23% of Delhi could have been infected in first week of July itself. Added to it as per survery, 1 in every 5 people in Delhi have developed antibody to fight against Coronavirus. A similar survey in Mumbai showed that 57% of slum dwellers have COVID antibodies while for non-slum dwellers 16% have developed antibodies. The report indicates that the metros are gradually heading towards developing herd immunity. Therefore, a decrease in number of cases in metro cites can be witnessed.
International travel has been allowed to continue but in a very limited manner, under the Vande Bharat repatriation program.
Cinema Halls, rail services, swimming pools, entertainment and theme parks, theatres, auditoriums, bars haven’t yet received a green light to start functioning again. These will remain shut until 31st August. Date for reopening will be deliberated upon later.
The night curfew has been removed. This change will be set into effect from Saturday. The containment zones will still be placed under the strictest of guidelines, but for the rest of the areas, a little relaxation will be provided.
From August 5th, Yoga Institutions and Gyms will be allowed to open.
Large gatherings and all kinds of functions, including social, political, academic, cultural, entertainment, sporting, and religious, are still not allowed, as they can result in a virus spread streak and result in the formation of new clusters and containment zones. With the Independence Day upcoming the government has advised all to maintain proper social distancing while celebrating the festival. Wearing a mask is also pertinent.
India has over 1.5 million cases in the country, and now that the lockdown is slowly being lifted and certain relaxations are being provided, it is even more important to make sure we, and the people around us are following the government issued guidelines to prevent the virus from wrecking even more havoc in the country.