Chandigarh’s Elante Mall reopens (Image: News18/Chaman Lal)
The Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) on August 29 released guidelines for ‘Unlock 4.0’ which will begin on September 1 upon completion of ‘Unlock 3.0’ on August 31. ‘Unlock 4.0’ will extend until September 30.
A strict lockdown will continue in the containment zones, the ministry said. Adding to relaxations made during the first three stages of ‘Unlock’, the Centre has permitted social/academic/sports/cultural/religious congregations, among others, to be held with a ceiling of 100 persons. This will be effective from September 21.
Easing some restrictions on public transport, the Centre has said that metro rail services can resume in a graded manner starting from September 7.
Additionally, there will be no restriction on inter-state and intra-state movement of persons and goods. No separate permission or e-permit will be required for such movements.
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Schools, colleges and other educational institutions will remain closed until September 30. Cinema halls, swimming pools, entertainment parks and theatres (excluding open air theatre) will remain shut.
However, all individuals and establishments will have to maintain physical distancing norms and safety protocols.
Yet, states and Union Territory administrations will be allowed to retain restrictions, when deemed necessary. While states and UTs can still refuse to permit some activities allowed by the central government, they cannot give relaxations for activities that have not been allowed by the Centre yet.
Chandigarh reported 3,985 COVID-19 cases as of August 30. This figure includes a death toll of 45, 1,692 active cases and 2,248 patients who had recovered.
The administration discontinued the odd-even closure of shops in congested markets from September 4.
According to a report by The Tribune, the UT Administration may allow bars in restaurants, hotels and clubs to reopen as part of ‘Unlock 4’. The administration may also lift the night curfew – which it had refused to do as part of ‘Unlock 3.0’ -- from September 1.Click here for Moneycontrol’s full coverage of the novel coronavirus pandemic