Guidelines for Phased Re – opening ( Unlock 4 )

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[ORDER Whereas , an Order of even number dated 29.07.2020 was issued for containment of COVID – 19 in the country , for a period upto 31.08.2020 ; Whereas , in exercise of the powers under section 6 ( 2 ) ( i ) of the Disaster Management Act , 2005 , National Disaster Management Authority ( NDMA ) has directed the undersigned to issue an order to re – open more activities in areas outside the Containment Zones and to extend the lockdown in Containment Zones upto 30.09.2020 ; Now therefore , in exercise of the powers , conferred under Section 10 ( 2 ) ( 1 ) of the Disaster Management Act 2005 , the undersigned hereby directs that guidelines on Unlock 4 , as annexed , will be in force upto 30.09.2020 .
1 . Guidelines for Phased Re – opening ( Unlock 4 ) [ As per Ministry of Home Affairs ( MHA ) Order No. 40-3 / 2020 – DM – I ( A ) dated 29th August , 2020 ] Activities permitted during Unlock 4 period outside the Containment Zones In areas outside the Containment Zones , all activities will be permitted , except the following : ( i ) Schools , colleges , educational and coaching institutions will continue to remain closed for students and regular class activity up to 30th September 2020. However , following will be permitted : a . Online distance learning shall continue to be permitted and shall be encouraged . b . States / UTs may permit upto 50 % of teaching and non – teaching staff to be called to the schools at a time for online teaching tele counselling and related work , in areas outside the Containment Zones only , with effect from 215 September 2020 for which , Standard Operating Procedure ( SOP ) will be issued by the Ministry of Health & Family Welfare ( MOHFW ) . c . Students of classes 9 to 12 may be permitted to visit their schools , in areas outside the Containment Zones only , on voluntary basis , for taking guidance from their teachers . This will be subject to written consent of their parents / guardians and will be permitted with effect from 21 September 2020 for which , SOP will be issued by MOHFW . d . Skill or Entrepreneurship training will be permitted in National Skill Training Institutes , Industrial Training Institutes ( ITIS ) , Short term training centres registered with National Skill Development Corporation or State Skill Development Missions or other Ministries of Government of India or State Governments . National Institute for Entrepreneurship and Small Business Development ( NIESBUD ) , Indian Institute of Entrepreneurship ( IIE ) and their training providers will also be permitted . These will be permitted with effect from 21st September 2020 for which , SOP will be issued by MOHFW . e . Higher Education Institutions only for research scholars ( Ph.D. ) and post – graduate students of technical and professional programmes requiring laboratory / experimental works . These will be permitted by the Department of Higher Education ( DHE ) in consultation with MHA , based on the assessment of the situation , and keeping in view incidence of COVID – 19 in the States / UTs .
These will be permitted with effect from 21 September 2020 for which , SOP will be issued by MOHFW . e . Higher Education Institutions only for research scholars ( Ph.D. ) and post – graduate students of technical and professional programmes requiring laboratory / experimental works . These will be permitted by the Department of Higher Education ( DHE ) in consultation with MHA , based on the assessment of the situation , and keeping in view incidence of COVID – 19 in the States / UTs . A 29/08/2020 ( ii ) Metro rail will be allowed to operate with effect from 7th September 2020 in a graded manner , by the Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs ( MOHUA ) Ministry of Railways ( MOR ) , in consultation with MHA . In this regard , SOP will be issued by MOHUA . ( iii ) Social / academic / sports / entertainment cultural / religious / political functions and other congregations with a ceiling of 100 persons , will be permitted with effect from 21st September 2020 , with mandatory wearing of face masks , social distancing , provision for thermal scanning and hand wash or sanitizer . However , marriage related gatherings with number of guests not exceeding 50 and funeral / last rites related gatherings with number of persons not exceeding 20 will continue to be allowed upto 20th September 2020 , after which the ceiling of 100 persons will apply . ( iv ) Cinema halls , swimming pools , entertainment parks , theatres and similar places will remain closed . However , open air theatres will be permitted to open with effect from 21 September 2020 . ( v ) International air travel of passengers , except as permitted by MHA . 2. National Directives for COVID – 19 Management National Directives for COVID – 19 Management , as specified in Annexure I , shall continue to be followed throughout the country . 3 . Lockdown limited to Containment Zones ( i ) Lockdown shall remain in force in the Containment Zones till 30th September , 2020 . ( ii ) Containment Zones shall be demarcated by the District authorities at micro level after taking into consideration the guidelines of MoHFW with the objective of effectively breaking the chain of transmission . Strict containment measures will be enforced in these containment zones and only essential activities will be allowed . There shall be strict perimeter control to ensure that there is no movement of people in or out of these zones , except for medical emergencies and for maintaining supply of essential goods and services . In the Containment Zones , there shall be intensive contact tracing , house – to – house surveillance , and other clinical interventions , as required . Guidelines of MoHFW shall be effectively implemented for the above purpose . ( iii ) These Containment Zones will be notified on the websites by the respective District Collectors and by the States / UTs and information will be shared with MOHFW . State / UT Governments shall not impose any local lockdown ( State / District / sub – division / City level ) , outside the containment zones , without prior consultation with the Central Government .


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