RESTRICTIONS STILL IN PLACE
The lockdown in India continues in Containment Zones and activities reopened in phased manner in areas outside Containment Zones.
- On 30 May, the government issued an order to extend the lockdown in Containment Zones until 30 June 2020, and to reopen prohibited activities in a phased manner in areas outside Containment Zones. However, night curfew will be imposed throughout the country from 0900pm to 0500am, except for essential activities.
According to the Guidelines for Phased Re-opening (Unlock 1), for areas outside Containment Zones, all activities will be permitted with strict adherence to National Directives for COVID-19 Management, and the following will be opened in phase manner:
– Phase I: Starting from 8 June, religious places/places of worship for public, hotels, restaurants, hospitality services, shopping will be allowed to reopen.
– Phase II: Starting from July, the schools, colleges, educational/training/coaching institutions will be opened after consultation with local governments. Local governors are also advised to conduct consultation with parents and stakeholder before making decision to reopen educational institutes.
– Phase III: Based on the assessment of the situation, dates for resuming activities, including but not limited to international air travel of passengers, Metro Rail, entertainment and sport facilities, social, political and large congregations, will be decided.
- For Containment Zones, the lockdown will continue in place till 30 June 2020 and only essential activities will be allowed. No movement of people is allowed in or out of these zones, except for emergencies and maintaining essential supply.
IMPACT ON FOOD SUPPLY CHAIN
- For food sector, the food manufacturing activities remain unhampered and restaurants are expected to operate as usual in areas outside of Containment Zones from 8 June 2020.
- In addition, the new issued Guidelines also stipulates that there shall be no restriction on inter-state and intra-state movement of persons and goods. No additional approval/permission will be required for these forms of movements.