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Lockdown in containment zones extended until June 30, others to re-open in phased manner

Lockdown will extend until June 30 in containment zones while prohibited activities are allowed to reopen in a phased manner outside the containment zones, according to guidelines issued by the Ministry of Home Affairs today. However, "night curfew" on movement of individuals except for essential activities will remain in effect from 9 pm to 5 am across the country. Section 144 orders may be passed by local authorities to enforce it. Like last time, Aarogya Setu is not mandatory. However, employers “on best effort basis should ensure” that the app is installed by all employees with “compatible mobile phones”. District authorities “may advise individuals” to install the app. Containment zones will be defined by district authorities as per guidelines by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare. Only essential activities will be allowed, and like earlier, strict perimeter control, intensive contact tracing, house-to-house surveillance, etc. will be carried out in these zones. States and UTs can identify buffer zones as well, whose restrictions will be put in place by district authorities. No permissions required for inter-state movement of people, goods (with exceptions) No separate permissions, permits, passes are required for inter-state movement of people and goods except for (who will be regulated by already issued SOPs): Movement of passenger trains, Shramik special trains Domestic air travel Repatriation of Indian nationals stranded abroad, and specified people allowed to travel abroad Evacuation of foreign nationals Sign-on and sign-off Indian seafarers But, if a state/UT has restrictions in place for public health reasons,…

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