India is confronting of the fourth stage of nationwide Unlock, which will come to an end on September 30. Unlock 4, which began on September 1, saw the central government give various relaxations like resumption of Metro services for the first time since late March, and partial reopening of schools for classes 9-12.
In the fifth stage of Unlock, speculations are growing over new relaxations that the Centre may allow. Last week, in his virtual meet with chief ministers of seven worst-affected states, prime minister Narendra Modi suggested steps be undertaken for implementation of the idea of ‘micro-containment’ zones.
Ministry of home affairs (MHA) had allowed public places such as malls, salons, restaurants and gyms to open with restrictions, more economic activities are likely to be allowed from October with physical distancing.
In his meeting with the chief ministers, PM Narendra Modi had stressed on reassessing containments and lockdowns in a way that curbs Covid-19 spread. However, he said because of this, economic activities should not confronts problems.
MHA had given permission only for open-air theatres to resume operations, from September 21.