Extension or relaxation? Know which states have announced what
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Despite a significant drop in cases, some states have chosen to extend the current lockdown. Among the latest states that have extended the restrictions are Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu, Delhi, Haryana, Odisha, Telangana, Kerala, Goa and Sikkim.
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However, Uttar Pradesh and Jammu and Kashmir have announced easing restrictions in districts where cases are less active. But even in those states, the nighttime curfew and weekend shutdown will remain effective.
Delhi, Madhya Pradesh and Himachal Pradesh have announced relaxation of restrictions due to a drop in new cases and the positivity rate. Delhi has allowed factory and construction work on closed campuses, while other states have allowed stores to open for longer hours and in some places malls can open under certain conditions.
The Telangana government extended the current lockdown for another 10 days from Monday with eases from 6 a.m. to 1 p.m. daily.
In Odisha, the lockdown was extended for another 16 days, until June 17.
Here, Chief Secretary SC Mohapatra said the restrictions are primarily aimed at “restricting the movement of people, not goods”.
Haryana extended the lockdown until June 7 with some additional relaxations. Now stores can open from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. using the odd-even system. Shopping centers will now be allowed to open from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., subject to certain conditions such as a visitor ceiling depending on the size of the premises. Colleges, industrial training institutes and schools will remain closed until June 15.
The government of Uttar Pradesh has announced relaxations from June 1 in districts with fewer than 600 active cases. There are 20 districts, including Lucknow, where the active cases are over 600, so they won’t see any easing of restrictions. Stores and markets outside the containment zones are now allowed to open from June 1. They can open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. But the weekend lockdown, as well as the 7:00 p.m. to 7:00 a.m. nighttime curfew, will remain. Among the districts where the lockdown will remain in effect are Meerut, Lucknow, Varanasi, Ghaziabad, Gorakhpur, Muzaffarnagar, Bareilly and Gautam Buddh Nagar.
Jammu and Kashmir
The administration of Jammu and Kashmir has also initiated the process of unlocking in Union territory. Now hair salons, salons, salons and liquor stores can open three days a week, except Saturdays and Sundays. However, educational institutions would continue to remain closed until June 15. All cinemas, multiplexes, clubs, gymnasiums, spas, massage centers and paid parks will also remain closed until further orders. Corona’s nighttime curfew would remain enforced in all 20 districts from 8:00 p.m. to 7:00 a.m. and there will be a weekend curfew from 8:00 p.m. Friday to 7:00 a.m.
The administration has placed five districts of Kashmir – Pulwama, Anantnag, Baramulla, Kupwara and Budgam – in the “red zone”, while the other 15 districts are in “orange”. Public transport and shopping malls will not operate in the red zone.
Maharashtra and Goa
The government of Maharashtra also extended the lockdown-type restrictions for an additional 15 days from June 1. The Goa government has extended the current “corona curfew” for a week until June 7.
The Madhya Pradesh government has announced a phased unlocking of curfew restrictions from June 1. The weekend lockdown will continue to be in effect statewide. There will be separate sets of unlock guidelines for locations with a Covid positivity rate above and below 5%. On Sunday, the state government allowed 100 percent attendance for officers and 50 percent for other employees in its offices.
The Sikkim government has extended its statewide lockdown for another week until June 7. However, relaxations have been announced for shops and farming activities, among others.
India recorded 165,553 new cases of Covid on Sunday, the lowest in 46 days. The country had notified 1,61,736 cases on April 13. The daily positivity rate also fell to 8.02%, remaining below 10% for the sixth day in a row.
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