Unlock 4.0 guidelines: Know what’s new, what remains unchanged  |  Photo Credit: PTI
New Delhi: The Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) on Saturday issued new guidelines of Unlock 4.0. In Unlock 4, which will come into effect from September 1, 2020, the process of phased re-opening of activities has been extended further. Lockdown in containment zones has been extended till September 30. The new guidelines, issued today, are based on feedback received from States and UTs, and extensive consultations held with related Central Ministries and Departments.
Here’s what will change in Unlock 4:
- 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, Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) will be issued by MOHUA.
- Open air theatres will be permitted to open with effect from 21st September 2020.
- There shall be no restriction on inter-State and intra-State movement of persons and goods. No separate permission/ approval/ e-permit will be required for such movements.
- All activities, except cinema halls, swimming pools, entertainment parks, theatres shall be permitted outside containment zones
Here is what remains unchanged in Unlock 4
- Schools, colleges, educational and coaching institutions will continue to remain closed for students.
- Cinema halls, swimming pools, entertainment parks, theatres will continue to remain closed.
- International air travel, except as permitted by MHA, to remain suspended.
- Only essential services will be allowed in containment zones.
- Delhi Metro will resume its services for public from September 7 in a calibrated manner. Further details on the Metro functioning and its usage by the general public will be shared once the detailed SOP on Metros is issued.
- Noida Metro will resume its operations on Aqua Line for the public from September 7 onwards in a graded manner. More details on its functioning and usage by general public will be shared once the detailed SOP on Metros is issued.
- Kochi Metro services will reopen from September 7. KMRL announced that in the first phase, the service will run at intervals of 20 minutes from 7 am to 8 pm. The train will stop for 20 seconds at each station and open the doors of the train in this time for air circulation. Seats for passengers will be marked inside the train, keeping the social distance.