All the new lockdown guidelines across India in June | Condé Nast Traveller IndiaMay 31, 2021
Police barricading at Rajaji Marg during a Covid-19 lockdown on May 23, 2021 in New Delhi, India. Photo: Hindustan Times / Contributor
As we enter a new month, several states across the country have announced new lockdown rules to deal with the second wave of COVID-19. While many have extended lockdowns, there are also some hopeful relaxations on the way as states gain control over the pandemic in their region. Here’s what you need to know.
State-wise lockdown updates:
Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal announced in a live press conference that Delhi is finally gaining control over its COVID-19 situation. As a result, the lockdown will gradually be lifted, starting with the resumption of construction work and reopening of factories from 31 May. In this early stage, the focus remains on the most needy, including daily wage workers and migrant labourers. In general, he urged people to continue staying indoors and step out of their homes only if absolutely necessary.
Maharashtra has extended lockdown-like restrictions till 15 June, with some revisions in the guidelines. All districts with a positivity rate of 10% or under and an oxygen bed occupancy of less than 40% will see some relaxations from the beginning of June. Essential shops, which have been allowed to stay open from 7-11am so far, can now remain open till 2pm. Local disaster management authorities will take a decision regarding the opening up of non-essential shops. However, delivery of non-essential items via e-commerce will be allowed. After 3pm, there will be restrictions on movement, except for medical and other emergencies. In districts that still have a high positivity rate, restrictions remain the same as earlier, with the possibility of sealed borders.
A phase-wise unlocking of the corona curfew restrictions will begin in the state in June. In districts where the weekly positivity rate is less than 5%, shops will be allowed to be open till 6pm and hotels, food courts and restaurants can operate at 50% capacity. However, cinemas, shopping malls, swimming pools, auditoriums and theatres will continue to remain closed. Weddings will be capped at 20 attendees and funerals at 10.
In UP, the corona curfew will continue till 7 June in 20 districts that have a higher number of COVID-19 cases. This includes Lucknow, Meerut, Varanasi, Ghaziabad, Bareilly, Muzaffarnagar and Jhansi, among others. The rest of the districts will see some relaxations in rules. Shops will be allowed to remain open from 7am to 7pm and roadside eateries by highways can reopen. Restaurants can offer home delivery and private establishments can function at limited capacity. The night curfew and weekend closure will remain in place across the state until further notice.
Lockdown restrictions will continue in the state until 7 June, with some relaxations. Inter-district and inter-state travel will be allowed for medical emergencies and funerals, as long as individuals have an e-registration. Provision stores can sell essentials in vehicles or carts in neighbourhoods, with permission from local authorities. Home deliveries of online or telephonic orders will be allowed between 7am and 6pm. Residents will also be allowed to travel from their homes to airport/railway stations as long as they have an e-registration for their travel, travel tickets and ID proof.
The corona curfew will continue till 7 June but shops and other establishments can remain open from 9am to 2pm on weekdays, starting 31 May. Shops selling essentials like milk, bread and medicines will be allowed to stay open on weekends as well. Educational institutions will remain closed and public transport remains suspended until further notice.
Additionally, Goa, Pondicherry, Karnataka and Arunachal Pradesh have extended lockdowns till 7 June, while Kerala’s lockdown stands extended till 9 June, with industries being allowed to reopen at 50% staff capacity.