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Lockdown 5.0 highlights: Outdoor film shoots not allowed in Kerala; Kashmir plans to reopen schools from mid-June

Lockdown 5.0 Guidelines & Rules, Coronavirus India Lockdown Unlock 1.0 Guidelines LIVE News Updates: The unlock 1.0, however, will play out differently in most states as they have been given the freedom to prohibit certain activities if they deem fit. But they cannot water down the Centre guidelines.

By: Express Web Desk | Chandigarh, Chennai, Haryana, Karnataka, Kochi, Kolkata, Mumbai, New Delhi, Patna, Pune | Updated: June 3, 2020 11:41:01 am
India lockdown 5.0. State guidelines for lockdown 5.0, Unlock 1.0, Centre guidelines for fifth phase, Tami Nadu extends lockdown, States lockdown extension, Indian express India Lockdown 5.0 LIVE Updates: Arun, a factory worker, walks with his family to board a bus from Ghaziabad to Kanpur on Saturday. (Express photo by Praveen Khanna)

Lockdown 5.0 Guidelines & Rules LIVE Updates: On the first day of unlock 1.0, Kerala allowed buses to ply in neighbouring districts with adequate safety measure including wearing masks and using sanitisers. Although the government permitted shootings for films and soap operas, outdoor shoots have not been allowed.

Meanwhile, authorities in Kashmir were mulling to reopen schools, which have been closed due to the coronavirus-induced lockdown, in the valley from the middle of June this year. Amid the surge in cases, Delhi sealed its borders for a week. Only those people providing essential services will be allowed to cross, the Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal said.

The unlock 1.0, however, will play out differently in most states as they have been given the freedom to prohibit certain activities if they deem fit. But they cannot water down the Centre guidelines. On Sunday, a day before lockdown 4.0 expires, Tamil Nadu announced that it would be extending the lockdown till June 30.

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India lockdown 5.0 LIVE updates: Punjab, Madhya Pradesh and Tamil Nadu have announced the extension of lockdown till June 30; Follow Coronavirus India Lockdown guidelines LIVE News Updates here

01:43 (IST)02 Jun 2020
Mumbai: Worli Koliwada desealed after 2 months

Sixty days after BMC turned Worli Koliwada into a tightly sealed containment zone, most of the area was “desealed” on May 30. About a quarter of the area, comprising 12 clusters in Worli Koliwada and seven in Janata Colony — which still has active cases — continues to remain sealed. Read more here

00:27 (IST)02 Jun 2020
As Shramik Specials reach Bihar, corporate houses lend helping hand with meals, sanitiser kiosks

As migrant workers make their way home on Shramik Special trains, several corporate giants have stepped in to provide them with refreshments and other requirements.

With supply chains stressed due to the lockdown, sourcing packed food to distribute in trains has become a challenge in places like Bihar. Thus, officials have established direct connect with corporate majors, and several business houses are helping, under their Corporate Social Responsibility initiative.

On Monday for instance, the Coca-Cola Company sponsored one lakh bottles of its aerated soft drinks and juices for passengers on Shramik Specials arriving in or passing through Bihar. Read more here

23:58 (IST)01 Jun 2020
Buses return to Gujarat roads, cities start 'unlocking'

ON THE first day of Unlock-1, over 9,500 people took the Ahmedabad Municipal transport Service (AMTS) buses, while over 3,300 took the Bus Rapid Transit System (BRTS) buses. These buses were allowed to run at 50 per cent capacity.

BRTS earned revenue of Rs 38,203, while AMTS earned Rs 93,318 on Monday.

On a normal day, AMTS earns Rs 22 lakh by plying 700 buses, whereas today only 300 buses plied on roads, Atul Bhavsar, AMC Transport Committee Chairman, said.

As many as 125 BRTS buses plied from 7 am to 7 pm at 50 per cent capacity on eight routes. On a normal day, BRTS earns around Rs 19-20 lakh.

Signages have been put up in BRTS buses as well as bus stops for commuters to maintain social distancing. Buses will be available on these routes on a frequency of 8-10 minutes.

Also, 8,982 property tax receipts were received by the Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation (AMC) earning it an income of Rs 4.48 crore on Monday.  

However, a few bridges were not opened to traffic on Monday morning despite orders by AMC that led commuters themselves to remove the barricading.

Following nod from Surat Municipal Commissioner B N Pani, a few textile trading shops and diamond offices opened in Surat on Monday. However, the shops and offices closed down in the afternoon after no customer turned up.

According to Federation of Surat Textile Traders’ Association’s general secretary Champalal Bothra, “The civic body has given us permission to open 61 markets in odd and even pattern from 9.00 am to 4.00 pm. Today only 25 per cent of the shops were opened due to labour shortage. Over 40 per cent of the textile traders are from Rajasthan and most of them have gone back to their home state.”

A diamond trader and SGCCI diamond committee chairman Kirti Shah said, “On Monday, very few diamond trading offices remained opened in Mahidhpuara diamond trading market areas. The reason behind it is that the business in Mumbai is also not going well and even the angadia (private courier services) between Surat and Mumbai is suspended.”

Only one BRTS route was opened Monday, from Udhna to Sachin area.

On Tuesday onwards, two more BRTS routes will be opened between Sarthana and ONGC bridge nearby Dumas and another from Paal area to Kosad.

22:03 (IST)01 Jun 2020
Lockdown Diary, Day 69

Superstar Shah Rukh Khan’s NGO Meer Foundation has come forward to help the baby whose video trying to awaken his dead mother at the Muzaffarpur railway station in Bihar went viral on social media, PTI reported. The video last week was among the most heart-wrenching images to have emerged out of the massive migrant crisis during the coronavirus-led lockdown in the country.

Shah Rukh on Monday said as someone who understands how it feels to lose one’s parents, his support will always be with the child. The video of the toddler from Bihar went viral on social media last week and Shah Rukh’s foundation was quick to trace the child and help him. “MeerFoundation is thankful to all who helped us reach this child, whose heart-wrenching video of trying to wake his mother disturbed all. We are now supporting him and he is under his grandfather’s care,” the NGO posted on Twitter along with the baby and his brother sitting with their grandparents. Read more interesting stories on Day 69 of the lockdown here

20:48 (IST)01 Jun 2020
Authorities in Kashmir planning to reopen schools from mid-June

Authorities in Kashmir are planning to reopen schools, which have been closed due to the coronavirus-induced lockdown, in the valley from the middle of June this year. The government schools have been asked to provide two reusable masks and a pair of hand gloves to each student while installing hand sanitisers and liquid soap dispensers at the entry point of each school, according to a letter written by the director finance in the school education department.

The government schools have been asked to provide two reusable masks and a pair of hand gloves to each student while installing hand sanitisers and liquid soap dispensers at the entry point of each school, according to a letter written by the director finance in the school education department. (PTI)

20:41 (IST)01 Jun 2020
Jharkhand re-opens prohibited activities

The Jharkhand govenrment Monday issued guidelines to reopen prohibited activities in a phased manner in areas outside containment zones. Chief Secretary Sukhdev Singh said that the govenrment is taking a "cautious approach" while implementing in the MHA directions for easing the lock down as migrants have entered from various other states.

"It was felt there is a need for cautious approach...as many migrants have entered the state of Jharkhand from various other states and countries severely affected by COVID-19 and at the same time it was felt necessary to open up economic acitivities and to ease out hardships faced by the people," said CS Sukhdev Singh.

Lockdown will be extended in containment zones till June 30, however, till outside these zones service centres of mobile, watches, TVs--IT related centres will be allowed to open. In district headquarter urban areas, shops selling capital goods, hardware, consumer electronics, jewelries, kitchens wares and furniture will be allowed to open up.

"Call centre of private companies, Restaurants and district head quarter urban areas--only delivery and takeaways, Intra-district plying of public transport of by auto-rickshaw,tempo, -ricksaw, mannual rickshaw among others shall be permitted," the order said. - Abhishek Angad reports from Ranchi

19:38 (IST)01 Jun 2020
As 5th phase of lockdown begins, Gujarat cities start 'unlocking'

Life returned to near normal in many parts of Gujarat, notably in Ahmedabad, the state's worst coronavirus-hit district, as several restrictions were eased in the fifth phase of the lockdown that began on Monday. Roads bustled with traffic as people came out in large numbers to visit markets, which are now open till 7pm in all areas except in containment and micro-containment zones. (PTI)

19:31 (IST)01 Jun 2020
Kerala allows bus service, marriage functions with 50 people

  • As part of relaxations in lockdown 5.0, Kerala will allow bus travel between neighbouring districts with adequate safety measure including wearing masks and using sanitisers.
  • Marriage functions with a maximum of 50 people can be allowed at the Guruvayur Sri Krishna Temple from now on. Marriages at other temples in the state had been given prior approval.Film and soap opera shootings can take place in indoor studios and sets. For soap opera, a maximum of 25 people and for cinema, a maximum of 50 people will be allowed.
  • Shooting outside is not allowed in any case.People coming into the state for urgent work and needing to return within 7 days don't need to go into quarantine. For everyone else, digital passes and home quarantine is mandatory.
  • On the opening of religious places and restaurants for dine-in post June 8, the state will discuss with the Centre before announcing the measures. The CM said he will hold a meeting with religious leaders and convey the state's position to the Centre. However, the CM didn't clarify what the state's position is. He indicated that while the state has the mandate to tighten measures, it cannot relax the guidelines of the Home Ministry.

17:36 (IST)01 Jun 2020
Assam allows barber shops to open, morning walks and film shoots

Barber shops and parlours, public parks for morning walks, and film shooting in studios and open spaces (subject to social distancing guidelines) — allowed from June 1 in Assam.

17:24 (IST)01 Jun 2020
Rajasthan tourist places unlock with song and dance, but visitors keep distance

After over two months of closure due to the coronavirus-triggered lockdown, monuments and tourists places in Rajasthan reopened on Monday with cultural events and performances by folk artistes, but there was no footfall. Tourism stakeholders have welcomed the government decision to allow reopening of these places but are also concerned as the coronavirus outbreak is still raging. "On the first day of reopening, we organised cultural performance by folk artistes at 32 monuments in the state including in capital city. It was to mark the reopening of the monuments," Prakash Chandra Sharma, Director, Department of Archaeology and Museum, told PTI. 

17:07 (IST)01 Jun 2020
AP not to unlock borders for inter-state movement of vehicles, people

As the COVID-19 lockdown 5.0 came into effect on Monday, the Andhra Pradesh government decided to not unlock its borders yet for inter-state movement of people and vehicles. State Director General of Police D G Sawang said that restrictions on inter-state movement of people would remain in force "till a further decision is taken." Those who need to come to AP from other states in private vehicles would have to obtain an e-pass through the government's 'Spandana' portal and undergo medical tests. "Those seeking to come from less coronavirus-affected states will be sent to home quarantine and those from highly-affected states will be sent to institutional quarantine for seven days. After that, if they test positive for COVID-19, they will be sent to hospital or, if negative, for home quarantine for further seven days," PTI quoted the DGP as saying in arelease.

16:54 (IST)01 Jun 2020
T Nagar, shopping hub of Chennai, opens on Unlockdown Day 1

Scenes from the shopping hub of Chennai: T Nagar. As per the guidelines issued by the Tamil Nadu government, jewellery and textile shops can function across the state with 50 per cent staff strength and without air conditioning. Five customers are allowed inside at a time.

16:48 (IST)01 Jun 2020
Rs 20,000 crore subordinate debt for stressed MSMEs: Prakash Javadekar

Cabinet Monday approved Rs 20,000 crore subordinate debt for stressed MSMEs, this will benefit 2 lakh stressed MSMEs, Union Minister Prakash Javadekar said after cabinet meeting. Union Minister Narendra Tomar said that the farmers will get more time to repay their loans, till August now. 

16:38 (IST)01 Jun 2020
Delhi lockdown 5.0 guidelines: Capital seals borders for one week, salons to reopen

In a sign that bed in Delhi government-run hospitals are likely to be reserved for only the city’s residents, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Monday sealed the national capital’s borders for a week. The decision comes against the backdrop of a consistent four-digit rise in the number of corona cases in the city since March 28. However, within the city, there will be more relaxations, the CM said, announcing the decision to allow barber shops and salons to open and lifting the odd-even restrictions from markets. Read more here

16:13 (IST)01 Jun 2020
Unlock 1.0 Day 1: Temples open in Bengal, hustle bustle in other states as new guidelines come into play

From open shops and markets and milling crowds on roads to the hustle and bustle of railway stations, a semblance of normality seemed to return in various states as the country entered the first of the three-phase unlock plan on Monday. With the government allowing unfettered movement of goods and persons within states, more vehicles were out on the roads, leading to snarls in many cities, even though public transport remained skeletal.

In Bengaluru, an increase in people and vehicle movements were seen in most parts of the city except containment zones while roads in Tamil Nadu witnessed much more traffic with the arrival of auto rickshaws and taxis. Read more here

15:29 (IST)01 Jun 2020
All relaxations allowed by Centre allowed in Goa: CM Pramod Sawant

Chief Minister Pramod Sawant said all relaxations that have been allowed by central government will be allowed in Goa, other decisions regarding the relaxations will be taken in a Cabinet meeting later today. "We are not allowing inter-state transport," he told ANI.

14:26 (IST)01 Jun 2020
Why are Delhi borders sealed?

The Chief Minister said that since Delhi’s health care services in the government sector are free and also claimed they were better than in a lot of other states, and there was a possibility that patients from outside Delhi would want to get treated in the city.

The government is worried that considering the current Covid case load – the city saw 1295 cases on Sunday and the total active cases are around 11,000 – hospitals could get overwhelmed. There are 6,600 Covid beds in city hospitals so far, of which 2586 are occupied. This is supposed to go up to 9,500 by June 5. The fear is that these will get occupied within a couple of days if free movement starts.

14:18 (IST)01 Jun 2020
AP not to unlock borders for inter-state movement of vehicles, people

As the COVID-19 lockdown 5.0 came into effect on Monday, the Andhra Pradesh government has decided not to unlock its borders yet for inter-state movement of vehicles and people. State Director General of Police D G Sawang said in a release that restrictions on inter-state movement of people would remain in force "till a further decision is taken." Those seeking to come to AP from other states in private vehicles should obtain an e-pass through the government's 'Spandana' web portal and undergo medical tests. "Those seeking to come from less coronavirus-affected states will be sent to home quarantine and those from highly-affected states will be sent to institutional quarantine for seven days.

14:16 (IST)01 Jun 2020
Delhi borders sealed: Who is allowed to travel across the border?

Those employed in essential services, which includes health services, municipal services, movement of vegetables, grocery and dairy items, banking operations, among others, will be allowed to cross the border. Anyone who works with the government will also be allowed into the city using only the official identity card. Those who have valid movement passes will be allowed entry. Transport options such as cabs, autos and buses have not been allowed. Only those with e-passes will be allowed movement.

06:13 (IST)01 Jun 2020
Rajasthan: Offices to open fully, curbs stay on malls, places of worship

Announcing guidelines for Lockdown 5.0, the Rajasthan government on Sunday said that all government offices will work with full strength from June 1 and private offices will be permitted to operate with full strength but they should encourage “work from home”.

The guidelines, issued by Additional Chief Secretary (Home) Rajeeva Swarup, will be in effect from June 1 to June 30 and, as per officials, emphasise “cautious resumption of normalcy through adequate precautionary and safety measures”. Read more here

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Lockdown 5.0 Guidelines & Rules LIVE Updates:

In Maharashtra, which is the worst affected state in the country, the lockdown was extended till June 30 with easing of restrictions and phase-wise resumption of activities. Calling it "Mission Begin Again", the government allowed all markets, market areas and shops, except malls, to function from June 5 on odd-even basis even as cases in the state crossed 65,000. This will exclude containment zones.

The Centre plans to unlock all the economic activities in a phased manner, beginning with the opening of restaurants and malls on June 8. Though the lockdown 5.0 will last till June 30, it is only in containment zones. Also, the night curfew hours for areas outside these zones have been revised to 9 pm to 5 am from the earlier 7 pm to 7 am.

The MHA guidelines issued on Saturday said schools, colleges, educational/ training/ coaching institutions would be re-opened in consultation with states and Union Territories in Phase II. It has suggested states may, in turn, hold consultations at the institution level with parents and other stakeholders and provide feedback to the Centre. “…a decision on the reopening of these institutions will be taken in the month of July 2020,” the guidelines said.

Some activities will continue to remain prohibited, though. These include international air travel of passengers; operation of Metro Rail; cinema halls, gymnasiums, swimming pools, entertainment parks, theatres, bars and auditoriums, assembly halls and similar places; and, social/ political/ sports/ entertainment/ academic/ cultural/ religious functions/ and other large congregations. “In Phase III, dates for their opening will be decided based on assessment of the situation,” the guidelines said.

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