Deserted roads during lockdown in India. (File photo/Reuters)
NEW DELHI: The Indian government on Saturday, announced a major relaxation of the world’s biggest coronavirus lockdown starting from early June.
Areas dubbed “containment zones”, which have high numbers of infections, are not privy to this easing of restrictions.
According to the Indian Express, lockdown for these zones are extended until June 30.
However, states are granted the freedom to keep areas closed or put suitable restrictions if they deem such precautions necessary, stated the new guidelines issued by India’s Ministry of Home Affairs.
A home ministry order said that as part of its first phase to lifting the lockdown, places of religious worship, hotels, restaurants and shopping malls “will be allowed” to operate from June 8.
In the second phase, classes in schools, colleges, and other educational institutions would resume “after consultation” with Indian state authorities.
The third phase will see the opening of cinema halls, gymnasiums and resumption of international flights, apart from other activities, various functions and large congregations.
(With inputs from agencies)