MHA issues Unlock 3 Guidelines, opens up more activities, Night Curfew ends, Strict enforcement of lockdown in Containment Zones till August 31

Restrictions on movement of individuals during night (Night curfew) have been removed in the Unlock 3 period. Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) issued new guidelines today, for opening up of more activities in areas outside the Containment Zones. In Unlock 3, which will come into effect from August 1, 2020, the process of phased re-opening of activities has been extended further. The new guidelines, issued today, are based on feedback received from States and UTs, and extensive consultations held with related Central Ministries and Departments.  Yoga institutes and gymnasiums will be allowed to open from August 5, 2020. 

In this regard, Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) will be issued by the Ministry of Health & Family Welfare (MoHFW) for ensuring social distancing and to contain the spread of COVID-19. Independence Day functions will be allowed with social distancing and by following other health protocols, e.g., wearing of masks etc.  International air travel of passengers has been permitted in a limited manner under the Vande Bharat mission. 

Metro Rail, Cinema halls, swimming pools, entertainment parks, theatres, bars, auditoriums, assembly halls and similar places will have to wait for opening up. Dates for opening of these will be decided separately, based on the assessment of the situation. Lockdown shall continue to be implemented strictly in the Containment Zones till 31 August, 2020. These Containment Zones will be notified on the websites of the respective District Collectors and by the States/ UTs and information will also be shared with MOHFW. National Directives for COVID-19 management shall continue to be followed throughout the country, with a view to ensure social distancing.  Shops will need to maintain adequate physical distancing among customers. MHA will monitor the effective implementation of National Directives. The use of Aarogya Setu mobile application will continue to be encouraged.

The State/UT governments under the guidance of Centre are steadily ramping up testing to ensure prompt identification and isolation of COVID-19 positive cases. With 4,08,855 samples tested in the last 24 hours, the number of Test Per Million (TPM) has increased to 12,858 and cumulative testing has crossed 1.77 crore.  A total of 1,77,43,740 samples for COVID-19 were tested across the country as of Tuesday, said the Indian Council of Medical Research. "The total number of COVID-19 samples tested up to July 28 is 1,77,43,740 including 4,08,855 samples tested yesterday," said the ICMR in a bulletin shared on Twitter. The testing lab network in the country is continuously strengthened with 1316 labs in the country; 906 labs in the government sector and 410 private labs.  

A sero survey conducted by the BMC on almost 7,000 people in three civic wards in the city found 57% of the people tested in slum pockets had antibodies to Covid-19 as against 16% in non-slum pockets. The SARS-CoV2 sero-prevalence study—covering the wards R North (Dahisar), M West (Chembur) and F North (Sion, GTB Nagar and Matunga)—was done by the BMC along with Niti Ayog and Tata Institute of Fundamental Research (TIFR).