Some major relaxations under ‘Unlock 1.0’ – the first stage of the three-phased lockdown exit plan – came into force starting Monday as shopping malls, religious places, hotels and restaurants reopened in most states, after over two months. However, people are also questioning as this could pose new challenges to curb the spread of the coronavirus in India.
- Gymnasiums, public pools, hotels, banquet halls and spas to remain closed in Delhi: Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal.
- Chennai lockdown still in place till June 30th. Only markets are open and certain other establishments like offices etc. Malls and religious places of worship still closed.
- Kerala to permit opening up of establishments from tomorrow.
- Delhi government yesterday announced that Delhi-Noida, Delhi-Gurugram borders will operate from Monday (June 8).
- Religious places like Jama Masjid in Delhi, Golden Temple in Amritsar, Yahiyaganj Gurudwara and Eidgah Mosque in Lucknow reopen from June 8.
- All shopping malls and places of worship will remain closed till June 30th in Odisha.
- Bannerghatta National Park in Bangalore to allow visitors from today. The park had been shut for nearly three months now.
- In Punjab, restaurants or food courts in malls will not operate except for takeaway or home delivery; the dine-in facility will remain suspended until further notice.
- According to the guidelines issued by the Punjab Government, anyone visiting the mall must install COVA app on their mobile phones.
- Maharashtra to continue with the lockdown. However, the government has allowed some outdoor activities like cycling, jogging etc.
General SOPs Updates
- Entrances must have mandatory hand sanitiser dispenser and thermal screening provision.
- The customers must wear masks at all times inside the shopping malls.
- The authorities must make sure that they deploy adequate manpower that fits well the social distancing norms and also assists in crowd management in the parking lot and other premises.
- There must be a limit on the number of people entering a particular store.
- Doorknobs of all of these stores, the fixtures, washroom door handles, elevator buttons, escalators and other frequently touched items must be sanitized regularly.
- Cinema halls, gyms, gaming arcades and children play arena inside the malls must remain closed.
- If in case the mall offers valet parking, then the person taking charge of the vehicle must wear hand gloves and mask before entering the car.
- The restaurant authorities must ensure that only 50% of seating capacity (which is the permissible limit) is occupied and each of the guests must be seated at a distance of at least 6 feet.
- The authorities must use disposable menus and paper napkins instead of the cloth ones.
- Those who are waiting for a table must be seated at a designated area and there also the authorities must make provisions to maintain social distancing.
- If a restaurant is sending out a delivery person, they must ensure that the person is screened thematically before going for the delivery.
- In this phase also takeaways are encouraged against dine-ins.
- The devotees must mandatorily wear a mask or cover their face inside the shrine.
- Touching of the idols/statues/holy books will be not allowed. Also, Prasad or charnamat (holy water) or any other offering will be not given at any place of worship.
- The devotees are suggested to avoid using the community mats and if possible, should bring their own mats.
- Community kitchen/langar halls/anna-daan halls must operate within the social distancing guidelines.
- The devotees must also maintain distance from one another inside the temple.
- Necessary details like travelling history, medical history etc along with the ID must be taken by the hotel authorities from each of the guests. They must also ensure that the guests fill in a self-declaration form at the reception.
- Buffet system must keep in mind the social distancing guidelines.
- Rooms and other areas like washrooms must be sanitised and deeply cleaned each time a guest checks-out. The sheets and covers must be changed immediately.
- The face covers, masks and gloves that the guests or the staff are using must be disposed-off properly.
Along with that, all these people should be encouraged to install Aarogya Setu App in their mobile phones to get the latest updates on COVID-19 crisis.
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