As the country gears up for Unlock 4.0 which kicks in on Tuesday, a few states continue to stay under a lockdown or are yet to take a decision on extending the lockdown. Union Home Ministry issued Unlock 4.0 guidelines providing significant relaxations to facilitate trade and movement.
In Unlock 4.0 states have not been allowed to impose lockdowns outside containment zones without Centre’s permission. However, many states have started to come up with their own set of rules for this phase of unlocking.
Here are the states which continue to stay under either a complete or partial lockdown:
Tamil Nadu government has extended its lockdown to September 30. However, the state has also announced major relaxations, including the resumption of intra-state bus services from September 1 and Chennai metro rail services from September 7.
In a bid to combat the spread of the novel coronavirus in the state, Uttar Pradesh government has extended weekend lockdown already in force till September 30.
Maharashtra government has also also decided to extend lockdown in the state till September 30. However, government has provided various relaxations in the month of September. Hotels in Maharashtra have been allowed to operate with 100% capacity while strictly adhering to SOPs. Private offices can also operate with 30% capacity. Private as well as minibuses have been allowed to operate while following the SOPs that will be issued by State Transport Commissioner.
West Bengal government extended the statewide lockdown till September 30. However, metro rail service will resume in a graded manner starting September 8.
Amid the rising number of coronavirus cases, Bihar government had extended the statewide lockdown till September 6.
In July this year, Kerala government had announced the extension of its lockdown till July 2021.