Religious institutions, shopping malls to be allowed to reopen from June 8

New Delhi: The Union Ministry of Home Affairs on Saturday issued new guidelines for phased re-opening of all activities outside containment zones for the next one month.

The Ministry has, however, extended the lockdown in containment zones across the country up to June 30.

“Reopening of prohibited activities in areas outside containment zones to be done in phased manner,” said a notification issued by the Home Ministry.

As per the notification, activities to be allowed from June 8  include religious places of worship for public, hotels, restaurants and other hospitality services. Shopping malls will also allowed to open from June 8.

Schools, colleges, educational, training, coaching institutions will be opened after consultations with states and UTs, said the Home Ministry.

Under the new guidelines, only a limited number of activities will remain prohibited throughout the country. These activities are 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.

Social, political, sports, entertainment, academic, cultural, religious functions, and other large congregation will also be prohibited.

The night curfew will continue to remain in force, on the movement of individuals, for all non-essential activities. However, the revised timings of the curfew will be from 9 PM to 5 AM across country.

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