Guwahati: With the end of the fourth phase of the lockdown that was called to contain the spread of the coronavirus coming to an end, Assam Chief Secretary Kumar Sanjay Krishna has issued a new strict of directives which will come into force from June 1 onwards.
What You Can Do:
Religious places of worship will now be allowed to re-open. However, as a measure against the mass gathering of worshippers, a gathering of only 20 persons will be allowed per hour. "All religious institutions shall issue disposable paper tokens regulate number of visitors per hour and ensure safe disposal of tokens before entering the religious places", said the Chief Secretary's notification.
Hotels, restaurants, and other hospitality services can resume from June 8, "maintaining social distancing with 50% of total capacity at a time." Shopping malls can also re-open from June 8, but they have to follow the social distancing norms. Moreover, open spaces and public parks for yoga, morning walks, jogging et al without sitting arrangements can be opened from June 1. However, "persons entrusted with the responsibility of maintaining social distancing and hygiene norms."
Furthermore, the shooting of films and videos for both Government and public can be resumed by maintaining social distancing from June 1.
Barbershops and parlors for hair trimming purposes can be opened from June 1 "maintaining social distancing and strict use of masks and gloves with very frequent sanitization."
What is Not Allowed:
Pillion riding in two-wheelers will remain restricted to women and children below 12 years of age.
Cinema halls, gymnasiums, swimming pools, entertainment parks, theatres, bars and auditoriums, assembly halls, and similar places shall remain closed.
At the same time, social, political, sports, entertainment, academic, cultural, religious functions, and other large-scale congregations will not be allowed.
Meanwhile, schools, colleges, universities, coaching centers, and other similar places of gathering shall remain closed until further orders.
Revision of Night Curfew:
In this new phase of the lockdown, curfew will be in place from 9 pm to 5 am. In this period of time, only activities considered "essential" shall be allowed. The Chief Secretary has urged the local authorities to issue orders to ensure strict compliance with this directive. At the same time, persons above 65 years of age, persons with co-morbidities, pregnant women, and children below the age of 10 have been advised to stay at home.