It is anticipated that Prime Minister Narendra Modi may speak on the next stage of lockdown from June 1 that is likely to come into effect after we bid adieu to Lockdown 4.0 on May 31. PM Modi will be addressing the nation on May 31 on his radio programme Mann Ki Baat. According to sources, PM Modi may give some clarity on Lockdown 5.0.
According to India Today, in his speech, PM Modi will lay stress on the lockdown spirit and even provide a blueprint on easing of restrictions in most parts of the country.
LOCKDOWN 5.0 TO FOCUS ON 11 CITIES
According to home ministry sources, Lockdown 5.0 will primarily focus on 11 cities with 70 per cent of the total coronavirus cases in India. Lockdown 5.0 from June 1 is will revolve around the prominent cities of Delhi, Mumbai, Bengaluru, Pune, Thane, Indore, Chennai, Ahmedabad, Jaipur, Surat and Kolkata.
The most-affected cities that have contributed 60 per cent of the total 1.51 lakh coronavirus cases in the country so far are Ahmedabad, Delhi, Pune, Kolkata and Mumbai. Centre had earlier prepared a list of 30 municipal corporation areas which is said to account for 80 per cent of the country’s total coronavirus cases.
EASING OF RESTRICTIONS
It is further being said that deliberations about reopening religious places on certain conditions are also being considered in Lockdown 5.0 but there will be no mass congregations. Following social distancing rules long with face masks will still act as a mandate.
Meanwhile, Karnataka government has requested PM Modi for the reopening of all religious places from June 1 and written a letter to the PMO.
After salons were allowed to function in Lockdown 4.0 guidelines, lockdown 5.0 might witness gyms getting back to action excluding the ones in containment zones.
However, no educational institutes will be permitted to re-commence, including schools and colleges. Malls and cinema halls will continue to remain shut in the coming days.
Marriages and funerals will continue to witness limited number of guests.