Unlock 1: Centre and States list lockdown exit strategy

The lockdown is in effect in containment zones till June 30, 2020

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While on the one hand, India’s Covid-19 rate improved to 48 percent, on the other, the fourth phase of the lockdown came to an end on May 31, 2020. Soon, the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) issued an exit strategy terming it ‘Unlock 1’ which was divided into three phases. As per the Unlock 1 strategy, the lockdown in containment zones has been extended till June 30, 2020 and prohibited activities outside containment zones are to be re-opened in a phased manner.

In the first phase, religious places for public, hotels / restaurants and hospitality services and shopping malls would be allowed to open to the public on June 8, 2020.

In the second phase, to be decided in July, the re-opening of schools and colleges would be decided in consultation with States and Union Territories who would take into account the opinions of the stakeholders. The Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MOHFW) would prepare a Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) in consultation with the Central Ministries and State Departments for ensuring social distancing and other measures to curb the spread of Covid-19.

No activity will be allowed in containment zones. Under the jurisdiction of the Greater Chennai Police – IT / ITes are permitted with a minimum of 40 persons (100 percent capacity outside containment zones), private offices can function at 50 percent strength (100 percent outside containment zones) and showrooms are permitted to open at 50 percent staff strength and without air conditioning and limited customers.

Restaurants can open from June 8 with 50 percent seating capacity and no air conditioning. Tea shops will follow the same directive too. Liquor retail shops will remain closed. Vegetable shops can function from 6 AM to 8 PM.

West Bengal

The government of West Bengal has extended the lockdown up to June 15 in containment zones. Existing restrictions continue to be in force. Relaxations allowed are – operation of tea gardens, jute mills, MSMEs, construction industries with 100 percent strength of workers with effect from June 1, 2020. Intra-state bus movement and private movement allowed. Religious places will be opened in consultation with local police stations but no more than 10 people will be allowed at a time. Indoor and outdoor activities related to TV and cinema production, barring reality show / web-portal and OTT platforms with not more than 35 people will be allowed from August 1, 2020.

Government offices will be allowed to re-open from June 8 with 70 percent capacity. Private offices, hotels / restaurants and malls will be allowed to open from June 8, 2020.


In Jharkhand, services centres, call centres of private companies, shops in district headquarter areas (selected items), garages and motor shops, restaurants (home delivery and take away) and intra-district plying of public transport by autos/ tempos/e-rickshaws and manual rickshaws will be permitted.


In areas outside containment zones, lockdown orders will be extended till June 7 with some relaxations. Restriction on movement of persons shall apply from 9 PM to 5 AM. No shops / establishments will remain open after 8 PM. There shall be no restriction on inter-state movement of persons.

States like Bihar and Telangana have stated that they will follow national directives.


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