How states plan to ‘unlock’ malls, restaurants and religious places | India News

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Jun 7, 2020

NEW DELHI: Religious places, restaurants and malls in most parts of India will reopen on Monday after over two-months of coronavirus-induced lockdown. Earlier this week, the Centre had released guidelines to gradually ease curbs for resumption of human activity. Ahead of unlocking of key public places, several states have issued their own guidelines to ensure strict adherence to social distancing norms.

Here are state-wise guidelines for people planning to step out —
1

DELHI

  • Delhi will allow reopening of malls, restaurants and religious places from June 8.
  • Hourly disinfection of the common areas, contactless shopping and physical distancing norms have been put in place.
  • Several malls have set up UV sterilisation chambers for people to disinfect their belongings.
  • Some malls plan on providing face shields for employees who will be allowed to work only after temperature checks.
  • It will be mandatory for shoppers to wear masks at all times and to install the Aarogya Setu application on their mobile phones.
  • Pregnant women, children aged below 10 years and persons aged above 65 years will not be allowed entry.
  • In some clothing stores, dummy shirts will be made available for a trial and sanitised after every use.
  • Ahead of opening, temples and gurudwaras in Delhi sanitised premises.
  • In temples, prasad will not be distributed and only 5-10 devotees will be allowed to enter at a time.
2

HARYANA

  • Malls and religious places will reopen in Haryana from June 8 except in Gurgaon and Faridabad districts.
  • Hotels, restaurants and other hospitality services to reopen with generic preventive measures across the state.
  • The timing of opening for all would be between 9 am and 8 pm to ensure compliance of 9pm-5am night curfew.
  • Restaurants in hotels would be allowed to operate with only 50 per cent capacity. No buffet service will be allowed. Only ordering individually on the menu would be allowed. No bars in restaurants will be allowed to open. Room service or takeaways for dine in rooms will be allowed.
  • For shopping malls, other than in Gurgaon and Faridabad, of social distancing norms like wearing of face covers/masks mandatory at all times.
  • Gaming arcades, children play areas and cinema halls inside shopping malls will remain closed.
  • Religious activities permitted outside containment zones but no gatherings will be allowed.
  • Aarti, congregation or mass and collective gathering for prayers not allowed. Only individual prayers allowed
  • No physical offerings like prasad or distribution or sprinkling of holy water etc. has been allowed inside religious places.
  • Mandatory for community kitchens at religious places to observe physical distancing norms while cooking and distribution.
  • Banquet halls with a size of around 2000 square feet allowed to operate with maximum of 50 guests at a time amidst social distancing norms.
3

PUNJAB

  • As per state government guidelines, a token system for entry in malls will be introduced and there will be a provision for maximum time limit for which a visitor can stay inside a shopping mall. Loitering in malls not allowed.
  • Mall visitors are required to have COVA Punjab app (Coronavirus alert app) on their mobile phones. However, a family can be allowed to enter a mall if one of the members has COVA app installed in his/her phone.
  • Shoppers not more than 50 per cent of the maximum capacity allowed to enter the mall.
  • Trying out clothes in shopping malls not allowed.
  • At restaurants, there will be no dine-in facility till further orders; take away or home delivery permitted.
  • Use of lift not allowed except in case of differently-abled person or medical emergency.
  • Religious places to remain open between 5 am and 8 pm.
  • In case of religious places, the maximum number of persons at the time of worship shall not exceed 20 with due distancing.
  • ‘Prasad’ or ‘langar’ at places of worship not allowed.
4

UTTAR PRADESH

  • In Ghaziabad, hotels, restaurants and eateries will function from June 10 and the malls to open from June 11.
  • The religious places will open Monday onwards.
  • Malls have been granted three days to sanitize establishments, starting Monday.
  • Authorities have announced to honour establishment owners who enforce protocol measures and put to task those who flout physical distancing norms.
5

KARNATAKA

  • Religious places open for devotees Monday onwards.
  • Temples and mosques will reopen on Monday but the Church is set to allow its faithful from June 13, giving itself time to sensitise them.
  • Social distancing will be the ‘mantra’ while traditional practices such as ‘archana’ and giving ‘teertha’ (holy water) will be missing in places of worship. No temple bells for devotees.
  • Temples, mosques and churches have painted social distancing boxes where the devotees will have to stand in queue and wait for their turn, while masks have been made mandatory for all, including priests.
  • People with symptoms of cold and cough will not be allowed in the mosques and maintaining social distance during Namaz is mandatory.
  • Each person should bring from home the mat required for Namaz and mosques should be opened only during prayers.
6

ODISHA

  • All places of worship will continue to remain close till June 30, as per state government guidelines.
  • All shopping malls will continue to remain close till June 30.
  • Restaurants and hotels are allowed to continue home delivery and takeaway services.
7

GOA

  • Religious places allowed to open from Monday but mass activities are not allowed.
  • Temple and church committees, however, are yet to take a call on opening their premises.
  • The Association of All Goa Muslim Jamats has also decided to defer reopening of mosques till June 30.
  • Restaurants in Goa will be allowed to reopen from Monday, although the ban on operations of other establishments like schools, colleges, cinema halls, gyms, will continue as earlier.
  • The current ban on non-essential movement is between 7 pm and 5 am, from Monday onwards, it would be restricted to 9 pm and 5 am.
8

TELANGANA

  • Mall owners in Hyderabad have said that they will be opening shops starting Monday amidst strict physical distancing norms. Some malls will reopen starting June 10.
  • The shopping centres in Hyderabad will be open from 11 am to 8 pm only.
  • Owners plan on restricting entry points for staff and shoppers.
  • The 20-person lifts will now be restricted to just six.
  • Wearing a mask is compulsory for everybody to enter the mall where hand sanitisers are provided for customers.
  • Some malls in Hyderabad have also suspended the touch-based attendance system for its staff.
  • Movie screens and children play areas will not open.
  • In some places, entry of shoppers into the mall will depend on the number of people already inside the mall. Staff will keep a count on how many people they are allowing to enter at a given point of time.
9

MADHYA PRADESH

  • Places of worship outside containment zones in several places in Madhya Pradesh will reopen from Monday. No decision has been taken for red zones Indore and Bhopal.
  • Only pre-registered devotees would be allowed to enter Ujjain’s famous Mahakaleshwar Temple. Only 350 such persons would be allowed in every hour, with the daily limit set at 2,800.
  • The temple will remain open between 8 am and 6 pm and no one will be allowed to touch the idols and scriptures, sprinkle or distribute holy water or offer prasad.
  • Ten sanitisation machines have been installed at the gates. The entry of devotees would be stopped for an hour after every two hours to sanitise the campus.
  • Kal Bhairav temple, the gurudwara at Freeganj, a Catholic church, Jama Masjid and Madina Masjid will also open Monday onwards. Datia’s famous Pitambara Peeth will also open its doors for devotees from Monday with pre-registration. Omkareshwar temple will open on June 16.
  • Mosques in red zones like Bhopal and Indore would not open as of now.
  • It is mandatory for devotees to use face mask and sanitizer.
10

JAMMU & KASHMIR

  • All public offices have opened in the state, making attendance mandatory for the entire staff June 6 onwards.
  • The biometric attendance system continues to stay suspended.
  • Routine issue of visitors and temporary office entry passes to be suspended. Only those with proper permission of the officer they want to meet will be allowed in after being properly screened.
  • Those employees at higher risk due viz. older employees, pregnant women and staff with underlying medical conditions are not to be exposed to any frontline work requiring direct contact with the public.

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