The first phase of nationwide unlock starts today. Unlock 1 will allow a phased reopening of most activities across India. Centre on Saturday Unlock 1 guidelines limiting the lockdown only to the containment zones.
Government also allowed unfettered movement of goods and persons between states and within states. Several states have also released guidelines for the fifth phase of lockdown or Unlock 1.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi has urged people to be more careful in their fight against Covid-19 as country prepares to Unlock. In his Mann Ki Baat programme, Mr Modi said becoming careless or lackadaisical cannot be an option. He said as economic activities have resumed, social distancing has become even more important now.
Prime Minister said there should be no laxity and people should maintain ‘do gaj ki doori’, wear face masks and stay at home to the extent possible. Prime Minister said, after so many hardships, the country’s deft handling of the situation should not go in vain. He said, the road ahead is a long one and we are fighting a pandemic about which little was previously known.
The Prime Minister hailed the spirit of service shown by the people and called it the biggest strength. He said, Sewa Paramo Dharmah – service is a joy in itself – is a way of life in India.