New Delhi: A day after Centre released guidelines for fourth phase of nationwide lockdown, the Amarinder Singh-led Punjab government on Monday became the first state to issue norms for lockdown 4.0. Also Read - Heartwarming! Amid Lockdown, Kerala Operates 70-Seater Boat to Ferry Just One Schoolgirl to Help Her Take Exams
In the new guideline, the Punjab government has permitted intra-state public transport to resume services in the non-containment areas, that means autos, taxis and four wheelers can ply in the state barring the COVID-19 affected areas. Two-wheeler vehicles like bikes, scooter can also be used with conditions. Inter-state movement of buses is also permitted, but with mutual consent of other states. Also Read - Mohammed Shami Distributes Food Packets And Masks, Making Efforts to Arrange Flights For Stranded Migrants
Besides, shops are also allowed to open from 7 AM to 6 PM. The Punjab government has also lifted the curfew, allowing movement of people within the state from 7 am to 7 pm. However, night curfew will remain in force across the state from 7 pm to 7 am. Restrictions in the containment zones will also continue. Also Read - Coronavirus LIVE: Biggest Single-Day Jump Ever, India Records 8,909 New Cases in Last 24 Hours
Apart from that barber shops and salons will reopen in the state, but they have to prevent over-crowding and maintain social distancing.
Hotels, restaurants, bars, gyms, cinema halls, malls, swimming pools will continue remain shut. The Punjab government further advised old-age people, pregnant women, children aged below 10 to remain indoors.