Lockdown Extension: From July 1, India officially entered the second phase of unlocking. However, it does not feel so to many Indians as several state governments have declared complete lockdown instead of allowing more relaxations. Also Read - Telangana Lockdown: Traders Begin Voluntary 10-day Lockdown as Cases Rise
Does it violate Unlock 2.0? Yes, in spirit, it does. But the centre can do little. Here is why. Also Read - Are State Borders Open From August 1? Are Weekend Lockdowns Withdrawn? FAQ Answered
1. The guidelines that the ministry of home affairs issues before the beginning of every phase of lockdown or unlock are some broad guidelines. The states are free to modify them to some extent. Also Read - Tamil Nadu Lockdown Extended: Statewide Shutdown Till August 31, Total Lockdown on All Sundays
2. The Centre has made it clear that there can’t be a national guideline at this stage because one size doesn’t fit all. The pandemic situation is different in different states. So, the Centre can’t thrust a one-size-fits-all guideline to all states.
3. The Centre says ‘what not to do’ in one particular phase of unlocking. If the states don’t adhere to those guidelines, action can be taken.
4. For example, if states now give permission to reopen swimming pools and gyms, then that will invite troubles But if the states tighten the restrictions, keeping in mind the impact on the economy, the Centre has nothing to object.
5. The state governments or the local authorities are announcing full lockdown but for a shorter period of time so that the economic activities don’t have to bear much brunt of it. Also, in many cases, the fresh lockdown orders are only for containment zones. According to the Centre’s guidelines, no unlocking has begun in such containment zones.