Unlock 1.0: On easing lockdown and do's and don'ts

After a prolonged lockdown, the Union Ministry of Home Affairs has announced a three-phase unlock plan. However, the containment zones, including some of the biggest metros which account for almost 70% of the cases will witness stricter lockdown until June 30.

PHASE 1: Religious places, restaurants, hotels and other hospitality services and shopping malls will be permitted to open from June 8.

PHASE 2: Schools, colleges, educational/ training/ coaching institutions, etc will reopen after consultation with the states and UTs.

PHASE 3: Resumption of international flights, metro services, cinema halls, gymnasiums, swimming pools, etc. will be decided based on the situation.

After a traumatic lockdown, India is all set to reopen and the unlock 1.0 guidelines by MHA underscores the importance of behavioral changes we must inculcate. Life after COVID will not remain the same and here I've come up with some do's and don'ts (mostly don'ts) to ease up things for you.

1. MASK: Use a mask wherever you go (cloth one will do). More when in the vicinity of people.

2. HAND SANITIZER: Always carry a hand sanitizer and regularly sanitize your hands.

3. THERMAL SCREENING: A person well trained to take and monitor, body temperature should screen people at the entrance of office/ malls/restaurants.

4. SOCIAL DISTANCING: MOST IMPORTANT Maintain adequate distance in public places.

5. Avoid canteen prepared food and also the water filter at the office. Carry your own food and water bottle.

6. RESPIRATORY ETIQUETTES: Use a tissue, folded elbow while sneezing or coughing. Sanitize your mask every day.

7. Don't unnecessarily touch your eyes, nose, and mouth.

8. AVOID SOCIALIZING: No hugs or handshake. Avoid face-to-face meet up. Use mobile phones instead.

9. Avoid using public transport or cabs.

10. Try limited use of public restrooms and Don't use the common towels.

11. Pregnant women, elderly people, and kids must stay indoors.

Being cautious is the only way to stop the unwitting spread of the virus. Anyone with symptoms must be sent to the nearest hospital. Keep yourself and your surroundings clean. Sanitize and stay safe!


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