NEW DELHI: In a significant directive, the Centre on Saturday said that the states can’t impose local lockdowns outside the containment zones on their own.
The Centre’s directive was part of the Unlock 4 guidelines, issued by the Union home ministry for a phased opening of the economy.
“State governments shall not impose any local lockdown outside the containment zones without prior consultation with the central government”, the MHA order said.
The Unlock 4 guidelines will come into effect from September 1 and will remain in force till September 30.
Among other relaxations under Unlock 4, the Centre allowed graded opening of Metros from September 7.
It has also allowed social, academic, sports, entertainment, cultural functions and other congregations with a ceiling of 100 people, with effect from September 21.
All activities except cinema halls, swimming pools, entertainment parks, international air travel of passengers, will be permitted outside containment zones.
However, schools and colleges will continue to remain closed.
(With inputs from agencies) Watch MHA releases Unlock 4 guidelines; Metro services to resume from Sept 7, school-colleges to remain shut