Restarting Lucknow Metro, Relaxation to Malls & Places of Worship: UP Mulls Lockdown 5.0 Blueprint

As the lockdown 4.0 is coming to its end, the Uttar Pradesh government has started considering about the plan for next phase – lockdown 5.0, likely to be enforced from Monday (June 1).

With growing cases of novel coronavirus in the country, the most of the states have agreed to further extend the lockdown to contain the spread of virus but also suggested opening up of the economic activities and gradual return of the normal life.

Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath-led Uttar Pradesh government is considering on reopening of places of worship, Lucknow metro services in guarded manner, more shops and markets, and malls in the state.

However, the final decision on the lockdown relaxation will be taken by the central government.

Meanwhile, the Union Home Ministry is finalising the guidelines for the next phase as the countdown to the end of lockdown 4.0 begins. Union Home Minister Amit Shah had also spoke to Chief Ministers and met Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday.

In the run-up to the end of the fourth phase of the nationwide lockdown, Cabinet Secretary Rajiv Gauba recently held a video conference with municipal commissioners and district magistrates of 13 Covid-19 hit cities that have contributed to more than 70 per cent of the cases in the country.

In the meeting, the Cabinet Secretary reiterated the need to seal the containment zones where number of cases are the highest, and took suggestions from states to decide the strategy from June 1.

“The cities were advised that the area (containment area) should be appropriately defined by the district administration and local urban body with technical inputs from the local level," government officials said.

News18 had reported on Wednesday that lockdown may be extended by another two weeks after May 31, but with considerable more relaxations. A senior government functionary told CNN-News18 that the Centre is willing to give more freedom to states to decide their lockdown norms post May 31.

The nationwide lockdown was first announced by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on March 24 for 21 days with an aim to curb the further spread of coronavirus in the country.