How states plan to 'unlock' malls, restaurants and religious places

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TIMESOFINDIA.COM | Updated: Jun 7, 2020, 21:13 IST

Sanitizing process and painting for social distance going on at Jhandewalan temple, Delhi.

NEW DELHI: India is set to open Monday onwards. Ahead of the much awaited unlocking of human activity, after over two months of coronavirus-induced lockdown, state authorities listed out guidelines to avoid overcrowding while mandating physical distancing norms at markets, malls, restaurants and religious places.

Here are state-wise guidelines for people planning to step out —


DELHI Malls in the capital re-open June 8 onwards after two months. Hourly disinfection of the common areas, contactless shopping and physical distancing norms have been put in place. Several malls have set up UV sterilisation chambers for people to disinfect their belongings. Some malls plan on providing face shields for employees who will be allowed to work only after temperature checks. Mandatory for shoppers to wear masks at all times and to install the Aarogya Setu application on their mobile phones. Shoppers should wear masks and have the Aarogya Setu application installed on their mobile phones. Pregnant women, children aged below 10 years and persons aged above 65 years will not be allowed entry. In some clothing stores, dummy shirts will be made available for a trial and sanitised after every use. Ahead of opening, temples and gurudwaras in Delhi sanitised premises. In temples, prasad will not be distributed and only 5-10 devotees will be allowed to enter at a time.


HARYANA Malls and religious places will reopen in Haryana from June 8 except in Gurgaon and Faridabad districts. Hotels, restaurants and other hospitality services to reopen with generic preventive measures across the state. The timing of opening for all would be between 9 am and 8 pm to ensure compliance of 9pm-5am night curfew. Restaurants in hotels would be allowed to operate with only 50 per cent capacity. No buffet service will be allowed. Only ordering individually on the menu would be allowed. No bars in restaurants will be allowed to open. Room service or takeaways for dine in rooms will be allowed. For shopping malls, other than in Gurgaon and Faridabad, of social distancing norms like wearing of face covers/masks mandatory at all times. Gaming arcades, children play areas and cinema halls inside shopping malls will remain closed. Religious activities permitted outside containment zones but no gatherings will be allowed. Aarti, congregation or mass and collective gathering for prayers not allowed. Only individual prayers allowed No physical offerings like prasad or distribution or sprinkling of holy water etc. has been allowed inside religious places. Mandatory for community kitchens at religious places to observe physical distancing norms while cooking and distribution. Banquet halls with a size of around 2000 square feet allowed to operate with maximum of 50 guests at a time amidst social distancing norms.


PUNJAB As per state government guidelines, a token system for entry in malls will be introduced and there will be a provision for maximum time limit for which a visitor can stay inside a shopping mall. Loitering in malls not allowed. Mall visitors are required to have COVA Punjab app (Coronavirus alert app) on their mobile phones. However, a family can be allowed to enter a mall if one of the members has COVA app installed in his/her phone. Shoppers not more than 50 per cent of the maximum capacity allowed to enter the mall. Trying out clothes in shopping malls not allowed. At restaurants, there will be no dine-in facility till further orders; take away or home delivery permitted. Use of lift not allowed except in case of differently-abled person or medical emergency. Religious places to remain open between 5 am and 8 pm. In case of religious places, the maximum number of persons at the time of worship shall not exceed 20 with due distancing. 'Prasad' or 'langar' at places of worship not allowed.


GOA Religious places allowed to open from Monday but mass activities are not allowed. Temple and church committees, however, are yet to take a call on opening their premises. The Association of All Goa Muslim Jamats has also decided to defer reopening of mosques till June 30. Restaurants in Goa will be allowed to reopen from Monday, although the ban on operations of other establishments like schools, colleges, cinema halls, gyms, will continue as earlier. The current ban on non-essential movement is between 7 pm and 5 am, from Monday onwards, it would be restricted to 9 pm and 5 am.


TELANGANA Mall owners in Hyderabad have said that they will be opening shops starting Monday amidst strict physical distancing norms. Some malls will reopen starting June 10. The shopping centres in Hyderabad will be open from 11 am to 8 pm only. Owners plan on restricting entry points for staff and shoppers. The 20-person lifts will now be restricted to just six. Wearing a mask is compulsory for everybody to enter the mall where hand sanitisers are provided for customers. Some malls in Hyderabad have also suspended the touch-based attendance system for its staff. Movie screens and children play areas will not open. In some places, entry of shoppers into the mall will depend on the number of people already inside the mall. Staff will keep a count on how many people they are allowing to enter at a given point of time.


Madhya Pradesh Famous Mahakaleshwar temple in Ujjain city will reopen for devotees from Monday. However, those who wish to visit the temple will have to register their names first. The temple will remain open between 8 am and 6 pm. Temple authorities have launched a mobile application and set up a toll-free number for the devotees to book an appointment to enter in the shrine. No one will be allowed to touch the idols and scriptures, sprinkle or distribute holy water or offer prasad.


JAMMU & KASHMIR All public offices have opened in the state, making attendance mandatory for the entire staff June 6 onwards. The biometric attendance system continues to stay suspended. Routine issue of visitors and temporary office entry passes to be suspended. Only those with proper permission of the officer they want to meet will be allowed in after being properly screened. Those employees at higher risk due viz. older employees, pregnant women and staff with underlying medical conditions are not to be exposed to any frontline work requiring direct contact with the public.

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