Coronavirus: Gujarat govt announces lockdown easing, bus services to resume

Coronavirus: Gujarat govt announces lockdown easing, bus services to resume

The Gujarat government on Saturday night announced further relaxations in lockdown starting next Monday, following the Central government's latest guidelines.

State transport and city buses would be allowed to work across Gujarat and government offices will function at full capacity from Monday.

The curfew are going to be effective between 9 pm to five am rather than 7 pm to 7 am earlier, Chief Minister Vijay Rupani said during a video message.

"Instead of lockdown, the word `unlock' is getting used , as we are getting into the direction of unlocking everything. within the last ten days we already offered massive relaxations in most of the areas except parts of Ahmedabad and Surat," he said.

"In this new unlocking effort, we've to still work with coronavirus with none economic blockade in order that no work is hampered," Rupani said.

"We are removing the odd-even rule for outlets , as now markets are going to be allowed to open with the sole condition that everyone wears mask and maintains social distancing," he said.

"State transport and city bus services are going to be allowed across the state without regional limitation," he said, adding that an ST bus cannot carry quite 60 per cent passenger, while a city bus will need to limit passenger capacity to 50 per cent.

"We had earlier allowed one person on a two-wheeler. We now allow two persons just in case they happen to be relations , with mandatory masks. Small four-wheeler will still have (maximum of) two passengers along side driver, while three passengers are going to be allowed along side driver in larger four-wheelers (like SUVs)," he said.

Hotels, restaurants, religions places and shopping malls will operate as per Centre's guidelines to be announced by June 8, he said.

"But no shops aside from those dealing in essential services and commodities are going to be allowed in containment zones.

The health department will finalise a replacement list of containment zones by tomorrow. The implementation of "Unlock-1" will begin from Monday," he said.