The Indian Government is taking steps to ensure that the country is prepared to face the ongoing challenges posed by COVID-19. Lockdown measures vary from state to state, so empowering citizens with accurate information has become of critical importance. To provide clear instructions on the local regulations in place, the Government is providing simple and accessible infographics for citizens on its official COVID-19 portal.
Although India has been reporting a spike in COVID-19 cases, the country is slowly opening up with protocols being strictly implemented to curb the virus. Weekly markets, hotels, inter-state travel and malls are all now open and operational. Education institutions including schools, universities and coaching institutions have been closed since 23 March. The government has further extended this timeline until 30 September. Keeping in mind the rising cases of coronavirus, the central government has not set a firm timeline to open educational institutions.
There are currently no restrictions on inter-state or intra-state travel of people and goods across the country. There are plans to further expand domestic flights and passenger train services, which have been operating on a limited scale to date.
Economic activity outside of containment zones is almost back to normal, with offices, shops and other commercial establishments open for business. Adhering to social distancing measures and wearing of masks in public spaces is mandatory.