The Centre is likely to allow resumption of metro services, which were halted since March 22, in Delhi and the NCR from September 1. Contactless ticketing system will be put in place and passengers will not be allowed to use tokens anymore.
Flouting Covid-19 norms such as not wearing a mask, sitting on seats meant to be left vacant in order to maintain social distancing and spitting or littering on the station premises will attract hefty fines.
Schools and colleges are likely to remain shut, while bars will be allowed to serve liquor over the counter for takeaways. Cinema halls will also remain shut as it won’t be feasible to run shows with only 25-30% capacity due to physical distancing norms.
In Karnataka, the academic year of colleges for various degree courses will commence from September 1 with online classes while offline classes may begin from October 1, the state government has said.
Karnataka may push for opening cinema halls and allowing sale of liquor in restaurants in a relief to hospitality sector.
In Unlock 4.0, domestic flights from Covid-19 hotspots will be allowed to land in Kolkata. CM Mamata Banerjee said, We have received several requests to resume flight operations from six Covid-19 hotspot states. So from September 1, flight services from e six states Delhi, Mumbai, Pune, Nagpur, Chennai and Ahmedabad can resume thrice a week. While pubs and clubs are expected to open in the state, West Bengal will be under complete lockdown twice a week.
Local trains in Mumbai will not resume in this phase. Mumbai police has also warned motorists that they will impound vehicles if they cannot show a valid reason for being out.
Chennai has announced that e-passes will be mandatory for inter-state and inter-district movement. Restrictions on liquor shops and hotels may be eased in the city in Unlock 4.0.