Coronavirus Lockdown: What’s next in store for India?

Thursday, May 28th, 2020, 12:24:46 PM IST

India has been in a state of lockdown since March 25th, the lockdown being extended to curb the spread of Coronavirus. While the lockdown initially helped in controlling the spread, it hasn’t been as helpful over the past one month.

May 17th onwards, the central government allowed a few relaxations for the citizens, by giving permission for various activities. These relaxations were a part of the fourth phase of the lockdown, which will end on May 31st.

Discussions are now rife about the next stage of the lockdown, and what the government plans to do. The 5th phase could be an exit strategy, with most powers given to state governments.

Educational institutions will be closed without a doubt, at least until June 15th for now. Other than that, the central government is said to be giving full powers to the states to decide upon what will and won’t function in their respective states.

This could mean that gyms, swimming pools and public transportation could be once again opened for the public. Railways and domestic flights will also function during this period, while international flights might take some more time to resume.