India recently extended the nationwide lockdown in containment zones and issued reopening guidelines.

Key Points:

  • The Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) has extended the nationwide lockdown in containment zones until June 30.
  • Reopening guidelines organized in several phases were also announced by MHA to be implemented after the lockdown has ended. In Phase 1, beginning June 8, hotels, malls and places of worship will be allowed to reopen. In Phase 2, which is to be determined in July, the following will take place:
    • Schools, colleges and educational institutions will be allowed to reopen.
    • Both intrastate and interstate travel will be allowed.
    • Movement by trains, domestic flights and Shramik specials will remain active.
    • Movement will not be allowed between 9 p.m. and 5 a.m.
  • In Phase 3, which is yet to be determined, the following will take place:
    • International flights and metro services will be allowed to resume.
    • Gyms, sports facilities, pools, and cinema halls will be allowed to reopen.
    • Social, sports, cultural, and political functions will be allowed to resume.

Analysis & Comments: Employers should anticipate significant disruptions to employee mobility until the country begins to reopen, and arrange travel schedules for affected travelers accordingly. The response to the COVID-19 pandemic continues to develop, and Deloitte will provide additional updates as information becomes available. Please check Deloitte’s COVID-19 Digital Map, available here, for information on travel restrictions and immigration changes in other countries.

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