The fourth phase of the coronavirus lockdown in India ends on May 31 and a new phase will be kicking in from June 1, as per new guidelines issued by the Ministry of Home Affairs. But wait, there has been a change in terminology.
Most Indians were expecting that 'Lockdown 5.0' will be announced, following the trend of previous announcements. But this time, the phase starting from June 1 will be known as 'Unlock 1'.
Does this mean things are finally getting back to normal? Well, only time can tell.
Outside of containment zones, public places including that of religious worship, shopping malls, hotels and restaurants will be allowed to open from June 8. Metro services and international air travel will remain suspended till June 30. In fact, there are no restrictions on interstate and intrastate travel any longer either.
You can read the full list of guidelines here.
As the guidelines were made public, Indians seemed a tad confused about what this lockdown could mean for them, and if they could even refer to it as a "lockdown" anymore. This is how they reacted:
— Shakshi___ (@_Shakshi) May 30, 2020
Government after realising that Indians are bored watching same word 'Lockdown' again and again
Then they came with an idea to change
— Rohan Singh 💿 (@RohanSi44072708) May 30, 2020
Lockdown name se sab bore ho gye h islye #Unlock1
But remember... pic.twitter.com/ElLQhZjWEe
— Pragya Sudesh (@junglipahadan) May 30, 2020
— Atyadhik Sanskari (@AreYouKomedyMe) May 30, 2020
— HARSH 🇮🇳 (@Nationalist1110) May 30, 2020
— Harshit Sharma (@Sharmajikaputtr) May 30, 2020
— Pranjul Sharma (@pranjultweet) May 30, 2020
Le lockdown to Indian ~ pic.twitter.com/uyqKsw7Wj0
— PHilosophic βҽąʂէ💫 (@Mohitnomics) May 30, 2020