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:
Government after realising that Indians are bored watching same word 'Lockdown' again and again Then they came with an idea to change #Lockdown5 with #Unlock1 pic.twitter.com/vqF3Abjg5t — 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
When it is not #lockdown5 but #Unlock1 *Indians pic.twitter.com/S1P5iiAvuW — HARSH 🇮🇳 (@Nationalist1110) May 30, 2020
Indians confuse between lockdown 5 and #Unlock1 pic.twitter.com/ft6KYG5NhZ — Pranjul Sharma (@pranjultweet) May 30, 2020