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Published August 4th, 2020

The State of Reopening India

On the 30th of May 2020, India’s Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) issued guidelines on how India will undergo a phased reopening of its economy and establishments. Governed by standard operating procedures listed in the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare’s (MoHFW) guidelines, here is how India’s reopening plan looks like:

Phase 1/Unlock 1

Effective on the 8th of June 2020, the activities of religious places/public places of worship, hospitality services, restaurants, and shopping malls are allowed to resume with social distancing measures in place.

Phase 2/Unlock 2

Announced on the 29th of June,  Phase 2 of India’s reopening begins on July 1 and features the following guidelines: 

  • Schools, colleges, universities, and other educational/training/coaching institutions shall remain closed until July 31.  However, training institutions from the Central and State Governments are allowed to function starting 15 July 2020.
  • The reopening of domestic and international flights and passenger trains will be further expanded. 
  • Metro rail, cinema halls, gymnasiums, swimming pools, auditoriums, bars, and theatres shall remain closed. 
  • Social/political/sports/entertainment/academic/cultural/religious functions and other mass congregations are also not yet allowed to resume.

Phase 3/Unlock 3

The MHA has issued guidelines for ‘Unlock 3’ which comes into effect from August 1 until August 31. The said guidelines allow yoga institutes and gymnasiums to reopen, but continue to bar schools, colleges, theatres, swimming pools, metro rail, cinema halls and bars from reopening. Social, political, religious, sports and entertainment functions and other large congregations will also not be allowed.

Reopening Guidance for Indian Businesses

How business leaders in India effectively implement MHA, MoHFW, and other industry-specific safety guidelines will play an important role in determining how India’s economy can gradually pick-up again and how coronavirus numbers in India can be controlled. As India-based businesses and organizations reopen amid an evolving situation, discipline, communication ,and coordination will all be vital in order to protect the health and safety of their employees and the general public.

The iAuditor by SafetyCulture platform helps Indian businesses update and distribute their best practices rapidly, with real-time visibility into effectiveness across their sites. To make it easier for you and your people to safely get back to business, we’ve curated expert guidance and checklist templates from the MHA, MoHFW, the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI), and other industry associations.


John Derick Flores

SafetyCulture Staff Writer

Dirk is a contributing writer for SafetyCulture who has 3+ years of experience being a Safety Officer in an international airline. Over the course of his tenure, he worked on projects involving training management, ramp safety inspections, quality & safety certification audits, and safety promotion programs. Further, he is interested in maximizing the power of technology to help make the world a better place.