AGENCIES, New Delhi: The Centre has taken strong exception to some states relaxing its lockdown guidelines, making it clear that states and Union Territories cannot dilute its rules on the nationwide shutdown to control the spread of coronavirus.
In a letter to states and UTs, the Union Home Secretary said only those activities permitted by the Centre would be allowed from Monday in parts of the country that are least affected by coronavirus.
In a separate letter to Kerala, the home ministry has strongly objected to its move to restart restaurants, book shops and barber shops in parts of the state.
Home Secretary Ajay Bhalla wrote the letter on Sunday after some states made their own list of essential activities and announced relaxation of COVID-19 lockdown restrictions from Monday.
“It has come to notice that some of the states/UTs are issuing orders allowing activities which have not been allowed (by the Centre’s guidelines),” the Home Ministry said. “I would again urge you to ensure compliance of the revised consolidated guidelines, and direct all concerned authorities for their strict implementation in letter and spirit without any dilution and to ensure strict compliance of lockdown,” the letter reads.
Kerala announced relaxation of the lockdown restrictions in two zones, allowing private vehicles movement on an odd-even basis and dine-in services at hotels from Monday.