Unlock 5 guidelines: Theatres allowed from Oct 15 with 50% capacity; states to decide on opening of schools | Breaking News
- The ministry of home affairs on Wednesday released guidelines for Unlock 5, allowing reopening of cinema halls and entertainment parks from October 15 with 50% capacity.
- In a statement, the home ministry said that swimming pools will also be allowed to reopen for training of sportspersons.
- "Cinemas/ theatres/ multiplexes will be permitted to open with up to 50% of their seating capacity, for which, SOP will be issued by ministry of Information & Broadcasting," the MHA said.
- It said that states and UTs have been given the flexibility to take a decision on re-opening of schools and coaching institutions in a graded manner after October 15.
- The lockdown in containment zones will stay in force till October 31.
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These guidelines will be effective from 1 October till the end of the month. Most of the services including metro rail, gymnasiums, religious place, were already resumed in the fourth phase of the Unlock.
In this phase, the Unlock guidelines have much fewer restrictions though local administrations in some states are heavily relying on voluntary curfew, local lockdowns and restrictions on the Covid-19 containment zones.
Activities permitted from 15th October 2020, in areas outside the Containment Zones :-
1) Cinemas, theatres, multiplexes will be permitted to open with upto 50% of their seating capacity, for which, SOP will be issued by Ministry of Information & Broadcasting.
2) Business to Business (B2B) Exhibitions will be permitted to open, for which, SOP will be issued by the Department of Commerce.
3) Swimming pools being used for training of sportspersons will be permitted to open, for which the standard operating procedure (SOP) will be issued by Ministry of Youth Affairs & Sports (MoYA&S).
4) Entertainment parks and similar places will be permitted to open, for which the SOP will be issued by Ministry of Health & Family Welfare (MoHFW).
5) Opening of Schools, colleges, education institutions and coaching institutions. However, the ministry stated that for re-opening of schools and coaching institutions, State/ UT governments have been given the flexibility to take a decision after 15th October 2020, in a graded manner.
Government decision shall be taken in consultation with the respective school/ institution management, based on their assessment of the situation, and subject to the following conditions :-
Online/ distance learning shall continue to be the preferred mode of teaching and shall be encouraged.
Where schools are conducting online classes, and some students prefer to attend online classes rather than physically attend school, they may be permitted to do so.
Students may attend schools/ institutions only with the written consent of parents.
Attendance must not be enforced, and must depend entirely on parental consent.
States /UTs will prepare their own SOP regarding health and safety precautions for reopening of schools/ institutions based on the SOP to be issued by Department of School Education and Literacy (DoSEL), Ministry of Education, Government of India, keeping local requirements in view.
Schools, which are allowed to open, will have to mandatorily follow the SOP to be issued by Education Departments of States/ UTs.
Department of Higher Education (DHE), Ministry of Education may take a decision on the timing of the opening of Colleges/ Higher Education Institutions, in consultation with Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA), based on the assessment of the situation. Online/ distance learning shall continue to be the preferred mode of teaching and shall be encouraged.