Unlock 5 guidelines issued: Cinema halls, swimming pools to re-open from Oct 15, states to decide on schools

The government issued guidelines for Unlock 5 on Wednesday evening. Cinema halls, swimming pools, entertainment parks etc will be allowed to re open from October 15 with certain SOPs in place

Unlock 5 guidelines issued: Cinema halls, swimming pools to re-open from Oct 15, states to decide on schools
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The Government of India issued new guidelines for 're-opening' the lockdown that was imposed in March in the wake of Novel Coronavirus infection. The Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) in a significant move has decided to open cinema halls/ multiplexes/ swimming pools used for training of sportspersons/entertainment parks from October 15 but with certain conditions.

Here are some important guidelines for Unlock 5:

  • Cinemas/ theatres/ multiplexes will be permitted to open with up to 50% of their seating capacity, for which, SOP will be issued by I&B Ministry.
  • Social/ academic/ sports/ entertainment/ cultural/ religious/ political functions and other congregations have already been permitted with a ceiling of 100 persons, outside COVID19 containment zones only: Government of India

  • States Govts have been given the flexibility to take a decision for re-opening of schools, coaching centres and educational institutions after 15th October. Parental consent will be required for the same.
  • Business to Business (B2B) Exhibitions will be permitted to open, for which, SOP will be issued by the Department of Commerce.
  • 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).
  • Entertainment parks and similar places will be permitted to open, for which the SOP will be issued by Ministry of Health & Family Welfare (MoHFW).

Opening of Schools, colleges, education institutions and coaching institutions

  • For re-opening of schools and coaching institutions, State/ UT Governments have been given the flexibility to take a decision after October 15, 2020, in a graded manner. The 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.

Meanwhile, lockdown will continue to be strictly implemented in containment zones.

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