Unlock 5.0: Theatres allowed to open from Oct 15; states to decide on opening of schools

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The ministry of home affairs on Wednesday released guidelines for Unlock 5, allowing reopening of cinema halls, multiplexes, exhibition halls and entertainment parks from October 15 with 50% capacity.

Schools and colleges will be allowed to reopen from October 15, the Centre said today, however, the final call has been left to the states and the institutions involved. Online classes will also be allowed parallelly, the Centre has said.

Here are the guidelines:

– 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.

– 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).

What relaxations were allowed in ‘Unlock 4’?

In the fourth phase of Unlock, the government had allowed metro services to resume while permitting senior students of Class 9 to 12 to come to schools on a voluntary basis.

Social, academic, sports, entertainment, cultural, religious, political functions were allowed to be held with a maximum of 100 people from the earlier 50.

The guidelines also said states could no longer impose lockdowns outside containment zones without the Centre’s permission and must not seal borders.

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