Unlock 5.0: Schools, Theatres Reopening in India on October 15

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Unlock 5.0: Schools, Theatres Reopening in India on October 15
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The new guidelines come into force from October 1 with the reopening of schools, colleges and coaching centres. The cinema halls have also got a permit to resume from October 15.

The Ministry of home affairs announced on October 3 that reopening activities would take place outside containment zones and guidelines will be issued to this effect. All the new rules that have been decided have been discussed on the feedback given by the States and UTs with comprehensive consultations held with Central Ministries and Departments.

There has been a Supreme Court mandate on Thursday regarding strict measures to fight against air pollution in the capital city Delhi and its nearing ones from October 15 as part of the Graded Response Action Plan (GRAP).

The government of Haryana, Delhi, Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan and Punjab have been ordered to try as well as avert to take emergency measures like a ban on industries using fuels or constructions etc. because the economy has been under stress since the unlock.

Rules for schools & colleges

The Ministry of home affairs stated that students could attend school, but they will require written consent of their parents or custodians. At the same time, the higher institutions can resume only for PhD and PG scholars in Science and technology field that require laboratory work.

Rules for cinema halls & multiplexes

The theatres and cinemas will resume from October 15; Centre has sanctioned the orders. The cinemas, theatres, multiplexes will be allowed to resume with up to 50% of their seating capacity and with a one seat-distance. There will be an SOP that will be published by the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting.

Social & Religious gathering

For a religious or social meeting, the Ministry of home affairs has issued different guidelines following the forthcoming Bihar polls in mind. Now for religious, social, sports, academic, entertainment, cultural, political assemblages and other gatherings may be permitted with more than 100 persons only outside the Containment Zones where elections are to be held.