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Unlock 5 guidelines

The Union Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) issued new guidelines in the nationwide lockdown. This to avoid spread of coronavirus.

The fifth set of the unlock guidelines issued by the MHA. Therefore Unlock 5.0 guidelines will come into effect from 1 October.

The guideline includes the following:
  • 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 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 permitted to open, for which the SOP will be issued by the MoHFW.
  • Opening of Schools, colleges, education institutions and coaching institutions.
  • The decision 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.
  • Similarly students may attend schools/ institutions only with the written consent of parents.
  • Online/ distance learning shall continue to be the preferred mode of teaching and shall be encouraged.
  • In closed spaces, a maximum of 50% of the hall capacity allowed, with a ceiling of 200 persons. Wearing of face masks, maintaining social distancing, provision for thermal scanning and use of hand wash or sanitizer will be mandatory.
  • However in open spaces, keeping the size of the ground/ space in view. With strict observance of social distancing, mandatory wearing of face masks, provision for thermal scanning and hand wash or sanitizer.
  • In conclusion to ensure that such gatherings do not spread COVID-19, State/ UT Governments will issue detailed SOPs. This to regulate such gathering, and strictly enforce the same.