MHA Issues New Guidelines For Unlocking 5 Of The Lockdown

On Wednesday, the MHA issued new guidelines in the nationwide lockdown. This is the fifth phase of the unlock guidelines issued by the MHA. It will come into effect from October 1.

Activities that are allowed outside containment zones:

Cinemas/theatres/multiplexes will be allowed to open with 50 % seating capacity.

All B2B exhibitions will be permitted.

Training of sportspersons in the swimming pool will be allowed.

Permission would be granted to open entertainment parks and similar places. Schools, colleges, and educational institutions will be allowed to open with online teaching as the preferred mode of teaching. Students who wish to attend online classes will be permitted to do so.

After 15th October, State/UT Governments can permit social/academic/sports/entertainment/cultural/religious/political functions with a gathering of more than 100, only on following conditions:

Closed spaces should have 50% of the hall capacity with a ceiling of 200 persons. Face mask, thermal scanning, sanitization, social distancing should be followed.

No restriction on inter-State and intra-State movement of goods and persons. For such movements, there would be no requirement of permission/approval/e-permit.

Outside containment zones, the following activities would be prohibited:

Ait travel of passengers internationally, except as permitted by MHA.

Entertainment parks will remain shut down.

In containment zones, lockdown will be strict until October 31.

Containment Zones shall be demarcated by the District authorities at micro level after taking into consideration the guidelines of MoHFW with the objective of effectively breaking the chain of transmission.

Strict containment measures will be enforced in these containment zones and only essential activities will be allowed.

Within the containment zones, strict perimeter control shall be maintained and only essential activities allowed.

Vulnerable persons, i.e., persons above 65 years of age, persons with co-morbidities, pregnant women, and children below the age of 10 years, are advised to stay at home, except for meeting essential requirements and for health purposes.

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