New Delhi : In Unlock 5, starting from today, many businesses are being allowed to open with terms and conditions. In this, the permission to organize religious ceremonies and open cinema halls has been given. Along with this, schools have also been allowed to reopen in some parts of the country. However, the Central Government has strictly asked to follow the guidelines. Due to Corona lockdown these businesses are being allowed to open after months of closure. The government’s decision is also expected to improve the economy.
A nationwide lockdown was announced on March 22 to curb Corona’s growing infection. Unlocks were brought to revive the stalled economy due to the lockdown. The country entered the fifth phase of lockdown on the first date of this month. In this, schools, cinema halls, multiplexes, amusement parks, swimming pools were allowed to be reopened from today on 15 October. However it will be mandatory to follow SOP during this period.
In its guidelines for the fifth phase of nationwide unlock, on 30 September, the Union Home Ministry gave permission for these places to reopen on 15 October. Schools were already partially reopened.
Unlock-5 allows the opening of these services :
Schools : The Central Government has approved the reopening of schools in a phased manner. The final decision will be taken by the state governments. Most of the states including Delhi and Maharashtra have not yet decided to reopen the schools. Other states like Punjab and Uttar Pradesh have announced the reopening of schools. Schools will be opened from 15 October in Punjab and 19 October in Uttar Pradesh. Comprehensive guidelines for reopening schools issued by the central government include online / distance education, written permission to attend classes from parents, classes in shifts, flexibility in attendance, no assessment for three weeks, etc.
Cinema Hall / Multiplex : The audience will be allowed in Cinema Halls with half the capacity with sufficient physical distance between seating. It will be mandatory to mark the seats not to sit. Digital payment mode for tickets will be encouraged. Also, a sufficient number of ticket counters will be opened and advance booking will be allowed to prevent congestion. Only packaged food and beverages will be allowed inside the hall.
Amusement Parks : The surfaces, open spaces, work areas, etc. that come in contact again and again have to be constantly cleaned. Cleaning will have to be done before the parks open and after it closes. If necessary, cleaning will have to be done in between. There should be separate covered bins for disposal of face masks and covers used. In addition, swimming pools in these parks will remain closed. In addition, park officials will have to arrange for lines inside and outside the campus. Adequate ticket counters should be provided to avoid congestion and online booking should be encouraged.
Swimming Pool : SOPs have been issued by the Sports Ministry to reopen the swimming pool. Only 20 swimmers will be allowed to train during a season in an Olympic-size pool. In each training center, there will be a corona task force to guide and supervise trainees, coaches and staff.