Govt of India issues new guidelines for ‘Re-opening’; cinema halls/ multiplexes/ swimming pools used for training of sportspersons/entertainment parks to re-open from 15th October.

The Ministry of Home Affairs on Wednesday has allowed movie theatres to reopen with 50% capacity from 15 October in areas that fall outside containment zones. The SOPs (standard operating procedures) for the same will be issued by the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting.

Swimming pools being used for training of sportspersons and entertainment parks have also been permitted to open, subject to SOPs to be issued by the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports and the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare respectively.

The latest guidelines also say that social, academic, sports, entertainment, cultural, religious, political functions and other congregations that had already been permitted with a ceiling of 100 people, may now extend to more people outside Covid-19 containment zones, if states and union territories wish to do so.

however, a maximum of 50% of the hall capacity will be allowed, with a ceiling of 200 people. Wearing of face masks, maintaining social distancing, provision for thermal scanning and use of hand wash or sanitizer will be mandatory.

Children below 10 being part of the vulnerable population, the Centre said the decision on reopening educational institutions have to be taken in consultation with the institutions. Attendance must not be enforced, and must depend entirely on parental consent. Students can only attend school with the written consent of parents, the government said.



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