Unlock 5: Cinema halls, Tourism likely to get back on track from Oct 1

Unlock 5: Cinema halls, Tourism likely to get back on track from Oct 1

Unlock 4 is to get over soon and India will be entering in Unlock 5 from October 1. However, Government has already allowed relaxation to various firms and even schools have been reopened in a number of states on voluntary basis.

Although the guidelines for Unlock 5 are yet to be announced by Centre but there are certain chances that Centre would open up more activities for the public.

During the Unlock 4 phase, which began on September 1, the Centre gave various significant relaxations, including resumption of Metro services for the first time since late March and partial reopening of schools for classes 9 to 12.

Notably, Festive season is also going to strike thus there are some glimpses of guidelines which could be expected in Unlock 5:

Cinema Halls: During Unlock 4, the MHA did not allow resumption of movie halls, barring only open-air theatres to resume operations from 21 September. Information and broadcasting ministry secretary Amit Khare had given the home ministry a sitting arrangement formula for movie theatres. According to the plan, alternate seats in the first row and the next were to be kept vacant in order to maintain physical distancing.

West Bengal became the first state to give green signal to the theatres and cinema halls from October 1.

Economic Activities: Notably, Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) has allowed public places like malls, salons, restaurants and gyms to open with restrictions, More economic activities are likely to be allowed from October with physical distancing.

In a meeting with Chief Ministers, PM Narendra Modi has talked about releasing lockdown in a way that curbs Covid-19 spread. However, he had further said because of this, economic activities should not face problems.

Tourism: The tourism sector is majorly struggling to cope up with this pandemic and revive the losses faced during the lockdown. A few days back, the Uttarakhand government also allowed tourist entry to the state without any coronavirus negative report or institutional quarantine rules.

Academics: However, A number of schools have been reopened partially from september 21 for students of classes 9 to 12. The online classes are still on for all the schools whether these are partially opened or not. Meanwhile, Universities and colleges have started taking admission tests and the new academic year may begin via online classes.

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