Unlock 5.0: The new guidelines will allow several relaxations across the nation. Schools, Educational Institutions, Entertainment parks will now be allowed to open with further guidelines.
As COVID-19 gains an unlimited acceleration in India, The MHA has released new Unlock guidelines regarding the easing of the Lockdown Nationwide. Certain decisions will however be left to the State governments.
MHA guidelines for Unlock 5 have said the state and UT governments can decide to do reopen schools after October 15, but in a graded manner. The decision on reopening schools will be taken in consultation with schools and management of the institutions, based on their assessment of the situation, and subject to certain conditions.
Schools can reopen however, online or distance learning shall continue to be the preferred mode of teaching. Students can opt to attend online classes rather than physically attending school. The MHA Unlock 5 guidelines have also said attendance shall not be enforced. Students will be allowed to attend schools and institutions physically only with written consent of their parents.
For higher education institutions devoted to research graduate degrees and post-graduate students in the science and technology stream labs will be opened. The sole purpose of their opening is for those students who essentially need to conduct laboratory and experiments shall be allowed from October 15. However, the final decision will be in the hands of the State and UT governments.
Swimming pools which are mainly utilized for training sportspersons will be allowed to reopen. Further guidelines will be issued by the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports.
Business to Business (B2B) Exhibitions will now be allowed to open for Business. The guidelines for this will be issued by the Department of Commerce very soon.
Play parks and similar entertainment entities can reopen from October 15 as well. The Ministry of Health and Family Welfare will soon issue guidelines regarding these places.
Restrictions on international travel, barring ones permitted by the Centre, will continue for the whole month. (Source: IndiaToday)
Unlock 5.0 guidelines have also allowed states with the will to increase the limit of 100 individuals at public gatherings and functions outside of containment zones. States can allow many people to attend a public gathering from October 15. The decision arrives before the festivities of Dussehra, Diwali and Durga Puja in October-November.